| About Us
Parenty is a space for parents to escape, to find comfort in, to laugh, cry and to find a community that feels exactly the same way you do. From falling pregnant to coaching your teens to let go of that phone, whether you are a single parent looking for the answers on co-parenting or a couple looking for decor tips for your nursery Parenty can help make the parenting journey easier.
The Parenty team understands that parents need a holistic approach to parenting that’s why our team of writers and experts sift through all the information out there and neatly package all the relevant information.
Our team understands that you are busy and just need one spot to go for The Fun Stuff for a laugh with our viral videos and celeb content, or just to help you choose the right book, TV show or product for you and your family. In fact, we scour the internet and our contacts each week to find the best (and budget friendly) places to take your family to every weekend in our gig guide.
We know that moms and dads-to-be have a myriad of questions about their impending parenthood so we put together all the best, fact checked information we can find for pregnant moms and expecting dads in our Becoming a Parent section.
And, then of course comes the Being a Parent part where you can find advice, tips, tricks and the latest news from the world of parenting all nicely packaged in a way that’s easy to read and that will keep you coming back for more.
Our dedicated School section is all about, yup you guessed it schooling. Our expertly written content look for the best parenting hacks out there to make this part of the parenting journey so much easier.
| Our contributors
| Farrah Francis
| Managing editor
Farrah Francis (Saville) is a new mom, whose journey into motherhood began with a preemie baby in the ICU. This journalist, writer and editor is passionate about writing and is currently working on a new book about women. A closet feminist with a penchant for anything spicy and a love of all things décor, long phone chats with friends and an occasional night out on the town, has returned from a whirl-wind stay in the Middle East. She the recipient of numerous journalism awards including Editor of the Year.
| Karabo Mokoena
| Resident Parenty Contributor
Karabo Moekwana is a first-time mom, over-sharer, lover of life, chronic napper and married to her best friend. She loves a good party because the dance floor is her happy place. She enjoys good food, good conversations, laughs a little too hard, and cries during every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. She started her blogging journey because she wanted to share all the ups and downs of being a young modern mama in South Africa. Her blog Black Mom Chronicles has been featured on Ayana Magazine & SA Mom Blog. She has enjoyed airtime on Power FM and frequently writes for the parenting section of Saturday Citizen. She also works with MamaMagic on their Product Awards, Milestones Magazine, Heart to Heart blog, and the Baby Expo, which is South Africa’s biggest parenting expo.
| Zinhle Msimango
| Our go to freelancer
Ziphezinhle Msimango has over ten years editorial experience and started her career as a journalist reporting for publications like the Sunday Times and True Love magazine where she covered lifestyle stories but also had the opportunity to interview many of South Africa’s prominent personalities such as Thuli Madonsela, Julius Malema and former President Thabo Mbeki. Five years ago she traded journalism for marketing. She’s passionate about public speaking and small businesses so when she’s not working on her own cushions business on weekends, she’s building 1000 piece puzzles with her nine year old daughter Ewetse with her infant son Nkazimulo quietly(erm….not) watching.
| Kim Mari
| Resident kids book reviewer
Kim Mari has been raising her three children as readers for the last 15 years. She lives in Johannesburg and her roots lie in the entertainment industry in marketing and producing.
She has been posting reviews of her kids’ favourite books on social media for several years now. Kim loves cooking and travelling with her family.
| Our Experts
| Kath McGraw
| Pediatric Dietician
Kath Megaw (BSc Dietetics Hons, Diploma Paediatric Dietetics) holds four medical qualifications including a paediatric dietetic qualification from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. She has been published in the Epilepsia journal on the use of the paediatric ketogenic diet in third-world settings and frequently speaks to groups of both professionals and parents on infant and childhood nutrition. Kath is the author of Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children (Quivertree Publications), the co-author of Feeding Sense (Metz press), The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics (Quivertree Publications), as well as co-author of Weaning Sense and Allergy Sense (Quivertree Publications). Kath has been in private practice for over 18 years and is the founder of Nutripaeds, a paediatric dietetic practice.
