Francois van Niekerk

“You get so much more than you give. To see the lives of a young child or the life of an AIDS patient, or the life of grown up people who have never learnt how to read or write... to see the change is something you cannot really explain, unless you experience it yourself." 2010 Inyathelo Award for Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy.

Francois van Niekerk established the Mergon Foundation in 1982 by setting aside increasing amounts of the shareholding in his company, the Mertech group, with the specific purpose of using the proceeds for sustainable social development in South Africa.