We focus on creating an environment in which staff are involved, engaged and are valued as active contributors of value creation. This ensures that we lead in the field of prime property logistics.
The reputation of the business and value of the Equites brand is built on the group’s standing commitment to be a responsible, transparent and ethical business, and to maintain the trust of all of our stakeholders.
Equites is a level 3 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment ("B-BBEE") contributor on the revised property sector scorecard and is now 66% black-owned.
Achieving a Level 3 B-BBEE rating is testament of our commitment to inclusive employment, transformation and governance practices. Our plans for the future are to continue these practices and identify areas where they could meaningfully make a difference.
We are committed to creating long-term benefits for the larger South African society, to ensure that Equites provides a sustainable form of business and a stable social context. Through education and community upliftment, we create the skills needed in South Africa, as well as smoothen the path to transformation.
While we continue to drive the essence of the transformation agenda, we look forward to partnering with our clients to create and deliver value.
1. Qualification: BEcon
Leon is the CEO of ASISA. He also serves on the boards of Sun International Limited and Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited (“Brimstone”). He is also Chair of the Board of the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA). A global body representing 60 countries with Assets under Management of US$57 trillion. With his vast experience in business and investment management, he is able to direct the board effectively and provide sound guidance to the executive team.
2. Qualification: BSc (Honours) (Mathematics and Management)
Andrea established his own property development company in 2006 and built up a substantial portfolio of modern logistics assets for his own account over the following 8 years. This became an important component of the Equites portfolio on listing. This development expertise and his previous experience in the UK, are key success factors for Equites.
3. Qualification: BA (Law) LLB
Riaan was previously a director of one of the predecessor firms of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc. where he gained extensive exposure to real estate transactions. He then spent some 10 years as an executive director of the Arabella Group and was actively involved in the development of their property portfolio. His legal knowledge in the property sector has proven invaluable in the listing process and the many significant transaction Equites has concluded to date.
4. Qualification: BBsc (Finance & Accounting), PGDA, CA
Laila joined Equites in 2015 and has played an integral role in improving internal processes within the group as well as growing the scale and sophistication of the overall finance function. Prior to joining Equites, she worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.’s Advisory division with a focus on mergers & acquisitions. She has a keen interest for environmental, social and sustainable initiatives and serves as a director of The Michel Lanfranchi Foundation (NPC).
5. Qualification: B.Com, B.Compt (Hons), CA
Andre is the managing director of Intaprop Investments (Pty) Ltd, a property development company. With his financial background and insights into the property sector, he provides valuable insights to the board.
6. Qualification: BCom (Accounting), PGDA, CA
Cindy (CA(SA)) is currently an independent non-executive director of Life Healthcare Group Holdings Limited, RCL Foods Limited and Truworths International Limited. Her previous experience includes serving as chief financial officer of Pioneer Food Group Limited, Media24 Holdings Proprietary Limited and Sea Harvest Group Limited.
7. Qualification: BA, CA
Doug serves as a non-executive director on the board of The Foschini Group Limited (“TFG”) and its subsidiaries, TFG London and RAG Australia. He joined the TFG in 1985 and was appointed as CEO of TFG in 2007, having previously held various senior positions within TFG. He served as CEO until his retirement in 2018. He has extensive knowledge and experience in local and international financial, retail and logistics markets.
8. Qualification: MLAW (LLB)
Eunice is a founding member and consultant at EC Advisory legal consultancy. She is completing a Doctor of Philosophy at Wits Business School. Her areas of expertise include corporate law, commercial law, banking & finance law, international law and general contract law. She takes an extensive interest in gender relations and equality issues which informs her academic studies.
9. Qualification: BAcc(Hons), CA
Keabetswe is the founding CEO of Africa Collective Investments (RF) Proprietary Limited. She serves as an independent non-executive and chairperson of the audit committee for Cloud Atlas Investing (RF) Proprietary Limited.
10. Qualification: BCompt (Hons), CA
Mustaq is the CEO of Brimstone Investment Corporation Ltd. He also serves as the chairperson of Oceana Group Limited, Life Healthcare Limited and International Frontier Technologies SOC Limited. He is a director of AON Re SA Proprietary Limited and Lion of Africa Insurance Company Ltd. He serves on the boards and committees of various non-profit organisations. With his vast business experience, he brings unique insights and provides sound guidance to the board.
11. Qualification: (BSC (Actuarial Science), CFA, CAIA)
Ndabezinhle (Ndabe) is currently the chief investment officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, chairman of IG Markets South Africa and an independent non-executive director and chairperson of the audit and risk committee of Fairvest Property Holdings Limited. His previous experience includes co-portfolio management positions at STANLIB Asset Management and Coronation Fund Managers as well as an equity analyst role at Prudential Investment Managers.
12. Qualification: BSc (QS), MAQS, PrQS, A.AArb
Nazeem is a director of the national firm Bham Tayob Khan Matunda (BTKM) quantity surveyors. He also serves on the board and is the chairman of the Brimstone audit committee. His experience provides valuable insights into the group’s operations, particularly with respect to property acquisitions and developments.
13. Qualification: CA
Ruth is a senior policy advisor at ASISA, CEO of the ASISA Foundation and trustee of the ASISA Enterprise and Supplier Development entities. She has served on numerous councils and boards including SAICA and IRBA. With her financial and compliance background, she sets the ethical tone for the group and spearheads the functions of the audit committee.