Special Members

Mr Okkie Potgieter

Past Regional Chairman: Western Cape region

Mr Brain Slingers

Sponsorship: 2006 National Gathering and AGM – Western Cape

Mr Hein Lorentz

Sponsorship: National Concours

Mr Chris Carlisle-Kitz

Past Regional Chairman: Kwa-Zulu Natal region

Me Anna-Lee dos Santos

Head: Go to Market – Telkom
Sponsorship: National Gathering and AGM

2017 – Mr Selvin Govender

Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars – a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd.
Sponsorship: Mercedes-Benz Club of South Africa

Selvin Govender brings his flair for interpreting trends, and understanding market needs to the role of Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars – a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa. His career advancement in the Mercedes-Benz South Africa group of companies is based on a wide range of expertise gained throughout his career, and also through his formal studies.
Holding an MBA, Selvin also has a degree in Supply Chain Management and National Diplomas in Transportation Management and Mechanical Engineering. He has excelled in all three of the organisations that make up the Mercedes-Benz group in South Africa, having cut his teeth at debis Fleet Management (a part of the company’s Services Group) as a key accounts executive. Other positions include gaining experience in areas such as remarketing, pre-owned, residual value management, and fleet services at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Selvin’s position as National Sales Manager for Mercedes-Benz SA has been the final stepping stone before his appointment to head up the Marketing Division as Marketing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, making him a well-rounded asset to the business.
Gala evening 2017
“An evening like this cannot happen without our main sponsor, Mercedes-Benz South Africa. I wish to thank Mr. Selvin Govender for his continued support of the club and his generous sponsorship of this evening and the club in general. I am looking forward to our continued professional cooperation. I am sure he agrees that this prestigious event follows the standard set by Mercedes-Benz.
I would like to call upon Selvin to join me here on the stage once again. This afternoon, the National Committee proposed to bestow a special membership to Selvin Govender, which was unanimously accepted by the members at the AGM. This award is bestowed on a person that has rendered a valuable and beneficial service to the Mercedes-Benz Club and Mercedes-Benz Marque. I cannot think of a better recipient than Selvin. I met him the first time in 2009 when he represented MBSA at the AGM held in George. We cannot forget his generous sponsorship of last year’s AGM in Gauteng, having sponsored the track day at Zwartkop for us. He again arranged a much appreciated sponsorship for the club this year. He is well known in the club and a very worthy recipient.”
Waldo Scribante

2019 – Mr Fanie du Preez

Fanie was born into the star magic with his father driving pontons and fintails when he was a youngster. This would explain his special love for the ponton and fintail models. He and Anita even went on honeymoon in his 220S fintail which he still owns to this day. He has built up a very special collection of Mercedes saloon cars over the years. He finally realized one of his dreams two years ago by building a museum at his house and can now enjoy his collection on a daily basis. Fanie does not see himself as the owner of these cars but rather as  caretaker to preserve them for future generations. It is exactly this amazing humble quality that makes him such an admired and loved member of this club. He served on the regional committee for years helping to arrange national gatherings, register events and the annual Cars in the park in Bloemfontein of which Dups towing is a main sponsor. He will leave no stone unturned to help his friends and even strangers out of very difficult situations due to the nature of his business. With Anita by his side they have travelled all over and even across the borders of the country covering countless miles in their classic Mercedes cars. He is a true ambassador for the club and mentor for the younger generation starting their journey as custodians for these wonderful cars and club. We salute you! Congratulations!

2021 – Mr Selvin Govender

Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars – a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd.
Sponsorship: Mercedes-Benz Club of South Africa

Selvin Govender brings his flair for interpreting trends, and understanding market needs to the role of Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars – a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa. His career advancement in the Mercedes-Benz South Africa group of companies is based on a wide range of expertise gained throughout his career, and also through his formal studies.
Holding an MBA, Selvin also has a degree in Supply Chain Management and National Diplomas in Transportation Management and Mechanical Engineering. He has excelled in all three of the organisations that make up the Mercedes-Benz group in South Africa, having cut his teeth at debis Fleet Management (a part of the company’s Services Group) as a key accounts executive. Other positions include gaining experience in areas such as remarketing, pre-owned, residual value management, and fleet services at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Selvin’s position as National Sales Manager for Mercedes-Benz SA has been the final stepping stone before his appointment to head up the Marketing Division as Marketing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, making him a well-rounded asset to the business.
Gala evening 2017
An evening like this cannot happen without our main sponsor, Mercedes-Benz South Africa. I wish to thank Mr. Selvin Govender for his continued support of the Club and his generous sponsorship of this evening and the Club in general. I look forward to our continued professional cooperation.
I am sure he agrees that this prestigious event follows the exemplary standard set by Mercedes-Benz.
I would like to call upon Selvin to join me here on the stage, once again. This afternoon, the National Committee proposed to bestow a special membership to Selvin Govender, which was unanimously accepted by the members at the AGM. This award is bestowed upon a person who has rendered a valuable and beneficial service to the Mercedes-Benz Club and Mercedes-Benz Marque. I cannot think of a more worthy recipient.
I first met Selvin in 2009, when he represented MBSA at the AGM held in George, and it has been an honour and a privilege to continue our association. We cannot forget his generous sponsorship of past AGM’s and National Gatherings.
He is well known as a part of our Merc family, an honored member of our Club, and a worthy recipient indeed.
Waldo Scribante

