Kishugu Group Profile

Kishugu® is a leading private Integrated Fire Management Solutions (IFMS) company in the world.

Group Profile

Operations on four continents.

Operations

Active operations on four continents.

History

Formed in 2013.

Future

Specialised fire management.

Kishugu – Earning Global Respect For The Greater Good


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The world has passed the point of no return. One of the major effects of global warming is climate change, and therefore a drastic increase in wildfires.

Kishugu has, over the past decade, developed strategies and solutions to mitigate the risks of wildfire. According to a study by the Columbia University, climate change had doubled Western U.S. forest fires.

Kishugu is a South African based global land management company, with its roots in wildfire firefighting, suppression and prevention. Kishugu makes it its job to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Kishugu, through its subsidiaries, is globally acknowledged as a giant in its field wherever people meet to talk about Integrated Fire Management, wildfire suppression, the use of fire as a tool and the good husbandry of agricultural land.

Driven by the will to work for the greater good, Kishugu has perfected interventions to prevent the loss of life and the destruction of crops and infrastructure caused by wildfire.

Established over 26 years ago, Kishugu is defined by the philosophy of dedicated people working in harmony for a common cause. Kishugu – under the brand, Working on Fire – is shared with governments, private clients and agencies in countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia and Australia.

With Integrated Fire Management (IFM) at its core, business divisions in the Kishugu stable provide:

  • Environmental Consulting Services
  • Strategic interventions
  • Policy advice to government or corporate entities
  • Integrated Fire Management
  • Aerial support for wildfire suppression
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Pilot training
  • Firefighter training
  • Transport for wildfire firefighters,
  • Wide variety of training courses
  • Wide range of fleet for various requirements
  • A wide range of associated disciplines to clients across the world.

As a direct result of intervention by experts from Kishugu, thousands upon thousands of hectares of land, on three continents, have been saved from wildfires. In South Africa, the most visible aspect of Kishugu’s expertise is in the award-winning South African government-funded Working on Fire (WOF) Programme.

The Programme, managed under contract, has seen more than 5,000 previously unemployed people trained to become highly skilled wildfire firefighters.” WOF is celebrated as the most successful job creation and skills upliftment programme in the history of Southern Africa.

Kishugu Holdings (Pty) Ltd Board Members

Kishugu Holdings (Pty) Ltd Board Members

Chris de Bruno Austin

CEO: Working on Fire International

Summary

Summary

Self- employed 2003 – Integrated Fire Management Services.
Joined FFA Operations in 2003 – CEO responsible for all executive management of ground operations.
In 2006 started Working on Fire International – CEO responsible for global expansion.
2017 Kishugu Holdings Ltd – CEO responsible for global expansion.

Education and training

Globally recognised as a forest and wildfire specialist.
Was part of the team responsible for implementing the South African Government’s Working on Fire Programme through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
Was instrumental in the planning and developing of the first climate change project for Peace Parks Foundation in Western Zambia.
Has assisted in developing forestry skills to thousands of small-scale farmers in Africa.
Has written numerous technical papers on fire management in various National Parks, including Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Okavango Delta and Kruger National Park.
AVCASA Crop Protection (Diploma Pest Control); Tech RSA – 1994.
Wildfire Training; State of Montana, USA – 2003.
Numerous Fire Training Courses; Wildfire Investigation; ICS – Ongoing.

Goodness Lubisi

Finance Manager

Summary

Summary

Finance Manager of Working on Fire
Debtors and Creditors Clerk of Working on Fire
Bookkeeper of Working on Fire
Accountant of Working on Fire

Education and training

Bcom Accounting – University of the North – 2005
Pastel Accounting V6 – University of the North – 2004
Finance & Admin Section Chief (ICS – Incident & Command System) – WoFire – 2003
Pastel Accounting BIC Basic – Alchemex – 2012
Excel for Finance Managers – CBM Training – 2012
Evolution Practitioner Version 6.60 – Sage Pastel – 2013

Nick Elliot

Managing Director: Ulusha Projects

Summary

Summary

Executive Director of Heidel Eggs.
Director: Vuka Forestry Holdings.
Chairperson: Nkosana Trust 145.
Director: Working on Fire.
Director: Innibos Arts Festival.
Egg Organisation Committee Member: South African Poultry Association.

