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About Harcourts Winelands

We are a highly trained sales team of cherry picked agents with solid ethical views. We service Stellenbosch, Paarl & Franschhoek and surrounds. Entrepreneurial-minded and highly professional consultants working independently years of sales experience in an ever growing industry. Continuous consultant training to stay abreast with important real estate matters. We have a very successful contact and property listing system linked to 110 property websites. We advertise in various media sources that will effectively draw buyers to your property. We offer expert advice on residential and commercial property matters. Our unique money back guarantee means that you get the service you deserve or your money back. The latest in database technology to match buyers to properties and track full marketing activity.

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  • Bronwyn Scholtz

    Bronwyn Scholtz

    Finance and Administration Manager

    Bronwyn’s career in Real Estate was established when she started as receptionist at Aida Real Estate in 2000. From receptionist she worked her way up to assistant financial manager, moving her way forward through sales and rental administration. When she relocated to Worcester in 2004 she also gained experience in the inner workings of the office of a professional property valuer which later extended to mortgage origination. After helping the company grow exponentially, she opened her own mortgage origination firm, but due to the debilitating recession that hit the mortgage broking industry in 2009, was nudged back into Real Estate sales. After her first year as administrator for Harcourts Select, she won the national award for Best Administrator within the Harcourts group in South Africa. She holds a NQF 4 qualification as full status estate agent and is also busy with her second year in obtaining her LL.B degree. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity to get all the necessary legal experience, while still applying her specialised skill-set within the real estate environment.

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  • Eberhard Kruger

    Eberhard Kruger

    Director

    Eberhard grew up in Paarl, spent his childhood years in the Boland and matriculated as head boy of Stellenbosch High School in 1997. After finishing his B. Comm (Law) degree in 2001 and his LLB degree in 2003, at the University of Stellenbosch, he attended the School for Legal Practice at the University of Cape Town. He also trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Solicitors in the UK. He was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in 2005, and in 2006 obtained his qualification as a Notary Public. He obtained the qualification as a Master Practitioner of Real Estate and established the award winning Harcourts Winelands franchise in Stellenbosch. The agency has since expanded to Paarl and Franschhoek and also includes an agricultural power duo who attends to the agricultural property sector in the entire Winelands area. The Franchise also has a rental property sector to cater for the needs of their clients in all respects. In 2016 he took the exciting step of starting the niche law firm of Van Zyl Kruger Inc. with his previous co-director at VGV, Hennie van Zyl. The firm specializes in all forms of property and commercial law and focuses on the unique needs of their cherry picked clients. Eberhard has a vast experience in property transfers, structured financing and all related conveyancing matters. He has a wide range of expertise with regard to different kinds of property developments, therefore providing expert advice to his developer clients and even attending to some of his own developments. He also runs a very successful commercial and estate planning practice. Eberhard is a member of the Tygerberg Attorneys Association, Chairman of the 24 Riviere Genootskap (NPO) and provides pro bono services at the Cape Town Deeds Office. His interests include golf, cricket, traveling, socializing with friends & family and collecting lapel badges.

