The Hon. Minister Vincent Seretse Visits Pasdec

The Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, the Hon. Vincent Seretse, accompanied by a delegation from the Botswana Development Corporation led by its Managing Director Mr Bashi Gaetsaloe, visited Pasdec’s plant in Lobatse on the 5th October.
During the visit Minister Seretse expressed his appreciation of Pasdec’s investment in Botswana and commented how impressive the operation is. He was given a full tour by Pasdec’s Carlos Castilho, the General Manager Manufacturing. Carlos and his production team gave the visitors an in-depth insight to the operation.


Chono Pilane – Human Resources Manager (Lobatse)

With a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Johannesburg attained in 2006 and a Diploma in Office Management and Technology, also gained from the University of Johannesburg in 2004, Chono has a solid foundation as a human resources practitioner.

In addition to her experience gained in general industry and commerce, Chono has four years’ experience in the automotive electrical wiring harness industry.

In her current position at Pasdec, Chono provides a functional Human Resources service, which encompasses payroll, recruitment, job analysis, employee relations, information dissemination according to prevailing human resources policies and procedures; and as directed to a staff compliment of 720 employees.

Ravi Naidoo – Senior Purchasing Manager

Ravi has more than 25 years’ experience in purchasing and materials management, almost 15 years of which have been gained in the automotive component industry, including electrical wiring harnesses.

Backing up his practical experience, Ravi has had extensive education and training, which includes a Diploma in Automotive Supply Chain Management. He is currently studying towards a Diploma in Advance Logistics and Operations Management.

Ravi’s proven expertise will add considerable value to the procurement and logistics department.

Ronel Schoeman – Human Resources Manager (Brits)

Ronel has a B. Tech Degree Human Resource Development and a National Diploma in Personnel Management. She is currently studying towards a LLB degree.

Ronel has 17 years’ experience in Human Resources and Skills Development. In addition to strong management skills, Ronel has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Industrial Relations and associated disciplines.

In her current role at Pasdec, Ronel has responsibility for all HR matters in the South African operation.


Chezlyn Whitebooi – Logistics Manager VW Service Centre

Chezlyn has 28 years’ experience in stores management, materials control and distribution management. He also has 9 years’ experience in the automotive electrical wiring harness industry.

Based atthe VW Service Centre in Uitenhage, Chezlyn will be responsible for all logistics pertaining to Volkswagen.

Pasdec Appoints Willem Olivier as General Manager Manufacturing


Pasdec Automotive Technologies Botswana is pleased to announce the appointment of Willem Olivier to the position of General Manager Manufacturing at the company’s plant in Lobatse, Botswana.

Willem is eminently qualified for this key role by virtue of both his academic qualifications and in-depth experience in the automotive electrical wiring harness industry. He has also worked extensively with major automotive manufacturers (OEMs), as well as global component suppliers.

In 2005 Willem graduated with a BSc (Honours) degree in Industrial Technology and Management. His dissertation centred on Work in Progress (WIP), exploring the principles of Lean Manufacturing, JIT Supply, CONWIP and KANBAN. He received an award as Best Learner for this dissertation.

Willem has worked for Pasdec Automotive Technologies for more than 21 years. During his tenure as Technician and later as Sales and Engineering Manager, Procurement Manager and Senior General Manager, Willem has implemented new products and processes, ISO, preventative maintenance, commercial and legal compliance and business development. Willem is a certified ISO TS16949 Internal Auditor and is well versed in all aspects of the production environment, in terms of ERP, MS, MRP and most forms of production planning.