Our Team

Septimus BoshoffManaging Director
M.Eng cum laude (Electrical and Electronics), BEng
Pr. Eng

Sep has more than 20 years of professional experience in the power industry, working on projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Germany, Finland and Canada. Sep brings strong team leadership and project management skills to PSD encompassing technical, contract management and consulting services.

At PSD, Sep focuses on analysis, design, specification and project engineering for power quality equipment, power electronic systems and reactive power compensation systems (including FACTS devices), as well as power quality matters.

Sep has significant experience in bilateral power supply agreements between utilities (international) as well as between utilities and end users – both on commercial and technical matters including power quality and Grid Codes. He is experienced in Reliability, Availability and Maintenance (RAM) as well as re-engineering and maintenance of FACTS devices in the high voltage power transmission industry. Sep is also skilled in engineering simulation and analysis of power system problems, including harmonic impact analysis and assessment high voltage power systems.
Chris van DykSpecialist Electrical Engineer

B.Eng (Electrical)
Pr. Eng

Chris is a Specialist Electrical Engineer and founder member of PSD, with over 12 years of professional experience and in-depth system knowledge. His proficiency lies in the field of electro-magnetic transient simulations and electrical network studies.

At PSD Chris performs power system and equipment studies related to reactive power compensation projects, high voltage power equipment design, SVCs, HVDC, shunt and series capacitor bank design.

He utilises PSCAD/EMTDC, DigSilent and RTDS to conduct time domain systems studies, network impedance and harmonic integration studies. Chris also presents PSCAD training courses.

Some of the work Chris has been involved with includes HVDC, SVCs & series capacitor banks, power equipment design studies on SVC projects & 400 kV series compensation projects.

He has undertaken studies on conducted compensation equipment design for shunt capacitor banks and filters, harmonic impact and network integration of large non-linear loads on Transmission systems, expert system simulation on RTDS – Real Time Digital Simulators. Chris also was involved in power equipment specifications and investigations into system and power equipment failures.

Prior to joining PSD, he worked for Eskom (Transmission) in the Substation Technology Department where his main focus was directed towards simulation and network studies related to SVCs and HVDC.

Thomas MaggSpecialist Electrical Engineer / Project Manager

B.Sc.Eng (Electrical), MBA
Pr. Eng
Thomas Magg is a specialist Electrical Engineer and a registered professional engineer in South Africa. He has more than 23 years' experience in the electric power industry and has been an active member of CIGRE for the last 10 years.

Thomas has extensive experience in project management and project engineering of high voltage transmission systems.

During the project execution, Thomas has been responsible for preparation of technical specifications, bid evaluation, contract negotiations, project management, technical coordination, design reviews, factory system testing and commissioning. He has extensive experience on reactive power compensation systems, SVC's and LCC and VSC HVDC.

Projects Thomas has worked on inlude the Upgrade / Refurbishment of the Songo station of the Cahora Bassa 533 kV 2000 MW HVDC scheme, Caprivi Link VSC HVDC scheme, Estima mine feasibility study in Mozambique and several other 400 kV and 275 kV SVC projects in South Africa.

Gustav KrugerEngineer

B.Sc.Eng (Electrical)
Pr. Eng

Gustav is currently registered with ECSA as a Professional Engineer. He is experienced in transmission network modeling and analysis. His main area of expertise is designing, specifying and rating of SVC’s and shunt and series reactive power compensation systems.

Since joining PSD in 2010, he has worked on numerous projects in Saudi Arabia as well as South Africa, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, conducting harmonic integration studies as well as transient studies of transmission networks using PSCAD EMTDC and PSS/E.

Reinette van der MerweEngineer

B.Eng (Electrical & Electronic)
Pr. Eng
Reinette is an Electrical Engineer registered as a professional Engineer with the Engineering council of South Africa. She has six years of experience as an engineer and is an active member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineer.

Reinette has been involved in turnkey projects in the High Voltage Transmission industry as well as the Industrial Sector and has been responsible for the design of electrical systems, preparing technical documentation, adjudicating tenders, inspecting equipment and supervicion of commissioning activities and factory and site acceptance tests.

Recent projects include 220 kV EdM Statcom project in Mozambique, 400 kV Dewa SVC project in Dubai, 400 kV Aries SVC project in South Africa and 400 kV STE transmission project in Mozambique.

Lafras LamontSenior Engineer

Ph.D (Electrical Engineering)
Pr. Eng
Lafras has more than 15 years' experience in electrical engineering, which includes generation, transmission, distribution and industrial plants (petrochemical and mining). Lafras recently developed a PSCAD protection model for the Vestas wind turbine company, which enables them to simulate any condition related to grid code requirements, while observing how the protection relays will react to each of the conditions.`