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Liezel van der Westhuizen
Liezel van der Westhuizen
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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
Liezel van der Westhuizen and Cindy Jacobsz are the first African, South African all female blind and sighted pair to tandem cycle from Manali to Khardung La India, 18 330 feet covering 550km.
Not only was it a triumphant African first when media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen successfully piloted blind fellow cyclist Cindy Jacobs on a tandem bicycle over the famous Himalayas from Mandali to Khardung La in India last month, but the pair also had to battle the elements of wind, rain, sleet and sub-zero temperatures whilst being severely challenged by every imaginable technical problem. They covered the mean distance of 550km in 10 days at altitudes of up to 18 330 feet.
Liezel describes it as that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event that cyclists around the world dream of. The  expedition starts at Manali, which is known as the door to the heaven of the Himalayas, the route takes you cross five passes with a maximum altitude of 5602 meters reached at Khardung La (It’s one of the world's highest roads in the world.)
Both being extremely passionate about philanthropy, the two had decided to use the event to raise funds for two medical charities namely Operation Smile South Africa and OneSight. The former is dedicated to providing free surgery to children and adults born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, while the latter provides refractive error services and prescription spectacles  to people without access to affordable vision care.
Already a household name after an impressive stint on MNET Idols, Liezel van der Westhuizen is currently taking the South African entertainment scene 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. Coupled with a drive for success and an incredible work ethic in everything she does, it is no wonder the sky is the limit for this talent.
As only the second woman in the world to present Idols, Liezel has become the familiar face on the popular reality show in season five and six, and continues to impress with her current task of presenting SABC3’s new daily breakfast show – Expresso – as well as her weekly radio show – the Sunday Sundowner – on 94.5KFM in Cape Town.
With so much going for her, it’s hard to believe it has just been just a few years since Liezel was “discovered” by Jacaranda FM after the programme manager heard her working as an announcer at Makro after serving her apprenticeship at TUKSFM.
“I began my radio life at Tuks FM and was well and truly hooked on the joys of being able to use media to connect with people,” she explains. While At TuksFM she received a job offer from EMI Music South Africa as International PR Manager, which introduced her to an array of global music stars.
An 18month stint as an SABC3 continuity presenter and presenter of the lunchtime show Lunchbox led to greater things, with IDOLS confirming her rise to the top and in 2010 she launched SoundCheck Live on MNET before starting her work on Expresso, as well as making her on-screen debut in the movie, The Race-ist.
With her professional style and ease of conversation, it’s no surprise to find out Liezel has a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and since 2000 has been a member of Toastmaster’s International, receiving her Advanced Toastmaster Bonze certificate in 2005.
She also holds a degree in Human Resources Management and holds both a Honours and Masters degree in Communications Management and is now working towards a PhD in Communication Management as well as attending Xhosa lessons
Liezel also manages to find time to work as a voiceover artists, with an impressive portfolio of television and radio voiceover work underpinning her other exploits as well.
It all encompasses a drive inspired by her grandmother’s fight against Cancer.
“My gran being diagnosed with Cancer was a big life-changer. I even shaved off my long hair, and went bald for a year in support of her. “I now keep my hair short in memory of her and as a reminder that life is short. Before my gran passed away, she told me to grab every opportunity in life and enjoy every moment.”
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. She was selected to be part of Nestle’s Triathlon team, completed a gruelling The Full Iron Man Triathlon in 2010 (which comprises of a 3.8km swim; 180km cycle and 42.2km run) and was a Top 8 finalist in the 2007 Shape magazine/Sanex Cover girl competition.
With so much going for her, it wasn’t a surprise when she was voted in at number 56 in the FHM Hot 100 Sexiest Women in the World, and again in 2009, while a nomination in the Heat Hot 100 came in both years as well.
Stylish and professional Liezel made number 4 on designer Simon Rademon’s best dressed women in SA in 2008 and was also nominated for an Olay SA Iconic Woman award.
She is also very passionate about the environment, being an ambassador for Glass Recycling South Africa and gives back in a big way.
“I am involved with a charity in Cape Town called Velokaya – it’s a not-for-profit organisation based in Khayelithsha which uses a range of holistic, education-based cycling programmes. I believe sport and schooling go hand in hand. I am passionate about South Africa and educating our learners.”
With so much going for her, Liezel will continue her drive to grab every opportunity presented, while changing lives and bringing joy on her daily path.
Liezel van der Westhuizen and Cindy Jacobsz are the first African, South African all female blind and sighted pair to tandem cycle from Manali to Khardung La India, 18 330 feet covering 550km.
Not only was it a triumphant African first when media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen successfully piloted blind fellow cyclist Cindy Jacobs on a tandem bicycle over the famous Himalayas from Mandali to Khardung La in India last month, but the
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.
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She brings her own lap top.
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