Executive Team

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JOSEPH ZINYANA

FOUNDER & CEO

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Joseph not only qualified as a Metallurgist and International Welding Engineer, but also completed his master’s degrees in both these disciplines (MSc in Metallurgy and MEng in Welding). He cut his teeth as a Metallurgist at Mintek, from where he progressed to ArccellorMittal (previously known as Iscor). After that, he accepted a position as Welding Engineer at Sasol, where he was responsible for quality control and plant welding maintenance activities for many years. The entrepreneurial bug finally bit Joseph when he founded New Age Engineering Solutions in 2003, where he remains actively involved in the strategic running of the business. Joseph also contributes to the industry by serving as a Board Member of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), and in 2020, he was elected as President of the institute.

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SUZAN ZINYANA

FOUNDER & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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As Co-founder, Susan has played a significant role in building New Age Engineering Solutions up from the ground. To this day, she manages the administrative personnel to ensure strong back office support that in turn enables seamless business operations. She is also responsible for growing the business through proactive business development initiatives. Susan has a particular passion for uplifting others along the way, and over the years, she has initiated a series of community development projects, including the company’s youth and internship programme which was launched in 2016. Susan furthermore spread her entrepreneurial wings to the leisure industry, and her enterprising spirit and ability to conceptualise new ways to do things better, continues to add value for New Age Engineering Solutions’ colleagues and clients alike.

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DAVE ELLIS

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Dave Ellis is registered with the SACPCMP as a Professional Construction Manager. He has a qualification in Business Management from Henley Business School. He also holds a qualification in Mechanical Engineering and is a qualified Fitter and Turner. Dave started a career in the construction industry some 31 years ago as an apprentice fitter and turner and has steadily worked his way through the ranks going on to build some of the largest pipe fabrication facilities in Africa. Dave has run construction projects all over the continent of Africa for some of the largest construction companies in Southern Africa. He has extensive experience across all sectors of the industry which include Oil and Gas, Paper and Pulp, Food & Beverage, Mining and Power. Before joining New Age in 2022, he worked as the Chief Executive Officer at TEMI Mechanical and Electrical.

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NIGEL PONTAC

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

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Nigel is a qualified Mechanical Engineer (BEng in Mechanical Engineering) who also completed the Nuclear Engineers Programme. He formerly acted as Principal Member of the Koeberg Operability Sub-Committee (KOSC) and Operating Review Committee (KORC). In addition, he has more than two decades’ experience in multifaceted aspects of engineering and maintenance, which among others include working as a Nuclear Operator, managing various departments at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, and finally advancing to Maintenance Production Manager. Nigel first joined New Age Engineering Solutions in 2015 as a Site Manager, and has since moved through the ranks swiftly, first getting promoted to Operations Manager then Operations Director and shortly after to Commercial Director, where he plans, develops, and implements growth and commercial strategies for the business.

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JONATHAN OLIVER

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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Jonathan Oliver is an experienced mechanical engineer; he obtained both his Government Certificate of Competence (Mech Eng, Factories) and ECSA registration in 2003. He has degrees in both engineering and business administration. Jonathan started his career in the gold mining industry with AngloGold in 1993 where he completed his junior engineering program. He then transitioned to the steel manufacturing industry with Saldanha Steel Operations and thereafter he joined Eskom Koeberg Nuclear Power Station where he occupied various positions such as Systems Engineer and Project Manager. He completed his Nuclear Engineer Course during his tenure at Eskom. Jonathan joined a local subsidiary of a large multinational company as one of the subsidiary executive managers where he occupied this position for a period of 13 years. Jonathan joined New Age in August 2020 and has recently taken up the position of Operations Director.

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DAVE DE WET

PROPOSALS DIRECTOR

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Dave found his passion in 1982 after being both a farmer and a banker. Starting in Group 5 Projects he spent time doing expediting and materials control on the Simmer Jack gold mine and the main Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Dave has become a specialist executive in the Front-end of the business and been an integral part of the strategic decision making of the companies he has worked with. Dave has worked in the Mining & Resources, Oil & Gas, Pulp & Paper, Food & Beverage and Power sector. He has also been passionate about the stagnation in the use of technology in the construction sector. He joined Aveng Grinaker-LTA Mechanical and Electrical in 2016 as the Business Implementation Executive.
In 2018 Dave founded TEMI Mechanical & Electrical with Dave Ellis for the Velani Unlimited Trust. He joined the New Age Team in 2022 as Proposal Director.

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WITNESS RIKHOTSO

SHEQ DIRECTOR

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Witness is a qualified Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Specialist who holds a BA Degree as well as a BA (Hons) in Environmental Management and completed the flagship SAMTRAC course in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management. In addition to her academic knowledge, Witness brings more than five years’ practical safety experience to the New Age Engineering Solutions table, with first-hand knowledge of aligning processes to the NOSA safety system specifications in petrochemical and power generation environments. Our own inhouse sentinel of safety, she adds value through ongoing review, development, implementation and monitoring of onsite safety management systems, to safeguard our employees, visitors and contractors, in line with our clients’ specifications and the relevant OHS and associated legislation.

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JACK NDWAMBI MADZIVHANDILA

LEGAL MANAGER

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Jack is a highly qualified legal professional who holds BIuris and LLB degrees. Prior to joining New Age Engineering Solutions, he was an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa where he practised for more than eighteen years. As Managing Partner of his own law firm, R.S Madzivhandila Attorneys, he acquired invaluable knowledge and expertise of all the legal aspects of managing business and industrial relations, including the likes of dispute resolution and drafting of contracts and documentation required for litigation and labour disputes. Jack furthermore continuously serves as a Board Member of at least three businesses, one of which is a non-profit company (NPC). Jack also contributes to our society by acting as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court, pro bono.

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JACO OOSTHUIZEN

SITE MANAGER - SECUNDA

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Jaco is a highly qualified Welding Specialist. His welding career started in 1998, when he joined an apprenticeship programme as a welder at Sasol Secunda. He received his red seal in 1999 from the Chemical, Oil & Allied Industries Board. He has worked in various plants in Sasol as a coded welder, and established himself as a Supervisor in the Pipe shop. After completing his Welding Inspectors’ course, Jaco moved to the power industries as a QC Inspector, where he worked his way up to become a QC Manager. Over the years Jaco has managed several project work in the welding field. Prior to joining New Age in 2019, he worked as a QC Manager at John Thompson, where he managed all maintenance and outage related welding and mechanical work, mainly on Komati Power Station, which included PF Piping, Boiler, Burner, Ducting, Mills, Main steam and auxiliary piping. Jaco currently manages one of the New Age sites, where he oversees project objectives and quality control of each project.