Profile / CV




Chronological Record


Family background


Born into a family of super fine wool sheep farmers of the farms Wydgelegen in the Wakkerstroom district and Kommetjie in the Piet Retief district of Transvaal.[1] For details of a book on the background see the following link Woolbarons  




Father:     Izak Hermanus (Herman)

Mother:   Johanna Magdelena (nee Vermaak) Labuschagne.



18th August 1959 (18-8-59) at 12 noon in Piet-Retief, Transvaal Province, South Africa.


Marital status




Secondary Education


University exempted Matriculation 1977 at Potchefstroom Boys High. 


Also obtained 8th grade in piano practical from Trinity College of Music and third grade in theory from the same institution.


First student to obtain both the English as well as Afrikaans prize in the final year.


Tertiary education


1978 attended Rhodes University for a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th). Withdrew from the course due to irreconcilable differences in doctrinal opinion[2] with the faculty and opted for compulsory National Service Military training instead.


Attended the University of Natal in Durban 1981 for a BA degree. Attained above average credits in all the subjects[6] (see University Library credit register).


The degree was not completed because of a deadlock in the estate of the deceased Izak Hermanus (Herman) Snr.[7]


Military Service


Undertook compulsory National Military Service from mid 1978 - mid 1980 at 1 Maintenance Unit Kimberly. Missed officer training (to Air Force as pilot) due to knee injury.


Completed courses in: -


1.     Liquid gas and Petroleum transport supply and storage.


2.     Ammunition transport, supply and storage.


3.     Overall military equipment stock verification grading and assessment


Deployed to in 1 Military Area (Rundu SWA) as Stock Verification Officer with NCO rank during the SWA border conflict where the following distinctions were obtained.


1.     First balance of the inventory of 1 Military area since 1960


2.     Acted as Adjutant to the OC 1 Military Area [5] (Col. Nel) notwithstanding the fact that only NCO rank was held. 


3.     At the end of the border duty transferred first to the Entertainment Corps and subsequently to Jozini Military base in Northern Natal where he was put in charge of Housing for both maintenance and allocation.


Work - Travel - Pacific Rim


End 1981 - 1984 Work funded backpack world tour. Taiwan, Japan  (studied Martial Arts under Gogen Yamagugi (tenth Dan) who as also the ex Governor of Manchuria, an attorney, bone specialist and Yoga master in Tokyo). Had student quarters in the dojo attached to the Grand MasterÕs house in Nishiogikubo Tokyo. (See japan-dojo.pdf ).


Worked as waiter, private English tutor and entertainer (piano/singer)[8] in TokyoÕs You and Me club in Ikebukuro


Visited Pacific Islands Guam, Majuro, Ponape, Ngatik, Ponalape, Nauru, New Caledonia.


Art and Music - Australia


Sold Australian art for Sydney art dealer[9] across 3 states (New South Whales, Victoria and Queensland) travelling extensively in the Outback.


Played in some of AustraliaÕs best piano bars in Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane for media mogul Kerry Packer at his Perisher Valley Hotel[10] and at the exclusive Alpenhorn Lodge[11] of Thredbo Alpine Village in the world class Snowy Mountains ski resorts of Southern New South Whales. Helped develop the Rio Piano Bar[12] in Bondi Beach and got the interest of a director (Warwick Boyling) of NRMA (the largest insurance company in Australia) in developing the Stars Piano Bar in Bondi Junction. The piano Bar menu can be seen atpianobarmenu.pdf and some samples of songs at and


International Finance - South Africa


Developed first Reserve Bank approved system of National and International Trusts whereby money could be moved from RSA to Tax Havens abroad.[14]


International Finance - Australia


End 1984 - beginning 1987 was recruited by Australian branch of the London Based Financial Planning firm Anthony Bryant and Company in Sydney.  Ascended to Executive Associate level with the firm.


Anthony Bryant was     taken over by Mildon and Company [15] and later merged with Bondmark Investments[16] to form one of the largest and most prestigious firms of its kind in Australia. Ascended to Senior Associate level within the company heading up their Brisbane office in 1985.

Ascended to Executive Associate Level with Mildon and Company. Held position as top producer of the company on numerous occasions.


Whilst with Mildon, & Co. attained certification as an Australian Certified Investment Planner through the associate Company Bondmark Investments (Pty) Ltd. in July 1987. See Certificates1.pdf 

Obtained License to act as Dealers Representative on the Sydney Stock Exchange in New South Whales on 11 October 1988

Formed and became CEO for Chagne Corporate and Personal Financial Planners in August 1988.

As CEO of Chagne (Pty) Ltd., held agencies and sourcing mandates with most of the major Investment, finance and Insurance Companies in Australia and some major banks. Obtained
 accreditation with the Bank of New Zealand as an authorized Investment Advisor. The client base consisted of private individuals in the upper echelon income bracket such as prominent media personalities and directors of many large corporations. Many of the top Corporations such as Amatil Ltd. and the International Hellman Freight forwarding group also formed part of the client base. Most of the main accounting and law firms together with a whole range of other specialist consultants fitted into the Chagne network as out-source and reference entities.

