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Introducing the new secretary at the School of Music, Ms Mandie van der Merwe.

Date of appointment:
1 November 2014

Who are/were your professional mentors/inspiration?
Prof Marlene Viljoen, what an amazing woman!

Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Johnny Cash — Walk the line
2. Smokey Robinson — Promise me son
3. Tammy Wynette — I don’t want to play house
4. Neil Diamond — I am I said
5. Austin Roberts — Rocky

Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Golden oldies …

Top 5 must-read books:
1. Sondebok by Irma Venter
2. Dis ek, Anna by Elbie Lotter
3. Eagle in the sky by Wilbur Smith
4. Wild justice by Wilbur Smith
5. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus by John Gray

Favourite quote(s):
• “The body achieves what the mind believes.” — Jim Evans
• “Die lewe is ‘n lied!”

Mandie van der Merwe

Top 5 must-see movies:
1. City of Angels
2. Analyze That
3. Red
4. Dirty Dancing
5. Pretty Woman

Which television shows can you watch over and over again?
The Mentalist

Favourite food:
Seafood and Italian

Favourite drink(s):
Coffee, red wine

How do you relax?
Love to do creative things, listen to music, read.

Family (spouse/children):
Married, with two daughters, 18 and 13 years old.

Mandie van der Merwe

Which places would you still like to visit?
Greece, Zanzibar

What is the ringtone on your cell phone?
Elvis Blue — Elke mens

What is your favourite moment of the day/week/year at the Conservatory?
The nice, warm welcome and so many friendly faces on my first day at the Conservatory was special.