to talk about us
is to talk about you
To talk about us is to talk about you, oh projects patriot, because you are the reason we embarked on this spectacular journey in the first place.
It all started when our kingpin, Hans du Toit, saw an industry deprived of the skill they so desperately needed, the skill that could protect them in the battle of claims, and pave their way to certain project success. And the rest, as they say, is history. If you want to know that history, travel back in time with us below. You can also check out our team, or see the driving force behind all our dealings in our vision and mission.
The PROFACTAPLAN Journey
Profactaplan was founded in 2006 when we realized that there is a shortage of skill in the market. We decided that we needed, and wanted, to make a difference. So Profactaplan was born out of an understanding of the dire need that organizations have for proper skill. The initial goal was purely to train people, but the demand was so great that, before we even knew it, we were providing services.
So, we started providing project controls services, including costs, resources, risk and various other aspects, but we specialized, and still specialize, in project planning. The reason for specializing in project planning is because we have identified that there is a dire need in the international market. Our service was founded on the principle of a group of people who have the same intent, the same mindset, and that is to improve the situation on projects and to improve the performance and success rates of organizations.
Recruiters (or body shops, as we call it) also saw the need, so they started sourcing and placing individuals (or bodies, as we call it). In our experience they struggle to find quality project control professionals due to a lack of standards and training in the field. Our services were premised on the fact that we wanted to ensure that the project gets the entire service that it needs. So rather than just take an individual and placing him/her on a project, we placed individuals with the full backing of a seasoned project controls team, collectively boasting in excess of 50 years project controls experience at international standards.
While delivering our service, we started our training goal in the form of mentorship. We mentored individuals one-on-one to equip them for the field of project planning. They quickly became part of our services team. Some are still with us today, while others continue to service the industry elsewhere.
A good 5 years later, we offered our first formal training sessions. These delivered our first two formal graduates who went on to excel beyond expectation in the field, due to their solid foundation. This proved to us that we were on the right track, leading to our second group of graduates in 2015.
After a long process, we finally got our short course: The Fundamentals of Project Planning, accredited with Services SETA in 2017 and also started development on other quality assurance products for the project controls industry.
One of these products was the PFP rating, an assessment indicating skill level in Project Planners. In 2018 we had our first two PFP rating trials. From the first trial we did some finetuning, before testing it again in the second trial. It underwent a further refinement process to ensure that it is 100% accurate and relevant in the field.
We launched our Project Controls Awareness seminars at our first ever exhibition at the Africa Enery Indaba in 2019, while also announcing that our training went online, making it accessible from anywhere in the world.
From its inception in 2006 till today, Profactaplan continues to strive for the improvement of performance and success rates, for projects and organizations around the world.
Meet The Team
Hans du Toit
Founding member, Hans du Toit, has 35 years hands-on experience in Project and Construction Management of which more than 20 years have been specialising in Project Planning and Cost Control. He has a proven success in extension of time claims resulting from Forensic Delay Analysis. Amongst other certifications, Hans boasts both a Mechanical and Electrical engineering diploma as well as a Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) credential with AACE International, PMP credential through PMI and Delay Analysis in relation to RP29-03 of AACE International. Additionally he has more than 14 years’ experience in establishing and managing Project Controls departments, all of which qualify him as an expert in the field.
"BE ACCURATE AND THOROUGH."
Sean Vermaak joined the team in 2007. He has extensive experience in the planning and control of various phases of projects, including tender, execution, estimation, claims and dispute resolution, and forensic schedule analysis. Sean has been managing planning teams since 2012 and being one of the first Profactaplan mentored Project Planners, it is apparent that he plays a pivotal role in mentoring the other Planners in our team. He currently holds a professional certification through AACE International as a Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP). Although he cut his teeth with forensic delay analysis in the field, he also completed Forensic Schedule Delay Analysis in relation to RP29-03 of AACE International in April 2019. Sean is at the forefront of developing various new products that offer solutions to the industry.
"DON'T GIVE ME PROBLEMS, GIVE ME SOLUTIONS."
Anthonet du Toit
HR & FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR
Anthonet, one of the founding members, is a highly business-minded individual. Having undergone training in business development and management skills she provides invaluable drive and initiative. She has been involved at an arms-length in the Project Planning fraternity for decades and subsequently trained in Project Planning. Anthonet also assisted in the development and facilitation of our Project Planning training. With her sound business background and excellent people’s skills, Anthonet applies her knowledge and expertise in the area of HR and Finance.
