Our Team

PARTNERS

Partner
Chris Jooste

Subsequent to serving 5 years of articles and graduating with an Honours Bachelor in Accountancy and a Certificate in theory in Accountancy Chris joined MRM in 1993 as audit manager. After serving in this capacity for 3 years was admitted a partner on the back of his rapidly growing client base. At that time he was admitted to the Society of Commercial and Financial Accountants which is now known as the South African Institute of Professional Accountants. Chris is also a member of The South African Institute of Taxation and is certified as a Master Tax Practitioner, which allows him to tangle with South African Revenue Services at its highest level.
Aside from being a professional advisor of high competence Chris is also a successful businessman in his own right. Chris has personally been involved in IT, Timber plantations, Product development, Marketing and Tourism businesses to name a few.  He feels it is critical that to dispense meaningful advise he needs to be at the coalface of commerce to appreciate that most challenges are solved from experiential knowledge and not always from the yellowing pages of text books.
Chris has been domiciled in Hillcrest for over 20 years living in peaceful harmony with his wife Eronica, his two children Aiden and Joel and his 3 stepchildren Jody, Jarryd and Casey. Aside from his passion for business he is in his true happy place when on a beach fishing and generally losing himself to nature.With 30 years experience to his name, 22 of those have been at partner level making him astute at governing the strategic direction of MRM and setting the bar for the standards he expects from those within MRM family.

Partner
Shireen Swart

After spending some years in commerce Shireen decided to do some part time work for MRM as a consultant whilst pregnant with her son in 2008 and this part time consultancy quickly turned into a partnership offer in 2010. Both the speed of this offer combined with her youth at the time speaks volumes in terms of the skill sets which the partners at the time recognised in her.
Shireen holds a BCom Degree specialising in Management Accounting, is a proud member of The South African Institute of Professional Accountants and The South African Institute of Tax Practitioners. Currently she has 18 years experience in the Accounting industry.
Everyone who knows Shireen will agree that she takes OCD to a new level. She is highly organised with a keen eye for effective systems and this acts as an reliable counter balance to the chaos side of the practice. Her keen intelligence and innate skill at problem solving are an effective facade for a razor sharp mind.
She resides in the Hillcrest with her husband Ben and their son Liam. As if all that is not enough Shireen is an accomplished triathlete and trail runner fitting daily training in and weekend competitions with the same tenacity we see in her role within the MRM.

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MANAGERS


Executive PA
Tanya van Heerden
Tanya started with MRM January 2018 and fills the roles of Executive PA and Office Manager. After matriculating Tanya travelled abroad to the UK, wanting to experience other cultures. On returning to South Africa she completed a Human Resources Diploma at Varsity College while working full time.
Being a people’s person, Tanya became Training Coordinator for her firm’s training department, this allowed Tanya to develop her creative, administrative and peoples skills as she was responsible for the organisation and logistics of regional and national training courses, Director Conferences as well as national teambuilding.
Tanya is a happily married mom of 3, two boys and a girl. She thrives working with people and has found a family away from home working at MRM

Tax Manager
Devasha Girdharie
Devasha is currently the Tax Manager for MRM and her fields of specialisation include but are not limited to Tax Administration , Disputes, Individual Taxes, Corporate Taxes, VAT, PAYE, Customs; Excise and Dividends Tax. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree and is also a registered General Tax Practitioner with S.A.I.T
She resides in Pietermaritzburg with her family and joined the MRM team in March 2015. Her occupation began as a tax consultant from which she grew from year to year to finally become a Tax manager.
Devasha`s life motto: “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to be”

Practice Manager
Derane Pillay
With a passion for accounting, Derane began her career at the early age of 19 with Nknoki KZN as a trainee accountant under a SAIPA accredited internship. Upon completion of her internship she joined MRM in April 2014 as a senior bookkeeper, loving the fact that work was now 15 minutes away from her home in New Germany.
She is a holder of a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting Sciences from the University of South Africa and is also a Qualified Professional Accountant and a full member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.
Derane is married and a mum to a toddler yet she still continues to passionately pursue her career as a professional accountant, directed towards financial and monthly management accounts.

Payroll Manager
Taryn O`neil
Taryn started with the firm in the January of 2008 as a receptionist and moved on to become the Office Manager. In 2016 she took over the payroll duties and has completed two courses with South African College of Business one being Payroll Practices and the other Human Resource Management.
Taryn moved from the Bluff to the upper highway area approximately 15 years ago and she now resides in the quaint little town called Monteseel just past Drummond and is married with 2 kids whom have both flown the coop and are testing international waters. Taryn’s life motto: “Live for the future not the past, and never be afraid to dream”

Practice Manager
Minesh Banawo
After completing his articles in 2017 with a firm in Pietermaritzburg,Minesh joined the MRM team as a Junior Practice Manager. In April of the same year he was promoted to Practice Manager and he later successfully completed his SAIPA Board exam awarding him the prestigious designation of Professional Accountant (SA).In addition to this, we are proud that Minesh came fourth in Kwazulu Natal as further evidence of his Technical skill.
He currently resides in Pietermaritzburg can be found playing soccer in his downtime. He prides himself on having a high level of technical knowledge coupled with an in-depth knowledge of business operations.
His Life motto is “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”