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  • Elna Schulze

    Elna Schulze

    Sales & Operational Manager

    Elna Schulze has been a successful real estate agent in Stellenbosch since 1997. Through attention to service excellence and an intelligent approach, she has developed a formidable reputation in her field. Over the past 20 years, she has worked as a Property Sales Consultant, Business Principal and owned her own Real Estate company in Stellenbosch. She joined Harcourts in 2014 and assisted the Business Owners with recruiting agents and setting up offices in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. She now is the Sales and Operations Manager for Harcourts Winelands, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the sales and operational side of the business. Elna has worked in the Human Resources environment for over a decade, before taking on a new challenge and moving into Real Estate. She has Diploma in Personnel Management. She is graded as a Master Practitioner in Real Estate. She did her Estate Agents’ Board exam in 1997 and CRS in 1998, and completed her NQF4 and NQF5 qualifications, the prerequisite to operate as an estate agent and a principal in real estate in South Africa. She keeps up with new legislation, attending courses and seminars on the legal and financial aspects of purchasing property. With her years of Real Estate experience coupled with her Human Resources background and interest, it was a natural move to become a coach and mentor estate agents to help them grow and transform their businesses. Elna did coaching studies through University of Cape Town in 2014, a Leadership Development course at University of Stellenbosch in 2015, and is currently studying essentials of Management Coaching through the University of Stellenbosch Business School. As the In-House Coach, Elna trains and coaches new agents and is currently running a Rookie programme within Harcourts Winelands. She also runs an official coaching programme to help agents enhance their business skills and transform their business. She sees each agent as the owner of their own business and creates a platform to help them to take ownership of their business. Her experience has shown that agents tend to focus on operational aspects in their business, and she assists them to be more strategic within their business, to develop long term goals and an annual business plan. The second aspect of her coaching is on personal development. She focuses on leadership and accountability to assist agents to realise their full potential. Elna enjoys empowering people and helping them to grow, and want to leave something behind that represents a more advanced level of real estate where each team member in the company accepts responsibility for their contribution to the success of the team.

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  • Adell Ferreira

    Adell Ferreira

    Property Consultant

    Having lived in Franschhoek for the past 6 years, I have an extensive knowledge of the Franschhoek area and a love for this valley and the lifestyle it offers. I am experienced in all aspects of property marketing, property management, value estimations and sales. I did my NQF4 qualification in 2013, and registered to write my board exam in May 2017, all new prerequisite to operate as an estate agent and a principal in real estate in South Africa. I keep up with new legislation, attending courses and seminars on the legal and financial aspects of purchasing property. I love sharing my passion with people considering Franschhoek as a place to live. I specialise in sourcing properties for local and foreign buyers, from young families relocating to high end buyers purchasing lifestyle properties. I have a 6-year-old son at Bridge House and will assist wherever I can in settling new families into the area and this incredible school. I love being part of peoples journey and seeing them settle into the village and watching it all unfold for them. I work well with all the other agencies in the village and able to offer incoming purchasers a full range of properties for sale in the Franschhoek village. I feel privileged to be living and working in this valley and look forward to showing you around. PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE QUALIFICATIONS FETC: Real Estate NQF4 2012 Certificate of Competence Level 4 2012 AWARDS WON Annual Performer Award 2015 2nd Runner Up Highest Rand Value Sales 2015 Achievers Sales Award 2015 Top Sales Agent Award in Rand Value 11th Position in Seeff Boland 2015 Chairmans Awards 5 Certificates throughout 2015

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  • Daniel Joubert

    Daniel Joubert

    Property Consultant

    Daniël is an Agricultural Specialist with extensive knowledge of the Boland and Overberg area. He has been in the industry for more than 15 years, specialising in selling commercial fruit and wine farms, as well as lifestyle properties. Before joining the real estate industry, Daniël was a fruit farmer in Elgin for over 25 years. His first-hand knowledge and in-depth understanding of farming enables him to provide expert advice, consultation and support during the buying/selling process. He loves working with people and is committed to making the process of buying or selling a property a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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  • Donna Meintjes

    Donna Meintjes

    Property Consultant

    Donna has recently moved down to the Winelands area from George, where she and her family spent the last 11 years. In George, Donna worked 3 years for Chas Everitt and 8 years for Lew Geffin Sotheby’s International and now looking forward to her time with the Harcourts family. Even with 11 year’s experience in the industry, Donna believes there is still so much to learn, as every client, home and situation is unique. Donna is certain that the home is the heart of every family and she excels in helping her sellers and buyers alike, understanding and negotiating the many aspects of the real estate industry. Since Donna joined Harcourts Winelands, she has been working the Paarl residential, Boschenmeer Golf and Country Estate and Capolavoro Mountain Estate and is gaining invaluable knowledge of her areas. She is looking forward to matching you up with your perfect home in the beautiful winelands.

