Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Johan graduated from NMMU (then UPE) with a double major in Computer Science and Psychology. He has been doing software development, design and architecture for the last 16 years, primarily for bluechip corporates in the financial services industry - both locally and in Europe.
Johan started development on Commspace in 2006 as a side-project, initially for a single IFA office. After seeing the enthusiastic response of the early users, he decided to develop it into a fully-fledged solution for the broader independent financial services market, starting with PSG.
He believes that if it ain't broke, fix it anyway because there is always room for improvement.
Martha studied at Stellenbosch and qualified as a chartered accountant. Along with extensive international experience, she also worked in various South African industries, including management consulting, interior decorating and franchising. In 2008 Martha joined the Torre group and served as Supply Chain Executive for 7 years. She joined Headspace as Managing Director in 2015.
Martha also plays hard, being a triathlon national champion, competed in numerous Iron Man challenges both locally and abroad and even represented SA at the Iron Man World Championships.
For relaxation she does trail running, since knitting is not really her thing.
After a 15 year stint in the legal world, Danelle has decided to take the leap to become an interpreneur (really... it's a thing) and although the technical stuff is beyond her, she enjoys reading and drafting long agreements which nobody else in an internet software company wants to do.
She studied at Stellenbosch and UCT, whereafter she worked in London for 2 years before starting the corporate ladder in the Cape Town legal world, which culminated in her practicing as a corporate commercial director for Werksmans Attorneys for 7 years.
Now she practices being the mom of 3 girls.
Customer Success Manager
Sanette has been in the service industry for many years and understands what it takes to run a successful backoffice operation. She is passionate about gettings things done the right way and keeps everyone around here honest when it comes to staying focused.
She also takes client satisfaction and support very seriously, as many of our clients can attest to.
In her spare time .... errr ... we have no idea when that might be, because she seems to be around all the time.
Not being able to accept average as the norm, this “plaasmeisie” studied at both the University of Stellenbosch and the Katholieke University in Leuven Belgium, smashing a double major in both marketing and financial management.
She always goes the extra mile when it comes to planning and optimization of client accounts. She eats process optimisation for breakfast, lunch and dinner, since apparently there's always a better, quicker, faster way to get things done.
Being recently married, she's trying to master the work/life balance thing.
Born and bred in the Karoo, Elsa briefly tried her hand at teaching (which she quite enjoyed), but then continued to build a career in financial administration, along with a healthy dose of IT admin.
Being blessed (or is that cursed?) with a strong sense of perfectionism, she takes pride in her work and won't stop until the last cent is accounted for.
Elsa also has a creative side and likes to do arts and crafts, as well as spending time in the great outdoors. This probably earns her the title of "Most balanced person" in our madcap crew!