About us

Since October 2000, Molo Innovation’s software engineers have thrived on finding clever, innovative ways of solving technology challenges for their clients. Brothers Etienne and Charl Barnard started the company, building on a foundation of their own backgrounds in engineering and research.

Originally Molo Innovation focused on speech pattern and recognition technology, but we have since expanded to offer bespoke software solutions in a wide range of industries. Molo Innovation automates, streamlines or generates new revenue from clients’ technology infrastructure, creating and developing innovative products and systems.

Our clients value our creative and analytical approach to problem-solving and our drive to find new and better ways of doing things. They are reassured by our cutting-edge technical knowledge, old-fashioned integrity, professionalism and family values. We aim to build long-term relationships with all our clients, based on honesty, integrity and reliability.

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Sharing risks and rewards

Rather than charging consultancy and development fees, at Molo Innovation we often consider revenue-sharing models, which mean we are as invested in the success of a project as our clients are. This turns relationships into real partnerships and clients are reassured that we are always acting in their best interests.

Our mission

Our vision is to become a leader in technology innovation, particularly in Africa. We aim to empower the people of Africa by giving them affordable access to information via technology solutions that provide world-class accessibility through networks that may otherwise only be available to privileged users with internet access.

Our success will enable us to make lasting, effective contributions to our local communities and the development of our own staff.


Charl Barnard holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rand Afrikaans University and a Masters degree from the University of Pretoria. His specialist areas are computer telephony, computer networks and robust IT infrastructure.
Derik Thirion hold a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria, where he worked on speech recognition technology development. Before joining Molo he worked on the African Speech Technology Project, a government-funded research project focused on the development of speech technology for African languages.
Thabang Malapane has more than 10 years experience in telecommunications and business management having worked in various strategic positions for the then Department of Posts and Telecommunications, Alcatel Altech Telecoms and Thebe Investments Corporation.
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