MEET THE TEAM
Corné du Bois is the Managing Director at the Hein Wagner Academy. She has almost 30 years experience in the training and development of visually impaired learners and students as well as in the fields of psychology, training, management and marketing.
She was the Training Manager of the Department for Career Development at the Institute for the Blind, Worcester for many years. Under her leadership the training department grew and was transformed into a training college which garnered national and international acclaim.
Corné firmly believes that each individual is unique and has the potential for growth and development. She is personally invested into making sure that each student is given the best opportunity to make the realisation of his or her best potential possible.
She is an arts and culture lover, and a passionate reader.
Marietjie Kock is a computer lecturer at the Hein Wagner Academy. After completing her BSc (Hons) degree as well as her professional qualification at Stellenbosch University, she went into teaching, programming for Sanlam, and lecturing at colleges.
She has focused on computer skills and training for the visually impaired for several years.
Marietjie is a natural teacher and believes that technology can open up worlds to the sight impaired.
Marietjie is also a well-known ceramics artist and porcelain jewellery maker.
Aydienne Britz is a tech savvy MacOS, IOS and Android trainer at the Hein Wagner Academy, and an old student of the Training Department. He is a specialist in the field of accessibility and screen reading technologies for the visually impaired.
Aydienne’s own experience of living with visual disability helps him understand the student’s unique challenges and has shaped him into a humble, compassionate and caring person.
He is actively involved in sports, where he makes his presence felt on the blind cricket and goalball fields, and is always encouraging students to take part.
Aydienne feels that a loss of sight is not a lack of vision. He is an occasional dreamer, passionate about life, computer sciences, woodwork, good music and biltong. He is also a firm believer that laughter is a good cure when you feel down and out.
Philip Crouse is an accessible technology consultant and trainer at the Hein Wagner Academy. Philip was the first blind South African to become an Apple Certified Support Professional.
He challenges organisations and key decision makers to bridge the technological gap between their organisations and visually impaired employees, and to provide solutions.
He is passionate about removing barriers to the success of visually impaired persons, and believes strongly in the development of human potential.
He lives in Worcester with his four-footed friend Primo, who doubles as a guide dog, and he is a lifelong student, golden retriever enthusiast and a novice barista.
Hein has been blind since birth… despite this Hein has many accomplishments to his name.
He has completed the Absa Cape Epic, ran the Antarctica Marathon, the Two Oceans Marathon and the New York Marathon. He has completed the full Ironman, competed in the World Triathlon Series in Cape Town, and finished several Cape Town Cycle Tours,
He has tackled the white waters of the Zambezi River, climbed the ten highest mountains in the Western Cape, and completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race. Hein holds the World Blind Land Speed Record at 322.52 km/h.
In January 2019, Hein founded the Hein Wagner Academy in Worcester, Western Cape, to provide much needed training to visually impaired persons. To find out more about Hein please visit his website : www.heinwagner.com
Peadar has 35 years international experience in business development from small enterprises, to large corporates. He is a an Agri-scientist from University College Dublin , with an Master of Business Studies focused on business expansion. During his career, Peadar has worked in business strategy, sales/marketing and product innovation. He is passionate about developing sustainable food production in Africa, a continent he has been associated with for over 20 years. Peadar began working with Hein at the Blind Institute in Worcester some 5 years ago, where together they developed an innovative re launch programme including the re branding of the IOB to kaleidoscope. Inspired by what he experienced during this time, his passion in working with the visually impaired is encapsulated in the phrase ‘ Let the Blind Lead’. Peadar has been living in Cape Town for almost 10 years and is excited about being part of the team that will drive the Hein Wagner Academy to become a world class facility.