Staff

Meet our Team

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Francois Kotze

Francois Kotze

General Manager: Maties Gymnasium

 francoiskotze@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 9133

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Francois Kotze has been at the helm of Maties Gymnasium since October 2012 and – when you talk to his peers – the reason why this gym can compete with the best in the country. He is also the person who ensures that only the best state-of-the-art equipment is used at the gym.

For Francois, being fit is part of who he is, and he has always loved sport and exercising. “You only have one health, so it is best to look after it.”

Talking to Francois, you soon realised how passionate he is about Maties Gymnasium. “Maties Gym caters for everyone – from the beginner to the elite athlete. The gym covers a big space and has many training areas to cater to members’ different needs.”

He says the best part of working at Maties Gym is (apart from free gym membership) is the opportunity it provides you for professional growth, being part of a renowned academic institution. “Here at Maties Gym, you meet people from different walks of life, and as we know, people influence your life in many ways.”

Jacques Pretorius

Jacques Pretorius

Financial Manager

jacp@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 9499

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Jacques Pretorius joined Maties Gymnasium in June 2020, and his job is making sure the Gym’s financial affairs is also healthy.

For Jacques, being fit is part of having a healthy balanced lifestyle. “There’s no need to give up on things that may be considered “bad habits”. It’s perfectly possible to balance healthy living with eating ice cream or enjoying some wine with dinner,” says he.

Jacques believes you will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to success is found in your daily routine.

If he were to market the Gym to his friends, he would highlight the wide variety of offerings catering to whatever a person’s fitness goals might be. “The friendly atmosphere makes everyone feel right at home and ready to start a great workout,” Jacques says.

The best part of working at Maties Gym for Jacques is the energy and positive work environment. “There is no workplace drama or grumpy co-workers at Maties Gym.”

Carl Wagner

Carl Wagner

Operations Manager

cwagner@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 9920

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For the past four years, Carl Wagner is the person that makes sure all operational matters at Maties Gym is taken care of.

Apart from running around to make sure everything is working perfectly, Carl believes in being fit to improve the quality of life. “It makes everything you do only so much more efficient.”

If he wants to motivate someone to start exercising, he recommends that you set yourself a goal that will challenge yourself, like to train for an event. “What is important,” says Carl, “is to choose your own goal based on your interests and fitness level.”

Carl says he would recommend Maties Gymnasium as no other gym offers the same quality equipment and facilities as Maties Gymnasium.

For him, the best part of working at Maties Gym is seeing so many young people making an effort to get fit and strong. “It is truly inspirational.”

Anelle Goldblatt

Anelle Goldblatt

Sales & Marketing Manager

anelleg@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 4510
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Anelle was tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that Maties gymnasium has a steady stream of new members and old members.

She regularly keeps fit so that she can keep up with her little one and wants to be a good example for him by showing him that it's important to make exercise fun and part of your daily lifestyle.

To get others moving and active she recommends that they just commit to doing something, even if it's 20min a day. Anelles biggest recommendation if find something you enjoy, rather than forcing yourself to do something that uncomfortable.

She would recommend that you join Maties gymnasium as it has something for everyone a variety of classes, a high-performance center, and friendly and skilled staff that will keep you coming back for more.

Mornay Richardson

Mornay Richardson

Acting Fitness Manager

richm@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 3953

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Calista De Lange

Calista De Lange

Group Exercise Manager

Calistadel@sun.ac.za
+27 21 808 9108

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Calista is another newbie at Maties Gym and joined a year ago as a fitness instructor and with hard work and dedication is now our group exercise manager.

Calista says being fit is very important because it is a way of living a healthy lifestyle. “You don’t have to be in the gym every single day to be fit; you just need to be active every day, in my opinion.”

She always tells people who want to get fit that it will not be easy, but it will be worth it. “You are going to want to quit but don’t!”

One of Maties Gym’s good selling points is the high-quality equipment. “It is also a lot bigger than you would expect.” The best part of working at Maties gym for her is being part of and working at an elite high-performance facility.

Elizabeth Pietersen

Elizabeth Pietersen

Health and Hygiene Supervisor

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For the past nine years, Elizabeth Petersen (or Lizzy as most people know her) makes sure Maties Gym is a healthy and hygienic space to train. She believes that Maties Gym is by far the cleanest gym in the country.

For her being fit is good for your mental and your physical health. Apart from being fit and ensuring the gym is clean, she loves the opportunity to interact with members in the gym.

Nano Fredericks

Nano Fredericks

Maintenance Technician

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Nano Fredericks only recently joined Maties Gymnasium with the huge task to make sure all the equipment is in perfect working order.

Nano believe it is very important for him to keep fit, because its improves his  health and decreases the risk of getting heart disease. 

“I always tell people that training has a lot of benefits. It improves brain health  and memory, builds self-confidence and increases your energy levels. It also helps to relieve stress.” 

Nano says Maties Gymnasium offers cost effective gym membership fees and caters for everyone. “It is a fun and positive working environment that makes my work enjoyable.”

