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Celebrating Our Diverse Team: Stories of Heritage, Culture, and Unity at RDM

In South Africa, Heritage Day holds a special place in our hearts and calendars. Celebrated annually on the 24th of September, this day is not just about barbecues and braais; it's a day to honor and embrace the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions that make our nation unique. For South African businesses, Heritage Day offers an incredible opportunity to foster unity, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging among employees and customers alike.


One of the fundamental aspects of Heritage Day is recognizing and celebrating the vast array of cultures that coexist within our borders. South Africa is a melting pot of ethnicities, languages, and traditions, and businesses can play a pivotal role in showcasing this diversity. Acknowledging the various backgrounds of your employees and customers is not only respectful but can also lead to a more inclusive and harmonious workplace.


In honor of Heritage Day, we will be presenting profiles of some of our RDM employees as a tribute to the broad spectrum of diversity found both within our organization and among South Africans. South Africa hasn't always acknowledged the abundant cultural richness and diversity of its populace, but it is precisely this diversity that defines South Africa's exceptional character as our Rainbow Nation. There is truly no other place like it.






Allan Taylor

  • Gender: Male

  • Age: 69

  • Race: White

  • Marital Status: Married

  • Languages Spoken: English and Afrikaans

  • Place of Birth: Zimbabwe

  • Children: 5

  • Siblings: 1

  • Favorite Cultural Food: Steak, egg, and chips


James Moyo

  • Gender: Male

  • Age: 42

  • Race: Black African

  • Marital Status: Married

  • Languages Spoken: English, Zulu, Ndebele, Setswana, Pedi, Xhosa

  • Place of Birth: Zimbabwe

  • Children: 4

  • Siblings: 2

  • Favorite Cultural Food: Pap and meat

  • Nguni Culture: Part of the largest ethnic group in Southern Africa.


David Schmidt

  • Gender: Male

  • Age: 34

  • Race: White

  • Marital Status: Married

  • Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans

  • Place of Birth: Johannesburg

  • Children: 2

  • Siblings: 2

  • Favorite Cultural Food: Boerewors roll

  • Noteworthy Cultural Aspect: Enjoys rugby, braai, and spending time with friends and family.


Doris Xaba

  • Gender: Female

  • Culture: Bapedi

  • Age: 45

  • Race: Black African

  • Language: Sotho and English

  • Marital Status: Married

  • Place of Birth: Musina

  • Children: 3

  • Siblings: 2

  • Favorite Cultural Food: Murogo, samp and beans, mashotja, dikgobe

  • Bapedi Culture: Known for its cultural dances and traditional attire.



Cindy Theunissen

  • Gender: Female

  • Culture: Afrikaans

  • Age: 35

  • Race: White

  • Marital Status: Engaged

  • Languages Spoken: Afrikaans, English

  • Place of Birth: Limpopo, Phalaborwa

  • Children: 3

  • Siblings: 4

  • Favorite Cultural Food: Pap, biltong, braai, bobotie, koeksisters

  • Interests: Enjoys rugby, braai, and spending time with friends and family.


Ndidzulafni Tshiyambo:

  • Gender: Female

  • Culture: Venda

  • Age: 51

  • Race: Black African

  • Marital Status: Married

  • Languages Spoken: Venda, English

  • Place of Birth: Tzaneen

  • Children: 1

  • Siblings: 10

  • Favorite Cultural Food: Tshidzimba

  • Venda Culture: Known for its distinct clothing, language, food, and traditions.


Sylvia Phiri

  • Gender: Female

  • Culture: Mixed - Northern Sotho and Zulu

  • Age: 43

  • Race: Black African

  • Marital Status: Single

  • Place of Birth: Tzaneen

  • Languages Spoken: Sotho, Zulu, English

  • Children: 1

  • Siblings: 10

  • Favorite Cultural Food: All African food



Petros Ngwenya


  • Gender: Male

  • Culture: Sotho

  • Age: 56

  • Race: Black African

  • Marital Status: Married

  • Languages Spoken: Sotho, English

  • Place of Birth: Musina

  • Children: 5

  • Siblings: 5

  • Favorite Cultural Food: All African food














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