Waco Africa Structure and Management

Structure and Management

Structure of Waco Africa


Stephen J M GoodburnChairman – Waco Africa

Stephen J M GoodburnChairman – Waco Africa

Stephen started with the Waco Group in 1990. He joined Gentyre, a listed subsidiary of Waco. He was promoted to Group Financial Director in 1997.

Stephen played a significant role in the management of Waco during the buyouts in 2000 and 2005. His extensive international experience was invaluable in managing this process.

In July 2011 Stephen took up the position of CEO of the Waco group. Stephen holds a B.Compt(Hons) degree.

Michael Graham ElsChief Executive Officer – Waco Africa

Michael Graham ElsChief Executive Officer – Waco Africa

Michael has a BSc (Quantity Surveying with Distinction) from UCT and commenced as CEO of Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd in July 2010. Michael’s working career began as a professional QS in Cape Town in the late 80’s.

The next 20 years saw Michael starting and running two mid-tier construction companies specialising in commercial construction and development, the second of which he ran until his appointment to Waco Africa.

Klaas Pouwels
Business Development Director

Darryl Voysey
National Operations Director

Otto Botha
Technical Director

Tjaart Coetzee
Supply Chain Director

Form-Scaff is a division of Waco Africa Pty Ltd and is South Africa’s market leader in the hire and sale of scaffolding, formwork, falsework and associated services. The operation provides products and services to a wide range of construction and civil engineering industries. With over 50 years of experience and world-class expertise, Form-Scaff also provide design skills, technical advice and support through more than twenty branches in South Africa and on the continent.

The Division is a major manufacturer of formwork and scaffolding and Form-Scaff’s products have been widely accepted as the benchmark in South Africa. Highly innovative, Form-Scaff has maintained its position among other global suppliers.

The Form-Scaff team are renowned for their versatility and always finding a solution for projects that have planning challenges, changing requirements and difficult deadlines.

Kobus Visagie
Divisional Director

Louis Naude
Divisional Director

Garth Peter Gray
Divisional Director - Africa

Shane Gee
Divisional Director - Coastal

Tinus Gouws
Operations Director - Power

Nathan Naicker
Estimating Manager

Shane Dorasamy
Procurement Manager

SGB Scaffolding Systems (SGB) was formed in 1948 and has operated in the scaffolding business for over half a century. In February 2005, Waco Africa acquired Cape Contracts, who offered insulation, scaffolding and corrosion protection services to its customers for more than fifty years.

As part of Waco Africa’s strategy to provide sustainable stakeholder value and meet our customers ever increasing needs for an integrated service, it was decided to combine these insulation and scaffolding offerings. SGB and Cape Contracts integrated into a brand new division of Waco Africa called SGB-Cape.

SGB-Cape is now the biggest scaffolding company in South Africa, helping clients achieve their project, plant maintenance, shut down and new build objectives. SGB-Cape offers five core services - Access scaffolding, thermal insulation and cladding, rope access, corrosion protection and asbestos removal.

The one-stop approach from SGB-Cape is designed to eliminate contractor interface problems by providing integrated services from a single source. This delivers more flexibility, reduced contract administration, improved communication, no duplication of effort and ultimately lower cost and on-time delivery.

Alistair Bennet – Managing Director

SkyJacks is a leading South African based supplier of Powered Access Systems and is part of Waco International, a focused equipment rental and industrial services business with operations in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mauritius, Swaziland, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Since 1978 SkyJacks has been supplying the civil engineering, mining, power generation, painting and waterproofing, glazing, warehousing, aviation, petro-chemical, building and industrial maintenance industries with specialised access solutions. Our systems includes Temporary Suspended Platforms (TSP’s) Building Maintenance Units (BMU’s), Mobile Boom Lifts (Cherry Pickers), Scissor Lifts, Telehandlers and Mini Cranes.

The SkyJacks team is made up of innovative, highly motivated people and with four decades of industry specific experience we are committed to providing our customers with safe and cost effective working at height solutions.

SkyJacks™ is a registered trademark of Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Robert Erasmus – Managing Director

Sanitech is a well-established brand that has been in business since the early 1980’s as the first portable toilet hire company in South Africa. However, it was not until the purchase of the business by WACO in 2007 that Sanitech stepped up to the next level. After this purchase by WACO, Sanitech grew from 8 to 20 branches nationwide.

In recent years Sanitech has expanded into Africa and continues to grow. Today, Sanitech’s Toilet Hire division has over 20 branches nationwide and 8 branches in Africa (Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Namibia) and has the largest rental fleet in the country with over 25,000 units and 200 vehicles.

Sanitech is the complete solution as they are an integrated service provider offering both Sanitation Solutions and Integrated Hygiene Solutions.

Mark Liquorish – Managing Director

Abacus provides space quickly. From site offices, classrooms, kitchenettes and ablution facilities to multi-storey buildings. Abacus hire and sell modular solutions. The company also has a nationwide rental fleet of modular units available for immediate delivery from a network of 10 branches.

Founded in 1995, Abacus Space Solutions is a South African owned company that specialises in manufacture, delivery, erection and project management of modular building solutions. The company operates under the Waco Africa division of the global commercial services company, Waco International. The Jet Park factory in Gauteng is ISO 9001 : 2008 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified. Abacus is a level 2 BBBEE contributor.

John Falconer - Commercial Director – Waco Africa
John Falconer - Commercial Director – Waco Africa

John was born in Cowdenbeath, Scotland and graduated from Edinburgh University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1980.

John has extensive civil engineering experience, having worked for leading civil contracting companies including Murray and Roberts, Goldstein, Franki Africa, Concor and Group Five. He spent a year in Scotland working for Edmund Nuttall, before returning to South Africa. He took up the position of Commercial Director with the Waco Group in 2010.

Gregory Slabbert - Chief Financial Officer - Waco Africa
Gregory Slabbert - Chief Financial Officer - Waco Africa

Gregory Slabbert started his career with the Group as the Accounting Manager of then subsidiary, Continental Tyres and this was followed by fulfilling the positions of Group Accountant and then Group Executive – both at Waco International.

Greg currently fulfills the position of Chief Financial Officer of Waco Africa, a position he has held since April 2004. Gregory holds a B Com (UPE) and B Compt Honours (Unisa) CA (SA).

Peter Mathapo - HR Executive - Waco Africa
Peter Mathapo - HR Executive - Waco Africa

Peter Mathapo is the HR Executive for Waco Africa, a position he has held since 2017. Prior to joining Waco Africa, he occupied, amongst others, senior HR positions in the following industries: Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, IT and Security.

Peter holds an Industrial Psychology Degree from Turfloop, an Honours in Industrial Psychology from Unisa and a MBA from the University of Pretoria.


Our purpose is to be the preferred supplier of construction and engineering support service solutions, modular buildings, portable sanitation and hygiene.