Jon Baines ToursMaryke Bezuidenhout

Maryke graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Pretoria in 2001. After a brief dabble in private practice, she has since firmly entrenched herself as far away from urban civilization as possible - a move which she feels has given her a strong sense of justice and an excellent sense of humor. 

Maryke comes from a long line of incredibly stubborn people who feel life is not worth living unless it is packed to the max with activity and filled to the brim with challenges. When not tackling remote donkey tracks on her mountain bike or tempting crocodiles on her kayak, Maryke is found heading the 22-strong multi-disciplinary rehab team at Manguzi Hospital in the remote north eastern corner of Kwa-Zulu Natal, where she has been working for the past 14 years. She considers herself incredibly fortunate to work with a passionate team, within an amazing community.

The Manguzi Rehabilitation team has earned accolades including the Mail and Guardian Under 35 Top 200 award, the KZN MASEA award and the Rural Therapist of the Year award, and continue to trial and monitor models of rehab service delivery in a deep rural South African context. Maryke also plays an active role in policy development and advocacy as chairperson of Rural Rehab South Africa (RuReSA) and serves as a committee member on the public sector rehabilitation forum and KZN OMT committee.