Our Team of Tax Professionals
B.Com, LLB, Adv Dip Tax (Cum Laude)
Schalk is the co-founder and co-owner of Pieterse TRM Erasmus Inc. As Managing Director, he guides a team of tax attorneys and professionals, and is especially equipped to deal with administrative law and constitutional issues over and above the normal tax law provisions and statutes. He is a practising Tax Attorney who specialises in tax dispute resolution, Tax Board and Tax Court representation, tax debt management and negotiations, as well as general tax law advice restructuring based on years of experience. Schalk is co-authoring a book on the Tax Administration Act with international tax expert, Dr. Daniel Erasmus. Schalk lectures in tax law at IITF and is also completing his LLM in Tax and Constitutional Law at Nelson Mandela University.
Prof. Dr. Daniel N. Erasmus
BA (Law), P Proc, H Dip Tax, PhD (Constitution and tax), Adv Dip Transfer Pricing
Prof. Dr. Daniel N. Erasmus is renowned and respected as an international expert in tax law. His 29 years of experience includes all aspects of income tax planning, Revenue Service administrative proceedings and tax litigation. As an international tax adjunct professor, and author of numerous textbooks on tax risk management, his vast experience encompasses complex domestic and international issues with a particular emphasis on procedural defects, domestic tax issues, and international tax; transfer pricing issues for multinational corporations and various international structures; and trusts in various jurisdictions that include the USA, South Africa and other African countries.
BCompt, GTP (SA)
Eddie bolsters the strength of our team by applying his 23 years of experience in the tax industry. He rose through the ranks of the Collections Department at SARS, gaining valuable insights that provide practical solutions for our clients at Pieterse TRM Erasmus. Eddie is a registered Tax Practitioner and is particularly skilled in the nuances of tax debt negotiation, which includes payment arrangements, compromise offers, penalty waivers and remittance applications, suspension of payment and the acquisition of tax clearance certificates. He is also well versed in tax disputes, Tax Board and Tax Court matters. Eddie also currently lectures in tax law at IITF.
H Dip Tax & H Dip International Tax (Cum Laude)
Steve’s extensive experience in Employees Tax and Value Added Tax has been gained over the last 28 years, initially in the Public sector and then in the Private Sector. His practical understanding and ability to analyse the facts, understand the internal workings of Sars and his reputation in dealing with Sars Audits are well known. He serves as a member of the executive committee of the South African Payroll Association and has been involved in the Association for the last 15 years. For the past 18 years he has been presenting seminars and workshops for various organisations on the topic of employees tax and related matters. He has presented the Diploma in Employees Tax through the IITF and will be presenting similar courses in the future.
Wynand completed his articles in 2012 and immediately afterwards joined Schalk Pieterse as an associate. Although having practiced in commercial law, general litigation, evictions and labour law, he spent most of his time on administrative law. His appointment as Director came in 2017 and with same the majority of his focus shifted to finances and management. Wynand subsequently made the move with Schalk to Pieterse TRM Erasmus Attorneys where he mainly deals in settlements with SARS. As Director he is still involved in finances and management.
Elsje obtained her LLB Degree in 2011 and commenced her Articles of Clerkship at Annali Erasmus Inc. in Uitenhage where after her Articles was ceded to Daniel Saks Inc. in 2012. She was an Executive Committee Member of the Candidate Attorneys Association of the South Eastern Cape. After completing her Articles at Daniel Saks Inc. Elsje remained with the firm as a Professional Assistant and was later promoted to Associate in 2015. In June 2018 Elsje joined Strömbeck Pieterse Attorneys as an Associate in the Litigation Department where she worked as a Litigating Attorney until she joined the Tax Department of Pieterse TRM Erasmus Tax Attorneys in June 2019. Elsje specialises in High Court Litigation and Tax Law.
During the course of Deoné’s studies, she developed a keen interest in tax law and administrative law. This henceforth shaped the direction of her efforts. Deoné is employed as a Candidate Attorney at Pieterse TRM Erasmus, and is thriving in her role within the firm. Her focus is mainly on dispute resolution as provided for in Chapter 9 of the Tax Administration Act, 28 of 2011. Her experience in administrative law allows her to swiftly detect and address any form of maladministration or non-compliance with the TAA and the rules promulgated there under.
Leanne has conscientiously worked her way towards being a candidate attorney at Pieterse TRM Erasmus. She gained employment at a law firm right after matriculating, where she developed a passion for law. This led her to further her studies and she is now in the process of attaining her LLB degree. Leanne’s interest lies in the Tax Administration Act, and she is currently learning the processes and procedures of tax law under the careful stewardship of Schalk Pieterse and Eddie Sellner. Leanne also has a big interest in commercial litigation and under the guidance of Schalk Pieterse and Elsje Meyer is furthering her knowledge in this field of law.
Chris is a Candidate Attorney in the firm’s Port Elizabeth office. He graduated from Rhodes University with majors in Psychology and History. Thereafter, he obtained his LLB from Rhodes with distinction, full academic colours and was placed on the Dean’s List for each year of his LLB studies. His favourite areas of law are taxation, administrative law, company law and the law of trusts. He has been assisting the Institute for Accountability in South Africa (IFAISA), also known as Accountability Now, in the preparation of public interest litigation aimed at strengthening anti-corruption machinery of state in the Republic. Chris is also a student of music and enjoys playing music in his spare time.
Marnus van Wyngaard
Marnus started his Articles in August 2018 with Strombeck Pieterse Attorneys. He litigated in many different fields namely: divorces, debt collection, maintenance applications, domestic violence matters, evictions, cyber crime matters, liquor administration and taw law matters. Currently Marnus primarily focuses on Liquor administration and Tax law. He enjoys the commercial side of law and plans on delving more into company law. Marnus has been involved in liquor administration since 2018. This involves the legalities surrounding obtaining a wholesale, or retail, license in South Africa, where each liquor board has its own regulations and municipal by-laws.
Lauren de Villiers
Lauren brought her 11 years of valuable experience in debt collection and civil litigation with a leading firm to the team at Pieterse TRM Erasmus. She assumed the role of Professional Assistant and immediately contributed to the firm. Her main focus remains on debt collection and litigation matters, and her skill set continues to evolve within our specialised team.
Debbie has worked as a Personal Assistant for over 25 years. In that time, she has worked alongside management in a number of influential companies, including Rand Merchant Bank in Cape Town, and Tate & Lyle in London. Her addition to the team at Pieterse TRM Erasmus has contributed to an efficient office and an effective workflow.