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I have been in the industry for a while and working with MDS over the years, I got hold of Shaun the CEO and asked to be part of their growing team.
Being able to pull of the impossible for our clients, those last minute applications that no one is willing to assist with. Seeing the pure joy on our travelers face when they get to make their trips and having them come back to us time and time again and building long lasting relationships with them.
Joining MDS as the National Business Manager.
I thrive under pressure and working in Visas there is never a dull day. I love building relationships and working as a team were we are there for each other and motivating each other. Having a fun filled environment where we can laugh off the day’s pressures and start over the next day with a strong and solid mind set.
Humble , ambitious, compassionate
Yes I have travelled, I have been to Portugal, Spain, Mozambique, Angola and Canary Islands.
I would love to travel to Bali and do their 6 hour hike up their volcano to watch the sun, travel to Finland to see the northern lights, and last but not least I'd like to go kayaking with the Orca whales in Vancouver.
How do I get a Schengen Visa? What is Schengen Visa?
I joined MDS in May 2014. I was asked to ‘temp’ for 3 weeks at the Pretoria branch, excited and happy to announce that I am now part of the Port Elizbeth management team of this amazing company today.
My greatest professional achievement...
Most definitely knowing the positive effect I have had and have on staff and colleagues alike over the years, sharing my wealth of knowledge, encouraging others to shine, develop and grow in their careers, how to overcome challenges and remain positive – ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,it’s about learning to dance in the rain.’ This is one of my favorite mottos in life.
I am extremely fortunate to be part of a dedicated and hard working team, always willing to go the extra mile, resulting in a profitable business.
As most Manager’s will agree, we all, and in my case thrive particularly well under pressure, enjoy challenges and if given a task to complete, will ensure it is completed to the best of my ability, resulting in a positive impact on the business.
I describe myself as a totally committed, passionate and generous individual.
I have been fortunate enough to travel most of Europe, England and Wales, Zanzibar, The Canary Isles and Southern Africa.
I am an avid music fanatic and free spirited, part of my travel bucket list would be to visit the likes of the west coast of America where some of my favourite musicians/bands hail from i.e The Eagles, Santana, Jackson Browne, Journey but to name a few. Southern America, Canada and Alaska also feature high on my travel bucket list.
One of the most common questions asked about Visas’s – "Please help! I urgently need a visa, how long is the processing time for a visa?"
Visa’s can be rather a stressful industry to be part of, always working against the clock, time is always of the essence. It is of the utmost importance to keep our customers calm and assured, providing an above average service, allowing them to enjoy their leisure or business trip without any additional hassles.
I had worked at another Visa company and found my passion for it. I had heard of MDS VisaPak and how big it was and the excellent service they offered and I wanted to be a part of it.
Kindness, and the smile on someone’s face when you are able to provide them with what they thought was impossible.
Coming back to MDS VisaPak as a VIP consultant and having the confidence that I am able to do my work to the very best of my ability.
I thrive in a team of communication and diversity. I love learning about people and getting to know who they are and where they are from. I like a peaceful, fun environment where we are connected as one and we can motivate each other and help each other grow almost as a family would
Compassionate, dynamic, ambitious.
I have only travelled around South Africa and Zimbabwe when I was very young.
I’d love to do the Gorilla walk in Uganda and climb mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Mostly: “Do I really need to submit my personal bank statements?”, “How long does a visa take?”, “What is Schengen visa/Where can I use a Schengen visa” and “Do I need a transit visa for the UK”.
I started with MDS at the end of September 2013 as the receptionist. Not knowing a lot about the industry, I answered calls and enjoyed the tea breaks.
At the beginning of 2014 I was promoted to Visa Consultant and my tea breaks turned into Embassy visits.
In 2015 I was promoted once again to ops supervisor. And finally in 2017 to Branch Manager.
The people I work with have become an intricate part of my life, we are colleagues but view each other as family. We are a team and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.
I received a call from one of my former colleagues, they said that there was a position available at MDS and I should apply. After 2 interviews, I received a call from the Branch Manager then, advising I had got the job. I was elated!
My inspiration comes from the light of my life, my mother. She is my best friend and we are inseparable. She’s the strongest woman I know and I hope one day I am able to go through life, good times and bad, the way she has done.
My greatest professional achievement would need to be the day I was asked to run the Visa branch in Pretoria. I enjoy every moment of it and the people I work with.
Thanks to MDS VisaPak, the only environment I will ever thrive in is a fast paced and pressure driven environment. It’s the only environment I’ve come to understand and I thoroughly enjoy it.
If I had to describe myself in 3 words, it would probably be entertaining, positive and passionate. There is never a dull moment in my office.
I have travelled to the UK, Zanzibar, Botswana and recently to Australia. My favourite destination thus far has to be Zanzibar. The island life is definitely one I’d like to explore a lot more.
I’d love to travel to Switzerland for ‘skiing’ purposes and Croatia for the ‘building sand castle’ purposes. Both countries are on my bucket list. Pictures do speak a thousand words but making my own memories would take a bit of the edge off the wanderlust in my soul.
The most common question I get asked on a daily basis is if the traveller actually does require a visa, 99% of the time the answer is yes. I also get asked how long the visa process is, unfortunately all embassies differ, but generally 3 weeks.
I am grateful to be working for a company such as MDS VisaPak and don’t see myself thriving as much as I have anywhere else.
Wilted garnish at a restaurant
Blue Whale Resort
Gecko’s – cant deal with those little things
Queuing, I hate waiting Im not patient
36 pairs not including bed slippers...I have an addiction lol!
Loud, cheerful and maybe a little annoying
Didi, from Dexter’s laboratory...She enjoys annoying her brother, so I relate
Does it have to be 1 store??? I guess Steve Madden
I don’t like birds, I had an altercation with a pigeon once. It was terrifying
If someone asks me “please can I pick your brain?”
Too many to count!
A Series of Unfortunate Events
12 day boat cruise to Croatia
My job & being a mom
Taxi drivers who drive in the yellow lane
Mr Price Home
Dallas (that shows my age)
The keys to a paid for home
Walking on the beach
Wherever my family is
An all-paid vacation in Europe
Drive my dream car
I was born whilst living in Booysens Park, however I grew up in the Northern areas of Schauderville
Realistic, responsible, hard-working
Sofia the First
A Nightmare on Elm Street or Rush Hour.
My job, as well as being a mom
Kevin Hart (just for laughs)