WHO WE ARE


OKASIE was founded by Chris Willemse and Dané Erwee in the spring of 1999. Today OKASIE is well regarded for a trendsetting influence in South Africa’s creative circles.
The OKASIE brand comprises of a wide range of expertise and offerings. These include floral retail (also available online), decor and flowers for weddings and corporate events, furniture hire, creative installations and product design.
As a team we offer our clients an immeasurable level of experience and talent. Our primary goal is to interpret our client’s unique needs and to exceed their wildest floral expectations.

RENOWNED FOR


Following more than a decade in the retail industry we have honed our repertoire to include a host of unique offerings. These include our signature bouquets, posies and arrangements; a selection of the finest vases, containers and gifting options; a premium selection of exotic plants and orchids; and our very own ‘Cookie Bouquet’ - a decadent hamper filled with an array of delectable treats.
OKASIE’s inventive floral installations, bespoke weddings, cutting-edge corporate events and custom-made furniture have graced the pages of numerous local and international publications and continue to be our pride and joy.

What we grow on our farm


We welcome seasonal changes and the crop it brings with a carefully selected variety of non-commercial greenery, flowers and grasses. Arms full of dog wood and plum blossom branches are picked in early spring rainy mornings – to be incorporated in our multiple designs.

And the farm is also the home of our variety of heritage and David Austin roses which flowers from October to May. What makes our exclusive variety of roses so special is the textures, shapes, sizes and astonishing fragrances. These roses have been hand selected for the various hues of soft milky white, whipped butter and cream, coffee, blush, coral, cantaloupe, plum and velvety reds.

Early morning pickings carriers an element of the unexpected - filling up a basket with these thorny beauties ready for an awaiting bride. We love creating sensory experiences with rooms filled with an abundance heavenly fragranced roses.

OUR TEAM


Chris and Dané would like to introduce you to their team. Each member of the OKASIE crew is considered a specialist in their own right and an unmissable part of the magic behind our brand.

DaneWellington TakazaIrene NkunkwanaMari BlomCarmenSteveKobusCamolete

The Founding Directors


CHRIS WILLEMSE


Head of Finances and Business Administration

Chris’s considerable knowledge of the flower industry and his horticultural background combined with his even temper and soft-spoken nature make him the ideal business head. Chris oversees the running of their farm and guest house, Johannesdal. Together with Karin, he handles OKASIE’s account clients and business administration.


DANÉ ERWEE


Head of Production and Creative Genius

His knowledge of design and firm grip on installation have made Dané the mastermind behind so many fantasy weddings and spectacular events. Dané is a gardener at heart: a wanderer, finding inspiration worldwide. His creative vision is the driving force behind the OKASIE furniture range, sourcing of materials and beautiful bespoke concepts.

The OKASIE Events Team


PAUL DU PREEZ


No task is too big or intimidating for this can-do man. He approaches all tasks with a spring in his step and is energized by challenges. His background in events has equipped him to have a good handle on happenings both on site and off. He gets things done, and swiftly.

The OKASIE Events Team


Tracy Robertson


Senior Florist

With boundless energy and boundless experience, Tracy is as intriguing as dark blue violets in spring. We’ve yet to encounter an event that can derail her! We are forever grateful and inspired by her irrepressible creativity.

The OKASIE Events Team


Carla Blom


Floral Designer

With confidence and flair, Carla manages important contract arrangements – always with a calm, unaffected smile - so often just what we need on busy days!

The OKASIE Events Team


MARI BLOM


FLORAL DESIGNER

With her incredible organizational skills, Mari is the one who always knows what has been seen to and what still needs to be done. She always delivers with dynamic energy and creativity.

In Memory of


CARMEN ABRAHAMS 02.05.16


Our Flower Angel Rest in peace

You are being missed

The OKASIE Events and Weddings Team


KOBUS SCHEEPERS


Head of Retail and Corporate Florist

After 8 years as manager of the OKASIE shop, Kobus’s immense talent and experience is now being channeled into OKASIE’s events and weddings. His practical know-how and creative flair combined with his charisma and light-hearted nature will put any client immediately at ease that they are in good hands.

The OKASIE Shop Team


Nadene Zitzke


Shop Manager and Florist

With the ability to pay unconditional attention to each request, Nadene ensures customer satisfaction with every order. When a love for flowers meets a passion for customer care, what else would you expect?

The OKASIE Events Team


STEVE MAKUNGWA


Furniture Warehouse and Maintenance Manager

Steve’s character is larger than life: the perfect ambassador for the OKASIE brand. He is helpful, enthusiastic, and punctual. Collecting flowers to brighten up his own home is a growing passion of his.


Patrick Thobigunga


Furniture Warehouse and Maintenance Assistant

Quiet at first, Patrick is strong, dependable and extremely capable. This right-hand-man always has a beaming smile and a firm helping hand at the ready.

The OKASIE Shop Team


Camolete Jonkerman


Floral Designer

When her talent for classic floral combinations became apparent in the events workroom, Cami was soon scooped up by our flagship Dorp Street store. Ever since she has been crafting the most beautiful bouquets, a true florist by heart and loved by many.


Jeanne


Fiery red head with bubbly personality with years of experience in floristry

Coming from the event industry abroad she brings vast variety of skills and knowledge which she wonderfully applies on our “home grown turf”

People skills and empathy is one of her strong points she is the pillar of strength for any bride and offers emotional support for all. She is a valuable asset to our events department.

The OKASIE Events Team


Minke


Floral Designer

It takes some doing to keep a handle on the happenings of a dynamic and busy floral studio, and Minke achieves it with competence and subtlety. Her ever-ready helping hand, patience and hard work make any plan come up roses.

The Founding Directors


QUINTIN FERREIRA


Gauteng Weddings & Events

Qualified Gordon Bleu chef, with experience in interior design, turned wedding coordinator, turned florist! It is here that Quintin decided to settle down, and serve many a bride with charm and talent. A thinker and dreamer by heart, though bringing the vision to deed in this wonderfully exciting industry, he has been part of numerous fairytale stories. Passion and endless creativity together with his excellent conceptualization skills result in beautifully crafted pieces.

The OKASIE Shop Team


WESLEY ABRAHAMS


Floral Deliveries

Nothing defeats Wesley’s dedication to quality service – not even the everyday chaos of Stellenbosch traffic! A true asset to the OKASIE team, Wesley ensures speedy deliveries with genuine, hospitable care.

The OKASIE Shop Team


EMILY MUNGERE


Floral Designer

Emily intuitively finds expression in flowers. Her ambition and skill makes her more than just your ordinary florist.

The OKASIE Shop Team


Karin Blom


Admin

A fundamental cog in the OKASIE works, Karin is thorough and careful. She keeps a steady hand on administrative matters behind the scenes. Her light-hearted humour and motherly nature is endearing to all.

Floral Designer


Wellington Takaza


Do not underestimate this gentle tall guy, for Wellington thoroughly brings together the most beautiful bouquets with any colour palette described. Always willing to assist and going beyond his duty, you will mostly find this one fiddling in the soil with some growing greenies.

Floral Designer


Irene Nkunkwana


If you are lucky you might catch Irene bursting into song with her beautiful voice whilst creating bouquets as colourful as her attire. With an experienced eye and love for beauty, she is the perfect hand in combining a personalised gift for any occasion.