As the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Candice Potgieter has played an integral role in the redevelopment and reorganization of The KZN Science Centre. Her strong creative and insight into the inner workings of the organization has steered the extraordinary growth of the organization from a visitor base of approximately 40 000 to now boasting a visitor base of over 100 000 each year, of which over seventy percent of all visitors are sponsored and from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
From establishing an Outreach Element to the rural schools of KZN to an Early Childhood Development Centre, to researching, creating and implementing highly successful school programmes, Mrs Potgieter has dedicated herself to improving the quality of education in KZN. Mrs Potgieter’s expertise covers many components including scientific research, business development, financial management, marketing, communication, government relations and fundraising activities. Academically, she holds a postgraduate degree in Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as having been a part of The National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme at The University of Cape Town. Mrs Potgieter has also completed a multitude of business and science communication courses both locally and abroad.
Mrs Potgieter was also named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans you should meet in 2013 for the work that she has done in Science & Technology Awareness. She has also gone on to win the Future Leaders Award for Science & Innovation as well as The KZN Young Achievers Award in Science & Technology for 2013.
Following from the extensive work that Mrs Potgieter that has accomplished within the province of KZN, Mrs Potgieter was appointed to serve and is serving as an executive member on the Advisory Committee to the MEC of Education in KZN for Career Support and Guidance. Of more recent Mrs Potgieter has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of The Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC) which serves as a body for the network of science centres across the southern regions of the continent of Africa.