Chief Executive Officer
Proconics Holdings Company
B.Eng (Chemical) University of Pretoria
M.Eng (Process Control) University of Pretoria
MBA Gordon Institute of Business Science
Pr.Eng - ECSA
Melvin spent the first decade of his professional life in the data-rich world of advanced control and analytics within several large operating companies, most notably Sasol.
He was quickly promoted into leadership roles and spent much of this period responsible for technology management. His role as a thought leader in the areas of abnormal situation management, decision support, and control system renewal prepared him to take the role as CEO at Proconics in 2010.
Over the last 11 years, Melvin has led a steady growth within Proconics. He firmly established ethical governance and professional management as foundational tenants at Proconics.
Melvin has led several successful waves of transformation, taking the company to where we are today – a management-owned level 1 BB-BEE company. We are 51% black-owned, 30% black woman-owned, 100% local, and committed to the excellence of South African engineering.
As of 1 September 2021, the Proconics Holdings Company was established, where Melvin serves as the CEO, overseeing multiple companies and looking for new acquisitions to grow the group of companies to greater strengths.
Melvin is passionate about the capability of South African engineers, and regularly talks about how we underestimate ourselves. He is truly excited about the next 10 years, and looks forward to leading our group of companies as we brilliantly solve South Africa’s biggest engineering challenges. Watch this space. #imstaying
B.Eng (Chemical) University of Cape Town
BEng (Honours) Control Engineering: University of Pretoria
Accelerated Management Development Programme (AMDP)
Pr.Eng - ECSA
Reginald’s reputation as a dynamic and accomplished engineer, as well as project manager, was the reason Proconics recruited him in 2012.
It was his affinity for the work, combined with his tenacious character that saw him climbing the ranks within the company.
Reginald doesn’t shy away from a challenge. So when he was given the opportunity to start the Proconics Johannesburg branch, he was all in.
Under his leadership, the office delivered on the imperative to diversifying revenue. The strategic focus on primary power yielded excellent results, both in the traditional coal generation market (Eskom) and in the renewable market (IPP’s and EPC’s). Growth into the SADC region is getting special attention, with noticeable successes in Zimbabwe and Malawi. Mozambique and Zambia: watch this space!
Reginald was appointed as the General Manager of Proconics from 1 September 2021. He is passionate about shaping the company into an even more diverse team, creating a space for local talent to solve the unique engineering problems that South Africa is faced with.
Chief Financial Officer
Proconics Holdings Company
B Com, Honours (Accounting) University of KZN
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant
Bongani Ngcongo’s achievements before joining
Proconics included the turnaround of a company making a multi-million financial loss to a multimillion profit.
His big company experience is what brought him to the attention of Proconics, but it was in his interview where he impressed the Proconics management team by refusing to be a Yes-man and standing up for what he believes.
Bongani Ngcongo is Proconics’ safeguard – he is our legislative expert and ensures company sustainability through compliance. He has an affinity for attention to detail and strong beliefs about right and wrong, which is what makes him a treasure for a company that believes in brilliance.
Bongani is serving as the CFO for Proconics Holdings Company from 1 September 2021.
Chief Technology Officer
Proconics Holdings Company
B.Eng. (Electronic), University of Pretoria
Pr. Eng - ECSA
Gert is a practical control engineer who has over 30 years’ experience in implementing traditional and modern advanced control systems.
He is an excellent communicator and educator, leading detail engineering and design teams.
He has a track record that includes the successful design and implementation of online migration projects at major petrochemical facilities and experience in the changeover and implementation of large control systems.
In the past few years his focus changed to supporting the organisation in various other roles which include leading of the IT and Automation departments, Quality Assurance and Control of the Engineering and Design product, SHERQ and Proposals teams.
M. Dip. Tech (Electrical Eng. Light Current)
Pr. Tech. Eng - ECSA
Louis is a founding member of Proconics and his broad network and professional skills are well respected within the industry.
Having worked as primary technical contributor on a variety of green and brown field petrochemical multi-discipline projects, Louis has local and international engineering experience.
He has successfully delivered as a key resource for North American and European multinational Engineering Contractors and is a valuable asset for Proconics and our clients.
His in-depth knowledge across a broad range of control specialisation provides the direction required to meet the growing needs of an expanding entity.
MEIP Free State
B.Eng (Electrical&Electronic) the University of Stellenbosch, Pr. Eng - ECSA
In 2008 Phillip convinced the Proconics directorship not to close a flagging heavy current electrical department and then proceeded to grow the function into a force to be reckoned with.
