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3 Tax experts to make your job easier:

Practical Tax Loose Leaf

David van Niekerk

David is a qualified chartered accountant and registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also a registered tax practitioner with SARS and has been since 2004. David believes in absolute integrity and the highest quality service when handling his client's business and personal portfolios.

He has been involved in tax consulting since 1999, offering clients both complicated legal tax interpretation, structuring and advice, to assisting with basic tax filing. He is also involved in statutory and forensic auditing, accounting, risk and internal control assessment and planning. David is passionate about his client's business, knowing that dedication and motivation holds a natural reciprocity to providing professional services.

Alan Lewis

Alan commenced his tax career in 1990, as a tax advocate, in the then Commissioner for Inland Revenue's legal department. After terms as a member of the Pretoria Society of Advocates, and a consultant at a leading audit firm, Alan commenced his own consultancy, approximately 6 years ago. www.acbs.co.za

His tax litigation experience has prepared him to advise a diverse portfolio of clients, on a wide range of tax subjects, with a special emphasis on litigation procedures and tax efficient structures. 

Alan is a Specialist Tax Law Consultant and Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Tax Watch consulting tax expert:

Natalie Cousens

Natalie Cousens is the Managing Editor of the Practical Tax Loose Leaf and the Author of the Tax Watch Newsletter.

She's your dedicated tax advisor. Whether it's in the daily Tax Bulletin, the monthly Tax Watch Newsletter or the Practical Tax Loose Leaf, she's always there, guiding you in the right direction, steering you clear of the many tax pitfalls, keeping you off SARS' radar.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Business Management degree through Oxford Brooks University, along with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing Management, to name a few.

But what does marketing have to do with tax? Nothing. That's the simple answer. In a weird way Natalie's prestigious qualifications have uncovered her love for numbers and analysis.
Which is why she works closely with her team of leading tax experts from around South Africa analysing the complex tax laws. It's through her analysis and inside scoop on SARS that she's able to advise tens of thousands of people every week, showing them the tax saving tips, secrets and loopholes to make their businesses more profitable.

Natalie is also the author of one of South Africa's premium tax newsletters, Tax Watch and hosts top tax related seminars every month, together with her panel of tax experts, bringing her clients the latest tax news in a practical forum. 

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4 VAT experts at your fingertips

Peter Franck - Editor-in-chief of the Practical Vat Loose Leaf

Peter is tax consultant in the private sector and a Vat consultant to the East African office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Peter was integrally involved in the introduction of Vat in South Africa. He worked at SARS for many years and was also a regular speaker at BPS Seminars.


Dee Bezuidenhout

Vat manager at BDO, ex-SARS law administrator and interpreter and auditor with 17 years' SARS experience behind her. Dee has drafted several Vat guides for SARS and assisted several other countries with the implementation and drafting of their Vat laws.


Kallie van der Merwe

Is an advocate and former SARS law administration group manager responsible for indirect taxes.

Christo Augustyn

Is a manager of the Indirect Tax department at KPMG. Christo holds a National Diploma in Internal Audit.

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11 Health and Safety Experts on demand

MicheleMichele Bowmer - Editor-in chief of the Health and Safety Training Manual

Michele is a registered Occupational Safety Professional (ROSProF), and a Training Development Manager. She regularly conducts training for companies in Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay and Saldanha Bay.

Michele is more than qualified to help you be 100% compliant with smoking legislations in your workplace.

nellNell Browne

A registered Occupational Health Practitioner, with 20 years' experience in the occupational health and safety field. She has a Certificate in Medicine and Law (Cum Laude) and is registered with SAATCA as an OHSAS 18001 Senior auditor.

She is registered with the ETDP SETA as a facilitator, assessor and moderator and regularly designs and presents OHS training.

Johann Botes

Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner (OHSPRAC)My passion to assist companies to be legally complaint, reduce risks and make a difference.
He's been in business for over 10 years. His qualifications include - OHS Management ,Advance Risk Assessments,Legal Compliance Auditing,Facilitator (Train the trainer),OHSAS 18001 – Implementation and Auditing,Legal Accountability, COID,Outcomes Based Assessor, Construction Regulations & Control,Currently busy with Law degree at Unisa. His expertise include - Facilitator on Occupational Health and Safety Training, Registered DOL First Aid Training provider, Construction Regulations, Auditing – Compliance and systems,Design of training material,Implementation of systems (OHS, ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS 18001),Risk Assessments.

