Paving the way

Gerrit Esterhuyse embodies the true essence of partnership.

13 July 2018 | People

Elizabeth Joseph

Being young at heart certainly helps when you want to build an empire, one excel sheet at a time.

Gerrit Esterhuyse started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2005.

He gained extensive experience as a trainee accountant and an audit manager for a vast array of clients operating in various industries including financial services, healthcare, construction, retail, pharmaceuticals, fishing and oil and gas.

His exposure includes being the audit manager of various groups, of which several included listed clients, requiring inter-office reporting as in the case of multinational clients, or in terms of other US GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) requirements.

Esterhuyse became a partner on 1 July 2013 at the Walvis Bay office and is responsible for PwC’s mining portfolio, as well as some other blue chip clients in the construction industry. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia (ICAN), the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Public Auditors and Accountants Board (PAAB) of Namibia and the Namibian Institute of Professional Accountants (NIPA).

Esterhuyse is a partner within the assurance service line at PwC’s Walvis Bay office. He has extensive experience in various industries. He also has a sound technical background in accounting and auditing.

“I have developed into a professional chartered accountant thanks to the exposure I have received at PwC that I am very thankful for. I do not believe I would have developed to this level was it not for PwC and its people. It is a very challenging and very rewarding environment to work in,” he says.

His short-term goals include contributing to the development of people working for PwC to unlock their potential and influence.

He describes a typical day at the office as follows: “Probably half of the day is spent in meetings influencing decisions and contributing to decisions being taken. The remainder is spent with staff and clients on executing assignments.”

It is sometimes a bumpy ride, but he makes sure he is always protected by the safety belt of ambition.

Gerrit Esterhuyse fact box

· His nickname is G8, because his favourite number is 8.

· His wife’s name is Riana

· He is very family and friend-orientated

· He is a sports lover.

· He is a dreamer, who has several dreams he wants to realise.

· His favourite colour is yellow.

· He wanted to become a professional rugby player when he was younger.

· He enjoys reading and his current reading material is ‘Legacy’ by James Kerr.

· He is passionate about unlocking the potential of people.

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