About SmartWage

Driving digital inclusion across workplaces in Africa

We connect employees to their organisations so that both parties can thrive.

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Our Story

SmartWage started with a mission to make an impact

SmartWage was launched in May 2020 by a team with a desire to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of millions of people.  We started by offering financial wellness products to employers, including on-demand pay and financial education, and now give employers the ability to do a whole lot more, driving the impact we can make.


Our Story

SmartWage started with a mission to make an impact

SmartWage was launched in May 2020 by a team with a desire to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of millions of people.  We started by offering financial wellness products to employers, including on-demand pay and financial education, and now give employers the ability to do a whole lot more, driving the impact we can make.

Our Team

The team behind SmartWage

We're an impact-driven team working towards an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission. Our team has deep experience and we’re growing every day.

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Khulani Mfubu

Client Manager
I enjoy working at SmartWage because of their dynamic environment, which allows me to constantly challenge and refine my mindset and abilities. I have a passion for sports and spending time outdoors, but on the other hand, I also enjoy relaxing on a Sunday and watching Formula 1.

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Richard O'Brien

Senior Software Developer
I've got an intense passion for building products and solving problems within a high-performance culture. I'm fascinated by the world of startups, the future of technology, and doing his part to make the world a better place to live. I'm an avid traveler and lover of the ocean! 

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Jenna Volkwyn

Account Management
I’m driven by people and so I believe building strong relationships are the key to success.  I’m creative at heart, with an imagination that seldom sleeps. In my extra time, you’ll find me drinking Ricoffy, exercising or watching Survivor. 

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Tatum van Rooyen

Operations Manager
I was moved by SmartWage’s mission of making a positive impact in the lives of everyday people, so I took the plunge and joined this incredible team. When I’m not working or studying, I spend time with my family, walk my doggo and enjoy a good zombie apocalypse flick - the gorier, the better!

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Andrew van Rensburg

Intermediate Software Engineer
The most important part about being an engineer is to find solutions for today's biggest problems. At SmartWage not only do we design our product to do exactly this, but we add tremendous value to the life of thousands of employees. This is why I choose to work at SmartWage.


Thamsanqa Moyo

At SmartWage, I get to co-create innovative products with some of the smartest people in the tech industry and make solutions that add value to people's lives. I am obsessive about empowering teams, challenging tech norms, and keeping customers at the centre of what we make. 

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Tess Glyn

Founder's Associate
I live by a quote called “To laugh often and much,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. At the end, Emerson says, “to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.” This is the premise of why I joined SmartWage. In my free time, I love exercising, music, and delicious food! 

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Nick Watkins

Strategic Advisor 
Innovator and entrepreneur with a strong track record of building enterprise value in fintech in developing markets. I think successful teams stem from a mix of skill, experience, tenacity and passion. The SmartWage team has all of these. 

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Tshepiso Mogapi

Intermediate Software Engineer
I am passionate about finding a sweet spot between software engineering, design and people. When I am not not busy solving problems, I enjoy playing and following different kinds of sports. I do my best work at SmartWage because I believe my contributions will help impact a lot of people out there.

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Mark Burman

Business Development
I am a sports fanatic, avid reader and Netflix documentary devotee. I love working at SmartWage as it gives me the opportunity to work with high energy people in an exciting and challenging environment.

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Simon Ellis

CEO & Co-Founder
Building SmartWage with this team is a dream come true for me. Why? Because I'm passionate about tech, start-ups and the idea that with a great team, you can achieve anything. If you are high energy, love solving problems, focused on making a difference and want to be a part of something big, please get in touch!

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Caroline van der Merwe

COO & Co-Founder
Every day, I get to work with very smart people, to make the lives of ordinary people just a little bit easier. What's not to love about that? If you like hard work, solving problems, radical candour and poke bowls, join us!

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Patrick Makhele

Customer Success Coordinator
I am passionate about the pursuit we have at SmartWage and for this reason, it is easier for me to serve our amazing customers from all around SA. In my free time, I enjoy podcasts, reading and researching. 

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Mike Metelerkamp

Head of Product
Past founder in the SaaS space, tech lover and usually found running on the prom/mountain. I have a decade of experience building mobile workforce platforms and SmartWage felt like a natural fit. 

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Thandoluhle Dlamini

Customer Success Coordinator
I believe customers should be happy, informed and should be treated as part of the SmartWage family. In my spare time, I enjoy reading fiction, spending quality time with loved ones, and trying out different restaurants around the city.

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Moroa Matshubeni

Senior Software Engineer
I am a software developer who is super passionate about solving complex problems and delivering robust, high-quality, and convenient-to-use solutions. I enjoy a challenge, so in my spare time I participate in hackathons which allow me to not only learn but also network with different people in the technology sphere. 

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Matthew Loughton

Senior Software Engineer
I absolutely love progress, efficiency and seeing solutions come to fruition. I get an immense satisfaction around engineering whether that be Software Engineering or Team Engineering. I have a passion for aviation that I simply cannot shake and am amongst the clouds any chance I get!

Dani Lifschitz

Dani Lifschitz

Talent Acquisition & People Ops Associate
I am passionate about people, developing environments where they thrive and working together to make an impact, which is why I am working for this amazing start-up! In my free time, you’ll find me in the ocean or on the mountain.

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Chris Hellmann

Head of Growth
I spend my time listening to current and future clients to deeply understand their problems, and where SmartWage could help. In my spare time you can find me at an airport or staring longingly into the sky.

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Adam Duxbury

Head of Strategy
I love start ups and scale ups, especially those that take on the challenges within an African context. I’ve built, exited and closed a few ventures, and I don’t like meetings before 9am.

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Sinta Reynolds

Product Manager
Devil’s advocate thinker, solutions, and product & consumer insights obsessed ambivert. I love fostering my own passion for innovation in the product/tech space to help better build products that customers love! At Smartwage, I get to work with a brilliant group of people who keep our customers at the centre of everything we build. 

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Amy Wagenaar

Client Experience Manager
Bubbly, passionate, and often found digging in figurative potholes. In this ever-evolving world, technology is rapidly growing and with more demands into making clients' lives easier. I've always believed in solution-based services that ease your day-to-day. I am excited to be a part of a team that strives for constant growth and healthy debates!


Siphiwe Zungu

QA Engineer
I am motivated by innovation, I consist of a high success of test automation and testing projects. At Smartwage software quality is my primary responsibility.


Gustavo Mendes

Intermediate Software Engineer
I believe technology is meant to be built to help and empower people, and at SmartWage I get to work alongside passionate people towards that goal! People-driven solutions bring a different level of complexity to software development which I love. In my free time, I’ll usually play video games and watch cartoons.

We are hiring. Join us!

Want to join the team driving digital inclusion across Africa? Join us and become an integral part of the SmartWage story! 🚀

Our Principles

We live and breathe these core principles



People are the foundation of SmartWage. We care about and invest in everyone, ensuring that we create an environment where everyone thrives. 



We empower people to take initiative, to be accountable for their actions and to own what they do. "Say it, own it, do it."

Go Above and Beyond

We go the extra mile in everything we do.



We encourage our team to focus on solutions, not problems. We cultivate a mindset where no problem can't be solved.

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