Johann Du Toit

B.Eng & M.Sc.Eng (Mechanical) University of Stellenbosch

Simera Group Chief Executive Officer

  • Engineering and Process management
  • Product and Process Innovation
  • Systems Engineering and Systems Design
  • Optical system design, evaluation and testing

Josias van der Westhuizen

B Eng Mechanical & M Eng Aeronautical (University of Stellenbosch), MS ESM-Composites (Virginia Polytechnic and State University)

Simera Group Chief Financial Officer

  • Financial Management
  • Business Development
  • Lean Engineering
  • Strategic Planning
  • Process Innovation

Johann Müller

B.Eng & Honours, cum laude (University of Stellenbosch, 1982, Mechanical, Honours Aeronautics), M S – Master of Science (Stanford University, 1989, Aeronautics and Astronautics)

Simera Group Chief Operations Officer

  • Operations Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Team dynamics and mentorship

Ana-Mia Louw

B.Eng (Mechatronics), Stellenbosch

Simera Sense Chief Project Officer

  • Project Management
  • Team Management
  • Optical Systems Design
  • Optical Testing
  • Client and Supplier relations

Francis Vonrospach

Certification degree from the French Institute of Energy (Paris), metallurgical engineering degree (Saint-Louis), Faculty of Mathematics (Strasbourg), Bachelor’s degree (Sélestat), Acute Leadership

Simera Innovate Medical Device Production Specialist

  • Strategic planning and Management of Industry 4.0 Precision and Medical production systems
  • Lean Engineering, Regulation and Intellectual Property

Louwrens Marais

B.Eng & M.Sc.Eng (Mechanical) University of Stellenbosch

Simera Consult Chief Technical Officer

  • Systems Engineering and Systems Design
  • Aero- and Space vehicle design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Team guidance and mentorship

Christian Walser

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Cape Technikon, Certificate in Management Development – Stellenbosch University Business School Certi cate in Project Management – Cape Technikon

Simera Group Special Projects Lead

  • Managing High Profile Customer Relations
  • Business Development and Market Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Facility Establishment Lead

Thys Cronje

B.Eng & MSc.Eng (Electronics) Stellenbosch University

Chief Commercial Officer for Sense

  • Product commercialisation
  • Business Development
  • Electro-optical systems

Hano Steyn

B.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University, MSc.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University

Chief Technical Officer for Sense
Chief Innovation Officer for Innovate

  • Satellite Systems Engineering
  • Business Development
  • Team Center PLM Configuration


Johan du Plooy

B.Eng (Mechanical), University of Stellenbosch

Structures Team Leader

  • Structures design and analysis, using analytical and numerical methods (FEA)
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Production Management
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Optical system assembly and testing

Eben Grobbelaar

B. Eng & M.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University

Optical Systems Team Leader

  • Mechanical design
  • Optomechanical design of spaceborne optical systems
  • Assembly, integration and testing of optical systems
  • Structural analysis
  • Design for production, systems assembly and testing
  • Project Management

Stacey Higginbotham

BSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering (University of Cape Town)

AeroSystems Team Leader

  • UAV system and product design
  • Aerodynamics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Thermodynamics

Marius Cronje

B.Eng & MSc. Eng (Mechanical Engineering); University of Stellenbosch; Certificate in Technology Management, Open University UK; 2011.

Lead Engineer and Program Manager

  • Finite Element Analysis – High Temperature Materials
  • Technology Management for Industry 4.0
  • Manufacturing Process planning and optimization
  • Project Management

Hennie Roodt

B.Eng (Mech) – University of Stellenbosch

PLM implementation Specialist

  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems implementation
  • Structural design
  • Structural analysis and testing
  • Quality management systems implementation and fusion with PLM execution frameworks
Jacu Vos

Jacu Vos

B.Eng & M.Eng Electronic Engineering – Stellenbosch University

Senior Functional Engineer

  • Electro-Optical system design
  • Electronics Design and ECAD
  • FPGA Firmware Development
  • Software Programming
  • Systems Engineering


Josua Blom

B.Eng Mechatronic Engineering & MSc.Eng Electronic Engineering – Stellenbosch University

Mechatronic and Electronic Engineer

  • Unmanned aerial vehicle systems development
  • UAV Hardware and software systems integration
  • Electronic/mechatronic systems development
  • Control systems implementation
  • Hardware in-the-loop testing

