Wealth Managers

Dr Riaan Botha FSA™
D.Phil | Managing Director

Riaan obtained his doctoral degree in political science in 1988 at the university of the free state.

He successfully completed the subjects- investment advice and investment general at the stock broking institute at wits business school in 1998. He has been a member of the financial planning institute since 2001 and has passed all the relevant exams to be registered as a financial adviser with the financial sector conduct authority(fsca).

His understanding as well as his experience of the political and investment dynamics enables him to empower our clients with financial advice that will put them in an excellent position in the market, ahead of their peers.

Riaan enjoys playing golf and is an avid reader as well as writer.

PJ Botha CFP®
CA(SA) | Director, Wealth Manager

PJ is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and in 2016 he obtained the CFP®(Certified Financial Planner) designation.

PJ specialises in helping clients with their Investment and Tax Planning needs. He is actively involved in our investment strategy and heads the Bovest Investment Committee. 

PJ is an advocate for Integrated Wealth Management and believes you have to take all financial aspects into consideration to do proper financial planning.

Geo Botha CFP®
B.Com (Hons) | Marketing Director, Wealth Manager

Geo joined Bovest in 2015 after he gained valuable experience at Momentum Corporate as an Employee Benefit specialist. He was responsible for obtaining new contracts and was named national consultant of the year for 2013 and 2014 and reached platinum status. Geo holds an Internal Auditing degree from Tuks, an honours degree from Unisa and an advanced postgraduate diploma in financial planning from the University of Free state. He obtained the CFP®(Certified Financial Planner) designation in 2013 while also completing his Advanced post graduate diploma in ‘Asset allocation’ and ‘Portfolio management’. Geo focusses on individual wealth planning for professionals and high performers as well as corporate consulting for companies with a professional staff compliment of 20 to 300. In his down time Geo likes to travel, read, play golf, participating in triathlons and enjoying good food with a glass of red wine.

Yvonne Velthuysen
Wealth Manager

Yvonne joined Bovest towards the end of 2019.

She is a qualified financial planner and has many years’ experience in the financial planning industry. This enables her to give valuable advice to her clients. She worked for ABSA and Discovery as a financial adviser but prefers to be independent as she believes it’s in the best interest of the client.

Her passion is holistic planning which takes into consideration risk, tax, estate and investment planning, finding the best structures and solutions for her clients. She has a big focus on wills as she believes that that is the starting point of financial planning.

Yvonne finds it valuable to be part of a professional team sharing expertise, ideas and insights. She loves traveling, camping, the outdoors as well as outreaches into the community. She also reads a lot and is committed to continuous professional development.

Ruvan J Grobler, RFP™
Department Head: Risk, Wealth Manager

Ruvan joined Bovest in July 2018 after a valuable stint at Discovery as a Wealth Manager in the DFA department. Ruvan holds the REGISTERED FINANCIAL PRACTITIONER™ designation. 

Ruvan has a great passion for the industry. He focuses on developing new business within Bovest and in his personal capacity as Wealth Manager, specialising in professional clients.

He enjoys the outdoors, playing golf and loves all forms of motorsport.

Consulting Specialists

Godfried Kotze
B.Com (Acc), B.Com (Hons) Taxation,
M.Com Taxation (UP)

Godfried is a Professional Accountant as well as a Fiduciary Specialist (member of FISA) and he does Tax planning(estate planning, trusts etc.)

He enjoys running, swimming and playing golf. He is also a silver medallist at the 2007 Open World Cup Karate in Sweden

Tharien Hattingh CA(SA)

Tharien has a BCom Honours degree in Accounting Sciences from the University of Pretoria.

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has 10 years worth of experience in accounting and taxation.

She specialises in managing SME’s accounting, taxation and secretarial affairs while complying with IFRS and IFRS for SME’s. Tharien enjoys trail running, camping and being a mother.

Connie Du Toit
Short Term Insurance Specialist

Connie has completed his training in Personal and Commercial lines and specialize in short term insurance. His focus is on providing the most appropriate cover as per the client’s needs, considering risk exposure and cost of premium.

Together with TWK Agri, Connie can generate and compare quotes from all of the leading service providers to ensure all our clients are comprehensively covered at a competitive premium.

Johan Buurman
B.Com (Hons) | Operations Manager

Johan holds his B.Com Degree from the University of Pretoria and Honours Degree in Accounting from UNISA.

He has been in Audit and Financial Management Consulting since 1984 over a wide range of industries across several countries in the Middle East and Africa.

He is a detailed orientated person with comprehensive experience in Operational Management, Project Management and Office Administration.

Administration Team

Estelle van Wyk
Broker Assistant

Estelle has been part of the Bovest Team since its inception over 10 years ago. She is in charge of the administration of our business and has a strong client focus.

She is passionate about delivering an efficient service to our clients and ensures all processes are correctly followed.

When Estelle is not supporting her children with their extra-curricular activities, she enjoys cycling and spending time in the outdoors.

Marizelle Jacobs
Broker Assistant

Marizelle forms part of a strong administrations team at Bovest as Broker assistant.

She is hard working and dedicated to supply 5 star assistance to her brokers and clients alike.

Marizelle enjoys playing netball in her free time.

Diana Martens
Broker Assistant

Diana obtained her Bcom Accounting degree from the University of Pretoria, finished her articles and worked at numerous financial institutions before working as a short-term insurance broker for 12 years. Diana takes pride in her work and always delivers excellent service.

Diana enjoys being creative and is an avid flower arranger. She has obtained a National Certificate in flower art and regards it as her passion. She has a very close knit family and enjoys spending time together on the farm.

Pat Rusch

Pat obtained a 2-year Bookkeeping Diploma, focusing on the practicality of Bookkeeping and brings with her more than 10 years extensive experience in the Bookkeeping field, being employed by various SME’S and established Accounting Firms, each with their own client lists of diverse industries.

Having trained staff in the Excellence of Client Services, in the banking environment, she strives to provide the same service excellence to clients, with the focus on the specific Accounting needs of the client. When Pat is not behind her desk, she loves gardening, the outdoors, walking, cycling and reading in her spare time.

Esmarie Strydom
B.Com Investment Management (Hons)

Esmarie joins Bovest as an Independent member of the Bovest Investment committee as well as an external Investment consultant on the Institutional side to enhance their Employee Benefits offering.

Esmarie has 34 years of industry experience which includes stockbroking, pension fund asset management, investment and pension fund consulting, asset management and building a life business. She managed the investment strategy and assets of the Transnet Funds (combined R68bn) for 12 years. In October 2007 she was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ink Investments (Pty) Ltd, a Fund of Hedge Fund business in the Sanlam stable.

In February 2014, she was appointed as an executive director of Prescient Life and her responsibilities moved from Prescient Investment Management to Prescient Life, focussing on providing retirement solutions to institutional clients. She currently serves as an Independent Trustee on the Prescient Umbrella Funds. She was also invited to serve as an independent member of the Investment Committee of the Sentinel Retirement Fund (R83bn).