Imagine a young girl in Welkom, Free State, who turns her uncertainty about the future into a career fuelled by problem-solving and a love for law, all while juggling a full-time job. This isn’t just a story; it’s the life of Tammy Koekemoer, a vibrant and dedicated labour lawyer at the Consolidated Employers’ Organisation (CEO).

Tammy’s journey is a testament to hard work and perseverance. From the classrooms of Goudveld High School to the University of the Free State, she balanced her studies with a full-time job at a law firm, proving that when you’re as driven as Tammy, anything is possible. Her mother’s influence shines through in her strong work ethic and determination to succeed.

But Tammy isn’t all work and no play. In her downtime, you’ll find her socialising over a cup of coffee or indulging in her favourite – blue cheese pizza. Blue cheese indeed! In the context of Tammy’s story, the maturation process of blue cheese neatly symbolises her perseverance and dedication. Blue cheese requires patience and careful tending as it ages. Tammy’s journey through law school while working full-time, her commitment to her career, and her continuous striving for personal and professional growth, all required patience, resilience, and a long-term view.

Apart from her ‘daring’ love for blue cheese on pizza, her love for thrillers keeps her on the edge of her seat, whether she’s diving into an episode of “Lincoln Lawyer” or “Money Heist.”

Tammy’s colleagues at CEO know her as the problem-solver, someone who can tackle any challenge with a smile. Her journey there is a story of faith and perfect timing. After nine months of praying for the right job, a vacancy at CEO caught her eye, and the rest is history.

In CEO, Tammy found a place where culture and people matter. She’s been part of two different regions within the organisation, and she’s seen the same culture throughout – a culture of pride, willingness to assist, and going the extra mile. It’s this environment that sets CEO apart from other organisations.

Tammy dreams of continuous growth and one day taking on a managerial position. Her vision for the future is clear – she wants to develop her strengths and knowledge to their fullest potential. And let’s not forget her goal to learn a new language, adding another feather to her already impressive cap.

Tammy Koekemoer’s story is a blend of resilience, passion, and a touch of blue cheese delight. She’s a reminder that with hard work and a bit of fun, you can achieve your dreams, one slice of pizza at a time!