Meet the Team

A close-knit team of talented people

Jaco Pieterse Managing Director

Jaco is a founding shareholder of Gist and Managing Director. His vision of being a true partner to his customers, his hands-on approach and technological expertise have over the past twenty years been instilled in how everyone does business at Gist.

Gustav Dreyer Operations Manager

Gustav has been with Gist for the past seven years and heads up our team of technicians. His Personal motto is, "True genius does not keep office hours!". He is passionate about exceeding customer expectations and often burns the midnight oil for his customers. He loves a fine whiskey and enjoys the occasional Cuban cigar.

Elana Rossouw Financial Director

Elana Rossouw is a shareholder of Gist and our Financial Director. She joined Gist in 2003 and has been with us ever since. Among other things she ensures that we get paid on time and that we, in turn pay our customers on time! Elana is a mother of a young boy, loves horses and pursues arts and crafts.

Melissa Labuschagne Administration Coordinator

Melissa has been with Gist since 2007. She prides herself in the great client and supplier relationships that she’s built over the years. No matter what, she still shows up for work each day, always helping out and going that extra mile wherever she can. She loves extreme experiences and is the office's very own adrenaline junkie!

Mash-hoodah Petersen Administration Coordinator

Mash-hoodah has recently joined the Gist family.  She is very driven and passionate about client care and support, always trying to go the extra mile to assist wherever she can.

"I pride myself in my ability to assist in any given situation. I am a mother of a teenage son, and we like to watch movies together"

Johan van Niekerk Support Manager

Johan started with Gist in April 2019 assisting the team with high tier support and guidance. Previously, he managed a large group of hotel chains in the hospitality sector spanning from Camps Bay up to Hermanus. Prior to that he was involved with the University of Cape Town as technical advisor and infrastructure management; Deploying the country’s SKA (Square Kilometre Array) network infrastructure across the country.

He loves a good braai and an occasional fine wine.

Madre du Plessis IT Coordinator

Madre is part of the Gist family.  “I’ve never seen a wild thing feel sorry for itself” a personal motto for Madre. Walking the extra mile come part and parcel with her willingness to support, assist and grow with her clients.  She spends her days at Gist clients, coordinating everything to do with IT, otherwise meet her in the mountains cycling or diving at Millers Point. 

Clinton du Plessis Support Engineer

I have over 8 years’ experience as a desktop field engineer, within desktop and server environment. Long hours and no sleep is a norm. and in my free time when there is, I enjoy playing table tennis and tennis. favourite quote "the man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much....NICHE"

Chris Mongie Support Engineer

Christopher is a hard worker and always willing to assist where he can with a big smile. He is a keen biker and enjoys gaming when he is not working.

Ulrich Bohme Support Engineer

Ulrich has been with Gist for the past 10 years and has progressed through the years to be the main onsite technician for a key client, Unique Hydra.  He loves fast cars and enjoys being outdoors in nature.

Jaco Visser Support Engineer

Jaco (Junior) is easy to get along with, you can say a people person. Friendly, energetic and will assist where he can. He is happy to go the extra mile for any client and likes to spend time with family and friends, whenever he can.