Our Team

Introducing our dynamic Grit team.

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    Meet the team

    Grit Accounting is structured to support our clients, whatever their requirements are. The company operates on a flexible basis to deliver the service the client demand. We always strive to add real value in the form of that optimizing, training and system implementation.

    Grit Accounting Directors

    Our Directors

    Mariaan Leonard
    Mariaan Leonard


    Mariaan sees the potential in others. Each person is a work in progress, alive with possibilities, and are drawn toward people for this reason. When she started the accounting practise in 2009, the goal was and still is, to help our clients experience success, looking for ways to challenge them, to grow and progress.

    What I’m good at: Sorting through the clutter and finding the best route and plan.
    Typical me: Always in a hurry.
    In my next life I’ll become: A superhero.

    Sonette Meyer
    Sonette Meyer


    As an article clerk Sonette and Mariaan dreamt about one day having their own accounting firm. After a few detours in her career Sonette joined Mariaan at Leofin Accountants in 2012. Now as a partner in the firm she has a set goal to give excellent service to clients, attending to their accounting while they do business.

    What I’m good at: Good with numbers.
    Typical me: Checklists.
    In my next life I’ll become: A writer.

    Our Accountants


    Loves her job, bit of a workaholic. Always willing to help her colleagues. She is a perfectionist in her work as well as in her personal life.

    What I’m good at: Accounting.
    Typical me: Nose stuck in a book.
    In my next life I’ll become: A rock star.


    Driven by passion, motivated by goals and encouraged by success; these building blocks are the foundation on which Lorraine lives by. A go-getter to say the least. She is passionate, organized and ambitious with every task at hand, seeing the silver lining in any difficult situation.

    What I’m good at: Providing a calm atmosphere.
    Typical me: Always offering a helping hand.
    In my next life I’ll become: I want to be Google.


    Corne likes to finish what she has started. She enjoys spending time with friends and being outdoors. She is an energetic person that likes to keep busy and always has time for a joke.

    What I’m good at: Sports
    Typical me: Mug of coffee in my hand.
    In my next life I’ll become: I’ll be someone’s spoiled cat.

    Marelise Herbst

    Marelise truly believes in the words of George Bernhard Shaw that a life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

    What I’m good at: Planning and organisation.
    Typical me: Always around people.
    In my next life I’ll become: I’ll be a professional traveller.

    Kayleigh Pelser

    Once she puts her mind to something there is almost nothing that can deter her. Attention to accuracy and detail being her forte.

    What I’m good at: Cheering people up with a quick with a sunny disposition.
    Typical me: Living the good life, socialising and making every minute count.
    In my next life I’ll become: Karma.

    Danel Davidtz

    Danél is fuelled by her passion for numbers and people. She considers herself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on her academic foundations in accounting and stay in tune with the latest digital accounting strategies through continued coursework and professional development.

    What I’m good at: Fast learner, working under pressure, multi-tasking and transforming chaos into results.
    Typical me: Babbling, baking, busy bee!
    In my next life I’ll become: An interior decorator.


    They say that dynamite comes in small packages. This is true of Carla – she is small but was well-trained during her studies at the North West University where she obtained her degree in 2018. While she is heading towards the end of her three-year clerkship, Carla completes everything that comes her way with pride and dedication. Only her utmost and full attention is good enough when it comes to her work. In her private time she loves reading, camping and spending time with family and friends.

    What I’m good at: Treating other people with respect and being the friendly face and the helping hand.
    Typical me: Spending quality time with my husband, family and friends – many times around a fire “paired” with a glass of good red wine.
    In my next life I’ll become: The owner of a pre-primary school.


    I aim to add value to the company and our clients through active participation and continuous development of knowledge and skills. Striving for fundamental values such as honesty, integrity and respect as well as being professional and objective. I am a loving and warm hearted person who always have time for the people who means the most to me.

    What I’m good at: I’m good at making people laugh.
    Typical me: I’m always eating a tuna salad and going to the gym in my spare time.
    In my next life I’ll become: a New York fashion designer.

    Our strategy

    Quality and informed business decisions rely on accurate and up-to-date financial statements i.e; budgets, tax planning, cash flow, strategic planning, etc.

    Traditionally, clients and their accountants are so busy finalising historic information and submitting statutory returns, that there is little to no time to use the financial information to make informed & proactive business decisions.

    We have the experience, expertise & futuristic insights to recommend systems that ensure critical accounting information is a click away.

    Once these systems are in place, the collaboration between client and firm becomes productive, with dynamic conversations that lead to overall business improvements.