Networking Events 2011

Highlights from Networking Events 2011
UCT GSB Net Impact President Zhubin Bhettay welcomes the Networking event


  • Networking:  with 100 sustainable investors and stakeholders
  • Keynotes:  Seven influential speakers on sustainability in Africa including from Coronation Fund Managers, ASISA, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, OMIGSA, GEPF, IFC, SinCo and our hosts AfricaSIF + UCT GSB.
  • Date:  Wednesday 31 August 2011, 5:30 for 6 -8 pm
  • Prizes:  Lucky draw prizes
  • Fee:  Donation of R25 to
  • RSVP Required: Limit 100 pax
  • Location:  University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Portswood Road in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Logistics:  Metrorail to Cape Town city, MyCiti bus or fanwalk. Bicycle and car parking available.
  • Attire:  Business Smart
  • Wines: Villiera Wines Stellenbosch
  • Updates
  • Twitter:  #africasifnetworking


Africa Sustainable Investment Forum ( is pleased to extend this invitation to you and your organization as stakeholders in investment in Africa. Will you join us?

The AfricaSIF team invites you to meet and mingle with 100 investors and stakeholders in Africa. The networking fills the gap in helping investors and stakeholders across sectors to meet with colleagues who are some part of the sustainable investment value chain in Africa today. As always, AfricaSIF networking will feature a great vibe, seven x 2 minute speeches by influencers in sustainable investment in Africa, and the most interesting investment people in Africa in one place - see the videoclips BELOW and on for a sense of the vibe!

AfricaSIF is an independent, pan-African, not-for-profit network, knowledgebase and advocate promoting sustainable development across the continent launched in June 2010. The AfricaSIF Project is building a network of institutions and individuals promotes sustainable investment in Africa by investors in public, private and philanthropy sectors across asset classes, countries and stakeholders from our platform @

We look forward to seeing you there.

LUCKY DRAW: We have 4 lucky-draw tickets worth R14,000 each to give away to the IMN 2nd African Cup of Investment Management, 1-2 September 2011 in Cape Town, Mambu Design jewellery, and Villiera Wines Stellenbosch.

Hosted by
AfricaSIF Project Steering Committee 2011
Kelebogile Moloko, Mandisa Zungu, Kiki Lawal, Roselyne Yao, Josiane Fanguinoveny, Loyiso Mabece, Lagu Alfred Androga, Stanley Nyoni, Louise Gardiner, Hylton Brown, Wanjiru Kirima, Kerry Kilcullen Sinclair, Chiz Nwokonkor, Safia Hachicha, Greg Barker, Nadine Hawa, Alexandra Burger, Lianna Paniotta, Gioia McIntosh, Olivia Muiru, Graham Sinclair

In association with

Net Impact South Africa at UCT GSB - equipping Africa's leaders for a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable world.

Cathy Brewer co-owner of Villiera Wines Stellenbosch makes the connection between good wine and social and environmental sustainability in Africa - "good bubbly an good business"!

2011 videoclip - long version (9min)

AfricaSIF Winter NETWORKING Event 2011

About our SPONSORS...

Coronation Fund Managers, headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, is one of southern Africa's most successful third-party fund management companies. We are a pure fund management business that provides both individual and institutional investors with access to markets across a number of geographies. Located in all the major regions in South Africa we also have offices in Botswana, Swaziland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Our presence in Namibia is represented via our strategic partnership with Namibia Asset Management. As at the June 2011 quarter-end, assets under management total R240 billion.

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE is the world's leading independent provider of research to investors in renewable energy, biofuels, low-carbon technologies and the carbon markets. It covers all sectors of clean energy: renewables (wind, solar, marine, geothermal, mini-hydro, and biomass); biofuels; energy architecture (supply-side and demand-side efficiency, energy-smart buildings,  smart distribution, power storage, carbon capture and sequestration); hydrogen and fuel cells; carbon markets and services. Our Insight Services provide deep market analysis for investors in Wind, Solar, Biofuels, Biomass, Technology, Energy Policy and Capital Markets. and or press the HELP key twice on the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL service for instant live assistance.

