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Vantage Capital arranges R430 million of mezzanine funding for Collins Residential, one of South Africa’s largest residential developers

Seaton Estates looks to support the growing need for residential housing in the middle to upper segments of the property market along the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal

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Vantage Capital arranges R430 million of mezzanine funding for Collins Residential, one of South Africa’s largest residential developers (Source: vantage capital group)

Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced today that it has arranged R430 million of mezzanine funding for the development of Seaton Estates, a residential coastal development located on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The promoter of the transaction is Collins Residential, the residential arm of a diversified group with interests in the real estate, hospitality, and agricultural sectors, both in South Africa and internationally. The Collins Group is a multi-generational family-owned business, headed by Murray Collins, which has its roots in construction dating back to the early 1900s. Collins Residential has a recognized track record in KwaZulu Natal, with prior developments including the recently completed Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate (adjacent to the Seaton development), Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village, and Emberton Estate.

Seaton Estates looks to support the growing need for residential housing in the middle to upper segments of the property market along the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, one of the fastest-growing regions of South Africa. The growth in housing demand is supported by robust emigration trends, strong infrastructure investment in the region, and the increased flexibility that South Africans have to work from home, a lasting consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Seaton Estates development sits on the prime property with direct, exclusive access to a kilometer stretch of beach frontage. Seaton comprises 1198 single residential stands, and 29 Planned Urban Developments, over 7 phases. The development is designed to be an eco-friendly coastal estate characterized by country grasslands, ocean views and rehabilitated indigenous forest lands. Facilities within the development will include leisure zones, a beach clubhouse, direct beach access, multi-sports facilities, 26km biking/running trails, and rehabilitated natural forest and parks. Later stages of the development will include commercial mixed-use nodes, retail, education, and sporting facilities. The development is near the popular leisure towns of Salt Rock and Ballito.

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Murray Collins the Managing Director of Collins Residential noted, “Seaton represents a unique way of living on a grand scale. As the developers of this iconic estate, we are driven by a genuine commitment to conservation and preservation of the natural landscape all the while designing within the framework of sustainable and meaningful development, to significantly elevate the North Coast of KZN.”

This transaction represents Vantage Capital’s 32nd mezzanine investment across four generations of funds in eleven African countries. Outside of South Africa, Vantage has invested in ten jurisdictions including Egypt, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, and Botswana.

Luc Albinski, Chairman of Vantage Capital said, “KwaZulu Natal has been hard hit by the recent riots. We are delighted to be able to help build back confidence in the region by making our first mezzanine investment of Vantage’s fourth fund into this wonderful project, which will generate hundreds of jobs over its seven-year construction period.”

Roshal Ramdenee, Associate Partner at Vantage Capital, added, “We are proud to support one of South Africa’s leading residential developers in what will be a transformative development for the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal. Seaton Estates directly addresses the needs of buyers in a burgeoning economic hub, whilst providing unparalleled access to world-class facilities and a wonderful ecological habitat.”

Adaptive Consulting acted as financial advisor to the transaction, Werksmans Attorneys acted as legal counsel for Vantage, and other advisors included Webber Wentzel, PWC, JLL, Pro Africa, Citeplan, and IBIS Consulting.

Vantage Capital arranges R430 million of mezzanine funding for Collins Residential, one of South Africa’s largest residential developers. (Source: Vantage Capital Group)

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Sahara Foundation Promotes Clean Energy With Sahara Impact Fund

The Sahara Impact Fund will provide seed funding of $5,000 each for successful finalists, including incremental funding access based on impact, reach and sustainability matrices targeted at supporting young social entrepreneurs in Africa.

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Sahara Foundation, the corporate citizenship vehicle of energy and infrastructure conglomerate, Sahara Group, has launched the 2nd Cohort of the Sahara Impact Fund (SIF) and the Governance Unusual Program to support social innovators  creating solutions that increase access to clean energy and promote sustainable environments.

