The GRiP Team

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Brad Lubbe

MANAGING DIRECTOR
About

Together with Jaco, Peter, and Sias, Brad founded GRiP after spending most of his career in the manufacturing sector. He feels fortunate in that he loves his work, and is grateful (even though we are seldom in agreement), that we have a great team with a shared vision. Brad is responsible for the overall leadership of GRiP and holds a MBA from The University of Cape Town.

Cronje Fourie

LEAD DEVELOPER
About

Cronje joined GRiP in 2013 after a lengthy career at NASA developing satellite tracking technology for deep space projects. Feeling unfulfilled by this mundane task, which many men dream of, he joined the GRiP team to bring brilliant solutions to life with the pride and care of a new father. He also moonlights as a clown.

Cronje studied Electrical Engineering at Cape Tech. During his early working years he realised a love for GIS and software development and taught himself to develop and design computer applications. Cronje finds innovative ways to solve complex problems and has been instrumental in building of enterprise class solutions for our clients.

Jaco de Kock

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
About

Jaco is one of the co-founders of GRiP and is responsible for all Technology and Data aspects of the business. This includes the technology roadmap, geo-spatial data management and project implementation.

Jaco started his career as a GIS business development consultant within the property valuation and municipal sectors. While always keen for a challenge, he got some innovative startups going and enjoyed being the hands-on project manager and systems engineer of commercial mapping applications for various large enterprises.

Together with his business partners, Jaco is driven by ambition, integrity, diligence, and innovative thinking to implement GRiP’s strategy and achieve the vision. He holds a Masters degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Peter Oosthuizen

DIRECTOR: MARKETING & SALES
About

Peter is one of the founding members of GRiP. He spent most of his career managing construction companies, before joining the GRiP team. He has a strained sense of humour and enjoys baking bread. Peter is responsible for the Sales & Marketing of GRiP, and holds a MBA from The University of Cape Town.

Steve Adesuyi

TECHICAL OPERATIONS AND CLIENT SUPPORT
About

Steve joined GRiP in 2013 from The University of Stellenbosch, where he was a Research Assistant (Geoinformatics). Prior to that Steve worked at SUNGAS Nig Ltd in Lagos Nigeria where he specialised in managing client enquiries, database management and field research. Steve also worked for The Department of Tourism Development as an IT/Operations Officer. Steve currently takes care of client technical support. He has a B.Sc Geography Degree, and a Geoinformatics Degree from The University of Stellenbosch.

Yvette Spamer

DATA AND CLIENT SUPPORT
About

Yvette recently joined GRiP as a data analyst and data processor. Prior to joining GRiP Yvette was involved in oceonagraphic data processing in Stellenbosch with The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She was also involved with the development of a wind atlas for South Africa. Yvette holds a BTech in Oceanography from The Cape Technicon.

Eddie Reynolds

ACCOUNTANT
About

Eddie has been with GRiP from its infancy and diligently takes care of the day to day and month to month accounting for the business. Prior to joining GRiP, Eddie worked as an Articles clerk at Pyper Turner Inc, where he finished his Honours Degree in Bcompt (CTA) and a 3-year SAICA Articles Contract. Prior to that he completed a B.Acc Degree at Stellenbosch University.

Ruan Van der Vyver

SAVi OPERATOR AND SUPPORT
About

Ruan joined GRiP in March 2015 as a SAVi Operator & Support. He completed his B-Tech Degree in Quantity Surveying at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2014. He also completed the AutoCAD Essentials and AutoCAD Advance courses.

As part of his In Service Training, Ruan worked as a General Foreman at J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects for a year.

He is a keen action cricket player and enjoys a round of Golf every now and then.

Seth Motswaledi

DATA OPERATOR
About

Seth originally from the Limpopo province studied BSc Geo-informatics at Stellenbosch University from the year 2011.

Prior to joining GRiP, Seth worked at Tsebo consumables in the construction industry in Gauteng as a workers supervisor. In his spare time Seth loves to play soccer and is a car fanatic. Seth hopes to grow and learn more from a diverse company like GRiP.

Seth works as a data operator in the company.

Seth believes geographers are spatial!

Lizette van der Westhuizen

ASSISTANT PROJECT AND ACCOUNT MANAGER
About

Lizette joined GRiP in August 2014 to assist with Project and Account Management.

She comes from a background in IT with various Insurance and Financial companies and is as comfortable working with people as with numbers.

Apart from her current role in GRiP, the mother of 2 boys still teaches Pilates, enjoys running and spends most of her time with her husband in Roggeveld Karoo.

Alex Smith

SAVi OPERATOR & SUPPORT
About

Alex joined GRiP in March 2016 as a SAVi Operator & Support. He completed his National Diploma in Building at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2013. He previously worked as an Estimator for Amlec Electrical and a Junior Quantity Surveyor for Cape Force Construction. His experience in the construction industry serves as a great asset for his new career here at GRiP.

He is a fun and humorous individual. He enjoys playing indoor soccer on a weekly basis and has a vast love for music, as he plays the Flute and is also an Orchestra Conductor in the New Apostolic Church.

Marchè de Beer

ADMIN/QS ASSISTANT
About

Marche grow up in the Eastern Cape where she finished her schooling and studies in HR, She recently moved to Cape Town, where she has completed her Diploma in Payroll. She enjoys learning and gaining knowledge.

She has a love for music, spending time with family and appreciating life.

As a new member to GRiP, she is grateful for the opportunity and is looking forward to being a part of a motivated and growing team.

Songezo Mpelwane

SAVi Operator & Support
About

Songezo is a gentleman who grew up in the Eastern Cape in a town called Mthatha.
Completed his BSc Degree in Quantity Surveying 2012 in NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).

Went on to work on various construction sites as a Junior Quantity Surveyor.

“I enjoy great company and good food”

“I have a growing interest in the Property industry and thank God for the SAVi team, as this is a great opportunity to grow in this field and exercise my creativity on an innovative platform.”

Xolani Madubula

SAVi Operator & Support
About

Xolani is originally from Mthatha Eastern Cape and joined GRiP in June 2016 as SAVi Operator & Support. He completed his National Diploma in Building at Durban University of Technology in 2012 and is currently doing his Btech in Quantity Surveying at CPUT.

Previously worked as a Junior Quantity Surveyor for Grinaker-LTA and various construction companies. Xolani hopes to grow and learn more from a diverse company like GRiP.

He enjoys playing pool, soccer and swimming.

Dale Gardner

Business Development Manager
About

Dale joined GRiP in September 2015 as the Business Development Manager and brings along a rich history of not only maintaining existing clients but successfully growing these relationships into long lasting business friendships.

His ability to forge new and exciting partnerships has seen GRiP go from strength to strength in a very short period of time leaving us all with an extremely positive outlook for the future.

Dale thoroughly enjoys a “quick’ 18 holes as well as the never ending opportunities a simple handshake presents.

Jaco Immelman

Geospatial Information Analyst
About

Jaco joined GRiP in 2015 after six years in academia teaching GIS. Through constant fascination with geography and research, he discovered his love for data, GIS and Remote Sensing.

He is passionate about new, innovative approaches and believes to continuously challenge ideas in order to improve and adapt skills and grow for an ever changing industry.

Jaco is a Geospatial Information Analyst at GRiP, involved in geo-spatial data – and project management and holds a Masters degree in Geography.

Now that you know a bit more.