South African Board Members

 Eddie Albertyn (Chairman)

Eddie Albertyn lives in Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape where he runs a successful Conveyancing and Tax Attorney’s practice. He is married to Machrista and has 3 daughters ranging in ages from 13-19 years old.

Eddie is passionate about extending God’s Kingdom in the market place.  His vision is to use his God given talents and passion to help professional business people to realise their calling and to help them live it fully.

He is actively involved in leading the Halftime ministry at Victory Christian Church, his local church, in Jeffrey's Bay.  They were the first church in South Africa to host a “Collaborative Day” and the first church to host the “Small Group Curriculum” of “Success to Significance”.

It is of the utmost importance for Eddie to see “Halftimers” walk within an “Unlimited partnership” with their local church or community.

 Tommy O’Kennedy (Managing Director)

Tommy O’Kennedy is the first full-time director of Halftime South Africa.  He started his career as a teacher and eventually became principal of Porterville High School and chairman of the Principal’s Association in the West Coast.  For many years he was involved as seminar leader and facilitator for Leadership Development and Management Development programs.  He also helped young entrepreneurs in schools, townships and in the business world with entrepreneurship development and wrote two books in this regard.

After Tommy resigned as principal he started his own business as entrepreneurship and management consultant.  He is a trained consultant for Solutionsfinding and a motivational speaker.  Later he became lecturer in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at CPUT and part time lecturer and mentor in a Leadership Development program of the University of Stellenbosch.

After reading the book "Halftime" for the first time in 1998, Tommy desired to live a life of significance. His journey towards significance started. In the middle of 2009, after a number of years in the academic and business world, Tommy was asked to become the first full-time director of Halftime South Africa.  He felt that he could realize his dream to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace their calling to live a life of significance.

Tommy is married to Helene, a music teacher, and has three children – John (resident at Horizon House, Stellenbosch), Morgan (electronic engineer) and Christine (fashion designer).  For the past seven years, Tommy is the chairman of the board of directors of Horizon House (centre for the care of intellectually disabled adult people).  He loves sport and outdoor activities like camping, river rafting, hiking and mountain climbing. He still plays veteran tennis at provincial level and is a qualified professional tennis coach.

 Casparus Johannes (Cassie) Carstens

Casparus Johannes (Cassie) Carstens spends his life empowering potential leaders. Driven by a strong conviction that the world should be redeemed and that God wants to use key influencers to do it, Cassie has founded two international leadership schools: ISLS and ALICT and the Ubabalo life-coaching movement. Reading the book “Halftime” in 1997 played a significant role in helping Cassie to redefine his Life Purpose. With the permission of Bob Buford, Cassie started Halftime courses in South Africa in 1998 and still values this as one of the most significant Kingdom investments.

As a popular international trainer and speaker Cassie has already travelled to 90 countries of the world to impact leaders.  He enjoys a very blessed marriage of 32 years with Jenny and they have 3 children: Almarie(28)– mother of my precious grandson, Christiaan and wife of Stefan, George(25) and Jenni(22), and an adopted daughter, Abongile(19).  

The International Sport Leadership School (ISLS) is in existence since 1999 where Cassie has to date trained leaders from 104 countries. The vast network that this ‘world-wide-web-of-new-generation-leadership’ has formed is maintained and empowered to the extent that this network now trains more than 10 000 leaders each year.

The African Leadership Institute for Community Transformation (ALICT) has now trained leaders from more than 60 countries since its inception in 2004. This Institute trains its leaders to bring about holistic Transformation by becoming social change agents who usher in the Kingdom of God in all spheres of society.

Ubabalo eAfrica is a sport-based discipleship concept that uses soccer as a microcosm of life to instill sound life values. This is the key to “paradigm shift” soccer coaching into whole life coaching. The goal is to train 75 000 soccer coaches in Africa to be life coaches.

 Graham Power

Graham Power, is the founder and Chairman of the Power Group of companies, formed in 1983.  Today the Power Group is one of Southern Africa’s leaders in civil engineering construction, real estate development and infrastructure. Graham has repurposed his company into a powerful tool for transformation in God’s hands that is impacting his industry, the nation and even the world. Please visit for more information.

