Annatjie Smith was born on 14 August 1954. She matriculated at the Brits High School in 1972 and obtained a BA degree in Communication at the former Rand Afrikaans University in 1975. In 1976 she was appointed as secretary in the ministry of Information under dr CP Mulder and later in the ministry of Public Works of dr AP Treurnicht where she also acted as private secretary.
Annatjie qualified as an estate agent in 1981. She practiced as an estate agent with Aida in Pretoria and later established her own agency which she ran until 1989 when she relocated with her family to Nelspruit.
Annatjie is a junior Springbok gymnast and took part in the International Gymnastrada in Switzerland in 1969. She is married to Christo and they have three sons. She is the firm’s financial manager, deals with property administration and arranges the countrywide seminars that the firm presents on evictions and various other topics.