Chagne advised in respect of several innovative products such as Productivity Awards and Long Service Leave structures and negotiated with trade unions, Insurance Companies and Industry leaders.


In the international arena Chagne advised on the formation of student, enter vivos and discretionary trusts, holding companies, banking, risk management, tax planning and insurance entities. Chagne pioneered the idea of Counter Investment Strategies between South Africa and investors resident in other jurisdictions.

Admitted as a member of the International Financial Planning Association on 31 March 1988.


Certification: -


For copies of the certificates click on Certificates1.pdf and be prepared to wait for the download.


Australian Investment Planners Association accreditation (see copy of certificate attached)


Dealers Representative License No 2DR 17634 on the Sydney Stock Exchange in 1988. (See copy of certificate attached) 


Granted membership   of International Association of Financial Planners. (See copy of certificate attached)  As far as is known, was first ex South African to do so.


Obtained accreditation with the Bank of New Zealand as an authorized Investment Advisor for the group. (See certificate attached) First to do so ex-RSA.


Citizenship - Australia


Granted Australian citizenship by the Minister of Internal Affairs on 6 March 1986


Restaurant - Durban CBD


Financed and then repossessed a famous restaurant (SaltoriÕs) in Durban (see newspaper reports).


End 1989 Returned to RSA in order to  restructure  inherited assets. (involved (inter alia) in negotiations with Swaziland Royal Family for establishing a National Trust controlled  game park in the Mahamba Mountains).


Agriculture - South Africa


Strategic Planner For Gil Group of Companies 2000 – 2002.


Addressed World Bank Conference on strategies for projects in Agri Sector and Land Reform in South Africa. See the presentation at World Bank


Developed the Group One Development Project detailed at GDP . This project did not materialise due to developments in the land reform system of South Africa


Developed the JohnÕs Walk resort for a property in the Mahamba mountains of Swaziland (SeeJWwebpage/index.html), 


Obtained various court orders under the Farm Dwellers Act from the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Swaziland acting in personam, opposed by an ex minister of Justice (Mr. Dla Dla and one of the foremost advocates on the Swaziland Bar and head of the lawyers for human rights Adv. Paul Shilubane) as detailed under the link Property Synopsis


Developed the Agricultural Restructuring Strategies outlined at (ARS.htm).


Maritime - East Coast of Africa


Purchased sailing yacht Sweet Waters and formed Port  Sail Close Corporation / Charters in 1990. (See copy of brochure attached)


Pioneered the Durban Harbour based Sailing Charter Yacht Industry in 1992 becoming a founder member of the Durban Charter Boat Association in 1993.


Obtained first Department  of Transport Yacht Skippers License for the African Coast  south of the equator in 1992. (See skippers certification radio operators certificate and vessel certification attached)


Started Harbour Tours of Richards Bay Dec 2005 which grew it into a successful business from 2005 to 2015 and operated as Port Sail Charters. See SW%20WEB/index.html


Was engaged in pilot BEE initiative to develop the salt and Fresh water marine resources in and around the city of Richards Bay in Kwa Zulu Natal. See the following link Web Izak\SW WEB\index.html


Started the Facebook Page Yacht Sweet Waters. See


Started the Facebook Page Port Sail Charters. See


Served on several tourism committees such as the Tour Guides Association (founder member and treasurer) as well as serving a term as Chairman for the Sea Scouts in Richards Bay.


Commissioned to write report for underwriters and surveyors as an eyewitness to the sinking of the Motor Vessel Smart.


Produced voice over presentation for SAPS Border Police in Richards Bay.


Started the Facebook Page Zululand Black Powder Enthusiasts See . A sample of some of the videoÕs can be found at  ,  , and For firearm competencies see FA.pdf


Personally did all refits and upgrades, electrical plumbing, instruments and mechanical on Yacht Sweet Waters. SeeMaritime-resume.pdf


Marine restoration project


Commissioned to plan and supervise the refit of the Classic 76 ft motor Yacht Venture II in Hout Bay in 2016. This involved all aspects, from structural, electronics, machinery, hydraulics, fitting out, licensing and instrumentation. See Maritime-resume.pdf




 Set up first Trust structure with reserve Bank approval Enter Vivos JML Trust with Barclays and discretionary beneficiary with Melitco in Vanuato No  001


Provided strategic planning assistance to the impoverished farming community in Goodhouse Northern Cape by accepting a mandate from Gili Greenworld and NOCSA Pty Ltd in deploying the Paprika project

Spent  time as legal consultant and representative for the  ACDP in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in Johannesburg. 


Asked  to  preside  as an a non-party member  of  the  ACDP Guardian  Committee at the Provincial Annual General  Conference of the  Western Cape as well as at the National Annual  General Conference of the ACDP in 1995.


