Barend Niemand has been involved in the distribution of electrical and electronic equipment since 1993 and joined Spescom Measure Graph as financial director in 1995. He joined the Comtest team as the Financial Director, In 2014 Peter Vewer, one of the founding members, took a step down in the running of Comtest in order to have a greater role in the development of Instrotech, Barend took over the reins as Managing Director of the group with the retirement of Peter in 2015
Armed with a BCom degree in marketing management from the University of Pretoria, Jannie Dirks focuses his attention on managing the Comtest’s sales team and the abiding philosophy he imparts is one of positivity – simply everything must transform into a positive. He adds, “There is nothing like a positive frame of mind – why would you be anything else?”. Beginning his career in the hi-fi trade, he then moved on to the McCarthy Group until it was acquired by Bidvest. Thereafter, he was with Yamaha for 25 years, where he moved up the ranks to the position of general manager. When not driving the sales, he is a keen and happy golfer with a handicap of 15. His other abiding passion is ‘Overlanding’ – traversing the mountains and deserts of southern Africa
Gerrit Barnard has been working at Comtest (Pty) Limited for the past 13 years as a Dealer Manager and Power quality portfolio manager for Fluke test and measurement instruments. Currently, his role at Comtest has changed to Technical Sales Manager, supporting the sales team at Comtest and customer support on a technical level. Gerrit is also a qualified Electrician (Sparky-Sparks have flown in his career). He has extensive product experience in the Fluke range and has completed level II Thermography through Infraspection Institute. With this technical background and years of experience, he is able to offer top-level consultancy and training.
Jenine Jansen van Vuuren has 25+ years’ experience in the engineering industry, with extensive engineering, design, project, fabrication, instrumentation, and metrology knowledge. She has been active in the field of measurement since 1993 working with mass regulatory standards such as SABS 0259 and SANS 10378 as a certified Verification Officer. She was also registered as a Mass Metrologist in 2016. More recently Jenine has cemented her industry knowledge with the qualification N.Dip Process & Instrumentation (2015), a registration as a Flow Metrologist in 2018 and B.Tech Process & Instrumentation (2020). She is currently working as a sales account manager in the measurement industry for Comtest, the Fluke Agent in Southern Africa. And when she is not working, she loves the outdoors – Hiking, rock climbing, archery and a bit of amateur astronomy the side.
Today the Comtest Group employs 50 staff members locally and distributes its products through value-added-resellers and sub-distributors situated across South and southern Africa, in Europe, Australia, India and the United Kingdom.