Education and training

Project Management Diploma: Damelin
Management Development Programme Certificate: University of Pretoria – 2001
Managing Projects Certificate – University of Pretoria – 2003

Trevor Abrahams

Managing Director: Working on Fire

Summary

Summary

• Managing Director: FFA Operations (Working on Fire)
• Executive Chairman: FFA Operations (Working on Fire)
• CEO: South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
• Chairman: National Aviation Security Committee.
• National Director: SACHED Trust
• Advisor: Ministry of Education
• Advisor: Ministry of Trade and Industry
• Consultant: Department of Transport

Education and training

• B.A. Hons: University of Cape Town Post Graduate Award Human Science Research Council
• M.A: University of Cape Town Post Graduate Research Award Human Science Research Council
• M.A.: SUNY Foreign Student Scholarship Awards: December 1981, April 1985. Graduate Student Organisation Travel and Research Fund Awards
• Serving as Chairman of Directors on a Board Committee for Kishugu Aviation Pty Ltd – since May 2005.
• Serving as an Executive Director on a Board Committee for Kishugu Pty Ltd – since May 2005.
• Serving as an Executive Chairman on a Board Committee for FFA Operations Pty Ltd T/A Working on Fire.
• Serving as Director and Chairman of Remuneration Sub-Committee FFA Holdings Pty.

Tony Kennett

Non-Executive Board Member

Summary

Summary

Coming soon.

Education and training

Coming soon.

 

Johan Heine

Non-Executive Board Member

Summary

Summary

Qualified as Aircraft Avionics Technician at Atlas Aircraft Cooperation in 1976.
Started with SAAF in 1979 and qualified commercial pilot license in 1983.
Corporate pilot for SASOL from 1983 – 1985
Corporate pilot for Sappi from 1986
Started the Lowveld Fire Protection Association (LEFPA) in 1989.
Kishugu Aviation CEO since 2003 to present.

Education and training

± 10 000 Spotter commercial and aerial firefighting flying hours.
Fire Boss Trainer and facilitator.
USA Incident Commander Qualification.
MBA Degree 2003.

Emile Grobbelaar

CEO Kishugu Aviation

Summary

Summary

Joined Deloitte Pretoria office in 2001
Seconded to Deloitte Office in Tampa Florida, USA in 2003
Joined Deloitte Office in Nelspruit in 2004
Left the Auditing Profession in 2006 for a career in commerce and industry
Joined Kishugu in 2009 as Director and Chief Financial Officer
Participated in developing and driving the Group Strategy, with specific focus on finance

Education and training

B Com Accounting: University of Pretoria – 2000.
B Compt Honours: UNISA – 2001.
CA (SA): South African Institute of Chartered Accountants –2004

Short Courses

“Advanced Excel for Financial Managers” CBM Training, Johannesburg, 2012
“Accredited Assessor” South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Johannesburg, 2005
“Higher Diploma in Auditing” University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, 2003

Aviation Experience

Completed full time PPL in 1997 (not current).
Experience in aviation funding and investment models
Corporate Finance
Aviation Business Strategic Financial Management
Governance and Oversight.
Deep understanding of generic risk management principles
Strict compliance focus from career that was rooted in the Auditing Profession.
Board Member of Kishugu Aviation (Pty) Ltd since 2010.
Managing Director of FFA Assets (Pty) Ltd (Aircraft Ownership Company) since 2010.
Board Member of the Nelspruit Airfield NPC since 2011.
Member of the Lowveld Air Show Committee since 2014.

Non-Executive Directorship

Non-Executive Director of Care for Wild NPC
Treasurer for Nelspruit Golf Club 2006 – 2009
Nelspruit Airfield NPC

Joseph Magagula

COID Admin Manager

Summary

Summary

Joined Tweefontein Timber Company in 1984.
Senior Training Officer at Komatiland Forests from 1988.
Joined Working on Fire in Nelspruit in 2004.
Promoted to COID Administration Manager in 2015.

Education and training

SAMTRAC Certificate: NOSA – 2001
IT IS Certificate: NOSA – 2012
Compliance Auditor’s Certificate: NOSA – 2003
Training Management Degree: Institute of Business Management Australia – In progress

 

Peter Beckenstrater

(Chairperson of the Board)
Business Consultant

Summary

Summary

Managing Partner: KPMG Nelspruit.
Managing Partner: Beckenstrater & Associates – Chartered.
Associate Director: PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Education and training

B. ACC – University of the Witwatersrand
CA (S.A.)
Adv. Tax Cert. – UNISA

Kishugu Aviation (Pty) Ltd Board Members

Kishugu Aviation (Pty) Ltd Board Members

Emile Grobbelaar

CEO Kishugu Aviation

Summary

Summary

Joined Deloitte Pretoria office in 2001
Seconded to Deloitte Office in Tampa Florida, USA in 2003
Joined Deloitte Office in Nelspruit in 2004
Left the Auditing Profession in 2006 for a career in commerce and industry
Joined Kishugu in 2009 as Director and Chief Financial Officer
Participated in developing and driving the Group Strategy, with specific focus on finance

Education and training

B Com Accounting: University of Pretoria – 2000.
B Compt Honours: UNISA – 2001.
CA (SA): South African Institute of Chartered Accountants –2004

Short Courses

“Advanced Excel for Financial Managers” CBM Training, Johannesburg, 2012
“Accredited Assessor” South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Johannesburg, 2005
“Higher Diploma in Auditing” University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, 2003

Aviation Experience

Completed full time PPL in 1997 (not current).
Experience in aviation funding and investment models
Corporate Finance
Aviation Business Strategic Financial Management
Governance and Oversight.
Deep understanding of generic risk management principles
Strict compliance focus from career that was rooted in the Auditing Profession.
Board Member of Kishugu Aviation (Pty) Ltd since 2010.
Managing Director of FFA Assets (Pty) Ltd (Aircraft Ownership Company) since 2010.
Board Member of the Nelspruit Airfield NPC since 2011.
Member of the Lowveld Air Show Committee since 2014.

Non-Executive Directorship

Non-Executive Director of Care for Wild NPC
Treasurer for Nelspruit Golf Club 2006 – 2009
Nelspruit Airfield NPC

Dean Khumalo

Executive Manager: Denel Aviation SOC

Summary

Summary

Executive Manager: MRO Operations – Denel Aviation SOC
Divisional Manager: Technical Services – South African Express Airways SOC
Senior Manager: Airworthiness – South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

Education and training

Masters Degree: Aviation Safety specialising in Aircraft Airworthiness – ENAC and ENSICA.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Regenesys Business School.
Diploma in Senior Civil Aviation Management – Singapore Aviation Academy.
National Diploma in Aircraft Engines and Airframes Maintenance.
National Certificate in Aircraft Engines and Airframes Maintenance.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Licence. (SACAA Categories A & C).
Aeronautical Engineering Certificate.

Tony Kennett

Technical Advisor

Summary

Summary

Coming soon.

Education and training

Coming soon.

Duke Moorosi

Managing Director: Ulusha Projects

Summary

Summary

Holder of Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence
Extensive Experience in Flight Operations
Executive Level Management Experience
Chairman of Safety Review Panel – South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)
Previous Chairman of SACAA.
Directorships in several companies

Education and training

Professional Aviation Management: McGill University, Canada – 1983
DeHavilland Twin Otter Training: Toronto, Canada – 1979
Beechcraft King Air 300 Course: Wichita, KS, USA – 1986
Fokker Friendship RSA Training: Comair, Johannesburg – 1984

Trevor Abrahams

Managing Director: Working on Fire

Summary

Summary

• Managing Director: FFA Operations (Working on Fire)
• Executive Chairman: FFA Operations (Working on Fire)
• CEO: South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
• Chairman: National Aviation Security Committee.
• National Director: SACHED Trust
• Advisor: Ministry of Education
• Advisor: Ministry of Trade and Industry
• Consultant: Department of Transport

