Staff and Retained Associates

Zurcom staff are located in Pretoria and Durban, South Africa with staff representatives in Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Staff are multilingual in English, French, Portuguese, Swahili and other languages.

Richard Zurba

Director of Zurcom International (Pty) Ltd

Richard Zurba has been providing trade and investment solutions to government and commercial clients since January 1999 in the sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean regions. Mr. Zurba’s experience includes commercial real estate in the Toronto area prior to departing for Africa. In 1993, he joined World Vision and worked for 2 ½ years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In January 1996 he relocated to South Africa where he worked as an Export Manager for an import/export business. He has worked in eight countries on four continents and has personal experience in export selling into over 20 African countries. His company has managed over 100 trade missions including a number focused on the medical sector for German, Dutch, American and other national governments. Richard does presentations for associations, governments, and corporate entities globally on the shifting Africa business landscape as well as on how to proactively tackle new markets. Richard is the Coordinator of IBG Global, a partnership of firms reaching over 150 country markets assisting exporting companies to meet their dynamic goals in export sales. He manages a staff based across Africa as well as partnerships globally to assist companies reaching their expressed international goals. Richard has a B.A. (Alberta, International Relations), an M.A. (London School of Economics) and an M.B.A. (Western Ontario).

SOUTH AFRICA BASED STAFF

Nathan Le Roux

Trade Advisor (Durban, South Africa)

Nathan has a varied technical background across a range of industries. He has worked as a professional photographer prior to commencing his Merchant Shipping career in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. by completing courses in Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting at the Gulf Technical & Safety Training Centre L.L.C. Furthermore, he became duly qualified under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Regulations, 2001, whilst working as a volunteer seafarer for a little more than two years, for an international N.G.O., onboard their 132m long vessel. Following his term as a seafarer, Nathan went on to work for the same N.G.O. as a team leader and project manager within their ‘advanced preparation division’ for a further three and a half years. He managed multicultural teams tasked with the projection of events planning and coordination, strategic marketing, public affairs, networking, fundraising, crowd management, recruiting etc., in cross-cultural environments. Nathan has completed projects from the US and other countries in port security, communication, IT, civil security and other technical and related fields. Nathan has managed three trade missions with Zurcom International. He was based, by project, within various countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Dirshnie Pillay

Trade advisor (Durban, South Africa)

Dirshnie has worked for Zurcom International since March 2017. Dirshnie has worked with many governmental offices and organizations relating to international trade and the furthering of partnerships between South African companies and the world. She has conducted full company market research, qualified appointment scheduling and company matching for a wide range of companies. The majority of the projects handled by Dirshnie were of a Healthcare/ pharmaceutical background with focus on natural healthcare remedies, OTC (‘Over the Counter’) products both natural/ homeopathic, general medical consumables with a few also delving into the natural cosmetic and beauty industry. She has also done extensive work in environmental remediation projects. Dirshnie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, and has applied her theoretical knowledge of environmental aspects to all relative trade projects in the environmental industry.

Sharnel Pillay

Trade Advisor (Durban, South Africa)

Sharnel has worked for Zurcom International since March 2018. Sharnel has managed company market research as well as qualified appointment setting. She has experience in the following sectors: healthcare (medical software), retail and industrial equipment. Sharnel has her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Emmanuella Kaliati

Trade Advsior (Malawi and Pretoria, South Africa)

Emmanuella has experience managing trade missions from the USA and India, and is currently dually based in Malawi and South Africa for Zurcom International. Working from the Pretoria, South Africa office, Emmanuella has completed projects across a range of industries including education and training, mining, chemicals, machinery and food. Emmanuella has managed two trade missions for Zurcom International. Emmanuella is a Malawian citizen resident in South Africa. She has a B.A. (University of Pretoria) in International Relations.

Nkateko Kutelani Ngobeni

Trade Advisor (Pretoria, South Africa)

Nkateko is a South African who recently graduated from the University of Pretoria with an Honours Degree in Psychology. Her specialities include neuropsychology, psychopathology, research methodology and cognitive psychology. These assist in applied cross-border international business understanding. Nkateko is currently a Masters in Psychology student at the University of South Africa where she is focusing her research around attachment in polygamist households. During her studies, Nkateko volunteered as a Voluntary Counselling and Testing Counsellor at the Centre for the Sexualities, Aids & Gender. Nkateko has a BA General Humanities degree and BSocSci (Hons) Psychology degree from the University of Pretoria.

