Meet Our Board

Meet Our Board 2018-07-24T12:10:02+00:00

Mr NST (Nathan) Motjuwadi

Chairman
Nathan Motjuwadi brings a wealth of knowledge regarding best practices within the human resources industry to Bergzicht Training and has contributed in that capacity since he joined our Board in 2013. In September 2016 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of our Board and also serves as the Chairman of the Board’s Human Resources sub-committee.

He holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Cape Town, an MBA from Thames Valley University in the United Kingdom, and was provisionally accepted for a PhD at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2016.

Nathan has over 20 years experience working in the human resources and business environment for top international brands like Coca-Cola, Cyborg Systems and Danone. He joined Capitec Bank in 2010 as the Executive of Human Resources and in 2016 the financial institution added the Corporate Social Investment portfolio to his responsibilities.

He is an HR Executive with broad generalist and specialist skills and knowledge that he acquired by working at leading national and international organisations on various continents, including Africa and Europe. This knowledge spans across the education, consulting, government, development and retail sectors. Prior to joining the banking sector, he worked as a teacher and served as Head of Department (English and History) at Phahama High School from 1993 to 1995, followed by a stint as a part-time lecturer at Unisa’s School of Business Leadership.

Passionate about giving back and contributing to human capital development, he also serves as a Board Member in an advisory capacity for the Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha, on the BANKSETA’S Board, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee of both BANKSETA and Capitec Bank.

Mr CAC (Charl) de Villiers

Charl de Villiers joined Bergzicht Training’s Board in May 2016 in a human resources support role. Since then, he has used his skills and knowledge about strategic human resource management and industrial relations to help us adhere to best practices with regards to managing human resources within our own organisation.

Charl obtained an M.Com degree in Industrial Psychology (Labour Relations) in 1986 and has been a registered Industrial Psychologist since 1990. He joined Stellenbosch University (SU) in the same year and worked as the Manager of Industrial Relations at the university until 2003, when he started a consultancy specialising in industrial relations.

From 2003 to 2010, he was appointed as Industrial Relations and Strategic Consultant to the Human Resource Department of SU, where he worked closely with the Chief Director: Strategic Initiatives on various strategic and restructuring tasks at the university. His extensive knowledge of industrial relations has seen him consult on para-legal matters and chair disciplinary hearings at various private companies and trade unions and also assist individuals in this regard. During this time, he also conducted company-specific in-house industrial relations training courses.

In 2010 he closed his consultancy to take up the position of CEO of the Centre for Change and Conflict Management, a mediation, change management and conflict resolution advice forum for large corporates, small businesses, and individual staff members specialising in strategic human resource restructuring and labour law.

Over the years, he has been involved in the facilitation and implementation of various strategic restructuring interventions in corporates and small businesses. Charl has also worked as a part-time lecturer in the Industrial Psychology Department at SU, teaching postgraduate students completing their Honours degree in Strategic Human Resource Management.

He serves on various boards, amongst others as a provincial executive board member of the Boland Golf Union (BGU), is a member of the Management Committee of this same union and responsible for all legal issues, strategic initiatives and the chairing of the Disciplinary Committee of the BGU. He is also a national Board Member of the South African Golf Association (SAGA), which oversees amateur golf in South Africa.

Charl is the owner of the Lototsi Game Farm in the Northern Cape and whenever his busy schedule allows, he makes a point of spending time with his two sons on the golf course.

Dr JJE (Hannes) Koornhoof

Hannes Koornhof joined our Board in December 2015 and since then has been advising Bergzicht Training on how to connect with a larger pool of donors across South Africa through the Amicus Trust SA – an organisation focused on making a measurable difference to skills development training and job creation for people from the greater Stellenbosch and Cape Winelands’ regions – as well as other funding organisations. In addition to this, he has been working closely with volunteer and qualified social worker Ms Annette Scott to develop emotional and mentor support structures for Bergzicht Training’s beneficiaries.

After dedicating 38 years of his life – 23 of which were spent at the Stellenbosch Moedergemeente Church – to the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) as a minister, Hannes retired in 2014 and has since been involved in the training of congregational leaders in the DRC. He is passionate about making a difference in his community and promoting lifelong learning and to this end has been involved in various leadership and managerial roles within the religious community. This includes taking responsibility for the ministry, management and budgets of three different congregations in Somerset-East in the Eastern Cape, Pinelands and Stellenbosch as chairperson of the church council; leading and managing teams consisting of fellow preachers and support staff; and training, managing and motivating volunteers. Hannes has also served as the Secretary of the DR Synod of the Western Cape from 1999 to 2003 and as Chairman of this same Synod from 2003 to 2007.

He has also built up extensive experience on how to practically implement the vision and strategy of institutions through his work at congregational and synodical level in the church and in philanthropy.

When Hannes is not advising Bergzicht Training on how best to improve and expand on its fundraising and support initiatives, he enjoys reading a good book and taking walks to keep fit. 


Mr A (Andrew) Anthony

Andrew Anthony joined our Board in 2011 after having worked for Bergzicht Training as Placement Manager in our Placement Bureau. Before joining our NGO, he spent 27 years in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) serving in different capacities, from a combat soldier to an intelligence officer.

Through his previous work experience at Bergzicht Training and his intimate understanding of the needs of our students, he is able to make a significant contribution to the decision-making and activities of the Board, which impact on our day-to-day operations. 

