Meaning: The top pupil in the class
Dux is powered by People Dynamics, a people development organisation that offers customised, effective and practical youth development training programmes to high school and tertiary education students with the aim of preparing them with the confidence and skills to enter the workforce as an equipped, elite and employable individual, ready to make an impact in his or her career.
Dux student development programme will set you up for success and help you realise your full potential
The Story about How Dux Hatched…
Once upon a time, a mother duck and her hatchlings were getting ready to leave the nest…
Dux is steered by Elaine Thompson who has achieved a number of great successes in her development and coaching career. Elaine and her team are focused on people development excellence, tapping into potential and taking intentional action to achieve goals.
With competition in the job market for high school and university graduates very high, Elaine saw the need for engaging, realistic and fun youth development programmes that adequately prepared young adults for the workplace. And out of that passion for people development and the need for creative and personalised youth development coaching, Dux had hatched.
The Dux Student Support Programmes are suitable for individuals and learners at high school or tertiary education institutions, and we also offer support programme solutions to organisations looking to invest in the development of young South Africans in their communities.
Dux Student Support and Coaching programme graduates can confidently enter the workplace with an advantage over their peers, and by completing the Dux programme, are registered on our Elite Employability group.
Meet our facilitators!
These passionate men and women are trained facilitators by People Dynamics. While they all have very different backgrounds, interests and experience, each facilitator is part of a team whose goal is to have a diverse representation of people, to connect with a diverse representation of students.
I have over 20 years of experience as a facilitator and coach, focusing on people development excellence. My approach is to encourage individuals to tap into their potential and take intentional action to achieve their personal and business goals.
I have a BA Degree - Psychology and Sociology, BA Honors Degree - Clinical, Counselling and Sports Psychology, am ETDP SETA Qualified, Services SETA registered and a Results Coaching Systems – ICT qualification.
People development is my passion and I walk your journey with you and support you in achieving your goals.
My career in IT started in 1979 as a trainee computer programmer, and then moved into software development where I also trained and mentored new employees.
In 2006 I began working in Adult Education covering topics of Computer Literacy, all MS Office Applications and Soft Skills Training.
My passion for people development and training spurred on a decision to dedicate more of my time to coaching, and I have mentored many students, young adults, and corporate staff in people and business skills development since 2012.
fter graduating from the University of Johannesburg, I started off as the Peermont Education Trust manager’s assistant. It was during that period when I was recruited into the facilitation and training space, doing part time facilitation with Dynamic Interventions (now People Dynamics). Also on the side I volunteered as a contributor columnist for two - then new local magazines named Bread of Life Magazine and Zoe Magazine.
Thereafter I then scored an internship at a consulting firm called Resolve Group, after which I went on to work for Ernst & Young as an intern/contracted junior which is where I am currently employed as a management consultant.
I’m a free-spirited 40-something with a wealth of experience from which to draw.
I willingly experiment, take risks, break rules, and work out of my comfort zone in order to shine as boldly and brightly as possible.
Hi I am Terryn Kritzinger. I am a teacher by day who is blessed to be creating mini Dr. Sheldon Coopers out of my students who love science and technology. Graduating from Wits University with a Higher Diploma in Education Senior Phase in 2005, I began my teaching career in 2006. I am working with People Dynamics in helping the youth of today through the Dux programme to mould and guide them into the paths that will benefit their future.
I'm a workplace and community development trainer and facilitator, having worked with individuals, groups and organizations in a wide variety of settings. My background includes fields as diverse as health, specialising in HIV Management and Peer Educator/Wellness Champion training; Youth Workplace Preparation Programmes and a variety of soft skills training.
I like engaging and motivating participants to embrace new concepts and to strive for personal excellence by using practical and creative techniques.
Nicky De Jesus
“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way".
I believe that each child should and can reach his potential given the right opportunities. I am a passionate peoples person and love to interact with the youth of all diverse cultures.
I am an ex-LifeLine counsellor and facilitator.
I am an experienced facilitator with a passion for people and growth.
I go the extra mile to ensure that the journey to be travelled emotionally is made less challenging and easier to handle.
I’m Palesa Ngobeni and am currently working for People Dynamics as a facilitator and selector.
I started working for a design company (Jive Bug) after I matriculated and am planning to further my studies doing a BSc Medical Science soon.
Life for me has always been about connections and experience, learning from other people and giving others a new piece of insight from my own experiences to encourage and change young people to believe in their abilities.
Facilitation through the Dux programme isn't about ‘one size fits all’, but rather to craft your session with you, for you.
My full names are Bongumusa Praisegod Mavuso(24years of age) and I'm currently working as a substitute teacher of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at Osizweni Secondary School for about 8 months, and I'm registered with South African Council of Education (SACE).
However, professionally I studied Chemical Engineering at Vaal University up to a Bachelor of Technology with help of Graceland's full scholarship.
Hi I am Ashleigh. I am 21 and am studying to be a teacher. I like music, dancing and animals, and especially spending time with friends and family, helping out with people whenever I can . When I think of life I think about learning new things, noting every second and never backing down from a challenge. Helping young people of today is so awesome because you are giving someone a chance to get closer to their dream or get the chance to experience new things . One quote I like to remember is that you should never let fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
Hi I am Taylor Lee. I love to dance on stage and off. I compete every year in Germany for tap dancing just for the fun of it . I love sound, am studying Sound Engineering. In the near future I want to open my own dance studio where I also make sound speakers. Working with the kids of today is so fulfilling because they are fun and energetic, and I want to teach and give them an opportunity to follow what they want to do
Born in the Western Cape in the small town of Paarl, I finished my schooling in 2009 and left the Cape to try my luck in Gauteng - and I’ve never left. I love interacting with people, learning from past experiences, and am always open to learn something new. I value the things I learn from my peers and the younger generation, especially to have fun and not take myself too seriously all the time.