Khanyisile Maswanganyi

Trade Advisor (Pretoria, South Africa)

Khanyisile graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a specific focus in International Relations at the University of Pretoria. While in the University of Pretoria, she undertook volunteer work with the RAG Committee where she worked as a General Committee Member (GC). Her other endeavors include working as an Executive Committee Member (EC) for the Sport Committee. Khanyisile is currently a dual programme student wherein she is working towards obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and MBA candidate at Regenesys Business School.

Refentse Mompei

Trade Advisor (Pretoria, South Africa)

Refentse returned to South Africa from Canada in 2012 after living in Israel, Namibia, Botswana, and the USA. Refentse has just completed his Honours degree in International Relations at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He specializes in Foreign Policy Analysis, Political theory, Peace & Conflict Mediation, International Political Economy, as well as Diplomacy. During his studies, Refentse served as the Chairperson of the Economic Management and Sciences faculty at the University of Pretoria. Refentse holds both a BAdmin and BA(Hons) International relations degree (University of Pretoria). He is planning on pursuing his MBA at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Shirin Town

Team Administrator (Pretoria, South Africa)

Originally from Zimbabwe, Shirin has a wealth of experience in managing administration in large scale operations in several companies across the United Kingdom and South Africa including the BBC, Rothmans and others. She has provided the administrative backbone to Zurcom’s operations since 2015. She focuses much of her time working with Solatube Australia managing dealer issues, warehousing and business/administrative development. She graduated from the Harare Polytechnic College with a Diploma of Secretarial Studies.

SOUTHERN AFRICA BASED STAFF

Alinafe Malonje

Trade Advisor (Malawi)

Alinafe is currently residing in Lilongwe Malawi. She is an aspiring writer who is passionate about development and social justice in Africa. Whilst pursuing her undergraduate degree, Alinafe undertook research on Women and Climate Justice in Malawi, this allowed her to get more acquainted with the challenges that face Malawian women. She is passionate about development and International Relations, this passion intensified when she undertook an internship at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism in Lilongwe. Here she learnt more about the workings of Trade and Industry especially in relation to developing countries. She also gained a deeper understanding of development from the grassroots. Alinafe has completed projects across a range of industry sectors for GSGP/Zurcom. Alinafe has a Bachelors Degree with honours in Economics and International Relations from the University of Mauritius, where she graduated second in her class.

Eugenia Kapapelo

Trade Advisor (Angola, South Africa)

Eugenia has completed projects in Angola, Mozambique and South Africa for a variety of industries since joining the team in January 2017. She has a wide array of experience in technical fields such as oil and gas, fuels and other areas pertinent to resource development in Lusophone Africa. She has also completed projects in processed foods, consumer/retail and other sectors on behalf of clients. Eugenia has a Bachelor of Commerce from Damelin College and an Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from Monash University South Africa.

Tarisai Muzvidzwa

Trade Advisor (Zimbabwe)

Tarisai is a trade advisor at Zurcom International based in Harare, Zimbabwe, since January 2018. She was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and she has travelled extensively. She speaks English, French, and Shona fluently. She has prior working experience in retail sales and customer relations. She has also spent many years volunteering with various charities. In recognition of her contributions to academics, leadership, and service, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society during her first year of study. Tarisai has complete a range of projects in different sectors for GSGP/Zurcom. Tarisai holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, from the University of Pretoria.

Natalie Stemper

Trade Advisor Indian Ocean (Mauritius)

Natalie is based in Port Louis, Mauritius, has experience with a multinational pharmaceutical company in Barcelona, Spain. She developed a company organizing Art exhibitions and events in Europe and Asia and has been Editorial Director for short documentaries about Art-related events, artists and designers for an international Pay TV channel. Nathalie is also an ACE (American Council of Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga teacher. She is a national of Mauritius and Luxembourg and speaks six languages fluently. She holds a B.A. Marketing, Communications and Public Relations from European University Barcelona, Spain, a Masters in Marketing, Communications and Sales Strategies from INSEEC Paris, and a Master Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco, USA

Lindsay Zurba

Senior Advisory (Southern Africa)

