#MenOf Crawford: André Loots

In continued honour of our #MenOfCrawford we would like to post this heartfelt view of Crawford and teaching from…

André Loots
Principal of Crawford College North Coast

From the moment he became a father, Crawford College North Coast principal, André Loots’ view on education changed. André has obtained a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Johannesburg, and as well as being highly qualified, takes the responsibility of being an educator and making contact with all the individuals in his school extremely seriously. His greatest achievement of his career was being appointed as Principal – something that he wanted to be since he started teaching. His other highlight however, is the continuous contact that he has with the past students he has taught after they’ve started their own families.

“The school gives teachers the autonomy they need to give them the freedom to teach in the best possible way. I think this is why I have always enjoyed being at Crawford. This freedom allows both the teachers and the students, space in which to foster their individuality, while promoting mutual respect.”

André remains proud of the offering at Crawford North Coast that he believes goes a long way to reaching the vision that he and his colleagues have for Crawford North Coast. André’s dream for his school is for it to remain at the forefront of education, providing the best opportunities to enable his students to be prepared for the real world and to be responsible citizens when they leave school. Andre believes that respect is not about what you do in front of others, but what you do when they are not there. He wants to be a continuous part of creating the student who is inherently responsible. He also believes in encouraging his students to have a voice, remembering that it is not what they say, but how they say it. André believes in the saying ‘I can be who I am because I allow you to be who you are.’

Loots was Deputy Principal at Crawford College Lonehill, before moving to the beautiful Dolphin Coast to head up Crawford College North Coast in 2010. “Crawford North Coast has this unique farm feel and setting, which is so soothing and is ideal to stimulate your brain. Living here has improved our quality of family life too,” said the father of two daughters, Anri (16) and Tarryn (18), who are both at the College.

#MenOfCrawford: Ian McLeod

Ian McLeod

Principal of Crawford Preparatory Pretoria

Education and Football Expert


Right in the centre, where education and football meet, there you will find Ian McLeod, Principal of Crawford Preparatory Pretoria.

After matriculating from Durban Boys High School, he decided to formalise his passion for education and completed a Higher Diploma: Primary Education at the Edgewood Teacher Training College and a BA Degree from the University of South Africa with majors in Economics and Psychology.


He has had extensive experience in Primary education, having started his teaching career at Fynnland Senior Primary School in 1979. Four years later he moved to Glenashley Senior Primary School and thereafter Harburg Primary School, where he held the position of principal.


In 1993, Ian became not only the Principal of Virginia Preparatory School, but also a FIFA referee. In 1996, he was selected for the African Nations Cup in South Africa, controlling the match between Algeria and Sierra Leone.  He refereed two matches in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup. The game between Saudi Arabia and Mexico as well as Brazil against Mexico.


Ian took charge of two matches in the1998 African Nations Cup in Burkina Faso – the game between Ghana and Tunisia, and the quarter final encounter involving Côte d’lvoire and Egypt.


He was the first South African referee to be appointed to officiate at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and refereed the match between Spain and Paraguay, played at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Etienne, where the teams drew 0-0 in Group D.


In 2000 Ian was appointed as Crawford Preparatory Durban principal and later in 2002 he was transferred to Crawford Preparatory Pretoria as their principal. Ian was instrumental in the successful growth and development of this school, as he established a supportive community where parents, pupils and teachers work together.


During this time, Ian kept abreast not only with the latest education trends, but also with the football trends. Ian enjoys his time in the classroom, while also making his way to the field where he coached and referee football at school and at national level respectively.


After his retirement from the active refereeing from the PSL in 2001, Ian was appointed as a CAF Referee Instructor and FIFA Assessor and represented CAF ad FIFA on the international front in this capacity


Ian students have a tremendous respect for him. They value his opinion and are very proud not only to find him in the classroom from time to time, but also on the football field. He has a passion and thorough understanding for both football and education. “I am continually working to forge the foundations of young, creative minds that embodies the values of determination, creativity and excellence whilst maintaining the balance between my professional and personal life.”