Education and training

• B.A. Hons: University of Cape Town Post Graduate Award Human Science Research Council
• M.A: University of Cape Town Post Graduate Research Award Human Science Research Council
• M.A.: SUNY Foreign Student Scholarship Awards: December 1981, April 1985. Graduate Student Organisation Travel and Research Fund Awards
• Serving as Chairman of Directors on a Board Committee for Kishugu Aviation Pty Ltd – since May 2005.
• Serving as an Executive Director on a Board Committee for Kishugu Pty Ltd – since May 2005.
• Serving as an Executive Chairman on a Board Committee for FFA Operations Pty Ltd T/A Working on Fire.
• Serving as Director and Chairman of Remuneration Sub-Committee FFA Holdings Pty.

Colin Jordaan

CEO: Civil Aviation

Summary

Summary

CEO and Director of Civil Aviation, ex-officio Executive Director on the Civil Aviation Authority Board.
Member of the South African Institute of Director’s since 2008.
Non-executive director of 3S Media (Pty) LTD from January 2006 to July 2015.
Non-executive director of the Recreation Aviation Administration South Africa (RAASA)
Director on the Board of the Aero Club of South Africa from 1983 to 1986.
Director of the Wits University Flying Association (Section 21 Company) from July 1975 to Sept 1978

Education and training

Aeronautical Engineering: Wits University – 1971-1977
Mechanical and Structural Engineering: Aeronautical Research (CSIR) -1978
Aviation Business Leaders’ Development Course: Cambridge Judge School of Business, UK – 2006
Chief of Civil Aviation Authorities Course: Singapore Aviation Academy – 2008.

Group Executives

Group Executives

Coenie Lamprecht

Group Executive: Legal and Compliance

Summary

Summary

Joined Kishugu in 2003 as Business Services Director.
Group Executive (Legal and Compliance).

Education and training

B. Law: University of North West – 1996
Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA): Regent Business School – 2017

Naranda Leeuwner

Group Executive: Corporate Communication

Summary

Summary

Lowveld Media Journalist – 2005.
Beeld Journalist in 2006.
Radio Lowveld journalist and morning show.
Senior Communications Practitioner at Sappi Limited – 2009.
Kishugu Holdings (Pty) Ltd in 2015 as HOD: Corporate Communication and now holds the position of Group Executive: Corporate Communications.

Education and training

BA Languages and specialisation in Journalism and Communication: University of Pretoria – 2005
Diploma in Stakeholder Management: University of Pretoria – 2011
PRISA: Internal Communication Audit – 2013
PRISA: Communication Strategy – 2013
PRISA: Writing for the Media – 2014
Achieved General Manager’s Excellence Award at Sappi – 2014
PRISA: Social Media – 2015
PRISA: Reputation Management – 2016

Tony Mancos

Group Executive: Governance and Risk

Summary

Summary

Joined engineering industry as a cost accountant – 1992.
Started auditing career with AG(SA) – 1993.
Joined Government to assist with developing shared internal audit division – 1998.
Joined PWC Nelspruit in 2002 and completed articles in 2004.
PWC Promoted to Associate Director – Risk Assurance Services – LoS .
Joined Kishugu Holdings Pty Ltd in 2016 as Executive Manager – Risk and Business Services.
Participating with the development and implementation of the Group Strategy, with specific focus on Governance and Risk.

Education and training

NDip Company Admin – 1993
FCIS – 2000
B Compt. UNISA – 2000
Post Graduate Diploma Corporate Governance and Strategic Management UNISA/ ICSA – 2001
Professional Internal Auditor (PIA(SA)) – 2002
Certified Control Self Assessor (CCSA) – 2011
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) – 2011
Certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) – 2013

Emile Grobbelaar

Chief Financial Officer

Summary

Summary

Joined Deloitte Pretoria office in 2001
Seconded to Deloitte Office in Tampa Florida, USA in 2003
Joined Deloitte Office in Nelspruit in 2004
Left the Auditing Profession in 2006 for a career in commerce and industry
Joined Kishugu in 2009 as Director and Chief Financial Officer
Participated in developing and driving the Group Strategy, with specific focus on finance