Originally from Zimbabwe, Lindsay specializes in African healthcare business development, and has acted as an advisor to several governments conducting healthcare trade missions into Africa, including the USA and Germany through Zurcom International. She operates a parallel company Education for Health Africa with staff and contractors in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa whose staff complement assist GSGP / Zurcom from time to time in healthcare projects across the continent. Lindsay qualified as a Professional Nurse (hons) in 1991 followed by Intensive Care Nursing (hons) in 1995. Lindsay circumstantially became involved in lung function testing in 1996. By 1999, she wrote and pioneered the first formal spirometry training course at the Durban Institute of Technology and has been teaching the subject throughout Africa. In 2013 Lindsay pioneered the European Spirometry Drivers Licence qualification on the African Continent and over the past twenty years has creating a centralised base and a globally accredited training centre for Spirometry in Africa. Lindsay has worked extensively in her field in many African countries and is well connected in the medical sectors in Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as many other African countries. She heads up the Spirometry portfolio for the Pan African Thoracic Society and the Society of Occupational Health Nurses of South Africa (SASOHN). She is an actively involved member of the European Respiratory Society & American Thoracic Society Spirometry Committees. She is a board member of Private Health Education Providers of South Africa (PHEPSA), Chair of the Health Care Professionals committee of the South African NCD Alliance and the respiratory civil society representative. Lindsay has recently completed an executive MBA with the Gordon Institute of Business, finishing top in class. She enjoys a part time respiratory private practice.

EAST AFRICA STAFF

Namala Tabaro

Trade Advisor (Tanzania)

Namala has seven years of experience with GSGP / Zurcom as an accomplished International Trade Advisor. She is skilled in trade facilitation, business matchmaking, market research, trade mission management and administrative tasks tied to objectives in pursuit of international trade and development outcomes. She has worked at Zurcom International South Africa since 2012 where she has assisted numerous companies to identify business opportunities in the Southern Africa region and locate business partners, agents, and distributors. Namala has worked with industries including renewable energy, ICT, security, motor, chemical and mining industries. Namala has contributed directly to commercial successes for companies from the US states of Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Michigan as well as companies from South Africa, The Federal Republic of Germany, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of India. Namala has also worked as an independent legal consultant for Silverline Researchers, a research company based South Africa, supervising the company’s legal research and contract drafting division. She plans to incorporate her legal background into Zurcom’s trade facilitation activities and provide a thorough market entry support to international companies wishing to do business in South Africa. Namala holds a Masters (LLM) in Corporate Law from the University of Pretoria and a Diploma in Practical Legal Training and is a qualified attorney and notary public.

Faith Okaalet

Trade Advisor (Kenya)

Faith has worked with Zurcom International since January 2015. Originally from Uganda, she is fluent in Swahili and English. Faith has experience working with World Relief Kenya, an NGO that deals with relief and development, as well as Dynamic Business Start Up, a microfinance company. Faith has managed company market research as well as qualified appointment setting and counterpart searches for over 40 companies. She has a broad experience in the healthcare sectors of medical devices, medical furniture and medical consumables as well as para-medical cosmetics for companies entering the sub-Saharan African market, engineering firms, and a large number of other sectors since joining four years ago. Faith has her Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree in International Relations and Psychology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Masters in Project Planning and Management from the University Of Nairobi, Kenya.

Tracy Muwanga

Trade Advisor (Uganda and South Africa)

Tracy's specializations falls under medical law, medical ethics with specific focus on the principles of biomedical ethics, international law and international human rights law as well as commercial law as it pertains to healthcare requirements. She worked as an assistant lecturer and dissertation supervisor for modules under Public law including, medical law and international law. Her work experience includes working as a forensics intern at Edward Nathan and Sonnenbergs, one of Africa's largest law firms. She has attended and presented at various international conferences dealing with issues within medical law. She has published academic papers in her field of expertise. Her volunteer work has seen her involved with the Organ Donor Foundation and as intern at Lawyers for Human Rights, an independent human rights organization. Tracy has an LLB degree and LLM degree in International Law (University of Pretoria) and an LLD in the Department of Public Law, (University of Pretoria). Her specializations fall under medical law, medical ethics (with specific focus on the principles of biomedical ethics), international law and international human rights law. She completes projects in the medical / healthcare side for Zurcom International.