#MenOfCrawford: Alan Angel

Principal of Crawford Preparatory La Lucia




Alan Angel has had an impressive, rich and varied journey in education. He matriculated at Beachwood High School in 1988 and went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Education from Edgewood College of Education, in 1993.


Having loved his own school days and inspired by his teachers, he knew from a young age that he wanted to be a teacher. Initially his intentions were to be a High School teacher. This changed, after his first two years of Practical Teaching, as student teaching experience had to completed in a Primary School – he soon realised that this is where he wanted to be.


He started his teaching career, in 1994, as a Grade 6 Teacher, at Glenashley Senior Primary School teaching English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education.

Alan joined the Crawford family in 1999. From 1999-2004, he fulfilled a variety of roles which included being the Sports Coordinator, a Grade 5-7 Mathematics and Grade 5 English Teacher, as well as a Grade 5 and Grade 6 Register Teacher.


In January 2005, he joined the corporate world as a Sales Executive at Ubunye Uniforms, a national uniform supplier. Within 6 months, he was promoted to the role of KZN Branch Manager. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience but realized that he missed education and so re-joined the group in 2008 as a Sports Coordinator at Crawford College La Lucia. In 2009, he was appointed as a Deputy Principal at Crawford Preparatory La Lucia and he taught Grade 7 Mathematics and Grade 7 Life-Skills.


Alan is an avid sportsman and enjoyed all sports from an early age. He represented Natal Primary Schools in Cricket in 1983. Other sporting milestones included being the Captain of the South African Colleges Cricket team in 1992 and 1993, being selected for Natal Colts (U23) Cricket team in 1991 and 1993, being selected for the South African Students’ Cricket Team that toured Zimbabwe and Kenya in 1994 and he was a member of the South African U23 Action Cricket team in 1993, to name just a few.


Alan’s passion lies in inspiring pupils and developing their self-belief and talents, ensuring that they feel cared for and helping them to be the best that they can be. He is continuously looking at ways to improve the Crawford product and its offering. He has a very strong work ethic and is actively involved in the school and all related activities.


In 2012 Alan was selected for ADvTECH’s MDP (Management Development Program) and in 2013 he was asked to act as the Principal of Crawford Preparatory La Lucia, whilst the school’s Principal, Mr Owen Kuyper, was on secondment to Head Office.

Alan has developed strong leadership and communication skills and this,together with his attention to detail, commitment and caring personality, made him very well-suited to lead Crawford Preparatory La Lucia. In July 2013, he was appointed as the Principal of Crawford Preparatory La Lucia.


As a way of keeping a healthy balance between work and home life, Alan enjoys reading, watching and playing sport, keeping fit and going to the gym. He is a family man and loves nothing more than to spend time with his wife Cheri and their two children Jade (15) and Damien (10).

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#MenOfCrawford: Owen Kuyper

Mr Owen Kuyper – Principal of Crawford Preparatory Lonehill


Owen has always had a passion for sport and shortly after matriculating from Pretoria Boys’ High School he decided to formalise this interest and completed a Higher Diploma: Physical Education at the University of Pretoria after returning from the U.S.A where he studied on a swimming scholarship at Southern Illinois University.


He has had extensive experience in the education and physical education field, having started his teaching career at Hoërskool Menlo Park in 1978 teaching Physical Education, English and Business Economics. In 1980 he joined the Department of Education as a Sports Advancement Officer. He took up a position thereafter at Westville Boys High School as Teacher: Physical Education and Counselling from 1980 – 1983. From 1984 – 1987 he worked as Sports Officer and part-time Lecturer: Human Movement at the University of Pretoria. Owen was appointed Head of Department, Educational Guidance and Senior Housemaster at Pretoria Boys’ High School from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 – 1993 he held the position of Deputy Principal at Lynnwood Ridge Primary school before moving to Arcadia Primary School as Principal in 1994.


