Our People

‘‘One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.’’

Neels Cornelissen

Workshop Manager and Blacksmith

Neels joined the team as Workshop Manager in 2016. His background includes 40 years in the technical and engineering industry.

He is passionate and creative about imparting his knowledge and skills to ensure that the art of creating wrought iron products lives forth in the next generation of blacksmiths.

Neels is also the visionary, who partners with our clients to dream up quality designs and spearheads the high-quality products and workmanship that Hortus Wrought Iron is known for in the industry.

Rina Roberts

Office Administrator

As wife to the Founder of Hortus Wrought Iron (the late Glen Roberts), Rina has always been and continues to be an integral part of the business.

Although it was challenging, Rina knew that Glen’s 30-year legacy had to live on, so she took up the reins to continue the task of delivering high-quality products, and customer care, and to ensure that their employees could continue to earn a living.

She is also responsible for purchases and deliveries and very passionate about forging relationships with our existing and new clients.

Our blacksmiths are hand-picked and trained by Neels Cornelisson in the specialist techniques and art of forging iron to life.


Our extensive experience enables us to create a unique range of signature products, tailormade to the exact specifications and requirements of our clients. If you can envision it, we can most probably make it.


Hoogekraal Farm
Vissershok Road (off N7)
Durbanville Hills 7550

[email protected] (Neels or Rina)

021 972 1062