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Derek Botes


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in De Aar South Africa

Founder of E-Couriers
Founder of Aqua8
Founder of SMSS (2006)
Acquired iMessage in 2009
Founder of SMSS Namibia in 2010
Executive Committee Member on SMSCA Board since 2011

Contact details

O: 086-100-7677

M: 082-481-4907

Web presence

Business Address

Plantation Road, George, South Africa, 6529

Professional Portfolios

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Globalized Marketing (

in Global Communication

Innovative Communications

in Mobile Software Development: 086-100-SMSS

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Board Member | Management | SMSCA
George, South Africa | November 2012 - present

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Serves on the SMSCA Board: 086-100-SMSS

Managing Director | Management | iMessage
George, South Africa | May 2009 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Acquired iMessage from SofCraft in 2009: 086-100-SMSS

CEO | Management | SMSS
George, South Africa | January 2006 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

We provide bulk sms services, short codes and mobile marketing solutions: 086-100-SMSS

Previous Position(s)

Managing Director | eCouriers SA
Klerksdorp, South Africa | 2001 - 2004

Transportation and Logistics

ECouriers SA was a highly sophisticated technological advanced courier company. The first ever courier company to utilize a centralized database of freelance couriers using their own vehicles. All members are registered and approved ensuring the safety of parcel/s. The majority of freelance couriers deliver a same-day service with the cost of overnight services or less.

Marketing Director | CIH Limited
Vereeniging, South Africa | 1996 - 2001

ICT and Telecommunications

The first ever Cellphone Directory in South Africa

Educational history


De Wet Nel, Kroonstad, South Africa (1982)



Bloemfontein, South Africa | January 1985 - November 1986

Did not Complete - Personnel Management


De Wet Nel

1979 - 1982

Matric - Business



Sales Award | 1994

Distributor Sales Award

Sales Award | 1996

Distributor Sales Award

Sales Award | 1995

Distributor Sales Award

World Record - Individual Sales | 1992

Rainbow Rexair

Shortlist and nomination

Distributor Business Plaque | 1996

Achievements related to overall sales

Most sales under one roof | 1993

In the final for most delivered sales

media exposure

Radio Interviews | 2004

Radio interviews were conducted to inform people of a campaign founded regarding the death penalty

Competitive Accomplishments

Second Place | Club Championships | 2011

Oubaai Club Championship

Second Place | Club Championship | 2011

George Golf Club - Club Championship

First Place | Club Championship | 2006

Club Champion (B-Division) Vereeniging

First Place | Club Championship | 2005

Club Champion (B-Division) Vereeniging

First Place | Oubaai Golf - Order-Of-Merit | 2010

Oubaai Golf - Order-Of-Merit

First Place | Oubaai - Golf Club Champs - B-Division | 2010

Oubaai - Golf Club Champs - B-Division

First Place | Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa | 2010

Knock-Out Champion

Academic Achievements

Team building Award | 1995

Achieved monthly, quarterly and yearly Business awards related to team building

Best Distributor Award | 1996

Awards as a Satellite Distributor for Rexair Ltd

Other Achievements

Charity Fundraising Assistance | 2012

Heavenly Haven

Charity Fundraising Assistance | 2013

Save the Rhino project: 39265

Charity Fundraising Assistance | 2012

Athalia Uitreik

J9 Foundation (Joost vd Westhuizen) | 2010

The J9 Foundation was formed by the rugby legend, Joost van der Westhuizen in aid of those suffering from the same form of fatal illness that he was diagnosed with early 2011, Motor Neuron Disease.

Charity Fundraising Assistance | 2013

Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge




WASP, December 2011 - present

WASP Aggregator

MTC Namibia

WASP, December 2011 - present

WASP Aggregator

Vodacom SA

WASP, November 2011 - present

WASP aggregator






Business Member



Board Member

Board Member



Only trying to help, 2013 - present

To help; Sms FEED HELP to 31647 (Std sms) Know of someone that needs help? Sms FEED INFO to 31647 (Std rate sms) Feed will contact you either way, thank you!

Other Activities


Club Member: Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa George


Club Member: Fancourt George


Club Member: George Golf Club


Dejon Weyers Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom

"Ek gebruik SMSS al vir die afgelope 2 jaar vir skooldoeleindes. Een woord om die diens te beskryf is FANTASTIES! Geen probleme ervaar al, maklik om nog krediete bytevoeg en is die goedkoopste in SA. Sien uit om nog n hele paar jaar met julle te werk." - 2013

Ennis Pepper III

"Derek and the team at SMSS have always provided great products and great service for us and our clients. Their system is easy to use and it works. They are always available to help on any issue. We have seen fantastic results from using Derek's company for our SMS requirements." - 2013

Jolindy Dreyer

"Derek is an innovative thinker who dares to dream. He has fantastic ideas as well as the initiative and knowledge to implement these practically so that they are workable.
Not only a businessman and entrepreneur, Derek is also able to think outside the box. He has solutions where other people may be unable to look past the obstacles.
" - 2012

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