Meet our Associates

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    Cornelius Bothma

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    After completing his Masters in Business Science at UCT and his Diploma in Export Management with the Institute of Export, Cornelius served as an export trade advisor and foreign trade representative for South Africa in Austria and Turkey. Currently he is a senior lecturer at the University of South Africa in the Department of Marketing and Retail Management, where he is involved in developing and delivering several e-commerce and international marketing programmes. Cornelius is currently busy with his doctoral studies which are focused on developing a framework for a national export portal, as well as in undertaking research in the field of international trade. Cornelius has also co-authored more than ten books on e-commerce, international business and marketing. Cornelius has built the South African trade portal, www.exporthelp.co.za, into a 38,000 visitor-a-month portal that is without a doubt South Africa's leading export portal. He runs several other portals and some of his web pages are on the top 10 of Google.com

     

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    Daran Dunnells

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    Daran Dunnells is an ecologist with over 20 years applied experience in environmental resource management and ecological research. As a Senior Associate for Blueprint, based in Capetown, Daran can provide expertise in biodiversity assessments, protected areas management, strategic planning for areas of conservation interest, and the design and delivery of environmental education programmes. Daran has written, edited and produced a large number of ecological reports and has considerable expertise in professional technical editing, layout, design and presentation of environmental education materials. Recently moved from Botswana, Daran compiled the first Operational Procedures Manual for the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. As a field ecologist with many years experience in vegetation and habitat surveys, she has full technical understanding of ecological surveying and assessment techniques, including the use of remote sensing imagery for land use planning and ecological monitoring programmes. She also has considerable experience in working with multi-faceted team of scientists, and in facilitating discussion and resolution of environmental issues. Daran holds a M.Sc in Environmental Resource Management and B.A. in Natural Science, as well as a Diploma in Special Needs Assistance for primary school learners.

     

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    Dean Morgan

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    Dean Morgan is an environmental specialist and international project director, with M & A (operational due diligence) and change management experience. Dean’s core skills include marine and terrestrial ecology - the biological recording/monitoring/surveys of fauna and flora . Dean is an experienced practitioner and specialist in EMS, IEMS, EIA, SEA, wildlife and conservation management. Dean's project director experience includes work in the Nature Conservation, Environmental, Energy, Oil & Gas, Engineering, Infrastructure and Development sectors over the past 20 years. Dean has formal working experience with global environmental consultancies as a Managing Director (WSP Environment & Energy, Africa), Regional Director (Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa), Technical Director of Ecology and GIS, United Kingdom & Europe (Jacobs UK -Ltd) Technical Programme Manager (Just Ecology UK Ltd). He has completed projects in 11 African countries, the UK & Europe, India and China. Initially working as a research technician, game ranger and warden his career has developed and given him a wide experience base. Qualifications include a Nature Conservation and Laboratory Technology Diploma, and he is currently completing a MSc in Biological Recording through the University of Birmingham, UK. Dean has PADI and BSAC scientific diving licences and Royal Yachting Association Powerboat 1, 2 -&Yacht Master licences.

     

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    Jenny Cargill

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    Jenny Cargill, an associate of Blueprint, is a specialist in black economic empowerment (BEE) and transformative investment strategies. Her particular focus is on addressing economic marginalization through the promotion of ownership and investment. 15 years ago, Jenny founded a think tank dealing with the economic transformation of South Africa after apartheid. In the past 8 years, she has specialized in BEE ownership transactions, as an adviser to blue chip companies, in particular in the resources and financial services sectors. Jenny, who has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal, was a financial journalist for, among others, the Financial Mail and Finance Week. In the Eighties she was exiled from South Africa as a result of her anti-apartheid activities, then living in Zimbabwe

     

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    Johann Cloete

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    Johan is a Senior Associate who has been working with Blueprint for over three years. He has significant expertise and experience in a number of industries but in particular, the automotive industry. He is also an expert in cluster development , mainly in the automotive industry , but in other industries as well. He is an experienced project manager of complex projects and has successfully led a number of large and high profile strategic and sensitive projects to completion including the IDC?s National Tooling Assessment and the DTI?s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) Review. Johan is currently involved in the development of Shared Services Outsourcing strategies and procedures on behalf of various OEMs in the automotive industry. He has worked extensively in industrial and sector development strategy and policy and speaks fluent English and Afrikaans. Johan's work essentially focuses on strategic planning and profit enhancement solutions. Johan started his career in financial management and has served in the South African automotive sector, banking and optometry sectors since 1973. He was also responsible for the MIDP review in 2000 during his position as Director Automotive in the Department of Trade and Industry. He attended the University of South Africa where he completed an Honours Degree in Business Economics in 1974 as well as Pretoria University where he completed an MBA in 1983.

