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Executive Management

Johan Gellatly

DesignationBSTS Group Executive

QualificationsBSc Engineering degree, University of Stellenbosch

TitleBSTS Group Executive

Johan Gellatly received his BSc Engineering degree in 1986 South Africa at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. After two year military service he joined a local R&D engineering firm that designed and developed long range search radar systems. He joined Altech ISIS in 1996 as a Project Manager, to manage the design and development of Customer Care and Billing product suite after which he was promoted to Divisional Manager and to General Manager of Altech ISIS. Since then he has assisted numerous network operators to customise, integrate and deploy the Customer Care and Billing product suite in South Africa and Africa. He was promoted to Altech Group Executive responsible for Information Technology division during 2007 with the responsibility of looking after five Altech operating companies that predominantly provide products and services to the South African ICT industry. He was assigned in 2013 to a new portfolio as Bytes Group Executive responsible for three divisions in the Altron Group that provide Secure Transaction Solutions to the Retail, Medical and Financial Service Provider business sectors.


Derek Chaplin

Designation: Managing Director: Altech Card Solutions and Altech NuPay

Qualifications: TBC

Title: Managing Director: Altech Card Solutions and Altech NuPay

Derek is an accountant by profession. After six years of balancing books at Kohler Packaging, however, he wanted to learn more about business. After a stint as a sales rep and then product manager, Derek was recruited to join the Tongaat Foods Group. When not working, Derek enjoys a game of golf and watching his daughter and two sons playing sports. Derek used to be runner and has completed 50 marathons and ultra-marathons. Derek joined the world of banking and credit cards in 1993 when he was offered a position in a small family-owned company. One of their businesses was Africard. They produced 350 000 cards per month in those early days and employed about 20 people. When Altech bought Africard in 2001, Derek’s 90 employees were producing up to two million cards a month.

The acquisition was perfectly timed. Africard needed the technology expertise and backing of a large group to move the business forward, while Altech wanted to develop its own card producing capability for the local market. Shortly after the acquisition, Altech consolidated its card-related businesses into Altech Card Solutions under Derek’s leadership.

In January 2004, Altech Card Solutions acquired the switching operations of AST (now Gijima AST). This was their first major entry into the annuity income stream environment. Up until then, their only annuity was from repairs and maintenance and software development for point-of-sale devices. This allowed them to compliment the services provided by the banks by offering the customer additional value-added services. The subsequent acquisition of Namitech by Altech triggered a series of organisational changes. The net result was that Altech Card Solutions moved away from producing cards and into providing information and cryptographic security solutions. The company also began to host infrastructure on behalf of third parties as well as providing a full suite of managed security services. 


Keith Wrede

Designation: General Manager Operations: Altech NuPay

Qualifications: TBC

Title: General Manager Operations: Altech NuPay

Keith was a senior consultant and director during his consulting days with ITAS Services from 1991 to 2000. Keith was based in Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town and was responsible for the support of the client base and staff in these coastal regions.  He was a co-founder of NuPay in 1999 and he moved to Gauteng in 2000.

Keith has been involved in the implementation of various integrated systems at corporate clients. He specifically specialised in the financial areas and has a vast experience in this field, including banking and cash flow management systems. From 1999 to 2014 Keith has worked as Operations Director of Altech NuPay. He has been involved in growing this company from a start up to the success it is today. Vast experience has been gained in the transaction-acquiring arena.

His areas of responsibility include IT, technical operations, staffing, budgets, management reporting and statistics.

Keith is now the General Manager Technical of Altech NuPay since Altech has purchased 100% of the shares.