Meet the Team

Renier Kriek

Managing Director BA, LLB, PG Dip (Banking)

As MD of Combined Finance Holdings, Renier is also an admitted attorney and was previously a legal advisor and project manager in the property development industry after leaving the practice of law.

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Ursula Scholtz

Marketing Manager

Ursula oversees marketing activities for the firm and is our relationship manager for the Western Cape. She naturally loves people and working with her close-knit team. Her ideal loan purchase would be an apartment overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard. Ursula may be contacted on 082 567 8750.

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Ric Greyling

Relationship Manager

Ric is one of our relationship managers for the Northern provinces, with a focus on Pretoria and surrounds. Ric enjoys his job because he likes helping people solve the cash flow problems that are inevitable in life. Ric has a marketing diploma, but gained his real education with 40 years in the school of life. He has spent 18 years in the bridging finance industry and is therefore the veteran of our firm. Ric may be contacted on 083 325 7105.

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Janine Knipe

Relationship Manager

Janine is one of our relationship managers for the Northern provinces, with a focus on Johannesburg and surrounds. She loves working with people, which is why she has been working in bridging finance since 2008. As far as her ideal loan purchase is concerned, she pictures a house by the sea. Janine may be contacted on 082 797 1278.

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Mathys Briers-Louw

Credit Manager BComm (Law), LLB, LLM (superior distinction)

Heading up the credit department, Mathys' favourite thing about his job is, unsurprisingly, payday! If he could get a loan for anything he would use the money to start a new business or expand an existing business in order to achieve greater success.

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Luzaan Burger

Office Manager

Assisting with the day-to-day admin tasks, Luzaan's favourite part of her job is working with an inspired team. With a dream of living near the sea, her ideal loan purchase would be a house on the beach.

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Annelien Coetzee

Credit and Risk Assistant

Assisting with the administration at Combined Finance, Annelien loves meeting interesting people every day and enjoys working with a great team. What would be her dream purchase if she took out a loan? A bigger and better home for her family!

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Corne Stals

Admin Assistant

Assisting with the day to day reception and administrative duties, Corne’s favourite part of her job is working with a great team, meeting new and interesting people and learning something new every day. If she could get a loan for anything, she would build her dream house.

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Vanessa Corlet

Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

Assisting with bookkeeping and admin tasks, Vanessa’s favourite part of her job is working with a positive and professional team every day. Her ideal loan purchase will be a house somewhere along the beautiful West Coast.

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Directors and Founding Members

Prieur du Plessis

Non-executive Chairman BSC, MBA (cum laude), DBA and International Directors Programme (Insead)

Prieur is also chairman of Grindrod Asset Management and Plexus Holdings, deputy chairman of the Institute of Directors (Southern Africa), director of Distell, trustee of the Professional Provident Society (PPS) Holdings Trust, member of the Council of Stellenbosch University, professor extraordinaire at the Stellenbosch University Business School, and Honorary Consul General of Slovenia.

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John Stergianos

Director CA (SA)

John is concurrently a director and the chairman of the Credit & Risk Committee. A qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience in banking, as well as the specialised finance industry, he was previously MD and founder of MainFin (Pty) Ltd, a niche financier and non-bank lender similar to Combined Finance.

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Carel Steenkamp

Director CA (SA) BAcc BCompt

A practising chartered accountant for over a decade, Carel is also a founding partner in a successful chartered accountants practice, C2M Chartered Accountants. A seasoned entrepreneur, he has engaged in several service provision ventures in the financial services, and related, industries.

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Hugo van der Ahee

CA (SA), B(Eng) Chem, BAcc, BCompt (Hons) and BComm (Hons)(Tax)

With extensive experience as a chartered accountant, Hugo is a founder of Moore Stephens VDA, a prominent chartered accountants practice in Stellenbosch. He also founded a wealth management business before joining Investec Specialist Bank as Head of the Winelands Region in 2014. Hugo resigned as director on 1 May 2014 to focus on his career in banking.

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Jan-Hendrik van der Ahee

Director BAcc LLB

A qualified attorney who completed his articles at a well-known firm in Stellenbosch, Jan-Hendrik was appointed to the board on 1 May 2014. Since qualifying as an attorney, Jan-Hendrik has opted out of practising law in favour of a career in advertising.

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