Andre was the founding President the Irish South African Association which now has branches in both Johannesburg and Durban as well as Cape Town.
Testimonials and Letters of Reference:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Andre de Villiers
I met Andre de Villiers, who is of Irish descent through his late Mother, about twenty years ago, when I became a member of the Committee of the Irish South African Association, in Cape Town, of which he was first President.
A man with a passionate interest in all things Irish, Andre had single-handedly revived what, up until then, had been a moribund, often fractious and certainly dysfunctional organisation, and breathed completely new life into it. It was an exhilarating project, which put Irish culture front and centre of, firstly Cape Town Society, and eventually all of South African Society. Under his direction, we forged solid relationships with the Irish Diaspora locally, and with our fellow Celts in the Scots and Welsh Societies, and the local coloured and black communities, as well as building a vigorous connection with the Irish Embassy, which supports our every effort to this day. I was proud to carry on his legacy as 2nd President of the Society and persuade the Irish Government to build on his foundation, by giving the Society an annual grant. During those early, difficult days, Andre used the facilities of his very successful Estate Agency business to help the infant Irish Society, gain its feet, and often dipped into his own pocket, to ensure our various activities could survive.
Kincora Investments (Pty) Ltd
12 November 2018
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Ref: Mr Andre de Villiers
Andre de Villiers was a founding member of the Irish South African Association in Cape Town. From humble beginnings, he steered the organisation to what it is today, with over 500 members throughout South Africa and chapters in Johannesburg and Durban as well as Cape Town.
In addition to his support for the ISAA, Andre is a well known and respected businessman in Cape Town, who has established and run an extremely successful chain of Estate Agencies in Cape Town.
I believe Andre will be an asset to the community in Athlone when he moves to Ireland. He will be sorely missed in South Africa.
Chairman, ISAA Cape Town