"We partner with world-class clients and professional, inspirational people. Read what some of them have to say about us:"
We have included some comments from our COOL clients…
Debs Whittaker is one of the most vivacious and high-energy people I have ever known and she is always full of fresh ideas for her business and for her clients. I first met Debs when she attended one of my writing workshops nearly two decades ago. Since then I have interacted with her as a journalist and watched her grow a successful business and reinvent it in times of disruption such as during the pandemic. She has a knack of attracting extraordinary people to work for her and invests in developing their skills. I know this firsthand, because she has sent her people to me for writing training.
Jennigay Coetzer »
Africa correspondent for the international publication, Law.com, writing trainer
Debs is a dynamic, passionate, and remarkable professional and a seasoned marketing professional willing to give back where possible to enhance skills, knowledge and promote collaboration worldwide. She is a breath of fresh air for the industry, easy to work with, great attitude, always willing to learn and has a great personality. On behalf of the industry, I would like to say a "Gargantuan Thank You" to her for "Giving Back" in such a difficult time and sharing relentlessly her international knowledge, experience, expertise and passion to All of Us and being a Role Model to me and for many around the world. Thanks a Million Debs and keep shining!
Anil Singh Rana »
I love working with Debs. She always arranges the best events and makes everyone feel like the guest of honour. Her secret sauce is how she gets to know both the business objectives and the customer’s needs, creating an environment where the two can meet. Debs makes an impact in a quiet, no-fuss sort of way which allows space for all personalities to shine around her. She makes a difference to any team.
Daniel Robus »
Owner Life Rocks Consulting (Pty) Ltd
Congratulations to Saryx Engineering Group powering HSEC Online® for successfully completing the JSE Enterprise Acceleration Pilot Programme.
"The JSE Accelerator Programme is intended to foster the next generation of corporate South Africa giving you access to markets; it’s meant to be quick and easy for it to accelerate. The JSE network lends itself to opportunities and it’s a fantastic opportunity as it has CEOs, mentors, and other entrepreneurs to learn from.
One of my top highlights of the programme was the marketing and sales value chain. After attending that session one of the guest speakers Debs Whittaker from Coolcumba actually met with us outside of the programme and is now hired to do our sales and marketing for the Saryx Group which is fantastic.”
Ingrid Osborne »
CEO Saryx Engineering Group
The Coolcumba team are great. A pleasure to work with Debs and the team. Knowledgeable, experience and super friendly.
David Bell »
Debbie and her team are professional, polite, and efficient. They always meet deadlines on time and in our line of work (as their accountants), this is a trait we truly appreciate. Debbie takes the time to understand exactly what is required of her and continuously endeavours to make our lives easier. She is generous with compliments and truly appreciates everything everybody does for her and her team.
Linda Strauss »
Working with these exceptional ladies has been nothing short of amazing! Great expertise and utmost professionalism which furthermore makes our business relationship both effortless and pleasant. Would confidently recommend Coolcumba Communications for all your PR, marketing and event management needs
Mel Nkuna »
Oracle Corporation South Africa
A professional and creative team of ladies who will go the extra mile to ensure they execute above and beyond your expectations. They take the time to understand your industry and solutions so they can come back with the best recommendations to meet your goals. I know we are in safe hands when Coolcumba are in charge of our events and digital activities!
Yasmine Farah »
Oracle Corporation UAE
We have had the privilege of working with the Coolcumba team and Debs in particular for several years. Such passion! They have been integral to the Transaction Junction journey into the digital marketing space. I cannot recommend Debs highly enough. If you are looking to ignite your corporate identity and want to do so with a team that is committed and truly cares, reach out to Debs - you'll not regret it
Craig Duggan »
General Manager: Payment Services at Transaction Junction. True Omnichannel Payments. Every Channel. One Platform.
I have known Debbie for more than 15 years, and during the times we have worked together, she has proven herself to be extremely capable and competent at handling the many diverse needs of her clients, most especially at adapting to the marketing requirements of a rapidly evolving digital world. While it is to be expected that her clients always come first, she is never shy about putting in the long hours and weekend effort sometimes required in this job. Just as crucially, she is as caring and concerned for the welfare of her employees and suppliers (like myself), as she is for her clients. I am proud to be considered a member of the Coolcumba Family.
Rodney Weidemann »
"I’ve worked with Debs for almost two decades on the SME survey research project and related projects, and have always been amazed at her consistent high levels of professionalism, efficiency and client relationships. The partnership has been not only productive and rewarding, but has continually opened doors to new ideas and opportunities. I look forward to many more years of fruitful endeavours. "
Arthur Goldstruck »
Founder and CEO of World Wide Worx
"It's my true pleasure to Introduce Debs Whittaker. A true outlier of humanity, professionalism and empathy. Being a ICT professional with amazing skills in Marketing, Social Media and Strategy, I have found Debs to be a creative, resourceful and unique in her work techniques. Always available to help, assist and support colleagues and friends without hesitation. It's a blessing to have such leading role models of equality, inclusion and equal rights for everyone. A staunch voice for Girls, Women equity and rights. And indeed a skilled, capable and high capacity professional. Reach her expertise for your relevant work requirements"
Rizwan AFSHAR »
CEO @ BIM | Edge Computing| Content & Lifestyle | Digital Transformation | Cyber Security | Mobile | IoT | Telecom
"Met with Debs and associates during the Gartner IT Symposium - Expo. What a lovely bunch of people - truly passionate about what they are doing in the field of marketing, events planning and promotions. They DO out of the box thinking. Debbie and team are always willing to assist and have bright new ideas - any company will benefit, working with Coolcumba Communications. Have a look at their website and all services done by them and I can assure you that you will find something to put your company on the next level when it comes to Event and project management, Digital Marketing, PR, Content Management, amazing fresh new website designs, they even provide exciting cost effective gifts and clothing. You will not find a company more up to speed with latest requirements. They listen to the client and understand the requirement and always gets the job done on time and within budget."
Estelle Classen »
Project Management Specialist at E-Star Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
"I have worked with Debbie and Coolcumba over the years and find her to be one of the most flexible and nicest people to work with when it comes to events and marketing initiatives. Debbie knows the industry, she takes time to understand what we do and is very pro-active when it comes to suggestions and ideas. Looking forward to many more engagements."
Anien Coetzee »
Regional Director | Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit at Oracle
"I'm based in Dubai and had to plan 3 events in South Africa within the same week. We chose Coolcumba to manage these for us based on their great reputation in the market, and I have to say this was the most flawless and seamless experience I've had with any event, let alone 3! Debbie and her team understood our requirements and delivered to the highest standard and all 3 events were a great success. I felt extremely at ease knowing the events were in safe hands. Debbie will be my go to for any events we have in the SSA market! Highly, highly recommended!"
Yasmine Farah »
Regional Marketing Manager | Oracle
"I have had the pleasure of working with Debbie Whittaker and her Coolcumba team for over 15 years. From delivering events on a massive scale for Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems, all the way through to working with SMEs with limited budgets, Debbie has always added measurable value to her clients.
She is able to interpret clients’ needs, match them to the trends of the industry at that time and produce incredible results. Never one to shy away from a challenge, the Coolcumba team has always been able to produce an ROI that is enviable in the world of marketing, where most companies avoid addressing this issue.
I have worked with Debbie in areas as diverse as social media planning, event concepts and production and thought leadership and PR. Coolcumba has added enough value to me as a client, that I have been a return customer and enthusiastic referral partner of her business for over a decade. "
Jacqui Gogele »
Director | SALTBIZ
"Thanks Debbie. We had a successful event. I would like to thank Tsholo for her dedication and great efforts, well done."
Dya Mrini »
Marketing Manager | MicroStrategy
"I first had the privilege of working with Debbie in the field of marketing research and was immediately blown away by her professionalism and her ability to manage the complex dynamics with our large enterprise and produce the detailed results we expected and more.
I therefore had no hesitation in working with her and her team on our GTM and product launch which she once again exceeded our expectations by providing innovative thinking and execution.
The entire process was seamless and smooth, while exhibiting strong leadership skills, nothing was too much for her and her team and made the customer experience delightful!
I look forward to working with Debbie and her team when the opportunity arises again and feel very comfortable in recommending Debbie and her team."
Charles Lalieu »
Managing Executive Product and Solution Development | BCX
"Just a quick thank you for all your work on the event, and getting us to a great turnout – really appreciate all the hard work that went into that – so a big thank you to you and your team. And for once again doing a superb event, the feedback was great."
Deborah Summers »
Marketing Administrator | Britehouse
"Thank you for such a comprehensive report for the Oracle HCM Cloud Event in Namibia and also for your willingness to assist in the last minutes. You and your team were able to pull this off in only two weeks and it was perfectly executed. Thank you once more and we look forward to executing such events with you in the future."
Mary Makgoko »
Oracle Corporation SA
"Thanks to you Debbie and your team for all your assistance in making sure today went smoothly. The venue was lovely, the décor fantastic and the food was brilliant.
We already have 3 follow up meetings arranged so I am pleased.
Please send my thanks to your staff who were very professional and helpful."
Nicole Astfalck »
Sales and Marketing | Futuresense
"Just wanted to give you feedback on our the Cloud Day we had at the Indaba Hotel yesterday. In a nutshell, the day was a huge success! The interaction levels were excellent, and the customers were really interested to take this further.
I would like to thank everybody involved, especially local marketing team with Debbie and William from Coolcumba who ensured everything ran like clockwork - especially seeing that we changed the venue at the last minute, and combined the event with the GB event.
A special thanks to Pascal, our 'guest of honor' - without your participation and guidance, we would not have been able to pull it off! Lastly, a special thanks to all the South African speakers who went out of their way to familiarize themselves with the new content and delivered outstanding presentations. Well done to all - I am really looking forward to see the feedback and pipeline created!"
Heilet Scholtz »
Director Solution Consulting | Oracle Technology | South Africa
"Thanks a million for a fantastic week, everything ran like clockwork, well done."
James Munn »
Qualcomm South Africa