Profile of Mac van der Merwe, CEO & Owner of Zorgvliet Portfolio

A qualified mechanical engineer, Mac van der Merwe entered the business world in 1982...

A qualified mechanical engineer, Mac van der Merwe entered the business world in 1982, opening a motor dealership that rapidly expanded to seven branches. He then established an engineering and related maintenance company in Meyerton that was eventually listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

With a solid understanding of what makes a good investment, van der Merwe increasingly became involved in importing computer technologies in the early 1990s. In 1996 he took his biggest risk yet and bought the President Steyn gold mine in Welkom at a cost of R180-million and an additional R45-million to get it up and running. Investing in the mine with its meagre production rate of 500kg of gold at the time certainly paid off because two years later he was able to sell it off at 40% more than its original price.

Notably one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, Mac van der Merwe is now the Group Chief Executive Officer of the family-run Zorgvliet Portfolio.

Zorgvliet Portfolio comprises the Zorgvliet Wine Estate and 5-star Zorgvliet Vineyard Lodge & Spa in the Banghoek Valley, 5-star Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country in Vereeniging, 5-star Ka’Ingo Private Reserve & Spa and premier fractional ownership property Dinkweng Game Farm in the Waterberg Biosphere in Limpopo, Sure Zorgvliet Travel Agency and St Andrews Travel Agency in Bolton, England.

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