     

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    Dr John Ledger

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    John Ledger has experience in the fields of entomology, public health, ecology, biodiversity, wildlife and powerlines interactions and renewable energy. He worked at the South African Institute for Medical Research for 18 years where he became Head of the Department of Medical Entomology and lectured in Tropical Pathology at the Medical School. He spent the next 17 years as Director of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, building it from a three-person operation to one of Africa?s leading conservation NGOs. He was involved in numerous hands-on conservation projects, including pioneering wildlife/community initiatives in Namibia and Mozambique. The project in Namibia went on to become one of the most successful programmes in Africa. Since 2002 John has been an environmental consultant, as well as an editor and writer in the fields of environment and energy. He has consulted on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project since 1988, and is a member of the Panel of Environmental Experts to the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority. John has B.Sc., B.Sc.Hons and Ph.D. degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a Professional Natural Scientist (4000414/04), Associate Professor at Wits, and Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa.

     

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    Kathy Kay

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    Kathy Kay is a senior expert in the field of spatial and development planning. Kathy has had extensive experience in the public sector, gained at both national and local government levels for the National Treasury, Department of Land Affairs and the City of Johannesburg. She has also worked in the private sector and for NGOs. Kathy?s work experience has encompassed the formulation and implementation of spatial and policies and strategies. These range from local precinct level plans to metropolitan-wide plans and rural/regional plans. Recent examples are the Midrand Gautrain Station Precinct Plan (2008), the Moloto Rail Development Corridor (2008) and the City of Johannesburg Industrial Land Study (2009). Kathy provides a strategic support service to the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant at National Treasury. She has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from the University of Cape Town.

     

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    Keith Lockwood

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    Keith grew up in Johannesburg, and has studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and is currently busy completing a Masters Degree. After working as an economist for a merchant bank, he spent a number of years in organised business (first with the South African Federated Chamber of Industries and then with the South African Chamber of Business) focussing on a diverse range of economic, taxation, industrial, small business and technology policy issues. Since leaving organised business in 1996, Keith has extended this policy focus into the consulting environment ? combining an understanding of the goals and limitations of public policy with a strong capacity for quantitative research in a number of feasibility and other studies for various government and quasi-government institutions. These range from a study on the costs of and allocation of consumer credit and a comparative study of international bank charges for the Micro Finance Regulatory Council, detailed proposals for the limitation of interest and fees on consumer credit for the Department of Trade and Industry (as input to the National Credit Act), to feasibility studies for international airports and industrial development zones. A number of these projects have been done with Blueprint. In addition to his consulting work, Keith also lectures at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) on a part-time basis and makes regular presentations to representatives of a number of South Africa's leading companies.

     

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    Lungile Fakazi

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    Lungile has 19 years experience in the fields of human resources management and development, and business development and mentorship. She has been consulting in these fields with the public and private sectors. Lungi has seen implementing projects that include leadership and development training, Mentorship for Mentors, skills audit, recruitment and selection, organisational restructuring, job design and evaluation, small business development and mentorship, youth business development and leadership, facilitation of conflict resolutions and/or negotiations. She enjoys working in organisational transformation projects and SAQA related skills development and training processes. She holds a Diploma in Personnel Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters degree in Business Education. She has completed course work of a Masters degree in Organisational and Management Systems. She has a number of certificates in Skills Facilitation, Project Management, Property Investments & Labour Relations.

