PFAN activities in Southern Africa this year were shaped by the close collaboration with the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE).
SACREEE’s mission is to increase access to modern energy services and increase energy security by promoting the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services in the Southern Africa Development Community.
Strengthening the relationship with SACREEE, PFAN has organized webinars in collaboration with the centre to discuss opportunities for financing climate and clean energy projects, expand the profile of PFAN within the SADC region and to identify prospective entrepreneurs. The webinars were attended by more than 80 interested entrepreneurs as well as representatives of local PFAN partners, such as the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe.
Additionally, the PFAN Country Coordinators in the region conducted virtual roadshows to promote PFAN services to entrepreneurs. Thus, despite the region being severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Africa region has managed to keep PFAN activities and advisor support ongoing and to successfully organize several virtual outreach events.
Southern Africa in 2020
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New partnerships established
Total number of projects supported by country
Meet our Network in Southern Africa
PFAN Advisor - Mohamed Allie Ebrahim
Allie is a qualified Chartered Accountant, CA (SA), with 19 years consulting experience in financial and transaction advisory services. He spent close to 15 years working in the corporate finance department of one of the global Big Four auditing and advisory services firms. Since July 2016, he has been providing consulting services as an independent consultant.
Allie has advised (delivered, managed and/or led) financial due diligence investigations, business and asset valuations and appraisals, financial model reviews, financial modelling and strategic financial advisory assignments. He has a good understanding of corporate and project finance principles and seeks to apply his financial expertise and broad transaction advisory experience to inform and support the strategic, financial and capital decisions of clients.
Allie has also developed a keen interest in low-carbon economic development, clean energy, business sustainability and the green economy. The focus is therefore not only on financial returns, but also socio-economic transformation and positive environmental impact. As a result, most of his recent projects have a strong developmental and/or sustainability purpose.
Regional Coordinator - Thaven Naidoo
Thaven has experience in various sectors, ranging from agriculture and mining to media and technology, as well as adaptation and development. He first became involved in PFAN through the development of the adaptation work stream, before becoming regional coordinator. Adaptation has since been mainstreamed into PFAN’s work, a move he believes has been very positive.
Passionate about innovation and with a deep understanding of the challenges facing entrepreneurs, Thaven enjoys seeing projects grow from concept to financial close. “We’ve seen world-class, large scale projects find investment in Southern Africa, and in East Africa we’ve seen many smaller innovative projects achieve finance.” The market, he says, is full of good ideas that become great projects thanks to the guidance of PFAN’s coaches.
Malawi – Andrew Nkoloma
Madagascar –Daniela Rakotomamonjy
Mozambique – Kemal Vaz
Namibia – Harald Schütt
South Africa – Michael Sudarkasa
Zambia – Sabera Khan
Zimbabwe – Chandirekera Mutubuki-Makuyana
New Partners in 2020
Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
The BCSDZ was established in 1993 with the mission to promote the proactive and continuous improvement of sustainable development in business in Zimbabwe through the interlinked pillars of corporate environmental, economic and social responsibilities, and to act as a catalyst for capacity-building in business through knowledge-sharing and liaison with national and international private and public sector organizations.
Eos Capital, Namibia
Eos Capital’s objective is to contribute to the growth of the Namibian economy as a leading Private Equity player that is the first choice for investors to manage private equity funds, as well as the preferred partner for companies looking for financing in Namibia, building on its strong local network and ability to add value to portfolio companies.