Meet the Team

Meet the Directors

Robert Forbes (Bob)
Founder and Managing Director
Bob, founder and Managing Director of Ampair, has been in the HVAC industry for over 40 years and started his career in 1975 at Anglo American Properties. After qualifying with an Electrical Trade and thereafter with an N3 in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration, he was promoted various times before venturing out on his own in 1984. He’s been at the helm of Ampair ever since, successfully growing the company into a market leader with over 200 employees nationwide.
Roberto Di Giovampaolo (Robbie)
Director and General Manager
Robbie joined Ampair in 1998 and is Director and General Manager of the company. He is a qualified Refrigeration Mechanic and started his career at Anglo American Properties in 1982 where he climbed up the ranks until joining Ampair.
Jaiprakash Hargovan (JP)
As a chartered accountant, JP is proficient in all aspects of financial reporting and management. He is currently the majority shareholder and Managing Director of Thermaire Investments and also a director of Ampair, with a 30% shareholding in the company. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and leadership and works closely with the management team to continue steering Ampair to success.

Meet the Management Team

Christina Groenewald
Control Room and Fleet Manager
Christina started her career with Ampair as a switchboard operator and was promoted to manage our 24 hr Control Room and our fleet shortly thereafter. She’s has been in reception and customer service for over 25 years.
Greg Van der Walt
Business Systems Analyst
Greg is heading up the procurement and development of our internal Planned Preventative Maintenance System which tracks all HVAC services performed on our clients equipment, including electronic mobility services and related data. He joined Ampair after a 14 year tenure at major institutions where he worked on Saswitch.
Jan Meyer
KZN Branch Manager
Jan is the Branch Manager of the KwaZulu Natal office and started his career in 1967 after qualifying in his electrical trade. In 1975 he moved into the refrigeration and air-conditioning field and has worked for various companies in the field, including Improvair Environmental Solutions (IES) and Carrier.
Johan Swanepoel
Regional Manager
Johan holds the position of Regional Manager, heading up the Engineering department and working closely with Bob. He is a qualified Refrigeration Mechanic with an N4 in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration. He started his career as an apprentice in 1995 with Enviroware construction.
Koos Thopole
Health and Safety Manager
Koos is Ampair's Health and Safety Manager and as such ensures all the statutory health and safety administrative requirements are implemented at Ampair's premises and on sites. He started his career at Comprac Holding Gauteng as a safety practitioner and holds a SAMTRAC certificate, amongst others.
Lenny Mabotja
HR Administrator
Lenny Mabotja has over 9 years’ experience in Human Resources (HR) and holds a National Diploma from the Vaal University of Technology. Lenny is currently completing his BCom in HR through UNISA and is in charge of all HR related matters, striving to create a favourable working environment for all employees.
Margie Dodds
Executive PA
Margie is the Executive PA to Bob our Managing Director and Robbie our Director and General Manager, and assists them both with various administrative duties and the overall running of the office. She joined Ampair after having worked many years for the Four Seasons Hotel - The Westcliff.
Misheck Mutandwa
IT Manager
Misheck has been in the IT industry for several years and holds an Advanced Diploma in IT. He joined Ampair as System Administrator and continues to manage the department, offering support and managing continuous systems upgrades, ensuring efficiency and up-time.
Odet Basson
Service Manager
Odet is Ampair’s Service Manager and ensures that all maintenance projects are managed and executed efficiently, overseeing the activities of some 160 maintenance employees. She is the right hand to Ampair’s Director and GM, Robbie, and holds an N6 certificate with 10 years HVAC industry experience. Odet has worked for some of the largest air-conditioning companies in the country.
Sammy Gambrah
Engineer / Skills Development Manager
Starting as a mechanical technician in HVAC/R in Israel, Sammy joined Ampair from 2004-2006 as a breakdown technician. He rejoined Ampair in 2010 as a quality assurer and has since headed the company's Cape Town branch. As an accredited skills development facilitator and HVAC/R trade assessor, he started the company's training department in 2011.
Sugan Govender
Financial Manager
Sugan Govender joined Ampair as Financial Manager on 2015 and holds a Diploma in Financial Management with 15 years experience in the field.
Sunny Edogamhe
Stores and Warehouse Manager
Sunny joined Ampair as part of a learnership programme, gaining experience across the various departments before joining the company full time as Fleet Manager. In 2014 he was promoted to Stores and Warehouse Manager and is now responsible for all deliveries and dispatches of all equipment and parts.
Svenja Bolt
Marketing Manager
Svenja joined Ampair in 2015 as Marketing Manager and is in charge of all strategic marketing and public relations. She qualified with a BA Journalism/ Communications in 2006, continuing her studies in traditional and digital marketing. She has over 9 years’ experience, primarily in the B2B environment.
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