HomeSIT Cape Town is a group of locally based, reliable housesitters & pet sitters, founded in 2015 by experienced house & pet sitter, Paula Jackson. Paula identified the need for house & pet sitters whom clients could trust, based on the fact that they were screened and accountable to a Manager, and had been trained to uphold a certain standard when they went into people's homes.
Since we opened we have had countless clients who have found our service invaluable. Many of them had had  bad experiences in the past using inexperienced/ self-recommended housesitters or the 'teenager down the road'. Other clients simply value our no-hassle booking service and dependable, animal-loving petsitters.
Our Cape Town housesitters:

Most of our housesitters are responsible young adults (students and young professionals) with house and pet sitting experience and references. We do have some older sitters too if that's what you'd prefer!

We look for sitters with a great attitude to life and to caring for your home. We also make sure that we only engage sitters who have been successful in their own lives, career/ education.

We require work and education history, as well as employment and character references from our sitters. Any applicants are interviewed and screened by HomeSIT's Founder and Manager, who takes great care in selecting house sitters for our team. All sitters are trained in our policies & procedures, tested on them in the interview, and monitored continually to ensure good service. As such, we can guarantee your satisfaction with their level of maturity, initiative and responsibility.
We trust our sitters to look after your homes and pets. And you can too.

Meet your Admin team

Paula Nokuthula Jackson

Founder, Owner, Manager

HomeSIT Cape Town is an initiative started by Paula Jackson.


Paula (33) has lived in Cape Town since the age of 2. She went to school and university here, before obtaining a  Masters degree in African Studies from the University of Oxford (2012).


Paula lectured in South African Political Thought at UCT and is now a freelance academic researcher. Her research interests include African customary law; land reform; and the social history/ lived experience of ordinary South Africans.


Paula loves all forms of dance. She has done ballroom and latin, salsa, swing and sokkie! She teaches dance as entertainment for events through Dance Link (barn dance teaching/ calling; themed dance-based icebreakers for parties; wedding dance lessons and more).

She is a member of Christ Church, Kenilworth.




















Karen Herring


Karen (42) is a Hotel School graduate and a mom of two. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked in the Hospitality Industry at restaurants and guest houses as well as an au pair in the UK. 


She grew up always having at least 1 dog in the house and is currently the owner of 2 rescues. She horse rode for most of her teenage and early adult years, and her hobbies include travelling, Pilates, cooking and has she recently ventured into the world of stand-up-paddle boarding!


Karen tries to live by the mantra 'Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but rather by the moments that take our breathe away!' Trying to remember to always find the beauty in life around her.

Nuraan Fataar

Nuraan (32) is an LLB graduate who also completed her LLM in Transnational Criminal Justice, International Criminal Law, Organized Crime and Money Laundering. While she no longer practices in the legal field, she still has a keen interest in world politics and human rights issues.  


Her interests include discovering all South Africa has to offer, working out at the gym, sewing and baking. She believes that we are all capable of ‘more’ and we should always do more of the things we love.


She loves all animals but her favourite pets are cats, which she has had most of her life. She has a little rescue cat called Lex who rules the house with his mischievous antics.

Meet your sitters

Carin Payle

Home and Pet Sitter


Carin (30) has her Btech in Biomedical Technology from CPUT and is a qualified Cytogeneticists.


She gained both au pairing and house and pet sitting experience while she was studying and she loves animals of all kinds! 

She enjoys being involved in her Church as well as spending time with family and friends, hiking, road running, and playing action sports.

Thomas Gerhart

Home and Pet Sitter


Thomas (23) is in his final year of Civil Engineering. He works as an assistant to a Civil Engineer while studying. He plays ultimate frisbee competitively and loves outdoor activities.


Thomas has 3 years house sitting experience and is often complimented on the neat and tidy condition in which he leaves the houses he has been looking after. 


He is also a member of Christ Church, Kenilworth.

Marike Lauwrens

Home and Pet Sitter


Marike (28) has an Honours degree in Corporate Communications.  She now works as a Digital Marketer at iMod Digital.


Marike also assisted in a veterinary practice doing admin and general duties. She learned a great deal about animals’ health and general well-being. 


She has past housesitting experience and loads of enthusiasm to adapt and tend to the needs of each individual home owner.

Kelvina Naidoo

Home and Pet Sitter


Kelvina (28)  has an LLB Degree. She has been working as a Compliance Officer since 2014.  


She is the proud owner of a puppy, a kitten and two guinea pigs. She adores all her pets and has always had many pets.


Kelvina has been a house and pet sitter for the last ten years. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies and series and baking.


Kelvina prefers to just relax on her own. 

