Want to win at work and life?

Personal Development That Helps You Win At Work and Life!

We are passionate to say YES to JOY on all levels of life! We do that through programmes, workshops, webinars, coaching and mentoring.

We understand that our world is changing faster than ever and that is why personal and leadership development has never been more important.

We welcome businesses, organisations and individuals from all backgrounds without preconception. We strive to meet each client wherever they are in life.

Businesses and organisations who understand the importance of personal and leadership development have a competitive edge. Emotional Intelligence is crucial for thriving businesses and people.

We want to come alongside people of all walks of life and inspire and guide them through our products. We want to say yes to joy! To the fullness of life ! Let us journey!

We can also facilitate or train your personnel to facilitate the material

Our Story

Before we go any further, we need to acknowledge how we got here…

The Director of Excelgrow CC, Kobie Vlok, is the original author of the “Personal Leadership Excellence programme”. We are thankful to Kobie who wrote this excellent programme originally and gave his permission for it to be revised and expanded into different formats and translated into other languages, thus allowing more people to benefit from the content.

January 2008

A group of youth workers gave their time and skills to develop the programme into a teenage friendly format. For the benefit of the teenagers this programme was re-named BrightStar Life Skills Programme. This newer version was then adapted for adults as BrightStar Life Skills Programme 20+.

October 2008

BrightStar Life Skills was registered as a Closed Corporation with Amanda Swanepoel and Rayline Coetzee as Co-CEOs.


BrightStar partnered with Compass Academy of Learning, based in Mokopane, Limpopo, as a service provider for SETA accreditation. BrightStar Lifestyle Life programme is accredited with the ETDP SETA for 12 credits, NQF level 4, US 242824.


The Institute for Innovation, Integration & Impact (LEMON Leadership, Brett Johnson) partnered with BrightStar and ‘A Taste of LEMON’ was incorporated as one of the 15 themes in the programme.


Various individuals and teams committed their time, knowledge and experience to develop the BrightStar Programme for Business, Teens and Community, as well as compiling high standard manuals for facilitators. We are forever grateful for continuous contributions by facilitators that add value to the workbooks, PowerPoints presentations and manuals.


A team of facilitators availed themselves to re-develop an Africa Skills product: Debt Savvy.

2014 and 2017

The BrightStar workbooks, PowerPoints and manuals for facilitators were revised.


First Light on BrightStar was launched as a blessing product for larger groups and communities.

2017 – 2018

Ilse Friis (now Beukes) introduced a new product and with the help of a dedicated team the BrightStar Mentor programme was developed. Accredited with the EDTP SETA for 3 credits, NQF level 4, US 114215.

August 2018

The company name BrightStar Life Skills was renamed to BrightStar LifeStyle, introducing programme participants to a new lifestyle.

November 2018

BrightStar Mentor 101 was developed in partnership with Grovation and The Global Leadership South Africa project: GLS363.

February 2019

BrightStar Wellness was launched. BrightStar Finance was launched. BrightStar Coach was launched in collaboration with Annamarie Maritz from In Rhythm and Chris de Beer from Corability Coaching.

September 2019

BrightStar Legacy Dad, developed in collaboration with The World Needs a Father, was launched.

January 2020

BrightStar Thrive was launched. BrightStar Entrepreneur 101 was launched.

From March 2020

The worldwide pandemic, Covid-19, introduced huge challenges to organisations. BrightStar LifeStyle was able to use the challenge as a growth opportunity. The already existing programmes and workshops were adapted to be facilitated online and new products were developed and launched: BrightStar Video 101. BrightStar Virtual. Bright Being. BrightStar Executive Accelerate. BrightStar Self-care (Burnout, Prevention and Restoration). BrightStar Retirement.

June 2020

A new chapter in the story was written when Chris De Beer joined the company as co-owner and business coach for the BrightStar LifeStyle executive team.

August 2021

BrightStar Mentor is strengthened by Living Life in Full Colour collaborating with us.

May the story of BrightStar LifeStyle, our facilitators and participants keep on growing…

Our passion is to build teams to function on a more productive, joyful level. For that to realise we need individuals who understand how to manage themselves.

And that it is our passion to first come alongside individuals who in a team is stronger than they understood they could be.

Meet the team

Marieta Kelso


Johnny Mingo

Cape Town

Sydney Mabuso


Marihet Hamman


Anriet van Deventer


Ilse van Deventer


Justus Carstens

Cape Town

Gary Janeke

Cape Town

Margaux Gaigher

Cape Town

Shanie Boshoff

Cape Town

Amanda Swanepoel

Cape Town

Hennie Swanepoel

Cape Town

Caroline Mashalane


Harry Chinniah


Joel Plaatjies


Hanneli Hougaard

Cape Town

Jan en Zandre Botha


Carolann Jardim


JP Koordom


Eloise de Villiers


Inge van der Merwe


Karien Naude

Cape Town

Arnel Huisamen


Theo Badenhorst

Richmond NC

Anna-Louise Kotze


Sarlene Horn

Cape Town

Marlène Badenhorst

Richmond NC

Paul van Zyl


Nelda Leach

Cape Town

Annamarie Maritz


Tsakani Makabena


Henry and Mampho Gwani

East London

Gert en Evelyn Cloete


Susan Blomerus


Lene November


Sue Zulu


Fiela Opperman

Somerset West

Trudie Schoeman

Somerset West

Chris de Beer


Rayline Coetzee


James Seth Mangiza and Rodney Heathcote


Helen Stavrou


Carin Brink

Cape Town

Rafle and Paula Cloete


Zanele Mdhluli


Temba Baleni

Cape Town

Yolanda Viljoen

Cape Town
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Want to win at work and life?

Many people never or seldom experience the joy of knowing who they are, where they are going, and what they, therefore, need to focus on every day. Choose joy, live with excellence and significance, and win at work and in life!