Mandated as Strategic planner for the R 900 Million Green Desert Project.


Addressed World bank conference on Agricultural Development See World Bank and MIGA-keynote.pdf


Was appointed CEO of the SADC Development Trust.


Was invited by various organisations to address them on agricultural projects in SADEC see SAFCEC+ISRAEL.pdf


Developed the Mahamba Gorge Project ( JWwebpage/index.html ). Obtained definitive orders in terms of the Farm Dwellers Act of Swaziland as such from the then acting Chief Justice, Judge Kobus Annandale Crtordsw.pdf


 Noise Control Regulations.


Started the Facebook page Noise Control SA (see 


A recommendation to the Cape Town Municipality regarding upgrading the regulations was made.




A substantive paper on the powers under the Merchant Shipping Act as well as the SAMSA Acts was submitted to the MinisterÕs office as well as SAMSA Cape Town.


Trading and investment


Negotiated and drew up the sales agreement for the sale of a property in Plettenberg Bay.


Identified and assembled a team consisting of an advocate, JSE trader, commodity traders, freight forwarder and database of  facilitators for the purposes of brokering various commodity transactions. This endeavour is current and awaits  the finalisation of financial instruments and funding as conditional acceptance of related project management position.


Positions held


CEO of Mahamba Mountains JohnÕs Walk Eco Resort.


CEO of Port Sail Charters CC.


Principal of Umhlatuze Charters BEE initiative


CEO of the SADC Project Development Fund Trust.

This organization was vested with a substantial data base of projects which it linked up with suitable financiers, donors, joint venture partners and stake holders both locally and internationally.


Strategic analyst for the Links CloeteÕs Land Claim in the Richtersveld


Strategic Planner for the Cape Tanker project.

 Hold a drivers licence for motor vehicle


Hold Coastal Skippers ticket with With South African Sailing and a commercial ticket with the South African Maritime Safety Authority for a passenger vessel over 9 meters and under 100 Ton


Hold competencies under the firearms Act for rifle, shotgun, pistol and muzzleloaders. Hold a black powder permit. Member of south African Gun Owners Association


Physical attributes


Height        1.77m

Weight       80 Kg

Age            56 ( as in June 2016 )


Contact details


Cell            0731 5678 25

Fax            860 6704

Skype        izak_labuschagne









To view certificates click on Certificates.pdf  and be prepared to wait some time for the download (1155 KB) 










Mr. Craig Williams ( Director:- Mildon and Company; Charter Bridge Australia)

Mr. Eastcorp Investment Management Pty Ltd)

President of the International Financial Planners Association Australia (31-3-88)

Accredited Investment Advisor for Bank of New Zealand Cashlink 14/6 1988

Certified Investment Planner with Bondmark Investment Services Pty Ltd. Under Australian Investment Planners Association 

Mr. David Mc Cleod (Executive Associate Mildon and Company)

Mr. Phil Scanlan Amatil Ltd. Australia

Mr. Tim Clucas Channel Seven Television, Australia, Producer Beyond 2000

Mr. Niel Mayger (Alpenhorn Lodge Australia)

Mr. John Berry (Persiher Valley Hotel Australia)




Mr. Davie Jacobs Haven Marine Yacht Chandlers

Mr. Thys Le Roux Betel Publishers

Mr. Erick Hatting Sanlam Insurance

Mr. Isaac Potgieter Assegai Tourist office

Mr. Chris Bester Sita Sive Garage Nhlangano

Mr. Gareth Bouden Bouden group of trusts

Mr. Andrew Shulze Rich Group Marketing

Mz. Meme Glover

Mr. Jeff Sanwith Tuneserve BMW

Mr. Tim Munsen

Mr. Charles Dargie

Mr. Mike Randall Randall Plumbers

Mr. Phil Joubert Nolangeni Safaris

Dr. Rama Naidu DDP

Mssrs. Piet, Hendrik, Jan and Bennie Cloete Dirs. Bergkamp Boerdery Goodhouse




Countess Violetta De Frey Tangl (Bulgaria)


Government officials



The honorable late Senator Prof Ernst Mchunu (letter to Minister of Justice dated 7 November 1994)

The Hon. Members of Parliament  ACDP

Col. Nel OC 1 Military Area SWA

Cmdt. Blignaut 1 Mil. Area SWA



Retired Regional Secretary of Southern Swaziland and Ambassador to the USA  Mr. Peter Mtetwa

The Hon. Ex Member of Parliament of Southern Swaziland Mr Antoon Roberst

The hon. Member of Parliament Mr. Jackson Msweli Mdluli

The Regional Secretary Mr. Sipho Shongwe

Legal profession


Adv Dieter Achtzehn Durban

Adv Christo Nel Cape Town

Attorney Jeremy Baldwin Durban

Attorney Anton Jordaan Knysna

Attorney Ewald Weber Piet Retief

Attorney David Hallet Australian High Commission Pretoria