Automation specialists Ana-Digi Systems has recently held its first board meeting since the announcement that the company was acquired by broad based BEE investor Ditikeni Investment Company. The deal was announced at the end of 2021.
“The decision to proceed with the acquisition was done with continuity in mind. Bringing Ditikeni in as a strong investor was the right thing to do for the company that my brother and I set up. I am happy with the very successful board meeting we held, at which we discussed the company’s plans and prospects for the year ahead,” says Keith Gross, CEO of Ana-Digi Systems. The meeting was held in Johannesburg on 23 February 2022.
“This is in fact our first substantial stake in an industrial company, and we are particularly pleased to be associated with a company offering such large energy savings. Our aim is to help Ana-Digi widen its customer base and we have every confidence that the management team will make 2022 and beyond a growth period for the company,” says Sahra Ryklief, Ditikeni’s chairperson.
The new Ana-Digi board is made up of:
- Keith Gross (CEO). An experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the industrial automation industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Editing, and Public Speaking. Strong business development and implementation expert, graduated from Christian Brothers College, Green Point, Cape Town.
- Kagiso Rapetswa (Non-executive director). She holds a master’s in Information and Electrical Engineering, a BSc (Honours) in Computational and Applied Mathematics and a BSc in Mathematical Sciences. She is currently reading towards a PhD in Information and Electrical Engineering. She has a proven track record as a leader in the ICT industry, skilled at fostering corporate governance, strategy, technology transformation, and people alignment.
- Sybil Seoka (Non-executive director). Sybil holds a PhD (Pharmacy) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the United States. In addition to managing a medical products distributing company since 2001, she serves on several boards in entities in financial services including insurance, engineering, retirement funds, and contact centre management (previous) as non-executive director/trustee and currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Provident Professional Society (PPS) Holdings Trust Board.
- Kobus Burger (Non-executive Director). He has extensive experience in national government projects as well as with multi-disciplinary teams of consultants and specialists on building projects. Kobus obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987. He is registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a professional construction project manager.
- Gordon Young (Non-executive director). Young has been a pioneer of empowerment ventures since 1992. He was a Co-Founder of the Community Growth Fund, the first BEE investment fund, and the listed African Harvest Group. He was Chief Executive of the listed Namibian Harvest Investments group from 2001 to 2004. He is currently investment advisor to Ditikeni in which capacity he has concluded numerous transactions. Mr Young was also principal advisor on the formation of Employee Share Ownership Schemes at AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo Platinum, and PUTCO.
Pictured here is (from left to right): Gordon Young (Non-executive Director), seated Kagiso Rapetswa (Non-executive Director), Keith Gross (CEO), Sybil Seoka (Non-executive Director), and standing Kobus Burger (Non-executive Director).