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Faculty Lecturer Profiles

Bianca Rijnsburger

Course Executive

Lecturer

As a kid, what did you like more than anything?
Tea and scones on Saturdays with my mom.

Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
Russel Brand

Dumbest question someone’s ever asked you?
Did you get plastic surgery? At the age of 17… um…. no

What advice would you give to 5 year old you?
Don’t care about what people think, they don’t even think about you at all.

Monique Harris

Placement and Event Coordinator

Lecturer

What’s your signature dance move?
Definitely shuffle, I will need to show you…

Your most rock ‘n roll moment to date?
I was an extra in the Afrikaans Soapie, Suidooster and I kissed an actor on the cheek (while having a boyfriend, oops!)

Three songs you’ll put on your ultimate mixed tape:
Wow this is hard, but if I really have to choose probably 1000 Miles by Vanessa Carlton, Don’t stop believing by Journey and Bon Jovi’s, Livin’ on a prayer.

Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
I think I will be entertained the most by Jimmy Fallon. His Tonight Show always makes me laugh and puts me in a good mood.

When are you happiest?
I think my favourite thing in the whole world is dancing and it makes me incredibly happy.

Mia van der Merwe

Internship Coordinator

Lecturer

Best advice you’ve ever given?
If you ever feel like giving up, remember why you started.

Three songs you’ll put on your ultimate mixed tape:
Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw
Without a fight – Demi Levato & Brad Paisley
We own the night -The Weekend

What do you wish someone had told you ages ago?
Being a grown-up is hard work

If you could do any job in the world where money did not matter, what would it be?
World Traveller

If you could make one thing “un-exist” what would it be?
Poverty

Favourite joke of all time?
What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? A stick.

Nicola Bernardo

Course Developer

Lecturer

What situation would you never want to be in?
Jail

Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
Nigella Lawson (celebrity chef)

What makes you laugh?
My kids and work colleagues

What do you wish someone had told you ages ago?

Travel more

Dumbest question someone’s ever asked you?
There’s so many!!!

Erica Heunis

Part-time Lecturer

Best advice you’ve ever received?
Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.

Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
My Husband… 

I say good, you say:
bring the popcorn!

What advice would you give to 5 year old you?
Don’t worry so much about what others think of you

If you could do any job in the world where money did not matter, what would it be?
Travelling the world and writing about it!

Finish the sentence: The recipe…..
for disaster is to think people can’t read your body language

Nicola Carstens

Part-time Lecturer

What’s your signature dance move?
The sprinkler (face palm) hahaha

Best advice you’ve ever received?
Take things day by day, as you never know what tomorrow might bring…

Best advice you’ve ever given?
Follow your heart as it listens with emotion which comes from the mind, and therefore youll makethe right decision every time!

As a kid, what did you like more than anything?
Playing juffou-juffrou! How cliché?

Your most rock ‘n roll moment to date?
I don’t know?

MC Coetzer

Part-time Lecturer

Best advice you’ve ever given?
Steak is at its best medium-rare.

What situation would you never want to be in?
In a Black Friday stampede

When are you happiest?
When I’m in the sea, scuba diving

What one thing are you really good at?
Typing emails

Gun to your head: Can you name all four of the BEATLES?
Dung beatle; Sun beatle; ladybird beatle; black beatle?