Our Team

The Naledi3d Factory consists of a small but dedicated team of professionals.  However, a team is made up of individuals and each person is unique and special in their own right. 

So, this is who we really are…


Dave Lockwood


Dave Lockwood

Dave founded the Naledi3d Factory in 2000. He holds an MSc in Transportation Engineering and BA (Hons.) Geography and has over twenty five years’ experience in the ICT field. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, is a Senior Member of the Association of Computer Mechanics as well as the Computer Society of South Africa.

He worked at CSIR for almost 20 years. During his time as co--Director of the CSIR VR Centre from 1998 to 2000, his passion for VR grew after starting to develop his ideas on how powerful VR could be for training and education in Africa - and especially its’ potential for the development of our poorer communities – thinking that was unique world-wide at the time.

Dave describes himself as a “social entrepreneur”.  He rails against the still prevalent “industrial paradigm” that still seems to dominate our economy and dreams of the day when a true “knowledge-based society” comes into its own.

However, he has never lost his sense of humour and can often be heard laughing uproariously from his office.

Ofentse Dire


Ofentse Dire

Ofentse (or Dr Dire as he is affectionately known) studied Information Technology at Tshwane University of Technology, specializing in Multimedia design, Multimedia Programming and Software Development.  Always the snappy dresser (with a fondness for colourful trendy shoes) he displays a creativity and attention to detail in his work that is hard to match. Ofentse is one of our star VR Developers, creating and programming content for interactive 3D simulations.

As he says: “I thought Virtual Reality was something out of Science Fiction movies until I started working at the Naledi3d Factory as an intern in 2007.  Now I realize that education and training through interactive visual media is the future…”

 

Henri Mbata


Henri Mbata

Henri studied software development at the Tshwane University of Technology.  Before joining the Naledi3d Factory in 2008 Henri worked at the Centre for Creative Technologies in Pretoria where he created highly detailed 3D models for the platinum mining industry. 

In our industry low-polygon modelling is essential to keep real-time interactive simulations as small as possible.  This requires particular skills that Henri has honed over time.

However, there’s much more to our star modeller.  As a bachelor Henri has become quite a dab hand at cooking and he enjoys (in no particular order) good weather, good music and being outside in nature.

 

Erik Kruger


Erik Kruger

Erik holds both a B.Com degree and a National Certificate in Visual Design from the Open Window Academy. This means he splits his time at the Naledi3d Factory between business development and VR simulation development.  Erik has also been working for the company on a part-time basis since 2002.Before joining us, Erik worked at the DTI, both here in Pretoria, as well as the SA Trade Mission in Brussels.

Erik is particularly passionate about history and can, if given half a chance, spend hours exploring historical sites.  His dream is to one day (hopefully sooner rather later) show off South Africa’s rich cultural heritage in VR!

Tshegofatso Ramokgadi


Tshegofatso Ramokgadi

Tshego joined us in December 2014 as part of the Innovation Hub intern programme. He studied Information technology at Tshwane University of technology (TUT), specialising in multimedia.

He is very passionate about coding, he has also developed a passion for 3D and 3D animation while working on his own 3D video game during his time at TUT. Another project he worked on during that time led to the creation of e-Books for the IT Innovation Schools, which are now used by thousands of learners across Gauteng on their new tablets.

Pam Sikwayo


PAm Sikwayo

Pam joined us on August 2014, firstly as a volunteer, and then joined The Innovation Hub internship programme in November 2014. She holds a diploma in Multimedia Design (visual communication), obtained from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT); focusing on Art, as well as Graphic Design and Versatile Broadcasting.

Pam loves 3d modelling and animation and is fascinated by virtual reality. Her dream is to become a proficient 3d animator and VR Developer, and creating and programming content for interactive 3D simulations.