Testimonials

The Multichoice Team:

August 2018

Hi Douw                                                                                                                                                                   

The team enjoyed the activity (The Great Escape) extremely! They expressed gratitude towards you and they also mentioned the following:

  •          It was good fun and sport!
  •          Brought the team together and we experienced great teamwork!
  •          It was also intellectually stimulating and interesting!
  •          Fun and exciting!
  •          Most importantly it was a great team initiative!

Thank you so much for hosting us and we are looking forward to coming back for more exciting adventures with you.

Regards,

The Multichoice Team

 

 




Monique De Villiers - Vox Telecom:

Good day Douw,

Personally, it was the best team building activity of all time, it helped to focus on putting the accountability where it belongs and to realise when I just could not do something and to step back.

We laughed a lot and we cheered each other, which is most important.

Feedback from the team, unfiltered:

“I really enjoyed the team building activity. I liked the problem-solving aspects to the activities. Really original ideas for a team building experience, and I really thought it helped build the team as well as interpersonal relationships within the team.”

“For a short team building exercise, it was highly effective and absolutely hilarious. Haven’t laughed so much in forever!!”

“The team building was great fun! First time I have participated in something like that. It helps to understand how people think and it certainly has brought the entire group together.

Wish we had more time to do more. “

A huge thank you, see you again soon!

Kind regards,

Monique

Monique De Villiers

Team Lead - Scheduling at Vox


T:  087 805 0000 | D: 087 805 2591
M: 084 569 8303 | F:  087 805 5500
E: monique.devilliers@voxtelecom.co.za
A: Rutherford Estate, 1 Scott Street, Waverley, Johannesburg
www.vox.co.za




Maxprof - 16 April 2018:

Dear Douw,                                                                                       16 April 2018

From everybody at MaxProf, we say thank you for another awesome teambuilding experience!

You did not only remind us of the importance of the MaxProf values, but you also brought out the child in each one of us, thereby emphasizing the importance of not only working hard, but also playing hard, as one of our shareholders love to say,…thank you very much!

You have taught us this time how to perform as “One Super Organism”…The MaxProf Team!

We look forward to our next encounter!

Regards

Deidre Bekker

Executive Personal Assistant

• T: +27 12 991 8966

• F: +27 86 504 4112 • E: deidre.bekker@maxprof.co.za




Beyond Success, 15 January 2018:

Hi Douw                                                                                                            15 January 2018

Thank you very much for a very enjoyable, effective and professional teambuilding session last Thursday at Intundla.

The BCCEI team got a huge amount of value from the activities, and learnt a great deal, whilst having a lot of fun at the same time. There were 3 team members who overcame a huge fear of water in order not to let the team down, so on many levels there was growth and character building.

Kind regards

Lesley-Anne Pedlar

E: lesley@beyondsuccess.co.za

W : www.beyondsuccess.co.za

T : 011 646 2922 / C : 083 225 8550




Carin van der Merwe - MEDI CLINIC:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your very powerful presentation during the recent Medi-Clinic Unit Managers Conference.  The feedback from the  attendees were overwhelming positive and

 90 % of the attendees said that Back to Nature presentation were the highlight of the conference!

We asked them about “ the activity that they liked the most during the conference” and some of the answers:

  • “Back to Nature” –“ Info that I could apply that added value”
  • “if a baboon can work as a team – well- then so me and my colleagues”
  • “It was an eye opener. It left a memorable experience in my mind and can easily relate that to my daily activities”
  • “I am very motivated after seeing how the monkeys live, I copied a lot and related them to human beings. I have grown personally not only professionally”
  • “The Baboon Man”
  • “Going back to nature was well applied and well fitting into the current workplace situation”
  • “For a team to be successful and reach their objective, they should support each other, staff, scouts, coach”
  • “The animal activity”“Identify your team, look for other members and getting together as one”
  • “It make me realize that small thing count more than you think”

More comments like these were given.   It added value and equipped the Managers to apply what they have learned in the operational environment.

Once again thank you for a very successful contribution to make this Conference successful. I wished more people could join in this presentation, but I am sure we will see you again in future!

Kind Regards

Carin van der Merwe

MEDI CLINIC




Bernard Saayman - Maxprof:

Dear Douw,

MAXIMUM PROFIT RECOVERY (PTY) LTD (MAXPROF) / TEAM BUILDING

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent team building exercise hosted by you.

The workshop forced us to look at our business, our employees, our colleagues and our clients in a new light, thereby enabling us to recognize a whole new set of opportunities.

