Cilliers Blignaut

Cape Town, South Africa ·

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Creator, Software Engineer & Unfringed Data Scientist


A few examples of projects I'm currently working on or were involved in the past the few years:


I'm currently a Senior Software Engineer & team leader at MoyaApp. My core responsibilities include developing scalable backend software for the platform and data science tasks within the company. MoyaApp is a #datafree instant messaging, content & payment platform with more 6.5 million monthly active users.

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While working at Praekelt Consulting, Praekelt we were asked to create a Whatsapp bot for DSTV's customer engagement. DSTV owned by Multichoice is the biggest pay TV service in Africa. The service grew quickly to 7.8 million unique visitors.

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Elephant/rhino anti-poucher collar/towers embedded software

While working at Skygistics (Orbcomm Africa) I were asked to develop embedded software for collars and towers to track animals to reduce pouching. This project spanned several years and were successful in a number of countries.

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Open Source Contributions

A collection of efforts to which I contributed to:

Co-maintainer of 59 python/django projects

At Praekelt we strive to build reusable open source packages for projects

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Co-maintainer of the django-recaptha package

django-recaptha is django package to help developers integrate with the Google reCAPTCHA service

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Co-creator of molo.yourtips

A django package to allow users to share text

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  • Microservices
  • RESTful APIs
  • SaaS/PaaS/IaaS
Languages & Operating Systems
  • Python
  • SQL
  • Lua
  • C
  • C++
  • R
  • javascript
  • linux
  • bash
Platform Development, Tools & Administration
  • FastAPI
  • Django
  • Flask
  • Jupyter
  • Pandas
  • PostgreSQL
  • Redis
  • Apache Kafka
  • Grafana
  • uWSGI
  • Github
  • git
  • Jira
Containers & Cloud


Senior Software Engineer

Datafree - MoyaApp

Senior Software Engineer & team leader, developing MoyaApp. Core responsibilities: Scalable backend software development and data science. MoyaApp is an instant messaging, content & payment platform with more 6.5 million monthly active users.

2021 Nov – Currently

Software Engineer

Food Supply Network

Software Engineer, part of the core team developing the Food Supply Network platform. Food Supply Network received funding from Naspers Foundry to expand the platform internationally.

2019 Oct – 2021 Sep

Software Developer

Praekelt Consulting (rebranded to Helm)

Software Developer, developing software solutions & consulting corporate clients and start-ups (such as MTN, Multichoice, ABSA & SmartStart)

2015 Nov – 2019 Oct

Development Engineer

Orbcomm Africa (formally Skygistics)

Design embedded systems and web integrations for various ARM devices in the Satellite industry.

2012 May– 2015 Oct

Junior Design Engineer


Design and administer the manufacturing of embedded systems.

2010 - April 2012


Stellenbosch University

MEng Industrial Data Science & Machine Learning (In progress, part-time)

University of Pretoria

BEng Electronics

University of South Africa

C++ Programming (Short Course)

Various Online Platforms & Universities

See LinkedIn for more detail.