Meet the Board Of Directors
Teleforge, with head office in Maxwell Business Park, Waterfall, Midrand is South Africa’s leading Call Centre solutions and software engineering company. The company was founded in 2013 by Andrew Van Niekerk and is now home to a group of highly qualified and passionate professionals, with a stable, loyal and ever-increasing Call Centre client base.
We live by a simple business philosophy:
- Invest in our team to make them the best, professionally in their respective fields, and individually equipping them for their personal lives.
- Emphasise and build on a strong leadership culture.
- Unwavering focus on quality
- Highly focused and pragmatic management
This philosophy allows Teleforge to grow at a rapid rate without the need for external capital investment.
Teleforge adheres to ethical leadership and aims to achieve the highest level of good Corporate Governance by subscribing to the King IV Code.
ANDREW VAN NIEKERK
Andrew is an innovative entrepreneur with five years of experience in IT and another eight years in Telecoms. Being a serial entrepreneur at heart, Andrew founded and managed ten companies during his career and served in management at two other companies. He was the manager on several projects with turnover reaching into the billions per year.
He has a BCom (Information Systems) and BSc Hons (Information Systems) from UNISA (Cum Laude).
Andrew has specialist knowledge of the Management, Training, Coaching, New business development, Operations, Research, Technical, Design, Support and Implementation Environment.
Andrew founded Teleforge in July 2013 in Bryanston and served as the Managing Director until October 2016. He is serving as Executive Director and Head of Sales.
Janine is a seasoned Telecommunications Executive, she served as Chief Commercial Officer at Liquid Telecom South Africa. Before this, she headed up Global Ethernet Product Development at Vodafone. She was pivotal to developing a multi-bearer product portfolio over nine years, growing revenues from a zero base to over R1bn from Vodacom Business’s inception in 2008. She directed the following product launches; national Carrier Ethernet services over fibre, packet Microwave, as well as various other access services over Long range WiFi, Satellite, FTTX and submarine fibre optic cable systems such as WACS, EASSY. Janine obtained CECP certifications in 2013 and again in 2016 as well as SDN/NFV certification and network expert accreditation in 2018. She earned BCom Economics and BCom Honours Business Finance degrees. She received industry awards from both the FTTH Council of Africa and MEF. She is a member of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in South Africa. Passionate about Telecommunications and Digital Transformation, Janine works with the University of Johannesburg’s engineering faculty to expose students to digital and network transformation trends and offers them an opportunity to get involved in practical coding and increase their skills in this field.
In 2003 Shashi graduated with BSc (Elec Eng) and a year later a MEng (Info Eng) cum laude at the University of the Witwatersrand. He started working as an analyst developer and soon after joined Entelect in 2005.
He led the development of a number of systems for clients in the corporate banking, derivatives trading, customer relations and entertainment industries. Shashi’s ability to understand his clients’ business needs and impressive delivery record saw him appointed as technical director three years later. In 2010 he was promoted to the role of Managing Director, where he took ownership of day to day operations, staff management and transforming Entelect into the company it is today.
Following five successful years as MD, Shashi was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Entelect in 2014.
FRANCOIS VAN DER MERWE
Francois is a decisive, action-oriented and results-driven business leader serving as the CEO of Teleforge. He studied an MBA at the University of the Free State while also offering 16 years of business leadership experience with a large focus on strategic business development and growth.
Experienced performer in both tech start-ups and Tier-1 Telcos driven by a strong affinity towards, and passion for exponential technologies. Relationship builder, superb networker, trainer, mentor, and coach.
Francois’ personal mission is to live passionately for others, leveraging all his power, talents, gifts and resources for those around him. To live a strong and generous life that inspires others to greatness consequently leaving a mark on society.
His personal motto is: “Build to Influence”
Antony is an inventive, results-driven executive, outstanding strategist with the passion for delivering record breaking revenue growth in highly competitive business markets for both startups to world class organisations. His experience includes heading Liquid Telecom as General Manager of Innovation, Enablement, Partnerships, Professional Services and Special Projects and is leading the Digital Transformation (Dx) program Liquid Telecom SA.
He has been a Sales Director for international software vendors such RedPrairie, JDA Software, SSA ERP and Super Group Technology Solutions. In addition, he was the Managing Director of Scantec, a subsidiary of Westcon SA. He has been an independent non-executive of Teleforge since the inception of the Board and appointed Chairman from 1 March 2018. Since January 2019, Antony is serving as Teleforge’s very own Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer.
Chris is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for IT and business in general. He started his career in the IT industry leading to the creation of his own IT company; The Notebook Company. Chris is also an avid property investor where he started buying his first properties in 1996. Chris now owns over a 100 properties, including residential properties, estates, game farms and commercial properties. Chris funded the initial start-up of Teleforge as a silent shareholder, making him one of the founding members. Chris has a wide range of extracurricular passions; he has earned his Private Pilot’s licence, Micro-lite license, and also does Paragliding, and Motorised Paragliding. When he is not running his businesses he enjoys horse riding, off-road bikes, scuba diving, fishing, hunting, water skiing, snow skiing, snowboarding, kite surfing (more struggling than enjoying) and hiking.