Meet our lecturing team

All our teaching staff are employed on a part-time basis to present courses in their field of expertise.


World-class Event and Décor Artist

Equilibria is honoured to have the internationally acclaimed, world-class event and décor artist, Otto de Jager (, to teach the school’s Entertaining Skills course.

This celebrated and award-winning event planner does not follow trends, he sets them. Working for a myriad of high-profile clients and guests nationally and internationally, Otto is famous for creating awe-inspiring, distinctively unique events.

His unrivalled creative flair, visionary approach to catering, attention to detail and inimitable floral artistry has made him one of the world’s most sought-after event planners.

His course at Equilibria is a life-changing event in itself!


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Tracy Gold

Celebrated Image Consultant and Personal Stylist

The school is fortunate to have one of South Africa’s top Image Consultants on board to teach our Style and Image course. Tracy is internationally renowned for her work as a personal stylist, fashion designer and published fashion writer.

Tracy has worked as a fashion expert and columnist for and, she has her own YouTube channel, Tracy Gold Fashion Tips and appears on It’s Relevant TV station in the USA.

She frequently travels abroad to do style consultations, fashion research and makeovers for selected clients.

Visit her website at

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Dr Serge Solomons

Motivational Speaker, Pastor and Lecturer

Dr. Serge Solomons is a part-time medical doctor and pastor in Johannesburg who has the vision to serve humanity and bring healing and transformation in people’s lives on a deeper level. He is actively involved in the curriculum development of Equilibria’s Discipleship Programme and works as an inspirational speaker, coach and facilitator in various human empowerment fields. He loves young people and teaches Emotional Intelligence and Relationship Skills at Equilibria. His courses never fail to change our student’s hearts, paving the way for them to live value-driven and fulfilling lives.

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Debra Langley

Nutritionist, author and health blogger

Debra Langley is a qualified pharmacist and nutritionist with a passion to help people make better lifestyle and nutritional choices. In her work as a pharmacist, Debra became aware of the countless diseases that people suffer from that are linked to poor lifestyle and nutritional choices. It inspired her to study further to discover ways in which she could guide people to live happy and healthy lives by adapting their diet and lifestyles. She lives in Pretoria and works as a nutritionist, blogger and author of several books. Her vision is to create a community to help people stay motivated and inspired to make the changes.

Visit her Forum and website at

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Derek Ramsden

Cape Wine Master and Wine Consultant 

Equilibria’s Wine Appreciation course is presented by Cape Wine Master, Derek Ramsden. Derek won the Van Ryn’s Award for Brandy Excellence after achieving the highest score in the examination section devoted to brandy in the Cape Wine Masters (CWM) programme. He loves to inspire students to discover the rich culture of food and wine pairing and includes tasting sessions of brandy and chocolates and sherry and cheese in his course at Equilibria. Derek is the founder and owner of One Wine Cellar, a company that specializes in wine cellar building and design ( He works as a full-time wine consultant and present workshops and short courses in wine appreciation, wine tasting and food and wine pairing – his number one passion.

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Dr Marna Laurens

Lecturer, Motivator and Soft Skills Coach

Dr. Marna Laurens (PHD Tourism Management Cum Laude) has several years’ experience as a lecturer at the North West University in the subjects of Marketing, Ecotourism and Business Management. Being gifted with a wide range of interests and talents, Marna also worked as a fitness instructor, soft skills trainer, worship leader, writer and curriculum developer for various tertiary institutions. She loves to travel and enjoy the fine art of entertaining. Her inspirational and passionate way of teaching makes her one of Equilibria’s most popular lecturers. Being an energetic bundle of talents and all-rounder, she teaches Equilibria’s Fitness course, Communication course and Entertaining skills.

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Petrus Jacobs ‘Fire Starter’

Motivational Speaker, Life Coach and Lecturer 

Petrus Jacobs is a highly-in-demand fulltime motivational speaker and life coach who has done human empowerment training for prominent South African and international companies such as Virgin Active, Metropolitan and Nissan. He has a natural flair for helping people discover their untapped potential in order to live meaningful and successful lives. His Positive Thinking course at Equilibria is a life-changing experience as he enables students to find the ‘champion within’ and realize the phenomenal potential lying within each of them. His online training course in speech writing and debating skills (‘Fire Starter’) has helped many young people to win national awards.

