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
Byron HouwensDesigner / 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.
Byron started with a few pencils and an early version of Corel software as a kid, and since he’s pursued design as an ongoing passion. He spends countless hours prowling websites and diving into books on all types of design, as well as honing his skills on an array of software, from Photoshop to Cinema 4D whenever he gets the opportunity.
He’s also a serious fan of nerdy movies, good series, Japanese culture and unusual events in world history.
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.
Andre van RooyenDeveloper
Cath JenkinCopy Writer
André has a refreshingly old fashioned nice guy charm. He makes all our projects run smoothly, and has a knack for writing copy that makes you smile.
He is a qualified Marine Engineer, and we see that technical talent spill over wonderfully into the spheres of computers and the web. André has mastery expertise in Delphi development (a desktop application guru) and many things computer related.
Apart from computers, André has a great talent and passion for photography and a deep love for the beauty of the Cape Peninsula, and the False Bay coastline in particular.
He likes to argue for the merits of Flash in web design (joking).
Sam is quite new to The Forge family. We feel he’s got great potential. His love for code and new knowledge are already making him an asset to the team. Best of all, he shares a love of coffee and usually is the first one to get a pot brewing in the morning. For that, we love you Sam.
He also has a love for Apple technology, plays some mean guitar, and loves travel – having backpacked through Europe and South East Asia.
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.
Cath works on a lot of our online content. She’s a pocket rocket of energy, and that energy is translated into the explosive copy she writes – POWW!
Cath has extensive experience in education, Information Technology and copywriting. She uses her beady eyes to check for spelling errors and incorrect placement of verbs and grammar related problems. Most of all, Cath combines investigation and the written word, to create content that’s readable, exciting and enticing.
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.
Apart from Sue, Judy has been working at the Forge for the longest time. She is intrinsically a part of the Forge.
Now largely dealing with accounts and paperwork, Judy also has vast experience in dealing with clients, and thats clear if you ever hear her speaking on the phone.
When it comes to accounts and client queries, Judy, is always on top of things in this department.
With many years of experience, Judy is capable of putting clients’ minds at ease and ensuring that they are always informed and happy.
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