Job title and more about yourself.

Jannie Griesel is the proud CFO of Gift Drop.Originally from Johannesburg, Jannie moved to Cape Town and has been living there for the past ten years. Jannie is a proud husband and father to a beautiful daughter, who has a sibling on the way.

Can you briefly name a few of the opportunities you had while growing up that made you the person you are today?

Jannie reflects and says that the biggest opportunity he hadwhile growing up was his family giving him the opportunity to study, which opened many doors. Growing up, Jannie also feels like he was given the freedom to express himself. Jannie continues by saying he feels incredibly privileged to have had the opportunities to grow up in a supportive environment with ample room to grow.

Can you briefly describe your experience at in Harmonie?

Jannie feels that in Harmonie could best be described by using the words ‘in touch.’ Throughout his visit at in Harmonie, Jannie feels that in Harmonie truly embodied what it is to be ‘in touch’ with what’s important in life.

What do you think some of the challenges are in building a more harmonious South Africa?

Jannie believes that one of the biggest challenges in building a more harmoniousSouth Africa  is the fact that a perspective change is needed, especially on a cultural level.

How do you think a person moves from a state of disharmony to harmony?

Jannie explains that in order to find spiritual harmony, one needs to be aligned with God. Jannie continues by saying that this only happens when one spends time with God and in His presence.

How do you and your organisation engage in this process of change?

Jannie explains that at Gift Drop, they believe in sending gifts and enriching people’s lives through those gifts. “Giving a gift is an act of self-sacrifice,” says Jannie. In the act of giving, we think of someone else first and give without expecting anything in return.

How do you see the way forward for yourself and South Africa?

Jannie emphasised that any big challenge begins with belief. Jannie continued by saying that there is a lot of opportunity within the youth. “It’s important to start a dialogue with the youth in order to make a difference and an impact at the root level,” says Jannie.

Any words of advice or encouragement you would like to share with those who feel like they have lost hope.

Jannie concludes by giving words of encouragement and advice. “Always focus on what’s important,” says Jannie. “There are a lot of things that we tend to put first. What we believe should be at the centre of everything, is God. If we do that, all the negative things will be mitigated.”