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The Alliance Française was established in Paris in 1883 by eminent figures of the arts, the sciences, and politics to ensure the influence of the French language and culture around the world.


The Alliance Française of Potchefstroom was created in 1971 and is a French language and cultural
organisation in Potchefstroom. We cooperate with the French department of the North-West University (Potch campus), the larger Alliance Française group and the French Embassy.


We currently teach French courses for adults, teenagers and kids, as well as online courses during the Covid-19 lockdown.

We also organise cultural events to create an environment for French speakers to meet – such as French coffee events, film nights, concerts, exhibitions and other activities in cooperation with the NWU Potch French committee.

Meet the team


  • +27 82 906 6054
  • director@potch.alliance.org.za

Riandi van Rensburg

 Riandi has been teaching at the Alliance Française in Potchefstroom since 2017, and became the director of the Alliance in November 2018. Her main goal is to grow and diversify the teaching and cultural products of the Alliance. Riandi is in charge of the management, marketing, design and finances of the Alliance, but is also a French teacher.

Riandi studied art history, history and French (with philosophy and German)and also completed her Honours degree in Art History together with French didactics. She then worked at a school in France for 7 months, after which she completed her PGCE in teaching languages and social sciences. She obtained her Master’s degree in Art History while continuing to learn French each day. She is currently busy with the NWU business school’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management.

Riandi speaks Afrikaans, English and French, with a good understanding of German. She is busy learning Setswana as well. Ke tla go bona kgantele 


  • +27 83 256 1378
  • culture@potch.alliance.org.za

Alison Daley

Alison is a recent graduate who joined the Alliance team in August 2019. She is in charge of everything that involves culture at the Alliance, from big events like SoChef to the more intimate gatherings like film nights. Alison recently graduated with an Honours degree in French from the North-West University in Potchefstroom, and one day hopes to earn a Master’s Degree in French as well. French is Alison’s fourth language; she can also speak English, Afrikaans and Swedish (which she learnt in Finland during her year abroad as a Rotary Exchange Student in 2014).

Contact Alison for all culture related queries, ideas or propositions. 


  • Cel: +27 82 284 6152
  • Whatsapp: +33 68 769 6964
  • courses@potch.allianceorg.za

Marie Rubel-Goeller

Marie arrived in Potchefstroom from France to join the Alliance at the end of January 2020. She is currently in charge of the quality of our courses. In between preparing different French courses, she is also having fun with her two other colleagues, filling the Instagram and Facebook page with the ongoings at our beautiful Alliance Française.

She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language which she obtained in France and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages which she did in England. 

Marie also speaks English, German, and some Spanish and has decided to learn Afrikaans during her time in Potchefstroom. Since arriving in South Africa, Marie has discovered a passion for the South African braai! In fact, it was the first South African word she learned.

If you want to join classes at the Alliance, Marie is the person to contact !