Lorencia Muller

Lorencia Muller

Financial Assistant

lorenciam@sun.ac.zaa
 +27 21 808 9210

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Lorencia joined the gym in 2022, her primary role is assisting the financial manager and ensuring that Maties gym is healthy in a financial sense.

She believes that being fit boosts confidence and encourages oneself to live an active lifestyle. She feels that the best way to improve your effectiveness is to master your motivation and find your drive.

Her favorite part about working at Maties gymnasium is being able to work with different people.

Lamla Culo

Lamla Culo

Financial Assistant

lculo@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 9210
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Lamla has recently started at maties gymnasium and plays a key role in assisting with the financial operations of the facility.

She believes that investing in your health is important and that joining a facility like maties gymnasium is a good place to start.

Her favorite part about the gymnasium is the affordable rates and that they gymnasium caters for all individuals.

Fitness Instructors

Karen Nellemann

Karen Nellemann

Fitness Instructor

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Karen Nellemann is one of Maties Gymnasium’s fitness instructors. Karen says fitness is a very important aspect of her life as it benefits her physical and mental wellbeing. “It has helped me achieve my goal of being a better hockey player both on and off the field.”

She believes no one can motivate you to train unless you want and need to do it. For her, this quote describes it best: “anybody can achieve great things in their lives if they are willing to work hard, make sacrifices, and dedicate themselves to the dream they have.” (Sir Chris Holy)

For her, one of Maties Gym’s strong selling points is the facility’s versatility, as it caters to every person’s needs.

Karen says it is amazing to work with a dynamic team at the gym and see members achieving their personal goals.

Banele Mphahlele

Banele Mphahlele

Fitness Instructor

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Banele Mphahlele has only recently joined Maties Gymnasium as one of the fitness instructors.

Banele says being fit for her means being mentally, physically, emotionally stable and healthy. “Being in the gym, soccer field coaching is a therapy session for me. It makes my day better and stress-free. It’s a safe space for me to deal with emotional and mental stress. The best part is the physical gains – it hurts, but it’s worth it.”

According to Banele, she has been a fitness instructor for almost two years, and there is enough space for everyone who wants to come and train. “Maties Gym accommodate everyone from athletes, non-athletes, elderly and abled people. We have the best and friendliest staff who will always assist you. I am just in awe about this place and feels like home.”

AB Jantjies

AB Jantjies

Fitness Instructor

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AB Jantjies has been a fitness instructor at Maties Gym for the past nine years. For him, meeting people daily and helping them achieve their personal and fitness goals makes his work so worthwhile. He says Maties Gymnasium offer its members unbelievable good value and recommend it highly. 

For him staying fit is crucial as this helps him stay on top of his game, physically and mentally. “I  motivate people by telling them that we all have to start somewhere. You need to take that first step.”

Michaela Nellemann

Michaela Nellemann

Fitness Instructor

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Michaela Nellemann joined Maties Gymnasium in 2020 as a fitness instructor. For her, being fit is very important. “With obesity that runs in my family, I like to keep myself in shape and maintain a healthy weight. It serves as a great way of destressing and improving my moods in general. And I love that sense of strength that you get when training.”

Michaela is a firm believer that you boost your energy when training. “I enjoy playing hockey and being part of the team to constantly having people around.”

Two quotes help her with motivation: “When you feel like stopping, think of the reason why you started” and “the pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow”.

She says the large variety of fitness classes Maties Gym has to offer, complemented by the “The best thing about working at Maties Gym is the wide variety of people we get to meet and work with daily. And the highlight for me is when international and our domestic sports teams come here to train.”

Mornay Richardson

Mornay Richardson

Fitness Instructor

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Mornay Richardson has been a fitness instructor since 2019. He has high regard for fitness, and it is a very high priority in his life. “I always say I don’t want to be the parent that can’t play ball or play in the backyard with my kids.” 

He is not afraid of pushing himself out of his comfort zone and says: “if you only do what you can do, you will never be more than what you are”. 

Mornay says to do any project; you need the right tools. “I feel that is what Maties Gymnasium gives you. We cater for everyone no matter where you are with your project of sculpting a better you.” 

For him, the best part of his day is interacting with so many different members, seeing their progress in their training and learning from them and his colleagues.

Personal Trainers

Johnwin Davids

Johnwin Davids

Personal Trainer

davidsjohnwin65@gmail.com
 +27 73 587 5924
Jacques Human

Jacques Human

Personal Trainer

jhhuman@hotmail.com
 +27 83 721 6460

Francois Retief

Francois Retief

Personal Trainer

fretiefbio@gmail.com
 +27 82 456 0221
Darren Smit

Darren Smit

Personal Trainer

darrensmit77@gmail.com
 +27 82 448 4955

Coenie Swanepoel

Coenie Swanepoel

Personal Trainer

private_coena@yahoo.com
 +27 72 378 2426

Bernette Beyers

Bernette Beyers

Personal Trainer

bernettebeyers@yahoo.com
 +27 76 708 2955
Monique-Ann Meyer

Monique-Ann Meyer

Personal Trainer

bio@eptrecovery.com
 +27 82 308 6885