We realized once again that we should not only rely on ourselves as individuals, but as a team we can achieve so much more! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us in this most fun and entertaining manner.

Yours sincerely

Bernard Saayman

 




Weston Dickson - MD of Dream Hotel and Resorts:

 20 October 2016

Hi Douw,                                                                                 

Thank you once again for an amazing day on Tuesday at the GM Conference.  The feedback from everybody was:

“Totally relevant and invaluable guidance to all companies; Words to live by!

Weston Dickson,

MD of Dream Hotel and Resorts.”

Kind regards,

Maddy van Rensburg

PA to Brent Dickson, Nick Dickson, Le Roux Steyn.




Stefan Botha - CEO - Staffataclick (Pty) Ltd:




Jan Vermaak - CEO, Vermaak and Partners Pathologists:

 30 November 2016

Dear all,                                                                                                

Douw played a key role in our teambuilding event for a group of 45 managers (senior and middle management). The team has not had this much fun in a very long time. Douw followed very quickly up feedback to the teams, giving an immediate connection to the relevant workplace issues. The opportunity for the group to practically experience many concepts that one can otherwise read or talk about, is a very powerful learning tool. I can recommend Douw without hesitation, for his professionalism, great sense of humour, practicality and willingness to really accommodate the client's needs. We welcome future opportunities to work with him! 

Jan Vermaak

CEO, Vermaak and Partners Pathologists




Mornay Du Plessis - President - Northern Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church:

16 November 2016

To all Leaders,                                                                                  

I can highly recommend the recent team event that was conducted by Douw Kruger.  He has a deep knowledge and understanding of nature and uses it as an effective tool in order to glean important leadership concepts.  This is done through a variety of fun filled exercises which are then deconstructed in order to learn valuable leadership lessons.  The combination of these practical tasks with the theoretical application made this an unforgettable experience and the feedback from our staff was overwhelmingly positive. 

Shalom




Montamed:




:

Dear Douw,
Once again, it is a great pleasure to have brought my team to your great venue for teambuilding. As this was our second teambuilding session, the fact that you brought totally new activities was exciting and fulfilling.

You sharing your experiences when you climbed Mount Kilimanjaro demonstrated that teams can achieve the ‘impossible’.

Kind Regards,
SIMON MKHONZA
MINE MANAGER
EXXARO NBC
ANNEMARIE DE VILLIERS - P.A. to Mine Manager

(SENT ON BEHALF OF S MKHONZA - MINE MANAGER)




Carlo Casaleggio - Chief Operations Officer - GROFIN:

06 November 2017

Good day to all,                                                                       

GroFin recently held its annual business conference at Intundla, with our senior management from 15 countries attending. We decided to use Back to Nature for our team building program. This included a motivational talk by Douw Kruger, followed by a team building exercise called “Mission Impossible”.

The talk given by Douw was excellent! It showed his intimate knowledge of nature and how it relates back to business. Everybody was spellbound during his talk and it remained a favorite topic of discussion amongst our group for days afterward. The team activity “Mission Impossible” was managed very professionally by Douw and his team, and proved to the group that anything is possible if they work together.

The motivational talk and team building exercise were definite highlights of our week and I strongly recommend Back to Nature to anyone looking for a unique and special program to inspire and reunite their team.

Carlo Casaleggio

Chief Operations Officer




Rofhiwa - Conference Organiser - SAAB group:

Good day Douw,

I hope I find you well. It was a pity I couldn't see you I was away with another group

Thank you for entertaining our request and giving the motivational speech to the Saab Group at Intundla. They are still raving praises of your conduct and how your work really hit home, it was indeed relevant and productive for them.

I will definitely recommend you for our future groups.

Regards,

Rofhiwa

Conference Organiser

 




Adele Jacobs ELDORADO PARK PRINCIPALS FORUM:

07 November 2017

Goeie More Douw,                                                                        

Baie dankie vir al die teambuilding events . Almal het dit terdeë geniet!

Die toppunt bly nog steeds die “Mission impossible” aktiwiteit en dit gaan hierdie hoofde nog lank aan die praat hou. Ons het baie invaluable lesse geleer net deur daardie raft building en dan om bakkie op water te kry en te laat float – dit was ongelooflik!

Weereens baie dankie, hoop om gou weer van jou dienste te gebruik.




Arild Rekve - Director Social and health Division Sigurd Paulsen Manager Community Medicine Kristiansand - Norway:

MUNICIPALITY OF KRISTIANSAND Community Medicine
Helse-og sosialsektoren

Mr DOUW KRUGER

Feed back letter for Mr DOUW KRUGER at Igalo institute Monte Negro 

Municipality of Kristiansand and Grimstad herby thank you for a very uplifting motivational talk you gave us at the Igalo institute in Montenegro.

