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Career Custodians is a subsidiary of Village n Life SA (Pty) Ltd.

Village n Life SA is the holding company for a group of specialist hospitality and tourism related ventures with a
turnover of over R350 million, assets under management exceeding R3 billion and a staff component of
over 600 people.

Career Custodians Executives

Kobus van der Westhuyzen

Business Manager

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.

Cell: +27 (0)76 296 7978

Hilton Calder

Hilton is a registered Clinical Psychologist who works in the Business Consulting, Human Resources and Clinical/Sport/Health Psychology fields. Psychometrics is an area of special interest. He is the chairman of the Non-Profit Organization, The Learning Initiative. He has a B.A. degree in Communications, a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and has a special interest and experience in the Information industry. Extensive on-the-job training has also been received in the fields mentioned above. Practical experience has been gained as an employee and/or manager in the civil service, in small and large commercial organisations, in educational organisations and as an independent consultant. Hilton also has owned and run his own franchise enterprise in the service industry. He has worked with Hockey and Cricket teams at provincial and national levels and counselled individual sports men and women. A specialised, professional psychometric evaluation service is also offered to grade 9 to 12 learners to assist them in making subject and career choices.

Cell: +27 (0)82 554 3220

Directors Village n Life SA

Maree Brink

Executive 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.

Cell: +27 (0)82 554 3220

Frank Kilbourn

Non-Executive Director

Frank Kilbourn was born 7 September 1961 and afer 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.

Cell: +27 (0)21 418 2525

Jo-Ann Strauss

Non-Executive Director

Jo-Ann was born and raised in Cape Town and attended Stellenbosch University where she graduated with a B.Comm (Law) degree in 2002. She has gone on to become one of South Africa’s top TV personalities and is a media entrepreneur who has produced and hosted various shows and online properties. She serves on the boards of the University of Stellenbosch’s Graduate School of Business as well as Media24 and M&C Saatchi Abel. UNICEF appointed her as Goodwill Ambassador in 2016. She is an international speaker who has hosted over 200 events across the globe and has travelled extensively with her work in media. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with them to fun destinations. She has a keen interest in social media and has produced one of the world’s largest social media competitions.


Johannes Lategan


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.

Cell: +27 (0)82 554 1741

Roelof Troskie


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.

Cell: +27 (0)82 823 7366

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