Owner Background Summary
JD Jordaan started his career as a Farm Manager in agriculture and studied for a diploma in agricultural management but in 2002, after a major car accident he changed careers and headed into the construction arena after teaching himself to walk again against all the odds.
JD has been part of the construction industry for more than 19 years with experience in the construction, erection and fabrication sectors. He completed major projects in structural roofs as the owner of Trispan including the design manufacturing and installation of steel structures for Ellis Park, Pick ‘n Pay and Spar distribution centres in Johannesburg. He developed further with concrete slabs in the rib and block pre-and-post tension, and cast-in-situ concrete slabs. Working with concrete gave him the sense of “life” in construction, where he could become involved in civil works and had the opportunity to develop in general building work ranging from low cost developments, ablutions and housing growing into the international oil and gas refineries in the civil and mechanical engineering field. In Saudi Arabia he worked for AYTB as Superintendent and was part of a $5M project constructing two 3750m² Off Grid offices for a major Fuel refinery in the desert with modular buildings as a turn key project. This has included the civils, concrete works, asphalt, building, sewage, water supply, power, security, fire protection, communications, interior design, staff breakfasts and lunches as well as furnishing, computer networking and board room facilities among various other projects.
Noticing the current trends, JD furthered his expertise in water recycling and water harvesting, utilizing skills he obtained throughout his career and internationally. He understands that fossil fuels are not a sustainable source of energy and therefore completed a certified solar course. He also qualified as an installer for Kwikot geysers, where he can install solar geysers and continue a path of greener living for all.
He has been the owner of Off Grid Systems and Off Grid Construction t/a Handy Family for almost 4 years. It brings him such joy to see customers who are satisfied with the work he produced whether it was a complete new construction or just hanging a mirror straight.