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Our Team

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Neill Hobbs
Chief Executive Officer

“My personal passion is job creation and this is how we can really change the future of this nation; a future we can create by our actions today. By investing in 12J, by investing in small or medium-sized  enterprises, by creating jobs, we’re in fact stabilizing this country and taking away the threats of crime, unemployment and poverty.”

Chartered Accountant CA (SA), Registered Auditor and Senior Business Rescue Practitioner. For the last 14 years, Neill has been a partner of Hobbs Sinclair where his skills have been utilised in building an accounting practice, specialising in tax structures. Neill is a Chartered Accountant CA (SA) and has a BComm honours degree in Financial Management. Neill completed his audit articles at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). Furthermore, he acted on the main board as a director and managing director for Rennie Grinaker Zimbabwe Limited, Kestrel Group and Elexir technology Holdings Ltd. Four years ago Neill became a Business Rescue Practitioner and has taken on many successful appointments to date which involved hundreds of jobs being saved and a return of profitability to these companies. His high level strategic management was a key driver which led to their success.

Neill Hobbs
Chief Executive Officer

“My personal passion is job creation and this is how we can really change the future of this nation; a future we can create by our actions today. By investing in 12J, by investing in small or medium-sized  enterprises, by creating jobs, we’re in fact stabilizing this country and taking away the threats of crime, unemployment and poverty.”

Chartered Accountant CA (SA), Registered Auditor and Senior Business Rescue Practitioner. For the last 14 years, Neill has been a partner of Hobbs Sinclair where his skills have been utilised in building an accounting practice, specialising in tax structures. Neill is a Chartered Accountant CA (SA) and has a BComm honours degree in Financial Management. Neill completed his audit articles at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). Furthermore, he acted on the main board as a director and managing director for Rennie Grinaker Zimbabwe Limited, Kestrel Group and Elexir technology Holdings Ltd. Four years ago Neill became a Business Rescue Practitioner and has taken on many successful appointments to date which involved hundreds of jobs being saved and a return of profitability to these companies. His high level strategic management was a key driver which led to their success.

Zane De Decker
Chief Investment Officer: Properties

“Section 12J is a unique opportunity to invest your tax money for your own account into companies that create jobs, rather than simply paying it over to SARS.”

After graduating Cum Laude and completing his Post Graduate Degree in Property Studies at the University of Cape Town, Zane began his career at several high-worth property portfolios, including Old Mutual and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) where he oversaw a portfolio of large projects and acquisitions, including the V&A Waterfront.

Following the PIC, Zane started his first company, Proventus Property, which initiated, designed and managed several residential and commercial developments, including modern-living and luxury residential estates. With the successful merger of Proventus Property with a larger partner in 2017, Zane founded Flyt Property Investments. Under his leadership, Flyt’s mandate is to seek and execute investment opportunities that not only create value for shareholders, but contribute positively to the built environment landscape of the Cape.

Zane has nearly two decades of technical and practical experience in the field, spanning property, asset and development management.

Zane De Decker
Chief Investment Officer: Properties

“Section 12J is a unique opportunity to invest your tax money for your own account into companies that create jobs, rather than simply paying it over to SARS.”

After graduating Cum Laude and completing his Post Graduate Degree in Property Studies at the University of Cape Town, Zane began his career at several high-worth property portfolios, including Old Mutual and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) where he oversaw a portfolio of large projects and acquisitions, including the V&A Waterfront.

Following the PIC, Zane started his first company, Proventus Property, which initiated, designed and managed several residential and commercial developments, including modern-living and luxury residential estates. With the successful merger of Proventus Property with a larger partner in 2017, Zane founded Flyt Property Investments. Under his leadership, Flyt’s mandate is to seek and execute investment opportunities that not only create value for shareholders, but contribute positively to the built environment landscape of the Cape.

Zane has nearly two decades of technical and practical experience in the field, spanning property, asset and development management.

James Rothmann
Chief Financial Officer

“Anuva is the most transparent 12J VCC in terms of financial reporting and communication with shareholders. We are trusted by the captains of industry and smaller investors alike and have built a well-respected portfolio of resilient businesses.”

