Keith Peters was the founding member of Katzenbar in 1989, James Basden joined him in 1995.
Keith Peters moved from England to South Africa in 1981 to work for Sigma Motor Corporation (Ford).
Originally apprenticed as an Auto Electrical Engineer, Keith had a varied career prior to Katzenbar - from working on North Sea Oil Rigs to managing Marketing and Dealer Training at BMW South Africa.
James Basden's first job was in a Merchant Bank in the City of London, after which he moved into IT and then into Project Management.
He came to South Africa from the UK in 1988 to implement a major IT system at BMW. .
James completed his MBA with Henley UK in 2003.
James and Keith ran BMW South Africa's Parts & Accessories department in the early 1990's
(at that time it was a R ¼ billion business within BMW SA)
Katzenbar was formed in 1989 and over the past 30 years, Katzenbar and its sister companies have had an interesting and varied 'life'.
We have started, operated and sold the following small businesses - effectively "putting our money where our mouth is" -
- Cellular Shops
- Liquor Distribution
- Vehicle Tracking
- Food Distribution
- Waste Water Treatment
- International Bulk SMS Messaging.
We have written Bankable Business Plans for clients in industries as diverse as -
- Sun International
- Comair (British Airways & kulula).
- Mercedes Benz