Introducing our new Chairman



Introducing our new Chairman

Introducing our new Chairman

Introducing our new Chairman

15 October 2013

Having been involved in tourism in Montagu for the past 5 years, I have directly experienced how important tourism is for our area. Tourism brings people and these people spend money, some even invest further. This financial injection is extremely important for our local economy. The money flows through accommodation establishments, local businesses (including our local markets), the municipality and our communities. I'll even go as far to say the money flow attributed to tourism positively impacts almost all members of our community (and I'm talking across all ethnic and income groups). Furthermore, every now and then a visitor becomes a resident. Residents are the most important asset of our town, they invest their skills and labour. My biggest dream is therefore that the importance of tourism will be realised by each and every member of our community so that we can all work together and be proud of who we are and what we have. I'm excited knowing that our area is growing and that all will benefit, even our natural environment, if we sustain our growth with wisdom and integrity.

For the 2012/13 term, I was Vice Chairman of MATA with Mareletta as Chairman. I have much respect for this dynamic lady and I wish everybody realised how much she has put into Montagu, Ashton and the whole of the Langeberg valley to date. Mareletta is now manager of the tourism office and she will be supporting me for which I'm grateful. Furthermore, there are other volunteers like Gert, Ronel, Nelda, Marriette, Fida, Simon & Marilyn who give their time and expertise for the greater cause of tourism. The ladies in the information office, Mariza, Anne-Marie and Marriette are also outstanding and always give more than expected with a Montagu sunrise golden smile.

Being the owner of Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm and partner/founder of RobertsonWineShop.co.za & Padstal.com, I'm proudly local and believe in what our valley has to offer, whether it's the tourism offering, high quality produce or exceptional wine.
I studied at UNISA and completed a BBA degree, double majoring in Business Management and Psychology. Some of my skills include entrepreneurship, strategic management, marketing, e-commerce, social networking, social and interpersonal psychology and negotiation skills.

Small scale farming with a natural approach (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers) keep me quite busy during the day. I prefer heirloom seed and believe in building up healthy soil in the long term. It's always a delight when I find earthworms in the soil, ladybugs on the plants and bees buzzing around the flowers.
I'm also a passionate art-photographer and some of my work has been exhibited in Oudtshoorn and Swellendam at galleries. The Langeberg regions landscape and people never disappoints when it comes to finding inspiration.

Recently I became a proud father and I'm excited to see our Anno boy grow up in our beautiful village. My wife (Liana) and I feel so blessed knowing we can raise our child in a community with good values, on streets that are safe and clean and among pristine mountains and nature that he can explore. This is how much we believe in our area.

As newly elected chairman of MATA (Montagu & Ashton Tourism Association) I look much forward doing my part making Montagu, Ashton and the Langeberg valley an extraordinary place for all of it's inhabitants (including nature) and especially the visitors.
“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973); 36th U.S. President.


Petrus Jansen