Zak has extensive professional experience in manufacturing operations and in
particular packaging and waste gained over 11 years. Zak has a BSc(Eng) Electrical and MSc(Eng) Industrial.(Wits University). Zak started in engineering consulting and design but was drawn to physical operations in factories. He has worked in flexible and rigid packaging manufacturing, holding roles from junior engineer through to General Manager in world-class manufacturing companies. Zak specialises in waste eduction and process optimisation, using systems thinking and lean six sigma methodology to increase profitability. Zak is founder of Bambanani Basadi, a whole systems waste solutions company combating post-industrial and post-consumer waste through traceability cradle to cradle.
Zak is also the founder of Convolution engineering, a manufacturer of specialised engineering parts, reflectors and retro reflectors and supplier of specialised tapes fulfilling health and safety requirements in the automotive, marine, mining and manufacturing sector [COVID face shield manufacture
Zak was the 2019 South African Property investor of the year (beginner), and he educates and assists people to buy or turn properties into profitable income generators, earning passive income through multi-lets. Founder of The Bus Stop – a fully serviced, multicultural, multinational accommodation.
Zak developed Phiwe – A whole system waste management platform which will tackle waste collection through education, employment and making it economically viable to collect plastics. The system will provide full traceability of waste cradle to cradle and use AI for resource deployment. The technology is provided and powered by FORUS.
“The key to Phiwe is change management. Having lived on either side of the poverty line, I understand that socio economic inclusion can be achieved without exploitation. When solutions are implemented collaboratively through corporates, governments and communities, to add value, greater results can be achieved.”