The performance in the pack lecture was a brilliant way of bringing the very fundamental issues of great performance in a team and how important it is to build up good relations between the managers in our organizations.

On behalf of the 45 managers from different departments in the twin cities we thank you again Mr. Douw, and will remember the papio performance plan that gives us some very good advices in our daily missions. None of us, is as good as all of us! Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Arild Rekve
Director Social- and health Division

Sigurd Paulsen
Manager Community Medicine
Kristiansand - Norway




Prudence Ngomane -Snr Secretary - Department of Restorative Dentistry:

Beste Douw,

Weereens baie dankie in jou optrede. Die terugvoer was baie positief en almal het jou voordrag baie geniet.

Spesiale komplimente van ons dekaan Prof Ligthelm.

Kontak gerus gert morkel in toekomstige video opnames en redigering. Weereens baie dankie

Vriendelike groete

Dr Dirk Herbst

Prudence Ngomane
Snr Secretary
Department of Restorative Dentistry




Bonita Barnard - Executive Assistant - Bayer Material Science:

"We have found Douw Kruger to be a dynamic and entertaining speaker. His ability to use his extensive knowledge of nature and the dynamics of the animal kingdom to provide "life lessons" are unique and always leave food for thought.

Bayer Material Science"
Regards,
Bonita Barnard
Executive Assistant
Bayer MaterialScience




Simon Chikumbu Managing Director - Aon Re Team:

Aon Re Worldwide
AON’ House, 28 Fricker Road. Illovo Boulevard, Illovo 2196
P0 Box 2130
Parklands 2121
Johannesburg R.SA,
Tel +27(0)11 380 9000 Fax +27(0)11 380 9495/6

Reference on Douw Kruger

He is one of a few motivational speakers that draw attention with his team and relationship building presentation using wild life and Baboons in particular.
Some important aspects that my team learnt from Douw was to communicate, trust, coach, scout and support each other in all circumstances.

His presentation was also funny and exciting. He was surely the highlight of the day! We recommend him to organizations who need to improve teamwork within their people.

Simon Chikumbu
Managing Director




Kobus Potgieter Global Manager Mine Planning Network BHP Billiton:

During the recent Mine Operations Network Regional conference in Johannesburg the talented Douw Kruger entertained some delegates to his cunning and interesting insights into the baboon community.

Douw approached the presentation in a professional manner and delivered a well thought through message. The audience accepted his style and format, even after a long day of their own presentations, which should be an indication of the entertainment quality.
The theme of the presentation complemented the conference as it related to everyday team interaction and left individuals with a feeling that there surely is a resemblance between people and the baboon community.

Douw would definitely remain on the list of future considerations for similar events.

Kobus Potgieter
Global Manager Mine Planning Network
BHPBilliton



 




Daniel Bosman - MANAGING DIRECTOR - MAXPROF:

Dear Mr Kruger

MAXIMUM PROFIT RECOVERY (PTY) LTD (MAXPROF) / TEAM BUILDING

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent team building workshop hosted by you.

The workshop forced us to look at our business, our employees, our colleagues and our clients in a new light, thereby enabling us to recognize a whole new set of opportunities.

We realized that as individuals we will achieve much more by rather operating as the “pack of baboons” that all companies actually are.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us in this most fun and entertaining manner.

Yours Sincerely

Daniel Bosman
MANAGING DIRECTOR


 




Chanzelle van der Linde - Public Training Coordinator - Siyanqoba Seminars:

Dear Douw,

Thank you for participating at Office SA in Durban. Your contribution was invaluable to the success of our event.
We have finished analysing all our feedback letters and your rating is 91%.
A few comments were:

The speakers and the presentations were excellent;
I definitely learned a lot; and
Fantastic, best ever !!
We look forward to working with you again on Office SA at Sun City.
Please let me know if you need or require anything else.
Have a stunning day!

Warm regards,
Chanzelle van der Linde
Public Training Coordinator
Siyanqoba Seminars




RIEKIE CLOETE - Personal Assistant & Marketing - Southern Mapping:

Liewe Douw

‘n Ongelooflike groot dankie vir die presentation vandag, dit was absolutely spot-on gewees, en ek het so na die ouens gekyk tydens die presentation en hulle het regtig ingeneem wat jy gese het.

Ek kan noem dat vir die res van ons workshop was daar kort-kort terug verwys na jou presentation en dit het regtig vir my gewys dat dit die regte indruk gemaak het op elkeen van ons en dat ons defnitief soveel baat gevind het met jou praatjie.

