https://venturen.com

People

Professional, driven and independently minded people who compliment each other on differentiated and discrete project sprints to create value where they know best. Emphasis on domain specific leadership and ownership & avoidance of generic hierarchical reporting lines where possible.

Built & advised since leaving corporate life (2017 ⇾)

Business platforms in sectors like Prime Real Estate (Sea Point, Bantry Bay, now Lisbon, Budapest), Hospitality, Hotel Operations, Restaurants and related Tech Platforms  (Latitude, Hugo Social Club, Bantry Aparthotel, Totalstay, Food Supply Network), Private Equity, Venture and Real Estate Funds & PCV (12Cape & Various others), Medical Services Advisory (Xpedient), Food & Beverage (Pioneer, Umama, Buttanutt, Stettyn Vineyards), Investments & Transactions (Various), Education (Thuma Mina, Bandwithpro, Papadi Games, etc), Health and Fitness (TorpedoSwimrun). Geographies: South Africa & Europe. Institutions: Operators, REITS, Banks, Funds, Family Offices, anyone with a vision and drive.

Execution

Almare Van der Vyver

B.Comm (Accounting) (Stellenbosch University). Executive and Administrative Business Liaison at Latitude Aparthotel & VSP. Previously at Business Partners, of which Remgro Group was a founding member specialising in business and property finance. Head of Sizanani, the business division of the Banking Council of SA, structuring and financing small to medium businesses. Financial Manager at Uniglobe Travel, international travel franchise. Maths Teaching & Organisational leadership at Bloemhof High School.

Anton Botha

Partner at Venturen and Venturen Specialist Properties “(VSP)” and the M&A transaction lead. . B.Comm LLB ( Stellenbosch University) MBA ( Stellenbosch Business School). Anton joined us from PepsiCo, where he was the head of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and business development for PepsiCo Sub-Saharan Africa. He executed the acquisition of Pioneer Foods, which was one of PepsiCo’s largest acquisitions outside of the United States. Anton has over 20 years of experience in the multinational fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and food industry in Africa and the Middle East. He drove PepsiCo’s expansion into challenging emerging markets, navigating complex acquisitions, and spearheading strategic business development initiatives, establishing local manufacturing and commercial operations in key emerging markets, such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa’s emerging consumer space. In addition, Anton led PepsiCo’s venture capital business, investing in innovative businesses across the food and beverage (F&B) value chain.

Chris Derksen

Director at 12Cape, cofounder of Latitude Aparthotels and VSP and a partner at Venturen. B.Comm.(Maths)(University of Stellenbosch),B.Sc.(Hons) (Computer Science) (University of Cape Town), M.A. (Econ)(Cambridge University): Chris started his career as a software engineer at London-based Sports.com before continuing his studies at Cambridge University where he achieved an M.A. degree in Economics. He joined Goldman Sachs while still a student at Cambridge as an equity research analyst covering the pan-European media sector. Thereafter he joined the Mergers & Acquisitions (Investment Banking) business where he was promoted to associate and worked in London and Johannesburg on various large South African and cross-border transactions. Chris joined Investec in 2006 as an analyst in the Africa Fund team with the final designation of Head of Frontier and Emerging Markets where he headed up various teams and businesses within South Africa and London across traditional public equity, private equity and real estate asset classes focused on South Africa, the African continent and Emerging and Frontier Markets. He serves as chairman of the Badawi Scholarship fund and the University of Cape Town Private Equity Advisory Committee with a remit to commercialise and fund IP and Spin Outs from the University.

Hugo Venter

Director at 12Cape, a cofounder of Latitude Aparthotels and Venturen Specialist Properties (VSP) and a partner at Venturen. B.Accounting(University of Johannesburg)(Hons)(UNISA),CA(SA). Hugo completed his articles at PWC in Johannesburg before moving to London in 1999. In 2000 he joined UBS Investment Bank where he was part of the Foreign Exchange team before becoming a senior relationship manager for the Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange division. He later joined the Equities division covering hedge funds across Europe focusing on Prime Brokerage, Futures & Options and OTC clearing. After 17 years in the UK he left UBS in 2016 to relocate his family back to Cape Town.

Jana Kotze

Director TP4, director www.pedigree-ventures.com, co-founder VSP. LLB (Stell), School for Legal Practice (Law Society of South Africa). Emirates Airlines and Candidate Attorney training programme at Werksmans Attorneys.

Russell Smith

Partner at Venturen and VSP and Real Estate Development lead. B.Bus.Sci (University of Cape Town), Chartered Accountant CA (SA), H.Dip(Tax). He is the former CEO of Property Developer Land Equity and currently consults on several large Real Estate developments in Cape Town and an alternative investment fund.

Lesego Majatladi

Managing Director www.pedigree-ventures.com, co-founder Hugo Social Club, former MD Latitude Aparthotels, Chairman FEDHASA. Bachelor of Arts (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) (UNISA). Previously Media, Marketing and Entertainment industries servicing diverse clients. Local Organising Committee for 2010 World Cup, MNET, SABC, SABMiller and Nestle. Sales & Marketing experience in the Tourvest group.

