Compliments received

Please scroll down to see what people have said about
the various kinds of work I have done for them

  • Editing
  • Software Training
  • Writing Training
  • Layout and Design


I would like to motivate for the renewal of Tanya Pretorius’s contract for 2020 (just in case!).

Apart from the fact that she is an excellent editor with excellent rapport with the students (they constantly rave to me about her), her workshop on writing skills is unique and teaches students indispensable skills in an accessible manner.

It has taken us a while to get used to her presence and it now occurs to me that she should have been invited to present her workshop to my undergraduate students as well…

In any case, thank you sincerely for your consideration!

Dr Anne Scheffer
Senior Lecturer Department of Fine Arts

It gives me virtuous pleasure to write this email and exhibit appreciation for the time you took to edit my academic work.

Thank you for your eagle-eye, and for a potential you saw in me that I never envisaged in my life. You have nurtured it.

As I leave the university, I thought it is important for me to bid farewell to you because you have imparted to me important academic knowledge and writing skills. I believe that the knowledge you gave me will be useful as I continue to shape my career both now and in the future.

Thank you once again for working vigorously on my and my students’ work.

Sakhiseni Joseph Yende
Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre

Thank you for the sterling job you have done editing, proofreading and formatting my PhD thesis. I was under the impression that editing is about checking spelling and grammar. How wrong I was! I feel grateful and blessed that I found you and that the last part of my journey included you. Research, and especially a PhD, can be a stressful experience. You took the stress out and you waved your language wand and made me see things that I was not aware of. Your approach immediately gained my trust and from the start, I felt safe with you and my concerns about my writing disappeared. 

Thank you for the lessons on the side, the tips, the interest and total commitment to my work. Thank you for enhancing my writing, for making it so much better,  for making me feel that my work is worth the while. 

I did not expect so much care and added value. The experience turned out to be an inspiration in itself and at the time I needed it most, to get me through the last stretch.

Thank you for your guidance and your unselfish sharing of your valuable knowledge. You give so much more than just proofreading and editing. Working with you on this project became a valuable educational experience and I thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge with me.

It was a great pleasure and a privilege working with you!

Stephen Faber
PhD, Educate • Entertain

Again, thank you for your professional service; it is greatly appreciated.
Herman Botes PhD
President: Design Education Forum of South Africa

Software Training

Thank you again! We all thoroughly enjoyed this training
on Indesign 2017.

Milin Ream

So, have I ever told you how super, incredibly thankful I am to you for teaching me all about style sheets? I remember you almost crying when you found out I didn’t know about them. And they (and you!) have changed my life!  I’m now such a speedy designer that many of my clients rely on me purely for my fast turn-around times.  You rock as an InDesign trainer!

Stella van Wyk

The training was unbelievable – Tanya is beyond fantastic – she has such a great way about her and quickly puts everyone at ease. She makes learning fun and ensures everybody is fully understanding the concepts before moving on. I cannot rave enough about her – simply the best!

Nadia Hajat
Branding and Marketing You

Thanks so much, I really enjoyed the training. It was a pleasure!

Linda Venter
Instructional Designer, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases
Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria

Tanya presented the course very well and I was so grateful for the one-on-one opportunity. It was wonderful to do a course with an instructor with so much knowledge. I just wished there was a way of getting all that knowledge transferred to me!

Marise Taljaard
Deputy Director: Corporate Communications
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

You were so right, I LOVED Tanya and the course was brilliant.

Nina Chalmers

Thanks so much for your help. I learned a lot and hope I can retain all that knowledge. You were a great instructor.

Kim Steffel

Excellent instructor, one of the most useful classes I’ve ever had

Bill Bernat

Yes, I am very satisfied with Tanya, she is very knowledgeable, patient and fun.

Jame Craig

Thank you Tanya! I enjoyed it, you were a great teacher!

