The Team:


Henri du Plessis (B.Sc.) (Pr.Ing.), found new Century Sawmill Solutions after retiring from The Hans Merensky Foundation in January 1999. At the time of his retirement, Du Plessis was Group Consulting Engineer for Merensky, responsible for all their Assets and Capital expansion programmes. Sawmills built during his tenure were:


•  Singisi Sawmill (Kokstad) – 100,000m³ intake in 1975 – Greenfield project


•  Tweefontein Sawmill (Sabie) – 180,000m³ intake in 1980 – Greenfield project


•  Clan Sawmill (Pietermaritzburg) – Revamp 1982.

•  Langeni Sawmill (Umtata) – 180,000m³ intake in 1984 – Greenfield project



As a result of these and other revamps and expansions, Merensky was one of the cheapest cost producers of timber in South Africa in 1988.


Louis du Plessis (ND Building Science), joined NCSS in 2004, bringing with him 14 Years Building / Civil / Quantity Surveying / Project Management experience. The last 5 years at New Century Sawmill Solutions, Louis was being groomed and mentored by Henri du Plessis, in an extensive and dedicated transfer of skills and knowledge to ensure continuity.


Wynand du Plessis (B.Com. Hons.): 12 Years Human Resources Management and 5 years HR & General Management. New Century on a full time basis at the end of 2007 to oversee management and administration functions.



Competitive Advantage:


•  Passion for, and genuine commitment to rural and local economic development

•  Multi-disciplinary team that has solid experience in policy and strategy

   formulation; program and project development; project management and

   institutional development

•  Have developed solid relationship with a number of government institutions  that are

   in the forefront of rural and local economic development

•  A very focused approach to organizational performance, identification of key

   performance indicators and setting performance targets

•  Strong co-ordination skills and ability to work with and manage service providers

   from various fields

•  Long standing networks with credible consulting companies nationally and


•  Directors that have practical and solid experience in senior management positions


Direct contact

Telephone +2712 663 3885

Fax +2712 663 8975


Head office Centurion

9 Idlewild, Gropius Crescent

Centurion, 0157


Postal address

PO Box 10840

Centurion, 0046