Justin Fraser

B.Eng & M.Eng Mechanical – Stellenbosch University

Systems Modelling Specialist

  • Electro-Optical system modelling
  • Composite Manufacturing and system integration
  • Systems Engineering
  • Numerical simulations and problem solving
  • System assembly, integration and test

Johan Smit

National Diploma (Mechanical Engineering) – (Port Elizabeth Technical College) Electro- Mechanical Engineering – National Diploma (Eastcape Midlands College). NX and Teamcenter Training

Mechanical Designer and CAD Specialist

  • Mechanical Design
  • CAD & PLM Systems implementation
  • Team CAD mentor and System implementation specialist
  • Production Management

Francois van Tonder

B.Eng. Mechanical, Potchefstroom

Mechanical Engineer

  • Mechanical Design
  • FEM Analysis
  • Structural design
  • Composite Design & Manufacturing
  • Aerospace system modelling

Clive Govender

NTC5-Mechanical, Solid-works Design and Operations CAD CAM (Northlink Wingfield), Trade Tested Tool and Die Maker-Red Seal (merSETA), CNC Programmer and Operator SeHer, Edgecam CAD CAM – (Stillam), NX CAM, NX CAD

CAM programmer and mechanical designer

  • Mechanical Drafting and Design (CAD)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Production Management
  • Systems assembly

Marc Mundell

Intermediate Draughting, Architectural Draughting, AutoCAD ( Academy of Draughting 1996), NX CAD training

Mechanical and Optomechanical Designer

  • Optomechanical design
  • Design for assembly, Integration and test
  • Equipment design
  • Production Management
  • Optical system component preparation and test

Rosca de Waal

B.Eng & M.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University

Mechanical Engineer

  • AIT (Assembly, Integration & Test)
  • GSE (Ground Support Equipment) design
  • Instrumentation, Testing and Analysis
  • Opto-mechanics

Albertus van der Merwe

National diploma Electrical Engineering (Light current) Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Electronic system developer and programmer

  • Python, C++, embedded C.
  • Automation, Computer Vision, Linux, Open Source, Git.
  • CNC routing/milling, rapid 3D design and printing.
  • Electronic circuit, PCB and firmware design, Through-hole, surface mount component assemble and rework.

Dalene van Staden

B.Eng Mechanical (Stellenbosch University)

Optical System Analyst

  • Optical Analysis
  • Optical Design
  • Optical Testing

Jacoline van Jaarsveld

BSc Applied Mathematics, BSc.Hons Applied Mathematics, MSc Applied Mathematics (Stellenbosch University)

Data Scientist

  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualisation
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Industry 4.0

Maxwell Xozumthi

Xolisile Secondary School

Principal Laboratory Assistance

  • Parts preparation
  • Composite manufacturing
  • System Assembly
  • Laboratory maintenance and preparation

Berno Kohlmeyer

B.Eng & M.Eng (Mechanical)  University of Pretoria

AIT (Assembly, Integration & Test)

  • GSE (Ground Support Equipment) design
  • Instrumentation, Testing and Analysis
  • Opto-mechanics

Jürgen Lüdemann

B.Eng. & M.Eng Electronic Engineering – University of Stellenbosch

Electronic Engineer

  • Firmware development
  • Software development
  • Electronic interface design, testing and verification

Floris van Zyl

B.Eng & M.Eng Electrical and Electronic Engineering – University of Stellenbosch

Electronic and Biomedical Design Engineer

  • Electronic and Mechatronic systems development
  • Biomedical research
  • Software development
  • AIT (Assembly, Integration and Testing)
  • Systems integration and control

Guy Hendry

BSc Honours in Computing (cum laude): UNISA
BSc Computer Systems: Heriot-Watt University

ICT Administrator

  • Implementation and maintenance of ICT Infrastructure
  • Improvement of ICT system architecture and elements
  • Network security
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems implementation


Janine Wiggins

Financial Administration

Ron Storey

Financial Administration

Barbara Esterhuyse

Barbara Esterhuyse

Human Resources Advisory

Hansruedi Schnieper

Director (Switzerland)

Jill Fisher

Group Financial Manager

Manuela Shala

Financial Administration

Ansoné du Toit

Administration support


Linton Mhungu

Facilities Maintenance

Deliah Mukweva


Daniel Mujakachi