Hannah Schuessler

I would like to take this opportunity to thank yourself and Tanya for the excellent way in which the training of InDesign was conducted. Tanya is brilliant and I would recommend anyone who would like to undergo training in a design application to commence it through your training facility. Because of the nature of my work, I had very little time to my availability to get ‘InDesign wise’, but Tanya managed to get me up and going in 3 half day sessions. I’m sure she is an asset to your company. Thank you again.

Tomé van Wyk
Momentum Life

We have concluded the Dreamweaver class. It was a good class; Tanya was well-versed in the subject matter and worked with me on those items that were missing in my knowledge of Web site building and optimization in general, and of course, Dreamweaver specifically. I don’t know if she is available for my Illustrator class, but I’d love to have her again for my instructor.

Susan Hawver
Publications Specialist, Indiana National Guard

Just to say thank you again for the super training sessions.  I did enjoy them (after our early hiccups!).  You are brilliant and I appreciated ALL your help!

Nicola Ward
Marketing Consultant and Project Manager


Tanya Pretorius was my teacher at Vega the Brand Communications School in 2005. She taught me Adobe Software which now forms the foundation of my career. Tanya was a patient and efficient teacher who always went the extra mile to ensure that her students were equipped for any challenges to come in the design world. Even after I qualified at Vega, Tanya still makes herself available for me to contact her with any questions, and she always finds time to answer them both promptly and with accuracy. I am comforted in knowing that I can still contact Tanya for help when I am lost in the vast world of design. I will always be grateful to have her as my mentor and I would recommend her valuable input in any area of Graphic Design.

Mathew Pearce
Graphic Designer

Really enjoyed our training this morning – you’re very good! We were impressed at how
much we got out of it.

Fiona Huck
Design Specialist, St. James’s Place Wealth Management

Tanya is an awesome instructor, easy to follow along, easy to ask any question. I’ve used what you taught me sooooo much, I can’t tell you what your great teaching meant to me. (And later, after Robin wrote a book and published it online…) … for being the world’s greatest and most patient digital, virtual teacher and cheerleader.

Robin Howard

Ek wil net vir jou dankie sê vir die voorreg om deel van die kursus te kon wees. Hoewel ek nog baie moet oefen en dinge self moet “uitfigure” het ek defnitief baat gevind daarby. Weereens baie dankie. (And…) The course was tough at times, but very well facilitated and informative.

Marinda Lupo
Medpharm Publications

Thank you so much. You’re a delightful teacher.

Lori Cowherd

You and Katty are brilliant … I wll always cherish our good moments and all that I have learned from you.

Thembi Mogala
Vega Brand Communications School

Everything went well with the Dreamweaver classes on Saturday and Sunday. I learned a lot. I’m excited for the upcoming classes with Tanya.

Ernest Tedesco

Your endless updates on Facebook really cheer me up in the day. I’m so sorry I’m missing the wild, crazy, entertaning, information-overloaded classes. The last ones with you were a blast….. and I learned loads. My new job is challenging to say the least, but I’m thoroughly enjoying. I have met great people. Just a little thank you to you and katty vandenberghe for all the digital classes in Dreamweaver and Illustrator. I really have learned so sooo much. Thank you for all the time and patience. I hope we always stay in contact, the two of you are truly amazing people.

Toni van Jaarsveldt

I would really love to recommend Tanya to any potential clients or students. If you are thinking of getting lessons from Tanya or employing her there isn’t another person who is more capable of the job. She has a huge wealth of knowledge and is extremely patient. She taught me all my Indesign and Illustrator and without her I be completely lost.

Mark Livni
London Bridge Media

Thank you for the specialised training and for the fun and exciting way in which you imparted your knowledge. You made the Adobe suite come alive and presented it with such enthusiasm and a great sense of humour, it made the whole process seem much less daunting. Your computer skills amazed me, as did your training skills. Once again… A big thank you!

Cathy Simon

Just wanted to say thank you to you, you are doing such a wonderful job. All the students are happy and are re-booking for more courses.

