SGB-Cape Management Team

Michael Graham Els

Michael Graham Els

Chief Executive Officer – Waco Africa

Michael has a BSc (Quantity Surveying with Distinction) from UCT and commenced as CEO of Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd in July 2010. Michael’s working career began as a professional QS in Cape Town in the late 80’s. The next 20 years saw Michael starting and running two mid-tier construction companies specialising in commercial construction and development, the second of which he ran until his appointment to Waco Africa.

Tinus Gouws

Tinus Gouws

Operations Director – Power Division “Project Management”

Tinus started his career with Cape Contracts and joined the Waco group in 1997 where he completed numerous projects including Majuba Power Station build, Arnot RTS and the Grootvlei Power Station Return to Service project.

Tinus was appointed Regional Director in 2006 for the Power Region and appointed Operations Director of the Power Division in 2012, with a primary task to assist with the growth and technical support of SGB-Cape’s “insulation services” for the company.

Kobus Visagie

Kobus Visagie

Divisional Director

Kobus was Operational Director at Cape Contracts for five years. This followed a career of 20 years at Eskom, most of the time in a management position (ie Production Manager, Electrical Maintenance Manager and Outage Manager).

After the amalgamation with SGB, Kobus was appointed as Managing Director from 2008 to 2012 at SGB-Cape. Kobus is currently Director of Power, Painting and Insulation. His qualifications include MBL, B.Comm, GCC, NHD Elect Eng.

Garth Peter Gray

Garth Peter Gray

Divisional Director of Africa Expansion

Garth obtained NHD Civil Engineering in 1985 whilst working for a firm of consulting engineers on industrial and construction projects.

He joined SGB-Cape in 1997 as Contracts Manager and was appointed to the position of Regional Manager in 2006. In 2012 Garth was appointed to the position of Divisional Director of Africa Expansion.

Shane Gee

Shane Gee

Divisional Director (Coastal Region)

Shane started with Cape Contracts in 1998 and joined Waco Africa through the acquisition of Cape Contracts in 2006. He had held a number of senior positions in SGB-Cape including Branch Manager (Richards Bay & Durban), Regional Manager (KZN) and Commercial Manager (Coastal Region).

Shane has a diploma in Project Management and was appointed Divisional Director (Coastal Region) in May 2015.

Louis Naude

Louis Naude

Divisional Director

Louis is a chartered accountant by profession and joined the Waco group on 1999. He served in various financial roles throughout the Waco group which included Project Accountant at Waco International (2 years), Financial Analyst at Waco USA (5 years), Financial Manager at Waco Africa (2 years) and Group Financial Manager at Waco International (5 years).

He was appointed as Divisional Director of SGB-Cape Inland Region in 2013.

Gavin Kettle

Gavin Kettle

Director Business Development Africa

Gavin commenced with Waco Africa in January 2014.

His career started in the mining industry and moved to the EPC environment with Fluor in the mid-80’s where he was involved with the Polypropylene project in Sasol Secunda. The next two decades saw Gavin developing successful Services Businesses in South Africa as an Executive Director and minority shareholder. Gavin was appointed to develop both the Waco Africa and in particular the SGB-Cape service offering in Sub Saharan Africa, with the emphasis of Project Development in the Power, Mining, Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sectors. His Qualifications include an MBA (RBS) Dissertation- cum laude.

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