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Our South African 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.

James Edward

BComm

Director

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)

Director


Tim Powell

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.

 

Monique Chapman

BComm (Hons)

Forex and Excon Specialist

Monique Chapman 

Monique graduated from the University of Cape Town, where she dual-majored in Economics and Finance. She then went on to complete her Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management. Monique is always up for a challenge and believes in hard work and measurable results. She was snapped up by Sable International in 2011.

With a keen interest in financial markets and a fascination with global economics and currency movements, Monique quickly worked her way from broking on the global desk into a more specialised role surrounding the South African Reserve Bank’s exchange control regulations. Monique enjoys spending her time outdoors; exploring the countryside with her husband, two children and three dogs.

 

Tanya Van Der Westhuizen

BComm (Hons)

Businesss Development Executive

Tanya Van Der Westhuizen 

Tanya obtained a BComm Honours degree in 2010 from Unisa. With 20 years’ work experience, she started out at ABSA Bank before moving to the UK where she worked for the Department of Works and Pension. She returned to SA in 2006 and started her career in the foreign exchange industry.

Tanya successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro in 2013 and enjoys adventurous outdoor activities such as hiking and running.

 

Anita Huyser

BComm

Business Development Executive

Anita has a BComm degree and over 20 years work experience, 14 years of which she spent in the finance industry and eight years in foreign exchange, exchange control and cross-border payments. Anita has worked and travelled throughout Europe.

Anita successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro and completed her first Cape Town Argus Cycle Tour in 2014. She will attempt her first Comrades on 10 June 2018.

 

Chris Williams

Business Development Executive

Chris Williams 

A born and bred South African, Chris is a self-starter, who after working on the desk as a Foreign Exchange Broker, now works in our Business Development team. He is responsible for bringing in new clients and building business relationships with key individuals/businesses in the real estate and offshore investment industries. With a keen interest in nationality law and economic influences, Chris is well positioned to help his clients internationalise themselves, their wealth and their businesses. He prides himself on fast and effective work and believes that great customer service is key.

Chris is an extremely passionate sportsman and when one of his teams are losing, you may get a rare glimpse of him losing his cool. When he’s not egging on his favourite team, he can often be found making the most of the Cape Winelands and beautiful mountain ranges that surround them.

 

Shawn Maidwell

BComm

Forex Broker

Shawn Maidwell  

Shawn is Capetonian born and bred, hailing from windy Fish Hoek. After qualifying with a BComm in Marketing and Economics from UNISA, he spent seven years in sunny Scotland before returning to South Africa to begin working with FX Capital. He subsequently joined Sable International in November 2017 as part of a merger with FX Capital. Shawn has over four years’ experience in foreign exchange, exchange control and cross-border payments.

During his free time, he likes nothing better than to play hockey, cricket or football; hike; go to the beach; have a laugh with good friends at a braai or cook good homemade food. He is currently employed as a Foreign Exchange Broker and deals mainly with private clients, corporates, estates and transfers into South Africa.

 

Margot Pijoos 

Forex Broker

Margot Pijoos  

Margot was born and raised in East London where she attended Hudson Park High School, but she moved to Cape Town in 2002 and it has been her home ever since. Margot worked for Standard Bank in the corporate and investment banking division, and then as a Foreign Exchange Consultant for seven years. She joined Sable International in March 2016 as a Junior Forex Broker, and she was promoted to team leader of brokers in 2017.

Margot has a passion for travel and experiencing new cultures. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, wining and dining and spending time with friends and family.

 

Charmaine Thomson

Forex Broker

Charmaine  

Charmaine has 20 years’ banking experience, where she specialised in foreign exchange, international banking and trade finance. She has worked for two different stock broking companies and has always been passionate about forex markets, international banking and dealing with importers and exporters. She is currently employed as a Forex Broker, and she manages the forex requirements of a portfolio of corporate clients, private individuals and brokers. This service includes trading, buying and selling forex both online and directly with our preferred banks.

Charmaine has a National Diploma NQF6 in Financial Markets and Instruments (Academy of Financial Markets), a Diploma in Treasury Management and Trade Finance (Institute of Bankers), and a Certificate in Marketing (RAU University).

Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, spending quality time with her family and friends and travelling. She also plays social golf and enjoys swimming the Midmar Mile with her husband and teenage daughter.

 

Rochelle Naicker

Forex Broker

Rochelle has 12 years’ experience within the corporate finance and forex banking industry. Rochelle’s experience includes the challenge of being the Regional Branch Manager of a Bureau de Change. She manages corporate and private client portfolios at the Durban office.

Rochelle buys and sells foreign currency online and deals directly with our preferred banks. She maintains overall branch requirements and loves working with her team. She has a passion for foreign exchange and customer service and outside of work she enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.

 

Brenda Simpkins

BSocSci

Forex Broker

Brenda  

Brenda has been a Forex Consultant in the Durban Office since March 2016, and specifically deals with the private individual clients. She particularly enjoys the more challenging situations where the client is struggling to find a realistic solution to their offshore transfer requirements. She finds solving these puzzles and the resultant client satisfaction very rewarding.

Brenda also deals with inheritance payments, financial emigration and SARS tax clearances. She completed her Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Industrial Psychology at UKZN. Brenda has 25 years of experience in a project management and business management capacity, in the event organising and office design industries. She is passionate about customer service and is kept busy with her three children in any spare time she may have.

 

Lynn Ӧz

Forex Broker

Lynn Oz  

Lynn was born and bred in George along the beautiful Garden Route. She has travelled extensively and has lived in Israel, the United Kingdom and Turkey. After she obtained a Certificate in Banking with Milpark Business School, she gained 18 years of banking experience at FNB George, Knysna and Tokai.

Lynn loves travelling, hiking, going to the gym and spending time with her family, especially her grown-up son. She recently joined Sable International from FX Capital as part of the merger between the two companies. She is currently employed as a Forex Broker, where she deals with both corporate and private clients.

 

Ashleigh Wortmann

BA

Forex Broker

Ashleigh Wortmann  

Ashleigh was born in the Free State, but she has spent most of her adult life in Cape Town. She went to Fish Hoek High School and studied at the University of South Africa. Ashleigh has a three-year-old son and currently resides in Rondebosch. When she is not working, she is either fencing, camping or at the beach.

 

Sheena Hobden

Client Relations Administrator

Sheena Hobden 

Sheena worked at a facilities management consortium in relation to the Department of Public Works, where she managed the prestige portfolio for eight years. Here at Sable International, she does all of the client onboarding and registrations for clients sending funds out of South Africa.

Outside of work, Sheena enjoys instructing Zumba classes and being a mom to her seven-year-old daughter. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, going to the beach and socialising.

 

Carmen Pitts

Administrative Assistant

Carmen Pitts 

Carmen was born and raised in the Northern Cape. After school she studied Business Management at Damelin College. In 2008 Carmen’s husband was transferred to Cape Town, so her family of four moved all the way down to the Mother City. It was in Cape Town where Carmen has gained a huge amount of experience in customer support and administration.

Carmen studied Computerised Bookkeeping at Varsity College in Cape Town and is one step closer to achieving her goal of becoming a Chartered Accountant. Carmen is now employed as an Administrative Assistant in our forex team.

She enjoys reading romantic novels and spending time with her husband and two kids. Carmen is a soft-hearted and very goal driven person, and she firmly believes that there is a right and wrong way to do things in everyday life. She will strive to be the best that she can be and whatever she does she gives all the glory to God.

 

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120

Durban

201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom

London

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Croydon

5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

Australia

Melbourne

9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

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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