He is currently the CEO of Business Against Crime Western Cape (BACWC), a non-profit company operating in the anti-crime environment and “providing support to government on crime-related matters”.

When Andrew is not assisting Bergzicht Training to become the preferred skills training institute in the country or fighting crime through BACWC, he enjoys the company of his family and friends – usually at one of the many wine estates situated in the greater Winelands. 


Prof JF (Julian) Smith

Julian Smith joined Bergzicht Training’s Board in May 2015 and has applied the knowledge and experience he gained while working within management in the higher education sector to support Bergzicht Training in its own educational endeavours over the years.

He has served as a Vice-Rector: Community Interaction and Personnel (previously Vice-Rector: Operations) at Stellenbosch University (SU) from 2000 and has worked as a Professor of Literature and Drama at the same institution. As Vice-Rector he was responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Employment Equity, Services, Facilities Management and the establishment of a sustainable institutional risk management system. In 2007 his portfolio changed to Community Interaction and Personnel, with the emphasis more strongly focused on community engagement and staff wellness.

Julian holds a D.Litt. from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and has held the positions of Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of the English Department at UWC.  In 1991 he was appointed as Registrar at this institution, a position he held for nine years.

His broad experience in the higher education sector has led to him serving on various task teams appointed by a range of ministers of Education over the years. He has also been active in national as well as provincial sport – as a player, a member of sport transformation forums and as a member of selection panels.

Since his retirement in March 2015 he has served as the Chairperson of an International Quality Enhancement Panel at the University of the Free State and was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, the Honourable Mr Senzeni Zokwana, as a member of the Appeals Team considering more than eight hundred fishing rights appeals. When he is not professionally engaged, Julian likes to garden, play tennis and write creatively and polemically.
 


Ms KMV (Kathy) Harris

Kathleen (Kathy) Harris joined our Board in May 2015 and has over the years worked closely with our CEO, Renske Minnaar, in a bid to improve our communications, public relations and marketing initiatives as it pertains to our donors, stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries.

Having worked in various executive management roles in the services sector, Kathy has built up  extensive experience in sales and marketing, and strategy development facilitation and implementation. She has worked as Managing Director of HRG Rennies Travel and has also served on the board of BidTravel and a number of its subsidiary boards.  Throughout her career, Kathy has built up experience in people and leadership development, another area in which she has greatly contributed to Bergzicht Training’s operations over the years.  She is currently an independent Strategy and Leadership consultant and is based in Stellenbosch, where she lives with her family.
 


Dr GMAC (Guin) Lourens

Guin Lourens, a Professor in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at Stellenbosch University, joined the Bergzicht Training Board in 2017.  She started off her career in nursing by first qualifying with a BCur focused on psychiatry and community and health and midwifery from Stellenbosch University, followed by a Certificate in Health Care and a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Service Management at Unisa. Two years later she was a awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Education from North-West University and a Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing from SU. In 2006 she completed a Certificate in Quality Management at Unisa followed by a Masters in Nursing from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2009 and a Doctorate in Public Management Healthcare six years later from the same institution. At present she is a Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery and the Clinical Training Platform Manager for Clinical Services and Social Impact at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at SU. In the past she served as the Rural Health Manager of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health of SU and has occupied a number of regional and local government positions such as Assistant Director of the Western Cape Government’s Health Department and as Senior Professional Nurse: Training, and Senior Professional Nurse: Comprehensive Mobile Health at the Boland District Municipality. She has also lectured in postgraduate nursing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Guin fulfils various service leadership roles such as being a member of the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), chairing the CPUT Academic and Western Cape Government Health Hospital boards. She is also the founder and current chairperson of the Rural Nursing Network South Africa (RuNurSA), an organisation committed to developing nursing capital and strengthening rural nursing leadership.

Ms S (Samantha) Diedericks

Samantha Diedericks is a highly professional, forward-thinking individual with excellent communication skills and a passion for education. She joined our Board in 2017 and has been an asset to Bergzicht Training ever since. Currently the Principle Administrative Officer: Research and Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), Samantha obtained multiple degrees and qualifications such as NDip and BTech in Human Resource Management, an MPhil in Future Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership, just to name a few. She also has training in and experience of customer care, team building, conflict management, change leadership and facilitation – skills that have made her an asset in the administrative sector. She has focused most of her career on her biggest passion, education, and has worked within the tertiary education sector since 2008 where she has also held other positions including that of Programme Director, Programme Manager and Programme Co-ordinator of USB Executive Development Ltd at USB.

Mr JCJ (Justin) Newman

Justin Newman joined Bergzicht Training’s Board in June 2018, bringing his passion for motivating and training teams to be productive and effective to the Bergzicht Training stable. Justin is a former Primary and High School principal and teacher with 42 years’ experience in the secondary education sector. He served as school principal of Stellenzicht High School in Stellenbosch for 16 years and has worked as a iPOWER and Employability Skills facilitator at Bergzicht Training. Newman holds a BA and B Ed degree from the University of the Western Cape and a Teacher’s Diploma from Hewat Training College. He is a also actively involved in the Stellenbosch community as a church warden, a Sunday School teacher and superintendent and as a church representative on the interdenominational committee liaising with Stellenbosch Municipality.