Our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible service in the area of lightning protection and earthing. We do this by being experts in the field of lightning and lightning protection, using the most internationally recognized and up to date technology and techniques, purchasing only the highest quality materials and using the best and most experienced installation teams in Africa.
We are a collective group of lightning specialists, project managers and master installers who are passionate about saving lives and protecting assets from the awesome but destructive power of lightning.
We have created installation teams who are lead by master installers all of whom have over 15 years of experience in the field of lightning protection and earthing.
Our installation teams have consolidated to form their own majority black owned company and are proudly called INSTALLATION GURUS. We have made a commitment to empowering our installers to run their own company and push the extremely high Lightning Guru installation standards of workmanship to even higher levels.
Our business model is unique in that we have encouraged and nurtured ownership and responsibility of our previously disadvantaged installers, supporting and allowing them to gain entry into the earthing and lightning protection industry as business owners.
South Africa is a country with a generally high annual lightning ground flash density across vast areas of our land, including many rural areas. We have unacceptable high death statistics from lightning every year, and significant damage to properties. Our vision is to raise the standards of lightning protection and installations through constant education and training programs of the latest standards in the industry, and by partnering with the most knowledge experts in the industry.
Kenneth Roets has been in the earthing and lightning protection industry for more than 10 years. He joined DEHN Africa in 2014 as a key account manager and business development manager, where he assisted various lightning protection installation companies with the installation procedures for DEHN lightning and surge protection products. Prior to working for DEHN Africa, Kenneth worked for Clearline Protection Systems, where his focus was on providing surge protection solutions.
Kenneth has been actively involved in the newly established Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA), where he assisted in formulating various installation procedures. He has also been instrumental in creating awareness within the solar industry of the importance of providing proper lightning protection to PV systems. Kenneth is also an active member of several of the working groups of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).
Jurgen Vogt started in the earthing and lightning protection industry in 1996 at Pontins. After a short stay at Pontins as a contracts manager, he returned to his studies where he completed a Marketing Management diploma and then moved into the lodge management industry. Jurgen also qualified as a project manager with Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and managed several construction and interior design projects, including the construction of game lodges, restaurants and retail stores.
Jurgen has now brought his wide knowledge and experience from the construction, safari and hospitality industries, as well as corporate business, back into the lightning protection industry to head up the Thatch Gurus.