The founding team of Medi-Merchant are experienced in the trade, and committed to service excellence and values its relationships with customers.
Jan Derksen, Co-founder
Jan grew up on a farm in Kroonstad. Subsequent to matriculating from Grey Kollege in Bloemfontein, he obtained a Honours degree in Geology from the University of Stellenbosch and moved to Tanzania to work in remote locations on geological exploration projects.
While living with rural communities, he grew to appreciate and understand the universal benefit of repurposing and the detrimental effect of dumping on the environment. He returned to South Africa in 2015, but still travels to East Africa on a regular basis.
His belief in a system of refurbishment and donation to promote the South African social and environmental wellbeing prompted him to co-found Medi-Merchant.
Julius Schoeman, Co-founder
Julius obtained his Bachelors in Accounting and Honours in Management Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch.
Subsequent to his education, he launched his career in London, working for a Rolls Royce subsidiary responsible for power generation projects in various countries around the world. 5 years later, he returned to South Africa and worked at Philip Morris International as a strategic planner and business development manager.