Meet The Team

We are a team of passionate, driven individuals

We are a team of Passionate, driven individuals

In a service and delivery focused business and industry, we are fortunate to have a strong, diverse and results driven team.  We have all worked together for many years and with our experience and expertise in this industry, we are set to create many new solutions and grow our business

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  • Shani Plantema
    Shani Plantema Managing Director

    I’m an accountant by trade, and love everything about business. I’m easily excited by new ideas and I’m on a constant quest to create opportunities. 

    In life, and especially in business, timing is everything. After seeing the direct marketing and financial services industries grow and evolve during the last 2 decades, the timing has never been more appropriate for new products, new partnerships and new adventures. Starting another new venture with my partners and our talented, experienced and passionate team is an absolute privilege and we are very excited about the future. Our focus on direct marketing strategies, together with our strong network of industry friends, has allowed us to identify opportunities and create solutions within the Financial Services space. 

    And yes, we’re still a bit crazy … but it’s the crazy ones who believe they can actually change the world…and that’s a good start! 

  • Lucy Kalify
    Lucy Kalify Commercial Director

    I started my career in direct marketing just over 20 years ago and have had the privilege of working at various institutions and with industry leaders that have shaped my career, thinking and learning.  

    There are not many people that can say that they dreamt of being in the insurance and direct marketing industry, and with a law degree behind me, I chose this route.  

    I am fundamentally passionate about finding solutions for business challenges and especially when you get to do this with a great team of passionate and slightly crazy individuals … not much different to myself! With a powerful business partner by my side (yes, she paid me to say that), a supportive and loving husband and two amazing children I can only be driven to succeed. And all of this whilst always looking for the lighter side of life. 

  • Lourens Botha
    Lourens Botha IT Manager

    After completing my BCOM honours degree about nine years ago and not knowing what to do with it, I started as an insurance broker in the financial industry. Having tried sales and not liking it at all, and after a very short stint in accounting, I moved to a broker group where I reintroduced myself to my first love: computer programming. 

    Having had an epiphany that one should always do what one loves, I then moved on to CDA Solutions where I gained valuable business knowledge and learnt how to best apply my ever-expanding development skills. I, together with our team of dynamic individuals continuously look for innovation and new solutions for our clients, making the impossible possible. 

  • Alitia Juds
    Alitia Juds Client Portfolio Manager

    I joined the industry just over 10 years ago with no experience and I have been learning ever since. In February 2017 Shani and Lucy invited me to be part of their dynamic team when they started CDA Solutions.  

    Today, I am the Client Portfolio Manager at CDA Solutions and my main role is to build strong client relationships and to provide strategic insight into our clients’ direct marketing strategies. 

  • Anita Ngubane
    Anita Ngubane Sales Manager

    About 11 years ago I started out in the exciting world of sales. Starting off as a call centre agent, I quickly caught the sales bug and with my passion for achieving and exceeding both work and my own personal targets, I very soon found myself promoted to a Sales Managers role.

    For the past 9 years I have dedicated my time and efforts to producing the best sales agents in the industry, and my dedication to this end has resulted in me watching my people’s lives change for the better as they grow and achieve their personal targets.
    I am privileged to have a dynamic sales team or rather sales force, because they are truly a force, we continuously focus on working hard but never forget to play hard to.

    A sales manager’s role is a vital role in any business, with a key focus on our people, getting the best out of each team member can only be achieved through patience, positive attitude, mentoring and coaching. I am grateful for this exceptional role that I play as I have come to realise that my role does not only impact on achieving targets in the office but if I do my job well my team members lives change before my eyes each day.

    I am privileged to have been able to build up an exceptional team and am grateful for the role I get to play in people’s lives every day. We are a passionate sales team, we are a force to be dealt with and we are a family focused on growing the business whilst we as individuals change our own lives for the better each day.

    Working with people is my passion, achieving CDA’s clients targets our driver and creating new opportunities for my team members my reward.

  • Sfiso Mavuso
    Sfiso Mavuso Client Services Manager

    For the love of computers, I studied BSC IT for about two years, believing I would one day conquer the IT industry as an IT consultant. I was interested in the business subjects more than the coding side of things. But instead I ended up as a sales consultant in the direct marketing industry. I joined CDA Solutions in November 2015. In September 2016. I was given an opportunity to work as an administrator for one of our clients. Since then I haven’t looked back. I took every opportunity I was given, to prove myself and to show what I am capable of as an individual. I acquired more substance and skills along the way. That is why I am a firm believer in the figure of speech, “Jack of all trades, but master of none”. Being an employee of CDA and providing everyday financial solutions to better the lives of individuals, has given me a whole new perspective about the financial and direct marketing industry. I believe I have grown so much as a person ever since. I believe that fate and the love of interacting with different people from all aspects of life has brought me here. I look forward to what the future holds for us as a company and as a team.

  • Amrish Seetharam
    Amrish Seetharam Campaign Manager

    Having started at CDA as an outbound sales consultant in 2009, I have found myself progressing through the ranks, by embracing every opportunity afforded to me within the business, firstly as the Campaign Manager, and most recently, being welcomed into the senior management team, to run the sales portion of the call centre.
    I am currently studying for a BCom degree in management, and I am confident that this will help me realise new heights in the business.

    When I first joined the company, the interviewer asked me to describe myself in one word, and I said “reliable”, and I believe that I have held true to this since day one. I have the privilege of working with a dynamic and passionate team, and I am certain that together, we will soar to new and exciting heights . . .

  • Sue Warner
    Sue Warner

    My official name is Suzanne Warner, however if you happen to be in the boardroom or corridors of CDA Solutions, don’t be surprised to hear me addressed as Aunty Sue or Mom!
    My career in the Insurance industry began in 1977 in the claims department of a large Insurance Group although I soon transferred to the Life Assurance division where I worked for a number of years. I eventually found my niche in Office Management in 1994 and am now privileged to hold that position in this exciting company.
    My passion for my amazing family is what motivates me each day. Being part of a passionate and incredible team who are focused on delivering the best solutions to their clients and growing a successful business is my reward.

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