Jy het defnitief ‘n ongelooflike groot impak op die spannetjie gemaak !
Baie dankie weer-eens en ek glo dat vele mense nog sal baat vind met wat jy aanbied.
God Bless.

Best Regards,
RIEKIE CLOETE
Personal Assistant & Marketing

www.southernmapping.com




WAYNE HILL - General Manager - Hotels and Resort Operations - Peermont Global (Pty) Ltd:

Hi Douw,

It was a stunning day! Everyone gave input in my team and everyone enjoyed it thoroughly. Well done on the thought and preparation for the “Mission Impossible”! It has so many synergies with how we should think about preparing and executing tasks that I constantly think about it. PS you should consider making the packing up of everything afterwards a part of the exercise too.

Regards,
WAYNE HILL
General Manager Hotels and Resort Operations
Peermont Global (Pty) Ltd
Trading as Emperors Palace



 




Hemuna - HR manager - Exxaro Coal:

Dear Douw

Thank you for the wonderful team building experience. It was truly a first in its kind for me. I was amazed by the water activity where you made the impossible possible. The best and most enjoyable activity for me was the blind folded soccer. I haven’t laugh as hard while learning so much before. The activity taught me a lot about myself and my leadership skills.

I know the rest of the team also enjoyed the day. Looking forward to see you again in the near future.

Hemuna - HR manager - Exxaro Coal




Janie - Hands on Promotions:

Douw was excellent! Everything went great and the guests from all over Africa and the middle east loved him.

Once again thank you for your great assistance.




SIMON MKHONZA - BU MANAGER - NBC COAL:

Dear Douw ,


I wish to thank you for your teambuilding support presented to my team.

The feedback I have received from all the participants is encouraging and positive. Your contribution in the lifting up of our operational performance from where we were in 2010 to where we are today is priceless.

We at NBC are very proud to have been associated with your undivided attention and support.
Kind Regards,
SIMON MKHONZA
BU MANAGER
NBC COAL



 




Prof. Fulufhelo (Fulu). Godfrey., Netswera; Director of Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL); Editor of the Commonwealth Youth and Development Journal; University of Limpopo:

Dear Douw.

This is my second time participating in your team building programmes! Everytime I work with a new group, I always think about you and appreciate the activities in your program which help them to understand each other and to work together as a solid block.
Thank you!

Kind regards
Prof. Fulufhelo (Fulu). Godfrey., Netswera;
Director of Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL);
Editor of the Commonwealth Youth and Development Journal;
University of Limpopo




Carina Pretorius - Personal Assistant to S Mkhonza, Exxaro:

Hi Douw.

Before the event started if you will remember, via the microphone I said to everyone “There is a good reason why I chose Douw Kruger to come and facilitate our big team building event and I know nearly most of you see Douw for the first time today but by the time the event end you will all agree with me as to why I chose him” Guess what? Till today the people are talking about how successful the team building was. It is not easy to host and guide more than 700 people in more than 10 team building activities and still getting everyone to participate and have fun. You proved that it can be done which reminds me of one of your activities the “Mission Impossible” we once did with you. It’s been nearly 4 years now ever since we used your creative team building facilitation skills and I am proud to say that in the most unique ways, you contributed to our success till today. We sacrificed a full production day for our team building event to accommodate the more than 700 people but I know that we will reap the benefits for years to come.

“Keep up the good work”
Regards
Simon


 




Jana Swanepoel PA to RGM Herman Botha Retail: PFA:

Hi Douw.

It is very clear from the feedback we received that every one of the 75 delegates enjoyed the teambuilding extremely.

Some even suggested having another session soon with other exciting activities as part of the programme ....."


Thank for a great event!
Regards,

Jana Swanepoel

PA to RGM Herman Botha
Retail: PFA
www.metropolitan.co.za




Lt.Col. Burger SANDF (CMI):

“The best learning opportunity ever ! You laid the foundation for world-class Team Performance, thank you!”




Israel Bender (Financial Director) CBC Fasteners.:

“Your program is a brilliant synthesis of brawn challenging brain, building a cohesive unit of individuals, harnessing them to a common cause and teaching them tolerance and respect. It was GREAT!! ”
Israel Bender (Financial Director) CBC Fasteners.




Mark Fussel (Head) ABN AMRO SA:

“Excellent! Thank you for your role in a highly successful excursion for ABN AMRO Bank’s global team. Your passion for and insight into the subject was clear to all. As a result of the success achieved, two of our international colleagues are bringing their own teams from Europe to South Africa to participate in your powerful programme.”

