In conversations with the people of ELCB, both past and present, there are many interesting stories that shape the character of the company and its people as they witnessed the evolution of the IT industry from the late 1960's. A history that can be proudly celebrated, with strong ethics, a thirst for IT innovation and a drive to stay abreast of technology over the decades, as well as a tenacity and people-centred approach.
A past that provides a foundation for launching boldly into the
future, securely anchored by a wealth of experience, proven
success and a direction set by the principles and legacies of our
predecessors. Certainly the recent appointment of Sibusiso Shezi
is a milestone, the handing over of the mantle of leadership to him
marks ELCB's embracing the imperative of creating truly South
African companies that at all levels reflect the demographics of
our country. It is an inspired choice.
Since ELCB was formed in 1968 it has had only four managing
directors. Prior to Sibusiso Shezi joining the organisation in
August 2008, Denville Tarr had led ELCB for 20 years and he
took over from Clive Saunders who succeeded founder Gunther
Johannsen. For a period Clive worked as managing director and
Gunther as chairman. ELCB's stable leadership points to the vision
and commitment of these men and is reflected throughout ELCB.
A legend within ELCB is current director Earl Bell who has notched
up 37 years' of service and personally witnessed the company
through the decades. In addition a host of other current staff
have served ELCB for over 20 years.