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Our beginnings

Finding out what's on offer for kids in the dispersed and fragmented city of Johannesburg, is often daunting. I struggled for years with 2 small children of my own to find pottery, swimming or gymnastics teachers, child-friendly restaurants, museums, kids' entertainment or any ideas for day outings. I was looking for an in-depth resource and online children's directory with choices and recommendations. There was none, so I set myself the task of creating a resource that children, parents and teachers could use on a daily basis.

Jozikids was born to help make all our lives easier, to showcase the myriad of family friendly, child-oriented services, products, event planning and activities in the biggest shopping centre imaginable, the internet, with its unlimited space and possibilities. It's the solution for frustrated moms, dads, teachers, caregivers or visitors who never know where to look to find what they need whether it's a day outing, extra-mural activities, furniture, clothing, clowns, face painters, that special party venue or an educational school outing.

My kids and I now regularly visit the site together to check out what's new, what's happening and what to do in the whole of Gauteng, from Johannesburg to Pretoria , the East Rand to the West Rand.

Jozikids is unique, it's designed to help you find the best for your kids and to share your experiences. We hope you find it useful and would love to hear what you think! Contact us now and send us your comments.

Yours
Merle

Merle

The visionary and creator of this website. A mom, wife, journalist and workaholic, her mind never rests! She is constantly thinking of new ideas to better the business and keep with the times.
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Merle

Anisha

Meticulous and scrupulous yet diplomatic, Anisha is the head of accounts. Her job of making sure payments are received timeously is done gently yet effectively.
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Anisha

Fatima

Quick, extremely witty, a gifted writer but also invaluable managing events, photos, creating listings, just about anything that comes her way.
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Fatima

Shaki

Extremely resourceful, industrious, and always on the go! Shaki has a fantastic way with words. She is responsible for the weekly newsletters, writing and optimising articles and managing competitions.
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Shaki

Shirin

Don't be fooled by her quiet disposition. Shirin, our social media marketer, is behind the hilarious posts on our social media pages. Shirin is a whizz at reports, the psychology of targeting audiences and her work ethic is 2nd to none.
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Shirin

Sumaya

Sumi's bubbly personality helps her in her job as our marketing guru. She solicits new business and welcomes new listers, explaining all the perks of advertising with jozikids. A horse lover too!
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Sumaya

Barbara

Our web developer (skilled in HTML5, CSS, Javascript and Boostrap) built the wonderful new website. Not only is she extremely smart, quick to learn but also reliable, consistent, punctual and creative. Always one for solutions, friendly and well liked by all.
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Barbara

Reino

Reino is our Search Engine Optimisation whizz, specialising in technical digital marketing and Analytics. His passion is problem solving in the digital space.
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Reino

Kevin

Our IT expert who helped create the beautiful Jozikids blog & website. Extremely, helpful, reliable and resourceful with a kind heart! Runs Vertopia.co.za for all your WordPress, e-commerce, hosting and web design needs.
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Kevin

Comments from visitors and advertisers

Visitors

Dear Merle & the rest of the Jozikids team

Just a quick note of thanks.

As a Dad (& husband ;-) I'd like to express my deepest gratitude for making my life easier. A quick visit to your site on a Thursday I jot down a few 'possibilies' from the exhaustive list of 'things to do', I present them to my wife & kids & they make the final choices.

They all wonder where I get these amazing ideas (I'm such a hero that keeping it a secret from them for now, although I have told all of my fellow Dads how to wrap your wife & kids around your finger ;-)

Keep up the great work.
Kind regards

David Crouch

Dear Jozikids team - I want to congratulate you on the most fantastic job you are doing. Jozikids has a buzz and vibe that keeps bringing me back to it. (I am not big on the internet)

Merle Caminsky

Thank you for a fantastic website!!

Judy Malan

Site is awesome! Congratulations on the idea and well done on all the hard work. I can only imagine how much effort goes into developing and maintaining it. I will definitely be a frequent visitor on the site. It is well structured and user friendly. It is such a relief to be able to have access to all this information! Previously it was always such a daunting task to get this type of info. You are an inspiration!

Marguerite Lamos

THE SITE IS STUNNING! Congrats on a fantastic concept and really lovely site.

Lianne Burton, mother of Alex Ray, age 5, and editor of House and Leisure magazine.


Advertisers

I'm just so impressed by what you guys have done in less than a week. Can't believe I never used you guys before. Everything looks and sounds so professional! I mean, the work ethic from you guys is insane. Your prices should be way higher for what you do. Seriously. Very impressed. Originally I was thinking of only advertising with till Jan, but now--I know my money is being well spent.

Emma Parlabean - B Music

Dear Jozikids team, you guys are awesome. Just wanted to say thank you to Jozikids , so much positive response from your website and the Mandela Day event you did. Much love and blessings.

Patty Ogle - Ogle Foundation

Jozikids should open a division on how to coach and mentor us in business.
There are hardly any business mentors out there. Remember how I struggled and messed and worked in so much fear for a beginner? You are one of the best I've seen in business. Most of us don't even know how to do a newsletter etc.

Thank you again for everything and Happy Easter in advance

Grace Mulinge - Kids Aviation Club

Well done on all the great work you are doing with the site, it is really awesome and congrats to you and your team.

Jono Leaf-write -

Hope you have a great 2008! Thank you for your brilliant service during 2007.
Kind regards

Estelle - Au Pairs Galore

Very impressed with the website!
Very user friendly and informative. We have added our details and wish you all the best on your new venture.

Nadia - Au Pairs Galore

We would just like to inform you that you give great value for money and we've seen MAJOR increase in our visitors and party bookings are starting to grow that we're up to 8 weeks booked in advance!

Louise Roxmouth - Swartkrans Go-Karts

Power FM Podcasts

Pabi Moloi from Weekend Breakfast in conversaiton with Jozikids Director, Merle Dieterich