Phatisa [Pa-tee-sa]

Based on a Xhosa phrase used to describe the action of ‘helping to carry’, we are a uniquely African sector-focused private equity fund management firm that focuses on sector-specific investments throughout the sub-Saharan region. Our mission is simple. We aim to feed and house the people of Africa by moving beyond traditional private equity, challenging the status quo.

In a concerted effort to combat chronic undercapitalisation in these sectors, the firm manages two sector-specific funds, totalling more than US$ 285 million: the African Agriculture Fund (AAF) focused on food and the Pan African Housing Fund (PAHF) dedicated to affordable housing in eastern Africa. Phatisa comprises a team with a significant track record of managing private equity funds and businesses throughout the continent, providing a framework for investment, returns and positive change on the African continent.



AAF is a food and agri focused pan-African private equity fund. Final closed at US$ 246 million; current portfolio of nine investments (excluding follow-on deals) across >15 countries to date.

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PAHF is a real estate private equity fund focused on affordable housing in East and Southern Africa. Final closed at US$ 41.95 million; current portfolio ; of six investments in Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia.

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Phatisa has a dedicated IR and communications team focused on addressing investors’, portfolio partners’ and stakeholders’ information needs. Phatisa is actively investing in both funds under management.

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