Martin Mbetse

Director 12Cape, TP4, WP Rugby and www.pedigree-ventures.com. B.Comm (Economics & Finance) (University of Witwatersrand). Merrill Lynch (Investment Banking, London and Johannesburg), Investec (Investment Banking), IDG (Private Investment Firm). Martin has over 15 years experience in finance, covering mergers and acquisitions, private investments, debt capital markets, Proprietary equity deals across Africa in resources, real estate and financial services.

Mirandi Nel

Multi-disciplinary creative. Helping brands develop their online presence and marketing collateral (Latitude Aparthotel, The Bantry Aparthotel & VSP). Operating as an extension of each brand. Bachelor or Arts (BA) Language and Culture (Stellenbosch University). BPhil (Honours) in Journalism (Stellenbosch University). Emirates Airlines. Freelance Lifestyle Journalist (Digital Editor – Stellenbosch VISIO: 2018-2021). ORMS Cape Town School of Photography – Videography.

Hamish Fraser

Advisor to Venturen & VSP. BBusSc (Hons) (Actuarial Science) (University of Cape Town), MBA (Stanford University): Hamish started his career as management consultant at McKinsey & Company (2 years in South Africa and 5 years in the USA). At McKinsey, he focused on business/operational turnarounds, primarily in mining, industrials and pharmaceuticals sectors. Hamish decided to leave McKinsey in order to practise (as operator) what he had preached (as consultant). This saw him in various turnaround roles at AfriSam Cement, including as Commercial Manager for subsidiary Tanga Cement (a listed company in Tanzania). After AfriSam, Hamish joined Neopak, a South African paper and packaging manufacturing company owned at the time by Ethos Private Equity. At Neopak, Hamish directed a significant business turnaround (initially as Commercial Executive and later as CEO) and oversaw the successful exit of Ethos in 2024 to Sango Capital, under whom he continues to serve as CEO.

Jaap du Toit

Chairman 12Cape Limited, co-founder VSP. B.Comm. (University of Stellenbosch), CA(SA), CTA, CFA: Jaap started his career at the Trust Building Society in 1984 and joined Senekal, Mouton & Kitshoff Securities in 1988. He co-founded the PSG group and PSG Konsult in 1996. Previously, Jaap was a board member of PSG Group and chairman of PSG Konsult (1998 – 2013). Jaap is the founding non-executive Chairman of 12Cape as well as an active local and international property investor and partner at VSP Europe.

Luca Cipiccia

Advisor VSP. Luca is based in Europe. Goldman Sachs Consumer and Luxury Goods Analyst, London, New York and Rio de Janeiro. Bocconi University. Operator of prime hospitality assets in Italy and Spain.

Rael Phillips

Hospitality Advisor VSP and Venturen. Rael is the CEO and Founder of Totalstay, a leading and tech enabled Aparthotel Operator in South Africa. He has extensive experience in Hospitality, Residential Property (investment, development, management), Management and Software Development.

Strategic partner advisors

Dr. Albertus Marais

Director at 12Cape and AJM Tax where he consults 12Cape & VSP on tax-related matters. Also completed an Advanced Certificate in Taxation (cum laude) at UP. B.Accounting(Stell), MComm.(Tax)(UCT),CA(SA), LLD (Stellenbosch), Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, SARS Tax Practitioner.

Herman Bosman

Independent Advisor. Herman holds a B.Com, LL.B and LL.M (all cum laude) from University of Johannesburg and is a CFA charter holder. Herman is the chairman of RMB Holdings and OUTsurance, both companies listed on the JSE. Until December 2022, he was the CEO and CFO of RMB Holdings and RMI Holdings (the predecessor in title of OUTsurance).

Hendrik Kotze

Partner at Werksmans. He is a legal advisor to 12Cape and VSP Europe on all major transactions completed. B.Comm.(University of the Free State), LLB (UNISA), LLM (University of Witwatersrand), HDip Tax(University of Johannesburg): Hendrik joined Werksmans Attorneys in 2009 from Jan S De Villiers where he became a partner in 1988. He is currently the Co-Head of Property Law & Real Estate (Western Cape). He is also lending his expertise to the Construction & Engineering and Mining, Environmental & Resources practice areas. Hendrik advises on all aspects relating to real estate law – particularly commercial, industrial and residential property development. Most notable developments are the V&A Waterfront Cape Town.

Jacques Small

Director and founder of www.parvussolutions.com, a consulting firm that bring together private businesses and family capital. CA(SA), CFA, B. Acc and B. Acc (Hons) (University of Stellenbosch): Jacques started his career with PwC in 2016, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and later moved to RMB in 2019 where he focused on corporate debt and leverage finance transactions. Jacques joined a U.S private equity fund in 2021, where he gained experience in buy-side, sell-side, portfolio management and restructures. Jacques is a consultant with VSP.