About the People
FoneWorx Holdings Limited is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in the AltX sector and has been in existence for 14 years, specializing in a host of services including IVR, SMS, MMS, Business Services such as Fax2Email, PC2Fax, Document Storage, Credit Card Processing, Identity Access Management (including Anti-Money Laundering applications for solutions such as FICA / RICA and other verification services using strong authentication incorporating PKI and Digital Certificates), Disaster Recovery and the broad range of services offered in CarbonWorx using the technology developed over the last 14 years.
Mark Allan Smith (BA LLB) Admitted Attorney (currently on non-practising roll)
Mark completed his articles and practised as an attorney for a few months before joining Shield Trading Corporation Ltd ("Shield") as legal advisor. In 1987 Shield was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Mark played a pivotal role in the listing of the company. Two years later he was appointed as the legal director for Shield as well as joint managing director of Success Wholesale Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Shield. Mark was also the managing director of Infophone (Pty) Limited which operated telephony services in the premium rate service industry where he gained experience in the audiotex telephony platform. In 1991 Mark was appointed joint managing director of Shield.
In 1992 Massmart Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Wooltru Limited, acquired 66% of Shield and Mark was appointed the managing director of Shield. In May 1995, Mark was also appointed a director of Massmart Holdings (Pty) Ltd, the holding company of Shield, Makro and Dion. As managing director of Shield, Mark was responsible for 450 franchised outlets and responsible for sales of R1.3 Billion. The total market share of Shield's outlets totalled (collectively) approximately R6 Billion. In February 1997 Mark phased out of Shield to start FoneWorx. Mark has extensively researched Identity Verification applications and has also attended courses on the subject matter. In addition, Mark has consulted widely with a number of legal professionals and industry bodies to acquire extensive knowledge in the arena of Identity Verification. Mark has also developed an extensive business training course orientated around the small, medium and micro enterprises and lectures on a broad range of topics in the Virtual Business Centre management courses in the FoneWorx Academy.
Mark has consulted widely with environmental experts on climate change and has also presented papers at various climate change conferences. In addition, Mark holds a number of workshops on climate change and restoration of local eco systems in line with climate mitigation and adaptation. Mark recently attended training courses in the United Kingdom with Carbon Action for a full understanding of the ISO14064 standards which are provided in line with the Canadian Standards Association ("CSA"). Mark completed ISO14064-1 and ISO14064-2.
Ronald was the music procurement and marketing manager for 320 CNA retail stores from 1980 until 1990. He then held the position of marketing director of RPM, a division of CNA Gallo from 1989 to 1990. In 1990 he was appointed the managing director of Parrot Publishing (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture between Nasionale Pers Limited and the Argus Group. Ronald then left Parrot to form his own company, International Appeal (Pty) Ltd, which operated within the premium rate industry. In 1994 Ronald joined Shield as marketing manager and in 1997 he resigned from Shield to start FoneWorx. Ronald has played a pivotal role in the development of the various verified CarbonWorx sites for the tree planting initiatives.
Pieter Scholtz CA(SA) (B.com Accounting, B.Com Honours, CTA & CIMA)
Pieter qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2001 and passed the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) final examination in 2002.
He served his articles at the Johannesburg office of the Auditor-General where he stayed on until May 2005. During this period he was the appointed Training Officer for all the SAICA trainees within the Johannesburg Office, specialising in Performance Auditing and was the Senior Manager in charge of numerous high profile government audits within the Gauteng Province.
In June 2005 Pieter joined the Commission of Gender Equality as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In December 2006 Pieter was offered the position of Group Finance Manager for Blue IQ Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a government held entity focusing on infrastructure development throughout the Gauteng province. In February 2008 he was appointed as the Financial Director of FoneWorx.
Graham began his career at Telkom in the technical department and became a department supervisor at the age of 21 after which he was promoted to Zone Manager. Following on from Telkom, Graham co-founded Qualicom, specialising in servicing and maintenance of PABX and telecommunications equipment. Teleboss later bought Qualicom and Graham stayed on as Operations Director. In 1992 he left Teleboss to become an independent consultant. In 1995 Graham returned to Teleboss as Managing Director of the Johannesburg region. After managing Teleboss for four years he took up the position as CEO of TeleMessage in October of 1999 and in December was appointed to the board of directors as Managing Director. Telemessage was merged with a subsidiary of Interconnective Solutions Ltd, now FoneWorx Holdings Ltd, in 2003.
Fikile is a Professional Engineering Technologist in Mechanical Engineering from University of Johannesburg. He is currently a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unigas, an assessment and development company of Integrated Energy (gas and power) Projects. In 1998, Fikile was appointed by Anglo Platinum Mines in Rustenburg as a Junior Engineer and served in different departments including ventilation, mining, engineering and metallurgy. He served as an acting Section Engineer prior to leaving Anglo Platinum Mines. In 2000 he joined the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa formerly known as Atomic Energy Corporation and worked as Section Head responsible for the Ventilation, Instrumentation, Electrical and Mechanical services departments.
In 2001 he joined Consol Glass Limited as a Production Engineer responsible for maintenance bottle making. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to a position of a Machine Services Manager responsible for the maintenance of bottle making machines and mould equipment. He was then promoted to Head Office in 2003, to oversee the group's machine services and forming departments. Prior to leaving Consol, he was in charge of the machine assembly plant, and was responsible for designs, specifications, assembly and installation of bottle making machines. During this period, he managed expansion projects in the group ranging from R80m to R200m.
In March 2007 he resigned from Consol and started his own Engineering Consulting Company and was contracted to Consol responsible for managing expansion projects. His company is one of the companies that formed Unigas.
Through his work and training Fikile has travelled world-wide to countries such as United States, South America, UK, Middle East, Scandinavia and Schengen States. Fikile also advanced his studies and obtained a Management Development Programme from GIBS. He is also a member of the Institution for Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers of South Africa and a Registered Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
His vast experience in the manufacturing sector encompassing various engineering disciplines such as project management, maintenance, technical audits, feasibility studies, etc... ensures the professional execution & delivery of tailored engineering and service solutions