Gert Combrink was appointed as Deputy Executive Mayor, after he was elected in 2021 for a third term as proportional councilor for Drakenstein Municipality. He continues to hold the position of chairperson for the portfolio of Finance in the Drakenstein Municipality.
Gert was born in Kimberley and grew up in Pretoria. He matriculated from Voortrekker Heights High School in 1975 and completed a Master’s Degree in Agriculture at the University of Pretoria (Tukkies). He later enhanced his education by completing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.
Executive Deputy Mayor: Alderman Gert Combrink
Gert is married to Hantie and they have three children. Magriet and her husband Hansi Klein have worked the past 10 years internationally in the Hotel industry, mainly in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. They are currently employed as Management Couple for the Ming Hotels Pty (Ltd) on the Northern Friesian Island of Sylt, Germany. Stephan is a Test and Qualification engineer working for Azoteq in Paarl and Willemien is a Somatologist at Zest Health and Beauty Spa on the Langebaan Country Estate and her her husband, Heinrich Boock, is a dentist in Verdenburg.
Gert led the team at Casidra as General Manager for 19 years, specialising in the areas of rural and entrepreneurial development. One of the highlights of his career was the successful establishment of a Jersey dairy in Kranshoek. He regards the entire project as being a successful one, but the empowerment of the Griqua community to take over and the continued successful running thereof by the community stands out to him in particular. During his involvement with the Kranshoek Jersey project, Gert was elected as a trustee on the Griqua Community Trust by the Griqua Community of Kranshoek.
Over the years, Gert has fulfilled several leadership positions at community level. These include being elected as:
Having taken early retirement, Gert decided to enter the political arena to enable him to further serve the community and to make a difference at grassroot level.
Gert and Hantie are active nature lovers and frequently go camping in the wilderness, which includes South African National Parks. They also have extensively toured and camped in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Their preferred camping spots in Namibia in particular include community camps, as this help bring tourism income in to the pockets of the local community, rather than into the pockets of multi-national companies.
Being Honorary Rangers for SANPARKS, Gert and Hantie are ploughing back their energy, knowledge and time to assist in making a small but vital difference in the upkeep of two of our truly special National Parks namely Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Tankwa Karoo National Park.
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