How it all started …


Rape Wise

Rape Wise is an organisation that was founded by a group of concerned Health care professionals in October 2000. The initial focus was the establishment of Rape Crises centres to deal with the scourge of sexual assault in South Africa. During 2002 – The focus changed to education as a form of prevention and over the years, Rape Wise has become the largest training provider to the department of basic education. Each year, the group trains over 35 000 educators, 500 000 learners and address about 20 000 parents in all 9 provinces in South Africa. Today Rape Wise in partnership with the Life Health Care group manages and trains the staff in Rape Crises centres based at each of the Life hospitals nationally.


The Proactive Education group

Following a year of market research, it was agreed to change the name from Rape Wise to the Pro Active Education Group, due to the negative brand perception associated with rape.

We offer workshops, staff development workshops, talks to learners and parents, on peer victimisation, cyber safety, sexuality and gender respect, Study skills and study planning, preventing alcohol and drug abuse etc. We also offer schools legal support and assist with school polices through our Platinum schools legal programme.

Our Lecturers

John Buswell

John Buswell


John Buswell is one of the founder members of Rape Wise South Africa and The Proactive education group and is their group CEO. John is also a member of the board of The Education safety & governance association of South Africa.

As the head of Rape Wise South Africa, John has trained thousands of medical doctors, forensic nurses, police officers, prosecutors, social workers, psychologists and educators. John regularly consults to the directorate of public prosecutions and specialist units for the SAPS and deals with approximately 800 cases of sexual assault at Rape Wise annually.

As the group CEO, John is responsible for the development of The Proactive education group, Rape Wise and ICF consultancy a forensic company that is a subsidiary of the group. These projects enable The Proactive Education to reach and educate thousands of learners, educators and parents every year.

John is a regular guest on radio and television and over the past 25 years has become one of our countries top public speakers.

His passion and attitude of “if we care”, “we can make a difference”, has certainly changed many lives.

Dean Rundle

Dean Rundle

I am a qualified Life and Executive Leadership Coach, a small business owner, lay counsellor and educator. I will complete my BA Industrial Psychology Degree at UNISA in 2018.

I have been married to Natalie for 23 years. I have 2 awesome boys, Matthew (18), Daniel (17) in grade 11, and a beautiful daughter Hannah (10) in grade 5.

I have had the privilege of working in many roles during my career, such as a General Manager, Educator, Life & Executive Coach, Counsellor, Community Pastor and IT Professional. My experience dealing with Family and Marital Counselling, Parental & Personal Coaching, Youth Leadership Development, as a Teen Sexuality Coach and Personal Mastery has spanned more than 15 years.

I am currently a member of the North West Christian School (NWCS) Governing Council.

My greatest passion other than being a father and husband is to understand what makes a person ‘tick’. To explore the reasons and behaviour associated with choices that people make in their daily lives. My intention in every connection with a person is to be a catalyst of growth, a voice of challenge and to be a motivator.

Erica Strydom

Erica Strydom

I am a qualified Educational Psychologist with a Masters degree MEd  (Educational Psychology) from Wits University and am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). In 2015 I became an internationally qualified Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T) facilitator and love helping parents to foster better relationships with their children.  

I have been privileged to work with families and children for over 10 years and hope to make a difference in the lives of the people that I counsel. I believe that that “when people know better, they do better” and want to be involved in educating learners and hopefully guiding them to make better informed decisions.

My hobbies include photography and reading. To keep fit I enjoy walking and hiking. I love to travel and especially like to go to the bush as often as possible. But most of all I love to spend time with my family. 

Nicholette Minnar

Nicholette Minnar

Nicholette holds a BA Honrs (Social Work) degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.  She has 17 years social work experience working in various fields, after which se pursued the field of education.  Currently she is involved in adult training and development as facilitator and assessor.  She has a special interest in parental guidance, special needs education and assisting learners to reach their full potential and master their own learning.

Ambassadors and Associate Lecturers

Sthabile Mthethwa

Area: Gauteng

Qualification: B.Ed

Maretha van Dyk

Area: Gauteng


BEd Honours Educational Psychology

Sharon de Vries

Area: North West


Sharon obtained her B.ed degree in 2006 from the University of North West (Pukke)

*Sharon has been a Language teacher for the past 11 years.

*Sharon is currently busy with her degree in Industrial Psychology

Marika Naude

Area: Witbank(Mpumalanga)


Bed(Intermediate and senior phase) + Occupational Health and Safety diploma

Carmen Schenk

Area: Cathcart, Komga, Stutterheim, Port Alfred etc.


B.Com marketing, PGCE Businesses Studies and EMS
– Experience: 8 years teaching LO
– In the process of starting her psych studies through UNISA

Lynette Salim

Area:    Gauteng


Bcom Industrial Psychology
Post Graduate Education Certificate
Honors in Psychological Counselling

Jana Avenant

Area: Western Cape


BDiac Social work, MDiac Play therapy both UNISA degrees

Mariana Serfontein

Area: Gauteng


  •  Educator at a secondary school since 2007 (life orientation)
  •  Qualified Social worker and registered with SAASWIPP as a social worker in private practice as well as a school social worker.
  • Mariana is a registered (HPCSA) Psychometrist and psychological counsellor with a Masters in Play therapy.