Bosman Stramrood

Bosman has 18 years' experience in the field of safety, health and environment. He started his career in the mining industry. Currently he is Executive Head: SHEQ Consulting and Training at Metrix Software Solutions. He has served as local and international (third world and first world) consultant for all industry types and trained thousands of people in safety management. He served as Risk Manager for two of South Africa's Mobile Telephone Networks.

Wilna Louw-Malan

(B. Cur, OH, ROSProf, F.IoSM, SAATCA HSE 002)
Wilna is the General Manager of Edwilo Risk Consultants, a health safety and environmental consultancy business. She is a registered Occupational Safety Professional, Assessor for OSHAP PDB, Deputy President of the Institute of Safety Management and a registered HSE Systems Auditor.

Richard Swift

Richard joined his father in the field of occupational health and safety 11 years ago. Within a few years, he had achieved a +95% average for risk management at three of his clients' operations, culminating in receiving an internal award of "best of the best" for the highest score within the group of companies.

Eric Swift

Eric has over 35 years' experience in the field of occupational health and safety. He started a health and safety consultancy fourteen years ago and uses his experience to advise clients on the best way to achieve legal compliance.

Sven Marcus

Sven is an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner with over 19 years' health care experience. She has seven years' experience in the occupational health industry, where she manages Wellness clinics for various companies.

Stephanie Kruger

Stephanie is a registered occupational nurse practitioner, and started Soul Sister. Her aim is to integrate complementary health with allopathic medicine, by providing holistic care to the patient within the workplace, and assisting them in their own healing process.

Anita de Wet

Anita has 16 years' industry experience and is passionate about behavioural training. She is an affiliate of BST® (Behavioral Science Technologies), and is involved with the UNISA team busy compiling a curriculum for Behavioral Science.

Edmund Galvin

Edmund has been involved in running OHASA audits, implementing risk plans and managing this function for clients in a wide spectrum of industry, which includes warehousing/distribution centres, construction, factories, electrical, offices and retail.


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 8 Labour Law Experts to help solve all your problems

Lizle Louw Editor-in-chief of Labour Law for Managers (BCom (Law), LLB, ICL Programme (Antwerp), Conveyancer)

Editor-in-Chief of Fleet Street Publications' Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service

Lizle is an admitted attorney and conveyancer.  She is a director at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs in the employment law department.

Lizle specialises in employment law, occupational safety and mine health and safety.  She acts for a diverse range of clients in the mining and retail industries.  Lizle's general practice includes litigation in the CCMA, Bargaining Councils, Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court, drafting of employment and safety related policies and training of line managers on all employment-related matters. 

Taryn Strugnell
Managing Editor: Labour Law for Managers 
Managing Editor: Practical Guide to Human Resources Management
Co-Author: Labour Bulletin
If you're serious about staying out of the CCMA and making sure you stick to the ever-changing labour laws, I hope Taryn Strugnell is the first name you think of.
Because she networks with the top labour, HR and employment equity specialists in the industry every day. She gets all the inside information on what's happening with labour law changes and makes sure you're the first to know what's happening in the world of labour laws. 
Taryn writes to more than 38 000 readers of the Labour Bulletin three times a week. Simplifying complicated labour laws to help you, the employer, stay on the right side of the Department of Labour and the CCMA! From CCMA cases, dismissals, right down to issues with leave and rogue employees, Taryn will make sure you have what you need to deal with every employee problem. Legally.
Her sole purpose is to consult with her clients, giving them tips, tools and case law studies to make sure you're in the loop with labour law changes and every day employee problems you might encounter. She does this as the author of the Labour Watch Newsletter, Managing Editor of the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Services and one of the authors of the Labour Bulletin. She has also co-authored and compiled dozens of reports and products to help employers and managers discipline employees and follow the letter of the law.
And because of all of this, and her access to the best of the best in the labour and HR realm, she really should be the first name that pops into mind when dealing with employee and labour problems.