Tanya Taylor
My ex-boss at Vega Brand Communications School

Tanya is an excellent lecturer. She has a wealth of experience and her capacity to delve into the more technical aspects of graphics applications is exceptional. Ask and she will answer! A true resource.

Natalie Small

A superb, caring and intuitive teacher who knew how best to communicate the intricacies of the programmes being engaged with in the most approachable manner.

Kevin Colins
Vega Brand Communications School

Tanya is a very good teacher. Actually she’s the best of all teachers I’ve ever had. She teaches from the heart and always makes sure you fully understand. What I like most is the follow up she does even after you’ve finished the course, she wants to know how you’re doing in your career and that takes passion.

Fiso Dlamini
Khethiwe Design House

At work I am a STAR thanks to YOU and rest of Vega’s staff. Indesign and I are
very much good friends indeed. Thanks to you.

Mzi Ndabana
Mail & Guardian, Scanner and Designer

Thank you for teaching me Illustrator and InDesign and making it fun! I met some great people in the course. Learning stuff about InDesign also opened my eyes to certain functions in Freehand (ooooh scream now…. I can hear you). I will certainly be able to make use of the Creative Suite. It’s fantastic how all the programmes link! Busy freelancing for Ogilvy again for two months, mornings only. Busy like a bee making honey! Thanks once again for facilitating the courses! I really enjoyed them!

Kate Binge
Creative Director: Kdb Advertising & Design

Tanya made the lessons very interesting and easy to understand. She is very thorough with explaining the programmes. I really enjoyed the lessons we had.

Michelle de Oliveira
Production manager: Athol Franz Studios

The lessons with Tanya were very informative and gave us the ability to swap from freehand and produce our magazine in InDesign without any problems.

Martha Kwiatkowski
Head designer: Athol Franz Studios

I have found Tanya to be an instructor who is passionate about her subject matter. She is very knowledgeable about the relevant software suite and left us feeling confident in our newly acquired skills. The lessons we have received from Tanya have proved to be very beneficial to our publication and to our business as a whole.

Divan Muller
Head designer and develoment officer: Athol Franz Studios

I really found the course challenging and stimulating, and I certainly feel that I have learnt a great deal. Thanks again for all your help and guidance. It was sincerely appreciated.

Nabeela Latha

I thoroughly enjoyed training with Tanya. The fact that she was able to teach me both InDesign and Illustrator, along with some Photoshop in one day, was remarkable. I found the training cohesive and thorough and very easy to follow. As a designer, what I particularly enjoyed was how Tanya (as a designer herself) approached the training with a full understanding of how I would end up using the software. Her complete patience and willingness to be flexible were bonuses. She has also remained completely accessible in terms of support. Thanks for never making me feel my post-course questions (two only! Ed.) are silly, Tanya!

Kirsty McFie
Mac2 Design & Advertising

Wow. That was a great session with Tanya… So much to take in, but she is excellent!

Cathy Simon

I have really enjoyed the classes and have learned a tremendous amount, thanks to you.

Yolandi Momberg

I really enjoyed your classes, I think you provide great insight into the programs as well as the industry. You have a unique way of approaching teaching which is refreshing and interesting, its cool because I have such a short attention span for lectures but I had no trouble concentrating during your classes! You also seem to have fun teaching which makes the classes fun to be in. I don’t really have anything negative to say. I’m really quite disappointed you’re not teaching Dreamweaver but I guess I’ll cope! Haha. Thank you for a great experience, I really enjoyed attending your classes!

Nina Richards

Dankie vir al die moeite, kannie wag vir die Indesign kursus nie.

Andre Breuer

Thanks again for the training – was great!

Helena Rousseau

I have really enjoyed the classes and have learned a tremendous amount, thanks to you.

Yolandi Momberg


Once again, thank you very much for the invaluable knowledge you have taught us. I really enjoyed the course.

