BSC MECH ENG, MBA (UCT)
Mr Zungu is the founder and executive chairman of Zungu Investments Co. Mr Zungu currently serves as a non-executive director of inter-alia Grindrod Limited, and Novus Holdings and non-executive Chairman of EOH Holdings, all listed on the JSE Limited.
He is a member of the BRICS Business Council and also serves on the BBBEE Presidential Advisory Council. Mr Zungu is also Chairman of the UCT Graduate School of Business advisory board.
Mr Zungu completed a BSc (Mechanical Engineering) degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT), a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business and a Program for Global Leadership certificate at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.
BCOM, CA (SA)
Mr Ferreira is an Executive Director at Zungu Investments Co. He is a Chartered Accountant and his advisory experience ranges from consulting on and managing acquisitions, disposals, mergers, divestments, tender sale processes, listings and de-listings on the JSE, capital raisings and senior, mezzanine and project finance-based lending in the mining industry.
Prior to joining Zungu Investments Co., Mr Ferreira spent many years with Nedbank Capital, where he was part of the Investment Banking Division, in the M&A Advisory team. He also worked within the Mining & Resource Finance team.
Mr Ferreira is responsible for making investments, disposal as well as managing the investment portfolio. He represents Zungu Investments Co. on various boards as well as sub committees to boards.
BCOM, CA (SA)
Ms Jakavula is the Group Finance Director of Zungu Investment Co. She serves as a non-executive director on various boards and related subcommittees within the portfolio of companies. Ms Jakavula is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and completed her articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
She holds a BCom Degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting, both from the University of Cape Town.
Prior to joining Zungu Investments Co., she was with the Sanlam Group for 8 years in various roles, mainly atSanlam Investment Management moving from Credit Risk Management, Debt Structuring and largely at Private Equity, with structuring experience ranging from large management buyouts, BBBEE transactions to infrastructure concession projects.
Mr Nzau left the corporate world in 2011, after spending 23 years in Financial Services in the United Kingdom, Kenya and South Africa. He wanted to pursue his entrepreneurial calling and contribute to a better society.
Mr Nzau was the first black actuary to practice in South Africa and the first Kenyan to qualify as Fellow of Institute of Actuaries in 1992. His unique qualification, skills and experience enabled him to play a critical role in advising key state entities like Transnet, Eskom, National Treasury, Government Employee Pension Fund and Political Office Bearers’ Pension Fund, among others.
Prior to leaving the corporate world, Mr Nzau was MD of Afrinet, covering Alexander Forbes offices in 11 African countries. He spent almost 15 years at Alexander Forbes in different senior roles, with time spent at related companies like NBC Negotiated Benefits Consultants, and at Ginsburg Malan and Carsons Consulting Actuaries.
Mr Nzau was a member of the Convenor of Africa Interaction Committee and is still an active member of the Council of Actuarial Society of South Africa. Mr Nzau qualified as an Actuary in London where he worked with Prudential Assurance and Watson Wyatt Consultants and Actuaries. He spent over 8 years studying and working in London.
CA (SA), CFA
Mr Solomons represents Sanlam Private Equity (SPE) on the Zungu Investments Co. board. He joined SPE in May 2005, and since January 2012, has been the CEO of SPE. He also represents SPE and its clients on boards and investment committees of portfolio companies and private equity funds.
Mr Solomons is a chartered accountant with a post-graduate diploma in Accounting from UNISA. He qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst in January 2007, with the CFA Institute in the USA.
In 2003, Mr Solomons successfully completed the Lim’uvune Investment Training and Development Programme. He completed his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2001. He then joined Shoprite/Checkers as a Trainee Divisional Financial Manager responsible for reporting on a number of African countries. In March 2002, he joined the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as a Business Analyst, late to be promoted to Account Manager.
Mr Bezuidenhout represents Sanlam Private Equity (SPE) on the Zungu Investments Co. board. He joined SPE in July 2012 where his responsibilities include origination, negotiation, structuring and execution of new investments as well as the monitoring and exit of existing portfolio assets. He represents SPE as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of the portfolio companies for which he is responsible.
Prior to joining SPE, Mr Bezuidenhout was employed in Absa Capital’s Equity Investments Unit, focusing on Private Equity, Infrastructure Equity, Mezzanine Finance and Corporate Development. Mr Bezuidenhout holds both a BCom and LLB degree from Stellenbosch University and completed a General Course in Philosophy, Management and Strategy, Law of Corporate Finance, and EU/UK Competition Law at the London School of Economics.
From left: Refilwe Maleka, Investment Associate; Lusanda Jakavula, Executive Director: Finance; Charl Ferreira, Executive Director; Sandile Zungu, Executive Chairman; Bathabile Poro, Group Financial Manager.