The entire Greenpen
experience is unique

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Variety

The group has a wide customer base, including manufacturers (mainly in the steel, foundry, electronics and packaging industries – these include groups with turnovers in excess of R300 million), retailers, property investment, property development and property services companies, companies in the pharmaceutical industry, companies in the engineering and construction industry, attorneys, medical practices, other professional practices, information technology companies, personal services companies, churches, schools, provident funds, etc.

Training

We are committed to implement and uphold the highest professional standards, including equipping our staff with the necessary skills to operate as professionals. Training is done both on an in-house and external basis.

Some distinguishing
characteristics:
Our directors

Between them the four directors, Max Mervitz, Willem Malan, Carel Wolhuter and Carl Diedericks, have countless years of experience in areas such as auditing, accounting, taxation, management consulting, estate planning, property development and property administration, company secretarial matters and designing and implementing of systems.

Our staff

Staff is the heartbeat of the company. Our staff comprises of managers, trainee accountants, bookkeepers, tax specialists, property administrators and secretarial staff. The company employs approximately 45 staff members. Staff is shared with our sister company.

Our clients

We render a large range of services to a diverse portfolio of clients throughout South Africa and Southern Africa from personal tax matters, trusts, and close corporations to large companies, including family owned businesses, medium to large groups of companies, transnational groups of companies, etc.

On-going involvement in the profession
The directors are actively involved in the affairs of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) through the Pretoria District and the Northern Region. Such involvement includes the Executive Committee of the Pretoria District of the Northern Region of SAICA, various practitioners’ forums and the Pretoria Taxation Sub-committee.

IN SUMMARY – THE ENTIRE GREENPEN EXPERIENCE IS UNIQUE

GreenPen
Directors
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Max Mervitz

BCom Hons (Acc), CA (SA), RA
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Max completed his articles with Coopers & Lybrand in 1980. He was admitted as a partner at Mervitz & Malan in 1981. His client profile is mainly in the field of family managed and owned business. He has served the accounting profession in various capacities and continues to serve on various committees and forums of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Max also has extensive experience in property development and property administration.
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Willem Malan

BCom Hons (Acc), CA (SA), RA
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Willem served his articles with Coopers & Lybrand and completed his articles in 1982. He was assistant director at the Receiver of Revenue, Pretoria until 1987. He became a partner in 1987 and specialises in taxation and estates. He currently serves on the Taxation committee of the Pretoria Association of Chartered Accountants.
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Carel Wolhuter

BCom (Acc), PA (SA)
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Carel joined the group as a clerk in 2003 and progressed through the ranks until being admitted as a partner in 2010. After completing his articles as an audit clerk with Mervitz and Malan, he qualified as a Professional Accountant in 2008. Carel has excelled in the fields of management reporting, financial reporting and statutory compliance and has experience in various acquisition and merger transactions. Carel is also a Certified Independent Reviewer.
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Carl Diedericks

BCom Hons (Acc), CA (SA), RA
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Carl matriculated in 2000 at Pretoria Boys High School. He obtained his B.Com Accounting Sciences degree in 2003 from the University of Pretoria and subsequently his B.Com (Hons) Accounting Sciences degree from the same institution in 2005. He joined the team at Mervitz & Malan in 2006 as a trainee accountant and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. In 2012 he was promoted to partner and started servicing a wide range of clients. Carl is also a Registered Assessor with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. His field of specialisation include External Auditing, Income tax, Accounting and Business Valuations.
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James Leask

B.Com (Hons) CA(SA) RA
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After completing articles, James joined Van Sittert Nieuwoudt Leask during 1978 in Pretoria, before finally establishing the firm of Leask & Partners in 1981. He was subsequently invited by Fisher Hoffman Stride, one of the big four audit firms at that stage, to merge with their local office in Pretoria as a managing Partner in 1986. In 1997 James re-established Leask & Partners in Pretoria, preferring to continue servicing smaller-sized entities as opposed to monitoring large enterprises. He opened branch offices in Ballito, George and Cape Town and subsequently George and Cape Town were transferred to upcoming partners. Ballito was retained with Pretoria and merged, effective March 2017, with Mervitz & Malan. James has served many clients for lengthy periods, in most professional matters, particularly their family business structures. He represented SAICA on the Master of the High Court Pretoria committee for a number of years. He was a main witness in the court proceedings in the Master Bond collapse in Cape Town during 1991 in three days of cross-examination gaining valuable experience in fact verses fiction. This experience was invaluable in the roll of evaluation of annual financial and their financial structures on behalf of clients.
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Michael Mervitz

B.Com (Hons) CA(SA) RA
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ContentMichael qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012, after completing one year of academic articles at Stellenbosch University and completing the subsequent two years of his articles at PwC. Michael worked as an assistant manager and manager at PwC from 2013 to 2015. He joined the Mervitz & Malan team in 2015 and was admitted as a partner in 2016. Michael has a wide range of auditing experience from his time at PwC. Michael currently focuses on financial statement compilations, independent reviews, income tax, statutory compliance and property development.
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Werner Botha

B.Compt (Hons) CA(SA) RA
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Werner obtained his Bachelors in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from Wichita State University, Kansas, in December 1999. After graduating he pursued a professional athletics career until 2008, the pinnacle being in 2000 when he represented South Africa at the Olympic Games in Sydney, competing in the 800m. He joined Mervitz & Malan in 2009 as a trainee accountant and continued his studies. Werner qualified as a CA (SA) in 2012. He became an audit manager in 2012 and in 2017 he was appointed as a director of Mervitz & Malan. Werner is a Registered Auditor with IRBA as well as a Registered Assessor with SAICA. He specialises in external auditing, accounting and taxation.
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Teresa Venter

B.Com (Hons) CA(SA) RA
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Teresa completed her articles with Leask & Partners in 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006. Teresa is also a Registered Assessor with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. She was promoted to partner with Leask & Partners in 2007 and merged with Mervitz & Malan on 1 March 2017. Teresa specializes in external auditing, taxation and accounting.