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     Date Submitted:14-06-2018
     Last Modified:14-06-2018 (12:14)
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     Current job:Space Science Communicator
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     KeywordsI have spent time running an NGO for Space Outreach & Education bringing together public & private sector Space Organizations ro promote the future of Space as an industry and career. I have also spend 2 years on TV and Radio

    Space Science Communicator - Space Project Initiator

    After studying Aeronautical Engineering at WITS, Jonathan embarked on a career in technology spending 20 years in Internet & E-Commerce service provision, development & consulting, across multiple business sectors, both locally and abroad.

    In 2008 he was part of the winning bid team to host the 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town, in 2011.

    Jonathan spent the next four years working with the International Astronautical Community in preparation for this event, which was delivered successfully under his guidance as the Official Congress Organizer.

    Jonathan was also a founding donor to the Foundation for Space Development, in 2009, which he ran for 3 years as its executive officer.

    In addition, he runs a successful consulting practice specialising in Science & Space application for commercial purposes.

    Jonathan also presented the weekly Space Burning Question every Tuesday morning on 5fm and the Final Frontier on the SABC Espresso Morning TV Show.

    He was the Editor in Chief of the Space Daily, an online Space News aggregation service.

    Jonathan is a member of the South African Space Association.


    Editor at SPACE DAILY!
    October 2014 - 2018
    Editor of the online newspaper SPACE DAILY by the Foundation for Space Development.
    The paper was published daily at

    Co-worker - Business Development at Space Commercial Services Global Information (SCSGi)
    September 2014 - 2017
    Responsibilities included:
    Business Development of Geo-Spatial Visualization products for decision making and situational awareness.
    Channel Development
    Geo Spatial Information System Strategy development and implementation services.
    Long term relationship building.
    Space Commercial Services Holdings (SCS) provides advanced engineering services, decision making information and operational solutions using space and other advance technologies.
    The satellite technology program development, implementation and procurement support for satellite programs include a joint team approach with system engineering, requirements analysis, program management, engineering and operational optimisation.

    Our decision making solutions are focused on the processes that support the wellbeing of people, risk assessment, economic development and operational improvement of business and government.
    The products and services are provided to government agencies, business and consumers in emerging economies.
    SCS serves its international customer base from offices located in South Africa.

    Co Founder at Foundation for Space Development
    August 2009 - Present (6 years 11 months)
    The Foundation for Space Development is a non profit organisation established in 2009 to drive space awareness, outreach and education.

    Proprietor at Espresso Consulting
    March 2001 - Present (15 years 4 months)
    Consulted to various businesses locally and abroad on their business, internet and e-commerce strategies. I am an experienced innovator, thinker and do-er!

    I have taken many risks in my career mainly as an entrepreneur and have experienced both success and failure. As a result I have the know-how to not only create a strategy but to dynamically amend it if it starts to go "off-road".

    As a chess player I like to always be 2 moves ahead and I have been able to do this through most of my career for myself, my shareholders and my consulting clients.

    Currently our focus is on the Space sector.

    Chief Executive Officer at Foundation for Space Development
    September 2014 - September 2017
    Appointed in an executive role to re-ignite efforts at the Foundation in order to make it the preeminent
    organization in supporting academic and private sector efforts to drive Space Awareness, Outreach & Education.
    My objective was to accomplish this within my tenure in this role.

    Chief Executive Officer at TSG Tourism Services Group
    May 2010 - February 2013 
    In May 2010 I co-founded TSG Tourism Services Group in order to create a business to business offering,for the technologies and services that we had developed in CityGuideSA & ecoAfrica Travel, to the Travel Intermediary market.

    As CEO of TSG I have been responsible for:
    § The acquisition of CityGuideSA and it's subsidiary ecoAfrica Travel.
    § The part acquisition of Paragon Conventions Africa.
    § Development and implementation of a profitable FIFA World Cup Strategy selling to global ticket & tour operators.
    § The successful delivery of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town where I served on the local organizing committee and a multi-departmental government preparatory committee.
    § The successful initiation and/or negotiation of multiple future events for TSG & it's subsidiaries.

    Director at CityGuideSA
    2005 - February 2013 (8 years)
    CityGuideSA is a 100% subsidiary of TSG Tourism Services Group and I continue to serve as a Director of the company I founded.

    Chief Executive Officer at CityGuideSA
    2005 - May 2010 (5 years)
    Co-founded CityGuideSA after having spent 7 years in a partnership with Cape Town Tourism managing the official Cape Town Tourism Website

    CityGuideSA offered South African and International users access to destination information, realtime booking and assisted travel services.

    CityGuideSA 4 Business specializes in M.I.C.E. services for local and national organizations in the private and public sector.

    Director at Pay24 Information Technology Limited
    2002 - 2004 
    Consulting and developing projects incorporating GSM, Internet and Voice value added services and products

    Chief Executive Officer at Dockside Internet
    1998 - February 2001
    Appointed CEO when incorporated into JSE listed ITI Technology Holdings
    Negotiated a split of the company between connectivity and development and a Management buy-back of the latter and the company name.

    Took the business Multi-National with offices in the UK and USA.

    Consulted to and invested in Cape Town Tourism's first website and created the company that would manage the project for a seven year period.

    Managing Director at Dockside Internet
    1997 - 1998 
    Appointed MD when the first non-executive shareholder invested.
    Tasked to turn the company profitable and find an exit.
    Negotiated the sale of the business to a JSE listed group, ITI Technology Holdings with.

    Web Development Director at Dockside Internet
    1996 - 1997
    Joined Dockside Internet to develop a web development division which would be complimentary to the existing ISP and training divisions.

    Within one year I had grown this to become the most profitable division in the company and had acquirednmultiple "big name" accounts.

    University of the Witwatersrand
    Aeronautical Engineering, 1989 - 1993
    King David, Linksfield
    1980 - 1988

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