Patrick Jordan - President
Tel: 072 698 0515
After finishing his studies in 2002, Patrick came back to Hoedspruit after spending a lot of time here in his earlier childhood. He started an apprenticeship in his father's business allowing his appreciation of the town and businesses to grow. As the president of the Hoedspruit Chamber of Commerce Patrick's hope is to forge a lasting body that will stand beside Hoedspruit businesses and community helping them grow. Patrick operates within the Jordan Properties organisation in Hoedspruit. As President of the Chamber, Patrick interacts with all of the Chamber's portfolios and Office Bearing roles.
Passions enjoyed by Patrick are: Family, music, singing (especially Karaoke), and anything Hoedspruit.
To view Patrick's introductory video, click here
Ian Smith - Vice Chair and Treasurer
Tel: 076 020 4669
Ian is a Chartered Accountant, with almost 30 years’ experience in his field. Having started his career as a professional auditor and worked for one of the Big Four Audit firms, he moved his attention from auditing to commerce in 1994. Ian has worked in Africa (South Africa and Nigeria), United Kingdom (England and Scotland), and in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia), in manufacturing, asset management, B2B services, power generation, construction, business development. Ian currently holds senior executive responsibilities for a global marine company, in the marine and energy sector. He maintains an active interest in the South African business & tourism sector with his co-ownership of Nyumbani Estate Eco-Safari Lodge, based near Hoedspruit, in the Kruger2Canyon Biosphere Region.
Ian has a keen interest in piloting (light aircraft), African wildlife, classic cars, music and motor bikes.
Ian is South African born and resides in Scotland and South Africa with his British born wife, Maxine.
To view Ian's introductory video, click here
Tel: 078 789 4095
Born and raised in Wiltshire, United Kingdom, Maxine's career spans over 30 years, covering Insurance and Finance, a range of senior board level Executive Management across all sectors (Public, Private, and Third Sector), Media (newspaper publishing, Public Health Research, and community focused multidiscipline interventions (local community, local council and third sector).Maxine was introduced to South Africa as a Voluntary Services Oversees (VSO) engagement in 2003 which culminated in a posting in the HIV/AIDS programme being one of the one of the most significant challenges in health within the developing world. With a passion and a proven record in community and business focused portfolio having held various roles on local council, executive board appointments, charitable Trusts and community based non-profit organisations. Maxine has lived and worked within the African continent, Middle East and Europe. She is the co-founder of Nyumbani Estate luxury eco safari camp in Hoedspruit, and co-Station Manager of Hoedspruit 96.4FM local community radio.
To view Maxine's introductory video, click here
Tel: 082 551 7261
Marie-Tinka was born and bred in Musina, where she completed her Matric. She obtained her BA (Hons) from Rhodes University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Witwatersrand.
After marrying Dr Wynand Uys, the couple moved permanently to the Hoedspruit Area in 1987.
Over the years, she played a role in the conservation and sustainable development interface in the landscape, where she championed the declaration of the Kruger to Canyons UNESCO Biosphere Region in 2001. This Biosphere Region was rated in 2017 as the 11thbest performing Biosphere in the world.
Her work experience includes the coordination of the Rural Foundation’s Community Development Programme, a Short Course Coordinator at the Southern African Wildlife College, the Coordinator for the Tourism and Conservation Training Authority’s Skills Development Programme in the Region and a stint as a lodge manager (Ottersden River Lodge).
In 2012 she was appointed as the Executive Coordinator of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, a position that she currently holds. Highlights are the implementation of the K2C Environmental Monitor and the GEF5 Programmes.
To view Marie-Tinka's introductory video, click here
Tel: 071 429 7569
Cindy started her life's' journey in a small town on the outskirts of Johannesburg. After finishing schooling she opted to go into the hospitality industry and obtained qualifications in Cheffing as well as management. After 10 years in the hospitality industry, she finally decided that she needed to find a new challenge in life and then made her transition into the other avenues. In 2017 she started up a small social-enterprise focusing on sustainable waste management, which then lead to her growing interest in the socio-economic which she is now placing all of her energy into, in order to grow not only herself but those around her as well.
To view Cindy's introductory video, click here
Interested in Working With Us?
There are various ways you can get involved with the Chamber. Firstly, you will need to become a member is a pre-requisite point of entry to the HCC, after this, you are most welcome to participate in this journey with us:
Anyone who is passionate enough and wants to do something for the business or the community of Hoedspruit and surrounds could choose from one of the following Portfolios we have identified:
Ask to be considered for co-option to a specific project, event, or purpose.
Pro-bono services for the HCC Committee and/or its HCC members. Occasionally, we have requests from some of our local professionals and experts who wish to offer their services and time, without charge.
Business Mentor if you have a specific expertise, skills, services, etc, you can make a submission to be considered for a range of mentoring services to pending new business start-up, businesses in need of some guidance and nurturing, general skills development etc.