The Mergon Group was founded in 1980 by Francois van Niekerk through the establishment of an IT company, Infotech, with less than R1000 in capital.
Within nine months the company ran out of capital, facing bankruptcy. In desperation, Francois made a vow that he would give 30% of the business for t... read morehe expansion of the Kingdom if the Lord took care of the crisis. Within half an hour, God turned the situation around and the company was saved.
From these humble beginnings, Francois and the Mergon team went on to establish several succesful businesses in partnership with like-minded entrepreneurs. This approach, together with unmerited favour, has resulted in Mergon achieving sustained above-market returns for nearly four decades.
Francois followed through on the 30% commitment by placing the shares in an independent trust, the Mergon Foundation Trust. In response to Christ’s continued grace, the van Niekerk family has since sought to increase the Mergon Foundation's ownership in the group to 70%, a goal which was finally achieved in 2008.
Today Mergon funds over over 130 strategic, impactful initiatives, each of whom are committed to transforming the lives of people both practically and spiritually as they seek to expand God’s kingdom.
We also encourage and equip other business leaders to make a difference, through our Nation Builder initiative and Francois’ book, "Doing business with purpose - Beyond success to significance”.
At Mergon we believe we are part of His story and we are merely stewards in amazement at what he is doing. We are unified in our commitment to surrender our own plans and dreams of success, to walk in relationship with Him, depend on Him and be willing instruments in His hands.