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. Jono recently took over as managing partner from his father 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.
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.
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.
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 is now a qualified chartered accountant. 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.
Senior 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.
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.
Accounting Support Manager
Ryan is a registered AGA(SA), with Honours in Accounting Science (CTA) through Unisa, completed articles and most recently the SAICA ITC in 2019. After having a go at running a DJ business with his brother, Ryan returned to the auditing profession and is now the Xero migration specialist and IT project manager for the firm. 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.
Samantha van der Merwe
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.
Sharissa joined Nexia Levitt Kirson in May 2021 as a senior payroll consultant. She quickly demonstrated her abilities within our Accounting Department and was offered the opportunity to lead our outsourced bookkeeping and payroll team. She has worked in the finance industry for many years and gained valuable experience along the way. She is a practical, meticulous, and driven person with a flair for problem solving and therefore well suited to the NLK family.
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.
Carol-Ann began her articles with Nexia Levitt Kirson in 2019 and in 2023 was appointed as Audit Supervisor. She takes immense pride in her work and it shows in her detail orientated approach. Carol-Ann values loyalty, honesty and initiative and hopes to foster these values in her team. She believes in life-long learning, as the more knowledgeable you are, the better you can perform.
Jacques Du Randt
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.
Shannice obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Post Graduate Diploma in Taxation from Rhodes University. She completed her articles at Nexia Levitt Kirson in 2021 and enthusiastically accepted the offer to continue her career as Audit and Drafting Supervisor. Shannice is a warm-hearted, friendly individual who is meticulous about her work, enjoys meeting new clients and ensures to leave a smile on your face. She believes, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” (Aristotle).
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