A chartered accountant, James completed his honours degree in Accounting at Stellenbosch University. He started his career at PwC in Stellenbosch, where he gained extensive experience in the finance of a wide range of industries, including listed companies and renewable energies. He is positive about the future of Africa and the role that South Africa has to play in it. He also believes that initiatives like section 12J are exactly what the country needs to jump-start the struggling economy.

James Rothmann
Chief Financial Officer

“Anuva is the most transparent 12J VCC in terms of financial reporting and communication with shareholders. We are trusted by the captains of industry and smaller investors alike and have built a well-respected portfolio of resilient businesses.”

A chartered accountant, James completed his honours degree in Accounting at Stellenbosch University. He started his career at PwC in Stellenbosch, where he gained extensive experience in the finance of a wide range of industries, including listed companies and renewable energies. He is positive about the future of Africa and the role that South Africa has to play in it. He also believes that initiatives like section 12J are exactly what the country needs to jump-start the struggling economy.

Andrew Friedmann
Distribution Manager

Andrew has a dynamic career spanning 27 years in sales and marketing, business development as well as customer and business management in digital technology and IT services market. Andrew recently joined the Anuva team to enhance all customer focus systems and to manage Anuva’s Affiliate Programme. He holds several marketing, technology and project management accreditations and is passionate about creating value for customers and stakeholders.

073 530 6016

Andrew Friedmann
Distribution Manager

Andrew has a dynamic career spanning 27 years in sales and marketing, business development as well as customer and business management in digital technology and IT services market. Andrew recently joined the Anuva team to enhance all customer focus systems and to manage Anuva’s Affiliate Programme. He holds several marketing, technology and project management accreditations and is passionate about creating value for customers and stakeholders.

073 530 6016

Yolandé Botha
Marketing Manager

Yolandé is a marketing and communications all-rounder with experience in engaging and influencing stakeholders and audiences through relevant channels. She has an honours degree in Politics and International Relations from Rhodes University and currently holds the position of marketing manager through which she leads brand-building for Anuva. Yolandé previously worked as the editor of TaxTalk where she gained extensive technical tax knowledge. She uses this understanding as well as her communications experience to create effective messages that clearly communicate Anuva’s investment opportunities and marketing position.

082 087 6266

Yolandé Botha
Marketing Manager

Yolandé is a marketing and communications all-rounder with experience in engaging and influencing stakeholders and audiences through relevant channels. She has an honours degree in Politics and International Relations from Rhodes University and currently holds the position of marketing manager through which she leads brand-building for Anuva. Yolandé previously worked as the editor of TaxTalk where she gained extensive technical tax knowledge. She uses this understanding as well as her communications experience to create effective messages that clearly communicate Anuva’s investment opportunities and marketing position.

082 087 6266

BOARD MEMBERS

Allan Gillet
Non Executive Director
Chairman of the Board

“Anuva is a successful pioneer in the field of investing 12J funding to partner with enterprising management teams to grow their businesses and create jobs.”

Alan is Chairman of Synchron Markings (Pty) Ltd, Claremont Consolidated Investments (Pty) Ltd, Anuva Investments Ltd. and CEO of the Synland Property Trust. Alan is a graduate of Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand universities and began his career at the Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd. He thereafter played a key role in the formation and listing on the JSE of the electronics group Control Instruments Ltd. in 1987. During this time the group exported to over 42 countries worldwide and won the State President’s award for export achievement. After moving to Cape Town in 1992, Alan purchased Synchron Markings an importer and distributor of specialized materials for the packaging and labeling industries, blinds, awnings and tent materials. Synchron represents the world’s leading principals in these fields. Since then he has also been involved in the development of a portfolio of industrial properties in prime locations in the Western Cape.

Allan Gillet
Non Executive Director
Chairman of the Board

“Anuva is a successful pioneer in the field of investing 12J funding to partner with enterprising management teams to grow their businesses and create jobs.”

