Team profiles

Thompson Ganyeka

Is the brainchild of Bespods and he was supported by his beautiful wife Omeshnee Naidoo to bring a dream into full execution. After his two-minute peaching proposal to Jaco Badonhurst, he put together a founding team to flesh out his dream into a business strategy, design and development.

Thompson has worked as a money manager at fund houses like Metope Investment Managers, RECM, and Personal Trust. Whilst he was in the business of managing “other people’s” money he started a building contracting firm focusing on renovations and insurance repairs and maintenance. Thompson’s passion is in making ideas come alive and he has prototyped many interesting ideas and Bespods is one business close to his heart. Thompson, through his family business built Bespods’ units into the work of art they are.

Stephen Tichapondwa

Stephen, is a Software Engineer by day, University lecturer by night, and all-round farm boy in heart and soul.  Stephen is married to Tsungai and has a two year old dynamite, Gabriel. Born to two serial entrepreneurs and adventurers, Stephen is the first of five siblings.

Moulded on the back of a Massey Ferguson, Stephen is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep love for the outdoors. An avid reader, travel-buff, he also enjoys mountain-bike trail riding.

He is passionate about the fourth industrial revolution, where “Creativity capital” will be central to functioning economies. Stephen believes it is everyone’s duty to reimagine the future, and Bespods is such a vehicle, which will use technology to break century-old barriers.

Hammond Dendere

An Architect & Development Planner by profession, holds an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure Design & Management; Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS). Hammond has handled an array of projects across Africa- with particular focus on South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Uganda and DRC. He brings diverse design, project management and coordination experience.

Jaco Badenhorst

Jaco Badenhorst

Owner OENA Group

Jaco is a Scorpio, part of 3 sons and one daughter, right handed and has an infectiously kind personality. Jaco is married to Dene and has a 3 year old daughter called Lienka and a one year old son called Ian Roux.

He is stimulated by design, building and creating. He has a big love for trees and landscaping. His dream is to live a creative life and leave a legacy of timeless developments. His favourite place on the planet is the family farm Jubileeskraal, en he would love to own a holiday house on the Wildernis Beach one day.

He is passionate about a creative businesses and property, and the balance between the two. His dream for the OENA Group is to become the leading accommodation group for unique holiday properties and concepts. Bespods is one of them!