Owen is no stranger to Crawford, having been principal at 5 Crawford Preparatory schools.

He joined CrawfordSchoolsTM as Principal of Crawford Preparatory Pretoria in 1997 – a year after the school was established. The school grew under his leadership and by the time he left, in 2001, it had reached 615 pupils.


In 2002 he transferred to Crawford Preparatory North Coast. Again, Owen faced the challenges of a new and growing school. He was instrumental in laying solid foundations for the successful growth and development of this school. He established a supportive community where parents, pupils and teachers worked together towards the growth and success of the school.


In 2009 he became the Principal at Crawford Preparatory La Lucia. His purpose and drive at La Lucia was to secure and develop Crawfordology with specific focus on the development of staff, the sports program and to maintain and develop successful academic and cultural programs. To this day, La Lucia Preparatory has been highly successful in all these areas.


In 2014, Owen was appointed as the founding principal at Crawford Italia. He embraced the Italian culture and were instrumental in shaping the school into the success it is today.


Owen has vast experience in the management of schools and the implementation of new initiatives to improve parent, pupil and staff satisfaction. Due to Owen’s long-standing involvement with CrawfordSchoolsTM he has an outstanding knowledge of the Crawford ethos. He is also well-versed in the requirements and needs of parents, staff and pupils with regards to a start-up school.


His passion and understanding of various different cultures and education makes him the ideal candidate to further build on the successful foundations laid at Crawford Preparatory Lonehill.

#MenOfCrawford – Ian Rothman Principal of Crawford Preparatory Fourways



Technology inspired, a people’s person, artistic, and a mathematical genius with a great sense of humour, is the combination of skills Ian Rothman brings to the table at Crawford Preparatory Fourways. Ian holds a Higher Diploma in Education (Cum Laude) from the Pretoria College of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Africa. Over the years, he has attended numerous courses and conferences to enhance his skills.


He started his teaching career in 1993 at Robert Hicks Primary in Pretoria. In January 1996 he started his journey with Crawford as a founder member of Crawford Preparatory Pretoria. He taught Mathematics and Art Education and in 2000 was promoted to Senior Primary Co-Ordinator. Ian has had more than 14 years’ experience in senior management in the CrawfordSchools™ group: he was appointed as Deputy Principal in 2002 and promoted to Senior Deputy Principal in 2004.


“My passion lies in working with people. If I hadn’t been an educator, I would probably have been in psychological services”, says Ian.

Ian is a man of strong morals and ethics that has established solid administration, management and leadership skills. Over the years he has had extensive dealing with staff, students and parents and has developed great understanding of humanity.


During his tenure in management he has effectively engaged in various cross-campus initiatives within the greater CrawfordSchools™ group. He has played an active role in the leadership of the whole Crawford Pretoria campus through his involvement in projects to align academic and other programmes between the Preparatory school, the College and the Pre-Primary School.


Ian is passionate about his work and his enthusiasm for, and interest in, the pursuit of excellence continues to grow. He keeps abreast of the latest developments in education which even took him to Italy, where he attended a Reggio Emilia Conference in 2012, having done extensive research and investigation around this subject.


He has also worked closely with other Preparatory schools in the group regarding the Crawford product development. This enthusiasm and high level of understanding led to his very successful secondment to La Lucia Preparatory where he was actively involved in that school’s management team for a school term. He was appointed to Principal of Crawford Preparatory Fourways in July 2013.


Ian has created a strong balance between work life and home life and is interested in trends in education and the development of people.

Due to Ian’s involvement in CrawfordSchools™ for all these years he has an outstanding knowledge of the Crawford ethos and is well-suited for leading Crawford Preparatory Fourways to stay at the forefront of education in South Africa.

#MenOfCrawford – Anwar Karrim Managing Director of: CrawfordSchools and Abbotts College

Business and family man Anwar Karrim joined CrawfordSchools™ as the Managing Director from the 1st of March of this year.

