Speaker Bio

Kim grew up in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, studied law at Stellenbosch University, was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of RSA and spent many years in legal practice and the corporate world both in RSA and abroad. She is currently self-employed as a legal consultant/ corporate trainer, freelance writer, published author and inspirational speaker.

In addition to all the usual ultras like Comrades and 2 Oceans, she has taken part in numerous multi day ultra-distance trail and Adventure races all over the world and won some of them. She is best known for her “Tri the Beloved Country” Expedition which involved a self-powered 6 772 km circumnavigation of South Africa on foot, bike and kayak in 148 days.

If anyone is equipped to share lessons on what it means to overcome adversity and persevere against the odds, it is Kim. Few people have endured the harsh realities of nature that she has, and triumphed. Her inspirational keynotes, supported by thrilling images and videos of her expedition and endurance events, present real-life stories of resilience - ideal for today’s corporate audiences.


  • The Focusing on the positive
  • Quality internal dialogue
  • Translating the dream into a goal
  • Developing discipline and routine in the good times
  • Purpose – the why!
  • Passion – how much do we want it?
  • The power of reward
  • Learning to give and receive help
  • Not being immobilized by the enormity of the goal
  • The value of being target driven
  • Finding creative alternatives when resources we rely upon disappear
  • Preventative maintenance – taking care of the important things before they present a crisis
  • The value of collaboration

Despite opportunities to have married a sensible person she is happily married to Adventurer, Peter van Kets (2x Atlantic Rower and only African to have rowed solo across any ocean and one of the few South Africans to have trekked to the South Pole).  She is mother to Hannah and staffy Basil.


Country of Residence:

South Africa

Countries Worked In:

11 Fleet St, East London Cbd, East London, 5200, South Africa


Up with Mzantsi! Inspired by the Beloved Country.
A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline!
Achieving a balance
What your business needs more than anything are employees who have truly come ALIVE!
Adapt and thrive in a changing environment

Expert On:

I have a BA LLB Degree from Stellenbosch University, was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of RSA after doing my articles and passing my Board exams and spent a number of years in legal practice and then in the corporate world.

I am currently self-employed as a legal consultant/ corporate trainer, freelance writer, published author and inspirational speaker.

Booking Requirements

I am available for live and virtual events (modified home studio for virtual)

Fee Currency

South Africa ZAR

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      • Pearson High School Port Elizabeth
        2 March 2020 at 10:20 am

        “Our learners thoroughly enjoyed Kim’s social media session with them. They found it informative and interesting and her use of humour kept them entertained throughout.

        It was exactly what we were looking for – particularly the legal implications and the facts behind it.”

        Haldane Pienaar, Pearson High School Port Elizabeth.

        Keynote Talk - Live

        29 January 2020 at 10:23 am

        Kim Van Kets is truly an inspirational, funny and captivating speaker. As she walks you through her journey around South Africa, you can’t help but reconnect with the beauty our country and it’s people have to offer. The physical and mental challenges put into perspective that life can be unforgiving and cruel at times, but there is always a way out, through determination and the will to achieve greatness. This theme rings true in our corporate environment as well. More inspiring is her commitment to her daughter to show her that ‘mothers can be heroes too.’ Her talk is most relevant now, with our focus in building up women in our society and also in tackling the ugly truth about xenophobia. Kim shows us a different South Africa where it is possible for us all to live in peace and harmony. I would highly recommend Kim to any organisation.

        Keynote Talk - Live

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