Reconnecting in-person at CHIPS

By Anja

It’s been a little over five months since we all shared a workspace at Pomegranite. It’s funny to think how working remotely felt quite strange last year, but this year, it’s being together that seemed out of the ordinary. As we walked into CHIPS coworking earlier this month, we greeted each other with a mix of elbows, hugs, laughs and many a “It’s so great to see your legs!” As the second Pomegranite who was onboarded completely remotely, it was strange to think that this was the first time I was actually meeting the people I saw on video almost everyday (the new normal is a fascinating place!).

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Meet Anja, our new social media manager

By Sarah

When we interviewed candidates for the social media manager position at Pomegranite, we took notes during each chat to help us remember key points about each person. 

During Anja’s interview, Liz only wrote down one word: yay! 

As soon as Anja’s second interview, which involved a chat with other members of our team, ended, Nicole said, “She reminds me of a younger me…” 

And Tom said, “Hire her immediately!” READ MORE

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Pomegranite’s eighth birthday

Our usual Pomegranite birthday party obviously wasn’t an option this year, but turning eight felt like a big deal and we wanted to do something to mark the occasion.

After our alternative celebration, these were the messages sent on slack:

“My face actually hurts from smiling – thanks guys that was great! :smile:READ MORE

What is POPI and what does it mean for me and my business?

What is POPI and what does it mean for me and my business?

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South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act, otherwise known as the POPI Act or POPIA, became enforceable on July 1st, 2021, much to many people’s alarm. We are by no means experts on the topic, but, in wrapping our heads around it and understanding how it intersects with our work, we came across some useful resources which we thought we’d share with you to help you get a sense of what it means for you and your business.
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Pomegranite’s new Head of Social Media

By Sarah

About four years ago, we interviewed Nicole for a social media position at Pomegranite. We moved a bit too slowly and it didn’t work out – and she became known as “the one who got away”. Until a year later… when her name popped up in an application for another social media position.

I can still hear Liz’s, “Oooooh ooooooh!” as she showed me the application.

It’s been almost three years now, since Nicole became a Pomegranite. One of the things I love most about this company is that, even though it’s small, there is so much room to grow within your role, to learn, to make it what you want it to be – if you have the initiative and passion.READ MORE

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Website security: prevention is better than cure

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By Carla

As far as our personal health and well-being is concerned, it is generally accepted that keeping your body strong and healthy is much more effective than letting it fall into ill-health and then attempting to rectify the problem. The same principle should be applied to our software and, in this particular case, our WordPress sites.READ MORE

Congrats on three years with Pomegranite, Tom!

Three years ago, Tom joined our team as a social media manager (has it been that long already?!). This charming old soul’s hard work and dedication to the team has seen him grow into his current project manager role, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to have him as part of the Pomegranite family.

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2020: the year of surrender

By Sarah

The question I’ve been chatting to Liz about this morning is:

What do you say in a “Happy holidays!” blog after a year like 2020 without sounding like a trying-too-hard-bit-off-the-mark Hallmark card? All that makes sense to us is to be honest and real.

For me, this year has been about surrender. Never before has a lesson been delivered with such quiet (and sometimes loud) insistence.READ MORE

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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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