I am a soloist.

After a career of 28 years in a formal structure I chose a new path and walked out into a new world.

As a soloist I now work with a diversity of people and organisations, offering a portfolio of different services and projects. 

 I coach persons with wonderful potential and a beautiful story to live. 

I mediate between individuals to resolve conflict.

I empower people through research, writing, and public speaking. 

I am a coach, a researcher, an author, a mediator, a speaker and a project consultant.

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“Walk out the door of a big company, what are you – stripped of that all-powerful identity?

You’re free. You’re brave.

And potentially you’re rich,

if you take full advantage of the opportunities that lie in store. Soloing is not about changing jobs – it is about changing your life” 

–Harriet Rubin  


(Soloing. Reaching Life’s Everest)  



“Johan Pieters has a wealth of experience as counsellor and Minister which exceeds 25 years. Johan is self-confident, proactively helpful, smart, and I know he will continue to find success in coaching”

– Richard Nyengera


“It was a pleasure meeting you last week. Your wisdom. I am humbled”

– Winky Dladla


For more than 28 years, I worked with business people, senior- and top leadership, entrepreneurs, and retiree’s and shared in their life’s journey.

My life journey took me from the small rural town of Aberdeen to Port Elizabeth, theological studies at Stellenbosch and a 28 year career in Randburg, South Africa. Married for over 30 years to Lizbé Pieters (Headmistress at Vuleka SSB High School in Randburg) we have two grown up sons and one grandson. A full two decades after obtaining my Master’s degree from Stellenbosch University, I enrolled for a PhD at UKZN (Pietermaritzburg). I researched the possible contribution of Reformed theology to restructuring the relationship between the economy and communities. The degree was awarded to me in April 2017.

My focus with clients is to assist them to live authentic lives and to apply their values to real-life situations of leadership, management, relationships and transition. After experiencing the drama of being retrenched myself, I opened a practice focusing on transformational coaching (walking into a new world after retrenchment requires a major transformation of the self), conflict coaching (inherent to any retrenchment project), mediation (resolving conflict provides a platform for a new future) and research (life-long learning enriches the transformation). I build on respect for the inter-relatedness of being human, and on the release of the inner resources, we all have.

Working with me will enhance your ability to live the good story you have. Itwill  allow you to tap into my experience and the acquired knowledge of 28 years’ work with people in transition, to live the good story you already have.

We all have a good story to live, let us live it.

Working with me enhances my clients’ ability to live the good story they have. It allows them to tap into my experience and the acquired knowledge of 28 years’ work with people in transition to live the good story you already have.

We all have a good story to live, let us live it.

What is in the name?

The name “OORSPRONG” is an Afrikaans word meaning “origin”. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, humans are made in the image of God, who is complete and perfect love. In that tradition, God is also a perfect and complete community. The author of these stories speaks of God in the plural. Together human beings are also God’s representatives, mandated to care for the garden (creation).

The name reflects the idea that our journeys originate from this unique context – and continue to be influenced by the love, community and the mandate embedded therein. But due to various experiences and the normal development of attachment we have lost much of this context.

As life-coach it is my passion to journey with people back to where they can re-connect with this point of origin, and build a good story on this “oorsprong.”

I have deliberately, and against the advice of friends opted for the Afrikaans version, as to reflect my origin as an Afrikaans-speaking person in South Africa.