The Power To Thrive

The African Lioness.

Strong, Powerful, Strategic.


Kutana Group clarifies its position on Grinaker – LTA Empowerment Deal


She lives in a world dominated by danger, riddled with uncertainty. And yet despite the odds, she is a leader, a visionary, given to a keen understanding of teamwork, working without any fear of the sacrifices she needs to help her pride survive, and thrive.

The spirit of the lioness is at the heart of everything we do at Kutana. From humble roots we have risen to lead as a team of dedicated and empowered individuals, working together to secure the collective success of our stakeholders. In a male dominated world, Kutana has battled and won the respect of our peers, and today, we stand strong in defense and respect of our communities.

For our women, for our youth, for the underprivileged and uneducated, we dedicate our work to you. May our success become your success, and together we will bring great hope to the future of our beautiful country.

About Kutana Group

Black women-owned, our leadership group espouses a commitment to BEE and transformation. We are pioneered and steered by an experienced management group with more than 70 years’ combined experience in shaping successful investment companies across South Africa and Africa, delivering real value and measurable growth.

Our team of seasoned corporate professionals is recognised for its leadership and community roles throughout South Africa and Africa across a number of divergent sectors.

Our focus is on building sustainable growth through responsible investments and a commitment to the communities we work with and support.

Our Mission

Kutana is a Pan-African investment company focused on delivering significant shareholder value while contributing to the transformation of the economy and society at large.

Our Values

Knowledge is power. Sharing a strong ethical culture and expanding through positive involvement increases our collective chance of

Integrity breeds success. Honesty and transparency in everything we do is the cornerstone of our work.

Growth is life. We drive business growth through new approaches and a commitment to protect the ones we serve.

Business Focus

At Kutana we succeed by investing in diverse business segments, with composite skills in each of the areas we invest.

Thus ensuring a balanced approach to creating value, mitigating risk and delivering sustainable returns.

Success not shared cannot be sustained.

We don’t settle for outstanding shareholder returns and exceptional growth, but continually strive to give
back to our communities so that, one day, they’ll be empowered to grow what we started.

Success is built on courage,
resourcefulness and strategy.

Kutana Value Add

Complementary combination of skills and experience to support the investee

Business development

Support Broad-based BEE and Transformation agenda

Access to funding both equity and debt markets

Investment Portfolio

We focus on the following sectors

Media, Telecoms & IT
Financial Services
Agriculture & Food Services
Property & Related Services
Industrial Products & Services
Steel & Construction
Resources & Energy

Investment Criteria

At Kutana we carefully consider the merits of every investment we make.

Our professional teams are expert at identifying businesses that are:

We also look for new businesses that have potential for growth and value creation in the longer term.

In doing so we identify different ways that our teams can add material value and sustain an active involvement in the investee company.

Investment Process


Initiation Phase


Investigation Phase


Implementation Phase


Post-Implementation Phase

  • Informal Discussion
  • Review Values and Philosophy
  • Reputational Risk Assestment
  • Non Disclosure Agreement
  • Mini Due Diligence - Corporate Governance
  • Comprehensive Due Diligence
  • Valuation
  • Internal Investment Committee
  • Review
  • Approval
  • Structure & Pricing
  • Presentation to full Investment Committee Approval
  • Heads of Agreement / MOU / Contract
  • Funding
  • Deal Implementation
  • Post Contract activities (Value Add)
  • Focus on sustainable growth and good corporate governance

Meet the Investment Principals

Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe

CEO and founding member

  • Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe

    MSC – (Medicinal Chemistry, UK) BSc & diploma in teaching (Swaziland) Executive courses at Harvard (USA) & IMD (Switzerland)

    Thoko is the CEO and a founding member of the Kutana Group. Thoko has worked in executive positions in global pharmaceutical and ICT companies including CEO of Alcatel SA and Hewlett Packard SA. She currently holds a number of non-executive board positions for leading South African companies which include ABSA Bank, Vodacom group, AVENG group, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Smollen group, Old Mutual and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. She has received various awards such as South African Business Women of the year in 2007, IT businesswomen of the year and voted 2nd most influential women in Africa for IT, Media and Telecoms.

Dr Thabang Mokoteli


  • Dr Thabang Mokoteli

    PhD (Finance, UK) MAcc (Accounting, USA) BComm (Accounting, Lesotho)

    In Kutana she focuses on the financial overview and governance. Dr Thabang Mokoteli is a senior lecturer in Finance at Wits Business School (WBS), South Africa. Previously she was a Finance Officer at Standard Chartered Bank. She served as a non-executive director at Nozala Investments Ltd and Life’s Comfort Solutions. Currently, she serves as a non-executive director at StorTech (a subsidiary of Vodacom SA).

Anthony Barnard

Chief Investment Officer

  • Anthony Barnard

    BCom CAIB (SA)

    Anthony has extensive experience in the SA banking industry beginning his career in retail banking with his final positions being those in corporate and investment banking. He has extensive experience in the areas of structuring and funding of BEE transactions, development and management of Private Equity Funds and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to having held senior executive positions in Nedbank, Investec and ABN Amro Bank, Anthony has established a successful Pan-African consulting organisation providing credit, risk and management training and consulting to many of the South African and African Financial Institutions.

Claire Du Bourg

Investment Principal

  • Claire Du Bourg

    B. Accounting (Honours) Stellenbosch CA(SA)

    Claire’s focus is on driving acquisitions and investments for the Kutana Group within our defined industry sectors. Claire co-founded Crest Capital in 2014. Prior to this, Claire was a director in the corporate finance division at Grant Thornton Johannesburg where she headed up the transaction advisory function within the team. Claire has extensive experience in transaction advisory and M&A which includes buy-side and sell-side transaction structuring and various cross border transactions in a range of industry sectors.

Lebo Sephoti


  • Lebo Sephoti

    Engineering Metallurgy (University of Johannesburg), B -Tech Degree: Business Administration, Masters in Business Administration – MBA candidate (Henley Business School)

    Lebo is responsible for Business Development within the Steel and Mining portfolio. Her focus is to provide leadership in communications, marketing, sales and business development within the Steel and Mining business. Lebo has over 15 years of experience in various Engineering sectors such as; Foundries, Mineral Processing, Mechanical components, Dust-Extraction, Steel, and Lifting equipment.

    Lebo previously worked for CMCO Material Handing SA, Columbus McKinnon Corporation as Executive Lead: Business Development, prior to this she worked for Aveng Steel for almost 7 years where she took on several Senior Management roles in Projects Sales and Business Development within the Aveng Steel cluster.

Janine De Bruyn

Private Equity

  • Janine De Bruyn

    BCompt (UNISA) BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (UCT) Served her articles at Price Waterhouse Coopers

    Janine has extensive experience in structuring and funding of BEE transactions, development and management of Private Equity Funds, mergers and acquisitions and development and management of Trusts/Consortia. She’s worked for Sanlam Investment Management and Futuregrowth where she managed development and private equity funds and was also MD of Sekunjalo Private Equity and Corporate Finance Director of Unipalm Investment Holdings. Janine holds a number of non-executive directorships and has established a consulting company offering advice on strategic private equity, BEE transaction structuring and corporate finance.

Bridget Ledwaba


  • Bridget Ledwaba

    B. Com ( University of Pretoria) , FLPM ( Unisa SBL) MAP( Wits Business School) , Advanced Diploma in Organizational Leadership ( Towerstone)

    Bridget is a talented, results-producing executive with a proven record of increasing the bottom line. I’m her previous role as Managing Director of Intertoll Africa she led geographic growth and market diversification of the business. She has over 14 years’ experience in general management, business development, sales & operations
    She has led successful teams in previous roles within Construction, Steel and Financial services

    Her extensive skills in JSE listed blue chip companies have included:

    • Lead high performing executive teams
    • Strategy formulation and execution
    • New product and developing new markets
    • Price setting and budget management
    • Contract & Tender Negotiations

The Kutana Team


Contact Us

T. 086 111 2343 | E.

The Business Centre, Cnr. William Nicol Rd. & Leslie Avenue East,
Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2191.

P.O.Box 71438, Bryanston, 2021

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