Alan is Chairman of Synchron Markings (Pty) Ltd, Claremont Consolidated Investments (Pty) Ltd, Anuva Investments Ltd. and CEO of the Synland Property Trust. Alan is a graduate of Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand universities and began his career at the Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd. He thereafter played a key role in the formation and listing on the JSE of the electronics group Control Instruments Ltd. in 1987. During this time the group exported to over 42 countries worldwide and won the State President’s award for export achievement. After moving to Cape Town in 1992, Alan purchased Synchron Markings an importer and distributor of specialized materials for the packaging and labeling industries, blinds, awnings and tent materials. Synchron represents the world’s leading principals in these fields. Since then he has also been involved in the development of a portfolio of industrial properties in prime locations in the Western Cape.

Michael Hainebach
Non Executive Director
Investment Committee Member

“This is an extraordinary opportunity.”

Experienced entrepreneur and key individual of iTouch and ViaMedia. Michael achieved a BSc Honours degree after studying Zoology and Computer Science at the University of Cape Town and then the University of the Witwatersrand. He went on to work as a programmer at Eskom before spending four years travelling and volunteering in South and Central America as a zoologist. On returning to South Africa, he started working for iTouch, a company specialising in mobile phone services, which became an international leader in the industry and listed on the London Stock Exchange, during his tenure as General Manager of the consumer division in South Africa. Michael left iTouch to become Marketing Director and shareholder of ViaMedia, which soon became the top company of its kind, in the country, under his guidance.

Michael Hainebach
Non Executive Director
Investment Committee Member

“This is an extraordinary opportunity.”

Experienced entrepreneur and key individual of iTouch and ViaMedia. Michael achieved a BSc Honours degree after studying Zoology and Computer Science at the University of Cape Town and then the University of the Witwatersrand. He went on to work as a programmer at Eskom before spending four years travelling and volunteering in South and Central America as a zoologist. On returning to South Africa, he started working for iTouch, a company specialising in mobile phone services, which became an international leader in the industry and listed on the London Stock Exchange, during his tenure as General Manager of the consumer division in South Africa. Michael left iTouch to become Marketing Director and shareholder of ViaMedia, which soon became the top company of its kind, in the country, under his guidance.

Kobus Nell
Non Executive Director
Chairman of the Investment Committee

“With unemployment so high in this country the determination Anuva has shown to take struggling SME’s to successful businesses and secure employment for many is a great success story. I am proud to be associated with Anuva.”

Kobus is the Managing Director of PKF Constantia Valley Cape Town. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has been in public practice since he qualified in 1995. He started in his career concentrating on audits but has over the last couple of years focused on valuations, acquisitions, due diligence work, tax advice and assisting SME’s with streamlining their processes and making their businesses more profitable. In being part of two international networks over the years, Kobus has also vast experience in cross border operations.

Kobus Nell
Non Executive Director
Chairman of the Investment Committee

“With unemployment so high in this country the determination Anuva has shown to take struggling SME’s to successful businesses and secure employment for many is a great success story. I am proud to be associated with Anuva.”

Kobus is the Managing Director of PKF Constantia Valley Cape Town. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has been in public practice since he qualified in 1995. He started in his career concentrating on audits but has over the last couple of years focused on valuations, acquisitions, due diligence work, tax advice and assisting SME’s with streamlining their processes and making their businesses more profitable. In being part of two international networks over the years, Kobus has also vast experience in cross border operations.

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Brett Dawson
Investment Committee Member

Brett Dawson completed his B.Comm at the University of Witwatersrand in 1988, and went on to acquire his BAcc, and CA (SA). Brett became CEO of Dimension Data in 2004. He held the reins for a remarkable 12 years, taking the company through four major transitions, and he is a firm believer that technology is core to every business strategy. He is currently the Chairman of Free2cycle and the Non-executive Director at Altron.

Brett Dawson
Investment Committee Member

Brett Dawson completed his B.Comm at the University of Witwatersrand in 1988, and went on to acquire his BAcc, and CA (SA). Brett became CEO of Dimension Data in 2004. He held the reins for a remarkable 12 years, taking the company through four major transitions, and he is a firm believer that technology is core to every business strategy. He is currently the Chairman of Free2cycle and the Non-executive Director at Altron.

