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How private equity takes business to the next level

Author: Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA)

In Southern Africa, the impact and value created through private equity extends far beyond just that of a specific deal’s allocated investment, it is also about positively influencing businesses, the communities connected to these businesses, and their broader economic environment. This is according to the recently launched SAVCA 2017 Case Study Compendium (see here) which highlights how private equity investment is resulting in more sustainable business practices and positive community outcomes.

The publication – comprising of sixteen case studies showcasing successful private equity and venture capital partnerships between fund managers and the businesses in which they invest – underscores the long-term nature of these collaborations and confirms the value add offered to both start-up and established businesses.

Tanya van Lill, CEO of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA), says that these case studies confirm that partnerships of this nature represent a great deal more than just monetary investment. “Private equity plays a vital role in corporate governance, job creation, employment equity initiatives, skills programmes, and social upliftment, thus rendering the portfolio company more resilient, more efficient, with healthier governance structures and with an expanded footprint.”

Technology is a recurring theme from the SAVCA 2017 Case Study Compendium, adds van Lill. “Some of these companies have introduced systems to manage their operations more efficiently, while others have introduced new technology to the market. An example of this is seen in the Emfuleni Voerkrale case study, where the sheep feedlot company was backed by IDF Managers in 2015 to acquire a state-of-the-art electronic scale to weigh animals. This allows management to easily access and analyse data on each animal, which has enabled faster and more efficient decision-making.”

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Fate of democratic ideal is in the hands of ordinary people

We enter 2017 as a nation in trouble: from submerged rage, from politesse that hid raw racism, from complacency, from unfulfilled dreams. Last year was not pretty. But is this atmosphere of pessimism, hand-wringing, finger-pointing and lamenting justified? I don’t think so. And I hope this year heralds the beginning of a correction.

The South African project is a work in progress. Indeed, no nation has perfected this kind of creature: a diverse, open and democratic society. The US may come to mind as a prosperous melting pot built by immigrants, but even today it still matters whether you landed on those shores on the Mayflower or in chains. As outgoing President Barack Obama likes to point out, the American ideal has yet to be perfected. There is a gap between ideal and reality that each generation must grapple with.

The South African project was, is and always will be vulnerable to attack. In the early 1990s there was no shortage of critics who predicted how “black rule” would surely fail. The ideal of a diverse, open and democratic society is an abomination to supremacists and nationalists of every hue.

The first generation to lead after apartheid, men and women who became free after a lifetime of battle, rallied around the “rainbow nation” as the vision for the new SA.

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Two simple resolutions for 2016

I’m slowly getting into the 2016 swing of things. It promises to be a tough year, if the first week or so is anything to go by. Unresolved issues are bubbling to the surface, the economic outlook is bleak, and it’s an election year for the most troubled sphere of government.

So, I’m going to go for two simple goals. Things that are  (mostly) within my control. The first is to start a culinary garden. Herbs, vegetables and maybe even fruit. I made some tentative steps last year, with some herbs (parsley and basil), which are coming along. Some cool urban gardening tips at Apartment TherapyGarden ShopJoburg City Parks.

The second is to learn a programming language (or two). I obtained my last degree ten years ago (an MBA) and though I’ve done my fair bit of on-the-job training, it’s all been cumulative or related to my established skills set. It would be good to give my brain a novel challenge. Some of my new projects are in the digital sphere, and though I’m not likely to ever code professionally, it’s good to understand the logic of it. I’m starting with Ruby on Code Academy.

Sweet ’16, here we go!


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Thina Sobabili a must-watch movie

I was having breakfast at Fournos when guys sitting at the table next to mine asked to chat to me for a moment. As it turns out, they were not random shellingtons but the brains, money and talent behind Thina Sobabili. Over the weekend, I caught the movie. It is beautiful and moving – a thoughtful take on the themes of abandonment and abuse but also a brother’s helpless love for a sister ensnared by the temptations of the world. A must-watch movie set in Alexandra with Sandton in the background. It’s also quite impressive that the movie was self-financed.

According to Thato Dhladla of the Monarchy Group: “The film was independently funded by our company The Monarchy Group…no backing from any state agency etc, over a 4 year period. It was shot in 7 days set in Alexandra and has gone to win awards at the Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles during Black History month and the Jozi Film Festival.” The movie open on Friday July 31st at Ster-Kinekor and Nu-Metro cinemas.

Thato also informs me that the film has been selected to screen in festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, New York, Kigali and Barbados.


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