P3 Team


Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Warwick UK

B Com University of South Africa (UNISA)

Associate Banking Diploma Institute of Bankers of South Africa

Licentiate Banking Diploma Institute of Bankers of South Africa

International Diploma in Professional Consciousness Coaching, Creative Consciousness Academy

Transnet Executive Women’s Development Programme

Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS)

Strategic HR Management
UCT Graduate School of Business

Board Leadership Programme
Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS)

Mathulwane 'Thuli' Mpshe

Non-Executive Chair

Thuli is a credentialed Executive coach and an independent contractor and consultant.

She has extensive experience in leading and transforming human capital as a general manager and executive director, spanning over twenty years across industries, including banking, retail, and aviation.

Furthermore, she has had the opportunity to act as CEO for SAA and SA Express Airlines.

Thuli has demonstrated exemplary commitment to RSA, having served and made considerable contributions to corporate South Africa. Lately, she has participated by giving evidence to the Zondo Commission on state capture.

She serves as a non-executive director and Chairperson of Field Band Foundation (FBF) NPC, non-executive director of ReimagineSA NPC and non-executive director of Knysna Institute for Learning and Teaching (KILT) NPC.

Gusti Coetzer

Memberships & Accreditations

Member of the Institute of Directors (IOD)

Member of the International Women’s Forum SA (IWFSA)

HPCSA Registered Clinical Psychologist

People Power Placements is affiliated with Talentor International

Auguste (Gusti) Coetzer

Chief Executive Officer

Over the years, she has gained credibility as a headhunter in the executive search industry regarding delivery, cross-cultural sensitivity, and being a top biller.

She is a generalist executing primarily Executive level (C-suite), Non-Executive Directors, and specialised skills searches. She has demonstrated an ability to work for clients in various industries such as banking and insurance, energy, fast-moving consumer goods, industrial, mining, telecommunications, agriculture, and parastatals. Furthermore, Gusti has an established client track record with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) companies and she has gained recognition in the recruitment of executives from different ethnicities.

She has also executed numerous cross-border assignments for various locations in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. She has an in-depth knowledge of conducting business in Africa. Gusti holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma (cum laude) in Industrial Relations from the University of South Africa. She is registered with the Health Profession’s Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

She speaks English, Afrikaans and her Xhosa is fair.

Specialties: Chief Executives, Chief Operating Officers, Financial Directors, Commercial Directors/Marketing Directors, Chief Information Officers, Head of Legal and specialised skills executives such as skills in disruptive technologies, and Competency-Based Assessments and Board Strategy Facilitation.

When she is not in the office, her interests include an appreciation of classical music and spending time in nature with her friends. She’s an enthusiastic cook, collects cookbooks from different countries, cultures, and regions, and keeps her wine cellar well catalogued.

feedback we love

What People Say About Gusti

“Gusti can relate easily to all cultures, races etc, putting people at ease in a professional yet friendly manner, with a great sense of humour!​”

“Gusti is a thought leader in the industry given her experience, successful handling of major projects over the years and the professional manner in which she conducts herself.​”

“Eish my Big Chief – she is a training academy to all those who have crossed her path. She is the walking encyclopaedia of the recruitment industry! I love her. Tsotsi number one.”

Madel Dalla Pria

Senior Executive Researcher

Madel Dalla Pria is a senior executive researcher whose career extends across several industries and disciplines. Her experience spans over 20 years of working with global and local organisations within the Mining & Construction, Wholesale Petroleum, Logistics, Finance, Human Resources and most recently, Renewable Energy sectors. 

Madel holds the following qualifications: 

BA in Visual Communications at the University of Pretoria

Postgraduate Diploma in Education University of Johannesburg

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Marketing Management at IMM Graduate School of Marketing.

In addition, she is a Director of Marketing Strategy and continues to explore the intricacies of Digital Marketing both in practice and tertiary education.  She writes course material that includes: Advertising, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Social Media Marketing and Business Development. She also assists with grading 3rd and final-year marketing students in various institutions across South Africa

Sandy Gaddin

Office Administrator & Senior Executive Researcher

Sandy Gaddin is an Executive Assistant, Office Administrator and Senior Executive Researcher with over 30 years of experience having worked in various industries such as retail, training, consulting, mining and construction. 

Sandy is an organized, hands-on person who manages multiple tasks effectively, is an excellent communicator, is tech-savvy with a knowledge of various software packages and has been involved in the administration of large projects that successfully went live during Covid.   

She holds an Advanced Executive Secretary Diploma and certificates in Project Management, Finance and Human Resources.