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  • Hettie Denysschen

    Hettie Denysschen

    Property Consultant

    As a teacher for many years, Hettie Denysschen has a passion for assisting people in developing their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Whilst teaching Hettie was also the co-owner of an estate agency in Knysna; it is here where she fell in love with the property industry. Real estate was the perfect platform for her to combine her passion for people and desire to inform and share knowledge. Then in 2007 Hettie sold her shares in the estate agency and moved to the beautiful Winelands town of Stellenbosch. Hettie immediately knew that real estate was the industry she wanted to make her life and fortunately she was able to start her career in real estate beneath the glorious Stellenbosch mountains. In 2014 Hettie made the shift to Harcourts and was instinctively drawn to their values system. She used her expert experience in property sales, property buying and sales negotiation to become one of Stellenbosch / Paradyskloof's top real estate agents. Her professionalism, energy and efficiency has ensured that the buying and selling experience is both a pleasant and successful one for all involved. Hettie consistently secures high quality properties as well as qualified, superior buyers to her impressive portfolio. As education is a key component of Hettie's personality she qualified with a NQF4 Real Estate certificate. It is not all work as Hettie also enjoys playing golf, mountain biking, reading and hiking. In addition to enjoying nature Hettie is always dedicated to improvement and learning more about her industry to stay on top of the latest development in the industry.

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  • James Visser

    James Visser

    Property Consultant

    James grew up on a family farm in the Paarl area and his entire schooling was done at Paarl Boys Primary and High School. He was, and still is, keen on all forms of sports. Having played rugby and swum competitively at school and university, he now sees scuba diving and fishing as a perfect way to spend time relaxing with his wife and two boys. Following his schooling he completed his compulsory national service and left the army with the rank of Lieutenant. He then attended Rhodes University where he qualified with a BSc Honours degree in Ichthyology. After pioneering marron farming in South Africa for 18 years, he took up a new challenge and entered the real estate industry with Pam Golding Properties in 2005. Here he worked as a specialist in the agricultural sector, selling farms and small holdings. Consistently earning the status of top earning Gold Club agent within the company is testimony to his success as an Agricultural property agent. Having spent over 45 years in the Boland farming arena, his understanding of the area is very sound. His knowledge of the intricacies of both farming and land development, as well as the requirements of lifestyle and commercial buyers, has been his staff; his integrity the mainstay of his success. He believes that a good relationship with sellers as well as buyers is key to matching people and properties perfectly – something he does with passion and a real sense of enjoyment. After being with Pam Golding Properties for 10 years, James recently joined the Harcourts Winelands team to head up a new and all-encompassing specialist Agricultural Division which will cover the entire Winelands area. Backed by the company’s exceptional technology and dynamic management, he believes that this new dedicated entity will be more effective in sourcing and matching the property requirements of buyers. At the same time, sellers will benefit from a wider reaching network of buyers.

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  • Lezette Bester

    Lezette Bester

    Property Consultant

    Lezette studied Personnel Management at the University of the Free State. She has a great interest in art so she started a picture framing and art gallery in 1990, and ran it successfully for 10 years. In 2000 she was approached by a friend to join him in end-user finance as a bond originator. She opened a branch in Midrand and within a few months developed it into a multi-million Rand agency. She focused on helping investors to build a property portfolio by using a specialized trust structure and end-user finance. Her approach to clients and her financial experience opened doors and she joined a property and development company in Stellenbosch where she operated for four years. Lezette completed the NQF4 in 2012 and operated as an estate agent in Stellenbosch. She believes in building relationships with her clients and keeping in contact with them at all times. Communication, feedback and excellence are part of the service that she will give to her clients. Always on the creative side, she has supplied Kamers vol Geskenke with creative handmade home items and has been involved in many functions doing decor and floral arrangements. Lezette loves the outdoors, reading and spending time with friends and family. She is married with three lovely children who bring her joy every day. She enjoys working with a team which has integrity, honesty and fairness at all times and is looking forward to working with Harcourts Winelands.

