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Our team
Head of Commercial

Werner Smit

Happy Homewood years: Five and a half years

What do you love about Homewood? Woodwork has always been my greatest passion and to work with wood, designs, and be surrounded by wood every day is like playing the leading role in a fairytale story.

What do you love about your job?: What is there not to like? Honestly, the best part of my job is finding the best possible, and sometimes never-thought-of, solution to a client’s furniture and space problems and seeing the “what-was-once-a-thought-is-now-a-reality” expression on their faces when they receive their crafted wooden item. Priceless.     

Favourite wood: Most definitely Blackwood, however, River Red gum is not too far off!

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: One of the most difficult questions ever asked! I love them all, but the whole Imbiza range has always kept a soft spot in my heart. It is almost as if you can see emotion oozing out of the soft curves and lines.

Midlands Showroom Manager

Neonita Mohanlal

Happy Homewood years: 3

What do you love about Homewood?:  I love the fact that Homewood makes dreams a reality and solves problems.      

What do you love about your job?: Meeting new people and creating magical, custom pieces for different spaces.      

Favourite wood: Blackwood.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: The Nkwana Daybed.  

Umhlanga Sales Manager

Vita Pugh-Jones

Happy Homewood years: 5

What do you love about Homewood?: I love that Homewood always strives for improvement, not only with the design of our products, but also with our impact on the environment. We are always looking for ways to make a difference.       

What do you love about your job?: I love our team, who are like my second family. I also love the creative side of my job, when I get a chance to sit down with customers and look at designs, colors, and textures. I love helping them bring their visions to life.   

Favourite wood: Plantation Teak.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: The Paindane Couch.

Administration Manager

Christine van Rooyen

Happy Homewood years: 8

What do you love about Homewood?: The ability to offer customers custom-designed, bespoke, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. The young, energetic “vibe” of our MD who is always evolving and pushing boundaries.    

What do you love about your job?:  Providing a solid support foundation in a growing company by adapting and adjusting to change. Being part of the development of emerging leaders in my field of expertise.     

Favourite wood: Unfortunately, Kiaat, which we are no longer offer due to our commitment to the environment. But I know a suitable replacement that is environmentally friendly will soon be found!

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: I own and have owned many Homewood bespoke pieces and I love all of them because I understand the passion and appreciate the humble environment where, and by whom, it was made. But the one piece that comes to mind now is my small Oak wine cabinet.

Accounts Clerk

Shinga Nyabeze

Happy Homewood years: 5

What do you love about Homewood?: I love that Homewood does not discriminate against people. Homewood hires all races and, qualified or not, you can get a job as long as you can work hard on your position and are willing to grow.       

What do you love about your job?: As an admin lady, what I love most about my job is the fact that we work as a team, and I have a wonderful lady to help whenever I am confused, making me love my job even more!    

Favourite wood: Blackwood.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: The Imbiza bed in Blackwood, with an oil finish.

Dispatch Manager

Nicolette Luthuli

Happy Homewood years: 10

What do you love about Homewood?:  I love that everyone one is respected. With our different cultures, we are all treated the same. No one’s job is more important than the other.   

What do you love about your job?: I love the planning of deliveries and loading the truck with every customer’s dream item. The part I love the most is when all deliveries are on schedule and we have happy customers and happy admin CS.      

Favourite wood: Oak.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: Duzu Dining table.

Production Manager

Wes Harrison

Happy Homewood years: 9

What do you love about Homewood?: Our flexibility and ability to respond. I mean this with regards to new designs, improving existing designs, improving manufacturing processes and techniques, and introducing new timbers and new finishes. We’re constantly evolving. I don’t think I would have lasted my 9 years thus far if it weren’t for this ever-present sense of momentum and purpose.         

What do you love about your job?: Watching ideas and lines on paper turn into amazing pieces of furniture!

Favourite wood: From our current offering, Blackwood. Kiaat still holds a special place in my heart, it’s just a pity it has fallen victim to unsustainable harvesting.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: The Imbiza Lounger. My first original design to make it to the pages of Visi magazine!

Designer and Quality Controller

Tyrone Miljo (AKA “Ty the quality guy”).

Happy Homewood years: 6

What do you love about Homewood?: I love the fact that we cherish the medium we work in, and do our utmost best to keep every bit of the story of that tree’s life, while at the same time, designing beautiful and functional art.      

What do you love about your job?: I love being able to design items and then see them right in the wood (flesh) and working with natural materials. Oh, and being hands on with the process.        

Favourite wood: Kiaat.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: That is an un-answerable question! There have been so many amazing pieces that have been born in our factory that it would be like choosing a favourite child…I just can’t do it. 

Planner

Ntuthuko Vilakazi

Happy Homewood years: 7

What do you love about Homewood: I like the structural strategies that this company implemented to be productive.       

What do you love about your job?: This job has taught me a lot through all the years, but most of all, I enjoy the confidence I have gained from my duties.    

Favourite wood: Oak.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: Nkwana Daybed.

Estate Manager

Gert van Rooyen

Happy Homewood years: 18 days.

What do you love about Homewood?: That they are a solid wood furniture manufacturer.    

What do you love about your job?: Always been busy fixing and cleaning things that are a mess.     

Favourite wood: Kiaat

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: The Duzu Barstool.

Manageress at Nelspruit Showroom & Customer Services Administrator.

Michelle Smith

Happy Homewood years: 2

What do you love about Homewood?: Homewood is all about helping our environment and people. I love that we make customers’ dreams come true without harming our natural surroundings. The products are authentic and real – they have soul – and are made by people, with their hands.

What do you love about your job?: The word “Homewood” says it all. It is all about being at home. Homewood functions like a well-oiled machine: communicating with all involved in the company and considering the needs of customers and staff alike – just as any happy family would do!

Favourite wood: Ash.

Favourite Homewood furniture piece: Can I make a list? To pick one only is difficult, but I choose The Duzu 2019 Bed.

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