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Sologix emerged from a desire to do work that contributes to society; work which creates growth and generates improvement.

Founder, Anton Pretorius says,

For me, working with small and medium-sized enterprises is the best way to achieve this. These businesses drive our economy, create employment and allow individuals to improve their situation.

Here’s more about Anton:

My value system drives me in my personal and my business relationships. It is grounded in passion, excellence, respect, trust and integrity. I try to lead by example, think before I speak, not take everything personally, ask before assuming and always do my best.

I have close on 25 years of business experience in a diverse range of disciplines and industries. After completing articles with PWC in Paarl, I cut my teeth at Sappi starting as trainee accountant in the cost office and progressed to the Southern Africa Financial Directors Committee. This journey gave me vast experience in general management ranging from finance and admin to information technology, logistics and inventory management. Working in a blue-chip environment taught me the value of discipline and reporting as well as the dangers of hours of nonsensical forecasting and slide tweaking.

I joined Natie Kirsh in Swaziland as CFO of his investment corporation in 2002. Here, I served on several boards of multi-national companies as their local representative as well as managed operations in the motor trade, agriculture, FMCG distribution and property management. This was a time of significant growth for me as I had to act as a sounding board, give independent opinions as well as be hands-on in sorting out problems.

I am a founding member of the Nusolar Group and was MD of SDA, CFO and rotated as CEO. The group operated in the renewables sector – primarily in solar water heating. The business won significant tenders with Eskom on a national basis as well as with the City of Cape Town. I gained invaluable experience starting up a number of companies and rolling with the punches and took the company to level 1 BBBEE status as well as ISO9001 compliance.

Anton is a registered member of the following professional institutions:

Chartered Accountant, South Africa – CA (SA)

Chartered Accountant, Swaziland – CA (SD)

Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – FCMA

Chartered Global Management Accountant – CGMA

Coaches and Mentors Association of South Africa – Member

GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor

SAICA

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CGMAgrowth wheel

University of Stellenbosch: B.Acc, BCom Hons (Management Accounting)

UNISA: Hons BCompt (CTA)

Graduate School of Business University of Cape Town courses:
Start and manage a small business
Foundation for Executive Coaching

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I am enthusiastic about learning and about life, about making the most of every day, every relationship and every opportunity. I believe balance is essential to a happy life and I work hard to give time and energy to my family (beaching, braaing and playing), to myself (reading, learning, surfing, biking) and to work (growing, teaching, evolving). I try to stay healthy and fit, though I do love red wine and I’m unashamedly addicted to dark chocolate. I’m certainly the biggest Pink Floyd fan in my home.

I have been involved in mentoring and coaching since 1999, in-house consulting since 2002 and external engagements since 2014.  The spectrum of work performed includes the incubation and formation of new businesses at grassroots level utilising anything from seed capital funding, business oversight and improvement projects at executive level, ad hoc consulting to multi-nationals companies, as well as mentoring and developing direct reportees to being appointed as inter alia General Managers and Chief Executive Officers of major establishments.

Apart from the commercial work that I perform, and as a result of my involvement in the renewables sector, I am registered with The Innovation Hub, the Climate Innovation Centre and the South African Renewable Business Incubator (SAREBI) as a business consultant and with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation as a mentor.

This is what some of my clients had to say:

“I have worked with Anton over a number of years  and found him to be an exceptional manager with a keen, inspired approach to business. He is never content with the “status quo” and is continually striving to improve processes and or tackle new opportunities to improve the business. He is a trustworthy and honorable gentleman who is able to work with multidisciplinary teams at all levels of an organization.” – Andrea Rossi, Senior Executive, Sappi Limited

“AOCon has engaged with Sologix for a number of years and have, through our engagements, systematically taken the next steps in enhancing the business in a very challenging industry and at a very challenging time. We have grown in size, revenue and presence and put this down to the mentorship and value proposition that Sologix has provided to us. At AOCon, we believe that we are the sum of our parts- and we count Sologix as one of an integral part of those that makes us the unique team that we are.” – Graham Cursons, AOCon Consulting Engineers

“We confirm that the work done was of an excellent standard and exceeded our expectation. It was very professionally done and delivered within the agreed time frame.” – Alex Mngomezulu, Swaziland Investment Corporation

“Anton has the key principles of a great teacher: the ability to simplify seemingly difficult ideas, years of practical experience, passion for his subject matter, patience with his students and excitement for the field and his students’ success. He delivers proof, session after session, that entrepreneurship can, and should, be taught. His input has led to the scaling of four companies in Oneiroi Investments’s portfolio, and his insight has proven immeasurable in value. We highly recommend Anton and Sologix.” – Theo Pistorius, Oneroi Investments

“As a business-owner in the creative sector, I tended to think that all the answers to Mielie’s problems lay in developing yet more products or refining existing products. Anton showed me the value of studying my records in order to see where the business was headed and how to make small but incisive changes that would affect the outcome dramatically. He also developed custom business tools, such as a pricing tool that I still use on a daily basis. He is a patient and enthusiastic coach and I can wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who needs a pragmatic, down-to-earth lens on their business.” – Adri Schütz, Mielie

“Meeting with Anton is something we always look forward to. When we first met Anton in 2015 he was a client of ours. We built him a website for his coaching business and it was important for us to capture not only his wealth of knowledge and skills, but also his personality. We were inspired by his passion for businesses and the people who run them. So inspired, in fact, that we signed up to be one of his clients.

The greatest value we get out of our sessions is having someone we trust with strong financial knowledge and experience who can act as a sounding board. At the same time, Anton understands the human side of running a business, and will often say things like, “Just remember, you’re allowed to be a whole somebody.”

His input into all facets of our business, using GrowthWheel as a framework, has helped us build strong foundations while keeping an eye on where we want to take Pomegranite.” – Sarah Gurney and Liz Fletcher, Pomegranite

“Having consulted a for a few years for a business owner where Anton is the business coach, I observed remarkable results. Anton has not only improved the business results, but created lasting positive change in the people I’ve known him to coach. His way of working practically with individuals and teams to become a better, and then the best version of themselves, is noteworthy. Even though Anton has a vast array of business models in his arsenal of tools, I have never known him to make anyone fit the model, but he rather adapts the model to fit the individual.” – Stian de Jager, Trussvision

“We had the pleasure to meet Anton at a business start up master course hosted at SAREBI in 2016. We attended the course as part of our strategy to roll out a new division and improving our then five and a half year old start-up company.
The Business Model Canvas and GrowthWheel toolkit combined with Anton’s understanding and invaluable business coaching experience was exactly what we needed. The toolkit is practical and easy to understand, yet it enables one to focus on the areas that adds the most value and growth at a given time, essential for any company. Since 2016 we have successfully rolled out the new division, increased our product and service offerings, hired management and operational staff, opened a operational office in a new city and upgraded to more streamed lined IT systems by using many of the principles in the toolkit and getting advice/coaching from Sologix.

We highly recommend Sologix’s solutions and encourage all entrepreneurs do their online courses and/or make use of their business coaching services.” – Jean du Toit, Eco Heat Equipment