As CEO, Karl is our Commander in Chief. An inspirational leader in every sense of the word, Karl is young at heart and widely considered the heartbeat of our operations. With more letters behind his name than the Chinese alphabet (B.Eng, M.Eng, Pr.Eng, MSAICE and CPL) Karl has the qualifications, skills and track record to justify his reputation as a true maverick of the Civil Engineering industry.
A Prokon founding member, Director and inspirational programmer, Jacques is seen as a bottomless source of knowledge by everyone at Prokon. An animal lover and farmer at heart, Jacques is always ready to plough his experience back into the business by sharing his extensive know-how with anyone who needs it. While Jacques holds B.Eng. Honours and Structural Engineering degrees, and is registered as a Professional Engineer, it’s his innovative thinking and hands-on approach that makes him a legend of the industry.
Renier might have a love for gaming, but his experience and skill is nothing short of serious. Holder of an M.Eng engineering degree and currently serving as one of our Directors, Renier has a firm belief in leaving any situation better than he found it. This is evident in the massive role he plays at Prokon and the mentorship he provides to all of his colleagues.
Although this Prokon Director is as technology savvy as they come, he prefers to get as far away from his cellphone as possible whenever he takes a break from his busy schedule. With a B.Eng (Honours), Louis lives by the motto that you should hope and work for the best, plan for the worst and somewhere in-between you will find a balanced solution to every challenge. Louis is a true talisman and mentor for the Prokon Build team.
A high flyer in every sense of the word, our Director of Sales not only aims for the skies when it comes to keeping our bottom-line looking up, but also literally takes to the skies in his downtime – either in the pilot’s seat or behind the remote of one of his beloved RC planes. Johann holds a B. Eng degree.
Sampie is a real live-wire around the office who is known for his positive attitude and determination to leave a lasting impact on both our business and clients. Sampie has a passion for creativity, speed… and his mother’s cooking. With a Higher Education Diploma and National Diploma in Civil Engineering currently underway, Sampie always delivers excellence in his role as Technical Manager.
As our Marketing Manager, Xantel believes that “Attitude over Ability” is the key to success – proven that even with a BCom Degree in Marketing, it is her passion and liveliness that drives her to do what she does best. With her confident persistence, there is no challenge too big that will keep her from achieving continuous excellence. After a good day’s work Xantel enjoys kicking back with a good glass of red wine, preferably somewhere in the bushveld with nature’s music playing in her ears.
A source of pure energy around the office, Louise has a sunny disposition that can brighten up even the bluest of Mondays. A people’s person in every sense of the word, Louise performs her duties as HR Manager with zest and zeal. She enjoys a round of golf, has a taste for Italian cuisine and culture and by her own admittance loves a sip of good quality whiskey every now and then.
While Marlise loves to give her competitive side an outlet by playing netball, golf and squash, this brown-eyed Sales Manager is also a game changer when it comes to delivering champion customer service. She believes in never dwelling on yesterday but rather making the most of each new opportunity, which is underpinned by her drive and motivation which we’ve all come to know and love.
With a can-do attitude and his positive outlook on life, Heiko is keeping Prokon’s name high as our Sales Executive in Windhoek, Namibia. A hands-on, big hearted chap who always rises to the challenge. When he is not brainstorming with clients he likes to blow of some steam by mountain biking through the great South West or embracing his inner Picasso at home. Seems there is no end to his energy levels and impeccable work ethic.
Celia van Heerden
Brains and brawn in one dynamic package – Celia has great passion for both sweating it out at the gym and giving her brain a workout on the chess board. Never enough hours in the day, Celia can usually be found armed with a cup of coffee, her favourite drink and pick-me-up, working her magic as our Admin Manager.
As one of our most prolific Sales Representatives, Janine often acts as the face of Prokon… a responsibility she takes in her stride considering that this green-eyed lass is also a qualified make-up artist. Practical and artistic, Janine loves doing DIY tasks at home, enjoys drama productions on screen or at the theatre and prefers to recharge her batteries in the Drakensberg whenever her schedule allows.
