In 1980 Francois van Niekerk established an IT company, Infotech, with less than R1000 in capital.
Within nine months, the company ran out of capital, facing bankruptcy. In desperation, Francois made a vow that he would give 30% of the business for the expansion of the Kingdom if the Lord helped him. 30 minutes later, God intervened and the company was saved.
From these humble beginnings, Francois and the Mergon team went on to establish several successful businesses in partnership with like-minded entrepreneurs. This approach, together with unmerited favour, has resulted in Mergon achieving sustained, above-market returns for nearly 40 years.
Francois followed through on the 30% commitment by placing the shares in an independent trust: the Mergon Foundation Trust. In response to Christ’s continued grace, the Van Niekerk family has since sought to increase the Mergon Foundation’s ownership in the group to 70%. This goal was finally achieved in 2008.
Today Mergon funds over 130 strategic, impactful initiatives – each one committed to transforming the lives of people both practically and spiritually as they seek to expand God’s Kingdom. Mergon encourages and equips other business leaders to make a difference through its Nation Builder initiative, Francois’ book, Doing business with purpose – Beyond success to significance and the one-day workshop Mergon – A 40-Year Journey. By candidly sharing some of the challenges, successes and failures along our unfolding journey, this workshop aims to inspire business leaders in a practical way to use their own capital, influence and business platform to also have Kingdom impact.
At Mergon, we believe we are part of His story and we are merely stewards in amazement of what He is doing. We are unified in our commitment to surrender our own plans and dreams of success, to walk in relationship with Him, to depend on Him and to be willing instruments in His hands.
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