The SACEEC Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is drawn from acclaimed industry leaders, all of whom have recognised the value of belonging to SACEEC.

Eric Bruggeman

Director & Chief Executive Officer of SACEEC / Bruggeman Consultants

CEO and Director at SACEEC (2010 – Present)

Managing Director at Bruggeman Consulting, Pty Ltd. (2007 – Present)

Managing Director APE Pumps (Pty) Ltd (1997 – 2007)

University of Johannesburg – Engineering & Mechanical (1977 – 1981)

Mr Bruggeman, CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council is passionate about South Africa; its past and its future, its difficulties and its potential. A mechanical engineer with a wealth of experience, who has works for the AfDB and the World Bank on the economics of machinery and equipment. He is a lover of wildlife and the African bush and is a keen nature conservationist.

Madoda (Benny) John Jiyane

Chairman & Director of SACEEC / Director of Specialist Mechanical Engineers (Pty) Ltd

Executive Director – SME Infratech: Mechanical engineering company, specializing in system design, manufacturing and providing EPCM services

Executive Director – SVI Engineering: Innovative mechanical engineering design and manufacturing company, specializing in military vehicles and accessories

Executive Director – Resolux Africa: Manufacturer tower internals and lighting systems for wind turbines and turnkey projects worldwide.

B Com, MAP (Wits), LDP (GIBS)

Mr Jiyane, currently Chairman of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council is a businessman with over 30 years of corporate and executive management experience, primarily in the steel and the defence industry.

Hugh Saunders

Director & Chief Financial Officer of SACEEC / HM Saunders Business Consulting Services

Hugh was a founding director of the SACEEC in 2000 and joined the SACEEC on a full-time basis at the beginning of 2017, primarily as result of the SACEEC Partnership with the Gauteng Province to promote employment in the manufacturing industry. Hugh qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974. Hugh was a financial executive at a JSE listed company until 1996 after which he was a shareholder in a South African project management company involved in the sugar and timber industries. Hugh established a business consultancy after retiring in 2010 primarily focusing on the implementation of management systems and processing loan and grant applications for SMEs involved in manufacturing of equipment and machinery.

Frederick (Freddy) Mugeri

Director of SACEEC / Non-exec Chairman at MEMSA / CEO Fabchem Group

MEMSA – Non Executive Chairman & Director (Nov 2017 – Present)

CEO Fabchem Group (July 2015 – Present)

Director SACEEC (Nov 2016 – Present)

ABSA Capital – Credit Sector Head (May 2011 -June 2015)

Increasing local content in capital equipment going into mines in Southern Africa, promoting exports and transformation, and creating jobs.

Chris Beyers

Director of SACEEC / Consultant at Beyers Consulting / Owner Terrouges

Director SACEEC (2013 – Present)​

Deputy Director Capital Equipment and Allied Services – South African Department of Trade & Industry (January 1997 – September 2012)

Served as Foreign Economic Representative in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire, Rome Italy, Marseilles & Paris France.

University of Stellenbosch (Bachelor’s Degree, Business/Managerial Economics)​

Vuyiseka Mkele

Director of SACEEC / CEO of VR Squared Engineering

VR Squared Engineering – Chief Executive Officer 2020 – Present

Bakara Engineering – Chief Operations Officer 2016 – 2020

Nedbank – Project Manager: Strategy & Alignment October 2007 – 2018

Cape Peninsula University of Technology – National Diploma and Btech in Public Management

Gordon Institute for Business Science – Management Development Initiative Programme (Business Management NQF Level 7)

Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public & Development Management with Wits University majoring in Policy Analysis and Macro Economics. Her experience is in the field of Strategy and Alignment, Cluster/Business Unit Performance Management/ Balanced Scorecard Management, Planning (3 year planning), Operational Reporting, Project management, Relationship Management, B-BBEE monitoring and reporting, General administration, Trends Tracking and Analysis. She has strong organisational skills, competent in building and maintaining long-term relations, customer care & relations.

Ross Hunter

Director of the Board at SACEEC and Commercial Director RGR Technologies
  • Commercial Director RGR Technologies
  • Founding Champion of VAMCOSA
  • Commercial Director RGR Technologies