‘If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.’ – Margaret Thatcher
Countless studies have shown that when it comes to the workplace, women have an indispensable role to play in creating successful, visionary businesses. At Samara, we have long espoused this notion, and our successes are in no small part due to the dedication, passion and hard work of countless women in the Samara Team. To begin with, Samara’s focus on empowering women was almost incidental, a happy by-product of the change in land-use from farming, traditionally dominated by male labourers, to conservation and ecotourism. As the years have gone by, however, we have actively sought to attract, retain and promote talented and committed women, countering the outdated notion of the male breadwinner. Today, it is heartwarming to witness the wealth of female talent in Samara’s management team – from Veronica, now assistant lodge manager, who started off with us as a housekeeper, to Jenny, our reservations manager, who has been with us for over 8 years and is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with. Join us in celebrating Samara’s women with this selection of photos. Happy Women’s Day!
Leading from the front – Sarah Tompkins, Director of Samara, gazes out over the Plains of Camdeboo. The Samara journey has been led by South African-born Sarah since Day 1.
Mama Samara – our beloved Iris Adams, mother and cook extraordinaire, who sadly passed away in 2012. Iris epitomised Samara’s friendly and welcoming face and was loved by staff and guests alike.
Local talent – Michelle, Candice and Veronica le Gransie dressing up for dinner. All three come from the Eastern Cape and live in Graaff-Reinet. They are all indispensable members of the Samara Team, whose skills and talents have grown in the years they have been with us.
The next generation – Isabelle Tompkins, Sarah’s daughter, recently joined the Samara Team and is passionate about shaping Samara’s future.
Like family – Margie Varney spent years visiting Samara as a friend. Today, as General Manager, she is well and truly part of the Samara family.