Dr. Dawie de Wet (PhD Eng) – CEO of Q-KON Africa, Chairman of Q-KON Group

Dr. Dawie de Wet is the Chief Executive Officer of Q-KON Africa and Chairman of the Group.

He has 30 years of experience in the design, development and implementation of Wireless, Microwave and Satellite communication systems in Africa. In 1988 he joined the Q-KON board and was appointed Managing Director in 1993.

In 2013 Dawie completed his PhD in Engineering. His thesis titled: A scalable business model for mass customization of broadband services in the emerging Africa market summarised the result of 7 years of research work focussed on the value proposition of the domain where technology, business and market domains intersect. The research work provides both Dawie and Q-KON with a sound reference and foundation to meet current and future market demands in challenging landscapes.

Neill Weldon – Chief Financial Officer for Q-KON Group of Companies

Neill completed his articles with Aiken and Carter in 1985.

Thereafter he joined ABSA Bank (then Allied Bank) where he gained 15 Years of Corporate Banking and Finance experience before joining the Q-KON (pty) Ltd Management Team in 1999. In his position as CFO, his responsibilities cover all financial control, management and financial planning for the Q-KON Group.

In his spare time, him and his wife enjoy motorcycle touring.

Piet Swemmer – Operations Executive

Piet joined Q-KON in 2002 as Project Manager when the company entered the VSAT market.

During his 15 years with Q-KON, he was responsible for the implementation of a number of projects in Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Zambia, the DRC, and other African Countries.

Piet holds a National Diploma in Telecommunications, as well as a certificate in Road Transport. Both were obtained from UNISA.

Piet participated on a National Level in Archery and Air Rifle Shooting. He is proud to add his participation in the 2015 Archery World Championships in Hungary.

Piet loves doing woodwork in his spare time.

James Taylor – Key Account Executive

James holds the position of Key Account Executive since April 2016.

During his 10 + Years at Q-KON Africa, he has been responsible for System Engineering, Project Management and Business Development of Telecommunication projects in South Africa as well as more than 10 African Countries. James, being in the field of telecommunications for almost 2 decades, has experience in the realizing of numerous VSAT, Wireless, Telemetry/SCADA, Optic Fibre, VoIP and backup Power Networks.

James holds a Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.

Him and his family are keen scuba divers and love spending time on their boat over weekends.

Riaan Roux – Head of Engineering

Riaan joined the company in 2007 as Project Engineer, performing various field work and managing projects.

Through his exceptional skills and knowledge development, he earned a promotion to Platform Engineer and then later on to System Engineer. His network analysis and design skills optimized various platforms that contributed to Q-KON’s key.

He holds a Higher National Diploma in Electronic Engineering and is currently finalizing his Bachelor’s Degree Electronic Engineering, specializing in Telecommunications. He also attended various other courses that includes the Satellite Communication Systems Course from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the UK.

Riaan is dedicated family man with a great interest in the outdoors, with fishing, sports and camping at the top of his list.

Frank Ward – Head of Logistics and Contracts

Frank joined Q-KON in 2007 as Procurement and Logistics Manager, and is responsible for all aspects of the commercial and contracts portfolio.

In this position, he successfully led and managed the transformations of the logistics function effectively to become a competitive advantage for Q-KON, whilst in the same time reducing the risks normally associated with this function.

Frank holds an Advance Certificate in Supply Chain Management from the University of Pretoria. He is certified by the European Logistics Association (ELA) as a Senior Logistician. Frank is currently enrolled for a B.Com Degree, specializing in Economics and Law.

Frank is an ardent student of Military History, mainly focusing on WW2. He is an outdoor person, spending as much time as possible with his family, going on fishing trips and visiting Wildlife Reserves.

Our Story

  • November 1988

    Our Humble Beginnings

    Q-KON was formed as a special projects joint venture between Megkon and Q-DATA to provide system engineering services to the defence industry.

  • 1990

    New beginning

    In 1990 Q-KON moved into the commercial two-way radio industry and providing trusted communications to industrial and emergency operations.

  • 1993 to 1998

    Hardware development

    From voice radio we added data radio, and development of specialist data radio solutions and hardware models. Focusing on providing unique solutions and creating value by integration of our data radio modules, we supplied many 9600kbps data radio networks. Our achievements were also recognised by receiving the SABS design award in 1997.

  • 1995

    Wireless LAN Solutions

    From data radio, Q-KON moved on to wireless LAN solutions and implemented a number of world-firsts. We did the 1st long distance point-to-point link and we did the 1st underground WiFi network. We supplied more than 1000 links and many metropolitan networks.

  • 2000

    North into Africa

    Driven by a strategy to earn USD-based revenue, Q-KON started doing microwave projects in Africa. We were working in Burundi, Rwanda, Togo, Zambia etc., and by 2005 we completed projects in 8 African countries.

  • 2002

    From Projects to Satellite Services

    Driven by a need to secure USD recurring income, Q-KON entered the satellite IP access market, and we were the team that tested the 1st IP-over-satellite link. Today we have installed 1000's of remote sites and operated more than a dozen platforms on 3 continents.

  • 2005

    Q-KON South Africa

    In 2005 we formed Q-KON South Africa to focus on the South African market. The business started with a focus on VoIP solutions and we very successfully represented Quintum which today is Sonus and whom we still distribute.

  • 2010


    In 2010 the regulations in South Africa changed and we developed the 1st large scale satellite broadband platform as well as a specialist corporate network solution. Part of this effort included setting up SkyeVine, a joint venture with Ellies to drive broadband access in South Africa.

  • Today

    Specialist Networks and Solutions

    Today Q-KON supplies and operates various specialist networks and solutions throughout Africa. This includes the biggest privately operated satellite network for FNB, to connect and service more than 2500 branches, ATMs and point-of-sale points.

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