Established in 1994, Village n Life is known for its innovative and exciting hospitality and tourism ventures.


To create innovative and sustainable tourism ventures.


To match exceptional opportunities with exceptional people.


Combining expertise in property, tourism and finance with entrepreneurial management systems.


Registration Number: 2003/014424/07
Registered Address: 7 Chilworth, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005
Postal Address: P O Box 32021, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8040

Company Secretary - Shaun Slabber
Contact: +27 21 430 4109

Auditors: KPMG
Principal Bankers: Nedbank

Directors 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


Frank Kilbourn

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.

Email :
Tel : +27 (0)21 418 2525


Jo-Ann Strauss

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.

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Johannes Lategan

Johannes Lategan - Investments

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


Roelof Troskie

Roelof Troskie - Sales CEO

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




Hannes Swart

Hannes Swart - Group CFO

Hannes was born in 1967 in Swellendam, South Africa where he also matriculated. He attended Stellenbosch University where he obtained B.Acc, B.Acc Honours and M.Acc degrees, all with distinction. Hannes qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 completing his articles with Ernst & Young in Cape Town. Hannes then moved to the USA where he joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta focusing on merger and acquisitions mostly in Asia Pacific. He also completed his CPA (USA) qualification while in the USA. After living in the USA for 11 years, Hannes moved back to South Africa where he incorporated ‘Growfinity’, company involved in various investment and entrepreneurial ventures. He joined Village n Life in 2018 and lives in Stellenbosch.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)82 468 2721


Riaan Veldtmann

Riaan Veldtmann - VNL Hospitality CEO

Riaan grew up in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, and completed his schooling at Stellenberg High School in Durbanville. After completing his Bachelors 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


Kobus van der Westhuyzen

Kobus van der Westhuyzen - Group Financial 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.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)76 296 7978


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


Stache February

Stache February - Group Compliance Officer

Stache was born in Cape Town and is a registered Chartered Accountant with SAICA. She completed her undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Stellenbosch University. Before joining Village n Life, she was employed at PwC Stellenbosch. She is passionate about personal development and regularly completes online courses to keep up to date with the latest developments.

Email :
Cell : +27 (0)72 503 3358




The group’s Founder, Maree Brink, conceptualized and initiated the Village Hospitality Concept with the launch of Harbour View Cottages, also known as Cape Town’s First Guest Street, in a historical area which is now known as De Waterkant Village Launched Private Special Purpose Funds with a long term vision to invest in tourism related assets and financed by South African banks. The first investment was 7 houses in De Waterkant.


Private Special Purpose Fund purchased The Bay Hotel on the basis of a full repairing


Village n Life Limited was incorporated as a specialist management company. Founding Directors were Maree Brink and Johannes Lategan Launched the Tourism Participation Property Model, affording private residential property owners the opportunity to buy property and participate in the dynamics of the tourism industry. Benefits include enhanced rental returns, hassle-free ownership and private occupation when required. The model is unique and its income is not pooled; each property is managed individually and Village n Life fees is incentive driven. Notice periods are 6 – 12 months. To date (2016), 178 owners with residential property to the value of R1,5 billion are participating. A further 133 properties to the value of R500 million, owned by Village n Life’s Private Special Purpos eFund and directors, participates.


Launched a specialized estate agency


Private Special Purpose Fund purchased, after which Village n Life launched De Waterkant House, a guest house, situated in the popular area of De Waterkant.

Conceptualized and launched Camps Bay Resort, a fun and vibrant seaside resort, located across from Camps Bay beach. The vision was to offer a resort experience, with centralized reception and services. Private Special Purpose Funds commenced buying up properties for this purpose in Camps Bay (2016, own over 46 title deeds).


Conceptualized and launched Waterfront Village at the Marina Residential in the V & A Waterfront. To date (2016), the venture consists of over 100 participating residential properties in what is known as the most expensive residential development in Africa.

Launched our Private Property Banking Service, an unique investment service offering private individuals an advisory service, financial structuring and administration services. Today this service is rendered through VNL Wealth and headed by Johannes Lategan and Shaun Slabber.


Private Special Purpose Fund purchased Earl’s Dyke and bordering properties and redeveloped as
Camps Bay Retreat, a boutique hotel set on 4.5 acres of private nature reserve.


Private Special Purpose Fund purchased 24 properties in Mouille Point. Village n Life launched
Mouille Point Village.

Roelof Troskie joined Village n Life as Managing Director.


Village n Life took over the lease and management of The Bay Hotel in December 2004.


Private Special Purpose Fund purchased and Village n Life conceptualized, developed and launched
The Charles Guest House in De Waterkant.


Launched The Glen Apartments, luxury serviced apartments in Camps Bay

Private Special Purpose Fund bought The Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan on the West Coast. The Farmhouse Hotel offers splendid lagoon views, delicious hearty meals and an Afrikana Museum

Launched a wellness company, Mint Wellness, which operates spas and salons


Developed the adventure and tours portal, in order to offer Village n Life guests travel, tours and adventure experiences from carefully selected suppliers and operators.


Riaan Veldtmann appointed as Finance Director and now Chief Financial Officer: Serviced Places.


Launched The Crystal, luxury serviced apartments in Camps Bay, with 24 participating sea-facing apartments.

Launched Traveller’s Places as a unique concept offering international travellers an opportunity to stay in creative spaces, in the best locations at affordable prices.

Launched Sandy B, a private beach club in Camps Bay.


Private Special Purpose Fund commenced the purchase of Village n Life’s Hermanus Collection consisting of New Wing Harbour House, the Manor House and Le Paradis and later went on to purchase Quarters Hotel, as well as lease and develop Village Square.

Village n Life took over management of Harbour House Hotel in Hermanus


Launched Silo Apartments. Located in Silo 2 in the Clock Tower precinct of the V & A Waterfront, Silo Apartments offer long term, serviced rentals that are perfectly prepared and efficiently organized to allow guests to slip seamlessly into local living.


Private Special Purpose Fund purchased and renovated the historical Stone Cottages in Camps Bay.


Private Special Purpose Fund purchased the Quarters Hotel (renamed Harbour Square Hotel). Village n Life secured 10 Village Square apartments on a long-term lease. The property will collectively form the Village n Life Hermanus Collection and will be hosted and managed by Harbour House Hotel.

Created a dynamic, independent and specialized venture, VnL Sales, which would host all off-site and on-line sales and marketing activities. Roelof Troskie was appointed Chief Executive Officer.


Village n Life reached sales revenue of over R350 million, staff of 600 and properties under exclusive management, valued over R3 billion (Private Special Purpose Funds of R1,3 billion and tourism participating properties of R1,7 billion).

Village n Life is restructured into the following specialized ventures and support services:

Investment Management
VNL Wealth

VNL Sales

Hospitality Management
VNL Hospitality

Career Custodians

Launched Village n Life in Mauritius with a joint venture with Horizon Holidays. The first joint projects was West Coast Marina which consists of West Island and La Balise.

Appointed Frank Kilbourn as Non-Executive Director.

Appointed Stache February (CA.SA) as Group Compliance Officer.


Appointed Jo-Ann Strauss as Non-Executive Director.

Launched an affordable housing venture and staff village in Maitland, Cape Town, together with Club Resco.


Hannes Swart (CA.SA) appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer.

Kobus van der Westhuyzen (CA.SA) appointed as Group Financial Manager.

Riaan Veldtmann appointed as CEO VNL Hospitality.