We are an independent advertising agency, in the Garden Route, with a lot of creative energy. We connect you to the people you want to reach and make sure they remember you.

CEO | FOUNDER

LYNETTE WHITTAKER

Chief whip, creative counsellor, controller of chaos, think tank and avid oenophile, Lynette has been in the creative industry for almost 25 years.

With her passion for marketing, brilliant design and her constant commitment to the growth of her clients’ businesses, she is now proudly heading a team of strong creatives and other professionals, ensuring only the best marketing and design solutions are delivered to clients.

Ever the student, she has studied and completed courses and training in various fields ranging from fine arts, design, animation, marketing management, social media management, project management, and she even knows how to read a dumpy level on a construction site!

We don’t just give you one great person for your project, we give you a whole team of amazing and unique talents. Our team bring a wealth of creative personalities together to work on each project, and we challenge each other to think outside the box.

Our Clients

Andre Carstens

COPYWRITER

André loves to live healthily, exercising for a few minutes, and then gobbling up a whole cheesecake… because life is about balance. If you ask him what he loves the most in life, he’ll quickly respond with ”Rufus” (his dog). He seamlessly slotted into our dynamic team. By using his innovative writing ability, he has proven himself a valuable asset, not only to our team but to our clients.

Bernadene Claassens

ACCOUNT & PROJECT MANAGER

Bernadene grew up talking endlessly. To keep her busy (or possibly to keep her family sane), she was enrolled at a modelling school at five years old and obtained her modelling Teacher’s Certificate at a young age. Bernadene’s love for people has led her to a career as a restaurant operations manager, and afterwards, developing an unexpected passion working for a funeral agency, before joining our more lively office, here at Grindstone.

Connor Evans

DEVELOPER & UX DESIGNER

Meet Connor, a dedicated self-taught web designer and developer fueled by a genuine passion for all things web-related. Over the years, he’s transformed from an enthusiastic novice into a skilled practitioner, continuously refining his craft and showcasing the potential of self-motivation and dedication in the digital realm.

Esther Jacobs

HEAD OF CONTENT

Esther is a content producer by profession and a conservationist by avocation. She has gained an eclectic mix of skills throughout her couple of decades of working in copywriting and social media management. Esther’s passion lies in conservation and she controls the office naughty jar for anyone who dares bring single-use plastic to work. She also boasts being nominated as Scotland’s Ambassador of Rock through Hard Rock Cafe, once-upon-a-time.

Klea Ferreira

HEAD OF DIGITAL

Always friendly with exceptional client service, Klea is an experienced designer and digital guru. After completing her studies and winning a D&AD and Loerie award in succession while working on a number of international brands, she relocated to sunny Mossel Bay. After more than 15 years in the industry she still loves every step of the creative process – from concept to final design. She’s also an avid photographer, illustrator and artist.

Loané Kritzinger

ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

With her background as a community development worker, Loané has made a difference in the lives of others from a young age. Her strategic approach to challenges makes her the important link to ensure that the different players in the Grindstone family can function together as the winning pin they already are. Don’t let her innocent face fool you… good or bad, she will use her power to ensure that she protects and serves the team.

Neill du Toit

SEARCH ENGINE MARKETER & DEVELOPER

Neill’s appetite for anything related to technology is ever-growing. Fresh out of school, and straight into the workforce, Neill was thrown into the deep end couple years ago, having to learn terms like “SEO” and “PPC”. Thankfully he’s a sponge for information, and it wasn’t long before he was moulded into our SEM guru, and he is currently busy completing his degree in marketing management. Neill has a dream of flying a plane, and would love to travel the globe one day.

Nicolaas Steenekamp

DEVELOPER & UX DESIGNER

Nicolaas is a graphic designer, developer, photographer, musician and writer. After he received a BA degree in Creative Brand Communications in 2014, he worked as a graphic designer, translator and Afrikaans copywriter at various corporate groups. In his free-time he enjoys summiting all the peaks of the Outeniqua Mountain range or attempting to break his PB on a half-marathon.

Saskia Rezelman

DESIGNER & ILLUSTRATOR

Our talented graphic designer and illustrator is known for her unwavering enthusiasm and incredible creative talent. Saskia effortlessly conjures up captivating ideas that leave a lasting impression. Her genuine kindness and deep love for nature shine through in everything she does, finding inspiration in the great outdoors. Saskia’s meticulous attention to detail merged with a touch of fantasy, makes her a valuable asset to the team.

What our clients say

Really LOVE the new LM LOGO and CI … The Facebook Banner. Stunning. Fresh, Smart and excellent in my humble opinion. Most impressed.
I'd like to express our gratitude for the time and effort you and your team have devoted to our requested projects. The quality of your team's work consistently impresses us, and we're consistently delighted with the final results.
Our company, Organic Aloe, wanted to go through a process of re-branding and improving our ‘look & feel’ and Grindstone Advertising was definitely the right choice as service provider. What we wanted was a local company in close proximity and one who would be able to meet our expectations - they have succeeded in that. We will surely continue to make use of their services in our journey ahead.
We had a very very successful meeting last night, largely as a result of the good work that you have produced.
Grindstone Advertising has been delivering an outstanding service to Cranefield for the past 3 years. In fact, we don’t view them as our marketing agency, they have become more like an extension of our marketing team. Not only do they have a knowledgeable and experienced team, they are always enthusiastic, prompt and receptive to their clients. I would gladly refer any business that’s looking for a trusted, experienced marketing team to Grindstone Advertising.
I engaged Grindstone Advertising in August 2019 to assist with the re-branding of LM Radio in South Africa. The re-branding exercise together with the creative imaging was completed ahead of schedule. I was extremely pleased with the standard of creativity and the resulting product. Ongoing support meets and exceeds expectation. I am more than happy to recommend Grindstone Advertising to any company that requires these creative services.
In this very rushed world we live in today, people don't often take the time to listen. Bernadene has been amazingly friendly from the word go and nothing has been too much trouble. It can be very difficult relaying ideas via long distance, yet she got me every time and made me feel at ease, so much so I felt comfortable leaving decisions to her at times. I will most definitely recommend Bernadene to anyone needing website development. Many thanks
Not only does Grindstone change and adapt with us but is also part of shaping our vision. Thank you for all your hard work, genuine interest in what we are trying to achieve and the whole team's positive energy.