Shaela Eska

Shaela Eska (formerly Shameela Essack) is the MD of Eska Consult.

Shaela has 20+ years of diverse and top-level experience in corporate communication, management and coaching in the private, public and NPO sectors. During her tenure as CIMA’s Corporate Communication Manager for sub-Saharan Africa she won two staff awards with her team. Shaela has been successfully running her corporate communication, strategy and coaching business, Eska Consult, since 2012. Through the services she provides she has played a key role in adding value to the communication, key stakeholder management, performance of staff and growth in businesses.

Shaela has TV presenting and production experience. She presented a TV show on SABC1 “Heart and Soul” and “Shadows of Divinity” (1999 to 2001) and produced and directed two inserts for the programme. As an honours student at Wits she won an MNet EDiT (Emerging Dynamics in Television) Award with a fellow student for a 15 min documentary.

Shaela prides herself in her long-standing, quality relationships with clients and suppliers. Clients include private, public and non-profit organisations and individuals.

Customised solutions are designed for each client based on specific requirements, industry sector and budgets in order to add maximum value.

As and when needed trusted associates and sub-contractors are included in projects to deliver on clients’ specifications.

She is Head of Strategy and Business Development at digital online marketplace Tapsnapp.co “on demand photography wherever you are”.

Shaela has significant life experience and is attuned to issues of diversity: race, gender, class and people with disabilities.

She used to be an intrepid adventurer who parachuted and went scuba diving and qualified as an Advanced Diver with NAUI. Now she prefers more sedate activities such as reading non-fiction books, non-fiction writing and traveling. Shaela has visited 20 countries, including Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Singapore, Thailand, India, China, Spain, France, the UK, the US and Brazil. She has two young adult sons and has been married for 23 years.


Bachelor of Social Work, BA(Hons) Drama and Film (Wits), MA Journalism and Media Studies (Wits).

Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Marketing (online courses, Gordon Institute of Business Science).

ILS Certified Coach (May 2016). Qualification is accredited by the ICF and COMENSA.

Award for producing quality corporate communication work and mentoring staff members at CIMA.

Why work with Eska Consult?

Eska Consult takes pride in these values:

  • Being relevant in a world being disrupted by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • Tuned into and living diversity and inclusion.
  • Committed to integrity and mutual respect.
  • Low maintenance and a pleasure to work with.
  • Client-centric. Follows clients’ briefs and instructions whilst suggesting new ideas.


Various private and public sector clients, including Endemol Productions (“Isidingo” TV show on SABC1), New Wave Productions, SA Compensators, Festival Films, Gauteng Provincial Government, Tapsnapp, Short Story Day Africa, Pula Consulting, True North Coaching and Consulting, Standard Bank, UNICEF, USAID and more.