Philip naturally challenges the status quo and is able to draw on his experience within power distribution and petrochemical operations.
His insights have helped stress test the Proconics strategic decisions and he is a vital part of the Executive Team.
In 2015 Phillip moved to the Vanderbijlpark branch and has grown this office to a Multi-discipline EPC Project executions team, consisting of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, C&I, Construction- and Project Management specialists.
Cape Town Office
B.Eng Electrical & Electronic: University of StellenboschB.Com Law: University of South Africa
LLB: University of South Africa 2011
Rhigardt’s degree qualifications in Electronic
Engineering and Commerce and Law, combined with more than a decade of project execution experience in the petrochemical environment have given him a thorough understanding of the challenges the industry faces.
Rhigardt has spent time working in Owners Engineer as well as Engineering Contractor roles and his interests in law has lead to him joining national standards committees and enjoying helping engineers ensure they comply with legal requirements.
Rhigardt started up the Cape Town Office in 2019 and has grown from strength to strength, servicing Petrochemical, Refinery as well Power Generation and Distribution clients.
Ludolph de Klerk
B.Eng (Electrical) University of Pretoria
MBA Stellenbosch University
Ludolph is seen as an enabler within the Proconics Management team. He is an ECSA registered professional electrical engineer and leads various multi-disciplinary projects.
Ludolph is a great Proconics ambassador, living our values of customer focus, trust, integrity, professionalism and winning with people. His engineering exposure started in 2006 in the mining industry.
Ludolph became part of the Proconics family in 2011 and has helped to build the electrical team’s capabilities and capacity. His passion and interest in engineering have given him a broad understanding regarding the theory, application and approach to implementing projects within the mining and petro-chemical industry.
Along with the rest of the globe, South Africa is on the cusp of an enormous energy transition and infrastructure build-out. The Proconics story, written over the last 25 years, has positioned us perfectly to play a major role in a just energy transition. And building on this experience, the company diversified in 2021 by creating the Proconics Holdings Company, where new acquisitions can find a home to enable South African talent development and growth.
Prof. Lumkile Wiseman Nkuhlu
Chair of the Board of Directors
Prof. W L Nkuhlu joined the Proconics Board in November 2014 as a Non-Executive Chairman.
He is currently the Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, Trustee of the IFRS Foundation, and Chairman of Rothschild (SA). He is also director of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Datatec Limited, Rothschild SA, and Ethics Institute of South Africa.
Prof. Nkuhlu served as a director on a number of major companies, including Standard Bank, South African Breweries, Old Mutual, Tongaat Hulett, and BMW.
Currently, he is a member of the Advisory board of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
Fundiswa joined the Proconics Board in November 2014 as a Non-Executive Director through the signing of the B-BBEE partnership
with Dlondlobala Capital (Pty) Ltd.
Fundiswa is currently with Dlondlobala Capital where she fulfils the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to her role at Dkapital, Fundiswa worked at Imperial Holdings Limited in the role of Strategy and Investor Relations and also served as a Non-Executive director for Technology Innovations Agency.
Geoff graduated with a B.BusSci (Economics) degree in 2008 from the University of Cape Town, followed by completing his M.Phil (Finance) in the UK at Cambridge University (Judge Business School). He is a CFA Charter Holder.
Geoff spent seven years in Investec's Specialized Finance and Investment Banking teams, where he gained lending and advisory experience. In 2017 he joined The Abraaj Group – a global emerging markets private equity firm, as part of its sub-Saharan Africa investment team. He joined RMB Corvest in 2018.
Geoff’s experience includes working on private equity transactions across a range of industries and providing leveraged finance and corporate debt solutions to a diverse client base, including international and local private equity firms and large South African corporations. Geoff is currently a board member of various RMB Corvest portfolio companies.
With a BSc degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Wits University, Coetzee is a registered professional engineer and has held senior board and managerial positions in the past at Dorbyl Limited, Bosal Afrika and Toyota South Africa.
Prior to joining Aberdare Cables, Coetzee was CEO of the IST electronic technology group which was recently acquired by Powertech.
Menzi studied at the University of Pretoria and completed his BCom and Honours (Finance) in 2011.
He thereafter joined the Nedbank Specialized Finance team, where he gained lending experience. After two and half years he joined Barclays Africa (Investment Bank) in the leveraged finance team.
While at Barclays, he was seconded to the London office to join the Corporate Finance division where he focused on EMEA Financial Sponsors.
He later joined the Corporate Finance team in Johannesburg focusing on financial sponsors. Menzi subsequently joined RMB Corvest in April 2018.