Congratulations Louis Johannes Botha Pieterse on being a key player in MR South Africa 2016


About Your Journey to Mr South Africa

What would it mean to you to win Mr SA?

It would be a dream come true for me to win Mr. SA.


When did you know you wanted to be a …?

Photographer, when I was 15 years old


What do you love most about your job?

The freedom it gives me and meeting new people


What was your first job and how did it help you get to where you are now?

Waiter, starting at the bottom helps one to be humble when you reach the top


Do you have a mentor?

Yes, Nelia Steyn is a life and business coach


On Success

What three things/people/ROLES have contributed most to your success?

My wife standing beside me through the bad times, my mother for teaching me that I have what it takes, my friends that believes in me and encourages me all the time


What one thing have you learned that has served you well over the years?

Be yourself, don’t pretend


On Motivation

How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?

I stay focused on my dreams and my goals.


On Leadership

How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe that I am a great leader, people tend to listen to me and follow my advice, I know how to influence people in a positive way.


What leadership qualities do you most admire?



What community projects mean something to you and are you involved in any?

Photography for orphans ( my own NPO ) and CANSA


About Yourself

If you knew then what you know now, what would you tell your 18-year-old self?

DO NOT make any debt ( getting stuff you don’t need to impress people you don’t like ) I had to learn the very hard way how to work with money.


How do you get balance in your life?

Time management helps me to do a lot but still have a relaxed lifestyle, and God keeps me balanced.


What “rules” do you live by?

Just be who you are, and what other people think of you is ONLY their opinion not necessarily the truth.


What three things could you not live without?

My wife, my son and my daughter.


Who is your inspiration when it comes to what you do?

I love to follow people that made a success of their lives and came from nothing. I enjoy watching inspirational videos to motivate and inspire me


What are your other passions, besides being fabulous?

I love my family, food photography and making memories


What’s Next?

What is Number One Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year? I want to leave a legacy after my year as MR.SA


Motivation for Others

What’s the best way for our readers to connect with you (feel free to include the links to your social networks and websites)?

Facebook – Louis Pieterse

Twitter/Instagram – louispieterse1



Words to live by?

Follow your dream, don’t let your fear stand in the way of your dreams.


What’s your superpower/ special agent / secret weapon / mojo?

My ability to interact with people, and my smile.


Words of advice for people aspiring to be where you are?

Stay focused, work hard and keep your eye on your goal. Have faith and pray, believe that GOD can do anything.


Sharing is caring…insert expert advice here:

What is the “thing” that (could, should, we need) empowers community? A healthy family unit is crucial for healthy communities, and a healthy SA.

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