Written by Eamonn Ryan

Johan Botha has been appointed as the new executive director of SARACCA, effective October, replacing retiring (for the second time) Barney Richardson.

David Botha. Image supplied by RACA Journal

David Botha. Image supplied by RACA Journal

Botha was previously serving as the vice-president for SARACCA and branch chairman for the Gauteng area and has been with the association for many years, serving on its executive committee. The appointment was a surprise to him following the untimely death of John Parry earlier in the year.

“We had a succession plan to ensure a smooth transition from Barney to John, and only thereafter once John retired, I would step up. But circumstances altered that.”

When asked if he would like to be in the position for a long time, Botha replied, “Yes, I’m not going anywhere – the industry is my passion.” Botha started in air conditioning in 1991 as an apprentice at the engineering department for Anglo American and from there started his own business ABMS.