About Us


Fineprint™ Fineprint is a level 4 SME that has conceptualised and designed unique asset management software and is regarded as a leading independent printing optimisation and utilisation expert. Fineprint™ has spent the last 10 years in research, development and implementation of these ground-breaking business intelligence tools. In addition, Fineprint™ has developed and designed software around procurement and life cycle management for companies with complex business architectures and has assisted over 60 companies with tenders and implementation over the past decade.

Company History

Fineprint™ commenced operations as Grayscale Solutions in 2003 and through one of its founders Mr Rian van der Merwe, the innovator of Managed Print Services within enterprise printing in South Africa, established a reputation as experts within enterprise printing environments. More recently the company evolved and expanded its product offerings to develop innovative asset management software technology that is in step with market demands. These demands are yet to be addressed by any competitor in the market place and are at the centre of Fineprint’s unique product offerings.

What do we do?

Fineprint™ primarily assist clients in managing their corporate assets from:

  • Procurement using our web based tenderpro™ software;
  • Implementation strategies through the tender process;
  • Asset Financing at competitive rates;
  • Contract management;
  • Asset tracking;
  • Asset registry (fixed and rental asset register);
  • All aspect of Asset monitoring;
  • Efficiency and management software promoting correct utilisation and
    optimisation of certain assets;
  • Real time reporting and interpretation.

In what sectors?

The development of these software applications has been implemented in the following sectors:

  • Private;
  • Asset Finance;
  • Banking;
  • Government; and
  • Education.

With what results?

  • Improved asset optimisation up to 30% over utilisation and optimisation of existing assets;
  • Savings up to 40% on capital expenditure;
  • Real time reporting which has assisted the clients in informed decision-making;
  • Improved workflow;
  • Cost accounting;
  • Vastly improved governance and
  • Tender assistance and compliance

The results achieved with this technology is in step with satisfying these market driven requirements, which the founders believe, has set a solid platform to ensure significant growth.






The approach that Fineprint™ took to improve costs and efficiencies has contributed to immediate and tangible savings as set out at the commencement of the project.

Kentz South Africa:

We have worked with Fineprint™ for the past 7 years who assisted with various projects with great success.

University of Cape:

Finally we have a tool that gives us an independent view that has assisted us in making informed decisions.

University of Cape:

Stakeholders & Directors

Rian van der Merwe
Managing Director

Rian has 11 years’ experience as an independent IT consultant. He is the founding member of Solution WorX (2002) and Grayscale (2006). Rian has developed and delivered many large turn-around projects with great success within both Public and Private sector clients such as PIC, DBSA, SITA, SASA, WITS University, Pretoria University, University of Cape Town and Sanlam to mention but a few. During his career, Rian has gained extensive experience in enterprise strategies and IT audits. He has also developed several world-first systems to assist clients with improved management and business intelligence and is probably South Africa’s leading expert on the management and governance of tender processes.

Mike Durie
Executive Director

Mike has a B.Comm. degree and a Higher Diploma in Industrial Engineering. He is an experienced entrepreneur who brings a wealth of international marketing and distribution experience to enhance Fineprint’s business opportunities in the world market. Mike was the CEO of Nxco Mining Technologies, Harlen Quarry Supplies and Barnard Explosives Technology and Training, a small group of companies that are involved in the Manufacture of Sensitive Rock and Concrete Breaking Cartridges, Quarry Supplies and Training for the Explosives Industry. Mike also has interests in Dealer Management Systems, Dialysis Clinics, Property, Online Education and has been involved in many start-ups over the past 25+ years.

Thorsten Weiss
Non-Executive Director

Thorsten Weiss is a property developer that has been involved with many highly successful commercial and domestic developments in and around South African since 1996. Thorsten’s company TW Property Investments (Pty) Ltd has over the last two decades, established itself as a dynamic investment and development company in the property sector with developments totalling more than R500million in contract value since inception

Gavin Warburton
Non-Executive Director

Gavin studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and completed his studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1972. He holds a B(Arch) degree and is a registered member of SACAPSA. Gavin began his own practice in 1973 and has been the Principal Architect in several partnerships. He is highly regarded as one of Gauteng’s leading architects and has been involved in many developments, both residential and commercial.