I have a huge passion for communication as I have a diploma in Communications, and with that is one of the reasons why I’ve joined the People Dynamics and Dux team. I love working with this team and it allows me to use my skills to all my abilities.
My name is a Tshepo Mdluli and one of the interesting thing about me is that I have a Tswana name, Zulu Surname, I'm Tsonga speaking and I can speak about half the 11 official languages. I am also known as 'Mr Rainbow Nation' and 'King of Selfies.
Working with learners is one of the things I enjoy doing. Being able to transfer the knowledge I have to learners based on my life experiences in life and also guiding them through to having a prosperous life is such a pleasure and I am privileged to be part of the People Dynamics and Dux team which gives me a platform to do so.
I am a 21 year old from a small townships, Tembisa. I am a 3rd year student at the University of Witwatersrand, studying BSc Civil Engineering and I was just like most of the students from the townships. I was privileged to attend all of the People Dynamics workshops as well and I have learnt a lot through that. The programmes have helped me grow as a person and be able to make proper decisions about life at large.
Another part of my job is tutoring Maths and Physics, which I also enjoy because I'm helping other kids to unleash their potential in these subjects and do well at school. I always say "I don't know how other people do it, but being successful alone is really not nice". That is why I spend time trying to help other people do well for themselves.
Mishael Mashele graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering after receiving a full scholarship from Southern Highveld Youth Development Trust in 2004.
Mishael spent approximately two years as a Technical Writer for Sparrows Consulting, which is learning materials’ development company. He compiled technical manuals for companies such as Richards Bay Coal Terminal and Console Glass. He went on to work in the Product Planning Division at Nissan where he selected Nissan Models best suited for the South African market. For the past 6 years, he’s been working as a Senior Piping Engineer at PDPS, which does consulting work for Sasol and Eskom.
Mishael has done various initiatives including:
- A shoe drive that provided shoes to needy primary school learners.
- Facilitating a program that donates monthly bus tickets to learners attending GS College that study technical courses.
- A World of Engineering Exhibition that intends to encourage learners to do Pure Maths and Physic; and also pursue a career in Engineer which is one of South Africa’s scarce Skills
- Motivational speaking at schools encouraging learners that they can escape the shackles of poverty as he has done.
- Go-getters facilitator under the DUX program.
- Recently selected as the Mpumalanga Ambassador for MADA, which selects Gr 9 top performing learners without fathers who undergo a mentorship and moral Degeneration dialogue. They are also introduced to specialised careers in Engineering and Technology.
- Delivered Keynote Address at the 2017 GS College Graduation Ceremoney
The initiatives undertaken have involved companies such as SHCDT, Sasol, MecgChem, TUT, SABC and PDPS.
Mishael maintains that the impact made as a collective is significantly greater than when individuals or individual institutions go at it alone; ultimately the main objection of making a difference to young aspiring minds reaches a much greater audience.
I am what some call a computer fanatic. That is probably because I have always known that in order to excel at something you should be passionate about it. That is my way of life. I am somewhat shy at first but once I become comfortable with people I tend to be the most talkative and “nice to hang with” person in the room. I also get along with almost everyone I meet due to the fact that I am friendly. I believe in living life to the fullest and making memories and friendships that will last forever. I believe in treating everyone equally because to me we are all the same. Most of all, I believe in spending time with my loved ones'. I heard a saying once that said a man who never spends time with his family is never a real man. I am the second born in a family of six children. Born and raised in a four bedroom house at a township called Vosloorus. I began dreaming about my future in grade eleven when I started reading a book called Mind Power. That is when I started dreaming of becoming a physicist and hoped to win a Nobel Prize one day. I believed strongly in this dream as I believe that when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. When I was doing my first year, I was introduced to the world of computer science and how beautiful the science of computers is. I then decided to detour from the dream that I believed strongly in for a more interested career that promised me a world of unlimited possibilities and the chance to change millions and millions of lives in the process. I also believe in the saying that we do not always end where we intended to be but we always end up where we are supposed to be. The previous and statement and the fact that I was enjoying hundred percent of all the things we were doing in the CS classes led me to deciding that I was born a Computer Scientist.
I always believed in dreaming big and set goals that always scare me. What makes me unique is the fact that I believe in deep rooted traditions. In my case, it is innovative traditions. Over the past few years I have gone through roads that have not yet been explored. Setting milestone after milestone. I was the first person in my family to matriculate with six distinctions, the first to study at the University of Witwatersrand, the first to travel to travel to Europe, the first to win an international competition, the first one to get a degree. The first Computer Scientist. It’s always a great feeling to look back to all the achievements, but I would rather look forward and focus on breaking more records. One of my goals in life besides dominating the IT department is to be a good man
Nqobile Msiza is a first year student at Wits. She is interested in improving the lives of people through upgrading and developing the facilities of the public which has led her to venture under Civil Engineering. Her hobbies are reading, jogging and drawing.