About Us

Accents has been training and coaching individuals and groups in the corporate and private sector for over 20 years. We are passionate about helping people find their own creative voice. We believe in growing and developing our clients. Hence, many of our clients refer their teams to us, as they progress into leadership roles. Our unique skills-based training combines theory and practice, so that you can immediately apply what you have learnt in your work. Through excellent programs in public speaking, communication skills, presentation skills and so much more, we ensure quality results. Marija Ruygrok and her team of highly skilled facilitators, design custom-made training and coaching sessions and workshops. They develop their own inspiring and vibrant material, based on their industry knowledge. Whether you’d like to train and coach your team or develop leadership skills for yourself, Accents has the right solution to help you on your way.
Marija Ruygrok


Marija Ruygrok

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)
  • Zozibini Tunzi (Miss SA & Miss Universe 2019)
  • Kisa Mfalila (Lead Climate & Environment Specialist – Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Beijing)
  • 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 PSASA (Professional Speaker’Association of Southern Africa.) 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


Public Relations Institute of SA

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.


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

Moira Coutts – Accenture.

Workgroup Institute

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.

Senior Lecturer, Wits

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

Roy Blumenthal – Senior Lecturer, Wits.

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. She is a Speech and Language Therapist in private practice. Maggie has been facilitating training programmes for Accents for the last 15 years. She specializes in working with people who struggle in the following areas:

For more information: www.drmaggietshule.co.za

Email: info@accents.co.za

Contact: 083 675 3565


Sven Ruygrok

Sven Ruygrok

Sven Ruygrok is an actor, motivational speaker and life coach. He has performed in many acclaimed film & theatre productions – the most well-known being SPUD.  Sven is dedicated to reflecting what it means to be human through storytelling, performance, and coaching. 

Sven is an outstanding voice coach and facilitator and is particularly skilled at working with teenagers and young adults, as he understands the unique challenges facing- Millennials and Gen Zs. 

For more information: https://www.svenruygrok.com

Email: sven@accents.co.za


Caroline Gosling

Caroline Gosling has a BA (Drama Art) Hons from Wits University and has facilitated workshops and training in the corporate environment for over 25 years.  Although she enjoys working in all areas of communication, she has a particular passion for Diversity Training. Carrie lives with her family, on a multi-cultural community farm in the south of Johannesburg called “The Field”. This gives her training a particular depth as she speaks from her lived experience. Her passion is to explore cultural diversity with a focus on racial reconciliation. 
Carrie has run numerous Diversity Programmes for clients such as:

In addition to all Accents’ communication training, Carrie specializes in:


Umhlaba Development Services

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

Ntebogeng Mkhondo, Umhlaba Development Services.

Giuricich Bros

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

Phineas Matodzi, Giuricich Bros.

National Health Laboratories Service

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.

Business Presentation Skills

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.


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