Jesse Jason

Meet Jesse

In a year like this one, with all its challenges, we feel very lucky to have been able to grow our team. Even luckier to have found someone as lovely as Jesse, who is our newest project manager.

Knowledge sponge and free-thinker. Cat mom of three. UCT Fine Arts graduate, painter, and self-taught techie. Practiced multi-tasker and project juggler. Competitive perfectionist who loves a good challenge. Professional book re-reader. Loves starting new series and never finishing them, gaming, gyming, and solving puzzles.

We knew we liked her right from the moment she completed the test in the application process by adding her own spreadsheet; spreadsheets, incidentally, are Liz’s love language.READ MORE

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The audacity of a sabbatical

By Sarah

A little while ago I spent a few weeks on a friend’s beautiful farm in the Eastern Cape. Every day I would wake up at sunrise and go for a solo walk to a particular rock where I would sit sipping my coffee, listening to the cows in the distance, the birds, the river, the complete not-city-ness of it all.

Sometimes, in the evenings, I would chat to my friend’s husband and ask him questions about farming, which is potentially the most polar-opposite job to my own.

How do you burn a firebreak, like really? (Spoiler: completely still days aren’t actually ideal for this activity. How interesting?)READ MORE

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Seven things we’ve learned in seven years

By Sarah and Liz

At the beginning of July Pomegranite turned 7. We didn’t have our usual party (the photo above was taken at last year’s celebration), complete with the impossibly ridiculous quiz, because of the global pandemic (bit of a downer, that), but it didn’t stop us from lifting our heads and acknowledging how far we’ve hiked, and how much we’ve learned, from the day we first sat on the lounge floor to write our business plan. READ MORE

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Meet Mulesa

Starting a new job is always a bit nerve-wracking. Starting a new job, remotely, during a worldwide pandemic, adds another layer to the experience, you could say.

But the wonderful Mulesa has taken it all in her stride and she’s been a joy to work with during these strange times.

Joining us as a junior social media manager, she has a broad range of interests and talents.READ MORE

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A six-month sabbatical

By Sarah 

The fact that I was able to take six months off work to travel the world – and that it actually worked – still feels surreal. I am so grateful to the Pomegranite team for helping me make this happen.

I am also so grateful for the timing of it all. Out of six months, we only lost four days as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated and we cut things short to skid onto a hasty plane home. The last one out of São Paulo to South Africa, it turned out.

Sitting in lockdown, it feels almost impossible that we could have visited so many incredible places.

How do you even begin to go about summarising six months of memories, across three continents and 13 countries?

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On the hunt for hints

By Clem

Our return to the office in January was brightened by the arrival of our distant Pomegranite, Carla, who now lives in Oxford. In our first week back, we were sent a rather cryptic email from Liz inviting us to a mystery inspiration day with one line: “You don’t need to wear or bring anything special, just have your wits about you!” We left the office deep in debate about what it might be. After two weeks of suspense, the day arrived and all was revealed: it was the enigmatic Hint Hunt!

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Liz’s Sabbatical: The Camino

By Liz

During my three-month sabbatical, I walked the French Way, one of the routes of the Camino de Santiago, a 600-year old Christian pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela built on an older Pagan pilgrimage to what the Romans believed was the end of the world. It was one of the best things I have ever done for myself and I am so grateful to the amazing Pomegranite team that allowed me to take the time to do it.

It’s impossible to capture my journey in words so I’ll try to answer the most common question I’m asked, then move on to some simple facts, and finally share some images.READ MORE

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Pomegranite’s sixth birthday party

By Sarah

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Pomegranite’s sixth birthday with clients, service providers and friends who have supported us over the years. It’s always a lovely way to pause and take stock of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. And, of course, to say thank you to the people who have helped us get here.

As per tradition, we held a completely ridiculous quiz, which people got very into.READ MORE

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Reconnecting with our work and what motivates us

By Liz

As we start a new year, I thought it would be a good time to reconnect with what’s important to each of us in our work. For my skills share, I simply asked everyone to write down their answers to three questions and share the answers. I was surprised and heartened by many of the answers and I think they give a good sense of who we are as a business.

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Happy New Year

Happy 2019!

While everyone starts to filter into offices after the holidays and the trickle in our inboxes becomes a lot less of a trickle, we thought we’d ease ourselves into the first blog post of the year with something simple.

The team were asked two questions:

  1. Describe your holiday with one GIF.
  2. What are you most looking forward to at Pomegranite this year?

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Company culture: a place where you can be a “whole somebody”

By Sarah

Of all the things we’ve done over the past five years since starting Pomegranite – like consistently being able to pay salaries on time every month, for example – I’m probably most proud of the company culture that we’ve created.

When Liz and I started the business, we took note of all the things we hadn’t liked about previous places we’d worked and made sure to steer away from them. We also took note of all the things we’d loved about previous work environments, added quite a few of our own ingredients, and formed a clear vision of the kind of company culture we wanted.READ MORE