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  • Louis Koen

    Louis Koen

    Intern Sales Consultant

    Louis Koen was born in Paarl and attended Paarl Gymnasium from Grade 1 to 12 and has been a resident in Paarl since 1967 apart from a period of 8 years while playing cricket for Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth. Currently Louis is the owner of “Business-Plus” and has a long standing association with property. Louis’s property experience include the following: - Developments - Sourcing of development land , reselling of land and developing of land. - Multiple Private Residential Property Renovations in Paarl & Port Elizabeth - In charge of compiling a large property portfolio for privately owned investment company associations with major role-players in South African property, from listed property funds to privately owned property funds as well as top property developers.

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  • Maureen Nel

    Maureen Nel

    Luxury Property Specialist

    Maureen bought her first plot in Val de Vie nine years ago, and turned into an absolute paradise for her, her horses, dogs and sheep, Japie. With the 9 years’ experience as a Val de Vie Resident Property Consultant living the lifestyle, she has first-hand knowledge and insight to assist potential home owners with all the information they need to make decisions. Her vision is to share with others the sophisticated, secure country lifestyle that Val de Vie has to offer, and by doing this to bring quality of life to other families. Achievements: Currently keeping the number 1 position as Harcourts' Top Sales Consultant in South Africa and ranked 8th out of 6 684 agents internationally within the Harcourts Group 2017. 2016: Top Sales Agent in South Africa and ranked 27th out of 8 000 agents internationally within the Harcourts Group. Top Agent for units sold and commission generated for 2014 and 2015. She received the awards for “Highest Annual Sales” and “Most Sales Achieved in One Year" in the CCH group for 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. She was also the only consultant in the Diamond Category in 2012 & 2013 CCH MY AREA Specialized Property Consultant. References: “Dear Maureen, I am writing this letter in order to express my gratitude for the high quality service you provided to us when we purchased our little Villa recently in the Val de Vie Estate! Your service and knowledge from the outset was amazing, but the trait that most impressed us was your degree of self-motivation and ability to very quickly grasp and interpret our needs in terms of budget and the type of property that we required. This in the end made our decisions on buying in the limited time we had available, very simple and stress free. In short I will most certainly recommend to anyone looking to buying in this magnificent Estate in the Cape Winelands, that they look no further than MAUREEN, who undoubtedly will go the extra mile in helping you. Thank you and your professional staff once again! Best Regards, Mike Pio, Hong Kong, 22 Jan 2013.” “Dear Maureen, I will never forget overlooking the lake for the first time when we bought our first stand from you at Val de Vie 18 months ago. Your relaxed approach made it so easy and comfortable going through the decision making and purchase process with you. As you’ve seen, our house has turned out to be magnificent, and here we are again, looking to you to find us a second stand on this little piece of heaven, Val de Vie. Living abroad, we were concerned that it would complicate matters, but you made it all so straight forward and simple, exactly what we needed. Thank you for all your effort, driving around and patience in helping us to come to a very easy decision and purchase process, yet again. Simply put, there’s no-one else we’d go to when it comes to investing on this incredible estate. Looking forward to the finished product on our second stand and who knows, there may well be a third…….Thank you so MUCH!! Jerry and Mags Ascough”

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  • Melina Visser

    Melina Visser

    Property Consultant

    Hello, I’m Melina and I have lived in Franschhoek since 2001 after having moved from Johannesburg to settle my family in this very special Valley. We were inspired by the beautiful landscapes and first settled our family in Franschhoek, after having built our dream home on one of the country’s premier niche lifestyle estates, surrounded by mountains, vineyards and olive trees. For my first few years in Franschhoek I worked for a leading brand in the rental market and then went on to start my own rentals company concentrating mainly on short term lets, property management and long term rentals. Having developed a passion for the sales side, I then sold the company and focussed on selling high end properties, becoming a consistent top agent for another leading real estate brand. My years in both sales, rentals and property management have provided me with wonderful experiences, people awareness and an excellent grounding of the Winelands area and what it has to offer. I am passionate about the area we live in and the people that make it what it is. The area has not only provided me and my family with a rich understanding and appreciation of lifestyle and beauty but of the importance of pulling together in a country of such diversity and change. My passion for sharing this experience and bringing people together to realise their dreams has led me to continue the pursuit of matching buyers in their journey to new beginnings in an area of remarkable beauty, community diversity, world class accommodation and restaurants, wine estates and incredible talent in the form of South African arts, design and crafts. Our four children attended the highly regarded Bridge House School and have excelled in sport and academics with excellent preparation for their own journeys into life. Our youngest currently in Grade 10 is off on a school exchange programme to Germany soon. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to live, work and experience the multi-dimensional aspects of living in this ever developing village and to have gained the insight and special friendships that have developed over the last 16 years.

