ABOUT ITA

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY

ITA Services Group opened its doors in 1998 in Cape Town with a staff consisting of only two individuals. Years later, Schalk Cadle, then Financial Director of the company, approached the ITA Services Group shareholders and bought the business.

Soon after the acquisition, Schalk decided to involve strategic growth and development partners to strengthen the company’s commercial footprint and approached Ngululu Capital Finance, a 100% affiliate of Ngululu Holdings (Pty) Limited, a 100% black-owned company.

Ngululu Capital Finance procured a 30% stake in ITA Services Group, and then CEO Chris Luvhani, and fellow director Freddy Sinthumule, joined the ITA Services Group Board as directors.

In 2008, after substantial growth and synergy amongst the executive team, the Ngululu Capital Finance Board, decided to increase their shareholding in ITA Services Group to 52.2%, and by doing so established the company as a BBBEE Level 2 complaint entity. This decision saw Chris Luvhani elected as ITA Services Group Chairperson, and Mandla Sibiya join the executive board as Director Strategy.

Under the dynamic leadership of Managing Director, Schalk Cadle, the ITA Services Group continues to expand its operations and revenue. Two new service divisions, namely the Fraud and Whistleblowing Hotline Service, and the Supply Chain Management Service were added to group portfolio in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

Despite the challenges presented by a world economy caught in the grips of a pandemic, ITA Services Group has remained focused on making sure their clients can continue their operations and that all employees and service department are committed to maintaining operations, tasks, and functions.

The unwavering pursuit of delivering excellent client service is a critical element of the brand and company ethos and is embodied in the company vision, mission, and philosophy.

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VISION

To be the most efficient and integrated asset management and protection services provider in Africa.

MISSION

To offer tailormade cargo management solutions, asset protection, anti-hijacking, recovery, multi-lingual anti-fraud hotline, and supply chain services, on a twenty-four-seven basis, by utilising our state-of-the-art control room.

PHILOSOPHY

• To maintain high levels of ethics, trust, and integrity. • To remain customer-centric at all times. • To maintain highly motivated staff and to apply continuous skills development. • To maintain a balance between complimentary, internal, and external stakeholder interests. • To commit to creating, and operating within, a sustainable environment.

MEET THE TEAM

With combined corporate and business experience totalling to more than one hundred years in the industry, our directors share a comprehensive range of skills, specialised knowledge, and unique expertise to efficiently and competently manage the ITA Services Group.

All the directors are actively involved in the management of the company and play vital roles within their respective divisions, disciplines, and fields of operation.

We are proud to introduce you to our team.

Mr Chris Luvhani

Group Chairman

Chris was born in 1960 in Limpopo Province and Matriculated from Mphaphuli High School in 1977. He then went straight into the corporate banking sector where he sharpened his knowledge in finance, banking, and deal-making.

Chris worked his way through the corporate world and worked for companies such as FNB, Old Mutual and the Limpopo Economic Development Agency. He has since become a successful entrepreneur in South Africa.

Chris holds a BCom Degree in Banking and a BCom Hons majoring in Business Strategy and Corporate Finance and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa and a member of the Turnaround Management Association of South Africa.

Chris is a down-to-earth entrepreneur with a list of academic achievements in both economics and business strategy, including a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Thames Valley University (UK).

Chris believes in the values of focus; integrity and maintaining a personal ethos of honesty, and that the future belongs to those who are willing to work for it. He provides critical and strategic leadership to the ITA Services Group executive team in his capacity as Chairperson.

Mr Schalk Cadle

Managing Director

Schalk was born in 1961 in Tshwane (Pretoria) and matriculated from Hendrik Verwoerd High School in Tshwane (Riviera).

After matriculating, he studied at Stellenbosch and Pretoria Universities respectively and completed his Masters’ degree in Business Management (MCom). He is registered as a Professional Accountant (SA) at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) since 1986.

Previously Schalk hold the Financial Director position of Urban Dynamics Holdings, and is currently the Managing Director of ITA Services Group, Ishango e-College, and Almira Business & Financial Management Services.

Schalk has been consulting to businesses for over thirty-two years.

Schalk serves on the ITA Services Group executive as Managing Director and provides essential developmental, operational leadership and management to the team.

Schalk is passionate about new start-ups and the development of ventures and enterprises into successful businesses. His personal mottos are to do onto others as you want done to yourself, and, behind every threat lies an opportunity.

Schalk has been married to Sandra for 40 years and they have two children and five grandchildren. When he is not working, he likes to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Mr Mandla Sibiya

Director Strategy

Mandla has more than 30 years working experience in both the public and private sector. His portfolio of executive experience includes, amongst others, financing, coaching, and mentoring, deal structuring and transaction advisory services.

Mandla is qualified in Finance, Corporate Governance, and has master’s Degrees in Business Leadership (MBL) and Project Management (PM).

He has been a director of the Ngululu Group since 2006 and held a full-time position as Executive Director – Resources at the transport and logistics subsidiary, Ngululu Bulk Carriers, whilst simultaneously occupying a senior Director position at Ngululu Holdings.

