Meet your sitters

Antonia Smallberg

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Antonia (20) is a Bcom (law) student at Stellenbosch University, she is also a part-time tutor. Her main passion is music and has been part of the SU Acapella for the last two years. She currently studies French and Latin. 

Antonia has her black belt in karate. She has a tremendous appreciation for theatre and classical music. She is involved as a coordinator of the Metanoia Leadership Course which explores social justice issues and the role of leadership in this. 

Caitlin Pearce

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Caitlin (23) was born and raised in Cape Town but currently lives in Makhanda during term time. She has completed her second year at Rhodes University where she is studying a BSc in Zoology and Botany. She previously started a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medicine at CPUT and has a level 3 first aid certification.


Her family has owned 5 cats, 4 dogs, 5 guinea pigs, 3 hamsters and multiple fish. Her family also sponsored a donkey at the Scottish Boarders Donkey Sanctuary. She has previously house-sat dogs, cats, parrots, chinchillas and a bearded dragon. 

Chris van Rensburg

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Chris van Rensburg (35) is professional actor, voice artist and writer. He recently moved down to Cape Town from Johannesburg where he has built up the majority of his career and is now expanding his business further in order to enter the international market. 


He is active and enjoys yoga, hiking, mountain-biking and reading. He grew up with plenty animals around him such as birds, fish and cats. Chris has house-sitting experience and that along with his flexible schedule, makes him an ideal house-sitter.

Jean-Pierre and Mineschke

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Jean-Pierre (30) works as an Educational Administrator at Getsmarter and Mineschke (24) is studying for her Honours in Organisational Psychology. 


Jean-Pierre and Mineschke have grown up with dogs and adore them. They are unable to have pets at their current residence but look forward to the day when they can be pet owners again! They get along well with both dogs and cats. They both enjoy reading, walking on the beach, spending quality time together and attending theatre productions.

Sarah Hotz

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Sarah (26) grew up with German Shepherds, hamsters, rats, birds and a hedgehog named Maggie Thatcher (she was a prickly little lady). She is originally from Durban but studied and now works in Cape Town in EdTech, at a company called Coachbit. 


She has lots of experience housesitting for long periods of time, most notably while au pairing in Ireland when she found herself in charge of a house, two toddlers and a goldfish. Her hobbies include rock climbing and both road and trail running – preferably with a four-legged friend at her side.

Steve and Kirstin Kukard

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Steven (33) and Kirstin (30) are Cape Town locals, who have been married for 7 years. Steven studied music at UCT and is now a composer and copy editor. He works from home, making him an adaptable house sitter. Kirstin took over the role of Head of History at Herzlia High and Middle Schools. 


They have a love for travelling and have recently returned from living in London for a year where Kirstin was studying an MA in Education. They enjoy animals and both grew up with dogs. They are actively involved at St James Church Kenilworth

Nina van Tonder

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Nina (24) was born in Cape Town and has a Psychology honours at the University of Stellenbosch. She is currently working as a Social Science Research Apprentice at the University of Stellenbosch and is expanding her CV with Psychology workshops, courses and other formal employment skills. 


She grew up in Scarborough amongst baboons, rain spiders, a wonderful Border collie, many loving cats and adorable hamsters. 

Jessica Martheze

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Jessica (20) is currently studying at CPUT obtaining her Diploma in Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition. She is also a tutor, tutoring in English, Art and Consumer Studies for primary and high school learners all over the Southern Suburbs.


Jessica enjoys many sports - such as hockey and swimming and she currently plays hockey for the Western Province Cricket Club as a goalkeeper. She has also recently become a certified hockey umpire. Jessica loves all types of animals, she currently lives with two dogs and a cat and she gets great joy from taking care of, and spending time with them.

Andrea Henderson

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Andrea (68) has been teaching for 47 years and is now a part-time remedial teacher at a school in Vredehoek. She studied her BA at the University of Cape Town. She also lived in Korea for six years teaching English.

She enjoys walking with her friend and her two Jack Russels, over the weekends. She also enjoys reading, cooking and entertaining. She is happy to take care of your dogs and cats and any other pets you have at your home.

Ross Flugel

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Ross (age 21) is a third year student at UCT, studying English Literature and Film Theory.


His interests include poetry, board games and cinematography. 


Ross grew up with two Labradors and has two adopted rescue cats.

Taryn Stacey

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Taryn (31) grew up in Somerset West and trained as a Beauty Therapist in Stellenbosch before embarking on a 7-year career overseas, in the Super Yacht industry. This industry installed her passion for travelling, and one of her favourite duties was caring for the yacht owners little pooch when he was onboard.


Taryn now freelances as a Hair and Makeup Artist in Cape Town. Taryn has a real passion for animals, and grew up with dogs, rabbits and hamsters. 

Alex Knox

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Alexander Knox (24) is a born and raised Capetonian and Old Westerfordian, who is now qualified as a fine artist, having graduated from Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2015. Alex was also a top 40 finalist in the 2017 Sanlam Portrait Award. 


His career means he has very flexible hours, making him an ideal house sitter. He is an active member of the VOB running club. Alex lives with two dogs and loves meeting other people’s dogs and cats.

Robyn Jacobs

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Robyn (21) has lived in Cape Town since birth. She is studying psychology and organizational psychology at the University of Cape Town and should receive her Bachelor of Social Sciences at the end of 2019. 


Robyn loves watching series, movies and singing. She also loves board games. She doesn’t have any pets currently because she lives in a complex but she loves cats (mostly) and dogs!!

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