Leon van Rensburg
With the tenacity and strength of a tiger, Leon believes that ‘Success lies upstream, you cannot drift there’. No wonder that his favourite movie line is: “The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of the game, every minute and every second!” We are proud to have this courageous tiger in the Prokon Sales Team.
Charmaine is an Senior Renewal Consultant with a love for all things foreign – Italian cuisine, Brazilian cocktails and a desire to one day experience the sights and sounds of South East Asia. With a Bachelors of Social Sciences degree, Charmaine understands her customers and their needs better than anyone and hence delivers customer service that’s always beyond expectations.
Gabo is an open and outgoing lady who just loves people! With a BIG & BRIGHT smile she believes that life is too short to live with grudges and regrets, because you only live once. Gabo has recently joined the Prokon family as a Autodesk Renewal Consultant and one of her short-term goals is to complete her National Certificate in Office Administration.
Annemie is a soft, reserved and warm hearted lady that will blow you away with her passion and knowledge. With her life motto: “Impossible is Nothing”. She is certain that one day she will be able to travel to her dream destination, Brazil, via teleportation. In the meantime, her “happy place” is when she finds herself on a bench, reading, with Mosselbay draped in the background.
While Christo is a real whizz behind the keyboard during office hours, he loves the great outdoors and ventures out on regular camping trips when not at work. Holder of a National Diploma in Software Development, there is no Beta Test that can stump our resident Software Developer. Christo is also considered the office guru when it comes to dispensing great advice and innovative problem solving.
Bianca is a down-to-earth, office favourite with a love for classic cars, pizza and the occasional chocolate milkshake. As qualified as she is ambitious, Bianca has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and lives by the motto that nothing is impossible – something she proves every day by breaking new ground as a Programmer for Prokon.
Pieter du Buisson
Pieter never shies away from getting stuck into any job, albeit in front of his monitor or metal working in his downtime. Pieter holds a B.Sc degree in Information Technology and lives by the motto that excellence is a habit – a standard he pursues every day in every way while performing his duties as a Prokon Programmer.
Mias de Lange
Mias definitely does not fit the stereotype of your average Software Developer. This up-and-at-‘em surfer, gym enthusiast and explorer has a head full of ideas and the drive to bring them to fruition. He believes in doing as much as possible, as fast as possible – no surprise then that he already has a B.Ing degree in Civil Engineering under his belt and is also busy completing his B.Sc in Computer Science.
Stephan de Villiers
Our office all-rounder with a love for jogging, cycling, swimming and gaming, Stephan lives by the motto that “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong” – a temperament this Software Developer brings to work every day. With a B.Sc. Computer Science degree behind his name, Stephan is one of our development stalwarts and approaches life, work and everything in-between with boundless energy.
Arno is a Software Developer who doesn’t believe in trying… but rather doing! An avid cyclist and dog lover, Arno is an eternal optimist who believes in seeing the glass half full. Known for razor sharp sense of humour, Arno is always ready to share a smile with his colleagues, but when it comes to breaking new ground in cutting-edge software development, Arno is a serious player.
We have made a wise decision to appoint our new programmer, Révan, to join our team. He has completed both a B Eng (Computer Engineering) and a B Eng (Hons) (Structural Engineering) and is already programming like a machine. Although ‘talking code’ is his trademark, one of his hidden talents is playing the guitar in his spare time. Révan also firmly believes that “It’s Easier To Do Something That You Love”.
With his life motto being “Tell me that I can’t and I will show you I can”, it is no surprise that one of Chris’s hidden talents are juggling. Chris is one of the newest additions to the Prokon family and is sure to contribute a lot of knowledge and insight to the support team as he has completed his B.Tech in Structural Engineering. His everyday life is based in Pretoria while his favourite holiday destination is just across the border in Swakopmund, Namibia.
