Meet The Team

Alexis Townsley

With a Diploma in Financial Accounting and years of hands-on experience across the full accounting spectrum, Alexis brings her remarkable skills coupled with a ‘wicked’ sense of humour to the ZDFin team.  Responsible for maintaining the checks and balances for ZDFin‘s clients, Lexi has her finger on the pulse of everything from SARS compliance, to the management accounts for our Executive Managing Agent (EMA) clients and self-managed buildings.  Her expertise is a vital element in the exceptional level of service and delivery ZDFin offers its clients.

When she is not working, you’ll find Lexi outdoors –  gardening or hiking.

Amdené Viljoen

Amdene Viljoen heads up our Cape Town branch. She is an admitted Attorney with an LLB from the North West University campus in Potchefstroom, where she became a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Amdene practiced at Warrender Attorneys from January 2014 to February 2017 where she gained extensive experience in sectional title and debt collection. This experience served her well when she joined the Sectional Title Industry in March 2017 where she managed the Levy Finance and Collections divisions for a large Property Management Company. In 2019 she became Head of said companies Sectional Title Levy Collections nationally.

Her thorough knowledge, hands-on experience, and capacity to extend her skills to general issues affecting community schemes and their compliance, makes her a valuable addition to the team at ZDFin.

Amdene will head up ZDFin’s Cape Town office which will service ZDFin’s Executive Managing Agent (EMA) clients in the city and surrounds, as well as manage the financed and unfinanced levy collection.

Chanelle Strydom

Chanelle, with in excess of 19 years’ experience in the Sectional Title Industry, adds further practical experience and capacity to the ZD Team.

Chanelle has completed her RE5 and FETC (NQF Level 4) in Short-term insurance and adds an invaluable mix and additional skills to the ZD Team to better enable and enhance our service offering(s).

When Chanelle is not working, she spends time with her family, watching movies or reads a good book.

David Hirshowitz

David joined ZDFin as the Financial Director in December 2023 and brings with him a wealth of Financial knowledge and experience from a finance perspective when it comes to Financial Management of Community Schemes.

David is a chartered accountant with more than 10 years post articles experience. David completed his studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and in 2011 he went on to serve his articles at Ernst and Young incorporated, where he  was exposed to financial services and retail industries client audits.

Upon completion of his articles, David worked in various corporate accounting and finance related roles where he has gained strong accounting and financial management experience.

David also spent two years as a corporate financial management lecturer at Wits and helped to write materials, course work and assessments. He has a passion for developing and training people’s financial skills and knowledge.

In 2016 David joined a Large Community Scheme Property Management Group of Companies where he was appointed as the national operational head of accounting, during his 7 years of tenure he managed the accounting teams, across the different regions, whilst implementing effective accounting principles and procedures.

Outside of work, David is very much a family orientated person and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is also a sports fanatic (especially football and tennis) and enjoys playing football, tennis, padel and golf.

Matthew Dean

As an Englishman living in The Netherlands, Matthew Dean matriculated in 1998 at the Christelijk Lyceum Veenendaal and studied Marketing Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He moved to South Africa in 2001, where he enjoyed a fruitful and varied career in timeshare, travel, aviation, computing, and financial software support.

Matthew moved to ZDFin on the back of seven years of experience in the Sectional Title Industry, where he worked as a Maintenance Manager in Johannesburg.

Matthew is an avid problem solver and has completed numerous in-house Sectional Title related courses. He carefully vets contractors to ensure the schemes have their maintenance needs met by competent, suitable and reliable contractors; as well as keeping Schemes compliant in areas such as fire equipment and elevators.

Outside of work, Matthew is a doting husband and father of two sons and enjoys religious studies.

Michael Schaefer (Founder)

After identifying an opportunity in the market to better cater for the grossly underserviced area of bodies corporate and scheme finance, Michael Schaefer started ZDFin early in 2020.

As a former Director and co-Principal of national property Group Trafalgar, where he was the driving force behind the company’s financial services capability, also overseeing their Gauteng and Western Cape operations for 18 years, Michael’s background in property management and property financial services positions him perfectly to assist schemes with their financial requirements and associated challenges.

