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Media Release: SAVCA Announces New CEO, effective 1 November 2022

The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) is excited to announce the appointment of Tshepiso Kobile as Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 November 2022. Kobile succeeds Tanya van Lill, who served SAVCA for over five years.

Kobile hails from a financial services background, having served as an investment professional with the Development Bank of Southern Africa and as a property finance manager with Standard Bank. Through her involvement in both the public and private sectors, she has gained unique skills in senior management roles. Her recent position was as the Senior Programme Manager for Catalytic Projects at the eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu Natal, as well as Chairperson of SAIBPP KZN.

She also serves on the boards of the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners and the National Housing Finance Corporation, in addition to previous roles representing Business in the KZN and eThekwini Economic Councils.  She holds a BSc (Honours) Degree in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Certificate in Company Direction (IoD (UK)). 

SAVCA Chairman Lelo Rantloane says that after a rigorous recruitment and interview process, Kobile was found to be the strongest candidate for the role.

“Tshepiso’s background of managing multiple stakeholders will serve her well as SAVCA engages with multiple stakeholders both within and outside the industry. She is tasked with a mandate to increase the industry profile and deepen relationships while continuing the upward trajectory and build on the strong momentum SAVCA has built.

“We are excited to welcome Tshepiso on board and believe that she is the ideal person to deliver on our strategic objectives of encouraging increased flows of investments to the private equity and venture capital industry, for the productive deployment into investee companies in Southern Africa and therefore the economy.”

SAVCA, which is the industry body and advocates for private equity and venture capital in Southern Africa, was established in 1998 and represents around 200 members, who account for more than R206bn in funds under management. SAVCA promotes the asset class by engaging with regulators and legislators on a range of matters affecting the industry, provides relevant and insightful research on aspects of private equity and venture capital, presents training on the workings of private equity and venture capital, shares industry best practice, and creates meaningful networking opportunities for industry players.

“We look forward to introducing Tshepiso to our members and friends of the industry and wish her well as she begins her new role with us,” Rantloane says.