Daniel has over 30 years of experience spanning a wide range of business and ICT fields and has worked for a number of leading companies in both management, project and consulting roles in diverse areas including business development and strategy, IT architecture and research, solution development and deployment, customer relationship management and operations management.
Daniel is a people’s person and believes in getting results through working with motivated teams to achieve goals.
Daniel holds academic qualifications in science, psychology and business management. Daniel serves as a director on the board of a number of companies including that of MESA Africa.
Gerhard was one of 5 International subject-matter experts invited to participate in development of the MESA International Global Education Program:
• 2 from North America
• 2 from Europe
• 1 from South Africa
Gerhard developed two of the nine course modules (including test questions & answers) and has provided MESA Accredited training in South Africa, India, Australia, USA and the Middle East.
Gerhard believes that a properly designed and implemented Manufacturing Operations Management System can add tremendous business value to any manufacturer. MOM, when done right, will improve operational effectiveness and efficiency and will assist in increased business value for companies from discreet manufacturing to continuous processing.
As Divisional manager for Bytes Universal Systems, a Software integration and services company with more than 600 employees, he is responsible for the Process Management and Control (PMC) business unit. This business unit focus on MOM, and has done so for the past 20 years.
He is responsible for strategy and direction, product and solution development and operations management. Gerhard manages relationships with technology suppliers such as GE, Siemens, Schneider, Rockwell, Parsec, OSI Soft and others, as well as with current and potential clients.
His chosen field of focus is MES/MOM and Gerhard has published various articles about MES and MOM systems in trade publications, a chapter in “The MOM Chronicles: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 3.0” and a book “Practical E-Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management” through Newnes Press in 2004. Gerhard co-authored three MESA White Papers on the concept and management of the Time-in-State Metric and reviewed a number of other MESA White Papers.
Industrial Engineer, MES
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management, both which he obtained First Class from the University of Pretoria. Post studies, he started his career in consulting where he quickly was awarded the responsibility and accountability for the successful management and delivery of large projects for key clients. Currently, he is a specialist in his field with responsibilities ranging across the entire value chain of the mining and processing sector.
He has worked in various industries such as mining, manufacturing, banking and human resources with a successful and proven track record in these industries.
He is no stranger to the MESA world with active attendance to the meetings and conferences for the past five years. In 2016, he won the best speaker award at the Annual Conference and represented MESA at the European ARC Conference in 2017.
Nick Stead – OSISoft South Africa
Nick came to South Africa in 1989 and started work as the production manager at Guestro Alloy Wheels on the East Rand, since then Nick has worked for Tiger Wheels, Symmetry Software and Labware. In 2010 Nick started work at OSIsoft South Africa in a Sales & Marketing role.
Nick is passionate about people using technology to make life better. A self confessed evangelist engineer wanting to ensure the next generation catch a glimpse of the amazing careers in engineering. Nick has recently taken up a role on the MESA committee as an “evange-neer” sharing his knowledge and the use of smart technology in the process industry and engineering department in academia.
Andre Brits – Sales & Marketing Manager, CSI Solutions
Piet Branford – Senior Integration Manger, Business Connexion
He worked in an “ordinary” IT environment for 22 years before grabbing an opportunity to install a MES solution for a large Petrochemical manufacturer. Since then he was, and still is involved in implementing MES Projects and Solutions spanning most of the challenges or demands found in the MES environment i.e. erecting new plants, large projects (+$5m), complex projects (across technologies, across businesses with vast and remote sites), etc. He really understands the art of maintaining services / systems of which a large number are mission critical with extremely stringent Service Level Agreements.
Piet believes in old fashioned service excellence where people and managing the relationship and expectation are far more important than the contract
Chris Mollison – CEO, Scheduling Solutions
During this time Chris has been involved in ERP implementations, running logistics departments, writing warehouse systems, running warehouses and selling ERP systems. He has always had an interest in using IT to improve scheduling of manufacturing operations.
Chris has been involved in MESA for a number of years and wishes to get more companies exposed to the concepts promoted by MESA.
Johan Maartens PrEng – Treasurer, MESA Africa
He has been appointed Director of two Non Profit Organizations where he spends his time assisting people and companies in the industry to come to terms with current and future changes in legislation. He is working with the authorities to ensure that future changes in legislation do not impact negatively on people within this industry.
He has an intense love for his Creator who healed him when the specialists gave him three months to live.
20+ years experience in the Information Technology field specializing in Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) Currently responsible for developing the Siemens MES/MOM business portfolio within Southern Africa.
Serving as active MESA Africa committee member since 2012 and is passionate about MES/MOM, creating awareness and helping companies achieve operational excellence.
Gawie Reyneke (Pr Eng) – Manager MES & MRM, Information Management. Lonmin
completed a MBA in 2007 with the University of Miami. Been in automation all my working career
bar a three year stint in India working for Goldratt Consulting as a Business Value Consultant
employed to improve due date compliance at Tata Steel’s largest global Steel Making facility. Has a
huge passion for the Wonderware Brand and Software Solutions they provide. From Iscor I joined
NDE Process Automation Engineering, from there I joined Invensys APV as the Engineering Director
for Africa and joined EOH in 2007 as an MES Business Development Manager. Been running the
Wonderware business in South Africa since 2011.
He currently holds a Master’s Degree in Information management system, Certified as a six sigma black belt, Project management professional (PMP @PMI), Agile framework, Certificate of competence in MES/MOM, Business analysis professional and ITIL V3 Foundation.
His expertise includes leading projects and technical teams; providing development and support (SDLC) in various systems including SAP (ECC, BI/BW, PI, EP, SLM & BO), Manufacturing Execution Systems (KEOPS MES, APICS, SIMATIC IT, and AMPLA), Laboratory Information Management Systems (Labware LIMS, UniLAB) and control systems (SCADA Applications). In all these systems, he has proven his capabilities in installing, operation, maintenance, upgrades and support whilst meeting end-user requirements and exceeding the company expectations.
COBUS OOSTHUIZEN – CEO, ESTEQ GROUP
He enjoys helping people to grow, develop and reach their full potential. He is passionate about Technology. He creates environments where people can grow and develop and enjoys problem solving both in Engineering & Business.
He y holds an Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Masters in Business Leadership from UNISA.
His work experience covers the fields of Experimental Stress Analysis, Vibration Analysis, Modal Testing, Finite Element Analysis and Fracture and Fatigue Analyses in his early engineering career and is currently involved in Strategic Consulting, Business Process Improvement, Innovation Management as well as high level Product Lifecycle Management consultation and implementation.
He currently holds the position of Managing Director with ESTEQ PLM and CEO of the ESTEQ Group.