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Bruce Eccles


Joe Khoza

Bruce Eccles & Joe Khoza

Bruce’s experience of recruitment spans 30 years. A graduate with a triple-major BA in Psychology, English and Law, (University of the Witwatersrand and University of South Africa) he spent several years in Human resources management positions, starting with the Protea Holdings Group where he set up a small in-house agency to cater for group-wide needs.
 
Thereafter he worked in Murray and Roberts, a large construction group, where he was primarily responsible for identifying and sourcing talent from abroad to support the booming South African construction environment of the early 1970’s.

This was followed by seven years in the computer industry in HR Management for Burroughs Machines (subsequently Unisys) with major emphasis on recruitment, and HR Development with Control Data Corporation, an early founder of  Computer-Based Education. He moved into the recruitment industry in 1981 and set up recruitment divisions in two successful consultancies before becoming a director and major shareholder of a leading South African generalist HR services company.
 
Long before South Africa’s change to democracy in 1994 he was instrumental in setting up competency-based  processes enabling culture-fair, non-discriminatory recruitment practice.

In addition to the industries where he worked as an HR manager, the South African marketplace and a research-based approach has enabled him to gain experience across numerous industries including IT, Banking and  Finance, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Mining, most disciplines of Engineering, Education, Manufacturing, Automotive, NGO’s, parastatals and others.

Joe Khoza is a successful business entrepreneur, with business and marketing experience including those acquired from multinational companies like Shell and Nampak. Bruce Joe and have teamed up to register Executive Search  d’Afrique as a (Pty) Ltd company from Bruce’s previous independent practice, Eccles Executive Search, which had its origins in 1996.
 
The company falls under the definition of a “Black Owned” organization in line with South African empowerment  legislation aimed at redressing historical imbalances. This new management team capitalizes on Joe’s exposure as a Marketing Director in multinational corporations and Bruce’s extensive recruitment and management experience. We focus on remaining a niched, retainer–based researched recruitment organization with coverage in South Africa and  the African continent. Meticulous records of over twenty years in the industry have ensured that we have a  particularly strong current candidate database.
 
To ensure that we can provide clients and associates with up-to-date coverage in Anglophone and Francophone  Africa, Bruce and Joe are directors of the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, one of the top business clubs utilized by South African and European companies to do business in the African continent.