Astratek is a Level 2 B-BBEEE contributor and was incorporated in 2019.
Our Team has a deep understanding of plant design and operations, and is well recognised in industry for our innovative and well-engineered solutions.
We are engineers at heart, which means we value engineering excellence, professionalism, reliability and honesty. Our team has worked together for many years in a successful South African manufacturing group where we have honed our skills in the real world.
Having had experience in a wide variety of projects, we understand the importance finding innovative solutions that are cost effective to build and operate ensuring you deliver what is required, every time. Your objective is our objective.
“Effective plant design requires that the designer have a full understanding of manufacturing process and way which the plant is to be operated, including surrounding operations and the nature of the demand. That is what Astratek brings to the table”.
Meet our Team
The Astratek family is passionate about learning. We are driven by entrepreneurial spirit. We are inspired by a responsibility to our clients and their customers. We collaborate to ensure we can offer best-in-class solutions. And we love what we do.
Our professional team includes qualified and experienced Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics and Chemical Engineers supported by a draughting team and Project managers.
Meet Peter Grobler
Pr Eng, BSc (Mech Eng) (Hons), B B&A (Hons) (Cum Laude), MBA
Peter is a founding member and Managing Director of Astratek and is a qualified Mechanical Engineer.
With more than 35 years of experience in plant design and manufacturing plant operation, Peter has the pleasure of leading the exceptional group of people that are the team at Astratek. Peter is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and also serves on the SA EHEDG South Africa Steering Committee.
What does Peter do when he is not in Engineering mode?
He owns a fully kitted out 2003 Land Rover Defender which he loves to take on overland trips around Southern Africa.
Meet Louise Steyn
BEng (Chemical), MEng (Chemical)
Louise is a Projects Engineer at Astratek and a qualified Chemical Engineer.
Her career commenced in 2014 in the alcoholic beverage manufacturing industry, later moving onto the carbonated soft drink manufacturing. Currently some of her responsibilities are Engineering Design, Process Design and Optimization, Data Analysis and Project Management.
She has experience in the Mining sector as well as the FMCG sector where she worked in both the food- and household chemical manufacturing divisions. Louise has experience not only in South Africa but also in African countries such as Ivory Coast, Ghana and Mozambique.
What does Louise do when she is not in Engineering mode?
In her spare time, she is an avid reader who loves to relax with the help of a good book.
Meet Ivor Nel
Ivor is a Projects Engineer at Astratek and is a qualified Mechatronics Engineer.
His career commenced in 2014 in the alcoholic beverage manufacturing industry, later moving onto the carbonated soft drink manufacturing and various food manufacturing categories. Ivor has experience not only in South Africa but also other African countries such as Luanda and Angola.
What does Ivor do when he is not in Engineering mode?
He loves to explore the hiking trails of Table Mountain and will gladly accept a challenge to a round of golf.
Meet Evert de Vries
HNDT Electrical Engineering HC T4
T5 – Utilisation of Electric Plant
Senior Management Program (Tuks University )
Evert is a Senior Project Engineer at Astratek and a qualified Electrical Engineer.
As one of the longest standing team members, he has extensive experience in Design and facility Engineering, Project implementation, site management, commissioning and hand-over, Equipment procurement, design, installation and commissioning of electrical systems (MV & LV) equipment. Evert is also a registered member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
What does Evert do when he is not in Engineering mode?
He is a passionate drummer and serves as a band member in his church and he is not afraid of bees as he is also a keen amateur Beekeeper.
Meet Hanré Swanepoel
BTech Electrical Engineering
Hanré is a Projects Engineer at Astratek and serves as a qualified Electrical Engineer specialising in Automation.
Hanré has extensive experience in the fields of Automation Design Engineering, Control Systems, Robotics, FMCG Automation, Automotive control system, Logistic control systems, Vision systems, Factory Automation, Logistic Automation, Automation optimization and Manufacturing Safety. During his time at Astratek one of his projects was the implementation of a robotic packaging line in an FMCG factory.
What does Hanré do when he is not in Engineering mode?
Hanré enjoys an active life by means of hiking, Mountain Biking and Standup Paddling but also enjoys working on renewable energy projects at home.
Meet Kegan Cloete
Multi-Disciplinary Drawing-Office Practice (N4 & N5)
Project Management Certificate
Kegan heads the drawing office at Astratek. Some of his responsibilities includes 2D and 3D Draughting, LIDAR surveys as per contract, Orthophotos and Volume Calculations purposes. He also assists in Project management of sites and contractors. Kegan is a registered member of the South African Institute of Draughting ( SAID .
What does Kegan do when he is not in Draughting mode?
He has a big interest in car racing and in his spare time he does charity events with car clubs.
Meet Morgan Engelbrecht
Multi-Disciplinary Drawing-Office Practice (N4 & N5)
Morgan is a Draughtsman at Astratek with extensive experience in the fields of Autodesk AutoCAD Package, Dassault Solidworks and Nesting & Sheetmetal fabrication draughting.
Some of his responsibilities are 2D & 3D layouts and designs of manufacturing and processing facilities. He also assists in Project management of sites and contractors. Morgan is a member of the South African Institute of Draughting ( SAID ).
What does Morgan do when he is not in Draughting mode?
He is a rugby referee on club level and passionate about sport.
Meet Kesia Kayster
FET Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice
Kesia is the newest member of Astratek and serves as a junior Draughtsman (woman) at Astratek.
Having recently qualified in Computer Aided Draughting & Design, she brings to the team, the very latest in fully computer aided draughting skills, including 3D draughting.
What does Kesia do when she is not in Draughting mode?
In her spare time she likes to paint, read or take pictures of her surroundings.
Meet Riël de Villiers
BComm (Man Acc), Professional Accountant
Riël is the Financial Manager of Astratek.
His career started in 2012 as an article clerk and received his qualification at the end of 2014. Since he has been working as a Consultant/Financial Manager for various companies in the construction, manufacturing and service delivery sectors.
What does Riël do when he is not in finance mode?
He is always game for a round of golf and enjoys getting his “engineering” on with his kids by building Lego.
Meet Marian Russell
Digital Marketing Certificate
Marian is the Administration Manager and is responsible for Systems Management, Administration support, Marketing, in-house Accounting and Team support.
With a Digital marketing qualification and extensive experience in office administration, events planning and marketing, she has an eye for attending to details, organizing the team and acting as a client liaison.
Marian will ensure you as our valued client is assisted in all areas of administration and other enquiries.
What does Marian do when she is not in office mode?
She enjoys working in her herb garden, spending time with her husband and dogs and on occasion she enjoys being on the stage acting in a play.
Meet James Sadler
Final year LLB Student
James is a final year law student and works as a Project Administrator at Astratek.
Part of his duties are to support the Engineering team with administration work, keep track on the status of projects and provide in-house support with regards to contracts, resolutions and other legal aspects. He also assists the Project Engineers with site management on construction sites and machine installations. James is a very hands-on individual with exceptional organising skills and attention to detail.
What does James do when he is not in administration mode?
He enjoys keeping busy with DIY tasks or working on a good old Land Rover. To get rid of his additional energy he appreciates being outdoors whether it be cycling, hiking, kayaking or camping and exploring.