Mark was born in Stellenbosch on 4th August 1958, had his initial schooling at Paul Roos Boys Junior in Stellenbosch and matriculated at St. Joseph's College in Rondebosch, Cape Town. After a two year stint in the Infantry, he went to Stellenbosch University and achieved a B. Comm. degree in 1981 whereafter he entered the motor business and has been there ever since, today managing the Selfords Motor Group of companies.
He is married to Laetitia and they have three children, two of whom have each successfully completed their tertiary education and the youngest of the three in her fourth year as a Physiotherapy student.
Mark has been a member of the Stellenbosch Golf Club since his days as a student, served on the club committee for a number of years and in 2003 was elected as Club Captain serving in this position for two terms.
He has served his community in many ways but his dedication as a member of Round Table epitomises his contribution. He served this service Club at the highest level and after being Chairman of his own Club he went on to fill the positions of Western Province Area Chairman, National President and International Relations Officer.
Mark is a Founder Member of the Boland Nomads Gold Club. Because of his
active involvement in Round Table and his stringent traveling programme, he took
a prolonged sabbatical from Nomads and returned in 2003. He was elected as
Junior Vice Captain for 2007 and went on the Captain the Boland in 2009.
During his Nomadic career Mark has been very involved with all aspects of the
the club and has traveled extensively both within the country and to numerous
Zimbabwe and Botswana events.