Get To Know Us
Up Close And Personal
Kinderkineticist, Founder And Owner
BA HMS & Psychology, BA Honn Kinderkinetics. MA Kinderkinetics
Meet Marene Jooste! She is first and foremost the mom to 2 beautiful boys age 12 and 9, and the wife to a wonderful man named Jaco. She has a huge, caring heart for people and serves her community wherever she can. She loves reading and playing the piano, and enjoys anything adventurous, especially travelling. She is also a passionate professional with a holistic outlook to childhood development, and has a special interest in children with developmental delays. She has been in private practice for 17 years during which she has gained practical experience in the Health, Medical & Education Sector.
She is currently the CEO and MD of Kwanda Kinetics and has served on the board of SAPIK for 5 years as one of two vice-presidents. Over and above her Masters Degree in neuro-sensory-motor development, she is also a SNAP consultant for autistic children and has received advanced training in Integrated Learning Therapy. She is further a Wise Eye Reading Therapist, entrepreneur, blogger, writer and course creator, and has presented workshops to more than 1 000 teachers. In 2019, she has founded Edupro Online where she is collaborating with other professionals to provide online courses and resources to parents, teachers and professionals in the pediatric field.
And Practice Manager
Meet Gizelle Kruger! After managing the Pretland Kinderkinetics Centre at the North-West University, Gizelle joined the Kwanda family in 2012. Over and above her Masters Degree in Kinderkinetics, she also has very strong administrative and managing skills. She is an absolute perfectionist and her work ethics is impeccable.
She has been in practice for 10 years and currently serves on the board of SAPIK as one of two vice-presidents. She is contracted via Kwanda Kinetics to 5 primary and pre-primary schools, and works with an average of 350 children on a weekly basis. She has attended numerous workshops and courses, and has received various certificates related to childhood development. She is also a Wise Eye Reading Therapist.
Although Gizelle is absolutely content and very independent, she is waiting for that someone special. In the meantime, Lego Kruger, her Jack Russell, is her snuggle buddy. She loves good food (and the occasional Coco-Cola!) and enjoys doing Arts and Crafts, especially when she can make personal gifts for her friends.
BSc HMS And Phys, BSc Honn Kinderkinetics, MA Kinderkinetics
And Part Of The Kwanda Family
BA HMS & Psychology, BA Honn Kinderkinetics, MA Kinderkineticist
Meet Melanie Durand! After her studies, Melanie worked for 3 years at a private practice called Kleinkin. She then decided to lecture at the University of Johannesburg for 4 years, where she also completed her Masters Degree in Kinderkinetics.
She joined the Kwanda family in 2015 and have 10 + years of practical experience. In addition to her Masters Degree, she has attended numerous workshops and courses, and have received various certificates related to childhood development. She is also a Wise Eye Reading Therapist and is contracted via Kwanda Kinetics to 5 pre-primary and primary schools. This means that she gets to work with an average of 300 children on a weekly basis.
Melanie is the mother of two busy-body toddlers and married to her high-school sweetheart named Jacques. She is always happy and energetic, and brings sunshine wherever she goes. She loves to teach and write, and appreciates fine dining and the fellowship of good friends.
40 + Years
Of Combined Experience
We Have The Know-How That You Need
Liezl van den Berg,
Parent At Preschool
I want to thank you for your input over the past 2 years. I will definitely recommend Kwanda Kinetics to all our family and friends!
Owner Of Preschool
What a privilege to have you at our school. We want you to be part of our curriculum for many years to come and are super excited about the future. Thank you for the passion that you have when it comes to children and their development. And a big thank you for keeping your fees affordable!
Thank you so much for this workshop. You really are an amazing Kinderkineticist who always helps and empowers others with knowledge. It was a wow! I am looking forward to your other courses.
What Others Say
How We Do Things
Health, Movement, Wellbeing
In 2010, Kwanda Kinetics was born in the middle of the night. Three o'clock in the morning, to be precise. The whole blueprint was written within 3 hours - with a clear vision in mind.
Causing a Kingdom ripple effect, we would live for God and impact our direct community through our calling as Kinderkineticists by unconditionally loving, respecting and developing each and every child that crosses our path in order for him or her to reach dizzy heights and be the best that he or she can be.
This is exactly what Kwanda is about! The word Kwanda means ‘to reach dizzy heights’ or ‘to excel’. Kinetics, on the other hand, means ‘motion’ or ‘movement’. If you combine these two, you get a special connection between movement and reaching your full potential.
Starting with only 18 children and 1 Kinderkineticst, the practice has since grown to accommodate 3 full-time Kinderkineticists who are contracted to 11 preprimary and primary schools as in-house Kinderkineticists. Together, they are working with an average of 850 children per week. Certain programs are also presented as extra-curricular activities.
And Therapy Centre
WHERE WE ARE TODAY
Today our child development and therapy centre works with an average of 850 children per week. We guide, inform, consult and provide feedback to 1 700 parents, 145 teachers and 11 principals on a weekly basis.
We work in conjunction with numerous professionals including but not limited to nutritionists and dieticians, behavioural optometrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rheumatologists, podiatrists, paediatricians and neurologists.
We are currently contracted to a few pilot schools in South Africa. These preprimary and primary schools have their own online Kinderkineticists for consultation purposes. They will join other schools in 2022 to gain full access to all our online content.
WHERE WE ARE HEADING
We are privileged to have partnered with Prof Ben Coetzee at the Northwest University and Deon van Rensburg, a former Lion's Rugby player, to develop a sports program called Agility.
Agility was launched at the beginning of 2020 at a renowned primary school. Although it is still in the Beta-phase of development, we are already receiving great feedback from the teachers presenting this program. We are very excited to see how this program will change the sport landscape of schools around the country.
As with our other programs, this program is also available as part of an online package.
join this movement
Whilst the main focus will always remain on movement, our centre believes that children are unique, intricate beings. We therefore have an integrative, holistic outlook when it comes to the learning and development aspects of a child.
To find out how our programs, services and online options can benefit your children, please browse through the rest of our website. However, don’t visit our website only. Get your school's own Kinderkineticist - either in-house or online! Or else, have a look at our various online curriculum packages, childhood development courses and other resources, including podcasts and eBooks.
You will love every single moment as Kwanda Kinetics is more than just movement. It is the ultimate smart move!
PARENT AT PRESCHOOL
Thank you so much for the feedback. You are really professional and I admire your great passion for your work.
PRINCIPAL OF PRESCHOOL
You are an asset to any school and we greatly appreciate what you do. It definitely provides us with an extra edge compared to other schools in our direct area.
PARENT AT PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our child was born with Spina Bifida. Our Physiotherapist highly recommended that he participates in one of the programs presented by Kwanda Kinetics.