Meet the Team

About Easylife Kitchens

Creating Spaces That Make Memories

Easylife Kitchens’ core Client is you. The design, quality and price-conscious homeowner who builds a new home or remodels an existing one. Corporate developments are also undertaken, while export projects represent an increasing part of our turnover as many Easylife Kitchens have found their way into homes and estates in over 20 African and European countries.

Choosing Easylife Tygervalley

High quality service is our top priority. We’ve always said that the person that owns the store, runs the store. Our team members are passionate about their work and it shows.

Our team is a team of all stars, who put you first.



Our star team at Easylife Tygervalley boasts years of experience in the trade. With many successful projects under their belt, they are up for any challenge. Our team is passionate about designing and creating your perfect kitchen, study, bedroom, man cave or any other room that needs our attention.
We pride ourselves on a high level of customer service.

Martin Aylward

Born in Pretoria, Martin completed his Bachelors in Business Management through UNISA. In 2004 he decided to combine his creative side and academic knowledge and opened the Tygervalley branch. His attention to detail and uncompromising attitude concerning quality has resulted in the award-winning franchise consistently being one of the top-performing branches in the Western Cape. He believes in being active and is currently a keen cyclist.

Retha Aylward

Retha studied law and worked in an Academic environment before opening the Tygervalley branch with her husband, Martin, in 2004. Although Retha now primarily works the admin and financial leg of the business, she still enjoys the challenges and rewards associated with designing and bringing a dream kitchen to life. She believes that, most importantly, Easylife Kitchens Tygervalley is a business based on integrity, respect and honesty.

Marcus Hartog

I’ve been interested in design from the day I got my first LEGO set…way back when. My experience with kitchen and furniture design begins in London, England in the early 90s where we designed fitted and freestanding schemes from mostly German and French manufacturers. I am an unashamed modernist and truly thrive on this style. I’m a keen amateur chef so it follows that functionality plays foremost in every design I do. For me, it’s about much more than just aesthetics. I want to think about and understand the ‘nuts and bolts’ too.

Donovan Bedja

Donavon has been in the wood and cupboard industry for over 20 years. As storeman, he receives and dispatches all goods. He thus plays a crucial role in bringing your kitchen to life. Donovan is married with two kids, is a weekend DJ, enjoys playing pool and is a keen cook!

Adriaan Moller

Adriaan has been in the kitchen industry for over 27 years. As he started off installing kitchens he has a particular eye for attention to detail and prides himself on designing kitchens that work. Adriaan has been working for Easylife kitchens for three years. He is the proud father of twins that keep him young and active.

Mareanca Briers

I have been working for ELK since 2016 and have a degree in Interior Design attained through CPUT. Through my studies and experience working in the furniture design and architecture industry, I have a firm grasp of what is aesthetically pleasing but at the same time practical. Creativity and design are in my blood, and I am fortunate to have been raised by two practical and creative people who taught me that designing sky castles are useless unless you know how to build them.

Pieter Human

Pieter dabbed between telecommunications in London and farming in the Karoo. And this is also where his love for drying specialised biltong stems from! Pieter has been in the kitchen fitting industry for 15 years and has been with Easylife Kitchens Tygervalley since 2008, as a regular fitter before becoming a remarkable specialist with a keen eye for detail. Pieter is proud of his team and the work they produce to ensure every client has a 'WOW' moment. And together with hard physical work, enthusiasm and pride in his installations, he thrives on delivering high-end results that will go beyond the clients' expectations and presentation.

Marahwaan Hendricks

Marahwaan has been in the carpentry industry for 30 years! He thrives on installing kitchens, vanities, TV units and much more. Marahwaan’s goal is that every client is happy with his workmanship and bringing their dream kitchens to life! When he’s not installing the perfect kitchen, Marahwaan can be found enjoying time with his three daughters and training Welsch horses to participate in shows.

Mario Jason

Mario’s first job ever was in the woodworking industry, and he has remained in that industry ever since, totally about 30 years of experience behind his name. He is so passionate about cabinetry that it’s his biggest hobby in his spare time. Mario joined the Easylife Kitchens Tygervalley family in 2017, and he finds great pleasure in his work, especially seeing the result and giving a client their perfect kitchen! When Mario isn’t installing kitchens, he enjoys spending time swimming and with his family.

Maya Herholdt

Apart from being a supermom (aka stay at home mom), Maya has been a Sales & Design Consultant for more than 20 years! She achieved her Advanced Diploma in Interior Design from Greenside Design Centre after school, and she went on to showcase her skills at various design companies. Maya has worked at previous Easylife Kitchens showrooms, including Illovo and Fourways, and has now made her name at Easylife Kitchens Tygervalley! Maya knows what goes into ensuring her clients receive their dream kitchens, and making their visions a reality is something she’s incredibly passionate about.

Riyaaz du Toit

Riyaaz’s career can only be described as an adventure in wood for the past 10 years! Before joining the Easylife Kitchens Tygervalley family in 2014, he mastered his art and trade as a fitter at Alpine German Kitchens for 5 years! Riyaaz thoroughly enjoys spending time with his family and doesn’t pass up an opportunity to travel.

Angelica Fransman

Installer & Assistant to Pieter

Rameez Gasant

Installer & Assistant to Riyaaz

Reagan Davids

Installer & Assistant to Marahwaan