Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Sello has a wealth of business experience gained over more than 28 years in financial services, investment management and employee benefits. He is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Thesele Group, a diversified investment holding company. He is the independent non-executive chairman of JSE listed companies Telkom and Momentum Metropolitan Holdings. He also currently serves as non-executive director on the boards of Prudential Investment Managers and DG Capital.
He was previously Chair of the Alexander Forbes Group (executive), Sibanye-Stillwater and General Reinsurance Africa, and was CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers.
Sello is a Trustee of the UCT Foundation where he chairs the Joint Investment Committee as well as a Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation where he chairs the Investment Committee.
Co-Founder and CEO
Thabo has more than 27 years’ experience in the food and beverages, petrochemicals, information and communications technology, and financial services sectors.
He currently serves as the chairperson of Hulamin and is an independent non-executive director and the chairperson of the Remuneration Committee at Rhodes Food Group. Thabo also serves as the chairman of Vexila, non-executive chairman of ICAS Southern Africa and non-executive director of Attacq. He also serves as a member of Prudential’s Board and sits on their Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee.
Sibusiso has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services. He has held various roles in asset management and investment banking with local and international banks, including Real Africa Durolink, HSBC, Andisa Capital and Macquarie Capital. He was a co-founder of Sansara Group, a corporate finance advisory firm that merged with Macquarie South Africa.
Oliver joined Thesele in 2015 and is an Executive Director responsible for sourcing, executing and managing Thesele portfolio companies. Before joining Thesele, he was a senior deal executive at CapitalWorks Private Equity, CEO of Brait’s Alternative Equity Partners and chief operating officer of Circle Capital Ventures. Oliver is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and he is also a former secretary-general of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals.
Kam has more than 14 years’ experience in private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining Thesele, he was a principal in the Ethos Fund VI buyout fund. His responsibility is deal origination and execution. Kam has served as a board member of a number of portfolio companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Evantha joined Thesele in August 2018 as the chief financial officer. She started her private equity career at Brait in 2005 after completing her articles of clerkship with PwC.
Tinyiko joined Thesele in 2019 as an Investment Associate where she currently sits on the board of Mortimer Thesele Group (Pty) Ltd. Prior to joining Thesele, Tinyiko served as a highly regarded Economist at Old Mutual Investment Group where her boutique was rated the number one asset allocators in South Africa by BNP Paribas/Cadiz Securities and won the Economist of the Year award in both 2015 and 2017. She was responsible for the detailed analysis of macro-economic data and key economic policy issues affecting industries in which Old Mutual invests.
Tinyiko has more than 8 years of financial services experience, mainly in investments. She is a registered Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a certified Sustainability and Climate Risk Professional (SCR) with the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Laurisha has 15 years’ experience in positions across various sectors, including investment banking, hospitality and property management. Her role is to make sure that the team is well supported, liaising with external stakeholders on team members’ behalf and enabling them to optimise their time as they focus on the core business of the organisation.
Zola has vast experience in clerical support, client liaison, recruitment, inventory control, travel arrangements and events management. She recently joined Thesele Group as the office manager and her role is to ensure the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis, including ensuring that office operations and procedures are organised, correspondence is up to date, filing systems are in order, supply requisitions are reviewed and approved, and that clerical functions are properly assigned and monitored.
Who we are
Thesele Group (Pty) Ltd is a 100% black-owned investment holding company founded in 2005 by its founding shareholders, Sello Moloko and Thabo Leeuw. It was established with funding secured from Standard Bank and Sanlam as its anchor investors.
Thesele is currently owned by its founders and management (95.2%) and the Thesele Foundation (4.8%).
The name “Thesele” originates from the reverent name given to the great King Moshoeshoe who united the various Basotho clans into one. Basotho proudly refer to themselves as “Bana Ba Thesele”, meaning the children of Thesele.
It is based on the original Thesele’s founding philosophies that the company has built its core values: