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Liezel van der Westhuizen
Liezel van der Westhuizen
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Speaker, MC
Cape Town South Africa
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Celebrity,Endurance athlete,Inspiration,MC,model,motivation,Presenter,Professional Speaker,Radio Personality,South Africa,TV & Radio,Womens Interest
Already a household name after an impressive stint on MNET Idols in 2008, Liezel van der Westhuizen is currently taking both the South African entertainment and personal branding scenes by storm. The relaxed smile, smooth and professional working manner and impeccable style has made her one of the most sought-after presenters and emcees in the country.

Liezel kicked off her public speaking and Emcee career over a decade ago and, to date, has hosted more than 1 500 events across South Africa and internationally including the UK; Hong Kong; Seychelles; Venice and Bali. . She has won bronze and silver awards as a member of the Toastmaster’s Society and is often invited to give motivational talks, covering topics such as “Beat the Bully”, “Finding Your Inner Strength” and her most booked “Personal Brand Personified”.

If the brand fits…
Liezel was nicknamed “the giraffe” in designer Craig Jacobs’ Sunday Times column in 2009, when she and her even taller sister Monique appeared in killer heels and succeeded in towering over other attendees at a Radisson Blu fashion event. Although the moniker was not meant entirely flatteringly at the time, this clever entrepreneur went on to incorporate it into everything she does, having recently launched the Giraffe Brand Academy. This latest initiative has been set up to assist CEO’S and entrepreneurs all over the world in building a powerful and authentic personal brand, which should see her students taking their businesses to great heights.

Powerhouse presenter
As only the second woman in the world to present Idols, Liezel became a familiar face on the popular reality show during Seasons Five and Six, as well as during her time as a presenter on SABC3’s daily breakfast show, Expresso. Liezel has presented TV shows for channels SABC3, SuperSport, SABC Sport, MNET, DSTV and SABC 2, and lists her career highlights as Idols, Expresso, The Lunchbox and Soundcheck.
She continues to impress with her daily fitness feature on Kfm and a Fitness Fridays segment on Cape Talk . With so much going for her, it’s hard to believe it has been just a few years since Liezel was “discovered” by Jacaranda FM after the programme manager heard her working as a Makro announcer after serving her TUKSFM apprenticeship.

Beauty and brains
With her professional style and ease of conversation, it will come as no surprise that Liezel has a spree of degrees in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and, since 2000, has been a member of Toastmaster’s International. She holds a BCom degree in Human Resources and Industrial Psychology, and both a BCom Honours and an MCom in Communication Management.

Fitness feats for charity
But away from the microphones and cameras, in 2012 and 2013 Liezel partnered with Canoeing SA’s high-performance coach, Greg van Heerden, to finish the toughest canoe marathon in the world – the Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon. She keeps a healthy fitness regime, training six times a week on the road (running and cycling) and in the pool, and was selected to take part in Nestle’s Triathlon team that went on to complete the gruelling Full Ironman Triathlon in 2010 (this involves a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run).
Using her sporting activities to achieve good in the world, Liezel undertook a tandem cycle across the Himalayas in 2018, with a visually impaired athlete, to raise funds for Operation

Smile and OneSight.
The ocean – and its preservation – hold a special place in Liezel’s heart. She loves to swim, stand-up paddle board and surfski and is, impressively, a certified Nitrox Enriched Air scuba diver. Liezel recently gained her skipper’s license, after practising during a sailing fitcation in the Seychelles archipelago, which saw her entering and winning – on her return – the Mercedes Benz Ladies Race at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Liezel is the first person in the country to have ridden a bicycle powered entirely by social media (a custom-fitted techno wonder bike!) for the dedicated purpose of raising funds for Khayelitsha’s Velokhaya Life cycling academy. With the help of public “likes” and Pick n Pay, she was able to donate 20 bicycles to the academy – an organisation which, just like Liezel, believes sport is able to give our youth the skills they need for a happy and successful future.

