Optivote – South Africa

Audience Response System started off with a bang towards the end of 2006 with a sale to The Eben Donges Hospital in Worcster and rental jobs with some high profile clients like Shell, Deloitte, FirstRand and Mckinsey. We have been fortunate to have already formed some great alliances with leading AV and PC rental companies like AV Stageworx, Inhouse Conference Solutions and Prosperis in a very short space of time.
On the medical side, Audience Response System has been fortunate enough to have some great Professors (like Richard Hift, Karen Barnes and Mark Blockman) and doctors (like David Kirsch – Cape Medical Conferences) use Audience Response System! It is very encouraging when people of this caliber see all the benefits of engaging an Audience with Audience Response System.

A big THANK YOU to all! In the pipeline there is a partnership blooming with Faranani Facilitation Services CC – an accredited and leading BBBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) training and skills Development Company based in Cape Town but delivering services nationally.

Optivote - International

The company began life as a distributor of the Classroom Performance System (CPS), an American voting system which was storming the US education market. After two very successful years it was realised that the US product no longer met the demands of UK customers. A New approach was required.Audience Response System has been built from our experiences with UK schools and colleges specifically and has been designed to meet their specific needs.


Developed in the UK, our existing customers enjoy the benefits of the software without having to change their current hardware. Three new handsets have been designed and built to best meet needs. The simplest being a 2-way infrared device is inexpensive, easy to use and ideal for smaller groups. The 2-way radio frequency handsets meet the needs of larger groups such as for conferences, large lectures and presentations and more.

A word from our founder

“Having been in the Conference industry for the past 5 years and having been exposed to many different types of voting hardware and software, the timing couldn’t have been better when I was offered the chance to be the sole distributor for Audience Response System U.K. here in South Africa. Previously, the cost of renting and purchasing voting equipment was prohibitively high and I have always sadly felt this to be the principle reason behind stunting the growth and exposure of interactive voting environment in our country. Our goal at Audience Response System SA is to provide powerful and user friendly interactive voting equipment, software and hardware to South Africans at affordable prices!”

Luke Ziegenhardt