Board

Chairman - Grant Defries

Grant has had 20 years of executive experience in various roles in the telecommunications and the property sector, where he still has equity holdings in various trading and repair companies.

He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounts and management. In March 1997 Grant co-founded AG Cellular which specialised in the import and distribution of used and refurbished mobile phones where he fulfilled the financial and operational role, until May 2006.

In 2002, he made a strategic acquisition into a mobile repair and services business, Smartlab Cellular Services. Over its 15-year life, the business became the largest independent repair and service company in SA, specialising in manufacturer support programmes for all the major brands and networks. In 2006, he joined the executive team of Smartlab Cellular Services and fulfilled a strategic and business development function until 2012 when he exited the management team to pursue his aspirations in property.

In 2013, Grant joined ZAH Properties as the Managing Director, recently heading a new property management company Property Brands.

Non-Executive Director - Adriaan Erasmus

Adriaan completed his B. Com Honours degree in 2015 at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is currently completing his CFA. 

Adriaan started his career as an Investment Analyst at the Tindale Group, relocating to Johannesburg to join Grovest Corporate Advisory where he became a senior member of the corporate finance team specialising in renewables, hospitality and asset rental business.

Through his tireless efforts to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in domestic applications, he co-founded RSS establishing the residential solar model and making short term PPA’s commercially viable and has subsequently been appointed as Rencell Management Services’ Chief Executive Officer

Non-Executive Director - Wayne Sacharowitz

With an astute mind for numbers and the ability to eye unique opportunities, Wayne’s expertise reflects his professional agility and strong entrepreneurial bent. After starting his career in equity markets at Cahn Shapiro Inc. Wayne moved to Investec Bank Limited, where his role evolved from derivative trading and structuring into project finance and structured products. At Gensec Bank Limited, he too worked on the structured products desk, and implemented the first weather-based derivative product in South Africa.

 

When the opportunity arose to build a fast moving consumer goods business with family, Fore Good Investments Proprietary Limited, he didn’t hesitate. As CFO, his role was multi-faceted across Finance, Commerce and Relationship Management. Super Group Limited provided Wayne’s next opportunity: founding and managing the group’s in-house brand-building business, Big Brands Proprietary Limited. Wayne currently runs his own consultancy, 4Double 7 Business Solutions Proprietary Limited, that specializes in business analytics and financial modelling.