IGrow Wealth Investments
Experts in their field
“The IGrow Team of property specialists have a successful track record of helping thousands of investors build strong and viable property portfolios.”
Our professional IGrow Wealth team of specialists assist investors in researching, identifying, structuring, financing, acquiring and managing top-performing residential investment properties all over South Africa.
When members choose to work with IGrow, they have the confidence of knowing that they are collaborating with a professional team that has created substantial wealth for South Africans since 2006.
The IGrow Wealth team consists of:
CEO & Founder iGrow Group
Johan van Vuuren
Johan is a Chartered Accountant, holding qualifications in law and tax. Johan also researched trusts as part of his studies for his masters’ degree in tax law, with the title of his LLM dissertation The Flexibility of Capital Gains Tax Relating to Discretionary Trusts.
He is a director of IGrow Chartered Accountants and CFO of the IGrow Group of companies.
Johan has held positions as Director of Property and Finance for internationally owned group companies with interests in property development and related enterprises, and he was Financial Director of commercial and residential property developers.
Johan is a member of professional institutes SAICA, CIMA and IIA, and he is also registered with the Estate Agency Affairs Board as a principal estate agent.
Debbie achieved a BSc from Wits University and a BSc Hons from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in PE. Her strong entrepreneurial spirit created in her a drive to provide the best options for her clients.
Gerhart holds a BA (Law) degree and an LLB that he achieved at the University of Stellenbosch, graduating in 1995. He qualified as an attorney in 1998.
He was the founding shareholder and managing director of Atterbury Cape, as well as the founding shareholder of AttFund and the Attacq Property Fund. Gerhardt is the general manager of the IGrow Group’s New Developments division. The New Developments division works with property developers, investors and financiers to secure new projects and structure the best investment opportunities for the IGrow investor.
Gerhardt has 20 years of experience in the property arena. His vast store of property-related knowledge and business acumen has been recognised with various awards for business and entrepreneurship.
- ABSA/Rapport Top 5 Entrepreneur Award
- Christo Wiese Medal for Upcoming Entrepreneur
- Winner of the SABC/Sanlam Money Game
- Businessman of the Year: Durbanville
- Nedbank Property Professional of the Year – Finalist
- SAPOA Award for Best South African Community Project
Lezelle has over 15 years’ experience in the property industry. She completed an N6 Diploma in Public Relations through Boland College in Stellenbosch and achieved a certificate in Paralegal studies through The South African Institute of Paralegal Studies.
For five years she worked for Lourens Attorneys in Stellenbosch specialising in Sectional Title Levy Collections for Propell Levy Finance before starting at IGrow as a personal assistant to the CEO. In 2010 Lezelle assisted IGrow’s Trust advisor to start one of the companies within the IGrow group –Trustfocus (now IGrow Trusts).
In 2012 Lezelle enrolled with the EAAB and trained as an investment strategist, until 2016 when she moved within IGrow to the New Development Division, assisting in building relationships with developers and adding investment properties to the IGrow portfolio. This division has rapidly expanded since its inception.
Since 2018 Lezelle has played a key role in coordinating the various divisions within IGrow, ensuring that the processes run smoothly for the investor. In October 2018 she celebrated 10 years with IGrow.
Daniël is a member of FISA (Fiduciary Institute of South Africa). He is the Manager of IGrow Trusts, the legal department at IGrow Wealth Investments where he deals with all aspects relating to trust, company, tax, property law and wealth management.
Daniël graduated with Bachelors of Commerce and Law degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. His strong interpersonal, communication and reasoning skills were further developed by his involvement with the Juridical Society at the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch, where he served as vice-chairman.
Immediately following completion of his degrees, he contracted as a full-time Candidate Attorney with Stofberg Attorneys Stellenbosch. Stofberg merged with Heyns & Partners Inc, an established law firm in Cape Town, where Daniël practised as a litigation associate in High Court matters. During his time as a legal practitioner, he was able to cultivate and establish an interest in the law of contracts, property law, civil and commercial litigation and commercial mediation.
In order to secure a better understanding of dispute resolution, negotiation and mediation he completed a professional mediation course in conflict and dispute management training. He is an accredited Mediator of the Dispute Settlement Accreditation Council of South Africa (DiSAC) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in the United Kingdom.
Madelein began her career in real estate in 2004, when she worked as a secretary and admin assistant for the Pieter Smith Property Group (PSPG). From there she moved to Bond Choice as a facilitator in 2005 and then to BetterBond from 2010. Over this time period, she honed her skills in bond origination and administration, to become one of the best bond originators and financing specialists in South Africa today. Madelein holds diplomas in Commercial Law and Conveyancing.
