In the group photo above: The new “Big Five” at Boland College. Front (from left to right): Johanna Coetzee (Vice Principal: Corporate Services), Corrie Myburgh (Principal), Wendy Adams (Vice Principal: Innovation and Development. Back (from left to right): Hannes Gelderblom (Chief Financial Officer) and Brian Xolelo Phike (Vice Principal: Education and Training).

boland-college-new-vice-principalMrs Johanna Coetzee has been appointed as the new Vice Principal: Corporate Services at Boland Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET, formerly FET) college. She follows in the footsteps of Mrs Corrie Myburgh, who vacated the position when she was appointed as Principal for the institution.

Mrs Coetzee, born and raised in Kakamas, is a resident of Stellenbosch and no stranger to the broader Boland region. After finishing her Grade 12 in Kakamas, she studied at the Stellenbosch University where she obtained a B.A Degree, Higher Diploma in Education as well as B.Ed Degree. She also holds a Total Quality Management qualification from UNISA, which she obtained Cum Laude.

Her professional career includes being a teacher at Labori High School in Paarl, during which time she received a merit award from the Department of Education. She also taught at Bloemhof Girls’ High School in Stellenbosch, during which time she obtained a further two merit awards from the Department of Education. School teaching was traded for college teaching when she joined Boland College (then Stellenbosch College) in 1993 as a lecturer and later senior lecturer. Here she received the Principal’s award while being a national examiner and national moderator.

A further career move came when she was appointed as the Quality Manager for the newly merged Boland College in 2002, where she assisted the Executive Committee to grow the institution to what it is today. This period included being acting Campus Manager in Strand during a transitional phase of the institution. She has been acting in the position of Vice Principal: Corporate Services since August 2012.

“I look forward to the new challenges the ever changing technical and vocational education sphere offers and being appointed mid-migration of colleges from provincial competences to national competences has been the proverbial baptism by fire”, Coetzee said.

Departments reporting directly to her in her new position are Human Resource Management, Residences, Facilities and Infrastructure Management, General Administration, Student Administration and Information Technology (IT).