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About Us

Accents is one of South Africa’s leading, soft-skills training organizations, inspiring personal growth and development through training and coaching.Accents has been training individuals and groups in the corporate and private sector for over 20 years.

Marija Ruygrok and Maggie Tshule form a dynamic team and work together as owner-trainers. They develop and customize their own inspiring and interactive material, which is of the highest standard. Quality and integrity is the hallmark of Accents’ interventions.


Accents is B-BBEE compliant and embraces the transformation process as defined in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003.

Accents is 50% black-owned & 100% female owned

Mission Statement

Accents values cultural differences and empowers individuals, organisations and communities to be a positive force in all aspects of communication, by offering superior quality training and coaching which will enhance the productivity, self-esteem and inter-personal relationships of our clients.

Marija Ruygrok

Marija Ruygrok

Founding Member

Marija Ruygrok is the founding member of Accents Training. She has a B.A. Honours degree in Dramatic Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she majored in Acting, Directing and Drama in Education.

Marija has more than twenty years of experience, training and coaching people of all ages in Speech, Drama, English, Presentation Skills and Telephone Techniques. She, herself was trained in Voice Production by one of South Africa’s leading voice tutors, Joan Little.

Marija has been part of the development of many leading politicians and public figures such as:

  • Adrian Gore (CEO Discovery Health)
  • Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss SA & Miss World 2017)
  • The late Dr Aggrey Klaaste (Editor of the Sowetan)
  • Ian Thomas (Internationally renown motivational speaker).

Marija is also an accomplished public speaker and inspires and motivates audiences at many seminars and conferences. She is also a member of NSASA (the National South African Speaker’s Association) and IFFPS (the International Federation for Professional Speakers).

Marija enjoys contributing to community projects and has experience in using drama as a form of therapy and expression with adults living with physical and mental disabilities.

She trained as a Life Coach with internationally acclaimed life coach and author, Martha Beck and Master Life Coach, Judy Klipin. She is a qualified Spiritual Director and has studied spirituality through the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg


For the first time a speaker, Marija Ruygrok, has evaluated 100% for both content and presentation at our presentation skills seminar.

Margaret Moscardi – Public Relations Institute of S.A.


Marija has been the key to the outstanding reputation that our Institute’s instructors have for their professionalism and quality of instruction.

Elmarie Mulder – Workgroup Institute.

An excellent and entertaining course which addressed my needs directly. Thank you Marija!

Moira Coutts – Accenture.

The workshop more than exceeded my expectations. Marija was an exceptional facilitator. I would recommend this workshop to anyone.

Roy Blumenthal – Senior Lecturer, Wits.

Dr Maggie Tshule

Dr Maggie Tshule

Dr. Maggie Mapaseka Tshule has a PhD in Linguistics; MEd (Psychology); BA (Speech & Hearing) Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand. Maggie is a partner at Accents Training and a Speech and Language Therapy Private Practitioner. Prior to joining Accents training, she was a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and MEDUNSA Universities.  Maggie is a visionary and decisive project manager, a confident, disciplined and resilient people’s person, whose primary goal is the enrichment of the community.

Maggie specializes in working with people who present with Voice, Language, Stuttering, Pronunciation, and other related disorders of communication. In addition, she facilitates training in Professional Telephone Skills, English Improvement, Voice Training, Public Speaking, Presentation Skills, Assertiveness Training and General Communication Skills Training. She has received specialist training in Fluency Disorders from Northwestern University in the USA and has been a member of the Stuttering Foundation of America since 1994. She has also been a member of the Fluency Special Interest Division of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Maggie has given Radio and TV presentations on various aspects of her expertise.


Thank you, Maggie, You have given me wings to fly.

Ntebogeng Mkhondo, Umhlaba Development Services.

This course has helped me to gain the confidence I need, especially when chairing meetings.

Phineas Matodzi, Giuricich Bros.

This is the best thing that has happened for me this year. I feel confident, I can speak openly and freely when I’m with my friends, you know, those from English schools.

Yvonne Mosia, Business Presentation Skills.

My presentation was great, I felt so good about myself, just that confidence to stand and speak without worrying.

Dr Radha Govender, National Health Laboratories Service.

Our Valued, Current Clients include:




P M Connections


Ernest & Young

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)


Deloitte & Touche


The Bomb Commercials

Indwe Risk Management




Webber Wentzel

U.S. Trade & Development Agency

Tshwane University of Technology


WITS University