Ester le Roux   oliewen [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Ester le Roux

Ester le Roux matriculated at Sand du Plessis High School in Bloemfontein. She completed her B Tech Degree in Fine Art at the Free State Technikon (now the Central University of Technology). In 2001 she completed a Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate at the University of the Free State. She has had a number of part-time teaching positions and coordinated the Foundation Programme at the Central University of Technology from 2004-2005. In 2005 Ester was appointed as Education Officer at Oliewenhuis Art Museum and in February 2009 as Curator. 

Ester enjoys reading, running, beautifying her home and garden and is passionate about art.

Principal Conservator

Linda Malan is a National Museum Staff Member at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Linda Wheeler linda [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Linda Wheeler grew up in Kimberley and completed her Higher Education Diploma (HED) in Fine Arts at the University of the Free State in 1980. Her first job was as a décor artist at the Provincial Arts Council of the Orange Free State (PACOFS) in 1981. This was followed by a teaching position at Oranje Meisiesskool and a few other positions, including managing a paint shop. She was appointed at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in 1994 where she is currently Principal Conservator. Her hobbies include painting in oil and watercolour, reading, music and gardening.

Senior Exhibition Officer

Karen Marais    karen [dot] marais [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Karen Marais grew up in Bloemfontein and after matric she moved to Johannesburg.  In 2004 she obtained a Diploma in Visual Communication, specializing in Graphic Design, from AAA School of Advertising. She worked as a graphic designer at an advertising, marketing and creative communications company for four years.  Karen returned to Bloemfontein in 2009 where she managed a coffee shop, but returned to a career in art, giving art and craft classes whilst freelancing. In 2010 Karen was appointed as Exhibition Officer at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. 

Karen likes to read, hike, cook and entertain. She also has a passion for nature, design and beautiful things such as contemporary pieces of furniture and exquisite artworks.

Education Officer

Yolanda De Kock   yolanda [dot] els [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Yolanda is currently working at Oliewenhuis Art Museum as an Education Officer since 2012.  She obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 2009 from the University of the Free State. She also obtained a Masters degree in Heritage Management from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017. As Education Officer she is responsible to develop, coordinate, present and market educational activities at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. This also includes addressing transformation through the development and coordination of visual art and heritage related programmes.

Her work at Oliewenhuis provides her with an opportunity to broaden her knowledge on South African art and artists. Yolanda is a keen researcher and is interested in Art collections, their provenance and i role within a broader society.



Lana Jasper   lana [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Lana was appointed Bookkeeper at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in July 2013.  She matriculated at Heatherdale Secondary School, followed by a secretarial course through Universal Outcomes-based College.  She then obtained a BA Administration and also a three-year diploma in Financial Planning through the University of South Africa (UNISA), as well as a Sales and Relationship Management diploma through Bank Seta.  Lana is currently studying LLB (Bachelor of Law) through UNISA.

Senior Caretaker

Isaura Nogueira    isaura [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Isaura Nogueira

Isaura Nogueira grew up in Bloemfontein and attended the Free State Technikon (now Central University of Technology), where she majored in Sculpture and obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art. She participated in several local as well as national art exhibitions. She worked at a printing firm for seven years and commenced her career as Artist in the Design Department of the National Museum in 1992. She moved to Ladybrand at the end of 2005, but returned to Bloemfontein in 2008 and started working at Oliewenhuis Art Museum as Caretaker. Her hobbies include art, gardening and reading.


Thomas Kraai thomas [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Thomas Kraai was appointed as caretaker at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in May 2015.  He is responsible for security and maintenance of the site. Thomas also works at reception where he engages with visitors.  Prior to joining the Museum he worked at Tempe Golf Course as cashier and administrative officer. 

General Assistant

Piet Sekhuni

Piet was appointed as General Assistant at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in February 2005. Piet attended school at Hodisa Technical School in Bloemfontein and was trained as a handyman.

General Assistant

Catherine Mojaesi Dintlhoane

Catherine Mojaesi Dintlhoani

Catherine was appointed as General Assistant at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in April 2003. She matriculated in 1996 at Ikaelelo Senior Secondary School, Bloemfontein. She completed a short course in Business Management at Hillside View College.



General Assistant

Tsholohelo Dintlhwane

Tsholohelo matriculated from Tsoseletso Senior Secondary School in Bloemfontein in 2003, followed by a one year course in Business Administration at Motheo FET college.  She was appointed as General Assistant at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in December 2013.

General Assistant

Lydia Sekwena

Lydia attended Ikaelelo High School in Bloemfontein, followed by a course in Public Management at Motheo FET college.  She worked for various cleaning agencies before joining the staff of Oliewenhuis Art Museum in July 2013 on a three month contract.  She was appointed permanently in December 2013.