Management Ethos

Protherm Systems management are committed to deliver products and services in conformance to customer specifications and the applicable quality standards. Protherm Systems management are also committed to providing best value to their customers and to do all possible to meet customer delivery time requirements. Protherm Systems management are committed to ensuring that all business is conducted with integrity and to the highest professional standards.

Management & Technical Personnel

Leon Koekemoer : Lead Process Engineer / Managing Director

Dr Leon Koekemoer graduated from North-West University (previously known as the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education) in 1994 with a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering. He continued to complete his M.Eng and Ph.D. at the same University, where he was also appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 1998. During this time Leon received the Gencor bronze medal (1997) for the best Masters degree in the Faculties of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Pharmacy. He also received the Verka-award (1999 & 2002) for teaching excellence. During this time he was responsible for the revision of the Process Control course to use dynamic simulations instead of Laplace transforms and to move the focus of the course from mathematics to industrial applications. In 2005 Leon joined Mass and Heat Transfer Technology, where he was involved in the design and construction of distillation and heat exchange equipment and plants that focuses on distillation and heat exchange. During this time he was involved in process design, mechanical design
(ASME VIII div 1), project management, procurement, instrumentation, process control, commissioning and investigative studies.

In 2012 Leon joined Protherm Systems as Senior Process Engineer and since been instrumental in the upgrade of internal systems and implementation of product standards within the company as well as technical training of personnel and business development.

Michelle Naidu : Financial Director

Michelle Naidu holds a B.Comm degree in accounting and joined Protherm Systems in 2001. Michelle is responsible for the company financials, including the company accounting functions, debtors and creditors administration, taxation compliance and returns, as well the shipping and transport, spares and HR functions. Michelle also attends to all commercial issues relating to tender submissions and contracts entered into by Protherm Systems.

Siyabonga Ndwandwe : Process Engineer

Siyabonga Ndwandwe holds a degree in chemical engineering from University of the Witwatersrand and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA), general management, from Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) University of Pretoria. and He is currently completing his MBA studies also with Wits Business School.
Siya has had several years working experience in the design, selection and construction of heat exchangers, distillation columns and various other process equipment. Over the years he has received training in various product applications including amongst others the design of heat exchangers, pressure vessels, process vacuum systems, column trays selection, pumps selection etc.
Prior to joining Protherm Systems in the beginning of 2018, Siya has worked for Zonke Engineering where he was involved in various Sasol projects. Siya’s responsibilities were around engineering design, project execution, contract management, plant support / trouble shooting and commissioning. During his time at Zonke Engineering Siya designed and was involved with the supply of various process engineering equipment to petrochemical, mining, refrigeration industries.

Lawrence Fienberg : Director (Retired)

Lawrence Fienberg holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Natal and is a registered professional engineer. He has also undertaken various management and product application courses. Lawrence was previously employed by APV Kestner where he worked for 17 years. He held the position of Engineering and Technical Director before founding Protherm Systems in 1987. During his career at APV Kestner Lawrence was trained in the UK & Europe in evaporation and Dryer technology and design. He has subsequently been responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of many evaporators and other chemical plant and equipment under the auspices of APV and then with Protherm Systems.

Lawrence Fienberg whilst being retired still retains a significant interest in the company and remains involved with Protherm Systems as director of the company and also as a consultant, being domiciled in Capetown.

Jonathan Peirson : Director (Retired)

Jon Peirson holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Surrey and was first employed in Courtaulds (UK) chemical engineering department. During his career in South Africa, Jon has worked for the Anglo American Corporation on gold plants and was involved with pilot plant work as 00well as investigations on base metals and diamond plant installations. He then moved to National Chemical Products where he undertook trouble-shooting and project assignments. Thereafter he worked at Holland Electro Chemicals on carbide production and the manufacture of acetylene based chemicals. During his time at HECI, Jon was site engineer for a large expansion project. Jon then moved into the equipment supply and contracting business, taking up employment at Process Plant (Pty) Ltd where he was involved in the design, contracting and commissioning of crystallisers and other chemical plant. Thereafter Jon worked at APV Kestner with Lawrence Fienberg before joining him at Protherm Systems in 1987 shortly after the company was founded. Jon is an expert in the design and engineering of heat exchangers and thermal systems and has been responsible for many successful plant installations.

Jon Peirson whilst being retired still retains a significant interest in the company and remains involved with Protherm Systems as director of the company and also as a consultant form his base in England. Jon also undertakes for site assignments outside of Africa for consultation and commissioning.