Veiw testimonials from our happy clients.

Sunninghill Drive, Knysna

Dear Charl and Johan,
I write this letter with a truly happy and grateful heart! The house of our dreams has been realised and we will be forever thankful to you, Schalk, Henk and the rest of your “dream-team”.
You took what seemed a hopeless and impossible situation and turned the entire project around in the most effortless and professional manner. The energy and drive the entire team displayed has been absolutely remarkable!
Since our initial meeting, the detail that went into visiting our site and putting your quote together as well as the guidance and advice you offered to us has been invaluable. Our project was definitely not an easy one and we faced far too many obstacles (beyond our control) along the way. Despite the dark place we found ourselves in, we had no choice but to place a massive amount of trust in you to deliver and you most certainly did. We wish to thank you sincerely for your kind patience and ongoing commitment to seeing the project through to its’ perfect completion.
To say that we are satisfied is an understatement. We believe that you have built us the most beautiful house that we could ever have imagined. You and your team exceeded our expectations and continue to do so with the final little details still in progress. We will certainly have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your company a hundred times over!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Charl and Johan. We would like to think that beyond our contractor-client relationship, we have formed a friendship with you all and look forward to welcoming you into our beautiful home at any time.
Please feel free to provide our contact details for referencing purposes to any future potential clients.

Christopher and Michelle Patton

Anat – Western Cape

It is most encouraging to find an honourable building contractor in an industry with a bad reputation, littered with fly-by-nighters and con-men.
Rancor was recommended to us after the initial contractor failed to live up to all their promises. We decided to design and build a light steel frame house primarily for it’s superior thermal insulation properties, and accuracy of construction. Added benefits included the speed and ease of construction on the Fish Hoek mountainside. From the outset Charl, Lewellyn and the team provided ongoing feedback and advise, stuck to their deadlines, were flexible with minor changes, ran the site in a professional manor, and delivered a building on time without any major issues.
I can highly recommend building in light steel, and would say that in my experience Rancor is probably the best in the industry at the moment.

Phantom Lodges

A year ago I met with Charl for the first time and discussed our plans of rebuilding Phantom View Lodges after they burnt down with the Knysna fires. I wanted to run the project but had absolutely no idea where to begin . Charl and Johan was kind enough to to help me get this project going and helped me step by step throughout this whole project.They gave me advise and a helping hand when things got out of my control. A big thanks to the whole team Charl ,Johan ,Schalk and Henk for keeping your promises, for all the help, making me feel like part of the family and most of all rebuilding a place we hold dear to our hearts . I would definitely recommend anyone to get in touch with you.

Kind regards, Xander van der Merwe


EMC Squared Engineering

EMC Squared Engineering have been engineering for Mr Charl Van Zyl, the CEO of Rancor since their inception and, as structural engineers, we have always been impressed with the method in which Rancor conduct their business. It is seldom that we come across the high level of quality as we do in their construction methology. Mr Van Zyl, as the CEO, has always had a personal involvement in every project Rancor has constructed, ensuring that his well-trained teams maintain a high level of excellence. Rancor, and their constant attitude to go the extra mile to ensure quality, has always reflected itself with their clients’, in the feedback we receive from them. Working closely with Mr Van Zyl, we have no hesitation in extending our recommendation to any of his future and/or potential clients. Regards, C Vlotman


Gail and Claus Schmitz

We built our home in Knysna starting in November 2017, with the Rancor Team. The whole experience was very easy and they were most accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble for them, any changes we made along the way were dealt with efficiently. The reason we chose to build with them is that the process of building is a lot cleaner, tidier and faster. We are very happy with our build and are loving being in our new home. We would highly recommend them. Regards, Gail and Claus Schmitz


Phil Pienaar & Shelley Chapman, London, UK

“Having explored a wide range of residential building methods, the light steel frame construction method attracted our attention for both speed of the build and proven commercial applications. To complicate matters we live in the UK and needed a consultant, project manager and a builder that could take control of our build and communicate effectively to drive the project through to a timely delivery. Charl van Zyl and his Rancor team has certainly delivered. The initial consultation was swiftly concluded and the Rancor team has experience in a variety of materials and finishes that allowed us to build a premium home within a reasonable budget. The project was expertly managed by a professional team and delivered on time and on budget. Charl worked closely with us to bring our vision to life, and was pro active in making recommendations on where we could save money to help spend money on the design elements to achieve the look we really wanted. We received regular updates and photo’s which really made us feel part of the build even though we were so far away. Communication was excellent and is such an important part of the building process. We are thrilled with our new house and would highly recommend Rancor for your building project – be it a new build or an extension.” Regards, Phil Pienaar & Shelley Chapman, London, UK

