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Village n Life - Maree Brink

Maree Brink – Chairman

Maree was born in Quebec, Canada in 1963. He completed his schooling at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. He attended Stellenbosch University where he obtained honours degrees in Commerce and Accountancy. Maree qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. After five years with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Maree founded the Village n Life Group of Companies in 1994. Maree is a keen tennis player and can often be found either on the court, off-road enduro motorbiking or kitesurfing.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)82 554 3220
Instagram: @vnlchairman

Village n Life - Frank Kilbourn

Frank Kilbourn – Non-executive and Independent Director

Frank Kilbourn was born 7 September 1961 and after matric he furthered his studies at the Rand Afrikaans University where he obtained his B Comm, BA (Hons), LLB, LLM, H Dip Tax degree. Frank qualified as a commercial attorney after he completed his articles at Hofmeyer inc. Frank joined Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank in 1991 as Director: Corporate Finance. In 1996 he was appointed as Non-Executive Director for City Lodge Hotels where he is still a member of the City Lodge Board. Frank was a board member of South African Tourism for 10 years, 3 of which he served as the Chairman. In 2004 Frank and his family moved to Cape Town and incorporated “Bright Equity”, a company specializing in corporate advice and private equity.

Email :
Tel : +27 (0)21 418 2525

Village n Life - Jo-Ann Strauss

Arnold Cloete – Non-executive and Independent Director

Arnold obtained his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pretoria and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989, completing his articles with Price Waterhouse Coopers, where after he received a management diploma from the University of Cornell in the United states of America. He has extensive experience and knowledge in financial, management and accounting roles. Arnold was the financial director of the Protea Hospitality Corporation (currently Protea Hotels by Marriot) from 1991 – 2009. He enjoys a round of golf to keep him focussed and lives in Oranjezicht with his wife and three children, Elsje, Francois and Ane.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)82 905 8000

Village n Life Group operating entities – Directors and Executives

Village n Life - Johannes Lategan

Johannes Lategan – Asset and Investments Management

Johannes was born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa in 1967. He completed his schooling at Oudtshoorn High. He attended Stellenbosch University where he obtained a degree in Accountancy. At the University of South Africa he obtained an honours degree in Commerce. He joined Village n Life in 1994 after completing three years with Price Waterhouse Coopers and lives in Camps Bay with his wife Ilsebe and his three daughters, Mila, Kristi and Isabelle.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)82 554 1741

Village n Life - Roelof Troskie

Roelof Troskie – CEO VNL Sales

Roelof was born in Claremont, Cape Town in 1965. He completed his schooling at Groote Schuur High, Cape Town. He attended the University of Cape Town, earning his B-Com degree. Roelof qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 after completing his articles at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law at the University of Cape Town. Roelof is a sports enthusiast! He also loves a round of golf (handicap of 11) and attends most rugby games at Newlands Stadium. Roelof has been involved in the tourism and hospitality industry since 1995.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)82 823 7366

Village n Life - Riaan Veldtmann

Riaan Veldtmann – Chief Operating Officer

Riaan grew up in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and completed his schooling at Stellenberg High School in Durbanville. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Stellenbosch, Riaan proceeded with his articles at LDP auditors in Durbanville, and at the same time managed to study part-time and obtain his Honours degree through UNISA. He enjoys all forms of sport, especially rugby, cricket and golf and loves travelling abroad. Riaan has been with Village n Life since 2006.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)82 411 3997
Instagram: @Vnl_coo

Village n Life - Kobus van der Westhuyzen

Kobus van der Westhuyzen – Chief Financial Officer

Kobus was born in Adelaide, South Africa in 1988. After matric he furthered his studies at Stellenbosch University, where he obtained his BAccHons degree. Kobus qualified as a Chartered Accountant after he completed his articles at PwC Cape Town. After returning from his secondment to PwC London during 2014, Kobus decided to move out of public practice accounting into commercial financial management. Kobus enjoys outdoor activities and sport, including kitesurfing, fishing and hunting.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)76 296 7978
Instagram: @Vnl_cfo

Company Secretary

Village n Life - Shaun Slabber

Shaun Slabber – Company Secretary

Shaun grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his schooling at DF Malan High School in 2001. Shaun is a CIMA Dip. Management Accountant – CIMA qualification expected by end of 2019. He is a sports enthusiast and would love to attend the next Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup. Shaun is also passionate investment analysis and spends a lot of effort and time to upskill himself in this arena by reading biographies of all the great hedge fund managers. Shaun lives in Green Point with his wife, Samantha.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)84 948 4649






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