Peter is a registered Chartered Accountant CA(SA) and B-BBEE expert. His background includes holding the positions of Financial Director, Commercial Director and Fruit Export Director of the Blue Continent Group, who were the primary trading arm of the listed company Oceana, for 15 years before founding ActivPro Business Solutions in 2005.
He has held numerous positions at various institutions:
- Current Board Member and Councillor of the Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Current Honorary Treasurer of the Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Current Board member of the Association of BEE Professionals
- Previous Chair and current committee member of Cape Coast Chapter (Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
Peter is highly regarded within the business community and is known for high level strategy formulation and BBBEE consulting, transformation planning and implementation.
Peter has this to say:
“As CEO of ActivPro, I thrive on building relationships with companies and communicating with them how they can become BEE compliant in a meaningful way.
As I am on the board and an active member of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, this allows me to play my role by adding my voice for businesses in the Western Cape and be a part of a collective for businesses of all sizes.
One of my passions, and one of the major goals of ActivPro, is to help non-profit organisations align themselves and their service offerings to access BEE benefits, as I believe that these amazing organisations play such an important role in the fabric of South Africa society. I believe that I am making a positive difference by helping these organisations to become more sustainable and maintain their ability to truly make a difference.
I am a Chartered Accountant by profession, and it is this expertise that gives me the knowledge needed to communicate effectively with business owners, directors and managers and to discuss how important BEE compliance and transformation is to their own business and staff members.
I am proactive in everything I do – in fact, it’s even in the name of my company. ActivPro is inspired by the Stephen Covey’s first habit of highly successful people: Be proactive. Our name and ethos encompass this as all of my colleagues in ActivPro enjoy being active, proactive, and professional in all aspects of life.”
Derryn studied Industrial Psychology and has been working with ActivPro for over 10 years as a Small Business Specialist.
Her expertise are in the following areas: Business Plans, Marketing Plans, Feasibility studies, Strategy Formulation, Business set up, Mentoring, Coaching, NPO Sustainability Plans, and Workshop Facilitation.
She has served on the Cape Coast Committee since 2016 and Council since 2017 for the Cape Chamber of Commerce. She has serviced hundreds of small businesses over the years across all industries (petrochemical, engineering, ITC, hospitality, tourism, health & beauty, finance, food & beverage, medical, retail, waste recycling, legal, media publications, construction, cleaning, events management, advertising, music, wine industry etc.) and many of her clients have won entrepreneurial awards and competitions with her business plans.
She is highly passionate about helping people to start or expand their businesses.
Lee-Ann Viola has been working as a consultant in the B-BBEE field for eight years and has a passion for B-BBEE transformation specifically with regards to Skills Development and Socio-Economic Development initiatives.
She has directed her own consulting firm and currently runs her own non-profit organisation. She has created her own projects to fund various rural outreach programmes such as the creation of “The Hope Bag” for victims of Domestic violence.
She is also a licensee at The Paragon Generation, marketing Edutech Master Learning Programmes to children and adults, which enhances thinking, listening, reading and memory skills.
Her experience together with her various affiliations has enabled her to encourage companies to embrace the core meaning of transformation, through matching Skills Development candidates and Enterprise/Supplier Development beneficiaries with entities that are sincerely invested in their growth and longevity.