In every new company’s existence hiring their first employee is not only an exciting time for the company it also represents a vital turning point for the founders. For the first time there is another person who comes in with different skills, views, experiences and abilities. This one person often assumes a vast array of responsibility and carries the hopes of the new company on their shoulders whether they realise it or not.
Thankfully the broad shoulders of Jan Ferreira, an International Rugby player for Zimbabwe has the tenacity and drive to handle the challenges that face every new start up. Jan, with his background in sales and graphic design has quickly slotted in seamlessly with founders Matt and Ross where his passionate energy has been a welcomed addition to an already boisterous team.
Hailing from Harare, Zimbabwe, Jan grew up in a teaching, farming and rugby mad family. Both Jan and his brother, Schalk have extensive rugby playing careers with both having represented the Zimbabwe national team, also known as the Sables, in both the 15s and 7s format of the game. Jan’s full playing career has included captaining Zambia u18, represented Zimbabwe at u20 level and has included stints playing overseas in Spain for a season and playing club rugby here in South Africa for Collegians in Durban and now for Villager FC in Cape Town. Jan is currently part of the Sables squad for this years Africa Cup.
Following in his mothers and brothers footsteps, Jan is also a qualified teacher having received his Teaching Diploma (Magna Cum Laude) and is currently in the process of obtaining his BEd from Unisa. Aside from his formal education and rugby playing career, Jan also enjoys building model aircrafts, farming and he has been a drama director for over 5 years.
Having Jan on board at Fanport has been a welcome addition as the company starts to expand and grow. We’re looking forward to introducing him to our existing and future community.