Hannes studied journalism at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. A brief stint as a sports editor for Paarl Post followed, before he joined CAR magazine in 2001. He eventually became the (youngest-ever) editor of CAR in 2011, a position he occupied for two years. During his career at CAR he wrote a book (Cranked Up: Confessions of a Petrolhead) and was named by the Mail & Guardian as one of the Top 200 South Africans to take to lunch in its 2008 Youth Day supplement, and by The Media magazine as one of the most influential media professionals under 40 (2012).
He left CAR in 2013 to experience the "other" side of the industry, working with upcoming brand Great Wall Motors as Brand and Product Development manager and gaining experience in retail, customer care, dealership networks, product planning, marketing etc.
Now, as CARS.CO.ZA 's Customer Experience Manager Hannes is tasked with ensuring visitors to this platform are exposed to the most useful and relevant advice and information possible. Hannes heads up the CARS.CO.ZA CONSUMER AWARDS programme as well as the CARS.CO.ZA OWNER SATISFACTION SURVEY project.