Kleimond House

Diane Labus

Our house along with many others was destroyed in the Knysna fire, it was a very difficult time for Knysna and the decision, for us, to rebuild or buy was a little like a roller coaster. We had known the Meyer Brothers for some years and were aware of their excellent reputation. From the very first meeting with Rancor we became positive, their enthusiasm was infectious, our decision was made. Work on site commenced on 16th.November and was completed, as promised on 28th February. The whole team are professional, efficient, capable and have an exceptional good work ethic. Promises were kept, deadlines met, communication, even when we were overseas for 6 weeks was very good.The team are innovative and have the ability ‘to think out of the box’ many things and finishes were suggested that added special touches to our home The site was always kept clean and tidy, the workforce helpful and friendly. We moved into our beautiful new home on 1st.March. Rancor and Meyer Bros make a fantastic team and I have no hesitation in recommending them to others. They gave us tremendous help and advice and made the whole experience of rebuilding our home a walk in the park. Well done. Regards, Diane Labus


L’Abrie de Dieu

I write this letter in recommendation of Mr Charl van Zyl and RANCOR. We had the pleasure of working with Mr Charl van Zyl on the building addition of our shelter. I can honestly say that from our first meeting with Mr Charl van Zyl we were thoroughly impressed with his extensive knowledge and the various alternatives he offered helping us to select the best options of building material suitable to meet our budget. A home addition is one of the most overwhelming tasks anyone can ever undertake! Especially if it is for a Non-Profit organisation with very low funding resources! We needed the assistance of people who truly are proficient, flexible and prepared to listen to our needs. From brainstorming design elements to completing the entire make-over, RANCOR were consummate professionals. Throughout the process, we were put at ease with frequent consultations and daily communication. I can recommend RANCOR highly and without reservation. Throughout the course of the addition to our building, Mr Charl van Zyl was an absolute professional. He was accurate in his initial assessment of the scale, cost and completion date of our project. He chose and managed the subcontractors well. Our job was done with care and precision. We were impressed by the quality of workmanship, competence and integrity. In addition, they are extremely clean and tidy in the workplace and never left the worksite in disarray. They are certainly outstanding professionals whose excellent work merits recognition. RANCOR builders made this building experience a pleasurable one. Thank you for a job well done!

Regards, Lee Rossow


Kaap Agri

Dear Charl Kaap Agri would like to thank Rancor for the exceptional service you provided at our Simodium Store. Throughout the project we only experienced professionalism by your competent Team and can attest that we have started a relationship which we hope will to see grow to become a long lasting one. The project was delivered on time and whenever there were concerns or small adjustments to be made, they happened seamlessly, through good communication. We wish you all the best for the future. Warm Regards, Jaques Van Rooyen


Brenton on Sea

“Hi Charl So loving our home, eventually getting around to it have penned it in my head so often. Thank you Rancor the Meyer Brothers and Johan. You rescued us from a very daunting situation completing our home and making it safe and sound with us never doubting your sincerity to deliver. We love it! We wish you the greatest success in 2019 and beyond” Regards, Janet Taylor


Julie Wilcox-Jones, Knysna

“They say that building your own home is one of the most stressful and emotional things you can do. They are not wrong. Following the fires in Knysna on the 7th June 2017, we were faced with having to re-build our entire home. The decision to use Rancor was the best we could have made. Not only did they stick to their promise of building our home in just 16 weeks, we were actually able to move in one week earlier than the scheduled deadline. Yes, it was very emotional and yes, at times it was stressful. However, the fantastic team at Rancor and the Meyer Bros certainly made this experience a positive one. Not only with the speed at which they work but the attention to detail is also what I would expect from builders in the UK. The site was kept exceptionally clean. At the end of every day, all tools were removed from site and the area cleaned down, even vacuuming up the sawdust! I really cannot thank Rancor and all the staff enough for the fantastic home they have built for my family and I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone considering building their own home.” Regards, Julie Wilcox-Jones


Jaco & Minèe van der Westhuizen

We decided to contact Rancor for a quotation on the renovation of our house as family members highly recommended them after the successful completion of their new house by Rancor. We met with Charl and Lewellyn on site on a Friday morning and by that evening the quote was delivered and signed by us. The following Monday the renovations started and work was done within the time frame given to Rancor. Lewellyn went out of his way to accommodate us with changes during the project and keep us up to date with the developments. As with any building project we had some minor hickups, but all these were attended to within a couple of days of reporting this. We can highly recommend Rancor.

Regards, Jaco & Minèe van der Westhuizen



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