As Managing Director of CrawfordSchools™, he indicates that his vision is to continue to grow the academic excellence that is synonymous with the brand and to further strive to nurture the talents of all Crawford students to produce well-rounded and successful individuals.


“During the past eight months I have experienced just how passionate all our Crawford staff members are, how solid the foundations of development are, and most importantly how talented and committed our students are”, says Anwar.

- Anwar Karrim - Managing Director of: CrawfordSchools™ and Abbotts College


Anwar held the position of Financial Director at Centurus Colleges prior to joining CrawfordSchools™. He was exceptionally effective in enabling and facilitating a seamless transition of Centurus Colleges to the ADvTECH Schools Division. He also holds a wealth of experience in running schools from his days at Centurus College.


Prior to joining Centurus Colleges, Anwar’s past experience was with the Three Cities Hotel Group, where he held a multitude of roles within the organisation culminating in the position of Group Financial Director of South Africa and Africa, as well as a number of their subsidiaries.


Anwar holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and is very successful. He is certainly well qualified to provide advice and guidance for the Crawford and Abbotts College School brands.


He is not all about business, he is also a very dedicated family man. He is immensely proud of his family’s accomplishments and all that they mean to him. He is firm believer in a work-live balance and strives to achieve this on a daily basis. He is an avid Tottenham Hotspur supporter and enjoys watching cricket, playing squash and cycling.


Anwar is a man that always acts with integrity and the CrawfordSchools™ community is very honoured and proud to have him as their leader.

Rachel Garbers



ALUMNUS: Rachel Garbers

YEAR: 2005


A passion for Education

Rachel Garbers lives the values of Crawford. Upon returning to South Africa at the beginning of 2005, Rachel had to complete both the Grade 11 and 12 syllabi, receiving the Platford Good Character Award at her Valedictory that year in recognition of her efforts. Rachel was also offered a bursary from PWC and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Pretoria. She then went on to study towards her CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting while working as a junior accountant. A lifelong learner, Rachel also tackled year courses in Mathematics, French and Mandarin Chinese, which she enjoyed tremendously. Rachel obtained her PGCE Certificate from UNISA in 2014 and hopes to pursue a Masters and PhD in the coming years.

A firm believer in the principle of servant leadership and the importance of community outreach, Rachel has been involved in a number of welfare initiatives, amongst others teaching Mathematics to boys at a shelter, starting up a recycling service at a former school and organizing and running a 1st year student camp. She loves sharing her musical talent and being hands-on help in feeding the needy.

Rachel finds being involved with the youth most rewarding and this passion has led to her going back to schools. She taught at Crawford College North Coast for two years and is currently a locum teacher sharing her knowledge at various schools. Rachel is delighted at the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of her students. “It’s such a wonderful thing to be excited to go to work every morning,” Rachel says. “I feel very blessed and fortunate to share my passion for education with my students.”

Eber Zietsman

Crawford College Sandton

 At home in the world of glamour, Eber Zietsman has gained enormous experience and exposure on both sides of the camera.

When she first moved to the United States, Eber worked as a model. However, she also gained a certification in cosmetology and learned how to apply makeup and special effects for film, fashion and TV, and was a sought after makeup artists at several New York fashion shows and film sets.

Eber, now based in New York, supplemented this qualification with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Marketing Communications (graduating cum laude and making the Dean’s List), and has since also gone on to earn a Harvard Leadership Certification.

Armed with both skills and knowledge, all the ingredients were in place for Eber to have a stellar career – and indeed, she does. Her work on set meant she was well placed to work for magazines, and she was hired as a stylist on some of the world’s top glossies, including Vogue and Vogue Nippon, W and Bride’s. She later earned an editorship at Vogue, and held a similar position at W.

Her move to the luxury goods industry came when she handled European and North American sales for a top fashion brand, before moving to Sephora, where her portfolio included marketing and events.

Eber became a member of the prestigious Estee Lauder Company, where she was in charge of the Bumble brand. She was also involved in the Look Good and Feel Good Campaign, NY Cares TWYLS programme and the Cew, and soon after L’Orêal utilised Eber knowledge of brands as a strategist and brand manager. Currently she is putting her knowledge to work at Shiseido, as a client and acquisitions manager.

