Our people

Our highly skilled team of professionals includes engineers, across all disciplines, quantity surveyors and chartered accountants, all experienced in infrastructure development.

They have experience in the leadership, strategic planning and management of all aspects of a project from development and inception, through to final operation and maintenance.

Peterson Khumalo

Peterson Khumalo

Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Peterson is a registered Chartered Accountant experienced in external audit, internal audit, risk management, business consulting and corporate governance. In his previous capacity, Peterson worked as a Chartered Accountant with one of the “Big 4” audit firms. Peterson is currently also the Managing Director of Khumalo and Mabuya Chartered Accountants. He actively consults in risk management, both in the public and private sector, and has facilitated various risk management workshops, developed risk profiles, risk policies and mitigating strategies. Peterson has exposure to several key markets, including consumer products, retail, technology, construction and media. He also acts as Corporate Governance Advisor and Trainer.
Gerhard Bester

Gerhard Bester

Managing Director

Gerhard was a co-founder of Driver Group Africa, the original name under which CAPIC was established in 2010, he is the Managing Director and has been from the start. He is a Professional Engineer and construction project manager, with an entrepreneurial passion. He has been a founding member, shareholder and director of a number of consulting practices and businesses, all of which are still operationally active. It is this same passion that he brings to projects. Gerhard started his career as a consulting civil engineer, where he gained experience in site investigations, design, technical specifications, contract documentation, construction supervision, contract management and design team and project management, predominantly on civil infrastructure projects. Since 2005 Gerhard has focused on transaction advisory and project management of multi-disciplinary teams on bankable feasibility studies, and turning projects into businesses particularly PPPs/PFIs. He has the necessary experience in project finance, risk management, commercial, legal and contractual aspects of infrastructure development to manage the necessary integration of these specialisms to ensure project delivery success.
Christo de Witt

Christo de Witt

Operations Director and Head of Commercial, Contracts, Claims & Dispute Resolution

Christo started his career in the built environment in 1994, and has a wealth of experience in Project Management, Contract Management, Construction Site Supervision, Quality Assurance, Risk and Environmental Management and Health and Safety. Christo’s experience also includes the management of both delay and quantum construction claims teams on multi-disciplinary projects. Christo is a RICS certified expert witness. He has held senior positions in construction management of large multi- disciplinary projects including housing developments, bridges, roads, airports, civil infrastructure and mining infrastructure projects. Christo’s experience includes all aspects of engineering consulting and management in a variety of disciplines including site investigations, preliminary design, feasibility studies, detail design, drafting, scheduling and contract documentation, construction claims on particularly roads, pavements and bridges but also other civil and mining infrastructure.
Mthe Masiza

Mthe Masiza

Non-Executive Director

Mthe’s background includes more than 7 years’ experience in Strategic Planning and Project Co-ordination in the Aviation Industry, where he started work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Mthe first joined the Driver Trett South Africa team as strategic project manager under an Enterprise Development Agreement with Masiza Capital, and he is now actively involved in day-to-day operations, specifically in the Advisory & Management business stream. Mthe has strategic interest and relationships in fuel and commodities trade, renewable energy and water treatment. Mthe shares our passion for socio-economic upliftment through integrated developments and in particular through public-private partnerships and community initiatives.
Jurgens Kühl

Jurgens Kühl

Technical Director and Head of Advisory & Management

Jurgens is a Professionally Registered Chemical Engineer as well as a Chartered Member of the MIChemE, and has extensive advisory consultant experience across various sectors. His skills include transaction advisory, management consulting, project preparation and development, project and engineering management and operational improvement across the full project life cycle. He is experienced in the development of feasibility studies, project execution plans and business strategies. Jurgens currently advises on alternative energy, water, intensive agriculture and transport projects, as well as operational and business improvement projects. He has a passion for sustainable economic development, the optimised use of natural resources and the minimisation of waste.
Grant Penrose

Grant Penrose

Technical Director and Head of Project Finance & Modelling

Grant is a registered Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the areas of finance, project finance, financial modelling and finance raising experience. His previous experience includes seven years with the project finance division of PKF in the United Kingdom, and 4 years as the head of the Infrastructure Advisory, Financial Modelling and PPP division at Grant Thornton in Johannesburg, South Africa. Grant has worked on a number of PFI/PPP transactions in the UK, Middle East and Southern Africa and has extensive experience in financial advisory, financial analysis, infrastructure procurement as well as advanced financial modelling of infrastructure transactions. Grant also has extensive knowledge of Accounting Standards in relation to Project Finance as well as accounting based decision making for Project Finance Transactions. Areas of expertise include renewables, waste management, transport, infrastructure, strategy, policy and decision making.
Janus Botha

Janus Botha

Technical Director and Head of Planning & Delay Analysis

Janus is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Delay Analyst with an extensive project management, commercial management and controls background. Janus is also a RICS certified expert witness. He has extensive experience in engineering, procurement and construction, working with various contractors, clients and consultants with expertise in the Energy, Mining and Petrochemical sectors. Janus has a comprehensive understanding of the full project life cycle, and is a specialist in the preparation and review of project programmes, delay analysis, construction project management and distressed project recovery. Janus supports with the quantification of project delay in preparation for claims, mediation, arbitration and litigation. He is familiar with internationally recognised project planning practices and tools, and is also well acquainted with FIDIC, GCC and NEC construction contracts.