Francois, grew up in the streets of the Elsies River township in the Western Cape and is the son of parents who both followed the calling to become teachers. They formed part of a rare generation of teachers who knew that education had a responsibility to change the world, they firmly believed in ‘liberation though education” and were activity involved in school and community issues since they are flip sides of the same coin.
He found himself following some of their path and taught at schools spread across rural and township urban settings. He spent some time in management consulting roles in the performing arts sectors as well as some stints in various roles in the financial services sector.
An inspiring piece of writing that guides some of this paradigm is the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost. ‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.’
His current role is heading up the Sanlam Foundation, with its firm focus on addressing issues of poverty, unemployment and inequality on behalf of the Sanlam Group. This Group of Wealthsmiths are actively focused on helping millions of people take control of their financial futures.