Mr Jan-Willem De Jager
Executive Manager: Financial Services (CFO)
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), Jan Willem Van Huyssteen de Jager, was born in Oudtshoorn, the heart of the Klein Karoo. He finished his school education at the Oakdale Agricultural High School in Riversdale. This followed with him enrolling for tertiary studies at the Stellenbosch University where he obtained B. Accounting (Hons) in 2001, and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant (2005). He met his wife on a blind date to her matric farewell. Only 7 years later they started dating, after meeting up by chance whilst travelling separately in Scotland. They got married in 2007 and are the proud parents of two wonderful boys, 8 and 10 years old.
His work experience in the financial services field started as Audit Clerk at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Paarl in 2002. This followed by him moving abroad to gain international experience from 2005 to 2011. While in Europe, he worked at PwC firm in Amsterdam, thereafter at KPMG in Dublin and also at Goldman Sachs in London. After his journey overseas, he decided to come back to his country of origin and joined a consultant firm in George. During his tenure at the firm, he also did consulting work at various municipalities in the Western Cape for a period of four years.
In 2015 Jan-Willem was appointed as Chief Internal Auditor at the Garden Route District Municipality and during this period he gained more knowledge and experience in finance. With his qualification as Chartered Accountant (CA) and years of experience in the Financial Sector, he decided to apply for the position of Chief Financial Officer at the GRDM and was subsequently appointed in the position at the beginning of March 2019.
Jan-Willem also admits that as much as he tends to get caught up in work and having to look at budgets and finances on a daily basis, he also loves outdoor activities and make time for trail running, hiking and swimming. He says: “I regard myself as extremely privileged to be able to live in the most beautiful part of the world, and to work with such a diverse and interesting group of people that make up GRDM!”