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  • Mercedes Granda

    Mercedes Granda

    Property Consultant

    Mercedes is a resident property consultant in Pearl Valley Estate, Paarl. She moved to the Winelands region in 2004 from Cape Town and co-owned and managed a guest farm in Franschhoek which also hosted various events including fly fishing competitions and mountain bike races. Prior to living in the Cape, Mercedes resided in Pretoria and Johannesburg. She commenced her business experience at Liberty Life Assurance, as administration head - broker division. Her sales experience began at The Reader’s Digest Magazine advertising sales division and progressed to other publications. She was offered a position with Radio 702 in 1993, also in advertising sales but had to choose between an opportunity to travel as a researcher in Europe and the United States. After 3 years overseas, she returned to South Africa and started a teaching position at an IT College. Having a natural affinity for creativity, technical, admin and people, she was a perfect fit for real estate industry which encompasses all of these skills. Mercedes began her real estate career in 2013 with Sotheby’s International Realty and was awarded 1st Place, Agent of the Year, Barak Geffen Award, 2015. She joined Harcourts International in April 2016. Areas of expertise include Pearl Valley, Winelands and Uitgezocht Security Luxury Estates in Paarl.

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  • Ralph Thomas

    Ralph Thomas

    Intern Sales Consultant

    Ralph joined Harcourts Select as a property consultant for the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in 2014. He has since then joined Harcourts Winelands and is servicing the Paarl area, where he is selling residential properties and marketing developments. He has been in the real estate business on a personal level since 2003 and has taken the step to become a full time estate agent. Since joining Harcourts, Ralph has successfully sold homes, townhouses and sectional title properties in the Durbanville and Kenridge areas. He joined Harcourts because he believes they offer the best values and principles in the real estate industry. The world class technology used by Harcourts gives them a leading edge in the market. After having completed three years commercial training in Germany, he has been in a sales environment since 1990, both in Germany and South Africa. Ralph and his family relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 2012, and are enjoying the Cape lifestyle. His integrity, dedication, and commitment to his clients are the corner stone of his service. Ralph is continuously investing in personal development through attending Life Skills and business Coaching as well as extensive Real Estate training. His mission is to match the seller of a property with the most suitable buyer, while upholding the ‘Harcourts Values’ and ‘Harcourts Promise’! ‘I look forward to assisting you!’

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  • Scott McNaughton

    Scott McNaughton

    Property Consultant

    After a career in ministry, Scott decided to take on the challenge of a new venture in Real Estate. Scott has become a successful real estate agent in Stellenbosch through his passion to serve people. Scott is known for building relationships with his clients, giving them the service he would personally expect with a very high regard for ethics. It is this way of ethics that ensures a large percentage of his business is generated from repeat clients and referrals. He has both the NQF 4 and NQF 5 qualifications to operate as an estate agent and principal agent as required by law. Joining Harcourts was an easy decision for Scott as Harcourts values of putting people first, doing the right thing, being courageous and having fun is exactly what he believes in. Scott’s experience combined with the fantastic back-up offered by the Harcourts systems and tools will ensure Scott’s service excellence. Scott is a resident of Stellenbosch and away from work loves spending time with his family, is a huge sports fan and enjoys nothing more than a braai with friends.

