Associate Professor Vinessa Naidoo -

Vinessa is a professional, yet passionate person, taking ownership of every task she presented with. With 18 years of experience as a lecturer, Vinessa value’s each student entrusted to her supervision in their journeys to a higher level of education. Vinessa constantly strives to better her own knowledge and skills by attending relevant conferences and courses such as obtaining Her master’s and Doctorate degrees, thus ensuring that she can guide her students in the best practises of research studies while offering support over and above academic achievement.

Dr Naidoo Has received various professional and academic accolades ranging from:

The Educational Opportunities Council (EOC) Scholarship. The Sasco Favourite Lecturer’s Award, The Joan Madibeng Award for her contribution to marketing in the RSA. Tshwane University of Technology’s  Woman Researcher of the Year: Faculty of Management  Sciences

Dr Naidoo’s educational background spans: A BCom in Marketing Management from the University of Natal. A Master of Business Leadership from UNISA School of Leadership (SBL). Vinessa completed her Diploma in Creative Coaching, from Professional Consciousness Coaching. International (CCI)  Vinessa received her Doctorate from the University of Johannesburg, her doctoral work focused on Leadership in Performance and  Change, Vinessa also achieved a Haaga Heila Degree  in Vocational Education         

Dr Naidoo’s has held various positions at Tshwane University of Technology since January 2002 to date; 

As  Associate Professor: TUT Business School she has responsibilities that include:

Research Supervisor to MBA, Master’s and Doctoral students, Lecturing, publishing of research articles in accredited journals, 

 Vinessa renders Life and Business Coaching and Mentoring to students and was a Khula Thuso Business consultant. These include MBA students, TUT undergraduate students and TUT MBA students (they also being prospective SMME’s) in the compilation of Business and Marketing Plans, as well as, many other TUT students with their research studies..41 successful MBA students: 2013 – 2019. 3 successful PhD students: 2017 – 2019. 10 publications in accredited journals: 2013 – 2019. 




Mike Batley (MPhil) Applied Ethics

Mike enjoys applying theoretical concepts in practice. He is comfortable with difference and enjoys engaging complexity, seeking to understand an issue in historical and cultural perspective and to celebrate diversity. He has a strong sense of feeling called to affirm the human dignity of all people and to work for the common good.

Mike is a social worker by profession and has over 30 years’ experience in this field. For the past 25 years, he has focused on promoting restorative justice and conflict transformation through an NGO, the Restorative Justice Centre.

More recently he has acquired an MPhil in Applied Ethics (St Augustine College) and is also certified as an ethics officer with The Ethics Institute.

Areas of interest include:

  • Workplace ethics: doing business ethically, ethical decision making, supporting social and ethics committees and ethics offices
  • Restorative justice and conflict transformation: early, informal intervention in workplace conflict
  •  Personal wellness and mastery:
    • Healing+ wholeness
    • Self-care
    • Personal purpose, growth + development

Mike enjoys consulting, training and coaching in these areas.

Andre Smuts B.Msc, M.Div, Ph.D

Andre has garnered extensive experience in the Corporate and Private Counselling arena as a Mediator, Facilitator, Counselor, Coach and Consultant training manager to business leaders and multinational companies.
His main areas of focus have been on Conflict Intervention and Conflict Resolution process at board level as well as a Cultural Mapping and organizational transformation programs.
Assisting organizations in analysing areas of human capital strengths and weaknesses.
Facilitating the initiation of new culture development processes
Creating Elective Leadership Learnership Campaigns with professional growth mentoring aligning the management and staff with the vision and strategy of the organisation.
He has developed Training Programs given Seminars and written International Best Practice Manuals. The essence of the programs are centred on Workplace Wellbeing and how to create psychologically safe spaces wherein individuals and organisations can attain
sustainable and meaningful flourishing.

Andre Smuts was Radio 702’s cultural researcher and his slot every Sunday morning was called the “Culture Vulture” here he  discussed the intricacies of
the various historical and cultural subjects.
Andre studied the art of whiskey blending and distilling in Scotland (Strathisla distillery ) and Ireland (Jameson Distillery Cork) and holds the title of the 42nd Chivas Brothers Master. Andre was bequeathed the title of Master Craftsman of Van Rijn’s Brandy during his time at Distell in South Africa

Andre has been Interviewed by various media publications and Television programs including Elle Magazine Business section. (Mental Toughness feature)
The Saturday Star
M-net’s Africa lifestyle channel on the arts of sophistication
3Talk with Noleen
Profiled as an “Asset to the community” in the Northcliff Melville Times
Profiled on Sabc 3’s Flash TV              Guest speaker at MENSA SA on the topics of etymological origins of colloquialisms, unusual phrases and obscure terms

Andre has written features for the Sunday Independent newspaper, for which he
also wrote the weekly column “Hedonists Hideout”

Robert Botha


Robert is the founding Director of the James Social and Ethics Consultancy (JSEC). The consultancy specialises in Business and Executive coaching, Governance, Stakeholder Relations Measurement, Compliance regarding Social and Ethics Committees and Diplomatic Training.  Robert is certified by the Industry Compliance and Certification Authority of South Africa (ICCASA) as an “anti-bribery management system” practitioner.

Previous positions held include Acting Director in Diplomatic Training at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation and CEO of the James 1:27 Trust.

Robert’s extensive Executive Coaching experience includes working with CEOs, Directors, senior executives, leaders in civil society as well senior executives/managers at the South African National Assembly (Parliament).

Prior to this, Robert has had 14-years’ experience leading a social enterprise pioneering social innovation and justice in the orphaned, vulnerable children and youth environment and 18-years’ experience as a diplomat and diplomatic trainer.  Robert has also served on various civil society Boards.

Academically, Robert has a B Comm, MA and has diplomatic qualifications from DIRCO, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, United Nations Leadership Academy, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Social Entrepreneurship (Gordon Institute of Business Science), Monitoring and Evaluation (Gordon Institute of Business Science), and Asset Based Community Development (Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Robert has also completed a research paper on the ISO 37001, a global standard and anti-corruption management system (ABMS).  Included in this was a study on the anti-bribery British Standard BS 10500:2011 and the South African standard, SANS 1734:2016, an identical copy of BS 10500:2011. The research covered corporate governance, ethics, King IV, South African Legislation dealing with bribery and corruption, and SADC Protocol Against Corruption, conventions adopted by SA, FICA and PFMA, among others.

At present Robert is qualified as a RCC™ Registered Certified Coach with the World Association of Business Coaches. (WABC).   Robert is also a faculty member of the Global Institute of Organisational Coaching and is at present  completing  with the GOIC a Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) ™.


Professional Training and or coaching completed with:

  • South African Reserve Bank
  • University of Pretoria
  • Amgen Pharmaceutical
  • Religious Liberties Commission
  • South African Parliament
  • Armscor
  • Heineken South Africa
  • Tala Mining
  • Mpumalanga Development Agency (MEGA)
  • Hollard Insurance

Annelet Liebenburg – Educational Psychologist M. Ed (Ed Psych) (Wits); B. Ed (Hons) (Ed Psych) (Wits); BA (P.U. vir C.H.O.); HED (UNISA)

Annelet has been interested in psychology and education her whole life. Growing up in an educational family, with her father a school principal/ inspector of education and mother an educational psychologist, it was a natural progression for her to enter the field of education. She taught in primary and high schools and spent the last years of her time in the educational field as a school principal of a prestigious private primary school in Johannesburg. This gave her vast experience in dealing with children and families as well as teachers. She has also written a number of school textbooks with Pearson Publishers.

She then decided to follow her passion and returned to university after a 20 year break from studying to complete her B. Ed in Educational Psychology and afterwards went on to do her Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research was based on the prevalence of cyberbullying in the senior phase of schools in Gauteng. She has presented courses on this topic as well as visualisation to improve self-esteem among children to parents, teachers and psychology interns. She also did training for psychologists in hypnotherapy through SASCH.

Annelet has received specialised training in a number of therapeutic modalities including Psychotherapy, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Ericksonian & Clinical Hypnosis, Ego State Therapy, and BWRT (Brain Work Recursive Therapy). She works from an integrative perspective, taking the client’s needs into consideration.

Annelet is a part-time lecturer at the South African College of Applied Psychology, training prospective counsellors and psychologists on Undergraduate level. She also does supervision for students doing fieldwork and the Honours Research. Annelet is also a part-time lecturer and supervisor at the University of the Witwatersrand working with the Masters programme students. She did her internship at Family Life Centre. At present she is in private practice in Bedfordview. She is also a member of PSYSSA and was an executive committee member of SASCH (South African Society for Clinical Hypnosis).