| Dr Dulcy
Dr Dulcy will join the Citizen’s Parenty team every second Tuesday and you can ask health-related questions about your kids and about yourself. To get your questions answered, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.*
Dr Dulcy is a social entrepreneur with a passion for providing healthcare and wellness solutions for low and middle-income communities in South Africa. As the 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Regional Business Achiever award winner for Business Women’s Association, she started Accessible Quality Healthservices (AQH) in 2013 after being a general practitioner in Vryburg then Carletonville for 11 years.
In 2015, she partnered with Pascal Frohlicher and we founded U-Care Medical Centres which focused on building private medical centres and providing world-class health services at an affordable cost. This company evolved in 2019 to become quadcare, which is a network of medical centres in areas where they are needed the most providing access to affordable healthcare. Currently, the centres are in Edenvale, Fox Street Johannesburg, Meadowlands, Carletonville, University of Johannesburg, and Park Station.
Dr Dulcy said her life’s purpose was to make an impact on how healthcare was delivered in this country, especially to the poor.
| The Great Equalizer Podcast
The Great Equalizer podcast is an unfiltered, honest and (at times) irreverant account of the realities of being a parent in modern-day South Africa.
The show is hosted by local Joburg moms, Sam Herbst and Charlene Armstrong, who believe that all parents are rocking the same kind of crazy.
Each week we laugh, bitch and cry about the ups and downs of our current upside-down. There’s just one rule (and it’s non-negotiable)… #nojudgies (never ever).
It doesn’t matter who you were pre-kid, what colour skin you’re in, how rich or poor you are, or whether you’re gay or straight… If you’re a parent, you know what it’s like to smell your kid’s butt in public. Kids man, they’re the great equalizer.
*And because we, your hosts don’t know what the frack we’re doing 99% of the time, we touch base with experts who do. So, hey, you may just learn something too.
Credentials (info on hosts)
Sam is a recovering workaholic who has suffered through several identity crises since quitting her full-time job as a magazine editor and journalist to venture out into the world of freelance writing, editing and digital marketing. Her passion for children and all things motherhood gave birth to the idea of an honest and authentic parenting podcast that would (hopefully) provide a safe haven for parents to be 100% okay with not being okay. We’re all just doing our best, right? Sam lives in Joburg East with her husband, Ray and their toddler son, the very handsome and precocious Elijah (who is friendly almost to a fault).
A veritable hive of activity, Charlene does not sit still (or keep quiet) for a second. Her impassioned energy and ‘lus vir die lewe’ initially fed into her experience as a manager and staff trainer in the corporate world but, soon after becoming a mom herself, Charlene became motivated to teach, guide, support and train new parents and childcare professionals. As a qualified baby massage instructor– all in addition to her regular hustle – she has a finger in many pies, though most of these roles have one thing in common: Empowering parents and caregivers to fill their homes with the necessary love and support needed to future-proof their homes and optimise their children’s development. Charlene lives in Joburg West with her hilarious husband, Rhett. Also in the wings is the couple’s firstborn sasshole, four-year-old Joshua (AKA JDawg) – who’s bossy, 200% loveable and looks just like his mom – and their last born baba, Jesse-Lynn (AKA Little Red), who looks nothing like her mom and fulfils the cliché of growing up way too fast in every single way.
