The South African director in charge of operations in South Africa is Michael Anton Meyer and was one of the founding directors in 1998. He spends most of his time in South Africa, yet visits companies and research institutes worldwide to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in both skin care and nutritional supplements - all to do with anti-aging and improving the quality of life for all people. His Ageless herbal range is also endorsed by the world-renowned British celebrity Sharon Prasad.
Michael Meyer was born to a very interesting family in Pretoria, South Africa, who fostered him to be a free-thinker and to experiment with anything that he was interested in. His father’s influential post in government also ensured that Michael had unfettered access to resources at an early age.
From an early age Michael was interested in general health and looking good, and started doing facials, manicures and pedicures from the age of eight, charging all the willing family members and neighbors ZAR 0.05 per treatments (about US$ 0.01). His particular forthright nature and chatty ways already showed early on in his life, and from an early age he liked being with people and doing business.
His greatest supporter and mentor was his mother, Anna Meyer, who always supported him – even in the pre-apartheid society of South Africa, which was a narrow-minded, highly regulated Calvinistic and unforgiving society.
His interest in nutrition was sparked and inspired from an early age by his twice-removed uncle – Dr Johan Latsky (Head of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome) and the family started using unknown items such as yoghurt and yellow margarine long before it was commercially available anywhere in the world.
Another great influence was his maternal grandfather – Soon Liebenberg – a self-made millionaire farmer and investor who instilled in him the love and commitment for hard work. He also learned from his grandfather that you could start with nothing, and through perseverance achieve what you set out to do, if you work hard enough and believe in your commitment.
His paternal grandmother – Anne Meyer – was a very strong-willed, headstrong, no-nonsense, witty, clever and ascetic person. From her he learned self-discipline, self-reliance and the value of money and not to be daunted by anybody – whoever they are.
Michael started at age 15, still in high school, to be involved in skin care manufacture, but this part of his life was put on the back-burner while he completed schooling and studying.
He lived in the UK for some time, and qualified as a gifted interior designer, as well as trained in cosmetology but returned to South Africa after his relationship to a British TV producer fell apart.
Back in South Africa he followed various employment careers – including working for S.A.A., as an interior designer (and also being a trustee of the biggest shopping complex in the Southern hemisphere); an estate agent; and becoming the manager of a property company.
Due to the impact he had on the design world in general, and specifically in South Africa, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in design.
At this time his friend-for-life, Dr Sandy Bye, a renowned biochemist and researcher helped him launch the first Ageless herbal range as well as the Dermaxime anti-aging range. This was done in conjunction with Spanish, American and Swiss research facilities.
His supplement ranges – both the Zest for Life and the Ageless herbal supplement range – are well liked and sold not only in South Africa, but internationally. Michael was also the first person to develop and market apple cider vinegar capsules in South Africa, which he did with the help of his chemist friend, Pieter Botha.
He is actively involved in the company and the quality of the products speak of his personal commitment to manufacture quality products. On an academic level he also serves on the advisory committee for one of South Africa’s large training universities.
Apart from his duties as director of the company, he is actively involved in the day-to-day running of operations, and is often asked to do appearances and talks on skin care, essential oils, herbal uses, holistic health, anti-aging and being “ageless” in South Africa and abroad.
Due to the nature of his work, he travels wide and often, to source latest technology and ingredients, and to do research on all his esoteric and holistic interests.
He arrived in the 1680’s in the Cape via Amsterdam and his name appears in 1690 in the VOC registers (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) as a worker but became a free citizen in 1692 (vryburger) and moved to Franschhoek. The Cape was first colonized by Jan van Riebeeck, who landed on 6 April 1652.
He was married to Susanne Caucheteux in 1693. She was born on 18 December 1675 in Pas de Calais in the town Marck in France. Her father was Isaie Engelbert Caucheteux and her mother Susanne Albert. Susanne Caucheteux was christened on 5 January 1676 - with Jacques Clinquemeur and Anne du Ponchel as witnesses.
The Caucheteux family (the parents, Susanne and her two brothers Isaie and Jean) escaped to Holland after the recall of the Edict of Nantes with the Edict of Fontainebleau in October 1685 by Louis XIV.
The Caucheteux parents seemed to disappear at this stage and Susanne and her brother Isaie, were adopted by Nicolaas Cleef of Groszsalze, Germany and Barbare le Fèvre (sister of Pierre le Fèvre). Pierre le Fèvre was a Huguenot living on the farm Fleur Baix in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Her brother Isaie married Anna Marcavene (from Marseveen) but died in 1708 at the age of 35 - leaving no children. Anna Marcavene remarried Abraham Prévot (who came from Calais, France) - and Abraham Prévot was the last French Huguenot to die in the Cape on 1767.
The fourth child of the union between Gerrit Hendrik Meyer and Susanne Caucheteux – Esaias (Jesaias) Engelbert Meyer (married to Maria de Bruyn in 1733) is the direct branch of the family from which Michael Meyer is a descendant.
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