Samantha Skyring


Samantha brings diverse experience from her entrepreneurial career from Aircraft Interior Refurbishment to discovering Mumbo Island on Lake Malawi whilst on a kayaking expedition and starting Kayak Africa. Aswell as extensive travel and adventure, one of which was her 5 month journey in Namibia which included a 120km walk through the Namib desert from where Oryx brand originated. 20 000 Drums NPO ‘Transformation through Celebration’ followed implementing traditional African workshops and training in rural communities across South Africa. Her Desert Salt adventure started by packing bags on her dining room table. She has a 6 year old son Kiran.

Ian Solomon (BCom CA (SA))


Ian is joint CEO of Evolve Capital*, a business started with his brother Garth in 2013. Ian is also CEO of Moja Media, one of the leading tourism marketing businesses in SA. Amongstothers, Moja Media owns the well-known brand, Portfolio Collection. Ian is a qualified chartered accountant, who brings 17 years of entrepreneurial experience in running and growing businesses. He has been involved in entrepreneurship facilitation since 2005, working both with larger groups and one-on-one, mostly with the common theme of how to grow a one-person business into a larger, thriving entity.

Garth Solomon

Garth Solomon (BComBCompt (Hons) CA (SA)

Director (alt)

Garth is joint CEO of Evolve Capital* and prior to starting Evolve Capital, he was head of Old Mutual Private Equity and a member of a successful team for 10 years. Over this time this team developed a strong track record, invested in 23 transactions and exited 15, including landmark private equity deals such as PEP and Life Healthcare. Garth is currently a board member and chairs the investment committee of Life Healthcare, an Alsi 40 listed company and has been a member of this board for over 9 years. He has also served on the boards and committees of Metro Cash & Carry, Air Liquid, Tourvest and Libstar. Prior to joining OMPE Garth was a founder member of African Harvest, a listed financial services company, where he was a member of their private equity and corporate finance teams.

*Evolve Capital acquired 50% of Oryx Desert Salt in December 2013. Evolve invests in start up, small and medium sized companies through a combination of equity, debt, intellectual and strategic capital. Evolve’s primary intention is to partner with a long term view, to help build and grow sustainable, ethical businesses that add value, create jobs and extend across generations.


Lee-Anne Thain

Operations and Sales Manager

Not your typical Accountant … I can read a Balance Sheet, love to use Spreadsheets … (even to control and monitor the toilet roll usage), but also can’t resist a good conversation, a trip to the mall or a visit to the hair salon!

1 part “Fellow colleague psychologist”, 2 parts Sales & Ops Manager, 3 parts Soccer Mom and 4 parts … “Heart of her Home”.

Too many Parts? ? that would explain why she’s always late!

Shafiek Lakay

Shafiek Lakay

I started working at the age of 18, my first job was with Pick ‘n Pay as a till packer and two years later I worked in the IT department as a support tech. I supported stores with all of their technical and hardware problems. Eight years later I was promoted to a new division of PnP which was developing new software, I was part of the test and roll out team. It involved a lot of travelling and training with staff nationally.

I left PnP in 2000 and went into a new field in the textiles industry, I started from the bottom as an ironer then into the despatch department and within a year I became part of senior management. I was responsible for debtors, creditors, invoicing, store targets, stock takes and despatching of customer orders. Hip Hop Factory liquidated in 2013. I joined Oryx Desert Salt in October 2013.

Chad Samuels

Warehouse Manager

Young in years but better described as an old soul. Chad is someone that believes the sky is the limit but things don’t always happen in our time. He doesn’t like to quit anything he starts and believes in fighting for what he feel he deserves. Chad has a love and passion for Jiu Jitsu and MMA makes up a big part of who he is. He lives his life for the goals he sets for himself for both work and play. “If you work hard enough you get to play even harder” The name Chad means “defender and protector”… the name says it all.

Eva Shirlaw

Sales consultant

As a young woman Eva successfully worked and travelled through the middle east and Europe. On returning to South Africa, she worked as an artist creating large scale murals and backdrops in the film industry. On a film set one day, she met her husband Clive and together they built their own home and raised a family, four children, only two of her own. Never one to just ‘chill out’ Eva also worked part-time as a consultant for the art supplies industry.  After half a decade in this industry and looking for a change in career and lifestyle, Eva and her family relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town. It has been four years now since joining the Oryx Desert Salt team. Eva’s vivacious spirit, laughter and love of people is the personal touch she offers to Oryx Desert Salt customers.

Gernie Louw

Jhb Brand Ambassador

I have been in the FMCG industry for 14 years and I have vast experience in sales and customer relations. I am passionate about selling a quality product to my customers and this is why I have the long standing relationships in the industry. In my spare time I am an equestrian and I compete in showjumping I have even riding for 34 years and find this my soul food.

Nina Geraghty

Nina Geraghty believes words are powerhouses. Words well-chosen impart information, spark imagination, fire up emotions and can conjure up a multitude of images in the minds and hearts of readers. With her solid understanding of digital marketing and design practices and principles, and her background working specifically with businesses in the natural and organic world, Nina loves being the creative content producer for Oryx Desert Salt.

Jessica Barrella

Jessica is the Founder of Barrk Marketing – a Cape Town based digital marketing agency. Jess and her team manage Oryx Desert Salt’s social media and digital platforms.

Barrk Marketing specialises in social media marketing, email marketing, website design and lead generation, although we are well versed in all digital marketing platforms. They aim to be their clients’ one-stop marketing department, providing great work, great insights and great results.

Celeste Ambrosini

I have always worked in Sales. I started out working for Flexicell, selling cell phone packages to clients. Thereafter I worked for Sir Juice for 7 years and had to resign for personal reasons. I’ve been with Oryx Desert Salt for almost a year now and a few months into the job realised that I had missed the interaction with people. The getting to know them aspect as you form a relationship with them over time as your clients. They become more than just an order!

I develop long best friend and I have known each other for 35 years! I have 3 amazing children and a wonderful husband who is not their father but treats them like his own. I love reading and cant live without music. I love cooking and sitting around a table with family and friends and having long discussions about everything and nothing. I am generally a very happy person.

I do everything with passion. I hope to convey to customers in friendly simple terms how good Oryx is for our well being and that I believe in Oryx Desert Salt!

Amanda Gordon

GP Brand Ambassador

I have been in the FMCG industry for 20 years in both retail and hospitality. I am the kind of Rep who believes in the personal touch so I build long lasting professional relationships which have carried me through my career.I love meeting new people and creating a pleasant working relationship for both me and my clients it also helps selling quality products that I truly believe in.In my personal time I love being a Mother so my family always comes first. I also truly enjoy my veggie garden which keeps me busy on the weekends. I also enjoy traveling and creating amazing dishes in my kitchen.