"DREAM UP A SOLUTION, THEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE IT WORK."
BUSINESS DEVELOPEMENT ADMIISTRATOR
Whichever position Charisa has ever had, she always looked for and found ways to improve things. New ideas, new ways of doing things, to make it better, easier and to have more impact. Here it has been no exception. She has been driving change since her appointment in 2011 and continues to do so every day. Charisa finds ways to make messages clearer and easier to understand for both clients and potential clients. Her passion for the project controls industry drives her to get solutions in front of those who need them most.
"I HAVE AN IDEA..."
Jurie du Toit
SENIOR PLANNER AND MENTOR & TRAINING FACILITATOR
While Jurie joined our team in 2018, he was no stranger. He was one of the first formal graduates from our Principles of Project Planning training course. Jurie went on to cultivate his skills in various industries, including civil and mechanical construction, power generation, boiler installation, air cooled condensers and scaffolding, before returning to Profactaplan. His keen aptitude for law has led him to complete the Forensic Schedule Delay Analysis in relation to RP29-03 AACE International in 2019. He also runs his projects with the contract constantly in the back of his mind. Jurie is a natural mentor and plays that role for Junior Planners as well as the students he facilitates in our training courses.
"DO IT RIGHT OR DON'T DO IT AT ALL."
TRAINING DEVELOPER &
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER
Hilda's career did not start in projects, but it wasn't long until it gravitated towards it. Initially, as a hair dresser, it started with weddings. Unlike the normal hairdresser, she handled every wedding like a full scale project, with activities, timelines, the works. She then found that she had a love of teaching, and became a SETA assessor in her trade. This SETA background proved invaluable when she came to Profactaplan, predominantly in the training division. Hilda has a passion for sharing knowledge and letting that knowledge uplift people and give them opportunities. She is also the instigator behind our "100 spekbome in 100 days" project.
"LIFE IS A PROJECT."
Angie du Toit
Angie is the most organized person in our company with the memory of an elephant. This makes her the queen of paperwork. When she studied hospitality, she not only got distinctions in all her subjects, but also got the top achiever award. That award could easily stand even today as she tackles every task with all that she's got. Angie is extremely serious about providing decent customer service and demonstrates this in all her correspondence, whether with clients, students or employees.
"NEED A HAND? HERE'S TWO."
While working as a technician, installing complex irrigation systems, Celito got a taste of running projects, albeit with small, often one man teams. After completing the Principles of Project Planning course through Profactaplan, he applied these skills to his irrigation projects. He saw the difference this made in his projects and started looking for an opportunity to migrate to project planning. It was fitting that his first steps in the industry would be in the place he learned his skills in the first place, Profactaplan. Since then he has proven to be a determined mind who will stop at nothing to get it right. With a strong sense of principle, he ensures that his planning is done by the book.
"THEY SAY IT CAN'T BE DONE. I'LL SEE FOR MYSELF"
Cheldon spent many years leading project teams in the refrigeration industry, which often took him to a number of countries in Africa. His people skills have always been his trademark, treating every team member with respect and working with them rather than above them.
Since moving over to project planning he has worked on a variety of projects, including power generation, manufacturing plants, and oil & gas. Cheldon is a go getter and the man when you need to get things done. His focus is on the project, so he works with all contractors involved to get the project to its destination
"LET'S GET IN AND GET IT DONE."
Effective Project Controls is embraced by organisations, project practitioners and project teams as value adding, and acknowledged as an absolute necessity for improved project success.
Profactaplan is respected as a leader in value-adding project controls practices and the partner of choice to organisations striving towards improved project outcomes.
Project success rates, of achieving intended objectives within budget and time, greatly outweigh project failure rates resulting in prospering companies that impact the economy through job creation, creating the new and improving or maintaining the existing.
In order to achieve our vision and passion we:
Educate organisations in the benefits of effective project controls through our project control awareness seminars.
Work with project teams to coach them in the proper interpretation of project control information and guide them in determining the correct course of action.
Deliver high quality products and services aligned with industry best practices through affiliations with international organisations that foster continuous development and improvement.
Deploy diverse and advanced methods in analysing, forecasting and presenting information to enable project teams to gain full insight into project performance and expected outcomes.
Rate skill levels through our PFP-rating to distinguish skill levels and identify shortcomings and areas of focus for further development.
Ensure project managers strike the balance between client relationship and contract adherence through our new, some may consider it radical, approach.
Are taking our training materials on-line in order to reach more incumbents and speed up the process of enriching the fraternity.