Gerrie is a qualified Mining Engineer, with extensive experience in management, planning, production and projects obtained during his employment at Sasol, BHP Billiton and South32.
Vision orientated and action driven, and armed with an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School made him jump at the opportunity to pursue a career change, to help establish change and make a difference in South Africa. He started AQUAffection as the vehicle to enable this dream. He has the ability to see the long term big picture combined with the practical skills necessary for immediate implementation, thus effectively transforming good ideas into workable solutions.
With a collaborative and hands-on approach, he believes in co-opetition along with educating, and equipping people to establish long term change for a better future. He is a great judge of character, a leader and a motivator with the ability to bring out the best in people. He always sees the lighter side of life and believes that nothing is impossible with the right, positive attitude.
• BEng (Mining Engineering), University of Pretoria
• Mine Managers Certificate of Competence (MMCC), Department of Mineral Resources
• MBA, University of Stellenbosch Business School
Frikkie started his career as Design Technician after finishing his studies. He then followed heart and passion, and developed a very exclusive product for a niche market as employee of Golder Associates, specifically focused on the surface rehabilitation for opencast and open pit mines in South Africa.
Before becoming involved with AQUAffection, he was actively involved at many of the mayor coal mines located in the Highveld region of South Africa. During these 10 years as consultant, he was mainly involved in the predictive mined out topographies and the post mining landform design for open-cast coal mines, with more than 25 000 hectares of detail designs under his belt.
During 2011 and as part of a team, he received a highly commended global award for technical excellence and quality, for his contribution, during a 24-month long project for BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa. His creative, analytical and strategic way off thinking, extensive technical knowledge, and his holistic approach allows him to be able to come up with innovative new ideas with market value – no matter what the application.
- BArch (Architecture), University of Pretoria
- Autodesk Civil 3D Certified Professional
- Higher diploma in Mineral Resource Management and Mine Planning, University of the Witwatersrand
Susan is a Social Psychologist with extensive knowledge in the field of Gestalt Psychology. She completed a BA Degree in Sociology in 1999 and a Masters Degree in Psychology in 2013. Her experience during her BA studies as a tutor in Sociology was a practical way of learning to take academic knowledge to the student. She has lots of teaching experience and practised as a play therapist before joining the AQUAffection team.
Her life philosophy is that our background is no excuse to make a mess of life and that any kind of blame shifting is dangerous ground. Inspired by the likes of Nelson Mandela en Mahatma Ghandi, “Do not wait for any one else or for circumstances to change before making the impact you need to make in the world you live in”.
She firmly believes that education can create awareness that in time will overcome challenges and change the world we live in. Knowledge inspires and generates self confidence. Education is a lifelong process and unique to every person. Developing Skills in the workforce and individuals, creates self-worth in people and in turn creates the awareness that ‘I can make a difference’..
- BA (Sociology), University of Pretoria
- BA Hons (Psychology), UNISA
- MA (Psychology), North West University
- SACE Registration: C12506325
- Registered Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator