Andre Derek Joubert was born at Florence Nightingale Nursing Home in Hillbrow in Johannesburg on 15 May 1946. He spent his primary school years in Polokwane, and in Sabie. In 1959, he became a boarder at Pretoria Boys High School. It was around this time that he attended the Sunnyside Anglican Parish of St. Michaels and All Angels, where the late Reverend Don Martyn prepared him for confirmation by Bishop Knapp Fisher.
After school, he spent 3 years at the University of Pretoria doing a BSc, which was never completed. He joined Barclays Bank in 1967, where he completed an Institute of Bankers Advanced Diploma in 1973. This resulted in his being awarded a scholarship for full-time study at a university of his choice, and in 1976 he graduated with a BCom degree. Two years later, in 1978, he received his 1st managerial appointment and spent the next 22 years serving Barclays as a marketing and credit manager. In 1982, he was seconded to the London Head Office of Barclays for 4 months of training. He is now retired.
He was married to his wife, Pamela, in January of 1975 and they were blessed with 2 sons who are both engineers and reside in Cape Town. No grandchildren, as yet. Andre has been involved with the Anglican church for many years in various capacities. His interests are varied, but he enjoys playing a round of golf whenever the temptation arises.