2021 – Mr Russell Grigg

Russell Grigg was born in Pietermaritzburg and after completing his school education at Dale College in Grahamstown and the one year’s compulsory military service, he started his Motor Industry career at Norris Ford in King William’s town in 1976, as Sales Executive.
He was later promoted to Sales Manager and in 1984 he was brought onto the Board of Directors. He had a total of 25 years’ service with Norris Ford.
Russel then joined Ronnies Motors in 2001 and after a term of approximately 10 years as Sales Manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, he was promoted to Dealer Principal in 2012.  He is also a trustee of the Ronnies Motors Group.
Having a compassionate nature, Russell is very well – liked and highly respected by his staff and everyone he interacts with in the Motor Industry, both locally and nationally.
He goes the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction and has made many loyal friends through his integrity and commitment to relationship building.
Russell has previously served as Chairman of various governing bodies and is also the recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris award in recognition for outstanding service to the community.
We are very grateful to Russell and his team for generously supporting the activities of the Mercedes-Benz Club in the Eastern Cape Region.
Erald Hohls

2021 – Mr Jeff Sansom

He joined the Club in 2000 and with his generous and free-giving spirit has won the hearts of everyone in the region. Jeff Sansom is a passionate dreamer with a heart of gold.
Jeff has a passion for historical values. Having acquired the Thomas River Historical Village in the early 2000’s, he has built up an enviable collection of memorabilia items and has some special Mercedes-Benz classic cars in his collection. Jeff has a large collection of classic Mercedes-Benz and other car parts, which he has generously helped club members with over the years.
Jeff is extremely knowledgeable and a great raconteur on the South African frontier wars.
Jeff and Ann Sansom have generously hosted the Eastern Cape Region of the club at their village every year for almost 10 years.
Visiting Thomas River is highlight on the Eastern Cape Events Calendar.
Jeff deserves a Special Membership Award through kind generosity.

2022 – Mrs Esté Campher

Esté Campher, head of the Dealer network and Training Academy of Mercedes-Benz South Africa.
She has been with MBSA for 26 years and worked in various sales and marketing departments, as well as in retail.
I met Esté in 2016, when she represented MBSA at the AGM held in Gauteng, and it has been a privilege to continue our association. She and her husband are already well known as supporters of our Club and it is my absolute pleasure to officially welcome her into our MBCSA family.
She is a true Mercedes-Benz ambassador – very passionate in her work and in her love for the Brand.
Waldo Scribante

2022 – Mr Ian Matthews

In April 2010, Ian Matthews started as Dealer Principal at Stanmar Motors, which is part of the Hallmark Motor Group, owned by the Bolton Family. They have had a long history with the Mercedes Benz brand, as well as Stanmar Motors. Ian arrived from the UK where he had been working for 2 years for a Mercedes Benz Franchise in Birmingham.
Prior to this, Ian worked for Cargo Motors (Imperial) where he was the Brand Centre Manager, Commercial Vehicles. He had also worked for the Mercedes Benz New Vaal Hallmark franchise, since 1998, so 2010 was almost a coming home for him.
This brings his Hallmark and Mercedes Benz experience to 25 years, of which 21 years has been with the Hallmark Group. Ian was promoted to Group Dealer Principal in September 2019, which makes him responsible for the five Mercedes Benz Dealerships within the Hallmark Group’s stable of 40.
Congratulations Ian and welcome to the MBCSA family.
Waldo Scribante

2022 – Mr André Fourie

André Fourie is a boorling van die Langkloof, so I will be switching over to Afrikaans for this one.
Hy het op George skool gegaan en as jongman by Allied Bouvereniging gewerk.
Hy het as sakeman ontwikkel en is n welgesiene persoon in George.
Nadat die Suidkaap as ‘n streek van die Mercedes-Benz Klub geregistreer is, het Kobus Harris begin lede werf vir die streek.
André was van die eerste persone wat aangesluit het en was van dag een ‘n getroue ondersteuner en het weinig uitstappies gemis.
Aan die begin het André gespog met die nuutste SL’s op die mark en het vining begin om ‘n puik versameling op te bou. Van die eerste SLS Gullwings in SA het spoedig in ons streek gepryk, n’ breë glimlaggende Andre agter die wiel.
Kobus Harris en Gertjie Lamprecht het André later oortuig om ook ouer motors te bekom. Die gogga het hom gebyt en spoedig het daar ‘n paar versamelaars items in sy versameling verskyn soos julle gesien het – en ook vanaand hier te sienne is. Voorwaar iets om op trots te wees.
Die motor wat André die meeste gebruik, dink ek is die 1958 300 SL Roadster en hy is nie skaam om die langpad aan te durf nie.
Sy versameling begin by ‘n 1958 190 SL tot by die pragtige Maybach en hy is ‘n groot ondersteuner van ons streek, met ‘n groot uitstalling van karre by die George Oumotor Skou elke jaar.
André is ‘n welverdiende ontvanger van die spesiale lidmaadskap.
Kobus Harris