Madelein joined the IGrow Group of Companies in 2013. At that time she was the only bond originator in the company. The company and that division have since grown, and Madelein is now the manager of IGrow’s bond division, IGrow Wealth Homeloans. She leads the bond team of 6 originators and consultants, overseeing the financing procedures and investors’ bond applications.
Sean heads up the IGrow Wealth Management division, overseeing all the investment plans and advice provided to investors. He developed the IGrow Wealth Plan in 2018 to provide a blueprint for property investors. The Wealth Plan is first of its kind in South Africa as it combines real estate and traditional investments.
He started his career as a data research analyst before moving into the financial services industry in 2009. He became an accredited financial adviser at Liberty Life where he was recognised as being a top achiever in his first calendar year.
He was head-hunted to join Sanlam head office a few years later to focus on the professional and affluent market due to his analytical approach to planning. During his time at Sanlam, he mastered an understanding of compliance by devising a more professional service offering and sound financial advice. He graduated top of his class in the Sanlam training academy, which was held over a period of a month.
After realising he was unable to service his existing clients without churning their policies, he decided to become an independent financial adviser (IFA) to be able to serve his clients in a more ethical manner and give them more objective and honest advice across all service providers.
In 2015, he was offered a role as the National Administration Manager at Warwick Wealth in Constantia, Cape Town, where he was appointed to oversee all administration and compliance as well as operations within the Private Clients division across all the regions. He was later appointed Head of Administration and Client Services in the Operations division.
Sean joined IGrow Wealth Investments in August 2016 as a Property Investment Strategist due to his stance on the benefits of investment property and the security of real estate.
He was offered an opportunity to assist in opening and operating the Pretoria branch in March 2017 where he and his colleagues service the Gauteng-based investors with regards to structuring property portfolios as well as meeting their fiduciary needs. In October 2017, he was nominated to become the team leader to assist the National Sales Manager and in January 2018 became the General Manger of Property Portfolio Planning.
Sean is a Certified Financial Planner® registered with the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) as well as the Estate Affairs Agency Board (EAAB). In addition, he is a member of the Fiduciary Institute of South Africa (FISA) and Financial Planning Institute of South Africa (FPI).
Sean is currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Estate and Trust Administration through the University of the Free State in order to obtain the Fiduciary Practitioner (SA) designation through FISA. He has one module remaining in order to graduate and obtain the FPSA® designation.
He is also writing the Professional and Master Practitioner Real Estate board exams in 2019 in order to hold the highest designation in the real estate industry.
Dhivya is the IGrow Group’s Maintenance Manager, having extensive experience in building and property management. Dhivya holds a certificate of Sectional Title Management from the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Law, a certificate of Advanced Sectional Title Scheme Management, as well as NFQ Level 4.
Dhivya cut her teeth as a portfolio clerk for Unlimited Town Houses, where, over the course of nearly a decade she gained invaluable experience in a broad range of skills needed for a successful property manager. This allowed her to advance to the position of Senior Property Manager for Maxprop Holdings, and later holding similar positions at Compeg Management and the Pretor Group. Finally, Dhivya performed the duties of a Building Manager for Mana Industries before taking the position of Maintenance Manager at IGrow Wealth Investments.
Dhivya currently manages a team of skilled maintenance professionals who ensure IGrow’s clients’ rental properties are properly maintained to not only retain but increase their value over the course of the investment.
Karen is the Head of our National Rental Portfolio for IGrow Rentals (formerly SA Investor Rentals)
Karen has worked in almost every area in property, from starting at reception to marketing, conveyancing, rentals and sales admin and management. Along the way, she obtained her NQF4 and also a Risk Management Certificate amongst other short courses.
Karen began her property career in 2003 with RE/MAX Property Associates, where she worked her way up from receptionist to PA to 180 estate agents and PA to the broker/owner.
In 2007 she moved to Platinum Property Trends where she was the Property Portfolio Manager and headed the rental department.
She joined Leapfrog Properties in Milnerton in March 2012, where she had the privilege of working for Andrew Stephenson who has been one of the main influences in her property career. Karen was Leapfrog’s Property Portfolio Manager for the residential section and managed a large book of rentals.
In May 2017 Karen joined IGrow Wealth Investments in their rental division, as Property Portfolio Manager for IGrow Rentals and has subsequently moved up to National Rentals Manager.
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