|Biosketch||Antoinette Suene’ Botha was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on 11 May – a mother’s day gift to her mom, Avice Potgieter. At the tender age of 3, she embarked upon her schooling career at Davaar Kindergarten followed on by Berea Primary and Berea Girls High School from where she matriculated in 1986. After high school, she registered for a three-year diploma at the then, Technikon Natal, and graduated in 1989 with a National Diploma: Secretarial (Executive Secretaries).
Her first job was as Secretary to an Article Clerk at Attorneys Cox Yeats for a period of six months. Having decided that debt collection was not for her; she left and joined Technikon Natal, in July 1990. She was initially appointed as an Assistant to the Vice-Principal: Academic and Registrar: Academic’s offices and thereafter, was redeployed to Committee Administration. For the next 12 years she continued working at Technikon Natal, whilst embarking on a B.Com degree and an A+ Certification. Her portfolio included managing the secretarial aspect for committees like Senate, Senex and Board of the Faculty of Engineering, to name but a few. During this period she also met her husband to be, Martin, and in 2002 they married. In December 2002, whilst expecting their first child and during the merger between the former Technikon Natal and ML Sultan Technikon, she took a package and spent the next few months at home awaiting the delivery of their daughter on 3 March 2003.
In July 2003, Antoinette was approached by Prem Coopoo (Operations Manager: Faculty of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal) as a temp in Committee Administration, joining the team of Cynthia Coombe and Ntombizethu Sibisi. She went on to become a permanent member of staff and eventually Head and Senior Committee Officer of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine’s Committee Administration. In February 2009 she was appointed to Principal Faculty Officer: Administration and served alongside Lindiwe Radebe (Principal Faculty Officer: Student Administration) headed by Faculty Manager, Jacqui Habana.
During this time she also achieved her ICDL (International Computer Driving License) in 2009 and graduated in 2010 with a Degree of Bachelors of Technology in Business Administration from the Durban University of Technology.
2010-11 saw the University embarking on College reorganization and Antoinette applied for and was appointed, with effect from 1 November 2011, as the Manager: School Operations for the School of Clinical Medicine where she now heads 75 support / technical staff and alongside the Dean and Head of School, Prof RJ Hift, administers the operations of the largest school within the College of Health Sciences.
Antoinette’s hobbies include reading, spending time with her family, and taking part in the ECR Walk!