About Into SA

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The Into SA Team

It is not only the dozens of university degrees that make the Into SA Team special, it is also their decades of practical experience in the front-line of dealing with inept, ill-equipped or oblivious government departments. Meet the Team that will make a difference:

Ralph M Ertner

Chief Exec. Officer (Into SA Group)

Ralph M Ertner, born in 1965, is the founder and current CEO of the INTO SA Group. His career started at Deutsche Bank Berlin, where he was responsible for asset and portfolio management. He went on to study law at the Free University of Berlin. After gaining experience at the law firms of Neuendorff & Partner (Berlin), Heussen Braun von Kessel (Munich) and Jan S De Villiers (Cape Town) as well as Van der Spuy (Cape Town) he decided in 1995 to stay in South Africa permanently. Two years later he obtained the degree of Master of Laws at the University of Cape Town (UCT). With his specialist knowledge in all economic, fiscal and commercial matters, Ralph Ertner advises predominantly in Immigration, Black Empowerment and cross-border Company Structures.

Ralph oversees personally the operations at the international offices of Into SA  and spends most of his time conducting Roadshows and assisting Delegations to and from all over the world.

Ralph Ertner is author of 12 books on legal investment conditions in South Africa, among them “Tax Law – A Guideline for Investors” ,  “Investing in South Africa – Opportunities and Risks in the 21st Century” and “INVESTOR GUIDE – Doing Business in Zimbabwe”. 

He is currently a member of the Council of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and past member of the Regional Council of the South African German Chamber of Commerce in Cape Town, founder of the Spanish Chamber of Business and past Director of the Spanish and Austrian Business Chamber as well as the Founder and Past President of various Rotary Clubs.

Languages: German, English, Afrikaans and Spanish (in progress)

Sherizaan Ertner

DipHosp (IHS)
Executive Director (GAUTENG Division)

After having served Into SA as Director for Social Responsibilities over 7 years, Sherizaan Ertner has taken over the position as Executive Director in Into SA South Africa in 2019. She is also a Board Member of Into SA Empowerment NPC with the continued focus on uplifting poverty-stricken communities and its members. With her background in journalism and degree in hospitality management she identifies and guides the various organisations that are supported by Into SA.

Her socio-economic skills assist not only with these tasks, but also in her capacity as Executive Director of Into SA South Africa with the task of settling in the key personnel of our foreign corporate clients and their families.

Languages: English, Afrikaans, German


Phila Komote

DiplMan (NMMU), cand. LLB (UNISA)
Head of Corporate Law Services & Licenses

Phila Komote, neé Cona, has joined Into SA in July 2014 to take over the Department for Tax Registrations and Licensing at our branch in Tshwane. She assists our clients with all applications to the South African Revenue Services (SARS), the Department of Labour as well as to other relevant government departments and professional bodies.

Phila is also assisting Into SA clients with offshore incorporations and offshore bank accounts as well as with the liaison to the offshore jurisdictions Into SA caters for within sub-Saharan Africa.

In August 2015 she joined the Board of Directors of Into SA Tanzania Limited, our subsidiary in Dar es Salaam, but remains physically based at our Tshwane branch.

In 2018 she assumed the lead over all company law matters and incorporations world-wide!

Languages: English, isiXhosa, Afrikaans


Dianne Nash

LLB (UP), Conveyancer & Notary Public
Legal Advisor, Notary
ex officio

Dianne Nash earned her LLB from the University of Pretoria during 2003 and then started working at a reputable attorneys firm in Virginia, Free State as an article clerk, where she had exposure in all facets of law. After being admitted as an attorney, conveyancer and notary public, she was employed by Etienne Bedeker Inc Attorneys and headed up the transfer and bond registration department, managing and leading a team of 12 conveyancing staff members and trained and mentored the candidate attorneys.

During 2009 to 2014 she consulted to Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young in their Tax & Legal Department | Immigration Law.