Prior to joining Ngululu Group, Mandla held various executive positions including Manager for SME Development at SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency). He also held a position as the International Marketing Manager for Trade and Investment Limpopo looking after the European, North, and South American markets to attract direct foreign investment to the region.

Mandla is enthusiastic about business and is a firm believer that entrepreneurship is a key activity in combatting poverty and developing the economy to create a bright future for all.

Mandla serves as Director of Strategy and provides critical leadership, strategic development input and guidance to the ITA executive team.

Mr Les Ireland

Operations Manager

Les Grew up in Durban and matriculated from Durban High School. Post matric, Les served in the South African Police Service as part of the compulsory national service system.

His career thereafter saw him remain with the safety and security sector managing a private security company and relocating to Johannesburg in Gauteng. His career advanced and Les repositioned himself in the vehicle tracking and recovery sector where he oversaw the operational divisions and focused on customer care development.

Les’s proven history of delivering increased sales and profitability through operational productivity and organisational development has turned him into a true specialist. His ability to develop strong organisations by implementing effective strategic plans has led companies and divisions to improved financial results and increased profitability.

Les is a proud father to a son and when he is not recovering critical assets, enjoys playing golf and keeping physically fit in the gym. Those who know Les will tell you that he lives his motto in life as well as in business, which is – if you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.

Mr Marthin Fick

Operations Manager

Marthin grew up in Vryburg in the Northwest Province and matriculated from Vryburg High School in 1998.

Marthin started his career at ITA Services Group in August 1999 when vehicle tracking, and recovery was still in its infancy. He has since become an industry specialist with  industry experience and specialist courses and learning opportunities presented by institutions such as UNISA, PSIRA and mentors such as Chris Geldenhuys, Sutcliffe Strutt and Barry Mitchell.

Contributing to this professional development and ability to think on his feet, are the countless people he has been privileged to work alongside in Vehicle Tracking, Recovery, Security sectors as well as the South African Police Services (SAPS), Crime Intelligence, Private Investigation, Hijacking & Violent crime units.

In his spare time Marthin is a director at a small NPO focussing on Community Engagement, Development and Workshops in rural areas.

Marthin’s motto in life is summarised by two core beliefs, namely that every person aspiring to own a business must be given an opportunity to do so, and secondly, when a business provides a great service under the guidance of clear leadership, a business can only be successful.

He is married, has three sons, and as a family they enjoy the outdoors (especially the ocean). Marthin believes that a strong family unit is the cornerstone of any society, and he regularly takes his family on regular fishing, hiking, and camping excursions.

Mr Louis Cadle

Marketing and Supply Chains Manager

Louis was born in 1958 in Tshwane (Pretoria) and matriculated from Hendrik Verwoerd High School (Riviera). He completed selected Commercial and Marketing modules at various universities including University of Pretoria (UP), Northwest University (NWU), and University of Cape Town (UCT).

Louis’s 46 year corporate and commercial career has seen him gain invaluable experience, knowledge and skills in key managerial roles, functions and industries including agriculture, transport, business consulting, marketing and sales, at prominent companies in South Africa.

Louis’s contagious passion for excellence and his talent for creating resourceful business solutions has seen him being well-respected by colleagues in the corporate world as a master of financial, asset and marketing management projects.

In 2017, Louis joined the ITA Services Group in his capacity as the Marketing and Supply Chain Manager. Louis’s main goal was to launch and develop the new Supply Chain Management division for the group.

Louis’s motto in life is that every day is a new day, and a second chance we get the moment we wake up in the morning; an opportunity to be better, to behave better and to be successful, whatever we perceive that to be.

Louis is motivated by his faith, a passion for entrepreneurship, empowering others to find their calling in life, and enjoys activities such as winemaking, craft distilling, cycling, and camping in his spare time. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, three sons, and his beloved animals, all with whom he shares his zest for life.

Mr Mustapha Petersen

Administration and Support Manager

Mustapha was born and raised in Cape Town and matriculated from Muizenberg High School in 2001. He developed a keen interest in computer studies in High School and received a Best Achievement award for the subject.

Mustapha attended CTI Education Group in 2002 where he gained an intricate understanding of computer languages such as Java, SQL Database and Oracle SQL, in combination with a detailed understanding of basic computer networking and other technical skills, which saw him successfully achieve a Diploma in Comprehensive Programming.

Mustapha started his employment at the South African Revenue Services (SARS) as a Mail Room Administrator at various departments within SARS. He joined ITA Services Group in 2004 as a National Control Room Operator and promoted to National Control Room Supervisor in 2005.

In August 2019 Mustapha was promoted to Administration and Support Manager where he supervises the management of the office and assists with HR and client queries. He also provides general and administrative support to the Supply Chain Management, and Fraud and Whistleblowing Hotline service divisions, respectively.

Mustapha believes that we all have to go out and do our best with the opportunities we are presented with, and that success is an inevitable outcome if we are willing to make sacrifices and work hard for what we want to achieve.

Mustapha enjoys fixing vehicles in his spare time and is fascinated by the technological advances we have made as a society. One of his life’s greatest joys is the support and love he receives daily from his spouse and children. Mustapha has an unwavering believe in a Higher Power and that we ought to do good to those around us.

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