Originally from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Joyce first started working for Spier while studying a secretarial course. She has been permanently employed by Spier since 2006, working in the conference centre, on the switchboard and in the restaurant. “If you don’t take everything personally, you’ll live a healthy life,” is the best advice she’s been given. Joyce loves singing and is passionately involved in her church. Her proudest achievement is raising the four children of her sister and brother-in-law, who both have passed away. She is striving hard to give them a good education. “That’s what makes me get up in the morning,” she says.