Agobakwe Nthau

Area:  Gauteng


BA Humanities (University of Botswana)
Post Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Botswana.

Suko Mlambo

Area: Richards Bay / Empangeni,  KZN


PhD (Entomology), Diploma Technical & Vocational Education, MSc Tropical Entomology, BSc Biological Sciences

Paola Carnegie

Area: Western Cape


Higher Diploma in Education

Leonie van der Berg

Area: Port Elizabeth


BSW Social Work at NMMU

Khali Nongogo

Area: Gauteng


BInf Science University of South Africa; Honours and Masters University of the Witwatersrand;

Adult Education University of Manchester


Bianca Hendrikse

Area: Gauteng


Bed Degree (4 years) (UJ)
Basic Exercise Science Certificate (Tri-Focus Fitness Academy
Exercise with children Certificate (Tri Focus Fitness Academy)

Bianca Botha

Area: Gauteng (East Rand)


Bachelor’s degree in Education
– B.E.d FET General

Ashleigh Sacs

Area: Gauteng


BA Psychological counselling (Cum Lauda)- Unisa
– BA Honors in Psychology – Unisa
– Master of Education in Educational Psychology (Cum Lauda)- Wits

Susan Brits

Area: Western Cape


 BA Humanities – Stellenbosch University (Majors in Psychology, Ancient Cultures and Socio Informatics)

PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) – Stellenbosch University (Can teach LO, History and basic isiXhosa)

BEd Honours in Learning Support – via Stellenbosch University part-time Telematic program.

Ronel van Rensburg

Area:  Tshwane – (Gauteng)


 Certificate in Business Process Management (with distinction)

Short Course in Business Process Management

Programme In Project Management

National Diploma (Internal Auditing)

Shani Steyn

Area: Western Cape


BA, majoring Psychology, Criminology and Sociology – A – University of Pretoria, 1985

BA(Hons), Psychology – B – University of Stellenbosch, 1986

Microsoft Certified programmer and software trainer

Masters in Pastoral Psychology – B – University of Stellenbosch, 2005

PGCE – A – UNISA, 2010

– University of Stellenbosch – Current

Francois Smit

Area:  Western Cape


Onderwyserskollege Paarl
Onderwysdiploma Primêr
Universiteit Stellenbosch/
Onderwyserskollege Paarl
Hoër Onderwysdiploma
Slaag Eerste Graad
Eagle’s Nest Ministries GautengPastorale Sielkunde Diploma

Marco Meyer

Area: Western Cape


BEdHons (Education Development and Democracy)

Institute University of Stellenbosch

Baccalaureus Educationis in FET Phase

Institute: Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Nontobeko Nzuza

Area:  KZN


Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Management)

Year Honours degree in Bachelor of Social Science (General Psychology)            

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)(FET) (business studies & Life orientation)

Janelle Hunt

Area: KZN


BA Hde and a BED Hons in psychological-educational support

 Play therapist and lay counsellor

Grant Stead

Area:  KZN


Grant has 28 years’ experience in Engineering and Management Education and Training.  He has lectured at the Telkom College, Public TVET colleges and Private FET colleges. Grant has a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, a Higher Diploma in Education, an Electricians Trade test and has attended a Management Development Programme. 

Rowena Kemp

Area: Gauteng


BSc (Computer Science & Applied Mathematics)

BSc Honours (Computer Science)

PGCE (Grade 4 to Grade 9)

Zarina Moolla

Area:  KZN


BA degree UNISA    1985

Subjects Psychology1, Psychology 2, Psychology 3  Sociology1, Sociology 2, Sociology  3  Anthropology1, Philosophy 1,   Criminology 1  Communication1, Conversational  

 Fren PGCE (UNISA) 2003

Elizabeth Vorster

Area: Bloemfontein


HOD (1979) Teacher College Potchefstroom

Advanced Diploma Remedial Education (1996) Gauteng Department of Education

Honours Bachelor in Educational Psychology (2010) University of North West

Magister Educationis (2016) University of the Free State 

Dorothy Booth

Area:  Bloemfontein


BA Education in Dramatic Arts and English.  Obtained in 1991 at Free State University (UFS).

DTS (Discipleship Training School).  Obtained in 1992 at Youth With A Mission.

DSRE (Diploma in Special and Remedial Education).  Obtained in 1995 at UFS.

Advanced Diploma in Autism.  Obtained in 1999, University of London

Tracey Coetzee

Area: Gauteng



Lisa Anne Diesel

Area: Port Elizabeth


Graduated from NMU with an honours degree in Social Work

Ané Bekker

Area: Nelsruit


BA Psychology and Tourism Management 

Hons BA Psychology

Registered Trauma Counsellor @ HPCSA 

PGCE in Senior and Further Education

ProActive Education Group Ambassador 

Sunita Glanvill

Area: Limpopo


Ed Senior Phase (TUKS)

B.Ed. Hons Learner Support  (TUKS)

 Short Course School Readiness Assessment  (TUKS)

Administrative Team

Debbie Buswell

Director research and product development

Michelle Strydom

Admin Manager                                      

In association with: Bayer, Micromega, ICF consultancy and Training providers to: Life hospitals