John Bredenkamp

John Bredenkamp

Zimbabwean Businessman and Rugby Union Player
Born Aug 11, 1940

John Arnold Bredenkamp is a Zimbabwean businessman and former rugby player. He is the founder of the Casalee Group.

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1940 Birth Born in 1940.


1958 18 Years Old Of Dutch ancestry, Bredenkamp registered as a Rhodesian citizen in 1958. … Read More


1965 25 Years Old As a Rugby Union international, he captained Rhodesia from 1965 to 1968.
1968 28 Years Old After his graduation, Bredenkamp joined Gallaher Limited, an international tobacco company in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), as a leaf buyer. In 1968 he was transferred to Niemeyer in Holland, where he rose to the position of leaf director.


1976 36 Years Old After leaving Gallaher in 1976 Bredenkamp founded the Casalee Group of companies registered in Antwerp, Belgium. … Read More


1980 40 Years Old After independence in 1980, Bredenkamp left Zimbabwe and moved his base of operations to Belgium. … Read More
1984 44 Years Old In 1984 he made his peace with the rulers of the new Zimbabwe and was able to return home. … Read More


1998 58 Years Old Bredenkamp gained considerable clout in the political and economic affairs of Zimbabwe. It is known that he played a significant role in the events surrounding Zimbabwe's intervention in the DRC between 1998 and 2003. … Read More


2000 60 Years Old Bredenkamp has been linked to claims to facilitate the retirement of Mugabe in 2000, by the Guardian's investigation in to the leaked US embassy cables
2004 64 Years Old It is claimed that he sought to facilitate the early retirement of President Mugabe in 2004 and his replacement by Emmerson Mnangagwa, former Security Minister and Speaker of Parliament. … Read More
2006 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Bredenkamp is reported to hold Zimbabwean, South African and Dutch passports. The matter of his nationality was a matter of dispute with some Zimbabwean officials towards the end of 2006.
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