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.
Adrian Bezuidenhout joined our team as Training Manager at Bergzicht Training in January 2018. While he has always had an interest in youth development, Adrian started off his career path working as an apprentice and later qualifying as an artisan in the printing industry at Nasionale Tydskrifte. A few years later, he moved from that position to the music industry where he concentrated on royalty collection and distribution for the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) based in Cape Town. In 2007 he took up the position of Sales Representative in the telecommunications sector, and thereafter, started his own sign writing business. In 2009, his career took a turn and finally brought him into contact with young people as a Student Recruiter and later a Job Placement Officer for False Bay College. In July 2016, Adrian moved over to Northlink College, where once again he was involved in job placement and the project management and administration of various projects funded by various Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s).
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.
Nathalie Skippers joined Bergzicht Training in February 2018 and is responsible for Student Support at our organisation. Nathalie is a registered social worker with more than 12 years’ experience working as a social worker and probation officer for the Department of Social Development as well as in the non-profit sector. Her dedication to the field of social work is apparent from the various awards she received from the Department of Social Development over the years – from the Newcomer Showing the Greatest Potential Award in 2003 to the Merit Award for Excellent Social Work Services in 2013. Nathalie has also worked as a Co-Coordinator for the Johann Rupert Bursary Fund of the Johann & Gaynor Rupert Foundation where she also offered career guidance and mentoring to learners. In her private capacity, she works with Kingdom Kids and Prospering Parents, a private organisation capacity An experienced project manager and facilitator, Nathalie works closely with the private organisation, Kingdom Kids and Prospering Parents, on community outreach programmes. She has also been responsible for conceptualising youth development programmes, and offering career guidance and mentoring to learners through the organisation.
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.
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.