Liezl Kok: Chief Executive Officer
Liezl has been working in the Section 21 Sector for more than fourteen years, serving communities and business as a grassroots trainer, project developer, mentor and fundraiser.
After Matric, she enrolled for the Visual Arts Course at the then Witwatersrand Technicon. Whilst studying she started to do freelance work in the corporate sector which resulted in her winning graphic design awards. She became a Creative Director in the corporate world and acquired skills she now shares with with her tainees.
Over years Liezl established a reputation for being a “training guru” with a high success rate in this sector, which also won her media acclaim.
She is motivated to tangibly bring change to our workforce: “Through trial and error I’ve developed a training program within the community for the community."
"My biggest achievements have been to develop successful social entrepreneurs within the community. I live to create those “I can” moments for participants,which are essential for them to become enabled to realise their potential”.
Danyal Swan: Project Manager
Danyal began her piano tuition at the age of 8. She has since studied under Beverly Green, and Prof. Wessel van Wyk, and Prof. Joseph Stanford. She has won various local and international music competitions.
In 2006 she participated in an international piano workshop in Varna, Bulgaria, where she received masterclasses from internationally esteemed faculty. It was there that she performed Mozart’s piano concerto no.20 with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra. Other concerto performances include Shostakovich 2nd piano concerto with the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2010 she attained her Teacher’s Licentiate in Music (UTLM), and in 2012 attained her Performers Licentiate in Music (UPLM) at UNISA. She completed her BMus (Performing Art) at the University of Pretoria and is currently working towards completing her MMus (Performing Art) degree, at the same institution.
In 2013 she was the pianist in a concert ‘Skemerpad’, which premiered vocal works by young and upcoming South African composers. In 2014 she was the official accompanist of the Keiskamma Music Academy in rural Eastern Cape for their UNISA examinations, and was invited back later the following year.It is at the Keiskamma Music Academy that she realised the needs of the local community