Jaco matriculated in 1996 from Hoër Skool Fochville, where after he worked for five years at a metallurgical consulting company as a mechanical test-house technician and replica technician.
His career at Kelvin Power Station started in November 2002 where he worked as a Coal Plant Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator, B-Station Shift Leader and currently holds the position of Primary Energy Manager.
During 2010 and 2011, Jaco successfully completed three short courses in the Post Graduate Programme: Leadership in Fuel and Energy Technology, presented by the University of Witwatersrand in association with the Fossil Fuel Foundation of Southern Africa.
He has a passionate interest in coal, its formation, complex composition, mining, beneficiation and its applications and the influence of its properties on ignition, combustion and products of combustion.
Jaco enjoys fresh water fishing and camping in his spare time and some of the highlights of his hobby have been featured in a leading angling magazine.