     

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    Dr Simon White

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    Dr Simon White is a specialist in business environment reform, private sector development and regional and local economic development. He has proven experience in working at local, national and international levels in policy design and evaluation, programme development and management, as well as in strategic planning and organisational development. Examples of his work include work for the international Donor Committee for Enterprise Development?s Business Environment Working Group to prepare donor guidance on business environment reform and to prepare training curriculum to accompany the distribution of the donor guidance; an evaluation of the SIDA and ILO supported Business Development Services Zambia project; a five-year project designed to develop BDS markets through better media and information services (2008) and work for Danida to prepare a scoping document for the next phase of the Danida-funded Business Sector Promotion programme in Ghana (2008) He has worked as a consultant since 1990 in over 25 countries across Africa, Australia, Asia, as well as parts of Europe and the Pacific. His clients include international development agencies, donor agencies, national governments, local government authorities, business membership organisations, consulting and research firms, and non-governmental organizations. He obtained his PHD from the University of Western Australia.

     

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    Tholi Nkambule

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    Tholi Nkambule has a strong background in research, planning, SMME support and the training and development of women. She has led many programmes and projects in the government sector including the Mpumalanga Macro Economic Policy Analysis Program, sponsored by USAID, which targeted senior government officials and parliamentarians and introduced them to the basics of economics.. Additionally, Tholi developed material to provide an understanding of the economic profile of Mpumalanga Province which included presentations to the ANC Legotla on Provincial Economic Growth, the COSATU Industrial Strategy workshop and the South African Department of Trade & Industry Tholi has undertaken extensive consulting on behalf of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund in assisting and mentoring young people in their new businesses. Tholi has a specific expertise in the Tourism industry and at one point in her career she served as the manager of the Southern Region of the Kruger National Park. Tholi has also led one of the ASGISA Programmes: ?Jobs for Growth? which promoted the mobilization of Self Help Groups to promote Savings; SMME development and Jobs Creation. For this program she received extensive training in India, a country that has successfully implemented the program. Tholi holds a Masters degree in Development Economics: Development Economics, International Economics, Money & Banking, Public Finance, Econometrics, Population and Labour Economics from Williams College - USA.

     

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    Thoral Naik

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    Thoral is an expert in land use design in the context of economic development. She typically works on economic and spatial issues with metros and provinces, as well as with private sector clients. She has works with the demarcation board on a consulting basis, as well as the World Bank, and has a particular focus on development corridor economic development assessment. She is currently engaged in working on various projects in the area of sector development, rural spatial economies and examination of various Town Planning Acts.

     

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    Mpumi Ramphomane

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    Mpumi Ramphomane is an expert in the field of Human Resource Development and Management. Over the last 15 years, Mpumi has undertaken extensive work in skills assessment and strategy development at the national and regional levels, design and development of skills enhancement facilities for various provinces and major metros, performance management, employment equity, career and succession planning , remuneration and compensation and talent management . Mpumi has additionally led various teams in skills audits and broader Sector Skills Plan development for different SETA?s. She is intimately familiar with South African labour and skills related legislation and regulation. Finally Mpumi has Organisational Development and Design experience and has led project teams focussing on Change Management and Organisational Culture. Mpumi has a BA (Hons) in Social Work, a Diploma in Human Resources Management & Development from Harvard in the US and a Diploma in General Management. She is currently engaged in completing her Masters in Industrial Social Work.

     

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    Ben Nkambule

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    Ben Nkambule has been involved in a number of important spatial and economic development projects where he works on the spatial developmental economics of a region or route. Recently, he was part of a team that was appointed by Mpumalanga Provincial government to assess the potential economic impact of the Moloto Rail Corridor on the surrounding communities, and he has been heavily involved in planning for sustainable human settlements for a number of municipalities within the province of Mpumalanga. Currently, Ben is part of the Project Management team developing investment and bankable projects within the Maputo Development Corridor- a three year project. Ben holds his Masters Degree in Public Sector Management and in Geography and has extensive expertise in rural and urban economic development. He has played a major role from 1994 to date in organising the government of the province of Mpumalanga. He has worked as a key Director in the Strategic Planning Directorate in the Office of the Premier and for the British Department for International Development (DFID ) heading the policy unit and assisting the premier with the development of strategic projects. He is an expert in the public sector environment with over 25 years experience.

