Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team 2017-12-15T13:28:14+00:00

Renske Minnaar

CEO
Renske Minnaar has been at the helm of Bergzicht Training as CEO since May 2013. Along with her team, she has worked tirelessly to drive the vision of our founding members and to ensure the financial sustainability of our organisation by focusing on fundraising, programme accreditation, financial control and the relevance of our organisation’s training. Renske completed a Diploma in  Hotel Management in Johannesburg in 1981 where after she built a career in the Hospitality and Services industries working in various marketing and sales positions at Fedics Food Services, Avis, Teljoy Communications and also at Vodacom, where she was involved in the company’s first cellular phone roll-out in South Africa in 1994 and later in Australia. In 1996 she entered the wine industry focusing specifically on export marketing and also brand development at Spier, a well-known wine estate in Stellenbosch. She joined our NGO in June 2011 as a Director of our Board and served on the Board until May 2013, when she was appointed as CEO.

Ingrid Andrews

Administrative Assistant: Fundraising and Public Relations

Ingrid Andrews is a Bergzicht Training alumnus who joined our team in June 2012 as a Placement Bureau Officer, a position she fulfilled until the beginning of 2016, when she was appointed as an Administrative Assistant focusing on our fundraising and PR initiatives. With a genuine interest in the lives of our students and a passion to help them reach their dreams, she has played a key role in the development of our students over the years. After studying at Bergzicht Training in 1994, she completed an Introduction to Public Administration course at Tygerberg College in 1996. This was followed by a SA Host course in 2006 as well as wine tasting, customer care and time management courses. Before joining Bergzicht Training in 2012, Ingrid worked as a manager at the Backpackers Lodge and Banhoek Lodge in Stellenbosch, and as a junior consultant at the Stellenbosch Tourism Information Centre.

Francisca Swartz

Training Admin Support

Our training courses and programmes could not run successfully without the hands-on support provided by Francisca Swartz, our Training Admin Support, who joined our team in January 2017. After completing her matric at Cloetesville Secondary School in Stellenbosch, she obtained  a N6 Certificate in Human Resources Management from Boland College, Strand in 2014. Through this course, Francisca learnt skills such as personnel management, labour relations and computer skills. In the same year of her graduation, she took up temporary employment as a receptionist at DGB Boschendal, “one of South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producers and distributors”. She has also worked as an Early Childhood Development Assistant intern (2015-2016) for  the Department of Social Development where she took the initiative – one of the characteristics that has also set her apart at Bergzicht Training – to  expand her skill set by completing a VIP Basic Payroll Training (RSA) course offered by Sage HR & Payroll.

Carol Newman

Interim Training Manager

Carol Newman joined Bergzicht Training as a facilitator in 1997 and later became the Coordinator of the Home Management Programme (now the iPOWER Foundation Programme). She is a qualified mentor and assessor, who is passionate about education and learning. In 1996, Carol was appointed as Training Manager, a position she fills up to this day. She is a qualified teacher, who obtained her teaching diploma through the St Augustine’s Teachers College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree, which she obtained from the University of the Western Cape.  She has received three merit awards for outstanding service from the Western Cape Education Department – a testament to her dedication to empowering the youth through education. After 25 years in the teaching profession, she became involved in numerous adult education programmes, amongst others the Operation Andrew Literacy Programme, ADRA – Aus Aid Western Cape Literacy Programme and the Bergzicht Literacy Project. In an effort to improve her skills in the field of adult education, she has attended a number of workshops at the Helderberg College, Maryland Literacy Programme, and the Operation Andrew Literacy Programme, and have completed a course at Kagiso Educational Training. In 1998, she obtained a diploma in Adult Basic Educational Training from the University of South Africa.

Sinazo Gosani

Placement Bureau Officer

Sinazo Gosani joined our team in 2017 as our Placement Bureau Officer and functions as the main connection between our student graduates and employers of those graduates. Through her dedication and understanding of the needs of our graduates as well as employers, Sinazo is able to help us match graduates with the correct employment opportunities that will allow them to flourish and ultimately achieve their dreams. Sinazo completed a BA Psychology degree in 2008 from the University of the Western Cape and has since gained experience in various sectors by volunteering, working and consulting at institutions like Ithemba Support Group; loveLife; Mezzanine Ware; and Fairtrade International. She has tackled everything from tech support; data analysis and reporting; managing projects; training, facilitating and liaising; advocating and lobbying for stakeholders; and orientation and placement just to name a few. She has also attended a number of international conferences like the World Mobile Health Conference and received an Honours Roll Certificate for Leadership, Initiative and Commitment to Developmental and Community-based Activities as loveLife’s first Global Fund Area Coordinator.

Abigail Barnard

Front Office Support

Our office would not run smoothly without the front office support offered by the very organised Abigail Barnard who joined our team as Bergzicht Training’s receptionist in 2017. Focused on her future, Abigail equipped herself with the necessary skills after completing high school in 2006 that would aid her in fulfilling various organisational and operational positions in future. These courses included, amongst others, a computer literacy and bookkeeping, a managing files and folder, and a range of Microsoft courses which she completed at the National Computer College in Oudtshoorn. In between her studies, she worked at the local Spar in Oudtshoorn, where after she enrolled for a N4: Management Assistant course. A few months later Abigail started working as a Receptionist/Administrator at NICRO (2009-2011) in Oudtshoorn where some of her duties included the management of organisational assets and resources, client and public interaction and financial management of petty cash. She has also built up years of data capturing and organisational experience working as a Filing Clerk at Koegelenberg Attorneys (2011-2013) and as a Data Administrator at COMPUSCAN (2013-2016) before joining our team this year.