Eber’s big heart is also evident. She is an active volunteer for a number of charities, focusing predominantly on medical issues.

She has had the privilege of meeting many inspiring people over the past few years – her husband to be, at the top of her list. Wedding bells are ringing for this beauty. In October, she will become Mrs Bodmer, to her lucky fiancé Jake Bodmer at an elegant affair in New York.

Eber’s enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious. There’s obviously no end to her creativity and out of the box thinking, undoubtedly, we will be hearing more of this gifted young lady.


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Crawford College La Lucia

Songbird: Lizé Heerman

Intelligence, determination and talent are a formidable combination – and Lizé Heerman possesses these qualities in abundance.

She has quite the background, ranging from Season 5 finalist for Idols South Africa to Supersport presenter, Radio DJ and most recently followed by her stint on The Voice Australia.

The 27-year-old grew up on a farm outside Johannesburg and began performing as early as the age of five, taking singing lessons to hone her craft. At the age of twelve she started with classical piano lessons to complement her signing talents.

Soon after she moved to La Lucia, where she matriculated from Crawford College La Lucia in 2005 and attended the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, attaining a Bachelor Degree in Law. Despite her dedication to study, she never gave up her passion for singing and at age 21 entered South African Idol eventually becoming a finalist.

With her soulful voice and sultry charm, Lizé is clearly at home on any stage. Since appearing on Idols, the talented songstress has endorsed SuperSport’s Let’s Play initiative and has launched onto the local music scene with her debut single, “Do you love me”.  The catchy single has an old school pop influence with a twist of contemporary style, reminiscent of international stars such as Duffy and Katie Melua. The locally produced single was mastered by the creative London-based team behind Amy Winehouse and Adele, bringing an international flair to a home-grown talent.

In 2012, Lizé relocated from South Africa to Australia. She received much media coverage after a sold out performance at Perth Ellington Jazz Club, and was invited to perform in the Australian

2012 Telethon show, which featured Elton John as the headlining act.

In June 2013, the South African Tourism Board invited Lizé to perform the official tribute song for Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday in Sydney, Australia. Later that year she performed at Joburg Day in South Africa, and was once again invited to perform at the Australian 2013 Telethon. She also supported Bon Jovi in his concert in Johannesburg.

Over the years, this singer, songwriter has taken the world by storm. She continues to dazzle audiences across the globe as her soul-tinged songs set to resonate with all who hear them. Anchoring her music is Lizé’s incredible voice. As versatile as it is distinct, its power is matched with her vivacious personality. Watch the headlines for her next performance.

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Alumni Student: Saskia Schiel

Year: 2005

School: Crawford College Pretoria

Creative and Talented Film Maker

Saskia received a scholarship from the Mandela Rhodes Foundation to complete her Honours Degree at AFDA Film School in Cape Town [www.afda.co.za].

Gaining extensive experience working on both local and international feature films, documentaries, TV Series and commercials, it was whilst working on the international feature film Mad Max: Fury Road, that Saskia decided to begin applying her experience to independent projects of her own.

She has since successfully produced two award-winning feature films.

Unearthed, , and Hollywood in my Huis, a narrative picture targeted to a young South African audience.

Unearthed a highly-anticipated controversial documentary about fracking, premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK in June 2014 – where it won the Green Jury Award – and has since won several audience awards and screened at festivals worldwide.

Her second film, Hollywood in my Huis released in South African cinemas in June 2015. An Afrikaans coming-of-age romantic comedy, the film first screened at the Silwerskerm Film Festival where it won Best Film Audience Choice, Best Film Critics Choice and Best Actress Audience Choice.

Her latest film, Vaselinetjie, is based on the acclaimed book and is due for release in cinemas in 2017.

Saskia continues developing her own slate of feature films and creative projects, aimed at both the local international market.