André matriculated in 1990 at CR Swart High School in Brandfort. After school he lived out one of his passions and immediately joined the SANDF in 1996, he left the Force with the rank of Captain. His career in the agricultural industry started in 1997 at Senwes as a Sales Clerk. Later he worked as Branch Manager at Senwes and Afgri in Dewetsdorp, Petrusburg, respectively Marble Hall and Bloemfontein. He completed his MPP and BOP management programs at the University of Bloemfontein. Andre and his wife Annalise, has a son, Ettien, and a daughter, Zanel. He spends every moment of his free time enjoying a shared passion, rock and surf fishing with his son. He also loves to work with his hands.