Graham accepted Christ as his saviour in 1999 – an event that transformed his own life, his family and his business.

In 2001 Graham was the visionary leader who initiated a gathering in Cape Town that saw 45 000 Christians fill Newlands Stadium to pray for the needs of their nation. Today this movement has become the largest prayer gathering in recorded history, where people from every country in the world participate annually in the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday.  Please visit for more information.

Graham is also the founder of the Unashamedly Ethical Campaign. This campaign promotes values, ethics and clean living across all sectors of society.  This campaign is currently sweeping South Africa and is bringing about a tangible change to the lives of individuals, and even whole companies. Please visit for more information.

Graham is married to Lauren and they have three children and two grandchildren, all living in Somerset West, South Africa.

Along with Diane Vermooten, Graham is the author of the book “Not by Might, Nor by Power” which tells the remarkable story of the growth of the Global Day of Prayer and the birth of Unashamedly Ethical. It is a gripping and inspiring testimony of God’s power in response to obedience and faith!  His most recent book written with Dion Forster “Transform your work life:  Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling”’ (Struik, 2010) and this was launched at the Global Day of Prayer conference in May 2010.

Graham is the first to say that God deserves all the Glory and the Honour for this miraculous work. Truly, the stories of the Global Day of Prayer and Unashamedly Ethical are not of one man’s determination, neither are they about mighty global organizations, they are a testimony to God’s Power and Grace!

 Barry Tolmay

Barry Tolmay is a Christian business leader. He does his best to apply his personal Christianity in his day to day living. He focuses and motivates business people to apply 24/7 Christianity. 

Barry studied at four South African Universities and received a Doctoral Degree in 1995 from the University of Pretoria. He did Post Doctoral reading in 1997 at 2 universities in the Netherlands on the topic: The Burnout of Businessmen.

From 2001 to 2004 Barry was the MD of a UK company in London. He returned to South Africa in the beginning of 2005 with an International Financial Company and founded Best Global early in 2007. Presently he is the CEO of Best Global, an International Financial and Strategic Consultancy Company.

Barry has been a Life Coach & Christian Counselor since 1997. He focuses on business people and assists Company Directors, CEOs and Managers. He is presently the Chairman of a Christian Mentorship Training Institute. He joined the World Future Society as a Professional Member in 2003.

Barry is a part time Minister in Kloof, Durban and chairman of the Metro Ministry Team. He is married to Alida and has two children.

 Dion Forster

Dr Dion Forster is a marketplace-minister and academic. He is married to Megan and they have two children.   Dion is the former Dean of John Wesley College, the seminary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.  He serves as a chaplain to the Global Day of Prayer and the Power Group of companies in Cape Town, South Africa. He still teaches part time, and is a research associate in Systematic Theology at the University of Stellenbosch (BUVTON).  He also serves as the ‘social media coordinator’ for the Lausanne movement leading up to the third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town.  

Dion holds a PhD in theology and science (neuroscience, artificial intelligence and identity).  His most recent book, written with Graham Power, is entitled : "Transform your work life: Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling" (Struik, 2010).  This book was launched at the Global Day of Prayer conference in May 2010.

 Rob Spanjaard

Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director (B.Com, CTA) of Rezco Asset Management.

As a student at UCT, Rob won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition. He graduated with a B.Com and CTA before passing the Chartered Accountants Board Exam. Rob then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Life under Peter du Toit. In his last year the unit trust he managed was rated number one in its sector. Rob left to co-lead a private equity deal that involved purchasing the assets of a bankrupt company.

In 2005, after growing the turnover and profits by 25% per annum for 15 years and the listing of the company as Sovereign Foods, Rob decided to sell his share of the business to institutional investors. At that stage Sovereign Foods was the most profitable company in its industry. Rob joined Wally at REZCO with the objective of establishing a consistently high performing unit trust company. The first unit trust was registered in 2004.