Barney Jordaan (BA LLB (cum laude) and Doctorate in Law (LLD))

Labour law practitioner; extraordinary professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School; visiting professor, University of Cape Town GSB

Marleen Potgieter – (BA, B Proc, HDipLabourLaw) – Managing Director

Marleen is managing director at Equity Works, employment consultants. She assisted in the drafting of the Employment Equity Act and her specialties include employment structures in the workplace, mediation and dispute management.

Nicky van der Westhuizen (BCom, LLB)

Practising attorney, senior associate in the employment law department (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs)

Nichola Wainwright (BProc, LLB)

Human Resources Manager

Johria van den Bergh

Johria has an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria and was admitted as an advocate in 2005. She has successfully completed the Advance Labour Law programme at the University of Pretoria in 2007. She has a diploma in alternative dispute resolution from AFSA. She has been involved in labour litigation for 9 years at the Labour Court, the CCMA, the MEIBC and the GPSSBC. She has assisted companies and small businesses in re-evaluating their disciplinary codes, disciplinary procedures and training the staff in the proper application of the disciplinary process especially in light of the new decision in favour of the CCMA, a proper application of the disciplinary process has become a matter of cardinal importance.

Ulrich Stander

Ulrich is managing partner, co-founder and director of Maserumule Consulting.
After working for some time in a senior legal position in the corporate environment, Ulrich commenced practice as an employment law and employment relations lawyer. He has participated in various sessions on the Harvard Law School Negotiation Programme. Ulrich co-authored a book on employment law in practice and occasionally presents guest lectures on employment law and employee relations programmes at the Stellenbosch University Graduate School of Business.
Business areas

  • Consultation and training on employment law and employment relations, negotiation and dispute resolution
  • Facilitation and conflict management interventions
  • Mediation and arbitration (labour and commercial)


  • BA LLM IRDP (Stellenbosch University)
  • Admitted advocate
  • Accredited mediator of the ADR Group (London) and the USB's Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement

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3 Human Resource Specialists on our panel of experts

Janine Nieuwoudt Editor-in-chief of the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management - HR Business Consultant

Janine Nieuwoudt has worked in the Human Resources and Strategic Management fields in various industry segments, including IT, engineering, manufacturing, international banking and auctioneering.  Having gained wide experience within these diverse corporate environments, Janine started a Management Consultancy, BMT Dimensions, in 2000.


Desrae Connold – HR Specialist

Desrae has worked as a generalist in the HR field for over 28 years and is registered as a HR Practitioner with the SABPP. She has been the managing member of Connold & Associates cc for over 14 years.

Kirstin van Bever Donker

Kirstin's career began in early 2005 when, after moving to South Africa from Australia, she joined Guy & Associates, a firm specialising in employment law and industrial relations. In 2007 Kirstin and her family moved to the United States of America. Having always been a strong believer in the power of having a diverse skill set and being a lover of mathematics and physics, Kirstin used her time in the USA to cultivate these skills completing graduate qualifications in both disciplines. Upon her return to South Africa in 2010 Kirstin returned to employment law and industrial relations working again with Guy & Associates while cultivating a strong affiliation with Maserumule Incorporated Attorneys. In 2013 Kirstin began studying towards an LLB which she is doing concurrently with her articles of clerkship through Maserumule Incorporated Attorney under Glen Cassells, whom she joined in 2014. It is from this platform that she serves the clients of Maserumule Consulting. Kirstin now consults to FSPBusiness in her private capacity.
Business areas

  • Contracts of employment, disciplinary inquiries, legal research and drafting, unfair dismissal, unfair labour practices, drafting of policies, consultation and training in all areas of Employment Law, collaboration on due diligence and other forms of risk assessment, and advising on legal process.


  • BA (Psychology) (University of Queensland)
  • Graduate Certificate in Science (Physics) (University of Southern Queensland)
  • Graduate Certificate in Science (Mathematics) (University of Southern Queensland)
  • LLB (UNISA - current)


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