Meet The Management Team

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David Hotz

David Hotz completed his articles at Alex Aitken and Carter (now KPMG) and then moved to the Small Business Development Corporation eventually becoming the Regional General Manager for KwaZulu Natal. He started his own accounting practice in 1989. The practice has changed it’s name over the years, eventually becoming Nexia Levitt Kirson. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Registered Auditor.

Jono Hotz

Jono Hotz completed his Bachelors of Business Science Degree at UCT in 2006 and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA) the following year. His articles were served under PwC in Durban. After relocating to Johannesburg, he started working as a financial accountant. In June 2015, he returned to Durban to join Nexia Levitt Kirson. Jono qualified as a Charted accountant in 2011 and became a Registered Auditor in 2016.

Samantha Cheesman

Samantha Cheesman obtained her Bachelor of Accounting Science degree and thereafter her Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Accounting whilst serving articles at PKF Durban. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2008 and went to work in London at PKF UK LLP as their Training Manager in the Technical department. In 2012, she returned to Durban and worked as the financial manager for a listed electrical wholesaler. In 2015 she joined an audit firm based in Hillcrest as the practice manager. She joined Nexia Levitt Kirson in March 2018.


Mohammed Pharos (Company Secretarial Manager)

Mohammed was one of the very first employees, starting with the firm in April 1990. He heads up our secretarial department which includes the formation of companies and trusts, conversions of close corporations, maintain of statutory records, filing of annual returns and voluntary liquidations.

Jaques Pretorius (Audit Manager)

Jaques Pretorius obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accountancy and Honours Bachelors of Commerce in Financial Accountancy from the North West University in Potchefstroom. Jaques started his articles at Nexia Levitt Kirson in 2014 and completed his articles in 2016. Whilst doing his articles he studied at UNISA and obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Accounting Sciences in 2017. Jaques stayed on at the firm after his articles and was promoted to Audit Manager. Jaques has just qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jaques has experience in various industries and strives to provide all his clients with the best advice and service.

Samantha van der Merwe (Tax Manager)

Samantha van der Merwe is a registered Tax Practitioner with SARS and a registered member of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT). She has successfully completed her NQF Level 6 qualification in Taxation and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Accounting Science in Taxation. Sam has been a manager in the Taxation industry since 2010 and expanded her knowledge and confidence in dealing with SARS over the years, she has exceptional experience in handling top level queries as well as ensuring tax compliance and client satisfaction.

Suzaan van Wyk (Drafting Manager)

Suzaan is a graduate of the North-West University where she obtained her Bcom CA degree in 2014. She completed her articles in 2017 and registered as an Associate General Accountant with SAICA. She joined Nexia Levit Kirson in April 2018 as Drafting Manager. Whether it is work or life she lives her life by Meraki (to do something with soul, creativity, or love; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.)

Ryan Smith – (Accounting Support Manager)

Ryan is a registered AGA(SA), having completed his Honours in Accounting Science (CTA) through Unisa in 2010 and completed articles in the same year. After having a go at running a DJ business with his brother, Ryan returned to the auditing profession and he recently passed the SAICA ITC in the beginning of 2019. Ryan enjoys automating and streamlining processes through the creative use of information technology and he aims to keep pushing both accounting and auditing into the modern age.

Kurt Bezuidenhout (Audit Manager)

Kurt Bezuidenhout obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He completed his articles here at Nexia Levitt Kirson in 2017 and has continued his stay here as Audit Supervisor thereafter. He is a registered AGA(SA) with SAICA whom is capable of providing reliable and timeous advice. He is a polite and helpful individual who places his client’s needs first.

Aradhna Budhram (Practice Administrator)

A born and bred Durban girl, Aradhna Budhram joined Nexia Levitt Kirson in 2012 as an article clerk after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. She completed her articles within the company and currently holds the position of an Audit Supervisor. She has worked in different facets of the organisation including bookkeeping, auditing, and general admin. She says the amazing team approach is what led her to choose Nexia Levitt Kirson as her home. Her interest in the commerce field was sparked after her exposure in running her own events business. She has a passion for travel and nature, and one of her greatest loves are her pets.


Jacques Du Randt (Audit Supervisor)

Jacques du Randt joined Nexia Levitt Kirson in March 2017 as an article clerk. He then went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accountancy in 2019 through the University of South Africa. He was offered the position of Audit Supervisor in July 2020 and grasped at the opportunity. Jacques prides himself in his work and strives for excellence. He believes that every person that is in a position to pass knowledge on to the next generation should do so, he also believes that you are never too old to learn something new.

Arantxa Naidoo (Audit Supervisor)

Arantxa Naidoo joined Nexia Levitt Kirson in November 2015 as an article clerk and by November of 2019 on completion of her articles, she was honoured to be provided an opportunity to continue on as audit supervisor. During her article period she completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as well as obtained her Diploma in Advanced and Applied Accounting Sciences from the University of South Africa. She has currently sat for the SAICA Initial Test of Competency and is awaiting results. Arantxa’s motto is ‘no question is a silly question’ and would like to utilise her knowledge and experience obtained through her journey to assist and develop current and future trainees.

Travis Venter (Audit Supervisor)

Travis Venter obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Management) degree from the University of South Africa in 2020. He started his articles with Nexia in November of 2016 and was offered the opportunity to remain with the company as an Audit Supervisor in 2020 which he eagerly accepted. He prides himself in his work ethic and client satisfaction and will go above and beyond to achieve whichever task is placed in front of him.

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