Group Chief Executive Officer
BProc (Rhodes University), Harvard AMP programme (Harvard)
Tshepo Mahloele is the Chief Executive Officer at Harith General Partners, and one of the originators of the $630m Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund. He holds a BProc obtained from Rhodes University and also completed a Harvard AMP programme. Mr Mahloele previously headed the Corporate Finance and Isibaya Fund Division of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) - the largest investment manager in South Africa with over USD90 billion under management. He is a recipient of three recognition awards from the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) for his work, including the CEO of the Decade award (2014).
At the Public Investment Corporation, Mr Mahloele actively implemented the organisations’ Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) strategy which resulted in a number of new industrial entrants coming into the South African economy. In this regard, he concluded R13bn worth of transactions over three years. He developed a new strategy for the Isibaya Fund of the PIC and achieved a 45% return for the 2003/2004 financial year and 40% return for 2004/2005 financial year.
Under his leadership, Harith General Partners has actively acted as a catalyst for Africa’s development in the construction of various infrastructure assets including Main One undersea cable in Nigeria, Dark Fibre Africa cable company in South Africa, the Henrie Konare Bedie Bridge in Abidjan, Lanseria International Airport in South Africa, the Lake Turkana Wind Farm in Kenya, the Enfidha and Monastir Airports in Tunisia and Kelvin Power Station in South Africa, among others.
Mr Mahloele previously worked for Rand Merchant Bank as Manager of Corporate Finance and Credit Department, where he was among others, responsible for focussing on privatisation and developing the bank’s strategy for Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). He then joined the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) as an investment executive where he oversaw an investment budget in excess of R700m per annum in South Africa. This role included examining and overseeing the bank’s developmental impact strategy. Mr Mahloele headed the Private Sector Investment arm of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) managing a portfolio of R4bn with 12 high ranking project managers reporting to him. He improved the unit’s approvals from R320m to R2,1bn within one financial year. He increased disbursements from R300m to R870m during the 2002/2003 financial year. He also contributed to the DBSA’s strategy role in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) while cultivating relations with the various funders and project sponsors within the infrastructure financing environment.
Mr Mahloele holds directorships in various organisations which include the following:
MD: Strategy & Growth
B COMM (HONS) (Accountancy), Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (CTA), Higher Certificate – Financial Markets
Mr Wessels joined the company from Absa/Barclays in 2007. He has a BCom Honours, Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (CTA ), Higher Certificate Financial Markets. Before joining Harith, Mr Wessels had over 10 years of experience as Senior Consultant for Absa Capital and he was responsible for Project and Infrastructure Finance. Prior to this he occupied different positions (Business Consultant, Financial Manager/Director, Managing Director) in companies operating in the manufacturing and construction industries.
Head: Asset Management
Bcom Hons, MBL
Pani is a seasoned professional with many years of transactional experience in project finance, private equity, investment banking and corporate finance. Prior to working for Harith she was an executive at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. She worked for several financial institutions, including Public Investment Corporation where she funded and managed BEE transactions with the value of R43 billion; African Harvest Capital and ABN Amro, where she was employed in corporate advisory services. Prior to African Harvest Capital and ABN Amro, Pani also spent five years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, working in the Project Finance Unit.
Bcom Acc, Hons Financial Management
Before joining Harith he managed his own company for 8 years specialising in asset financing, risk management and co management.
Prior to this he enjoyed success in various senior positions in the manufacturing and service industries.
CA (SA), MBA
Sipho has over 10 years’ merchant banking experience. Prior to joining Harith, he worked for Investec Bank, Coronation Capital and African Merchant Bank in South Africa, with a focus on aircraft and plant and equipment financing, and various acquisition finance transactions. He is responsible for PAIDF’s CIVH (DFA) and Main One Investments.
Emile Du Toit
Mr Du Toit, (CA) SA was Head of Corporate Finance at the Development Bank of Southern Africa in South Africa. He has over 11 years of relevant Corporate Finance experience, having joined the DBSA as an Investment Officer. He has been involved in many high profile transactions and currently serves as a Director and trustee in the governing boards of several institutions.
MD: Business Development & Stakeholder Management
National Diploma in Journalism; MBA
Formerly: Associate Editor and Political Editor at the Business Day, General Manager at BDFM, Journalist at Sowetan and New Nation. Former Committee member of the Advertising Media Association South Africa and National Editors Forum South Africa. Pule was also head of sales at CNBC Africa.
Senior Manager: Growth
Bcom Honours; MBA
Lesiba has significant finance and telecommunications experience, with financial and management expertise gained from both the private and public sectors. He joined Vodacom SPRL in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999 as Head of Financial Management, has worked for Vodacom South Africa in Midrand, the Limpopo Economic Development agency in South Africa as Group Finance Director and also served as a Chief Operating Officer. He serves in various boards, including the South African Road Agency, Limpopo Province, and Checkers/Shoprite (Propriety) Limited – Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province.
Legal Risk & Compliance Manager
B Juris, LLB
Theli has been practicing law for 19 years. He started working as a public defender in the department of Justice. Theli was also a partner at Nompozolo and Gabelana attorneys and was also a partner at Gabelana attorneys. Theli worked at the special court for the Legal Aid board of South Africa and is currenly legal and risk manager at Harith General Partners.
Prior to joining Harith, Mr Steyn worked as a company secretary at institutions such as the Lethimvula Group. He also worked as a legal adviser at the Bophuthatswana National Development Corporation. Mr Steyn is a non-practising attorney.