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‘Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality’

– Warren G. Bennis

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Marianka Victor

CEO

As a highly skilled, seasoned retail specialist and entrepreneur, Marianka has extensive experience in new retail developments and existing shopping centre management, including a wealth of strategic and operations know-how. After completing a BA in Communications from the Vega School of Brand Communication, Marianka started her career as Leasing Manager at Finlay and Associates in 2009, where she was responsible for major clients. She then joined Investec Property Fund as Senior Portfolio Manager, and was involved in several refurbishments and new developments, in addition to managing the organisation’s existing retail portfolio. Marianka then served as Retail Executive at Abreal for the listed fund, Pivotal. In 2015, she was appointed Managing Director of Finlay Mall Leasing. She has since purchased the company which has enabled her to implement her vision within the retail industry. During her time as Managing Director at Finlay Mall Leasing, Marianka was honoured with the industry’s coveted Young Achiever Award for the Gauteng regional area.

Marianka was a Finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2017 when she was nominated for Top Woman In Property. Nominated again and a finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards in the Top Woman in Property.

Werner Victor

Financial and Operations Director
 

Werner Victor is our highly skilled Financial and Operations Manager with extensive experience in finance and retail leasing industry. He has worked in the property industry for many years as a property analyst and business consultant before joining the Ancora Group.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Management. Werner is an essential part of the Ancora team, his prowess in problem solving and resourcefulness gives our team an edge to ensure success in all our endeavors.

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Meryl Bessesar

Director
 

Meryl began her career in the property industry 13 years ago, focusing mainly on finance. In 2009, she moved into Operations as part of the Centre Management of Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and Eastgate shopping centre, under the Liberty Properties umbrella. From there, she was offered the opportunity to run the Valley of Waves at Sun City as part of the Sun International Group. In 2014, she relocated back to Gauteng and managed the Balfour Park Shopping Centre for Investec Properties, a listed fund. The centre underwent a major refurbishment and Meryl played a key role in repositioning the mall in the retail market. Her strong ability to build relationships has seen her carve many successful partnerships in the property industry and she has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the retail industry. She holds a Certificate in Shopping Centre Management (CSCM) as well as Credit Management, Lease Negotiation, Women in Leadership, Financial Acumen, and is currently completing her B.Com in Industrial Psychology. Her career accolades include being voted Most Influential Person by her peers as part of a Global Leadership program.

Kim van Gils

Legal Advisor

Kim is an admitted attorney with over 10 years’ experience in Commercial Law, specialising in contracts. She graduated from Rand Afrikaans University in 2004 with a BCom LLB degree before going on to complete a Masters degree in International Tax in 2008. She practised Commercial Law under a niche commercial law firm for five years before joining a large international corporation as in-house legal counsel. Kim joined the Finlay team in 2015 as legal advisor, where she provides internal professional support to the Finlay team, and a value-added legal service to landlords.

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Lekita Pretorius

Retail Leasing Specialist
 

Lekita began her property career in 2014, and quickly positioned herself as the go-to person for landlords across the sector looking to buy, sell or lease their retail space. Her exceptional sales ability and the passion with which she executes her tasks makes her a strong partner people can depend on, as she prides herself on exceeding all expectations and keeping her clients happy. Her naturally bubbly personality, thirst for industry knowledge and love for people makes her a positive person to be around.

Najma Mamoojee

Retail Property Specialist

Najma is an explorer, constantly coming out of her comfort zone and challenging herself. She has a passion for property and people, and one of her dreams is to find a solution to the problem of informal settlements. She has a BSc Honours in Urban and Regional Planning from Wits, and with a degree that covers a broad field, coupled with her real-world experience working in fast-paced retail environments, she is equipped to handle any task put before her.

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Kata Pitjeng

Junior Leasing Specialist

Kata is energetic and a creative at heart. By using his natural inclinations, he aims to integrate his curious nature and outgoing personality with his growing knowledge and experience of the property industry. He has just completed his degree in Property Studies at the University of Witwatersrand and loves all things creative in his spare time, including poetry, anime and music.

Johan Fourie

Leasing and Legal Manager

Johan is an admitted attorney who has gained a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum of property-related disciplines. An academic by nature, he holds a B.Com in Accounting and an LLM, and is currently working on his MSc in Property Studies through the University of Cape Town. Johan’s energy and drive makes him the perfect person to oversee new developments and support the company’s business expansion goals.

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Aaliyah McKay

Lease Admin Manager

With a 13-year experience track record as a lease and property administrator, Aaliyah has had an amazing career as she masters all leasing tasks on a professional level. She holds a certificate in shopping centre management and is determined to support the team by running an efficient department that never compromises on standards and compliance. She adores her family and loves cooking and knitting when she has time to relax.

Keith van Dyk

Professional Accountant

Keith is a SAIPA registered Professional Accountant S.A. with over 15 years’ experience. His interest and drive to find the most practical answers to any client challenge is admirable, and a great asset to the team.

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Lesego Kwatlhai

Marketing Assistant

As an ambitious and goal-driven young lady who is passionate about marketing design, Lesego is a firm believer in the power of a strong concept with an unexpected execution – challenging herself to explore any given task. Lesego has graduated with a Diploma in Computer-Based Graphic Development in 2016 from Rosebank College and is a wonderful and fresh new addition to the team.

Our Interns

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Itumeleng Modutwane

Leasing Intern

Itu is goal-driven, with the ambition to learn and grow through his day to day experiences. Through his solid customer service experience, he has learnt to think out-of-the-box, giving his clients creative solutions tailored to their needs. He is currently furthering his studies in Project Management, and counts the time with those closest to his heart as his most treasured pastime.

Previous Interns

 

Michaela has a degree in Creative Brand Communications

Hannah has a degree in Theology

Matimba holds a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning

Ntokozo has a BSc in Social Science Political Studies

Saranya holds a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning

Chola holds a BA degree in Law and Psychology.

Amorie has a NDip in Multimedia Design

  Karen holds a BSc in Construction Studies.