The ForgeWe Craft
Cape TownSince 1999
We solve problems.
We craft beautiful & elegant digital solutions.
Packed with goodness: This team is brimming with talent, passion and experience.
about relationships. We aim to build much more than products.
Established in 1999, we like to think that our longevity reflects what we do.
Brendon GroblerDesigner / Developer
Sue has an acute business instinct, as well as natural skills in leadership and design.
She’s always instilled an ideal of unflinching work quality and customer service. She’s the defining reason for our reputation and longevity.
Sue is also something of a web pioneer in this country. Responsible for structuring and teaching South Africa’s very first web design training course, we like to think that she invented the internet here.
From her diverse range of daily tasks – from mundane admin, to beautiful designs and business strategies, she is consistently able to bring top quality work and ideas.
Sue’s Kindle is like a third child to her. She is also a huge lover of felines.
He’s a blindingly talented web-designer, CSS-guru and can even get his hands dirty with some funky PHP code when the mood takes him. Perfection, logic, and creativity are integral parts of all he does.
His interests extend far beyond web design. He loves all creative pursuits, and enjoys a good discussion (on just about any topic).
Brendon has a degree in English and Media & Writing from UCT, and qualifications in multimedia and graphic design to add to his experience as a web designer.
An avid sports fan, film buff, and gym-bunny. Rumour has it that he can bench-press a Volkswagen. We’ve seen the guns, we have to think it’s probably true.
It started with a knack and love for coding in high school. After school, Lloyd’s skills and interests developed as he studied Web & Application Development. Like all web developers worth their salt, he has a strong disenchantment with IE6 and loves open source projects.
Aside from the web, Lloyd likes outdoor festivals, electronic music, and growing his own herbs for medicinal use. He’s just started working here, so we’re obviously guessing thats lavender and chamomile.
Absolutely nothing fazes Faiz. He quietly goes about his work with zen-like diligence and precision.
A man of loyalty, faith and character, Faiz is goal-oriented with a methodical and patient nature. He is experienced in HTML development, and oversees a large amount of the HTML work done in one of The Forge’s oldest departments.
Always keen to expand his skill set when given the opportunity, you can always count on Faiz.
A power lifter back in the day. Faiz is also is a keen Arsenal supporter, and lover of fast cars.
Brenton FurnissProduction Manager
Dee BratuchinOffice Manager
Brenton is vastly experienced in the online arena. He started 15 years ago as a developer and systems administrator for one of South Africa’s first ISP’s.
Brenton is most at home fiddling with technical things like servers and frameworks.
But his versatility means that he also can do things like build WordPress themes, and even answers the phone (although he hates it).
Softly spoken, but with a delightful streak of eccentricity once you get to know him. Other talents include brewing a seriously mean (read very strong) pot of coffee, and can consume a ridiculous amount of junk food (with a liking towards cake) without gaining any weight.
Extremely committed and dedicated, Dee likes things to be done correctly the first time. We attribute this to the years she spent in Germany travelling as a trapeze artist with the circus (we kid you not!).
With experience in a diverse range of roles, Dee is able to accomplish any challenge and task thrown her way. She has a direct and focused, yet caring, approach. Also, a keen eye for detail and quality control.
She always has time for a chat, and is fluent in many languages. An animal lover, and supporter of numerous causes. We are very grateful she’s on our side.
Jolene organizes things and ties loose ends together to make the day to day operations here go smoothly.
Allowing the team to focus on their tasks and know that the small stuff is being sweated out by a capable woman.
Jolene also helps Dee and Judy with admin and client work as well as overseeing some blog content management. Jolene also has an Honours in Psychology.