Phatisa is an African firm with deep roots in private equity, diversified capabilities and a well-respected track record.

Our investor and portfolio partners benefit from years of financial and operational experience, industry knowledge, astute business acumen and reliable networks of African business relationships in all countries where funds under management are active.

Through our hands-on approach, we work closely with our portfolio partners to deliver long term sustainable value, passionately driving progress by finding flexible capital solutions.

At its heart, Phatisa has a development vision. Founded in experience, we think creatively, pursue the highest standards of excellence and align our interests with those of our stakeholders and investors, by putting our own capital behind our thinking.


Feeding and housing Africa.


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 story in a nutshell.


Phatisa’s vision is to be the leading sector-focused development equity fund manager in Africa. This philosophy finds expression in the unique formula of DevEq = PAT*x + i 2 TM a balanced blend of private equity and development finance, striving to build sustainable assets and communities, while ensuring the best possible returns for investors.

Phatisa has always been committed to responsible investment and is thus bound to:

  • incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into our investment analysis and decision-making processes;
  • play our role as a proactive firm and investor, by incorporating ESG issues into our own and our portfolio company policies and practices; and
  • seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.

Phatisa is a proud signatory of the Principles on Responsible Investment (PRI) and accordingly invoked the Phatisa ESG Policy which commits to the PRI principles and is implemented through comprehensive firm- and fund-specific ESG management systems.


Operating Principles for Impact Management

Alongside founding signatory – the International Finance Corporation – Phatisa is one of the 60 first adopters to the Operating Principles for Impact Management (the Principles). The Principles provide a reference point against which the impact management systems of funds and institutions may be assessed. They draw on emerging best practices from a range of asset managers, asset owners, asset allocators and development finance institutions.

The Phatisa Disclosure Statement affirms that our firm and investment portfolio, including (i) impact management systems; (ii) policies and practices; and (iii) investment services are managed in alignment with the Principles.


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) form a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

In line with our Feeding and Housing Africa vision and to adequately respond to the challenges and opportunities of the ongoing food and housing revolution on the continent, we have internalised best international principles for impact measurement and reporting to tell our story through our affordable housing and food funds.

The Phatisa impact themes embed our business model, investment strategy and brand; they are aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, thus adopting a language that is universally understood.


In 2019, Phatisa became a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, established by UN Global Compact and UN Women in 2010.

Through the seven principles, we are committed to promoting and fostering business practices that focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment in our place of work, the African private equity industry and the companies in which we invest. We aim to focus our efforts on equal pay for work of equal value, gender-responsive supply chain practices and zero-tolerance against sexual harassment, among others. Phatisa recognises gender equality as an important accelerator in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work continues.


Phatisa’s 2019/20 gender gap analysis score



Our aim is to sustain carbon neutrality through a combination of energy efficiency, positive environmental behaviour, growing consciousness and sequestration.

Phatisa* is conscious of the increasing impact of climate change and remains committed to behaving in an environmentally responsible manner, protecting the environment and being a carbon-neutral firm. This goal is achieved through measuring, managing and where possible, reducing our carbon emissions before offsetting gross emissions on an annual basis.

* Phatisa relates to the fund manager, not its funds under management.

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The charitable foundation was created in 2015 to complement existing Phatisa private equity fund impact initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. This charitable foundation aims to supply grants throughout the continent, including communities bordering Phatisa’s portfolio investments.

Our focus:
– To directly impact projects in Phatisa’s private equity investment sectors of agriculture, food or housing
– To facilitate water delivery and distribution to communities in rural areas
– To work towards protection of the environment through carbon sequestration and reduction in emissions
– To protect natural ecosystems distressed by agriculture and people encroachment (flora and fauna)
– To support children under the age of 10 in terms of nutrition, shelter, health and education
– To promote African culture and tradition


Pivotal to our business and team is our unwavering passion for the continent, its people and African prosperity.

Phatisa has a pioneering spirit with an eager willingness to drive groundbreaking initiatives and take calculated risks. We constantly strive to be innovative, challenge industry wisdom, create new ideas and new solutions, never once resting in pursuit of our goals. As a learning organisation, we constantly push ourselves, are self-critical, acknowledging our mistakes and learning from them.

We pride ourselves on working collectively, respectfully and proactively to achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders. We work tirelessly to retain the broad church and entrepreneurial spirit that created Phatisa. We set high standards for the firm and ourselves.

Our focus on development impact and healthy returns makes for a highly creative and challenging working environment, directly linking individual performance with Phatisa’s success. Every person at Phatisa is given the opportunity to own equity and shares in our success. We firmly believe that we can achieve much more collectively, than any of us could individually.

We conduct ourselves with integrity in everything we do. Our reputations, both as individuals and as a firm, are paramount to our brand. Our word is our bond.

These deeply rooted values make Phatisa a very special place to work by driving a culture committed to strength in diversity, exceptional performance and results for our investors, portfolio partners and other stakeholders.