Up Close and Personal
My name is Marén Brynard de Klerk. I was born on 14 August 1968 at Mariental, Republic of Namibia.
I spent the major part of my adult life as a Commercial Attorney working in Windhoek, the Republic of Namibia.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
I was born in Mariental, Namibia into a well to do Afrikaner family and I'm the youngest sibling of three children. After completing high school at Hoërskool Gymnasium Paarl, where I was also elected as a prefect, I completed my compulsory South African Military Service where I was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
After completing my Military Service, I completed my B.COMM, LLB degrees at the University of Stellenbosch in 1994.
I also completed a certificate in commercial law with the University of Cape Town.
I started working as a State Prosecutor in Windhoek, Namibia in December 1994. I completed my Articles at Muller & Brand Attorneys in Windhoek and thereafter joined the firm Ellis & Partners. During my Article years I finished first in my class at the Justice Training Centre in 1996.
In September 2001, I started my own firm under the name and style of MB de Klerk & Associates.
In April 2002, I was admitted as a Notary Public in the Republic of Namibia and also completed my Conveyancing examination successfully and also practised as a Conveyancer in the Republic of Namibia.
I practised as a Commercial Attorney in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia since 2001 and in 2018 he started a new firm, namely de Klerk, Horn and Coetzee Incorporated together with three co-directors.
During my 10 years as a Commercial Attorney I served on various Directors’ Boards as well as Trusteeships, the most notably of which was the Mushimba Family Trust. I also served as a Trustee of the biggest Medical Aid Fund in Namibia, namely Namibia Medical Care Medical Aid Fund.
I have a wide range of interest ranging from an interest in history especially the Boer War and the Second World War, philosophy, indigenous trees etc. In addition, I have got an inclination for reading and enjoy sports such as squash, trail running, water skiing, mountain biking, open water swimming and the like.
I obtained my provincial colours for swimming whilst at school. During this time, I was also the school’s swimming captain in 1985/1986.
During my compulsory Military service, I was also promoted to an officer in the then South African Air Force.
After completing my studies, I had to complete the compulsory practical legal training at the Justice Training Centre in Windhoek, Namibia as part of his Articles where I finished first in my class.