The Overstrand Institute of Training


OTI, Managing Director: Debbie PeiserManaging Director: Debbie Peiser

I’m Debbie Peiser, founding director of Overstrand Training Institute. The institute follows the SERVOL Caribbean model for youth development and skills training since 1970.
When I arrived in the Overstrand I had the pleasure of presenting an Enterprise Programme to Grade 10 learners and offer training in hospitality. In 2005 along with Daniel and Vonji we began Overstrand Skills Training Network in 100sqm of space in the Hermanus industrial area.

Today our ‘family’ has expanded to 18 people in four operating areas through the development of skills training. I am privileged to coordinate our vision to become the preferred skills training provider in the Overstrand.

OTI, Overstrand Training InstituteDirector & Facilitator: Mr Edmund Bucchianeri

I’m a retired Principal from Hawston Secondary School. I specialize in Curricullum development and new learning material for different courses including material used in Our Comptuer Lab for training. Apart from Training I do assessments for all the SETAs.


OTI, Overstrand Training InstituteStudent Administrator: Miss Khanyiswa Xhakaliva

In 2006 I did a computer course at Overstrand Training Institute that’s when I met the O.T.I family. My journey with O.T.I began in 2008 when I became a working trainee, which earned me the opportunities to study further and follow my dreams.

I studied and obtained my Diploma in Management Assistant at Boland College through O.T.I., I studied Pastel Accounting and did my learners & drivers licences at O.T.I. Today I am a Student administrator & the youngest Director of O.T.I. The best is yet still to come.

OTI, Overstrand Training InstituteDirector: Miss Vonji Steneveldt

I’ve been part of the OTI team since 2005. In 2007 I had the opportunity to go to Trinidad & Tobago in the West-Indian Islands to train as an ADP (Adolescent Development Programme) trainer, which was a life changing experience.

There I experienced youth development at its best! Today 8 years later, I’m still passionate about young people and I’m part of a very dedicated team and together we are committed in developing our youth. Our focus is finding ways to fulfil the skills gaps in the overstrand. Here at OTI we’re Educating Young People For Life!

OTI, Overstrand Training Institute Administrator: Khayakazi Kebe
I’m Khayakazi Kebe. I came to O.T.I in 2012 to study Pastel accounting since I wanted to work at the bank, but I got more than the course I wanted because they offered me an opportunity to work as a Working Trainee at the reception while they were paying for my studies meaning Basic Computer Course and Pastel Accounting Course.

I now work as an administrator and maintain OTI Photo Library, Facebook Page and Website.

Administrator: Manisha Maharaj

I became part of the O.T.I team in 2008 assisting our director Debbie Peiser with administrative tasks which continues to this day. I was born in kwaZulu Natal and studied at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg obtaining my bachelor’s and then honors Degree in Social Science. I currently handle all bookings regarding accommodation and catering for guests wishing to experience the wonder of our Forest Adventure Centre in the Hemel Aarde Valley. I am also involved in the administrative side of the Hermanus Parkrun which takes place every Saturday at our Forest Adventure Centre.


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