Naledi Mashego

CEO & Founder

Naledi is not only the CEO and founder of the internationally recognised digital marketing agency, Cherry Republik, she is also well-known as an accomplished entrepreneur, talented public speaker, savvy business developer and avid traveller.

The following quote by Oprah Winfrey has resonated deeply with Naledi as it has been synonymous with her career development, “In life, you get what you have the courage to ask for.” Having personally experienced the message behind this quote, it has made Naledi the charismatic, enthusiastic, and game-changing entrepreneur that she is today.

From a young age, Naledi had a passion for entrepreneurship, people, and digital marketing. This led to the creation of her first business, Black Cherry Au Pairs, at the age of 19 before she pursued her love for music. Prior to this, she started her career as a real estate agent getting the feel for the corporate and creative work environments.

Naledi went on to work at Trace TV, as the marketing and programming assistant for three years. It was in her experiences and learnings at Trace TV, where she gained the motivation to follow her digital marketing dreams and provide the services that would fill the gap she recognised within the South African market at the time.

On the journey to creating, launching, and building Cherry Republik, Naledi has transformed herself personally and professionally to become resilient, fearless, and most importantly optimistic. She takes pride in the fact that through Cherry Republik’s offerings and services, together with her team she is able to demonstrate the true meaning of marketing by delivering the results the clients are seeking.

Even as a strong business leader, she is still a dynamic team player with the ability to work with and manage diverse teams. It is within her team, witnessing their successes and growth, that she finds the drive and inspiration to bring her best as an authentic leader.

Naledi attributes her success to the vast array of skill sets and knowledge that she gained in the diverse environments she has worked in and believes that they have been instrumental in her growth as an entrepreneur. She also gains a great amount of inspiration through the stories of other entrepreneurs who have overcome the challenges most entrepreneurs face.

With her deep sense of striving for the best and breaking the mould even in the most challenging of circumstances, you know your business is in good hands with Naledi at the helm.

Eileen Mitchley

Managing Director

Eileen is an accomplished Marketing Project Manager and Accounts Executive within Design Agencies, Corporate Marketing Departments, and Digital Agencies.

With 25 years of experience in Project Management, Account Management, Marketing, Production, Print, Design, and Digital Marketing, Eileen has the ability to strategically implement plans and run projects between client, agency, and design studio by meticulously managing the timelines.

With a solution orientated, diligent attention to detail and proactive work ethic, she assists and supports the team in problem-solving efforts and ensures projects run as smooth as possible.

As a leader, she firstly sees herself as a collaborator, always willing to pull up her sleeves and get involved where needed. Is easily able to manage conflicts and is a confidant to her team.

Because of her passion for what she does and her ability to adapt to change, she has managed:

  • – Multiple brands and campaigns
  • – Quote requests
  • – Print production
  • – Orders
  • – Briefs
  • – Traffic in studios
  • – Budgets
  • – Design sign-off
  • – B2B and B2C marketing
  • – Progress on projects
  • – Timelines and meeting of deadlines
  • – Progress reports to clients
  • – Reviewing updates of websites, digital media, SMS, LinkedIn, Twitter, and email campaigns.

Have a glass of wine with Eileen and you will get to know the fun-loving person she is with a wicked sense of humour. She plays full out both in her personal and her professional life, which you will easily pick up when you interact with her.

Jessica Hannah

Content Creator

Jessica is an experienced Copywriter, Social Media Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation strategist.

With 10 years of experience in various media industries from magazines to internal communications and photography, as well as digital marketing agencies and online teaching, she has a roundhouse of experience that helps her to be able to understand different industries as well as the various marketing mediums to provide the most effective strategies.

She is a down-to-earth, logical and driven professional who is passionate about understanding what drives human behaviour and deciphering data to create marketing strategies, campaigns and content that captivates.

In her spare time, Jess is a fur mom to two beautiful boys, one dog and one cat. She loves going for walks with her dog on the beach, or in the park. She also spends time reading, writing, painting and drawing. She does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is currently learning French! Outdoor activities include hiking, so when in Cape Town come join her for a hike.

Namita Buerkle

Content Creator

Even at a young age, Namita has always been passionate about writing. As she ventured into the marketing environment, she has been able to fulfill her love for communication and writing.

Prior to this Namita was involved in the sport, fitness, health, and education industries as a Sport Scientist, allowing her to develop various skill sets in all these various sectors. As career opportunities developed, she moved into marketing where she grew professionally from being a marketing assistant to becoming a marketing manager within a seven-year period. She went on to specialize in Brand Leadership and Communications.

One of Namita’s strongest qualities is being a team player, always willing to lend a helping hand to others. A strong believer in establishing lasting relationships with others making sure that both parties support and grow through the relationship.

Namita is a constant learner at her core and is always looking at ways of learning and growing personally and professionally. She delights in expanding her knowledge base.

Namita enjoys strategically identifying key communication and marketing opportunities to build brands using strategic integrated marketing and communication plans. Implementing these plans through creating the content and being part of the design process is a journey that Namita takes pride in to ensure the clients needs are met and even exceeded.

Kgomotso Moiloa

Art Director

Throughout my studies and career, I made sure my passion and enthusiasm are displayed through my work. Having worked on a wide range of projects such as branding, social media, and UI/UX Design, each project comes with its own set of difficulties and I have enjoyed these challenges and used them to fuel my ambition and maintain my high standards.

As a designer, I am more of a problem solver than anything else and this is achieved through communication and understanding the end goal in this tight deadline industry.

I find satisfaction in knowing I have visually communicated a project to the client’s satisfaction.

Imraan Zardad

Multimedia Designer

Imraan is an experienced Graphic Designer with a work history in print and digital.

His career started in the manufacturing and print industry where he worked with large cosmetic brands and food retailers, eventually finding his way into the digital space where he worked in the marketing and ed tech industry.

He is a quick learner and a great team player who delivers work efficiently without compromising quality. He always carries out the design briefs with great accuracy and initiative.

He is a great father and loving husband. He spends most of his ‘off’ time with his family, exploring new places and activities with them.

If I had a superpower it would be to control and freeze time!