Phatisa [Pa-tee-sa]

Based on a Xhosa phrase used to describe the action of ‘helping to carry’, we are a uniquely African 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 an 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 east and southern 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.


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AAF is a food and agri-focused pan-African private equity fund. Final closed at US$ 246 million; current portfolio of 8 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 6 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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Phatisa PE News App

The African Private Equity (PE) News App powered by Phatisa has been re-launched with a major facelift to its design, functionality, navigation and overall features to enhance user experience. The App runs on the iOS8 and Android 4.0 — 5.0 platforms. Since its initial launch in mid-2014, the uptake has been excellent, with over 1,850 people in 10 countries downloading the App.

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