Louise Penburthy

Illustrator is now officially my favourite program to work with. I always used Photoshop to design my websites. Now I can actually be as creative as I want to be, without limitations, except of course my lack of experience with Illustrator. But that will also change in no time. Thank you once again for teaching me this unbelievable program. I enjoyed it so much, even though I’m not much of a talker and didn’t tell you in class. I will be seeing you in In Design – I can’t wait.

Amanda du Preez

Tanya is a 100% dedicated teacher who always has her students best interests in mind. Her passion for the subjects she teaches means that there is quite literally nothing in the Adobe Creative Suite that Tanya isn’t already familiar with. This complete understanding enables Tanya to communicate difficult concepts clearly and to answer any questions students may have. I can honestly say that in my 6 years of full-time study I rarely, if ever had a teacher with Tanya’s level of passion for the subjects she teaches and caring for her students. I wish her all the best.

Anna Stark
Marketing Manager – Just Fun Sports

I’d like to thank you for being such an excellent and cool lecturer. THANK YOU.

Sanele Nqala

I am still amazed and really quite proud of myself that I did this…it was quite an achievement for me!!! Thanks for all your help…You are the best!

Bruce Rayne

I enjoyed your lectures, and found the input extremely valuable. Ek het net so ‘n goeie projek ingehandig omdat ek so goeie lecturer gehad het… 🙂

Cilnette Pienaar

Thanx for your patience and great teaching skills throughout both courses!
It is well appreciated!! 🙂

André du Toit

Just really wanted to tell you that I very much enjoyed the lesson. Penny dropped on a few things… Thanks again! You are getting chocolates…. You were feeling sick (and still came to teach, ed.), to me the fact that you still came through and made the effort to teach says a lot about you. Thank you for being such a good teacher and making the learning process a pleasant experience. Absorbed it and enjoyed it. ;p

Tracy Farrel

Never thought I’d say this when we started with photoshop etc, but I’m really going to miss our sessions, they were quite fun.

Nikki Mackintosh

Loved your course. You were FAB. 100% for you.

Bianca du Toit

I think the InDesign course was very good. Well planned and very informative. I learned so much and I actually enjoyed it at the same time. You are very knowledgeable and you are an excellent presenter of the subject. I give you 10/10.

Michell du Toit

Thank you so much, it will be great to have some back-up in times of need! You really taught me well.

Matthew Pearce

Just want to say, you truly are a great teacher. I have never met anyone who can go over things over and over and over again without getting irritated!!! You obviously have a lot of patience! The course really helped me to be more creative in my work!

Elmarie Knapton
Photography Department: Caxton Magazines

Tanya, thank you for still responding to my advanced questions several Acrobat versions after our course and more than a year later. As always your response is quick and very supportive. Thanks again, you are a sweetie.

Paul van den Heijden
Ethnique Marketing

Tanya was my lecturer at Vega whilst I completed a part-time DTP course. Tanya was open and always willing to help. She inspired all the students in her class by teaching ‘how the programmes think’ not the ‘step-by-step’ processes. Since completing this course, I have designed and laid out my Company’s annual report, I would not have been able to complete such a daunting task if Tanya hadn’t taught the programmes in the way she did. Even after the courses, Tanya is always available to assist and battling ex-student with questions. I just wanted to thank you for imparting your (immense) knowledge. I really feel like I have gained a great deal from this course. Her teaching method is superb (but I know she already knows that) in that it shows the ‘how it thinks’ and not ‘how to step by step’. You brought a different element to learning. YAY YOU!

Nicole Spruijt
Pan African Resources

I’d like to thank Vega, the Brand Communication School for giving me the opportunity to attend one of the most interesting courses I have attended (Adobe InDesign CS). My big thanks goes to Tanya Pretorius who was our lecturer, I think she’s the most inspirational designer the industry could ever have. I’m now 95% fluent with the application and am using it every day. I don’t see myself going back to the time-consuming applications I was using before. Thank you.

Thuso Nkosi
Vega-certified InDesign user
Threedot Creative Communication (Creative Department)

Thanks again for a wonderful class, may I ‘play piano’ even half as good as you one day!