Mark Fussel (Head) ABN AMRO SA




Helen Dawson (Director-Incentive Admin) Department of Trade & Industry, SA:

“The teambuilding workshop was excellent ! The whole team enjoyed it tremendously and are still talking about it. Douw’s passion, energy and enthusiasm also motivated us to strive to reach greater heights."

Helen Dawson (Director-Incentive Admin) Department of Trade & Industry, SA




TEMPEST CAR HIRE:

“Absolutely brilliant! Everyone was captivated and agreed that it was an outstanding
presentation. Definitely one of the best speakers we have had.”




Elwyn Donald (Divisional Manager) BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCE:

“Dynamic and entertaining ! Your ability to use your extensive knowledge of nature
and the dynamics of the animal kingdom to provide “life lessons”, are unique and always leave food for thought.”

Elwyn Donald (Divisional Manager) BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCE




Vusi Maseko (General Manager) GREENSIDE COLLIERY, ANGLOCOAL:

Douw was such a hit - my financial manager will pay with a smile. Exactly what we
needed and absolutely relevant!

Vusi Maseko (General Manager) GREENSIDE COLLIERY, ANGLOCOAL


 




Dr Niel Theron (CEO) POTATOES SOUTH AFRICA.:

Douw’s spectacular presentation on Performance in the Pack, gelled perfectly with the theme for Potatoes South Africa Congress 2005, which is also our motto – Together we do better ! It gave a special perspective to the need for close cooperation and teamwork in the agricultural environment to meet the challenges facing the industry.

Dr Niel Theron (CEO) POTATOES SOUTH AFRICA.




Ele Tshikovhi (HRD) DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SA.:

Magnificent, inspiring, captivating, encouraging and motivating ! Your spectacular wildlife presentation on - Performance in the Pack – was an eye-opener to everyone!

Ele Tshikovhi (HRD) DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SA.




Francois van Zyl - STANDARD BANK SA:

Thank you very much for the insightful and inspirational presentation. We have received overwhelmingly positive response from our managers and directors

Francois van Zyl - STANDARD BANK SA


 




Bertus Matthee COMMERCIAL BANK, NAMIBIA:

Thank you for a powerful presentation with a wonderful message. Management was very impressed

Bertus Matthee COMMERCIAL BANK, NAMIBIA

 




Dave Nosworthy : Manager and coach NASHUA TITANS CRICKET UNION:

Your presentation was the highlight of the day ! Once again, thank you for your effort in making it as interesting as it was and for being part of the positive attitude in which we will be entering into the season lying ahead

Dave Nosworthy- Manager and coach - NASHUA TITANS CRICKET UNION


 




Quinton Coetzee: TV-presenter 50/50 SABC:

Immensely valuable lessons can be learned from nature! In Douw’s talk on corporate cleverness in the fascinating world of baboons, the business parallels are timeless. An inspiring presentation backed with superb visuals

Quinton Coetzee: TV-presenter 50/50 SABC


 




Arild Rekve (Director-health services) KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY:

A very uplifting and brilliant presentation, thank you!




Fernando Zanoni - STORTI INTERNATIONAL SRL:

Let me congratulate you once again, with the great presentation on team performance in the Baboon team. There are a lot to be learned from you and I will never forget it!

Fernando Zanoni - STORTI INTERNATIONAL SRL

 




Peter Malcolm: Project Manager MISSION ANTARCTICA, WSSD 2002:

Douw, a first-class experience … Baboons and all!

The highlight of our tour with 45 delegates from all over the world.

Peter Malcolm: Project Manager MISSION ANTARCTICA, WSSD 2002




Jeffrey Foote: Director Environmental Affairs - COCA-COLA:

Experiencing the African bush with Douw’s insights and teachings, is an experience every person in business should have. The significant lessons we learned will definitely improve our performance at work and in life!

Jeffrey Foote: Director Environmental Affairs - COCA-COLA




Mark Fussel (Head : Global Financial Markets) - ABN AMRO SA:

Your ability to draw comparisons between a Baboon troop and business teams, was an eye-opener!

Mark Fussel (Head : Global Financial Markets) - ABN AMRO SA




- Antonin Fotso (Vice-President Corporate Training) - TOTAL Fuels , Paris, France.:

Excellent presentation at the right time, Douw! Just what the Total International Leadership and Management seminar needed. We are looking forward to see you again next year.

- Antonin Fotso (Vice-President Corporate Training) - TOTAL Fuels , Paris, France.


 






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