Dawie was appointed to the board of Twenty57 on the start-up of the company in July 2008. He is also currently the managing director of Digiata Technology Services, where he joined in 2004.

He is a qualified chartered accountant who started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers. On completion of his articles, he was appointed as financial manager of Land Rover South Africa. He went on to become financial director of the company in 1997. He then spent a year as group financial director of Manica Africa, which is a logistics service provider. He then returned to the motor industry and was appointed the financial director of MG Rover and Bentley South Africa. He later became executive director of the company, with the responsibility of the general management of all the business units.