Any time out from his busy work and travel schedule is spent either on his mountain bike or exploring the depths scuba diving.

Michelle Yutar

Michelle matriculated at Eden College Johannesburg and after completing a CIS degree in 2001 through the CIS Institute, set out on a career path in accounting.  Michelle brings to her position of Financial Manager at ZDFin, a wealth of experience in both the property management and insurance industries, gained from her six years in the Sectional Title Industry.  She has been with the company since June 2020.

Michelle’s favourite way to spend her downtime is outdoors running, hiking and off-road riding or with her family exploring new destinations.

Nicola Schaefer

After completing her Matric in 2002 at St Theresa’s Convent in Gauteng, Nicola went on to earn her LLB at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2007.  She earned her legal stripes at Anthony Hinds Attorneys and Nowitz Attorneys, between 2008-2012 and was admitted as an Attorney in 2009.  Following seven years in the Sectional Title Industry as a legal adviser, she joined the ZDFin team in June 2020. Nicola is ZDFin’s in-house legal advisor and oversees all legal matters, including those of our Levy Finance solution and Executive Managing Agent (EMA) buildings and the management of our in-house property portfolio.

Nicola’s biggest thrill is seeing buildings rise from financially distressed to rehabilitated and she happily gets involved wherever there is a need – from overseeing the legal matters to getting involved in maintenance and renovations.

Nicola loves the outdoors and action pursuits such as skiing and deep-sea diving.

Philip John Badenhorst

After completing his matric in 2014, Philip obtained his LLB degree from the University of the Free State and a Certificate in Commercial and Contract Law from the University of Cape Town.

Following his move to Johannesburg in 2019, he was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 2021. His ambition and passion for the law resulted in him gaining valuable Property Law, Commercial Law and Civil Litigation experience.

Philip is an excellent addition to the ZDFin team as in-house legal advisor, with his extensive experience as a legal practitioner specialising in levy collections, scheme legal issues and property. Philip assists in the management of all our Executive Management Agent duties, as well as with our levy finance solution and levy collection matters. He manages our external panel of attorneys, drafting scheme administration documents and providing the team and clients with legal advice.

In his spare time Philip John enjoys cycling, watching Formula 1 and spending time with friends.

Roxzanne Budler

Roxzanne joined the ZDFin team in July 2023.

In 2012 Roxzanne completed a BCom in Marketing at the University of Johannesburg whereafter she went on to work at Absa as a financial advisers assistant.

In 2016 Roxzanne joined Home Alliance Estates (a Property Management Company) where she gained invaluable experience in Community Scheme management.

Roxzanne has a keen eye for detail, and thrives in organising chaos so when combining this with her Property Management experience she is an invaluable member of the ZDFin team.

Roxzanne is a firm believer that Family is always number 1 and spends her hobbies include anything art and craft related, cooking and boxing.

Shem Phiri

Shem is ZDFin’s building inspector and lease administrator with over 15 years’ experience in the residential market space having fulfilled a number of administrative roles.

At ZDFin we take a hands-on approach, as a value-add to our Executive Managing Agent (EMA) clients and Shem is our ‘go to guy’ for the job. He can often be seen on the ground in the buildings and estates we manage, meeting with contractors on-site, ensuring that all is running smoothly on the ground and actioning for attention, any problems or issues. Shem also assists with the credit control and leases for the group-owned units.

Taylor Daniels

Taylor joined the property management industry soon after matriculating in 2013. Her 10 year career in both the residential and sectional title property management industries, was garnered through her experience at Born Free Investments, A Byrne Associates and  within the Sectional Title Industry. She joined ZDFin in March 2021 as an in-house property manager for the ZDFin-owned property portfolio, bringing capacity, expertise and practical experience to ZDFins’ bouquet of financial product offerings.

Taylor has completed numerous Sectional Title management and Homeowners Association courses including the respected University of Cape Town’s Paddocks Sectional Title Course. She assists with the management and running of our Executive Management Agents (EMA) buildings and regularly meets with the bookkeeping and legal teams to ensure the smooth-running and compliance on all ZDFin client’s schemes.

In her spare time, Taylor enjoys hiking, cooking, reading and spending time on the KZN East Coast where she was born.