Joep De Wet Malan
Joep, recently started working at Prokon. He takes life on with an energetic force and just loves the outdoors. Whether he is hunting, fishing or shooting targets, he will always be ready to end of any day with a lamb chop sizzling on the open fire. No wonder his life motto is: “You have to make life more enjoyable for yourself, because nobody else is going to do it for you!”
Maureen wants to spend her holidays horse riding in the bush. Her hobbies vary from horse riding right through to baking. With her favourite movie line ever “There are more than meets the eye” the Prokon Team can all say that there are still a lot to discover about our newly appointed receptionist, except her warm & welcoming smile that cannot be missed!
Yolandi van der Merwe
As the first face our visitors see when stepping through the front door, receptionist and admin clerk Yolandi’s warm smile is enough to brighten up our entire building. Yolandi enjoys photography and plans to visit Fiji on her next overseas vacation.
No wonder Alicia’s motto in life is “Hakuna Matata”, because no matter what her to-do-list is for the day she will get it done with a smile and even have time to spare. From answering and transferring phone calls to assisting in marketing events and administrative functions, Alicia does not see any task as an obstacle but rather as a challenge! With a passion for arts– she is a lot of fun to be around!
With an eye for the finest of details, it comes as no surprise that this Senior Tech Consultant has a preference for German efficiency. He loves German cars, German dogs and his dream holiday destination is Germany. Dereck boasts a lists of credentials as long as the Berlin wall by being qualified in AutoCAD Professional, Revit Professional, 3ds Max Professional and Inventor Professional.
With an artistic side not many people know about, Elrina can play the piano, hold a tune beautifully and has a National Certificate in Interior Design. She believes that a day without laughter is a day wasted – a positive attitude she uses to brighten up our offices every day as she goes about her duties as Technical Consultant.
Marnus van Staden
With a ‘can-do’ attitude second to none, Marnus lives by his motto of always finding a way to overcome even the most challenging of obstacles. With aspirations of one day cruising around town in a Porsche 911 with his pet pooch, Max, Marnus is an Autodesk Technical Consultant who you can always rely on to cruise through any and every task that comes his way.
With ‘Anchor Man’ as his favourite movie and ‘Spud’ his favourite book series, you are sure to laugh in his presence! Alastair lives by the motto “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson. We know that his journey with Prokon will be the best ‘Ride’ ever!
Otto de Villiers
Otto is as down-to-earth as they come. With a proudly South African palette for braaivleis and a passion for fishing, Otto is always armed with an interesting story to share around the water cooler. With a B.Eng Degree in Civil Engineering however, there’s nothing fishy about Otto’s extensive skill set or excellent track record as our Technical Support Manager.
Vahlia’s official job description might be office cleaner, but her real role is creating an environment where we all feel at home. Always standing by with a heart-warming smile and kind word, this office legend is actually a songbird at heart. She loves music and spending time with her grandchildren whenever she has an opportunity to do so. Vahlia dreams of one day visiting New York and believes that positivity is the key to happiness.
On some days (especially Mondays) the Prokon office functions solely on copious amounts of caffeine. Without Paulinah to keep our kitchen tidy and desks cleared of empty cups, we’ll be truly lost! What most people don’t know is that Paulinah is an amazing chef who loves watching her soapies while preparing meals for the family. Funnily enough, while Paulinah is a strict vegetarian, it’s the rest of us who’ll go fruity if we didn’t have her around to look after us!
Desmond de Clerk
Desmond will test, will try and will chase any and everything. With his positive outlook on life, Desmond counts each and every blessing. He will experience total freedom in a Bugatti Veyron, his dream car, cruising through Prague, his dream holiday destination. To be able to include a great attitude like Desmond’s to the Sales Team, will definitely add value.
With Diplomas in Marketing, Social Media, Digital Marketing and Web Development, Reinhardt brings valuable necessities to the ‘marketing’ table. Being content and calm in any situation, his motto in life “Everything will work out” states to be true. Whenever Reinhardt needs to be persuaded, all you need is a medium rare steak accompanied by a glass of red wine.