core team

Chaitanya Chug (Chairman & Managing Director)

I take this opportunity as a Chairman & Managing Director of S4A to express myself to you. We have committed our self to the values of accountability and responsible ownership that has played a significant role in advancing them over the years.

With every passing year, much of the past years have been encouraging for S4A. We held ourselves up as the experts and lived to the expectations of our customers and associates. Our continued success has been possible because of our valued employees with their sincere and dedicated commitment.

Meaningful changes and effective reforms are vital for every business. S4A has begun to consider necessary regulatory actions to ensure maximum value is achieved, taking opportunities to strengthen these as appropriate. We are determined to expand our operations further and enhance our rig fleet to address the diverse needs of our customers in DRC.

S4A has increased its operational capacity dramatically, and this has had a direct effect on overall stability.

We maintain our commitment for drilling operations while reinforcing and fortifying our rig fleet, implementing safer operations and strengthening management foundation.

Management & Work Strength

The Chairman, CEO and whole team at S4A, are responsible for the company’s success. Employing high quality, valued staff with differing areas of expertise has been integral in S4A’s progress. Placing the right people in the correct roles ensures not only job satisfaction and a sense of ownership for the employee, but also a higher standard of service to the client. Employee retention at S4A has been excellent, an indication of the strength of the company culture and team.

S4A has years of expertise and team of well-trained operators to achieve high productivity. The key-focus of our services is to achieve the highest possible utilization of equipment and man force to reduce the cost and to obtain the maximum return on the capital investment made by our esteemed clients.

The well experienced, enthusiastic, hardworking and motivated workforce of S4A and efficient and professional guidance from the management supported by the latest equipment remains the source of energy of our success story. More than 250 local skilled staffs and 25 expatriates continuously work towards the common goal of Performance and Customer Satisfaction.

The following pioneers from their respective field of activity, monitor the day to day affairs of the Company to achieve S4A’s objectives.

Mr. Chaitanya Chug

Chairman & Managing Director

Mr. Chug is committed diversified businessman who runs businesses in different sectors like Mining, FMCG, Constructions and Agriculture in D.R. Congo. The young and energetic leader of VinMart Group guides S4A to new business avenues. Mr. Chug is an influential strategic thinker, leader and philanthropist. Mr. Chug has a business interest in various associations in India, UAE, China, South Africa, Tanzania and Canada.

Mr. Vipul Patel

Chief Executive Officer

Residing in D. R. Congo for the last 35 years and Mr. Patel is a founder member of Solutions for Africa s.a.r.l Mr. Patel has held several senior positions and directorship in the previous 30 years. He has handled significant business and portfolios departments in the past. He carries vast knowledge on the working culture of DRC and is holding years of experience in the field of marketing and administration in D.R. Congo.

Mr. Gordon James Barkhuisen


Gordon carries a degree in Mechanical engineering and has a total experience of 25 years in the drilling industry, completed projects in all corners of the African continent with world reputed drilling service providers. Gordon joined S4A in March-2019 bringing with him extensive experience and knowledge in exploration, water and environmental drilling across D.R. Congo and Africa. With strong technical expertise and significant project management experience, Gordon is highly experienced in all aspect of drilling operations with excellent safety.

Mr. Rajababu Nunna

Chief Finance Controller (CFO)

Mr. Rajababu is qualified in Master of Commerce (M.COM) He is having experience in the finance field for more than 20 years. He has served a different kind of industries in India and Africa and worked in Manufacturing, Information Technology, Trading, Agriculture and service sectors across India and Africa. His essential exposure is an audit, budgeting, cost control.

Mr. Swapnil Deshmukh

Manager – Renewable Energy Dept.

Mr. Swapnil is carrying a diploma and degree in Electronics and communication Engineering, Experience of ten years in the Solar power and Lighting industry. Worked Solar Power Solutions providing companies in India and Africa, also worked in many projects at Various remote location in Africa (D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Kenya) for fulfil electrical requirements of locals.

Mr. Ketan Patel

Business Development Officer

Mr. Ketan is carrying a degree in B. Com and MBA (Marketing) Experience of ten years in the drilling industry. Worked with drilling service providing companies in India and Africa. With a degree in marketing, Patel strategically builds the S4A brand by identifying opportunities and strengthens the management team to ensure optimum performance and a safe working environment.

Mr. Hiren Sarvaiya

Manager Logistic & Admin

Young and dynamic by nature – responsible for all drilling sites, ensuring smooth functioning and timely availability of all necessities at all locations and maintain discipline and harmony in the team. Mr. Hiren is associated with S4A for last more than 12 years.