Dianne has joined Into SA in a ex officio capacity to support the team and their clients with her expertise and experience in a variety of legal fields including, but not limited to Immigration Law, Administration of Estates and Wills, Corporate and Commercial Law, Estate Planning, Law of Trusts, Matrimonial and Family Law, Dispute Resolution: Civil Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Property Law and Notary services.

Ashleen R Plaatjies

DiplAcc (CTTC)
Executive Officer (CAPE Division)

Ms. Plaatjies has joined Into SA in 2017 to assist our Cape Town Branch with her accounting and communication skills she obtained at Cape Town Technical College in 1992. She earned her credits in various sectors of the industry, mostly Retail and Banking.

Ms. Plaatjies is responsible for the group accounting in the Western Cape as well as maintaining close communication channels to the Western Cape Government and Parastatals.

Languages: Afrikaans, English, German

Tarryn A Evon

DiplAcc (CTTC)
Executive Director (CAPE Division)

Tarryn Evon began her career in Cape Town and worked for eight years in the Administration and Accounts Departments of an Immigration Company. After she assisted and excelled in her knowledge, handling ad understanding of Immigration Matters, she was spotted by an Advocate, who hired to assist her with Criminal Court cases and to run his Immigration Department for almost three years with a special focus on immigrants from Asia.

Tarryn has joined the Cape Town Branch of Into SA in May 2016 as Legal Advisor for Immigration, where she soon became the soul of this office in the Western Cape and took over the position as Executive Director of Into SA South Africa – CAPE Division – in September 2019.

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Tandeka Ncube

Office Manager (Into SA Zimbabwe)

Tandeka has joined Into SA Zimbabwe in 2018 to facilitate and submit visa applications at the High Commission in Harare.

In 2019 she was promoted to Office Manager and is currently responsible for administering and coordinating the office in Harare as well as assisting the directors with their projects.

Languages: English, Ndebele

Jörg-Henning Meyer

Publishing & Press (KapExpress)

Jörg-Henning Meyer, a seasoned journalist and editor in chief of the German-speaking News Portal Kap Express (www.kapexpress.com) has joined Into SA in Cape Town in November 2017 to support the new group-activities pertaining to the import and sales of international products.

He supports the Admin Team of Into SA’s subsidiary Technology for the Next Generation (NextGenTech), composes news articles for the eBRIEF and the Into SA WebPage as well as translations for clients, publications and social media. He also designs and re-designs catalogues and price lists for NextGenTech to bring them in line with corporate identity of the group.

Languages: German, English

Tafadzwa Mhonde

LLB (UL), cand. BProc (Harare)
Executive Director (Into SA Zimbabwe)

Tafadzwa Mhonde was born and bred in Zimbabwe where he received his primary and secondary education. Subsequent to passing his Advanced Level education, Tafadzwa Mhonde moved to South Africa for his tertiary education, where he studied for and successfully completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Limpopo.

Passionate about the law and upon receiving his degree, he joined Zvinavakobvu Law Chambers, a law firm in Harare where the skills of legal practice and legal advice were honed. He recently completed his board examinations with the Zimbabwe Council for Legal Education and is soon to be admitted as a legal practitioner in the High Courts of Zimbabwe.

Early 2018 he joined Into SA Zimbabwe in order to assist with managing the subsidiary of Into SA in Harare and to coordinate the projects facilitated by Into SA in order to rebuild and restructure Zimbabwe after the dispensation.

Languages: English, Shona

Bongani Komote

Cand.DiplEEng (TSC)
Immigration Advisor (Gauteng Division)

Bongani joined Into SA in 2023 after successfully working at an immigration firm in Johannesburg as an immigration consultant. 

His background knowledge of immigration laws, policies and industrious nature has led him to his current position as an immigration advisor in the Gauteng Division of Into SA wherein he assists clients with the complex and daunting process of consulting, rafting, submitting and monitoring the processing of any visa or permit and citizenship.

Languages: English, Sotho, Sepedi, Setswana, isiZulu.

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