Who We Are

our crew

Grindstone Advertising is a creative and dynamic design agency with a passion for seeing our clients’ businesses grow. We love working with start-ups – but we also love the challenge of working with corporates.

We don’t like putting ourselves in a box and never say no to a new idea or challenge, but if we were forced to list our skills, they would include (but are definitely not limited to) the following: marketing strategies, marketing management, social media management, brand development, SEO management, logo development, graphic design, advertising, marketing, websites, printing, branding, publishing and corporate identities.

With us, you don’t just get a good design, you get a good design team. We are brand strategists who just happen to design pretty good logos as well.

CEO | Founder

Lynette Whittaker

Chief whip, creative counsellor, controller of chaos and think tank, Lynette has been in the creative industry for almost 18 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!

Account Director

Léta van Heerden

Léta van Heerden (pronounced Leeta) has extensive administrative and organisational skills. She also has sound golf knowledge after spending 4 years as golf coordinator at the prestigious Fancourt. Always up for a challenge and hungry for new knowledge, Léta originally joined Grindstone Advertising as traffic and production manager. She ensures that work gets out on time and that clients get the best production prices possible.

Financial Manager

Vanessa du Bruyn

Vanessa du Bruyn did her Cost Accounting Diploma at Cape Technikon and then spent 19 years in the Cape Town printing industry (CTP Printers and Naspers respectively) in the Costing/Financial departments.

Being a born and bred Mossel Bayer, she returned to the area 7 years ago and now heads up the admin & finance department of Grindstone Advertising. After many years of balancing motherhood and a career, balancing our books is a walk in the park!


Vaughan Kisten

Spending his whole life in Durban, Vaughan always dreamed of moving to Mossel Bay to experience a new adventure. These days he can let his creative genius bloom and he has an awesome office with a view of the harbour! When not waving his magic mouse and creating digital works of art, Vaughan is on the cricket pitch and has travelled all over KZN playing his favourite sport, he even represented the SA Junior team in India.


Amy Heugh

A lover of digital art and an aspiring writer, Amy grew up in Port Elizabeth, where she gained her Diploma in Graphic Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Coming from a generation of artists, she knew from a young age she wanted to express herself artistically and creatively. In her first year out of university, she was presented with an opportunity to work at an advertising agency, where she was fortunate to engage with world-class brands and inspiring people.


Annesia Cupido

Born and raised in Jozi, Annesia moved down to Mossel Bay during her high school years to experience the beauty and culture of the Garden Route. Although she wasn’t able to speak a word of Afrikaans, she quickly found her feet between the friendly folk.

Annesia received her National Diploma in Graphic Design from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Bellville and has a solid 6 years of graphic design experience.


Carla Hougaard

Carla wants to live in a world where conversation is minimal and the written word king. Here, books would be the currency of choice and laptops would automatically recharge while converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. Born and bred on the West Coast, Carla spent her formative years in the small town of Porterville. She graduated with a BA degree from Stellenbosch University and then also continued to do her postgraduate diploma in translation and editing.

Web Designer

Sam Mills

Sam was born in the UK and moved to Mossel Bay in 2006. He has been inspired by different computer languages and writing code ever since his first, “Hello World”. Sam enjoys spending his free time either on a skateboard, or playing video games – it depends on the weather.

Junior Account Executive

Kennedine Nomdo

Kennedine is a small-town girl and was born in Albertinia, only a few kilometres from Grindstone’s head office. From an early age, all she wanted to do was see the world. Curious and excited she left home to travel and explore, only to find herself back in South Africa.

Kennedine simply loves living and working in Mossel Bay. What’s better than the sea, the sun and friendly people? She happened to come across Grindstone Advertising and her sister company The Business Finder and has been with them ever since.

Sales Manager

Sonja Niemand

Sonja is the friendly and spontaneous “plaasmeisie” from the Karoo with the outgoing personality. As a single mother, she is proof of the fact that hard work equals results. With 8 years’ experience in sales, Sonja understands clients’ needs and she is a firm believer in loyalty and trust. Her previous experience includes telemarketing, as well as sales in the printed media and telecommunication sectors. Making music is Sonja’s passion and you can often see her performing at events and restaurants.