May 30, 2015


I was born in 1956 in the small town of Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape. I attended school in Cedarville then Port Shepstone where I matriculated in 1974. In 1975 I started working in Matatiele where I met my life partner and friend, Gabriel, who I married in 1976. Apart from working as a mother of three I assisted him in farming and I built up a business in catering and dressmaking.
I started working for Mngcunube Development in 2008 and cherish the experience. I have met so many people, usually less fortunate than me. Mariaan says that helping others to improve their quality of life has been instrumental in making her even more grateful for all the blessings in her own life.