Education and training

B Com Accounting: University of Pretoria – 2000.
B Compt Honours: UNISA – 2001.
CA (SA): South African Institute of Chartered Accountants –2004

Short Courses

“Advanced Excel for Financial Managers” CBM Training, Johannesburg, 2012
“Accredited Assessor” South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Johannesburg, 2005
“Higher Diploma in Auditing” University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, 2003

Aviation Experience

Completed full time PPL in 1997 (not current).
Experience in aviation funding and investment models
Corporate Finance
Aviation Business Strategic Financial Management
Governance and Oversight.
Deep understanding of generic risk management principles
Strict compliance focus from career that was rooted in the Auditing Profession.
Board Member of Kishugu Aviation (Pty) Ltd since 2010.
Managing Director of FFA Assets (Pty) Ltd (Aircraft Ownership Company) since 2010.
Board Member of the Nelspruit Airfield NPC since 2011.
Member of the Lowveld Air Show Committee since 2014.

Non-Executive Directorship

Non-Executive Director of Care for Wild NPC
Treasurer for Nelspruit Golf Club 2006 – 2009
Nelspruit Airfield NPC

Company CEOs

Company CEOs

Willie Buchner

CEO: Kishugu Training (Pty) Ltd

Summary

Summary

Joined Mentor Safaris as a Professional Hunter Instructor in 1995.
Joined Contego Trading as Project Manager, Quality Controller and Managing Director: 1997 to 2004.
1994 to 2016: Managing Director for Willem Buchner Safaris and Kumbuka Trading Safaris.
Joined Kishugu Group in 2015.
Transferred to Kishugu Training as the Divisional Director in June 2016.

Education and training

BSc (Eng) Mechanical: University of Witwatersrand – 1995
Professional Hunting and Nature Conservation Courses – 1992/ 1993

Trevor Abrahams

MD: Working on Fire (Pty) Ltd

Summary

Summary

• Managing Director: FFA Operations (Working on Fire)
• Executive Chairman: FFA Operations (Working on Fire)
• CEO: South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
• Chairman: National Aviation Security Committee.
• National Director: SACHED Trust
• Advisor: Ministry of Education
• Advisor: Ministry of Trade and Industry
• Consultant: Department of Transport

Education and training

• B.A. Hons: University of Cape Town Post Graduate Award Human Science Research Council
• M.A: University of Cape Town Post Graduate Research Award Human Science Research Council
• M.A.: SUNY Foreign Student Scholarship Awards: December 1981, April 1985. Graduate Student Organisation Travel and Research Fund Awards
• Serving as Chairman of Directors on a Board Committee for Kishugu Aviation Pty Ltd – since May 2005.
• Serving as an Executive Director on a Board Committee for Kishugu Pty Ltd – since May 2005.
• Serving as an Executive Chairman on a Board Committee for FFA Operations Pty Ltd T/A Working on Fire.
• Serving as Director and Chairman of Remuneration Sub-Committee FFA Holdings Pty.

Coenie Lamprecht

CEO: Kishugu Fleet Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Summary

Summary

Chubb Fire 1993 to 1996 (Branch Manager).
Cargo Carriers Logistics 1996 to 2002 (Business Development).
Unitrans Logistics 2002 to 2014 (General Manager).
Kishugu Fleet Solutions 2014 to present (Divisional Director).

Education and training

B Agric Mgt – UNP 1990
Road Transport Dip – RUA 1998

Emile Grobbelaar

CEO: Kishugu Aviation (Pty) Ltd

Summary

Summary

Qualified as Aircraft Avionics Technician at Atlas Aircraft Cooperation in 1976.
Started with SAAF in 1979 and qualified commercial pilot license in 1983.
Corporate pilot for SASOL from 1983 – 1985
Corporate pilot for Sappi from 1986
Started the Lowveld Fire Protection Association (LEFPA) in 1989.
Kishugu Aviation CEO since 2003 to present.

Education and training

± 10 000 Spotter commercial and aerial firefighting flying hours.
Fire Boss Trainer and facilitator.
USA Incident Commander Qualification.
MBA Degree 2003.

FOR THE GREATER GOOD

We aim to grow this business even further, beyond the horizon, for the greater good of the world at large.