Work experience: In 1990 Ilse matriculated from Montana High School. She commenced her studies at Stellenbosch College and obtained a National Secretarial Certificate in Computer and Legal Practice, as well as a Certificate in Marketing Management. Her career began in 1994 as a Secretary at the Institute for Geographic Analysis at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1999 she moved to Clovelly Farm in De Dooms where she had administrative duties and worked as a Bookkeeper. She made Hermitage her new home in 2008.