Candice Ann Lorton

Home and Pet Sitter


Candice Ann (23) has completed her BSc in Animal, Plant and Environmental sciences, and specialized her Honours in Marine Biology. She has majored in courses that focused

specifically on Animal behaviour; therefore, giving her (in addition to personal experience) academic intellect on the nature and behaviour of animals.


Her passion for the Environment and its Conservation is the core of her every decision and the source of all excitement.

Jason and Marianne Stevens

Home and Pet Sitters


Jason (31) studied Business Science in Marketing and is a financial planner. He is also studying tax, part time. His wife, Marianne (23) has a BSc (Honours) in Applied Biology. She currently volunteers at various organisations including Oranjezicht City Farm and Shark Spotters.


Jason and Marianne are very comfortable with pets, having grown up with cats and dogs. Jason’s hobbies include, trail running - with dogs if possible, touch rugby and reading biographies. They are also both actively involved with their Church. 

David Robertson

Home and Pet Sitter


David (29) is an industrial and product designer in Woodstock.


His interests include interior design, DIY, hiking and nature photography. 


David grew up with many pets of all shapes and sizes –these included a Maltese Poodle and a loyal Staffie. He currently does not have any pets as he lives in a flat, so he loves pet sitting!

Denisia Adams

Home and Pet Sitter


Denisia (32) has 10 years’ experience in Broadcast and Media and has recently ventured into the freelance world. She loves being around people which was one of her reasons for getting involved in broadcasting. 


She grew up with animals (dogs, cats, fish) and believes animals truly are the best kind of therapy! She loves learning and experiencing new things through activities, people, places, adventures, writing, blogging and reading. She also enjoys basic photography.

Samuel SSerwanga

Home and Pet Sitter

Samuel (36), works as an Operations Engineer (IT).  He did not have his own dogs/ cats growing up, but grew to love them through his friends with pets. Cats are his favorite and one day, he would like to own both cats and dogs.


Samuel is a song-writing and performing musician in his spare time. He also has a passion for Lindy hop dance and wants to teach dance. He enjoys being outdoors, longboarding and rock climbing and is a member of church. 

Lezel Barnard

Home and Pet Sitter

Lezel (51) worked as an office coordinator at a jewellery company for many years, and a while ago decided to start her own business, which she runs from home.


She is an animal lover and grew up either having a cat (her favourite) or smaller dogs in the house. Her interests include cooking, visiting interesting coffee shops, exploring new places with family and friends, going to the theatre, spending time in nature and a keen promoter of Cape Town and surrounds.

Gokul Nair

Home and Pet Sitter

Gokul (26) is a Biomedical Engineer, working on

developing medical devices.


Gokul loves photography and he often goes on hikes to

capture the sunset or sunrise. He's famous on instagram! (check his insta out at goku_explores)


He grew up in a house with cats, hamsters and dogs and has always loved having them around.

Ali Fourie

Home and Pet Sitter


Ali (23) did a triple major in Psychology, German and Music and travelled and au paired in Europe for a year. She hopes to become a Child Psychologist. Ali describes herself as 'animal-crazy', as she loves nothing more than caring for other people's pets like they are her own.


Ali has been involved at Christ Church Kenilworth. She has dedicated time to volunteering at various charities, missions and societies, including SHAWCO, Red Frogs, CCK Children’s Church, and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Jenna Shimmin

Home and Pet Sitter


Jenna (31) has a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a major in Communications. She is also currently an Au Pair. She has a passion for working with children and enjoys fun activities with kids, fashion and retail, travel, reading, exercise and fitness.


Jenna loves animals and enjoys spending time with them. Always calm, patient and efficient, Jenna would be another trusted pair of hands in your home.

Nolea Price

Home and Pet Sitter


Nolea (21) a 3rd year student, Studying Genetics and Human Physiology. She tutors part time and hopes to be a surgeon one day.


She grew up near Malmesbury and had many pets including cats, dogs, rats and fish. 


Her hobbies include reading, playing and cuddling with animals and she aspires to learn new things every day.

Shirley Madisha

Home and Pet Sitter


Shirley (23) was born in Pretoria and grew up in Johannesburg and later Namibia. She is now a 4th year medical student. 


She loves animals and while growing up, she's had a cat, hamsters and a parrot, as pets, but plans on having dogs someday.


She is responsible and takes great pride in all that she does.

Chris Hammond

Home and Pet Sitter


Chris (22) is studying Film & Television Production. 


His interests and hobbies include; running, surfing, hiking, longboarding and enjoying nature.


His family has always had a love & appreciation for cats. He has a love for their personalities and nature. He also has a love for dogs and it’s easy for him to bond with them.

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