Bianca Muller

I just want to thank Tanya for an absolutely fabulous InDesign course. She was always willing to help and showed us 10 times if we did not understand a certain aspect of the course. I must honestly say that I’ve never learned so much in one course. I really hope that VEGA appreciates her because she is a real asset to your company.

Cindy Hale

Thanks for another great course, I really enjoyed it, even though it was pretty challenging for me. A friend of mine has just started with a bunch of night courses at Vega and I’ve told him if he has a choice he should try get into your classes! I’ll definitely keep in touch, thanks for everything!

Nina Richards

I’m totally ecstatic about your comments on my site/css! It took quite a few wrongs to get to that little site right, but I love a challenge. And I’m sure it helps that I’m a bit of a neat-freak, so the file-structure came ‘naturally’ if you want. AND then, we had a good – no stunning – teacher 🙂

Deirdre Watson
The Coffee Stain

Thanks for an awesome course. woooohoooo!

Baran Hess
Graphic Designer: Launchit Marketing & Branding

Thanks again for being a great teacher! I can’t believe that I actually got it…. Well most of it!!!

Patricia Braune

You made it intresting – theres nothing worse than going to a class on a Monday night and the teacher is boring, You are the one that kept me coming back, urging us to go out and learn! You have a talent for teaching. You know not a lot of people can teach – you have a knack for it!! I’m thinking of doing Indesign, hope you teach it?

Caren Phillips Munzer

You were the coolest most captivating lecturer I have ever had.
You made class awesome and fun. Enjoyed class very much.

Sharl de Wet
Graphic Designer: Creative Identity

The course was fun and not as complicated as I thought.

Bareng Mudubanya

Class has gone well. We got off to a great start. Tanya has been very accommodating and seemingly has a good feel for my experience level.

Doug Mahoney

Writing Training

I first went to Tanya a couple of years ago to try and improve my writing skills. I must admit the first time I saw her comments I felt quite angry at the hard hitting nature of them. But I went through the comments and interacted with her, and I have found that she pointed out a few simple things that helped turn my writing around. It’s the bad habits that you pick up (that are so difficult to ‘unlearn’) that, when shaken, make documents more ‘readable’, conveying your message as simply as possible. A reader should not have to figure out what you are saying. The whole point of writing is to convey meaning. I believe a document that is readable will be read and Tanya has certainly helped me in that quest. She understood where I was coming from and worked with me to get to where I wanted to be.

Sonkho Phiri
Regional Advocacy and Policy Advisor:
Regional AIDS Initiative of Southern Africa, VSO Pretoria

Layout and design

Thanks for laying out MIMS Drug Therapy Review so meticulously – it really looks professional!

Silke Friedrich
Business Manager, MIMS: Tiso Blackstar

I am busy with an almost impossible task and while struggling to get it to work, I thought to myself “The boss will just have to accept that if I cannot do it, then it cannot be done”… and it made me think of what you always said, and all the millions of efforts you always put into the books, brochures, and all sorts of things we worked on, and this is the work ethic I learned from you – “don’t give up until you have tried every possible angle” and that is exactly how I operate now. Thanks for the good habits!

Bernadette Naudé
Manager – Training, Steiner Group Botswana

Aan die Redaksie en Uitleg kunstenaar. Baie geluk met ‘n skitterende uitgawe! Ek glo dit is by verre ons beste tot dusvêr. Ek is, danksy julle, werklik trots om te sê dit is ons eie publikasie. Doen so voort. Ek kan nie wag vir die volgende uitgawe nie!

Hardus Zevenster
CEO Radio Tygerberg

Hallo Julle. Ek het nounet die nuusbrief in die pos gekry. Puik. Baie dankie vir julle wonderlike werk en veral die lekker saamwerk en omgee. En die professionele gesindheid van jou Tanya. Ons sê hopeloos te min dankie. (And later:) Stunning uitleg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marius du Plooy
Chairman: Fundi Communications and Advertising

I wish all clients could be a pleasure to work with like you. 🙂
The artwork looks great.

