MARINA NESTEL Founder and Managing Director

The Little Black Book’s reputation speaks volumes about Marina’s innovative and strategic thought processes, along with her significant industry expertise and experience, much of which was gained whilst working for London’s internationally acclaimed PR agency, “Purple PR” in Savile Row, Mayfair.

Upon meeting Marina, you will instantly understand the magnetism of her presence due to her warmth, authenticity and fabulous sense of humour. Often just in the right place at the right time, Marina has a natural flair for attracting all sorts of the best types of people and has earned a reputation as a walking "who's who" of Cape Town's elite. Quite apart from her dynamism and natural enthusiasm, this is why she is able to provide the best audience for any occasion, whether it be in Cape Town or Johannesburg.

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Favourite Little Book Black Moment? Winning the H&M Events Account for South Africa! We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the team collaborating in synergy on this incredibly exciting project.

Most Memorable Little Black Book Event? The opening of the One & Only hotel in Cape Town`s V&A Waterfront, along with numerous specialized events we managed together with Sol Kerzner’s team from New York. Celebrities who attended these events included Leonardo Dicaprio, Mick Jagger, Sharon Stone and Morgan Freeman, to name but a few.

Most Exciting Celebrity Encounter? Meeting Kevin Spacey at our HUGO Boss event in 2012. What a character! We since became friends and The Little Black Book has hosted a number of parties for Kevin on the Atlantic Seaboard.

GUGZ SAMKANGE Partner and Managing Director

Gugz is an Advocate, model and entrepreneur who holds both a B-Com (Law) and an LLB degree, she is the founder of Social Butterflies Promotions which was established in 2011, and over the last few years has grown into a highly regarded experiential marketing company. It was here that she gained an in-depth understanding of the South African marketing, branding and management, industries.

Gugz is a perfectionist in everything she does, and she enjoys the field of customer relationship management. A natural socialite she thrives on conceptualising and creating unique consumer experiences. Her desire to go the extra mile, passion for female empowerment and colourful personality are what makes Gugz special. She demands 100% because she gives 100%. She respects professionalism and honesty and her reliability is unquestionable. A natural born leader she has strived to offer the same dedication to both her clients and her staff. These are the qualities she carries with her, now coupled with the exceptional LBB team her service offering is only the best of the best.

Favourite Little Book Black Moment? My favourite Little Black Book moment would have to be when we started negotiations around the merge, because I knew something exceptional was going to happen!
Marina your events are always a touch above the rest and you take such good care of every detail, always looking forward to the next one.

Cindy Nell
Former Miss South Africa, TV Presenter and Model