“Feed the streams of life, not your own dams.” - Francois van Niekerk

About us

Our Journey

Our story began in 1980, when out of deep gratitude for God’s intervention in a financial crisis, founder Francois van Niekerk vowed to commit 30% of all profits to the work of expanding God’s Kingdom. To this end, the Mergon Foundation was established.

Over two decades the portfolio consistently grew, enabling the Mergon Foundation to resource a select number of ministries operating across South Africa.

In 2008, Pieter Faure took over the management of Francois’ investment interests as well as those of the Mergon Foundation, to form Mergon as it is known today. Today we partner with over 100 ministry initiatives throughout Africa and the Middle East who bring hope and restoration to communities in need.

Our work has also expanded over the years into the business community, where, through Mergon Integrate, we support business leaders in living out their faith in the marketplace, contributing to Africa’s full and flourishing future.

Over 40 years later, Mergon’s story is still being written – an ever expanding story of God’s goodness and resources for us to share and multiply.

1980

SURRENDER

Establish a business
Diversify into property
Focus on balance sheet growth

2008

Next generation

Build a team
Investment Entrepreneurs
Strategic Resource partners
Equip and inspire business community

Future

MULTIPLIED IMPACT

Redemptive Stewardship
Catalytic Kingdom Partners
Collaborative resource platforms

Our Values

01 It’s not about us

We’re inspired to follow God’s lead and see His Kingdom expand.

02 In it together

We prioritise people and rely on the power of our collective strengths.

03 Stewards on a journey

We believe that partnerships unlock a disproportionately positive impact.

Our leadership team

Keri-Leigh Paschal

Keri-Leigh Paschal is the head of Mergon Integrate. She currently leads Mergon’s Ziwani initiative and formerly served as the head of Nation Builder for 9 years. Keri holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from Henley Business School.

Neil Hart

Neil Hart is the head of the Mergon Foundation. Before joining in 2018, he founded and led a creative brand marketing agency, led a global missions and church planting organisation, and was involved in several church planting movements. Neil holds a BA in graphic design from Nelson Mandela University.

Pieter Faure

Pieter Faure is the Chief Executive Officer of Mergon. In 2005 he joined seasoned entrepreneur, Francois van Niekerk, as the financial director of Infotech, the business that preceded Mergon. In 2008 Pieter was appointed as the first CEO of Mergon. Pieter holds a BCom (Law) degree from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified CA(SA) from the University of Johannesburg.

Gauché Radley

Gauché Radley is the Chief Operating Officer of Mergon and serves on a number of boards of Mergon investee companies. Gauché is a qualified CA(SA) and holds a Master degree in Taxation at the University of Pretoria. He also holds a CPF from the University of the Free State and has completed an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at the Manchester Business School in 2009.

Almero Strauss

Almero Strauss is a director of Mergon and serves as an executive member of several boards of Mergon investee companies. In addition to a B.Eng in electrical engineering, Almero holds a B.Com and PGDA in Accountancy from the University of Cape Town.
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Our Boards

Dr. Yassir Eric

Stephan Joubert

Peter Tarantal

Johan Beukes

Carla Van Rensburg

Charmaine Smith

Francois Van Niekerk

Founder of Mergon
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FRANCOIS VAN NIEKERK

DOING BUSINESS WITH PURPOSE

The groundbreaking book by Francois van Niekerk is now available.

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

A must read for anyone who has a vision and a desire for their business efforts and talents to contribute toward the current trend of achieving commercial success while doing good.​

Read the story of Francois van Niekerk, a man who became humble before God, listened to His call and then acted on that call to be instrumental in feeding the stream of life rather than his own dam.