Shonelle Deonall

As usual, I am impressed. Your designs make me think.

Zelda Knox
Account Manager: IntoWeb Training


Tanya interprets a brief exceptionally well and always delivers excellent results on or before the agreed deadline. The quality, pace and attention to detail of her work is amazing, from my point of view she is a member of a protected species.

Anina Steele

Thank you Tanya, you are always so helpful and I appreciate it.

Barbara Milroy
Client Services Executive: MIMS

I appreciate the efficiency with which everything is being handled. Both the order and the advertisement are received.

Nicole Meyer
SHEQ Management

The Pica Award acknowledges Tanya’s incredible skill, experience and knowledge when it comes to design, typesetting, layout and copy presentation in the publishing environment. A skill honed and developed in a family business that has been operating for close to forty years. Congratulations are in order I think, and well deserved. Well done Tanya!

The judges comments were as follows: ‘This publication is concise, clear and well laid out – no doubt a handy publication to the pharmaceutical industry.  The simple but succinct presentation adds to the ease of use and information – all makes for a “must have” publication.’

Group congratulations from many

Good to be working with you again at your fast and efficient pace! (And later) So again
without starting to sound like a stuck grammaphone, YOU ARE A STAR!

Anita Mathews
Anita Mathews Media

… honestly, I think you are the conference “glue” – you hold it all together.

Diane Dossantos
Events co-ordinator: BMI-TechKnowledge Group

Ek wil net sê ek dink ons het hierdie rondte dadelik raak gevat met die brosjure. Toe ek nou die proewe sien het die nuusbrief vreeslik sterk oorgekom en ek is vreeslik beïndruk met die kwaliteit van die nuusbrief. n Groot dankie aan Tanya wat die ontwerp gedoen het

Sandro Geyer

In 1999 Tanya Pretorius did the design, layout and typesetting for two mathematics courses for Project Literacy (Prolit).  As the project manager for Prolit I worked closely with her.  When working with her on these projects, Tanya showed great creativity and initiative.  Her work was meticulous and she always paid attention to detail.  At all times she was willing to discuss and meet realistic deadlines. The one set of books on algebra proved to be a particularly challenging task for the typesetter and Tanya proposed solutions and alternate ways to achieve a superior product.  Setting this book was very time consuming but all the deadlines were met. Working with Tanya was a rewarding experience because she remained friendly and patient even when problems were encountered.  Her attitude towards the client and the project engendered a strong spirit of teamwork between us.  This contributed greatly to the successful outcome of the project.

Penny Baker
Adult Education Consultant (Mathematics and Science)


I have worked with Tanya Pretorius for the past 18 years. She is without doubt extremely capable and has remarkable drive, enthusiasm and persistence for any task she takes on. Although modest and unassuming, I have known her to be extremely diligent and conscientious and she has always shown sound judgment and perception. In addition, her unquestionable speaking and writing ability has always been greatly appreciated and admired by all those who had occasion to work with her. I recommend her for any appointment without reservation.

Lynette Strydom
Project manager: MIMS


The wesbite is very catchy. When you open it, it forces you to read further. Really great work.

Sonto Magwaza

Tanya (our webmaster) is truly a blessing when it comes to excellent service!!

Amanda Louw
Institute of Safety Management

I have been living in Pretoria for three years now and am always looking for the perfect collection of oddball eccentrics and the venues they frequent. I was trawling the net a while back and hit on your website, full of useful things. So personal, so great to read. I duck in there from time to time to see how your are thinking and what you have discovered. A great big thanks!

Gina McAuliffe

Tanya is a star. She set up a web site for me in mere hours, and made changes as and when requested in a magically short time. She was patient with my technical incompetence, and always gave me time when I needed it. She told me how to write to get the best results off Google which is a very useful skill to have.

Wendy Watson
Wendy Watson Consulting Services