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Our forex team

Our forex division boasts industry experts with over 20 years of experience. We specialise in private and corporate forex solutions. Our efficient and friendly team process over 100,000 transactions each year for over 40,000 clients worldwide.

Andrew Rissik


Managing Director of Forex and International Projects


Andrew grew up in South Africa, where he was educated at Michaelhouse and Stellenbosch University. He served as an officer in the South African Navy before completing his management training with McCarthy Group and relocating to their UK operation in 1994. After this, he was involved in start-up businesses and business turnarounds before returning to South Africa in 2004. He established a company that facilitated the investment of UK client money into the emerging South African property market, successfully selling his interests before being appointed to head up Sable International's forex division. Here, he focuses on forex transfers out of South Africa.

Outside of work, Andrew is a keen sailor who has competed internationally and spends many weekends away, either sailing or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two children.

Andrew’s motto: "Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."


James Edward



James has 35 years of banking experience, 15 of these intimately involved in international trade finance, including eight years as head of Capital Equipment Imports and Trade Finance, Nedbank Corporate (previously BoE Corporate Bank).

He previously headed up the Durban office of Reichmann’s Trade Finance, part of Investec Bank. James has a BComm degree majoring in Economics and Business Finance, a Banker’s Diploma and has completed an Advanced International Finance course at the University of Cape Town. In his spare time, James enjoys surfing and has a very active family that love the outdoors.


Tim Powell

BComm (Hons)


Tim Smith 

Tim has 20 years of work experience, including the likes of Price Waterhouse Coopers, Combined Motor Holdings, BoE, and Ernst & Young JD Edwards in South Africa, and Deutsche Bank and 1st Contact Forex in London.

He has four years of corporate and investment banking experience, and a further 15 years foreign exchange experience, having started and built an online forex business in London. Tim enjoys the sea and outdoors in general and can be found on the beach or climbing mountains with his wife and two boys on weekends in the Cape.


Jason Chown




Born in Queensland, Jason first started working at Sable International over 10 years ago, after moving to the UK for a working holiday. Since joining the Sable International team, Jason has worked in a variety of roles within our London, Cape Town and now Melbourne offices.  Jason currently oversees our Australian and New Zealand foreign exchange operations. He holds an MBA from Deakin University and is a member of the teaching team at Swinburne Online, where he specialises in postgraduate Economics.

Outside work, Jason enjoys mountain biking in the local national parks and searching for Melbourne’s best coffee.

Jason's motto: “Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind.”-  Dr. Seuss


Gemma Cloete

Forex Manager - Client Relations and Business Development

Gemma Cloete

Gemma was raised and schooled in sunny Cape Town, South Africa. After school she spent two years living and working in the UK, where she was able to indulge her passion for travel. After returning to South Africa, she studied business management and computing before quickly being snapped up by Sable International.

Several years and three promotions later, Gemma holds the position of co-manager of the Cape Town forex department, where she is responsible for client relations, marketing and new business development. She brings an outstanding enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge of the company to the role.

Outside of work, Gemma enjoys exploring Cape Town (the old and the new), wining and dining in Stellenbosch’s wine estates and spending weekends away with friends and family.

Gemma’s Motto: "If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door." – Milton Berle


Calvin Matsaure

BTech (Business Management)

Forex Manager - Operations


Calvin joined Sable International’s forex division in 2014 after working as a business development consultant for Emerging Stars, an investment lending company based in Cape Town. Within three years Calvin has risen to co-manager and is responsible for operational and treasury functions, as well as overseeing the brokerage team. He uses his experience and determination to spur his team forward.

After enrolling for Electrical Engineering for one semester at the University of Zimbabwe, he decided to pursue something in line with his passion for business. He went on to graduate cum laude from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a B(Tech) degree in Business Management. He is concurrently completing his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager) qualifications.

While his childhood dream of being a professional footballer might not have worked out, in his spare time Calvin still likes to train. He also makes the most of living near the sea, enjoying beach runs and splendid sunsets.

Calvin’s motto: “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.” - Warren Buffet


Saskia Johnston

BBusSci (Fin Hons)

Senior Business Development Executive

Saskia Johnston

Saskia graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2009 with a BBusSci (Honours) in finance. Following her studies, Saskia spent a year living and working in London. She returned home to take up a job as a tax processing consultant at 1st Contact. With her eye on the forex department from the start, it wasn’t long until Saskia shifted departments to become a forex broker for the group.

Her passion and determination, coupled with an extensive knowledge of the foreign exchange market, saw her emigrating to London to head up Sable International's businesses development team in London.

Outside of work, Saskia loves experiencing new cultures, putting travel at the top of her 'spare time list.' 

Saskia’s Motto: "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it... Autograph your work with excellence." - Vince Lombardi

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Cape Town

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United Kingdom


Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
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Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 7070528) registered in England and Wales. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Board in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

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