Hugh Whitty



Born in the UK, Hugh grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa in the 60’s to begin his career in metal distribution with Alcan Aluminium. Thereafter, he spent 17 years at Jackson’s metals (a large South African stainless steel and aluminium distributor) where he rose to Marketing Director. When Jackson’s Metals was absorbed as part of a merger, Hugh decided to pursue an entrepreneurial direction, founding Energy Engineered Products (now EMVAfrica) in 1992.

Since then he has guided the company from a small importer of stainless materials to a significant stockist and distributor of a wide range of stainless steels and valves. In 1997 Hugh co-founded Multi Alloys, which today is a leading supplier of specialist alloys. In 2018, three companies combined under the EMVAfrica brand. Hugh remains a significant shareholder of the EMVAfrica group and currently is the group Chairman.

Graham Whitty


Chief Executive Officer

Graham joined Energy Engineered Products (now EMVAfrica) in 2003 and has served in numerous roles over the years. In 2015 he was appointed CEO of the group of companies taking over the reigns from the founder, Hugh Whitty. Graham grew up in Johannesburg, attending St Alban’s College before completing a BCom at the University of Cape Town. His early career was in Information Technologies and Project Management, which took him to the UK for 7 years before he returned to South Africa and joined EMVAfrica.

More recently, Graham has completed a second degree at the University of Stellenbosch in Sustainable Development giving him insight into some of the mega-trends and challenges that are likely to shape the future of business and social development in Africa and beyond.

Fiona Jacobs


Procurement, Int Trade and Business Development

Fiona joined Hugh Whitty in Energy Metals in 1993, having worked with him since 1990. She began as a sales and admin assistant, working her way up through the company until she was ultimately responsible for general management, imports and sales. Her contribution was recognised with a Directorship in 2003. Fiona studied at the Cordon Bleu Cookery school, Wits Technikon and Kelly Greenoaks College.

In her current role, she brings the experience of many successful years supplying various projects in South Africa and Africa. She is very experienced in sourcing, logistics and adds enormous value to the supply chain. As a director, she scrupulously promotes quality, traceability and creating value for our clients.

Project Leader - Clinton Lautenberg


Metals & Multi Alloys Business Unit Manager

Clinton has been involved in the stainless steel industry for more than 25 years. He began his career at ENERGY METALS as a junior sales person and received his training from Hugh and Fiona. In 2004 he left our employ to explore other opportunities within the metals industry and has held positions in sales, marketing, operations, and senior executive management. Having worked for large National and International mills, Clinton’s knowledge of the manufacturing process allows him to provide effective solutions to our customers.

Clinton holds a Bcomm Marketing Management degree to add to his decade of experience in senior management roles within our industry. With extensive knowledge of the mining, petrochemical, pulp & paper, automotive and general engineering sectors, Clinton is well placed to help EMVAfrica grow for the benefit of all its stakeholders.

Anesh Prithilall


Valves Business Unit Manager – Valves & Automation

Anesh was born and educated in Durban, before relocating to Johannesburg in pursuit of his dreams. He joined Energy Engineered Products in 2008 as a Junior Sales Consultant. With his natural technical ability and superior sales skills, Anesh was promoted regularly over the following years. His total commitment and unwavering faith in the team ultimately led to him becoming a shareholder and being promoted to Valve Product Manager.

With Anesh at the helm, the valve division has successfully and consistently grown to become one of the three key pillars of the group. With several specialist valve courses to his name, Anesh plans to study further and believes there is no limitation to what we can all achieve together as EMVAfrica.

Justin Orwin


Western Cape Branch Manager

Justin started his working career in FMCG Sales, his first role being a sales representative for Gillette in Durban. After spending a little over a year with Gillette Justin left South Africa to gain experience working in London, UK. Justin spent 10 years working in Blue Chip FMCG and Pharmaceutical sales in London, directly managing the country’s biggest sales accounts such as Boots The Chemists as well as Tesco UK & Europe for companies such as GSK and Sara Lee. Justin returned to Cape Town in 2006 where he joined Pepsico International based in Cape Town.

Justin started consulting into EMVAfrica in 2018, joined the business full time in 2019 and now manages the Western Cape Branch. With extensive Sales and Marketing experience both locally and abroad Justin is well positioned to help EMVAfrica go from strength to strength.



Financial Manager

I am a highly motivated and results driven Financial Manager who has over 20 years’ experience in the finance field. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree. I am an ambitious and hardworking individual, who is often recognised for my ability to deliver dynamic, yet practical solutions to problems. You will find me ready to get my hands dirty and eager to learn something new and exciting. One of my greatest strengths is the ability to walk in and hit the ground running without a lot of direction.

I am tenacious and will not quit on an issue until it is resolved or found to be impossible to resolve. Having worked in the following industries: financial services, energy and chemical, entertainment, marketing and advertising, insurance and manufacturing, this has given me a distinct advantage, in today’s fast –evolving workplace. I am very particular about controls and able to identify inefficiencies and lack of controls easily.


Jason Brokken

Business Unit Sales Manager – Multi Alloys

Born in Carletonville, Jason made a pivotal move to Johannesburg in 2008 with a singular aim – to establish a career in the gas and welding industry. His journey began in sales, where he dedicated several years to honing his craft and steadily climbing the professional ladder. In 2015, Jason embarked on a new chapter, joining the ranks of Multi Alloys as a Junior Salesperson.

He eagerly pursued various sales-related courses, combining theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience to refine his skills continuously. This steadfast dedication reflects his unquenchable thirst for success.

Jason’s professional journey is underpinned by a profound motivation. His innate charisma and unwavering drive have propelled him forward, positioning him as a natural leader and motivator within his team.

Valves Sales Manager


Business Unit Sales Manager - Valves

Preshan joined the company as a student completing his BSC in Mechanical Engineering. He developed a passion for sales and decided to continue building his career at EMV Africa in the technical sales division. His position moved forward with the increased growth in the valve division. He continued his growth with regards to technical studies, sales development as well as in management.

“I have a passion for sports and fitness as well as a continuing eagerness for growth in my career and the development of my technical knowledge.”