About Us

JobCrystal was created in 2009 with one vision - to find talent that makes an organisation great and reach its full potential.

We are owner-run, which means we have true passion and commitment for what we do. With our hands-on approach, it enables us to respond to clients' needs, making us their preferred, long standing and trusted recruitment partner.

Where it all started

Job Crystal was started by Karl Westvig and Kevin Laithwaite in 2009, with the intention to be a formidable online job platform that corporate companies in South Africa could use to find experienced and qualified candidates. During the next 5 years they created an online platform, that was the start of the ‘AI’ movement in matching skills to specs.

Being entrepreneurs at the time Karl and Kevin decided to sell Job Crystal and focus on other businesses within the financial services space and sold the business to Kelly Louw and Sasha Knott in 2015.

Between 2015 to 2017 Kelly and Sasha put all revenues back into the business to rebrand and reformat the job platform and website, while both working in other businesses at the time. Within the last 2 years both directors have joined the business full time, in a well-spaced period, to allow the business to grow and stabilize while ensuring a consistent cash flow for the business.

Our Vision - ‘Bridging the talent gap with entrepreneurs #while making a dent in unemployment’

The company currently assists majority of SME’s within South Africa, to find talent amongst a range of industries, mostly careers in IT, Sales, Marketing, Admin, HR and Finance within Technology, FMCG, Finance, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Education and Retail sectors, in a pure agency model. Job Crystal was an industry leader in offering a payment period on recruiting fees to SME’s, knowing how tight cash flow and budgets can be in business.

Our online website offers vetting of potential employees for clients and as a job portal where candidates can upload their CV’s and clients can advertise their roles. Our salary survey available on the website, is a free service, and often used as an additional source in research of salaries by a range of companies and agencies.

Finding a solution in regards to consultants, by having a mixture between freelancers and full time consultants has helped grow the client base, as well as have consistent hands in assisting sourcing candidates at different times in the year and giving a quick turnaround of on average one week for qualified candidates to the clients. Job Crystal was registered with CIPC on 16th January 2009 (2009/000610/07).


Both directors are passionate about paying it forward and ensuring the next generations are well suited to take the reins. We offer each client the choice of donation to the The Kay Mason Foundation (helping children in poverty get a better education) or The Cart Horse Association (helping the working horses in Cape Town get the care required and their trainers assisted).