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Doctor of Laws, MCom (Tax), CA (SA), Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, SARS Tax Practitioner
BAcc, LLB, HonsBCompt, MAcc, CA(SA), Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Cert. Dir., SARS Tax Practitioner
BAcc, LLB, BCom Hons in Taxation, Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, SARS Tax Practitioner
MCom (Taxation), HDip in Tax Procedural Law, BCom Hons in Taxation, SARS Tax Practitioner
Director: Disputes and International tax
DR ALBERTUS Marais
After attaining the BAcc.LLB degree at Stellenbosch University, Albertus continued his postgraduate studies at the Universities of Cape Town and Pretoria, where after he joined PwC’s corporate and international tax team. He was thereafter appointed by the Wiese family’s Titan Group as its head of tax, where after he established the AJM tax consultancy business. During this period he has also had the opportunity to gather experience as listed company board member.
Albertus holds the Doctor of Laws qualification, is a chartered accountant and an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa.
As tax consultant he considers it important to remain academically involved and in pursuance of this Albertus regularly publishes articles in academic journals. He also lectures at Stellenbosch University’s MAcc (Tax) course in corporate restructures and tax avoidance while also reviewing dissertations for the University of Cape Town. Albertus is the inaugural chair of the “Young IFA Network” in South Africa, a role which he assumes within the broader “International Fiscal Association” (IFA). He also acts as peer reviewer for the De Jure and Stellenbosch Law Review publications and is the treasurer for the SA Children’s Home.
Director: SA Direct and Indirect Tax
Pieter Janse van Rensburg
Pieter holds the BAcc.LLB degree from Stellenbosch University. His postgraduate qualifications include a HonsBCompt from the University of South Africa and the MAcc (Taxation) degree from Stellenbosch University. He completed his articles and qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC, and continued in the practice as an audit manager for a number of years, after which he joined PwC’s corporate and international tax team in Cape Town. He is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa.
After public practice, Pieter was in commerce in the local divisions of Austrian based Red Bull and the Italian Campari Group, where reporting, transfer pricing and financial management were core to his role. Pieter is a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa which focuses on corporate governance and the development of non-executive directors and holds the Certified Director designation.
Currently Pieter serves on the board of SAIT and acts as company secretary for the listed entity, Tradehold Limited.
Director: Private Clients
De Wet De villiers
De Wet holds a BAcc.LLB degree from Stellenbosch University and joined PwC’s corporate and international tax team in Cape Town as a Tax Consultant in 2011. During his time at PwC he provided tax consulting services to various local and multinational groups which included advice on group restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, capital gains tax, and share incentive schemes. He is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, registered Business Restructuring Professional, and registered Tax Practitioner. De Wet also currently serves as the Secretary-General for the South African branch of the International Fiscal Association.
In 2014, De Wet joined Imperial Logistics to head up its commercial and legal team with his main focus area being mergers and acquisitions into Africa. During his time at Imperial Logistics, De Wet was responsible for the set-up of the central legal department and company secretarial function for the African operations. During 2018, partnering with Exigent, he won the Innovation Award at the African Legal Awards.
De Wet currently focuses on group restructuring as well as mergers and acquisitions, all while maintaining a keen interest in legal technology and innovation.
Senior Manager: Disputes and sa indirect tax
Riëtte holds the Bcom (with Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. After completing her legal articles, Riette became an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and obtained her MCom (Taxation) degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
In 2015, Riëtte joined PwC’s indirect tax team, where she specialised in Value-Added Tax and obtained experience in a wide range of industries. Riëtte was also involved within the non-profit industry, assisting clients with both Value-Added Tax and Corporate Income Tax. In 2019, Riëtte joined PwC’s Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution team, where she obtained experience in various dispute matters.
Manager: International Tax
Megan holds the BAcc.LLB degree from Stellenbosch University. In 2012, Megan commenced her two year internship within PwC’s Tax Academy and after the successful completion she joined PwC’s corporate and international tax team in Cape Town as a Tax Consultant. During this time she provided income tax compliance and consulting services to local and international corporate clients within the financial services, media and entertainment industries. She also assisted with the set up and registration of public benefit organisations. Megan continued her postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town where she accomplished the BCom Honours degree in Taxation.
During 2017, Megan joined British American Tobacco South Africa’s direct tax team as an assistant corporate finance manager. She was primarily responsible for the corporate tax compliance and reporting of all South African group entities, staying abreast of tax legislation and advising the various business units accordingly.
Megan is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, and currently focuses on providing international tax consulting services, handling disputes and dealing with general correspondence with SARS. She is also currently pursuing her Masters degree in International Taxation at the University of Cape Town.
manager: TAX compliance
Juanita van der merwe
Juanita holds the BCom Honours (Taxation) degree from The University of Cape Town. She also completed an advanced certificate in taxation at the University of South Africa and the advanced HDip in tax procedural law at the International Institute for Tax and Finance. During 2017 Juanita continued her postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town where she was awarded the MCom degree in Taxation.
In 2007 Juanita joined PwC’s tax compliance team in Stellenbosch as assistant tax compliance manager and provided assistance to the other PwC offices. During this time, she provided income tax compliance services to individuals, trusts and corporate clients within various industries. She has in-depth experience in tax administration and as tax practitioner she has developed strong working relationships with the various South Africa Revenue Service offices. During 2015, Juanita joined the Wiese family’s Titan Group tax team as the tax compliance manager and was primarily responsible for all the income tax compliance requirements of all their South African group entities.
Juanita’s main focus is on providing tax compliance services to the various clients of AJM ensuring that all their legal tax compliance obligations are timeously and accurately met.
Deoran Wessels, or more commonly known as Bobby, obtained the BAcc.LLB degree from Stellenbosch University in 2019. Bobby is currently studying towards a diploma in accounting at UNISA and will further his postgraduate studies commencing 2021. His focus is currently on corporate income tax and VAT.
During his time at university Bobby was elected as President of the Helderberg residence, Chairman of the Prim Committee and held an ex officio seat on the Student Representative Council.