New Beginnings, New Challenges….A Journey to Tomorrow


Today I am not blogging about food.  I just feel like writing about life in general and also let you know where I am with my life at the momet.   As you may know, I have spent the most part of my professional life working as a Food Product Developer at Bokomo Foods.  I have been with the company since March 2006….which makes the time that I have been there a total of seven years and nine months…..

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Some would say that is a life time and I agree.  One can give birth to a child, raise them up and send them to school in that amount of time.   Well, I have made beautiful memories in my time working there.  I can tell you that the first time I worked at the Moirs factory, I felt like Alice in Wonderland.  The factory manufactures dessert premixes such as cake mixes, hot sponge pudding mixes, instant puddings, jellies, custards, mousses, you name it!

I also had the pleasure of working on rusks and the Moirs biscuits range, I’ve got tons of fascinating stories to tell when it comes to biscuit manufacturing but I’ll reserve them for my kids or grand kids when I’m old and gray.  Hehe!

One story  I can tell you right now is about the opportunities I got from working in the biscuit factory which is based in Joburg.  Intense travelling was involved to the point that if I was married my husband would have divorced me at the rate I was travelling.  At the end of the day, it was all worth it, I used the opportunity to acquaint myself with the people from diverse backgrounds and got to learn about their cultures.   One thing I have noticed, people love it when you show interest in who they are  in terms of their language, food, cultural traditions and way of life.  Gautengers are amazing people, they are full of life and they are in touch with who they are and what they are about.  I love that!

I think everyone in their life gets to a point where they ask themselves “what now?”.  Well, I got to that point and followed the question by asking myself “Is this how the rest of my life is gonna be like?”  As much as I loved my job and the people around me,  I felt like I wanted more out of life.  A different challenge maybe.  I was watching one of Bishop T.D. Jakes YouTube sermons recently.   More especially, the ones about Re-positioning Oneself.  I won’t go into details about the sermons but if one is looking at making a change in one or more aspects of their lives then watch them.

I also love the animated movie, The Croods, it’s about a family that has spent most of their lives living in a cage out of fear of being eaten by wild animals.  The cage has been their refuge and it protected them for so many years.  Until one day an earthquake destroyed it and they found themselves looking for another cage.  They were not prepared to face real life and had no idea how to survive out in the open.  Luckily, a young drifter came to their rescue.  He knew how to survive in the wild and had all the skills but most importantly he had creative ideas.  He led the Crood family on a journey to “tomorrow”.   The journey was full of adventure but at the same time had its fair share of ups and downs.

Well, I also came to a decision to partake on my own journey to my “tomorrow”.  They say change is uncomfortable but necessary.  It is indeed uncomfortable.   I said my goodbyes to my Bokomo family last week.  I will always be grateful for the opportunities they have given me and the connections I have made.   I  have so much respect for the brand because I know the amount of blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice it takes to put the products together and out there.   Please join me as I continue to support them.

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 7 )

  • Marieka Hartnick

    You will be missed big time! I wish you only the best for the future. Shine bright like a diamond!

  • Flee

    Oh Thuli…
    Wishing you the best for whatever it is you plan on doing. I know you will grab the opportunity with both hands, and totally own it. Have an awesome day and keep well

    Cheers Flee

    • Hi Flee!

      It’s always good to hear from you! Thank you for your words of encouragement and support.

      Have a lovely weekend!


  • Manono

    Wow Thuli, you have a way with words. I am new on this site and i must say that I am enjoying it so much. I like that you tell stories that I can relate to and you don’t find a lot of that nowadays. Especially for a township girl like me living in Cape Town. I hope to meet you one day. I also started a blog last year but for me it was just a school project. You have just inspired me to continue posting on my blog. You can check it out if you have time :

  • Manono

    How can i forget to say that I also just recently watched “The Croods”. It was such a great movie to watch and also made me rethink my life and also taught me that life is about taking chances. One can never know what awaits out there until you actually go out there and try out new things, no matter how scared and uncomfortable you feel.

    • Hi Manono,

      LOL! I’ve watched three or four times, the first time I was just laughing! Anyways, thank you for your comment! I hope you also make some changes in your life. Remember they say “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. Let’s keep it moving girl!


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