This humble, energetic and deep-thinking personality will undoubtedly continue to grab each opportunity that life presents, while changing lives and bringing joy on her daily journey.
Already a household name after an impressive stint on MNET Idols in 2008, Liezel van der Westhuizen is currently taking both the South African entertainment and personal branding scenes by storm. The relaxed smile, smooth and professional working manner and impeccable style has made her one of the most sought-after presenters and emcees 
PRESENTATIONS by Liezel van der Westhuizen

Find your inner strength

Discover how you can unleash your full potential. Liezel will take you through the steps to help find your inner strength.

Imagine, a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and running 42.2km in one day! The Ironman, the ultimate one day endurance race. Liezel did it - in style, within only 12 weeks . Her next goal was the Unlimited Dusi, the World's toughest canoe marathon. Prior to setting up this challenge she had no experience in canoe paddling. In 9 weeks, she not only learned how to handle a canoe, but also how to avoid naysayers and that niggling self-doubt. It's possible. She did it and overcame all the odds.  During her extreme sport journeys shediscovered the strength, often more mentally than physically, within herself, and how to unleash it.
Never Give Up
Set your goals, and work at it, each and every day.
Don't stop until it is done.

Liezel will help you find your inner strength and give practical and personal guidelines on how you can achieve your goals, be it mental or physical. 
When she's not in the water, or busy with Ironman, Liezel enjoys a bit of extreme mountain biking and road running. She is also an ambassador for charities, an MC for glamorous functions and a much sought after model on the catwalk.  She is also listed as one Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans.
Empower our women. Empower our nation.
Women can change the world! It's 2018 and we are still sadly lacking in fully empowering women. Gender bias and discrimination against women is rife. Globally and locally women still represents the smaller percentage in leadership positions. Perhaps key is to understand why it is important to empower women and that it's not simply empty rhetoric.
South Africa's own Ironlady Liezel van der Westhuizen's talk uncovers the importance of female empowerment in an informative and personal way. Having conquered many physical and mental feats, Liezel understands the underlying challenges facing women today.
The Face of Empowerment.
“Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime.” Frightening stats from
What holds women back? Glass ceilings imposed by the traditional workplace are not the only thing that holds women back. It is often self-imposed. An inferiority complex, family commitments and a fear of failure are leaders in this self-inflicted stagnation.
What can Women do to propel themselves and other Women Forward?
Taking the first steps to working your way out of external and internal prejudices, and take a female friend with you on this journey.
Beating the Bully
You know your own voice. You worked hard to get it and you know how to use it… until you meet The Office Bully at the dreaded Big Monday Meeting…
You've prepared your notes and your ideas are good, very good, but still your stomach is knotted up. The Office Bully loves to spread rumours and to humiliate you in front of your colleagues. Once the Office Bully sits down, you shrivel into a nodding, fake smile, coffee slurping mess, carefully checking your watch. The bullying does not end at the meeting. Back in the office the bully will stalk you, call you names and try to derail your work. It's finally home time. You sob uncontrollably in your car, desperate for a safe place.

In this talk, renowned speaker Liezel van der Westhuizen, will help you find your voice again, show you how to beat the bully and get the recognition and raise that you deserve. Employers will benefit too as bullying causes high staff turnover and low morale leading to lower quality work.
From school to office: The bully is not restricted to the schoolyard but also enjoys roaming the office corridors.
Busting the myth that all bullies grow up.
Where do they come from?
The making of the Office Bully
The Office Bully is a genius: it's all smoke and mirrors... from a great fake relationship with the boss, knowing the minimal amount to be done to get away with it and thriving on your pain. But inside the bully lives a very insecure person taking it out on you.
Recognise and prevent it.
How to spot the bully and remove yourself as target.
Finding your own confidence and getting your voice back.
It seems like extreme sports but if you really like the company and/or the cause you are working for, you must find a way to make it work.
Liezel will show you how to unleash your inner power and beat the bully!
PRESENTATIONS by Liezel van der Westhuizen

Find your inner strength
Liezel does power point.
Data Projector
She brings her own lap top.
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