Annaleen was born and raised in Hartswater, Northern Cape, and still lives in Hartswater today.

Annaleen went on to attend the University of Potchefstroom and received a degree in Education.

She worked as a teacher for several years. However, Annaleen didn’t feel the education industry was her calling and longed for the day she could have her own business.

Then The Venue was established in 2010 on a beautiful farm just outside Hartswater, catering for weddings and small functions. After a year there was a demand for accommodation and a spa. In 2012, seven beautiful accommodation rooms were built and in 2013 a Health & Beauty Spa opened their doors. The Venue keeps growing and expands every year.

Annaleen is married to Johan, and a mother to two beautiful daughters, Elske and Janike. When she’s not working she enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with family.

Her philosophy for a successful life, as well as business is to work hard, treat people with respect and honesty and with that, anything is possible.