Hotel Nieu was founded by Anthony Fitzhenry and Paul Boshoff in 2016.
Anthony is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who previously founded Axiz (Pty) Ltd. in 1989 and Qhubeka Charity in 2005. Axis grew to become the largest IT distribution company in Africa, and in 2003, Anthony spearheaded the development of an Employee Ownership Trust, which allowed all Axiz employees to become employee-owners and to democratically influence and benefit from the future growth of their company.
Qhubeka is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs. It has distributed more than 80 000 bicycles to date.
Anthony is also a founding member of ‘Inqolobane’, The Employee Ownership Association Africa, an organisation that fosters entrepreneurial democratic equity participation for the employees of enterprises in Africa.
In 2006, Anthony was named ICT Personality of the Year by the Computer Society of South Africa, and in 2009, the South African State Information Technology Agency named Anthony one of its 15 ICT Legends for his contribution to the development of ICT in South Africa.
In his spare time, Anthony enjoys travelling rural South Africa and photographing its people.
Paul Boshoff comes from a family of four boys and grew up mostly in the Heidelberg/Nigel area with strong farming roots in Perdekop (where the family farm was based). He excelled in art and mathematics at school and learned the value of customer service and a solid work ethic early on in life from his father, who worked in car sales.
After matriculating and completing his compulsory two years of military duty, Paul studied for a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Pretoria. He became the Building Science Student Body President in 1986, before completing his studies in 1987. Holidays were spent between compulsory military camps and working at Stauch Vorster Architects (who sponsored his bursary).
After qualifying, he worked at Jacques Botha Architects and then Wim Swart Architects. In 1994, he struck out on his own, starting Paul Boshoff Architects and then later Urban Concept Architects.
Urban Concepts offers commercial, residential, retail and urban design and architecture services. Paul and his team have worked on numerous prestigious projects, from embassies to shopping centres, private homes and office parks. Paul’s work has been featured in various publications and has appeared three times on Top Billing on television. For more information, visit the Urban Concept website.