Naim Rassool


Naim Rassool being the inaugural Director of SARETEC has a career spanning 20 years practising as an engineer, venture capitalist and leading companies. These various roles have exposed Naim to numerous industry sectors including a stint in public sector.

Naim sits on a number of Boards including Green Cape and acts in an advisory capacity to the technology innovation fraternity in South Africa. In terms of formal qualifications, Naim holds a BSc (Engineering) & MSc (Engineering) from University of Witwatersrand and an MBA from University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Sven Pietrangeli

Operations Manager

Sven Pietrangeli has more than 10 years’ experience, in industry (mining, manufacture, project management and operations management), with 4 years’ experience in tertiary education at University level and in Trades and Occupations. His academic expertise are in the subject fields of Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Renewable Energies.

Sven is a member of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Masters in Technology specializing in Renewable Energy (Wind).

Henk Volschenk

Training Supervisor

Henk Volschenk has more than 38 years industry related (military, oil and gas, manufacturing and renewable energy) experience as a qualified Mechanical Fitter and Senior Mechanic with 21 years been spent in the Adult Education, Training and Development field involved as a Learning Development Officer, Training Officer and Training Manager.

Henk has successfully designed, established and presented a vast number of learning interventions in South Africa as well as in other African countries. Henk holds a National Diploma in Education specializing in Adult Workplace Learning from the University of the Western Cape and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch’s Business School.

Masabata Potsane

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Masabata Potsane has 7 years industry experience in administration, hospitality, marketing, training and events industry.

Masabata holds a BTech in Project Management, National Diploma Marketing from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and N6 Office Administration Certificate from Port Elizabeth College – Russell Road Campus.

Alfred Szebelledi

Mechanical Trainer

Alfred Szebelledi has 7 years teaching experience at a TVET College majoring in fitting and machining. He has been a qualified Artisan for 30 years and been exposed to various environments.

Alfred is in possession of a Diploma in Teaching as well as Trade Certificate in Fitting and Machining.

Xolelwa Bashala

Accreditation Controller Assistant

Xolelwa Bashala started off her career in administration, events hosting and conference supervision, as well as managing small projects. Recently she moved into Quality Management Systems focusing on ISO 9001 and Quality Auditing for SARETEC. She also manages the OHS aspect of SARETEC and undertakes project management assisting with key strategic projects undertaken in SARETEC.

Xolelwa holds a BTech in Project Management, National Diploma in Events Management, and Short course in Quality Management Systems. She is currently pursing Masters in Technology of Business Administration in Project Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Lindie Lourens

Training Administrator

Lindie Lourens has more than 20 years of work experience. Following 12 years as a detective with the South African Police Service she became an entrepreneur and ran her own business for 10 years. Prior to joining SARETEC Lindie was the SETA Coordinator for a Health and Safety Training Company for 2 years and managed the relationships with SETA’s.

Jarque Coert

Workshop Assistant

Jarque Coerts served in the SA Navy as a Shipwright with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Worked at Abu Dhabi marine as a fabricator welder and went on to be a Senior Boilermaker Foreman. Over the years he has gained vast experience in carpentry/joinery, metal fabrication, welding, fibreglass laminating and repair.

Sisa Sethi

Training Administrator Assistant

Sisa Sethi has been with SARETEC since 2015 and during this time has been an integral part of the Events and Training teams.

Sisa hold a National Diploma in Event Management (Business Managements Sciences) from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and currently pursuing a BTech in Business Administration (CPUT).

Akhona Hermans

Finance Administrator

Akhona Hermans is a Financial Administrator at SARETEC and is primary responsible for compiling management accounts and undertaking journals, debtors, and project fund transactions. Before coming on board at SARETEC Akhona spent a year and half at Robben-Island working as an Internal control officer in Finance Department.

She hold a National Diploma and a BTech in Cost and Management Accounting from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town.

Lisa-Khanyisa Casiwe

Finance Administrator

Lisa-Khanyisa Casiwe has 2 years of experience in the Finance Industry. At SARETEC Lisa compiles management accounts and undertakes journals, creditors, petty cash and project fund transactions. Lisa took part in an accounting programme (Guarantee Trust) as a Trainee Accountant, spent six months in a public entity World Heritage Site (Robben Island Museum) as a creditor’s accounts assistant. She joined a medium size engineering company mid-year 2017 as a Finance Administrator.

Lisa obtained a BTech qualification in Financial Information Systems from Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Nomfundo Gidi

Events Assistant

Nomfundo Gidi has been with SARETEC since October 2016 as an Events Assistant. Prior to taking up this position, she was in the health care industry and has over 14 years’ experience in the hospitality-events and tourism industry.

Grant Melton

Training Intern

Grant Melton who undertook his in-service training with SARETEC in the Events department in 2018 joined SARETEC in 2019 to be part of the Training team.

Grant holds a National Diploma in Event Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is currently pursuing a BTech in Business Administration (CPUT).

Motjatji Malatji

Electrical Trainer

Motjatji Malatji has close to 10 years of working experience in the electrical industry with 7 years as a qualified artisan electrician. for 7 years. Her electrical experience was gathered from Tshwane municipality and the South African Navy. She studied to become a wind turbine service technician at SARETEC and got employed by a renewable energy company where she was exposed to the wind industry for close to two years.

She holds a diploma in electrical engineering, trade test certificate in electrical and wind turbine service technician certificate.

Melville Healing

Electrical Trainer

Melville Healing has more than 25 years’ industry related experience in the electrical, information technology and renewable energy fields and 8 years teaching experience spent at various TVET colleges in the Western Cape. As an Occupational Directed Educational Training and Development practitioner he co-ordinate learning within an occupational context as an Education Material Developer for the Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician occupational certificate.

Melville is in possession of a Trade Certificate for an Electronic Fitter-Ships and is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices.