Batswana and expats in Botswana are becoming increasingly aware of the need to make wise and safe decisions regarding their finances and financial futures.
On-shore vs off-shore, local investment vs international exposure...risk and return...the pros & cons, when, where and with whom to invest.
More than a few money cowboys and fly-by-nighters have tried over the years to get a slice of this great country’s expanding economy with one primary goal in mind: To make as much money in as little time as possible at the expense of good citizens. The only thing these cowboys care about is their commission, commission and commission....period. Here today, gone tomorrow.
People are bamboozled with slick financial lingo and arm twisting sales techniques to emotionally manipulate them to make quick and “urgent” decisions regarding their future financial well-being. Yes, I'm sure more than a few of you are nodding your heads in agreement.
Needless to say, that is NOT Rock & Roll !
Says CII certified Financial Advisor Botswana Daniel van Niekerk,
“Meeting with people from all walks of life on a daily basis is something I enjoy tremendously. Being a truly independent financial advisor means that I'm not tied to any particular company, service provider or brand and can therefore give my clients and prospective clients world-wide the benefit of the best possible unbiased advice.
People I deal with prefer this transparent modus operandi as there are no hidden incentives for me or our company to push or punt a particular product or brand.
I don't sell products; I sell my services as a professional independent financial advisor. We provide real practical solutions and would never give advice I would not act on myself. This is what sets me apart, and what keeps me one step ahead in Botswana. Locals in Botswana and expats across Africa deserve and need this peace of mind.”
Now THAT is Rock & Roll !
Interesting to know is that Daniel van Niekerk is an entrepreneur originally from South Africa. He cut his business teeth in South Africa being a keen property speculator and also a mortgage originator / home loans aggregator over a period of 15 years,
Want to know what is REALLY Rock & Roll?
Well hear this! Very few people in Botswana and Africa will know that Daniel was also a professional signed performing artist in South Africa. Daniel was up until not so long ago the bass player and co-founder of South African hard-rock band and sensation ONE DAY REMAINS (David Gresham Records).
So, when Daniel reckons something is Rock & Roll, he probably knows what he is talking about!
When asked what his primary objective as a Private Client Wealth Manager in Africa is, he had the following to say,
“I'm in Botswana to educate, train and help people with their varied financial planning needs.
For example, the traditional and very commendable culture of Motswana kids looking after their parents in their golden years is slowly diminishing. This is largely attributed to the Westernised everyone-for-
Increasingly, youngsters study and live overseas for extended periods of time, with many not coming back to Botswana after graduation. Many countries offer permanent residence to degree qualified professionals upon completion of their studies with good employment prospects.
Government bursaries are now reserved for the top performers only and so self-funded tertiary schooling and future education planning is becoming a reality and necessity. Future financial planning is crucial for parents wanting to send their now-young children to universities in years to come.
I speak to an alarming amount of people who are NOT providing for themselves or their children’s future needs. On the other hand I find that those who have some form of planning in place have a dire shortfall probably attributed to poor and inadequate advice given by poorly qualified ‘sales people’.
I make sure my clients are properly informed and the decisions they take as a result of my advice ensures sustainable, attainable and realistic goals being set and met. It’s all about people, their needs and service, service, service!”
Well, that is how you can mix your investments and future planning with Rock & Roll !
Daniel used to work for a small IFA firm in Gaborone Botswana, before collaborating with a few IFA firms in SE Asia and returning to Africa.
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