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About Margaret Neethling


margaret neethling

Margaret Neethling initially joined Self Defence workshops cc in 2000 as Office Manager. 

Her interest in the empowerment of women, especially young girls, has led to more than 12 years of in-house self defence training. As an experienced instructor she has been co-ordinating the Shoprite-sponsored self defence training programme that has been running in primarily disadvantaged schools in the immediate Cape Environment since 2003.  

Since it's inception Smitti and Margaret have taught more than 100 000 female primary and secondary learners the practical skills of self protection.

Self-Defence, Empowerment & Martial Arts Trainer (SEMAT)Certificate, Stellenbosch Sport Performance Institute, 2011

Self-Defence, Empowerment & Martial Arts Trainer (SEMAT) for Disabled Women & Men Diploma, Lydia Zijdel Foundation, Netherlands, 2011

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Autumn workshop
Saturday 4 March 2017
Winter workshop
Saturday 3 June 2017
Spring workshop
Saturday 2 September 2017
Summer workshop
Saturday 2 December 2017

For private or corporate self defence lectures, self defence demonstrations, please:

Contact: Margaret
Tel / Fax: 021 461-0036
Or Smitti : 082 4153960
E-mail: or