Victoria Koning (néé Pitwood) was born in Wijnberg, Cape Town on the 1st of March 1969. She has lived all over South Africa including far away places like Tzaneen, Knysna and Henley-on-Klip. During her childhood, Victoria’s family moved around a lot and by the time she was 20, she’d lived in 40 different houses! No wonder she has an insatiable wanderlust.
She attended Clarendon High School for Girls in East London from 1982 to 1986. As much as she wanted to obtain tertiary education, limited resources gave her a steely determination to “make things happen”. Aged 17, Victoria won a modelling prize that enabled her to buy her plane ticket to Johannesburg.
Within 2 weeks of arriving in the city of gold, she was sitting behind the receptionist desk at Rio Tinto Mining House in Sandton. She was fascinated by the upcoming trend … personal computers, even making menus in DOS.
To further her skills and experience, Victoria moved from one job to the next, where she finally ended up as the IT Manager at Oracle Corporation, managing a team of 12. She earned two awards, “Achiever of the Year” and “Most Positive Attitude”.
Partners in Life. Partners in Business.
After getting married in 2001, Marcel and Victoria moved to the Netherlands, where they formed their flooring business partnership, Marvic VOF. Victoria followed the Naturalisation course, learned to speak Dutch and how to run a business in Holland; there are a gazillion rules!
Victoria joined Marcel on the larger installations; their record was laying 120m2 of laminate in one day! Victoria also handled the bookkeeping and business administration.
Using help screens and manuals, she taught herself how to design websites. In 2007 MarVic started offering webdesign services to other small business owners. They sold this part of the business to a Dutch web design company in 2013.
Volunteer webmaster for Land Rover Club Holland
After a 7-month learning curve in Drupal, Victoria built the complicated website, donating more than 300 hours to the mammoth project, “an exhausting challenge and fabulous learning experience”.
In December 2013, Marcel and Victoria took the opportunity to experience Provençal life at its worst … in Winter to look after their auntie and uncle’s old farmhouse in Cotignac. Three months later Marcel and Victoria bit the bullet and returned to Holland. For a week. To pack up and move South.
Consultants in Cotignac
They are now residents of France and registered as “auto entrepreneurs” working with various homeowners and businesses in Cotignac doing online marketing, social media, property management, and lots more.