Brita Kirk
Investment Committee Member

“The key aspect of Anuva that sits with me as an investor and a member of the investment team is their professionalism and conviction to invest in companies which provide a sound opportunity while at the same time aim to uphold the essence of 12J through increasing employment and providing capital and management expertise to promising SMEs.”

Chartered Accountant (CA) SA. In 1985 Brita completed her BCom. (CTA) in Accounting at the University of Cape town and started her career in the auditing profession with Deloitte where she remained for seven years. Brita then specialised in Corporate Accounting and Reporting and was Group Financial manager at several listed companies including HL&H Timber Products a Division of HL&H Limited, Kohler Packaging Limited and Malbak Limited. During this period Brita completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Management with Henley Business School. Having left the corporate world to be available for her family, Brita has remained involved in several entrepreneurial business ventures over the past 15 years both as an investor and advisor.

Brita Kirk
Investment Committee Member

“The key aspect of Anuva that sits with me as an investor and a member of the investment team is their professionalism and conviction to invest in companies which provide a sound opportunity while at the same time aim to uphold the essence of 12J through increasing employment and providing capital and management expertise to promising SMEs.”

Chartered Accountant (CA) SA. In 1985 Brita completed her BCom. (CTA) in Accounting at the University of Cape town and started her career in the auditing profession with Deloitte where she remained for seven years. Brita then specialised in Corporate Accounting and Reporting and was Group Financial manager at several listed companies including HL&H Timber Products a Division of HL&H Limited, Kohler Packaging Limited and Malbak Limited. During this period Brita completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Management with Henley Business School. Having left the corporate world to be available for her family, Brita has remained involved in several entrepreneurial business ventures over the past 15 years both as an investor and advisor.

INVESTMENT CONSULTANTS

Darryn van der Poel
Property Investment Consultant

Darryn has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Economics and currently holds the position of Investment Consultant, building shareholder value for investors through his knowledge, expertise and global business network. For the past 15 years he has been involved in unique commercial projects in the financial advisory, property and corporate consulting sectors, focusing on asset management and long-term client value protection. His most memorable periods include serving as Director at the family boutique property firm, structuring alternative investment deals for FirstRand clients, and working on Carbon Credit and Renewable Energy consulting projects.

083 258 6316

Darryn van der Poel
Property Investment Consultant

Darryn has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Economics and currently holds the position of Investment Consultant, building shareholder value for investors through his knowledge, expertise and global business network. For the past 15 years he has been involved in unique commercial projects in the financial advisory, property and corporate consulting sectors, focusing on asset management and long-term client value protection. His most memorable periods include serving as Director at the family boutique property firm, structuring alternative investment deals for FirstRand clients, and working on Carbon Credit and Renewable Energy consulting projects.

083 258 6316

Justin van der Poel
Property Investment Consultant

Justin has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing Management and holds the role of Sales and Investment Consultant. He has a long-held passion for property, which stems from watching his family’s involvement in developments and management of a substantial residential portfolio in the Cape Region. In 2015 he assumed the role of portfolio manager, managing the company’s residential portfolio. In 2016, along with two partners, Justin founded SVDP property group, a boutique style property and investment brokerage. The company completed a comprehensive needs analysis for each of its clients and sourced tailor-made property asset opportunities to match their requirements and maximise their returns across all property types, including residential, retail, commercial and industrial.

076 095 2846

Justin van der Poel
Property Investment Consultant

Justin has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing Management and holds the role of Sales and Investment Consultant. He has a long-held passion for property, which stems from watching his family’s involvement in developments and management of a substantial residential portfolio in the Cape Region. In 2015 he assumed the role of portfolio manager, managing the company’s residential portfolio. In 2016, along with two partners, Justin founded SVDP property group, a boutique style property and investment brokerage. The company completed a comprehensive needs analysis for each of its clients and sourced tailor-made property asset opportunities to match their requirements and maximise their returns across all property types, including residential, retail, commercial and industrial.

076 095 2846

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