The people behind Fundamo


Hannes van Rensburg, CEO


Van Rensburg is a founding member of Fundamo.  Prior to the formation of Fundamo, he was the CIO of the Sanlam Group, a past board member of a number of IT-related companies, and has also performed the role of IT consultant to many major South African corporations. He has BSc degrees in Physics & Chemistry as well as in Information Systems, and a MSc in Reactor Physics.  Van Rensburg is an active member of the South African Council of Natural Sciences, the Computer Society of South Africa and The South African Institute of Computer Scientists.  He is also one of the founders of the Cape IT Initiative (CITI).


Aletha Ling, Head of Business Development


Ling has pursued a successful career in the IT industry for the past 30 years, and has a thorough grounding, experience and insight in technology, sales, marketing, and general management.  After heading up IBM’s Software Business she left in 1993 to start the very successful and respected technology company Software Futures, growing it to a 300 person software and services business in 3 years before selling it to the JSE listed company, Computer Configurations Holdings (CCH), she stayed on as a board director. She was ultimately appointed as the CEO of CCH and upon its merger with MGX served in various executive positions. She was the1999 Computer Society IT Personality of the year and has served as non-executive on a number of boards including that of a financial services company. She has served as futurist and CEO of Futureworld and continues as associate of that organization and member of the World Futures Society.

Aletha took a sabbatical during 2004, sailing her yacht from Cape Town to the Caribbean. She joined Fundamo in January 2006.


Adriaan Tromp - Financial Manager



Tromp has over 12 years of combined financial and operational experience working within global technology companies, which include Yahoo!, ICO Global Communications and He is a qualified charted accountant and holds a Bachelor degree in accounting, Honors in Business and Administration, and an MBA, obtained from the University of Stellenbosch. As Financial Manager, Tromp, looks after the finance and human resource departments and assumes general operational responsibility. Tromp, who is a passionate golfer, joined Fundamo in September 2000.

Richard Bailey


Richard has broad strategic and operational IT experience, having spent more than 20 years working as a practitioner and consultant in a South African and global context. He began his career as a programmer and quickly moved into IT management in the clothing and footwear industry in South Africa.  Before joining Fundamo, Richard was a Senior Manager at Accenture South Africa where he lead teams implementing large scale enterprise software applications and consulted strategically to a number of large blue chip South African companies, driving out opportunity and value in Customer Centricity, operations and business modelling. Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Johann Knoetzen


Johann brings to Fundamo over 25 years IT experience. He gained valuable software development experience at large institutions such as Sanlam, a leading South African financial services group, IBM South Africa and Intec Services Denmark. Johann joined Fundamo in 2004 as Software Development Manager and is a current Fundamo Exco member.

Rosemarie Wilken


Rosemarie’s experience in the Mobile Telephony industry spans over 13 years where her role has varied from consulting and company directorship at mobile operators in Africa to market development and software business development relating to secure mobile transactions internationally. She has a special interest in emerging markets.


Rosemarie is a Regional Executive at Fundamo Limited, and specialises in consulting to and supplying Mobile Banking and Payments solutions globally. She has an MBA (cum laude) with her dissertation being on Prepaid Mobile Telephony in Africa. Currently Rosemarie manages business development and customer relationships for Fundamo’s Global Partnership Programme as well as Resellers in the Latin America and Asia Pacific Regions.


Reg Swart, Regional Executive


Reg Swart brings 15 years of experience as Regional Executive for Middle East and Africa to Fundamo Limited where he is responsible for defining and managing the execution of Fundamo’s strategy in the GCC Region.


He has been intimately involved in the development of the mCommerce strategy for the largest mobile network operator in Africa, both in terms of the business model and product go-to-market strategies such as money repatriation, vending and low cost banking.


Reg holds an Honours degree in Business Science from the University of Cape Town as well as a post-graduate diploma from Harvard Business School.


Richard Burgess


Business Development Executive, Middle East


Richard Burgess has 15 years of experience in the IT industry, starting out as a software engineer and quickly moving into a sales role where he worked in various international markets such as Africa, the US and throughout the GCC countries. Before joining Fundamo he gained valuable experience working with large multinational companies such as FileNet and Hewlett Packard. Richard is the Fundamo Business Development Executive for the Middle East and is focussed on supplying mobile banking solutions to mobile network operators and Banking clients throughout the Region.