Roelof is probably the only CA(SA) who can say he passed his BAcc (Hons) in the same year he qualified for and participated in the Olympic Games (Beijing 2008 for badminton). Together with his brother as a doubles partner, they have won multiple All Africa titles and are 11-time South African champions.
With four years’ experience at PwC, Roelof joined National Real Estate in 2013 where he became, and still is, the financial director of this multi-million-rand company in the property management sector. During this time the company grew from 104 to 170 employees who now manage more than 14 000 accounts.
Roelof uses his strengths in IT, problem-solving and simplification to improve internal controls and staff efficiencies as well as assist the company in going green by implementing their own mobile app, integrating maintenance, inspection and document management (workflow) software. This not only saves paper but also gives clients real-time access to everything that’s happening at their properties.
He puts innovative ideas into action. For example, at a third of their rental properties, tenants no longer require a deposit to rent, which means more affordability to the community and fewer hassles with refunding deposits at the end of a contract.
Currently Roelof is also making a difference in the community as vice-chair of the church council. He lives in Bloemfontein, is a husband to a CA(SA), and is a father of two.