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BIOGRAPHY - LAURETTE ENGELA
 
  Laurette and Francois
in the gardern of thier
house in South Africa
2002

Laurette Engela was born in 1973, South Africa to David Johan Engela and Aletta Johanna Engela.  She attended local public schools and matriculated at Technical College in 1990 and completed her N6 Secretarial course 1991.  At the age of 18, she had the privilege to study as an apprentice under Mrs. Martie Gerber whilst completing her Hair and Beauty course at the Salon La Petit. 

She married Rui Manuel De Pinho Louro briefly in 1995 and they had one child, Jaunique Louro. 

After the separation in 1996 and the subsequent divorce in 1997, Laurette worked at Estic Partners Limited starting as a Receptionist she became the Personal Assistant to the Operations Director and then formed her first business, importing and exporting goods from and into South Africa.

Francois met Laurette in The Blues Room (fine dining and life entertainment venue) located in Sandton during the early months of 1998.  They were instantly attracted to each other.

  Laurette, Jaunique and Francoi
  Laurette and Francois
and her daughter at
Francois' 60th
Birthday party

The couple moved to Lilongwe, Malawi during 1999 where Francois had a large contract with the Government of Malawi and they set up home together.  Laurette worked as a Personal Assistant to Francois and acted as the Corporate Services Director.  In 2002 the couple split their time building Francois’s business, traveling and occupying their houses in Malawi, South Africa and the United Kingdom. They were very much in love and absolutely committed to each other. 

Francois suffered a personal tragedy in 2004 when his mother suddenly died of a heart attack.  Shortly after this he decided to change his life style and with the help of Laurette, gave up alcohol and started exercising. Tragically his beloved elder sister Marie Antonette (Toni) died in 2005.

Laurette suffered a personal tragedy in December 2007 when her paraplegic brother, whom she had provided for since 1998, died in hospital fighting for an excruciating 50 days.  Regrettably the couple were divorced in the latter part of 2008 and since then, Laurette moved to the Limpopo Province of South Africa with her only daughter, Jaunique Jones.

 
  Laurette with Adam at
Adam's graduation
day in 2002

This is what Laurette had to say about Francois : -

“Francois changed my life.  I met him at the age of 24 and he taught me everything I know today that is of value in business.  He is the most generous, reliable and compassionate man, I have ever met.  A true Cesar.”

 

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  Barbara May Gammons
  Catherine Ann Horkan
  Laurette Engela
  Sheryll Principe Navor

CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN
  Simon Edward Harrison Jones
  Adam Francois Jones
  Ruth Francoise Jones
  Rachael Francoise Mackenzie
  Mark Francois Jones
  Jaunique Jones
  Ferdinand Napoleon Holland Mackenzie
  Winifried Francoise Annis Mackenzie
  Maria Selena Francoise Navor Jones

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