     

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    Vusi Mkize

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    Vusi is a Blueprint Senior Associate working in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. He is currently working on the Greening Project, an Environmental Project working closely with the Municipalities with a primary focus on implementing the National Waste Management Strategy at the municipal level.

    Vusi has over 20 years experience in the fields of tourism, events management, marketing, facilitation and training and community development and has worked throughout South Africa. He has worked with stakeholders across the board within government, donor agencies and within the private sector as well as international partners and clients. Vusi is an expert in the facilitation and implementation of sustainable concepts at community level and has recently managed various large social responsibility projects . Vusi has expertise in strategic planning, project coordination, administration, budget control, procurement and client management.His work in the development of operational manuals which are accessible to stakeholders has led to a major ability to operationalise projects and events, and to ensure correct project recording and management. His extensive work in marketing has resulted in an enhanced ability to develop concepts suitable for a wide range of events and conferences and he has worked with a number of international partners and for international clients in this field.

    Vusi is fluent in isiZulu, Xhosa, and English.

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    Dieter Setz

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    Dieter Setz is an expert in the global and local precious and semi-precious jewellery industry. He is a Master smith and gemmologist, and winner of numerous awards internationally. He is an expert in the development of local jewellery skills and entrepreneurial support hubs and the catalysis of SMMEs in the industry. Dieter was responsible for all technical design and implementation aspects of the SEDA Platinum Jewellery Hub, the De Beers Diamond beneficiation Hub, and the proposed Olifantsfontein Gold Jewellery hub in South Africa as well as Jewellery hubs for the island of St Helena, Namibia and Ghana. He is an accredited assessor and moderator with the MQA, is an acknowledged subject matter expert, and is currently working for government and the MQA on the development of new competitive standards for the South African jewellery industry. He has worked with companies like: Anglo Gold Ashanti, Goldfields, Newmont, and De Beers and was programme leader in Jewellery development for 5 years with Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR). Dieter consults to governments and private sector firms on all aspects of the value chain and industry.

     

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    Sharda Naidoo

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    Sharda Naidoo is a senior economic development specialist with a 25 year track record in her field. She has extensive experience in the creating and managing of successful programmes in the public and private sectors, focussing on the following key areas:
    • Financial sector development including services and products for the unbanked and underbanked such as SMMEs and housing programmes;
    • Institutional and programme analysis and assessment, strategy development, establishment of operations and implementation;
    • Business development and advocacy programmes to support growth, profitability, competitiveness and bankability of small and growing businesses;
    • Sustainability and organisational development for NGOs and civil society organisations;
    Sharda has been consulting since 2001 and has undertaken assignments in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Bangladesh and Peru. She has also conducted assignments for DFID, DANIDA, Sida, the Cities Alliance,IFC, USAID, Ford Foundation, the Swedish Trade Council, National Development Agency, UNOPS and lnwent.

     

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    Guy Harris

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    Guy Harris is the Regional Director of Blueprint for the Western and Northern Cape. He is a Chartered Accountant with a strong interest in education and skills development and solid experience in job creation, economic development and economic policy in both the public and private sectors. He has a track record in strategy, risk management, stakeholder relations, BBBEE and integrated thinking He has worked extensively in the Capital Equipment, Metals, Engineering and Agro-processing industries and works largely in process improvement and his sectors of expertise. He serves on a number of public and private sector boards, and works currently in projects involving manufacturing, tourism, and government capacity building. He is a CA (SA) and has completed the UCT GSB AMP and globally recognised Mediation Course.

     

Staffing

Blueprint works with a core team of professionals and a number of long term associates. The company has had solid alliances in place in the SADC region with local consulting firms for a number of years. Core staff consists of directors, senior associates, office administrators and researchers. Blueprint works on a long-term contractual basis with over 25 senior associates, typically specialists in their fields, such as environmental sector specialists. 

Blueprint assembles the optimum professional team for each project on a project-by-project basis, drawing from its resources from within Africa and further afield as required. Each project is carefully managed to ensure that the deliverables are presented on time and to specification. Each project is allocated a dedicated project manager who liaises with the client and is supervised by a partner.