Alberton resident Jeanetta Kritzinger, the Inyoni Creek Complex Manager, has said farewell to the Rand Aid Association retirement village in Lyndhurst after eight years, and will be heading to the Congo for a short but exciting adventure.
An avid gardener, bird watcher and keen reader, Jeanetta started her professional career as a registered nurse working at 1 Military Hospital. She then worked at Derdepoort Mission Hospital. “I did everything from putting petrol in cars, to selling coffins, administering anaesthetic and ‘operating’ on dogs. After that adventurous year, I worked at Fouriesburg Municipal Clinic, doing community health nursing, whilst completing my BCur degree,” remembers Jeanetta.
The need for adventure called again and she took a job as community health nurse in the Kruger National Park and the surrounding private game reserves. Thereafter followed a period of night duty in a private hospital before she entered the world of retirement centre management. Jeanetta ran a retirement centre in Boksburg and later another one, for the same company, in Bloemfontein.
“Shortly after that, I was promoted to their head office as project manager for a business re-engineering project and at the end of the project, was appointed as National Care Manager for the company. During this time I managed to complete a management course and also my BA Health and Social Sciences, with specialisation in Psychological Counselling.”
After eight years, she accepted a new challenge as National Operations Manager for the SA Federation for Mental Health. “Then my love for older people and bigger challenges called and I accepted the Inyoni Creek challenge. I also kept on studying and finished my Honours degree in psychology.
“Seeing the village and its people grow and go through various developmental stages to become the awesome community it currently is has been a highlight of my time here,” says Jeanetta.
Jeanetta will be working as a nurse with Africa Events and Catering, the company that will be catering for the 11th African Games scheduled for September 4–19 in Brazzaville, Congo, before taking a four-month holiday. After that, she will be launching her own life-coaching practice, putting her nursing and psychology skills to use in helping others achieve balance and happiness.