About Us

Fanfire provides solutions for artists, athletes and businesses who recognise the opportunities presented by the third-generation web (“Web3”), such as cryptographic tokens, web wallets, NFTs, and loyalty economies. The team has worked

with a diverse range of partners such as the Cell C Sharks rugby franchise and Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary to create new Web3 engagement strategies, and is also involved in digitizing the ownership and trade of collectible art & wines.

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Our Story

Fanfire is part of Alphawave, a leading technology group consisting of businesses with products and services that are hard to replicate. The group is headquartered in Stellenbosch and applies South Africa’s signature high-innovation-low-cost creativity to concepts with world-wide application.

The company is led by the former Research Chair in IoT at Stellenbosch University (who co-founded Custos, an InfoSec blockchain company, in 2013). It is chaired by an industry veteran who has led two JSE-listed companies, and has decades of experience in technology, entertainment and consumer businesses.

Meet The Directors

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Gert-Jan van Rooyen

Chief Executive Officer

Gert-Jan has more than 20 years of research and industry experience, and co-invented an early commercial use of NFTs in content security in 2013.

He co-founded Custos and Octoco, holds directorships in several tech companies, and is Associate Professor Extra-Ordinary in Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University.

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André van der Veen

Chairman & Lead Investor

André owns interests in several listed and unlisted firms and has invested in Fanfire with Alphawave. He previously served as director on a number of listed firms.

Incl. Clover, HCI, E-Media, Tsogo Sun and Niveus Investments. He currently serves as a director of A2 Investment Partners and chairman of Alphawave.

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Frans Meyer

Non-Executive Director

As co-founder and CEO of Alphawave Holdings, Frans guided it from a consulting start-up to a group of 14 companies and 300+ engineers.

He's been involved with numerous  successful start-ups and various enterprises in the Group. He is an active Non-Executive director of each company in the Group.

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Michael Joubert

Non-Executive Director

Mike serves as global board director of Population Services International (PSI), Chairperson for PSI Health Services in RSA, Non-Execuctive Chairperson of Quicket

Executive Chairman of Shopstar, Non-Executive Board Director at Clark Holdings, Advisory Board Member at Ctrl Technologies and as trustee of WWF® South Africa.

Meet The Team

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Calvin Drawbridge

Front-End Developer

Calvin's experienced in analog and digital circuit design enables rapid prototyping of new hardware designs.

Coupled with experience in multiplatform software design enables ease of workflow & seamless systems integration of scalable, human-centered designs and interfaces.

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James de Villiers

Back-End Developer

James holds a BEng degree in mechanical engineering (cum laude) and an MEng degree in electronic engineering (cum laude).

He is a computer vision specialist as well as a full stack software developer with a wide range of technical skills.

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Heinrich de Lange

Lead Developer

An experienced entrepreneur and full-stack IoT engineer. He holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering, and is responsible for systems architecture at Fanfire.

He also leads the design of cyberphysical systems that combine IoT and AR with blockchain technologies.

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Louwrens Labuschagne

Smart Contract Developer

An enthusiastic, dedicated and versatile developer with an outstanding academic background in Data Science & excellent attitude to work. Highly motivated, reliable, and eager to learn.

Passion for everything new, interesting, likes challenges and enjoys teaching anyone who's prepared to listen. Louwrens hold a MSc in Data Science from the University of Cape Town.

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Collin Sherriff

Client & Integration Manager

Collin holds a BSc cum laude in International Business from Stellenbosch University. He also completed an economics exchange programme at the University of Bristol, UK.

Being highly analytical with a demonstrated work history in business analyses, marketing, government administration and NPO's, Collin is geared to boost Fanfire.

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Jacques Burger

Product Manager

Jacques holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, and an MEng in Industrial Engineering (cum laude). He is a specialist in decision support, technological readiness.

Including research and development risk estimation and enterprise operational maturity. He brings these data-driven
analysis methodologies to Fanfire.

Our Clients

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