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Dr René Koraan

Advocate, Lecturer and Legal Expert 

Renè Koraan (LLB, LLM Labor Law) is employed as a senior lecturer in Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice and Legal Education at the North-West University. Rene’s energetic and creative lecturing skills have won her the prestigious BEST LECTURER AWARD in the Faculty of Law at the North-West University. She enjoys using fun ways to engage her students in the world of law and is known for her practical and hands-on approach to teaching the fundamentals of South African law. She feels that it is important that every young person is well informed about their rights and liabilities before they enter into adult life.




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Dr Alfred Henrico

Lecturer and Mentor

Dr. Alfred Henrico is a lecturer at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the North-West University. His exceptional gift for teaching has won him the prestigious VICE-CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE at the university. Alfred’s true passion is to inspire young entrepreneurs, helping them to develop sustainable businesses. He is actively involved in lecturing, mentoring and the curriculum development of Equilibria’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

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Chefs Jacques and Elna Badenhorst

Executive Chef Couple and restaurateurs 

Jacques and Elna Badenhorst are the founder and Executive Chef couple at Food Alchemy: Chef Jacques did a Diploma in Professional Modernist Cuisine and had a particular passion for ‘molecular gastronomy’. Being one of the top chefs in South Africa, he worked at numerous top 5 Star Resorts, Restaurants, Boutique Hotels and Wedding Venues. Chef Elna received her training at the leading Culinary School in South Africa – ICA – Institute of Culinary Arts in Cape Town. She worked closely with well-known Chefs in South Africa such as Pete Goffe-Wood (of Master Chef fame), Harald Bresselschmidt and Craig Backhouse. Their Culinary Skills course at Equilibria is a true eye-opener and inspiration for our students.

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Dr Lida Holtzhausen

Lecturer and Mentor  

Equilibria is proud to have Dr. Lida Holtzhausen (PhD, Corporate Communication) on our team of dynamic lecturers. Having won the school’s BEST LECTURER award, she is a bundle of inspiring energy with a flair for lecturing. Lida works as a Senior Lecturer at the North-West University’s School for Communication studies. She has a passion for etiquette and loves to teach young people how to be graceful and elegant at all times.

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Marco Smit

Professional dancer and dancing instructor  

Marco Smit is the proud owner of a dynamic dance studio in Potchefstroom entitled Step by Step Dance Studio. He has won several national dance competitions in South Africa and has a passion for teaching young people how to have confidence and style on the dancefloor. His Social Dancing course at Equilibria is always a highlight of the gap year course. Marco believes that dancing is a powerful way to boost health, fitness and a positive self-image in young people.

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Jean du Toit

Researcher and lecturer in Philosophy  

Jean du Toit has a Masters Degree in both Philosophy and Biochemistry. He works as a lecturer at the School for Philosophy of the North-West University and is currently conducting his doctoral degree in the relationship between human consciousness and artificial intelligence. He teaches the Critical Thinking course at Equilibria and enjoys to challenge students to think beyond their everyday reality and ask critical questions about the world around them.

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Cobus Fourie

Self-defence Instructor  

Equilibria’s Safety and Self-defense Course is presented by Cobus Fourie, the owner of Close Combat Solutions. He and his team have developed a self-defence system that is simple enough to teach students in a few days to defend themselves effectively in various crime or emergency situations.  Their system is based on an actual fighting system used by the Eastern military on the battlefield and was designed to end a fight quickly with minimum effort and maximum results. His competent team of instructors has more than ten years of experience in self-defence training.

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Johann du Toit

Professional Photographer and Lecturer  

Equilibria’s Photography course is taught by Johann du Toit, the owner of a leading photographic studio in Potchefstroom entitled Picture Café: He works as a professional photographer and focuses on innovative approaches to produce creative results. With years of experience within the photographic industry, he believes it is important that students develop a sound understanding of the technical and creative aspects of photography to master the fine art of photography. His classes are marked by individual attention and are both informative and fun.


Minnet du Preez

Lecturer and creative inspiration  

Equilibria’s Interior Decorating course is taught by the talented Minnet du Preez (PHD Health Professions Education), a lecturer at the School for Consumer Sciences at the North-West University in Potchefstroom. Minnet is qualified with a BSC and a Masters Degree in Consumer Science. Her passion for finding innovative ways to beautify an environment is contagious. She uses practical and hands-on approaches to teach our students easy DIY methods to improve and decorate their personal spaces.


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