About DARE Training

In 1999 Emilise started her own business: “Human Performance Dynamics”. Due to the dynamic and valuable transformation in the lives of people when she and her colleague worked with them, she changed the name of her business to “DARE Training” in 2003.

DARE can be separated into 4 Distinct Processes:

  • Dynamic;
  • Action;
  • Rebuild;
  • Enhance;

And the name reflects the change and development that people experience in her programmes.

Dare’s vision is to inspire, equip and support leaders.  Dare’s mission is to support organisations, schools, communities and government to reach purpose driven goals through consulting, training and coaching.

Meet the Team

Emillise Rautenbach (Founder and Behavioural consultant & coach)

 Emilise Rautenbach did her matric at Eldoraigne High School in Pretoria. She completed her BA (HED) degree and diploma with distinction at the University of Pretoria. 

After 4 years of teaching Emilise changed her work environment to work at the church as a financial clerk and facilities manager. After 12 years of marriage, she was divorced. She started her own business Human Performance Dynamics and in 2003 she changed the name of her business to DARE (Dynamic Action to Rebuild and Enhance). She received several certificates in Brain Gym© and completed the leadership Equip course of John Maxwell and the NBI consultant course of dr. Kobus Neethling. She completed her Honours degree in Psychology with distinction and her Masters degree in Research Psychology with distinction. She received her International coaching accreditation (ICF) as a professional coach and her NBI Coaching certificate. 

Emilise managed to work in collaboration with several companies that focus on upliftment and change. 

Emilise has a missionary heart and fulfilled her calling in prayer outreaches and missionary work in Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Brazil. She also did leadership training and coaching in Brazil. 

She received several gold & silver certificates in Eisteddfods for singing, playing piano and violin. She played lead parts in operettas: “Die Witperd Herberg”; “Skrikkeljanie” and “Man van Smarte”. 

She was soloist in the famous aCapella choir for 22 years. For the last 5 years of the existence of aCapella, she did the organization, program planning and choreography of the group. She toured with aCapella through Europe several times. 

During 1999 – 2000, she toured with ATEOSS (The theology men’s choir of the African Protestant Church), through the Eastern and Western Cape, and the Free State. Because of the success of the first tour, they recorded several albums together. 

She recorded her first single album at the beginning of 2003. 

Currently she performs at morning teas and breakfasts while giving talks on different topics. Periodically she also performs with other singers and artists. 

Emilise raised her 2 daughters and enjoys being a Mom, but also have 2 best friends. 

Johan Kruger (Behavioural consultant and coach)

Johan is a born and bred Pretorian.  Both major universities (University of Pretoria and UNISA) provided the academic foundation in Psychology, but it was in the University of Life where theory was transformed into reality.

After running his own Industrial Psychology consultancy for 11 years, Johan is approached to join forces with one of the commercial entities at the University of Pretoria.

Johan spends the next 11 years of his life in service of Consulta as strategic consultant for many South African corporate institutions such as banks, insurance companies and medical schemes.  During this time he also got involved in a variety of projects for the World Bank where he had the opportunity to implement models of Client Centricity at a variety of companies across the globe.


Despite the mark, he made in the world of customer experience management he is constantly roped back to his biggest passion, inspiration and vision…. EDUCATION.

In 2021 he bids the corporate world farewell and started a full-time focus on the implementation of his “Schools of Excellence” model in schools around the country.

This is where Johan’s 11 years of service on the School Governing Bodies (8 years as chairman) of both the primary and secondary schools his children attended, gained further significance.

Johan is married to his high school love, Charmain, who is a teacher herself. They have 3 children in their early 20s and together they live their love for travel, camping and nature.

Elise Steenkamp (Trainer, social media coordinator and co-director of DARE 4 Excellence NPC and NPO)

Elise completed her matric with 3 distinctions at Hoërskool Garsfontein. She got her BA fashion Design Degree and started her own business “Naalde-Koker”.  After her 5 year journey in the fashion world; with a lot of experience as a business owner, she decided to start her studies in B.Ed Foundation phase. It was a difficult transition but she strongly experienced that God is calling her to make a difference in Education. She completed her studies in B.Ed with distinction.

Currently she is part of a ministry internship at Every Nation Church, making a huge difference in the lives of young people.

She has an extraordinary creative talent and completed some beautiful paintings.  She loves cooking and loves entertaining people with the most delicious dishes.

She influenced a lot of teenagers through her True Beauty movement. She has an intense skill to teach and inspire young people and changed a lot of lives.

Currently Elise is part of our team that inspire, equip and coach leaders in Education.

Lolla Cronje (Co-director of DARE 4 Excellence NPC and NPO)

Cornelia (Lolla) comes with almost three decades of teaching experience to different age groups, ranging from intermediate phase right through to the FET phase. During this time, she taught at various schools, mostly in the Independent Examination Board (IEB) private school cluster. She has taught at government schools as well, and had the opportunity to teach at erstwhile “township” schools. She also has significant experience of remedial teaching and applied the appropriate teaching methods successfully during most of her teaching career. She was often the teacher that was able to get the best results and progress from children where many other teachers were about to give up. Earlier in her teaching career she lectured Geography at Durban College of Education to students qualifying in the Intermediate and Senior Phases.

Lolla comes with a BA Ed. Degree from the University of the Free State and also later completed an Honours degree in Geography from UNISA. She was a sub-examiner for the IEB Geography cluster and was involved with setting the preliminary exam papers for several years.

Her main interest lies in a different direction- she has been involved in missionary work on a part-time basis for many years and have been a participant in several local and international prayer programs, including the Turn to God, Macedonian Project and Jericho Walls prayer ministry. She has recently enrolled for the B.Th. degree and has just completed her first year.

In her free time, she enjoys a good book or some knitting or sewing.

Lolla has been part of the middle to senior management teams of most of the schools where she worked and has a good understanding of corporate governance. Her high ethical values and straight forward manner will be a great contribution to the management team.

She is married to dr. Pieter Cronje, an agriculture management consultant and they have three children- Roche (1987), Carla (1992) and Madelene (1996).

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