ASISA was formed in 2008 by members of the Association of Collective Investments (ACI), the Investment Management Association of South Africa (IMASA), the Linked Investment Service Providers Association (LISPA) and the Life Offices’ Association (LOA). These associations have disbanded and their staff, assets and activities have been transferred to ASISA. As the custodian of the bulk of South Africa's savings and investments, ASISA and its members must ensure, in the interest of the country and its citizens, that the South African savings and investment industry remains relevant and sustainable into the future. ASISA's strategic purpose and mandate are therefore to remain a trusted partner to stakeholders in the financial services industry and to proactively engage with them on policy, regulatory and other important issues of common concern. ASISA will work towards promoting a culture of savings and investment in South Africa by playing a significant role in the development of the social, economic and regulatory framework in which our members operate, thereby assisting members to serve their customers better.

Old Mutual Investment Group (SA) - OMIGSA - is a multi-boutique asset management and investment business that offers clients access to a full array of investment offerings, styles and asset classes. OMIGSA's priority is to deliver performance through focus. With the establishment of OMIGSA and its impressive array of investment boutiques, clients now have access to a comprehensive range of best-of-breed investment solutions. Collectively they span all the key asset classes, yet individually they employ strategies that are as unique and extraordinary as the clients they serve. We firmly believe that OMIGSA is well positioned to face the challenges of the new investment environment head on. Whether you pursue enhanced performance or an improved investment experience, OMIGSA is committed to providing you with an investment solution that works for you.

GEPF business is to give members and pensioners peace of mind about their financial security after retirement. We do this by making sure that all funds in our safekeeping are responsibly invested and accounted for, and that benefits are paid out efficiently, accurately and on time. We have a solid track record in protecting our pensioners against inflation and in safeguarding the value of active members’ retirement savings. The GEPF is a firm believer in socially responsible investment and was a founder signatory of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (having signed in 2006). Being a responsible investor means we ensure that all investments not only deliver solid returns but also take environmental, social and governance issues into account.


IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We do so by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and supply essential services, by mobilizing capital from others, and by delivering advisory services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010.

Mergence Investment Managers (Pty) Ltd an independent, black owned and managed asset manager embracing a pragmatic approach to investing. Our significant experience and skill enable us to readily offer expertise to institutional clients. Responsible investing is core to the Mergence philosophy and we integrate environmental, social and governance issues into our investment approach. Embracing these values, we launched the Mergence SRI Fund during 2010 which offers low carbon equity investing and / or high impact debt. This product would suit investors seeking long term capital growth, whilst promoting responsible investing and development. 

SinCo - the sustainable investment consultants - is a boutique investment advisory firm specializing in sustainable investment architecture in frontier and emerging markets. Since 2006 SinCo has delivered sustainable investment architecture globally to pension funds, asset managers, private equity funds, stock exchanges and international organizations integrating environment, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment practice for sustainable long-term investment performance. 


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Speaker gifts and wines/sparkling wine supplied by: 

Villiera Wines is a vineyard outside Stellenbosch run by the Grier family since in 1983. The introduction of hi-tech cellar facilities for the production of still wines as well as Méthode Cap Classique combined with a unique wine business philosophy has seen Villiera developing into one of the largest private wineries in the country. Award-winning winemaker Jeff Grier crafts a range of wines characterized by a strong reflection of Villiera’s unique terroir and the retention of the distinct aromas and flavours of the different varietals. Viticulturist Simon Grier has always been a keen supporter of maintaining environmentally friendly vineyard management practices. The farm has not sprayed insecticides for the past ten years and a flock of 1000 Peking ducks are responsible for some natural pest control. There is a strong focus on water conservation, recycling and a greening project (currently in progress), which entails the planting of 1000’s of indigenous trees on the farm (over 39 000 planted in the past 2 years, with another 30000 planned for this year). This philosophy has led to a vibrant eco-system on the farm, including huge flocks of guinea fowl and pheasant as well as steenbok, Cape foxes, grey mongooses, porcupines and the threatened blue crane. These are all naturally occurring. Added to this Villiera opened a 220 Ha Wildlife Sanctuary in 2009 where they have introduced Springbuck, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok, Eland, Gemsbok, Bush Pig and Burchell’s Zebra.