Our Team

Edward Lawrence (Chairman)

Edward is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector. He has held directorships of several companies across various industries, including the telecommunications, information technology, marketing, automotive and music industries. Workonline Communications was co-founded by Edward in 2006. The company is a Network Service Provider (NSP) offering wholesale connectivity solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Edward’s core skills are recognizing opportunities for innovation and business development. He is passionate about the positive impact that ICT development is having on Southern Africa and continuously strives to innovate around internet connectivity – pushing his company and the industry to discover more cost efficient methods, better use of technology or drive improved connectivity solutions.

Edward is a passionate believer in the difference the internet can make to education in developing markets, and the impact thereof on an economy, and sees it as a first step towards lifelong learning and entrepreneurship. Driving down the cost and extending the reach of internet access for education is a topic he vehemently advocates. This may stem from him leaving school at 15 and kicking off his career shortly thereafter when he started his first of many IT businesses, a web development company. Within 2 years, the success of this business venture paved the way for the development of additional businesses.

Edward’s wealth of experience through the learning from both his successes and failures makes him a true business leader with valuable knowledge on what it takes to succeed in a niche market within a highly competitive, fast-paced and constantly evolving industry.  His passion for education is evident as a strong advocate for IPv6 adoption across southern Africa, with Workonline Communications offering free 100 Mbps IPv6 transit to encourage and support adoption.

Deshun Deysel (Director)

Deshun is an International Business Coach, having worked with clients on 4 continents with groups and individuals from over 20 countries. She has 25 years experience in the areas of teaching, training and personal development. In addition she spent a significant portion of her adult life as a high altitude mountaineer with (notably) 3 expeditions to Mt. Kilimanjaro and 2 expeditions to Mt. Everest.

Sedrick Maasdorp (Director)

Sedrick holds a three year National Diploma as well as a BTech Degree in the Human Resources Management. He has almost 19 years’ experience in the mentioned field. He has worked in various Government Departments and in his last Public Service position he was Deputy Director: Human Resources Administration in the Department of Postal and Telecommunications, previously known as the Department of Communication. During his employ in the Public Servants Association he negotiated in various departmental bargaining structures as well as in the PSCBC. Sedrick is currently in the employ of ZA Central Registry as a Human Resources Manager.

Thandi Moticoe (Director)

Thandi has over 12 years’ experience in corporate communications, working both in an agency and corporate environment. She has worked on a variety of clients, local and multinationals organisations, across a number of industries including Financial services, motoring, IT and non-government organisations.

Thandi’s experience includes Financial Services: RMB Private Bank, Ashburton Investment, and Regent Insurance, business to business: Shanduka Group, Federal-Mogul, and Accenture, Public Affairs: Engineering Council of South Africa, the Banking Association of South Africa.

Thandi’s experience extends beyond PR (traditional, social and digital) and includes internal communications, advertising and events management. In addition, she has experience in the publishing industry where she was a sole owner, publisher, editor and business manager of a female focused consumer magazine.

Thandi’s abilities include developing and cultivating business relationships with both external and internal stakeholders as well as managing multi-functional accounts and teams. She have advanced writing, media management and presentation skills. She is a team player, a good motivator and team leader.

Sarah-Jane Capazario (B-BBEE Consultant)

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Foundation for Internet Development supports the development objectives presented in the B-BBEE Codes and thus feels that is it vital to the economic development of South Africa. Sarah-Jane Capazario heads up the project management of any projects related to meeting the objectivers in terms of B-BBEE through the drafting of and implimentation of empowerment and transformation related projects.