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  • Velma Van Den Berg

    Velma Van Den Berg

    Property Consultant

    Over the past 18 years Velma has built up a healthy reputation of integrity combined with gentleness and kindness, in the Stellenbosch residential sales market. In 1997 she successfully wrote the Estate Agents Board exam and in 1998 she completed the Certificate of Residential Specialist for South Africa. Velma has had principle agent status for the past 13 years and in 2012 she completed her NQF5 principle agent qualifications, the new requirements for professional estate agents. Velma regularly attends workshops and legal updates to keep abreast of the latest laws governing the real estate sector. She is a longstanding member of the Institute of Estate Agents and for a period served on the Institute’s committee, for the Boland area. Velma has lived in Dalsig for 12 years and has also served as a member of the Dalsig and Brandwacht neighbourhood watch committee. After successfully running her own real estate business since 2001, Velma has decided to join the dynamic Harcourts group. She wants to keep abreast of the fast paced growth globally and be part of an international team, where she can offer her buyers and sellers a deeper level of service, not only on the web but through the cutting edge technology Harcourts developed for their clients. She particularly likes the Harcourts philosophy and values and would love to share them with anyone who has contact with her. The Harcourts values are: people first, doing the right thing, being courageous, fun and laughter. She has always run her business with the philosophy that buying and selling should be a happy experience and the Harcourts values resound with her.

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  • Yolande Naude

    Yolande Naude

    Intern Sales Consultant

    Yolande Naude joined the Harcourts Winelands team for her rentals experience and has been in the industry since 2010. She understands the region incredibly well and also supported by a leading brand, that uses cutting edge technology and systems to ensure best reports and communication. She has the support and guidance from our dedicated and experienced property management team. Fully specialized rental department making your first asset their first priority. Yolande’s focus as a rentals consultant is to be 100% committed to her clients and to ensure that their experience with her is Extraordinary. With her knowledge and experience in the Paarl region, it makes her a perfect candidate to embark as an intern sales agent to further her real estate career. Her passion for people and building relationships, level of service and product knowledge makes her the preferred resident agent to consult. Having the internationally recognized Harcourts group to provide you with exceptional professional service at all times.

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  • Ansonelle Neethling

    Ansonelle Neethling

    Personal Assistant to James Visser & Daniel Joubert

    Ansonelle joined the Harcourts Winelands team in early 2017. She has been in the real estate industry since 2010 where she started her career at Rawson Properties Paarl as an Office Administrator, Personal Assistant to the Principal and finally settling at the rental division as a Rental Agent. With her NQF 4 qualification in Real Estate obtained in 2013 a Diploma in Accounting and 15 years work experience in the building and environmental industries she hopes to bring added value as a Personal Assistant to the Agricultural Specialist Team of James Visser and Daniel Joubert.

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  • Liesel Webster

    Liesel Webster

    Personal Assistant to Ralph Thomas

    Liesel joined Harcourts property consultant, Ralph Thomas in June 2015 as his personal assistant. She assisted Ralph in successfully marketing properties in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town. Liesel accompanied Ralph when he joined the Harcourts Winelands team in early 2017, where he now markets properties and new residential developments in the Paarl area. Liesel will continue to assist Ralph in bringing excellent service to the people of Paarl.

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  • Mercia Davis

    Mercia Davis

    Personal Assistant to Hettie Denysschen

    Mercia grew up in Stellenbosch and moved to Gauteng in 1994. She returned to the Western Cape living in Blaauwberg and decided to return to her hometown in 2012. Mercia has a Corporate, Legal Contracts Management, Office Management, Importation, Hospitality and Personal Assistant background and has strong admin and organising ability and also worked at one of the largest Emergency Animal Hospitals as receptionist part-time. She gained her Real Estate experience as an Office Administrator and Referrals Manager at Sotheby’s International Realty and decided to join Harcourts at the beginning of 2017 as the Personal Assistant to Hettie Denysschen. Mercia enjoys working with people, loves animals and the outdoors. Mercia was an avid horse rider in her younger days and owned a few horses with which she did Dressage, Competitive Showing and Endurance.

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