Who’s the boss

Vanessa buys Bruyn­waves, much to Si­fiso’s sur­prise.

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A de­spon­dent Vanessa (In­grid Paulus) might have been work­ing at Bruyn­waves since 2012, but she’s hat­ing her job these days. Things have gone down­hill since Al­tus (Heino Sch­mitt) left the busi­ness in Novem­ber last year and on Thurs­day 21 July, Vanessa tells hubby Xan­der (Theo Jan­tjies) how she and her col­league Si­fiso (Anelisa Phewa) aren’t see­ing eye-to-eye and can’t agree on how to ap­proach a new project. “Vanessa is frustrated,” In­grid says. “And if things don’t change soon, she’s go­ing to look for an­other job.” By the next day, Fri­day 22 July, Vanessa de­cides to stop ag­o­nis­ing over her work cri­sis and do some­thing about it. But not ev­ery­one’s go­ing to like her dras­tic power-play.


Vanessa’s back in the of­fice on Tues­day 26 July with a spring in her step and a shocker for her co-work­ers. “She’s bought Bruyn­waves from Al­tus over the weekend, so she’s the big cheese now,” In­grid says. Si­fiso’s lost for words but as soon as he re­cov­ers, he loses his cool and the pair have an ar­gu­ment. In­grid says that Vanessa ex­pected Si­fiso to re­act neg­a­tively to the news, “But they need to look at the big­ger pic­ture: the fu­ture of Bruyn­waves and that it has to man­aged in the right way.” But Si­fiso doesn’t want to lis­ten to rea­son and quits his job, then he storms out the Bruyn­waves of­fices.


Si­fiso gets in a tizz and quits. In the next few episodes, we see Si­fiso trans­form­ing into a grinch – he whines about his cir­cum­stances to his ex- girl­friend Pu­lane (Masego Se­hoole) and on Tues­day 2 Au­gust, he loses it when he sees the Bruyn­waves team in Op­piekoffie. Si­fiso goes straight to Justin (Dan­nJac­ques Mou­ton), who was ap­pointed in Si­fiso’s place on Thurs­day July 28, and starts in­tim­i­dat­ing him. In­grid says that Vanessa can’t be­lieve her eyes. “His be­hav­iour is com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” she says, adding that Diederik (Hen­nie Jacobs) kicks Si­fiso out of the cof­fee shop and tells him in no un­cer­tain terms that he needs to ad­just his at­ti­tude.

In­grid says that her char­ac­ter will only con­sider re-ap­point­ing Si­fiso if he gets off his high horse and apol­o­gises for his be­hav­iour. “Vanessa’s first job was as an as­sis­tant at the sports shop T&T [in 2000] and she would never have dreamt of own­ing her own busi­ness. But she did it and she isn’t go­ing to al­low some ar­ro­gant young­ster to get the bet­ter of her!”

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