The Team Behind
MEET THE TEAM
Name: Ollie (Cesare) Olevano
Title: Executive Director
Description: Ollie started his career in the Steel Industry in 1979 at Wolhuter steel, working as a representative. He excelled and went on to be appointed branch manager of a large branch in the Free State in the early 90’s. He was then transferred to Head Office in 1996 to head up branch operations and became a full director of Gulf Steel.
In 2000 he transferred to Macsteel Trading Head Office in Johannesburg as executive Director of Macsteel Trading, with 10 branches reporting to him directly.Ollie’s main strengths were customer relations as well as his extensive knowledge of the Steel Industry. He was also directly involved in procurement of steel, as buying and selling is another one of his strengths.
He then took early retirement from Macsteel in 2009 in order to join forces with his brother and expand their manufacturing and engineering business, Unique Clamps Engineering & Ventilation (UCEV) which now boasts branches in Rustenburg (Ventilation and Support Africa – VSA) and Krugersdorp (UVSS) as well as Steelpoort. The business is in the process of consolidating under the UVSS name/brand, and is headed up by Ollie and his brother Peppi Olevano.
Name: Lenny Govender
Title: Executive Director
Description: Lenny Govender has been the group chief financial officer of Macsteel Services Centres SA since August 2018. He was appointed as a Director of UVSS in 2019.
Lenny Govender has more than 12 years of senior management experience, having previously worked for companies including Basil Read Limited, The Efficient Engineering Group of Companies, Weatherford, Sasol and EY.
He has served as a CFO, head of group operational finance, managing director, director of strategy and business development, finance director and controller, and as a senior manager.
2016 MBA, Gordon Institute of of Business Science,
University of PTA
2003 Certificate of Proficiency: Short-term Insurance, SAII
2001 Final Qualifying Board Exam Part 2, SAICA
2000 Final Qualifying Board Exam Part 1, SAICA
1999 Honours in Accounting, CTA, UNISA
1998 B.AccSc, UNISA
Name: Peppi (Giuseppe) Olevano
Title: Alternate Director
Description: Peppi started his career in the education field in 1974, where he specialised in technical drawing and was later promoted to the position of Headmaster at Secondary School level. Throughout his career in education, Peppi was involved in the engineering field in his private capacity as a part-time function.
In 1995 he founded Unique Clamps Trust which he managed as Managing Director and which pioneered the way forward for UVSS. Peppi has also been extensively involved in various forms of Social Responsibility throughout his career, including national school’s sports and local community involvement. He is also on the South African Schools Athletics board and is the current General Secretary thereof.
Peppi prides himself in being a fair and honest, ethical businessman. His main strengths are production, purchasing and he has a vast technical/engineering knowledge to the benefit of our business. His qualifications include a B.A (Hons) in Bio-kinetics and HED (Higher Education Diploma) in Education and is based at UVSS’s Free State branch in Hennenman.