Accents for voice and communication skills training

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Telephone Skills

Presentation Skills

Communication Skills

English Improvement

Business Writing Skills

Personal Impact Training

Public Speaking

Assertiveness/Conflict Management

Communciation Skills

Presentation Skills

Accent Reduction

Your Dynamic Voice


Building Confidence

Managing Fear

Speech Therapy for Children

Speech Therapy for Adults


Auditory Processing

Creating a Vision

Clarifying Purpose

Growth -
 getting unstuck

Martha Beck

Intuitive Coaching


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.

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.

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Marija Ruygrok

Marija Ruygrok
+27 (0)82 787 6406

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)
- Claudia Henkel (Miss SA 2005)
- 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 has also been studying for the past three years to become a Spiritual Director through the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg

Margaret Moscardi

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.

Moira Coutts

"An excellent and entertaining course which addressed my needs directly. Thank you Marija!"
Moira Coutts - Accenture.

Elmarie Mulder

"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.

Roy Blumenthal

"The workshop more than exceeded my expectations. Marija was an exceptional facilitator. I would recommend this workshop to anyone."
Roy Blumenthal - Senior Lecturer, Wits.

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Maggie Tshule

Maggie Tshule
+27 (0)83 675 3565

Maggie Tshule has BA (Speech & Hearing)Therapy and M Ed (Psychology) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Maggie has over twenty years of experience lecturing and training students. She was responsible for establishing the first Speech Therapy and Audiology training programme at MEDUNSA. 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 stuttering, pronunciation, voice, and other language related disorders of communication. In addition, she facilitates training in Telephone Skills, English Improvement and Voice 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 is also a member of the Fluency Special Interest Division of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Maggie has given numerous presentations on treating specific speech and language defects and enhancing vocal abilities. She has made several TV and Radio appearances on Mnet, eTV, Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM and Radio 702, to name but a few.

She is currently completing her PHD through the University of the Witwatersrand.

Ntebogeng Mkhondo

"Thank you Maggie, You have given me winds to fly."
Ntebogeng Mkhondo, Umhlaba Development Services.

Yvonne Mosia

"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.

Phineas Matodzi

"This course has helped to gain the confidence I need, especially when chairing meeting."
Phineas Matodzi, Giuricich Bros.

Kitz Shenkman

"You are very good, the difference in my speech is quite noticeable."
Kitz Shenkman,(MD) OCC (Pty) Ltd.

Dr Radha Govender

"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.

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Our valued, current clients include:

English improvement training in Johannesburg, Sasolburg and Secunda
Presentation Skills Training
Deloitte & Touche
Personal Impact Training
Indwe Risk Management
Dynamic Voice Training for staff
Dynamic Voice Training
Individual Presentation Skills and English Improvement
Business Writing Skills and Assertiveness Training
Webber Wentzel
Dynamic Voice Training and Presentation Skills
Tshwane University of Technology
Voice and Delivery Skills for lecturers as well as evaluating mini-lectures on DVD, providing feedback and individual voice training
WITS University
Centre for Learning and Development
Presentation Skills Workshops for lecturers
Dynamic Voice Training to improve clarity for foreign lecturers
Individual Presentation Skills and Voice Training

Some of our valued, recent clients include:

Abercrombie & Kent (Pty) Ltd
Adams & Adams
African Rainbow Minerals
Alexander Forbes
Aspen Pharmacare
ATIO (Pty) Ltd
Avlock International

Bridgestone Firestone
Broll Property Management
British American Tobacco
Business Presentation Skills

Care Assist
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
City Lodge Hotels
Clamber Club
Connemara Consulting
Consol Glass
Consol Plastics
Coris Capital
Credit Guarantee
Credit Suisse Firsteoston

Daimler Chrysler
DDB South Africa
Deloitte & Touche
Department of Minerals & Energy
Destiny Health
Discovery Health

EDS South Africa
Edward Nathan Friedland
Eskom Pension & Provident Fund

Fisokuhle Multiservices cc
Fivaz Consulting
Fortis IT Specialists

Glaxo Smyth Klein
Giuricich Bros

Hannover Reinsurance Africa Limited
Hollard Insurance

Indwe Risk Services
Interconnect Systems
Integrated Communications


Kagiso Secuities Limited
Kelogg Brown & Root
Kolok (Pty) Ltd

Legacy Hotels
Liberty Life
LP Glass
Lou's Wholesalers

M & M Quality Choice
Mantis Security
Masinga Couriers
Merck Pharmaceuticals
Moss Morris
Mpumelelo Travel & Tours

National Botanical Institute
National Brands
National Health Laboratories Service

Ntsika Enterprises

Pace Properties
Pam Golding Properties
Pepsico International
Plasecol Holdings
Potchefstroom Business School
Professional Impressions
PSV Holdings
Public Relations Institute of South Africa

Rabro & Sturdee
Rainbow Minerals
Read, Swatman & Voight
RMB Properties

Sasol Infrachem
Sasol Synfuels
Sealed Air Africa
Securities and Trading Technology (Pty) Ltd
Sesli Textiles (Pty) Ltd
Simeka Communications
Siyaya Skills Institute
Sithiaba Corporate Advisors
Standard Bank
Stewart & Company
South African Airways
Sowetan / New Nation
Standard Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
STRATE Limited

St Stithians
Sun International

Telkom Media
The Office of the Presidency
Thompson Reuters
Thrive Learning
Top Vending
Tripos Sure Travel Centre
Tubatse Ferrochrome
Tshwane University of Technology

UCS Solutions
Umhlaba Developement Services
University of the Witwatersrand CLTD


Webber Wentzel incorporating Mallinicks

Yum! Restaurants International

Zest Electric Motors

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