Meet the Team
Donald MacKay, Director
I have done many things over the course of my career, from software development to computer auditing and then more recently international trade consulting. I have been involved with international trade consulting since 1998, ending as an Associate Director in the tax division at Deloitte. I did many different things in my time at Deloitte, always with a strong role in business development. My final role was Global Product Development Manager for international trade consulting products. I founded XA International Trade Advisors in 2003 because I wanted to see what could be done in the international trade consulting field outside of the constraints of the more structured environment present in the big audit firms. I have a passion for integrating technology into consulting and XA has led the way with technology-based solutions.
The result has been such things such as the creation of anti-dumping methodologies that have given us the highest success rate in the country, and data mining processes that have allowed us to bring significant and measurable benefits to many of South Africa’s largest multinationals. When I am not working, I love reading, cooking and experiencing new places. I am truly fortunate to work in an environment that allows me to see the world. Music is a huge part of my life and I am busy rediscovering the wonder of enjoying music on vinyl. I serve on the SAICA tax subcommittee on Customs and Excise.
Pieter du Plessis, Director
Taapano Paradza, Consultant
I have always aspired to work in a problem-solving environment where l can make a positive contribution. Before my journey with XA, l worked in administrative positions and a few part-time academic positions. l decided to further my studies by pursuing a masters degree in International Trade Law.
This opened an exciting new world for me when l joined XA in 2011. l found myself at home, working in a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment with the best brains in the industry.
I ENJOY MY WORK AS IT IS NEVER ROUTINE AND INVOLVES SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS ON A DAILY BASIS.
The nature of our assignments provides me with an opportunity to travel, which allows me to see new places and experience different cultures.
l have research interests in trade policy, regional integration, and other diverse issues of international trade law. For relaxation, l enjoy tennis and swimming.