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.”

Mikhail Davis

Mikhail Davis

Operations Manager

mikhaild@sun.ac.za
+27 21 808 3953

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Mikhail started as our Fitness Manager in December 2023 and started his new role as Operations Manager in June 2024. He has high regard for fitness, and it is a very high priority in his life.

He is not afraid of pushing himself out of his comfort zone and is always up for a challenge.

Mikhail said, “At Maties Gym, we cater for everyone no matter where you are with your project of sculpting a better you. We all deserve to find out what our bodies are capable of”

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.

Eduan James

Eduan James

Sales & Marketing Manager

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

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Eduan joined Maties Gymnasium in May 2024 with the huge task to market our facility and bring in new members and keep those who are currently members.

Eduan for him it is very important to keep fit, and he enjoys using the facility when hes not working. 

“I always tell people that training is not about sweating profusely, it is a great way to relieve stress, improves brain health, builds self-confidence and increases your energy levels.” 

Eduan says Maties Gym offers cost effective gym membership fees and caters for everyone. “It is a fantastic facility with a wide variety of equipment for people of all fitness levels to use.”

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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 joined in 2021 at Maties Gym as a fitness instructor and with hard work and dedication is now our group exercise manager.

Calista says being fit is significant 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 eleven years, Elizabeth Petersen (or Lizzy as most people know her) ensures 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

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

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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.”

Nadia Matheus

Nadia Matheus

Financial Assistant

nam2@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 9210

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Nadia believes in the transformative power of fitness. With a deep understanding of how being fit positively impacts overall well-being, he is dedicated to helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Nadia's motivational mantra, "If you don't start now, you never will," serves as a powerful reminder to take that crucial first step towards a healthier life. Her enthusiasm and encouragement inspire individuals to begin their training journey and unlock their full potential.

At Maties Gym, Nadia is proud to be part of an authentic facility that offers a diverse range of equipment and classes. Whether you aim to enhance physical strength, reach personal fitness goals, improve flexibility, or boost mental capacity.

What truly excites Nadia about working at Maties Gym is the opportunity to meet international athletes, whose dedication and achievements serve as a constant source of inspiration. Additionally, she takes great pride in contributing to the personal goals of gym members and collaborating with her amazing colleagues.

Join Nadia and the rest of our dedicated staff at Maties Gym for an exceptional fitness experience. Discover the joy of meeting your goals, connecting with like-minded individuals, and embracing a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Leandre Nyathi

Leandre Nyathi

Financial Assistant

leandre@sun.ac.za
 +27 21 808 9210

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Introducing Leandre, a firm believer in the significance of staying fit for a healthy lifestyle. For Leandre, fitness is more than just looks—it encompasses overall well-being and vitality. When motivating others to start training, Leandre offers a powerful incentive: "Training now means living longer!"

If you're seeking a gym recommendation for a friend or family member, look no further than Maties Gym. Their exceptional customer care sets them apart, providing the best equipment and a pristine environment throughout the gym.

For Leandre, the best part of working at Maties Gym is contributing to a beautiful, healthy future for members. Join Leandre and experience the joy of inspiring others on their fitness journey at Maties Gym—a place where passion, customer care, and a commitment to wellness align seamlessly.

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.

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.”

Azrea Sylvester

Azrea Sylvester

Fitness Instructor

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Having been involved in sports from a young age, Azrea is incredibly passionate about health and people. Famous for her Core Class announcements, she finds enjoyment in creating an environment that allows people of all backgrounds to prosper. If you see her on the floor, spark up a conversation with her. She is more than happy to impart as much knowledge as possible from her Sport Science degree as well as engage in some light-hearted banter.
Lee Mkhize

Lee Mkhize

Fitness Instructor

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Lee joined the Maties team in Jan 2024. The most rewarding thing about the fitness industry for Lee is seeing the people around her achieve the goals they’ve set themselves. She first gained experience with resistance training while helping her granny, and has fallen in love with it since.

In her free time, Lee enjoys songwriting, dancing and many other art forms. She believes it allows her to find a good balance between staying happy and improving cognitive function.

Her favourite thing about Maties so far? The exposure. Exposure to growth as well as some of her favourite international athletes.

Lethu Mthimkhulu

Lethu Mthimkhulu

Fitness Instructor

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Lethu started at Maties in Jan 2024. What she loves about the industry is helping others see what their bodies are capable of. She believes an extra bit of self-esteem can carry through into other parts of your life, leading to improved overall confidence in everything you do.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, drawing and trying out different media forms. If not that, catching up on sleep is also an option.

When asked what’s stood out to her about Maties Gym – her immediate response: the people. She has found that the people around her have made it easier to adjust to this new phase in her life and she looks forward to assisting whoever she can where they need the help.

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
Landi Luus

Landi Luus

Personal Trainer

Ruwan Bester

Ruwan Bester

Personal Trainer

ruwanbester@gmail.com
 +27 82 086 7213