About Us

1st Verification
Networx (formerly
AQRate KZN)

1st Verification Networx (formerly AQRate KZN) is one of the country's foremost B-BBEE Verification Agencies, having been officially accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to conduct B-BBEE verifications.

The transformation of the South African economy is of great importance to the 1st Verification Networx Team having worked with many committed companies to confirm their verification status.

Brand

1st Verification Networx is ultimately an aesthetic makeover for a rating agency

1st Verification Networx is ultimately an aesthetic makeover for a rating agency that has been in the business for more than 14 years. The AQRate KZN team, including its shareholders, who have developed one of the most credible reputations in the industry for technically and ethically sound verifications, will remain as is under the 1st Verification Networx brand.

Our Shareholders

Linda Ncgobo
Linda Ncgobo (CA SA) Shareholder and Director

Linda qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, after completing her training contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has previously worked for companies like Tongaat Hulett Sugar and Business Partners.

She gained experience of the processes in the Public Sector when she worked as the Chief Financial Officer of the KZN Provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism. She has vast experience on governance processes as she serves on various boards.

Linda obtained distinctions through the Unisa Business School in the Management Development Programme on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment – a compulsory NQF 7 qualification for B-BBEE professionals.

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Brigitte Brun
Brigitte Brun (BSc Honours) Shareholder and Director

Brigitte has extensive expertise in organisational development in the areas of leadership and management development, human resources strategy and policy development, performance management and change management.

Brigitte specialises in the area of organisational transformation, equity and diversity. She has 25 years of experience in both the private and public sector in South Africa and internationally.

Brigitte obtained distinctions through the Unisa Business School in the Management Development Programme on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment – a compulsory NQF 7 qualification for B-BBEE professionals. Brigitte has been appointed by the Dti as a course developer and facilitator for this programme.

Brigitte has authored two books published by LexisNexis: Practical Guide to the Amended Codes of Good Practice; Practical Guide to the Amended Codes of Good Practice for Specialised Entities.

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Nosipho Mchunu
Nosipho Mchunu (B. Compt) Shareholder

Nosipho started her career in 1996 as a trainee accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (where she was serving a 5 year contract). Her previous work experience includes a position as the Financial Accountant for National Ports Authority and the Chief Financial Officer of the Natal Sharks Board.

Nosipho obtained distinctions through the Wits Business School in the Management Development Programme on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment – a compulsory NQF 7 qualification for B-BBEE professionals. Nosipho served on the Board of the Association for BEE Professionals (ABP).

Nosipho Mchunu is a Verification Manager at 1st Verification Networx.

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Dorothy Ottanelli
Dorothy Ottanelli Shareholder

Dorothy is the Financial Manager of 1st Verification Networks. Her previous experience lay in the running of a National Retail organisation where she oversaw all financial matters, managed operational logistics and human resources.