In 2003 whilst studying a B-tech Marketing degree at Technikon Pretoria, Dawie started from humble beginnings, as a part-time marketing consultant at a small web development company based in Centurion. Websites and the internet were still a relatively new concept in South-Africa, but he soon learned the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of the industry.
“Yes, those were the days you still heard a horrible ‘screeching’ sound while surfing the internet at super-fast speeds. After all it was the best thing since sliced bread. The ‘speed’ was so ‘super’ you could make coffee while you waited for the website to load….. If you were fortunate enough to have ISDN, it was a completely different story…”
Over the years the web industry has evolved and Dawie has worked alongside many designers and developers on numerous projects. Projects ranging from small guest house websites, e-commerce sites to more complex applications. One remarkable project that springs to mind would be the social collaboration site/tool commissioned by the World Bank.
In recent years Dawie developed a ‘love’ for email marketing and campaign management – delivering customer campaigns successfully and efficiently.
Furthermore he has always been customer orientated with good business ethics and integrity. It is without doubt that previous and new clients are in ‘good hands’ when engaging with Dawie and New Beginnings.
Summary of career
- 2003 – Part-time Marketing Consultant at small web development company in Centurion.
- 2005 – Appointed as Account Manager at the same company.
- 2007 – Part of a merger between his existing employer and another small web development company. Appointed as Marketing Director and Acting Managing Director.
- 2010 – Approached by a business consulting firm in Centurion to grow their electronic services division on a part-time basis. The electronic services division was started initially as a value added service to the firm’s consulting clients.
- 2013 – Progressed from humble beginning to new beginnings – Founded New Beginnings Web & Marketing Solutions (Pty) Ltd