About Troupant

Troupant Publishers specialises in vocational learning and teaching materials aimed at preparing learners for the workplace or supporting those in employment to progress.

Troupant offers an extensive range of textbooks – student’s books and lecturer’s guides – developed to deliver both the National Certificate (Vocational) and Nated (Report 191) curricula in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.

Troupant publications can be purchased in both hard copy and e-book format. Digital lecturer support material accompanies many lecturer’s guides. Troupant has developed digital professional support material for lecturers on commission from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Sales, distribution and customer service for Troupant publications are managed by our partner, global publisher Macmillan Education.

Publishing since 1998, Troupant is a Level 2 B-BBEE South African company owned by Van Schaik Bookstore.

Troupant also develops educational content for training providers and employers working in the space of technical and work-related skills directed at employment.

Troupant’s technical titles were first published as the Mactech Technical series by Macmillan, and later as the Southern Technical series published by Southern Books. The range of textbooks was expanded from 2007 to support the Department of Higher Education and Training’s introduction of the National Certificate (Vocational), or NC(V), which is offered alongside the Report 191 (Nated)

Key Staff

Orenna Krut


Orenna Krut2Managing Director 


Orenna joined Troupant as Managing Director in 2018. She has extensive experience as a managing director in South African business, particularly in the publishing sector and the post-school training environment. As a committed leader, she has served as Chair of the Education Sector of the Publishers Association of South Africa and a Board member of DALRO. Orenna has completed business school programmes in strategy, leadership, change management and business turnaround, and has a Master’s degree in English Literature. She mentors small businesses on a voluntary basis.


Lindsey Cohen

Lindsey Web 7Publishing Manager 


Lindsey manages the development and quality of Troupant’s extensive technical and vocational publishing list, and leads the publishing team. She has helped build Troupant’s highly successful list of TVET textbooks, and has led the development of supplementary material such as lecturer’s guides and digital training for lecturers. She has an Honours Degree in Counselling Psychology and extensive experience in the educational publishing sector.



Antoinette Scheepers

IMG 1233 b2     Administration Manager 

     Antoinette manages the efficient running of Troupant’s processes, systems and office. She looks after sales tracking, royalties, project administration
     and administrative support.



Fiona Douglas

Fiona Web 3Technical Publisher


Fiona conceptualises and manages the development of Troupant’s technical textbooks and support materials. She specializes in Mathematics and Science, and brings experience in corporate communications and PR, web design and content management which she draws on in developing digital material. She has a BCom and an Honours degree in Business Management. Fiona is a certified yoga and pilates instructor.



Prishan Ramdass

Prishan Ramdass2Production Manager 


Prishan manages the production systems that culminate in Troupant’s high quality books and materials, and leads the production team. He coordinates processes such as book design, typesetting and printing. Prishan has 11 years of experience in desktop publishing and design and was a Production Controller in his previous role. He has a qualification from the South African Print College in Electronic Origination. Prishan loves to be outdoors and plays cricket, soccer and volleyball in his spare time. 



Promise Tsotetsi

Promise Tsotetsi2Production Coordinator 


Promise ensures each Troupant title is produced to the highest technical standards. She also ensures that the team meets the tight deadlines required by the Department of Higher Education (DHET) and other partners. Promise tracks the progress of printed and digital products. She has a BCom degree in Marketing and Management Science and is also a trained desktop publisher. Promise joined Troupant in 2012, and describes herself as having a sharp eye for detail and an appetite for challenge and personal growth.


Reneé Ferreira

Renee Web 3Editorial Coordinator


Reneé has worked in the field of technical college publishing since 1988, and brings her impressive breadth of experience to Troupant’s TVET publishing. Reneé’s commitment to quality, as well as the strong relationships she has built with freelance suppliers, make her an essential contributor to the quality of Troupant’s publishing. She manages all editorial functions: commissioning and briefing freelance editors and proofreaders, monitoring schedules and expenditure, and preparing artwork briefs and manuscripts for handover to artists, designers and typesetters. 



Erika Walker

Erika Walker2Bookkeeper 

Erika produces Troupant’s management accounts and manages the company’s financial transactions. She joined Troupant in 2015. Erika has a BCom degree in Accounting and an Honours degree in Financial Management. Her previous roles include Financial and Administration Officer and Assistant Accountant. Erika has a young family and is an avid music lover.


Pretty Mpakumpaku

Pretty Mpakumpaku4Receptionist and Administrative Assistant 


Pretty runs Troupant’s busy reception and switchboard, and provides efficient administrative support to the production and publishing teams. She joined the company in 2011, prior to which she was a clerk at a law firm. Pretty has a Diploma in Public Management.