Links to: Website, & Social Media
Instagram: @thegreatequalizerpodcast https://www.instagram.com/thegreatequalizerpodcast/
Facebook: @thegreatequalizerpodcast https://www.facebook.com/thegreatequalizerpodcast/
Twitter: @TGE_Podcast https://twitter.com/TGE_Podcast
| Dr Mpume
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Special interest in Sexual & Reproductive Health and Sexual Medicine She is not only a passionate OB-Gynae ,but also Founder of Mics & Steths (Microphones &Stethoscopes) Legacy ,a health and information consultancy that seeks to provide solutions to Sexual and Reproductive Health & Wellness through connecting Media and Medicine. Her qualifications include:
- Undergraduate (MD): MBCHB Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine University of KwaZulu Natal
- Post-Graduate: Specialized in Obstetrics & Gynecology FCOG(SA) University of Witwatersrand
Recipient of International Society of Sexual Medicine attended ESSM School of Sexual Medicine programing Budapest (Nov 2019)
As if studying and helping women with their journeys isn’t enough Dr Mpume is also a Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights Advisory – Gauteng MEC, Westrand District Health : strategies to deliver quality services and Content Producer – Expert OB-Gynaecologist advisor and producer of content across all platforms, including print, tv and radio, social media, including Facebook, Areas of interest Women’s Health: hormones and family planning and teen health among others.
She is currently a Obstetrician & Gynecologist Morningside Mediclinic , works at DISA Private Clinic (part time) and is a shareholder of The Birthing Team shareholder and specialist clinician, while also serving as a Gauteng Region Committee Member: Southern Africa Sexual Health Association (SASHA) •
You can listen to her on Kaya FM : Co-host Home with Mapaseka Sexual Health
Career highlights include:
- Speaker at 6th Annual WE CAN Africa 2019: breast and cervical cancer advocacy summit
- Attendee : Women’s Health Summit 2019 Berlin Germany • Attended European Society School of Sexual Medicine November 2018 Budapest
- Winner Women of stature Woman the year in Healthcare 2018
- District (Clinical Specialist ( Obst & Gynae) West rand District : oversees mater nal health at district and primary healthcare , as well as school health • Member of MEC of Health Gauteng task team in O&G : focusing on Clinical gov ernance, Health Policy advisory and implementation
| Katrina Meek
Katrina Meek is a mother, a wife, a sister, an Aunty, a friend and a DOULA. I believe birth is incredibly beautiful and powerful. It is a sacred moment and quite possibly one of the most important and life-changing events in a woman’s life. I believe if women can carry the courage and strength they gain from a positive birth experience and transfer those qualities to their daily life the possibilities are endless. As a doula, I believe in supporting your strength and acknowledging the choices you make. It is a privilege to witness a birth. It is profound.
| Anastasia Klate
Bio: Anastasia Klate, 35 years old and the mother of two gorgeous boys aged 8 & 10.
I have a background in ECD and studied early years learning in London then furthered my studies in the field of
Montessori Education before moving on to starting my own school in 2010. We currently live in the beautiful city
of Port Elizabeth and I now work as a homeschool tutor in the mornings and spend my afternoons with my kids and a good book.
Credentials: Diploma in Child day Care (UK)
Diploma in Montessori Education
Qualified ASB School Readiness Assessor
Certificates in Learning through Play Grade R-3 with PLAYSA
| Ruwaida Moola
Ruwaida Ismail Moola is a proud wife and mother of two sons. She is a practicing registered, fertility nurse, and midwife with a demonstrated history of working in the maternity private and provincial sectors.
She did her basic 4 year training at Coronation Nursing College and further studies in Advanced Midwifery and Nursing education at the University of Johannesburg.
Her passion in Midwifery started in her schooling years when she witnessed a birth. Her passion grew in the maternity unit and she believes that this was all that she was born to do. Ruwaida works as an independent midwife at Genesis clinic and does occasional lectures in midwifery.
She also works at BioArt fertility clinic as a senior fertility sister facilitating mums with difficulty in conception to attain their dreams of becoming a mother. She is blessed and fortunate to continue care with some of the low risk mums into the birth of their baby.
She has also taken a special interest in neonatal jaundice after her first born needed an exchange transfusion for neonatal jaundice.
She has contributed to various educational programmes on television,radio and magazine articles.
Website : www.miraclebirths.co.za
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