In my women’s day tribute  I wrote an article called Striking Rocks. This article briefly makes mention of Blaqpearl , a story-teller using different mediums. Today I’m excited to announce I had the opportunity to pick Janine’s brain about her career , successes, passions and her first self published book for our Women Supporting Women in Business (WSWB) feature on the blog.

Career Highlights

Janine Van Rooy- Overmeyer also known as BlaqPearl grew up in the beautiful streets of Cape Town. At the age of 12 she started writing poetry and songs. Her music is a fusion of Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B.  Janine has performed nationally and internationally and is also a cast member in popular and award-winning musical theatre productions namely Afrikaaps & A Plekkie in die son.

Towards the end of 2011 this powerhouse finally released her debut album titled Against All Odds. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape, Janine is testament to the old adage that education is power. She is proudly vocal about social issues & loves doing development work with youth.

In 2015 Janine released Karadaaa!!!, a self published book  .

2016  saw her  performing in two more theatre productions nl. Krotoa & Oratorio of a forgotten youth. Her services as professional Artist for events is Live Music, Poetry, Storytelling and Motivational speaking.


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Q: As a woman in business what would you say is the number one cause of your success.

‘As a woman in business the number one cause of my success is my belief in myself. Along with that, I work at making my dreams a reality and thrive on being professional, especially when engaging with people. I love to learn. Growing and constantly developing is important.’

Q: I understand you have authored your first book, can you tell me a bit more about this.

‘Yes, I self published my first book, titled Karadaaa!!! It was released towards the end of 2015. It’s a collection of my poetry, stories and songs written and created since my teens until now my thirties. It includes writing in both Afrikaans and English. It is being received well. I sold a good number of books so far. I am just thankful that people are open to and supporting my work. I’m also being invited to various events for example Etymotic Mondays, Franschhoek Literary Festival and to the upcoming Open Book Festival in September, to name a few. These are great platforms to showcase my book. I am very positive about this step I took to finally release my writing in this format and I’m proud. Now people can see me perform these works and they can leave with a copy of my book to continue reading it. I am very passionate about reading and therefore encourage people to read. It is the best gift to give yourself or someone else…a book.’

Q:What are you passionate about?

‘Furthermore I am very passionate about human engagement and development. I believe we are all connected and placed together on earth to help, teach and heal each other. I am also passionate about my art namely music, poetry, storytelling and theatre performances. So whenever I am expressing in these forms, I do it wholeheartedly, with respect for my gifts and talents and to the audiences. My family is very important to me, so I value all our time spent together (with love and passion).’

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to support local and buy a copy of Karadaaa!!! You can purchase your copy of Karadaaa at the Book Lounge in Cape Town or at the Open Book Festival . Where you can catch Janine host,an unplugged session at Open Book festival taking place at the Fugard Theatre from the 7-11 September 2016.

Striking Rocks

On the 9th August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa. In honour of the 1956 march to petition against Pass Laws today I celebrate women who have made a difference in my life, those around them and the communities they love. Women who follow their passion every day and live life on their terms. I am inspired to do more and be more when I see the lives these women live. I hope this inspires you to live the life of your dreams.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Thato Kgatlhanye

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Thato Kgatlhanye founder of Rethaka Trading re-purposes school bags and adds a solar panel which charges during the day and transforms into a light for children who have to walk long distances to get to school. A safer alternative for doing homework where there might not be electricity once they get home. Made from 100 % plastic the idea was to increase visibility when walking to school and at the same time help the environment.

“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a BOOK.” » Malala Yousafzai


Blaqpearl – Janine Van Rooy

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A few years ago I was attending Verses (spoken word) at Zula Bar in Cape Town and was introduced to Blaqpearl. I became an instant fan when I went to watch Afrikaaps. A theater production which explores & reclaims the Afrikaans language through music . Janine a wife, mother, singer, poet, social activist, life skills facilitator, writer and entrepreneur tells her story through words that soothe your soul.

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.” » Charles Malik


The Princess Project

The Princess project was founded by the late Helga Leurs and Erica Pienaar in 1996. Who had a vision of helping girls feel like princesses on their special night, spreading magic and help make memories that would last a lifetime. The princess project sponsors matriculants with dresses to attend their matric farewell and helps transform them into a princess for the night.

“There is nothing more rare or more beautiful than a women being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. That is the true essence of beauty.” – Steve Maraboli.


Ariana ‘Ari’Jansen

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Ari’s Cancer Foundation was established in memory of Ariana “Ari” Jansen who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008. Ari lived life to the fullest and her legacy raises funds for patients that need support.

This organisation was introduced to me through a work friend & colleague. As the only charity in Africa that focus on Adolescence & Young Adults (AYAs) who are fighting cancer. Ari’s Cancer foundation also raises funds for ‘The Youth Booth’ , now this got me really excited. The youth booth provides ‘a comfortable workspace and recreational area for young adults to relax and be entertained in while they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment’. Just by looking at The Youth Booth my mood lifts, imagine what it does for the mental well being of young adults undergoing treatment.

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”― Shannon L. Alder

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Maria Mccloy

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Maria Mccloy is the creator of Maria McCloy Accessories. Inspired by African prints she has a range of clutch bags, shoes, neck pieces and accessories. A self-confessed accessories addict Maria has followed her passion and turned it into a lucrative business. Whenever I look at a Maria Mccloy clutch I can see her love and passion come through her pieces.

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”-Ralph Lauren

Thank you for reading.Remember to keep on hustling, keep on living your truth, no matter what that truth is. If you make people uncomfortable, tough, you don’t need to apologise for who you are.Make a noise, make your voice count! Be fierce! Be brave, you owe it to those who came before you. Happy National Women’s Day South Africa!