 The project reinforces Sahara Group’s commitment to bringing energy to life responsibly by connecting social innovators with opportunities that will enhance their contribution to eradicating energy poverty and enhancing environmental sustainability. The SIF is a strategic partnership involving Sahara Foundation, Ford Foundation, LEAP Africa and Impact Investors Foundation.

The Sahara Impact Fund will provide seed funding of $5,000 each for successful finalists, including incremental funding access based on impact, reach and sustainability matrices targeted at supporting young social entrepreneurs in Africa. In addition, the Fellows will have mentoring sessions with business leaders at Sahara Group and other private sector partners, to scale up clean energy and sustainable environment innovations.

The inaugural cohort of the SIF produced Fellows from Cameroon, Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi who are spearheading transformative solutions through their businesses. According to Damilola Asaleye, Co- founder- Ashdam Solar “The learnings from the Sahara Impact Fund fellowship have become a daily guide for my organization to achieve our strategic plans of providing access to clean and affordable energy for all in Nigeria.”

“In addition to the seed capital, which was a great boost to my business, I have also built professional networks with like-minded passionate entrepreneurs from all over Africa,” said Ghislain Irakoze , Founder, Wastezon, Rwanda.

Pearl Uzokwe, Director, Sahara Foundation, said the Sahara Impact Fund and Governance Unusual program will reinforce ongoing conversations around increasing entrepreneurial capacity and inspiring a paradigm shift in governance through individual responsibility. “We are delighted to lead and join the quest of ensuring that no one is left behind when it comes to energy access and shore up expertise and capacity towards providing global solutions for environmental sustainability. We urge social innovators across Africa to apply to be part of this movement today,” she said.

Uzokwe said applications for the SIF are open from 9th May 2022 to 30th May 2022. “Full details of the application process are available across our social media platforms @iamsaharafdn and the Ujana Hub at www.ujanahub.com. Enquiries can also be sent to sahara.foundation@sahara-group.com,” she added.

The maiden edition in 2021 exposed the ten (10) social innovator fellows to blended capacity building sessions in the form of workshops, webinars, immersion sessions, facility tours, cohort meetings, mentoring sessions, one-on-one strategy & finance sessions and Fire chat sessions.

Since inception, Sahara Foundation has implemented various projects across its locations in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, impacting the lives of over 2,000,000 beneficiaries, with youth accounting for over 50% of the beneficiaries.

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Asharami Synergy Targets 30% Aviation Fuel Market Share To Enhance Economic Growth

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Asharami Synergy Limited, a Sahara Group Downstream Company, is investing in technology and innovative solutions to enhance its capacity to fuel seamless economic growth through operations in the aviation fuel market.

Asharami Synergy Limited, which is Nigeria’s first indigenous energy company to operate as an independent Aviation Fuel Marketer, controls about 25 percent market share in the industry, operating as the preferred aviation fuel market for local and international airlines.

Foluso Sobanjo, Head, Sahara Downstream Business, at a press briefing in Lagos, said investments in infrastructure, human capital transformation, quality, health,  safety, and environmental sustainability continues to drive service excellence in the organisation.

He said Asharami Synergy would leverage its technology driven supply chain efficiency across the Downstream value chain to deliver distinctive value and innovative solutions in the market. “We have been at the forefront of Oil and Gas enterprise in the West African region for over twenty years.”

In addition, “Asharami Synergy has a formidable presence in the sector, providing best-in-class fuel procurement and distribution solutions by utilizing innovative technology and improved efficiency across the downstream supply chain. Our quest for increased market share is borne out of our commitment to transforming the sector and spurring economic development,” Sobanjo said.

Asharami Synergy operates in four countries in the Africa and has a combined storage capacity of 81 million litres of Aviation fuel otherwise known as ATK.

The company has over 30 million litres storage capacity for ATK across various locations in Nigeria as well as a fleet of ultramodern bowsers spread across various locations, fueling the development and growth of the national and sub-regional economy by providing seamless access to safe and reliable ATK.

Sobanjo said “safety first and always” is the mantra that drives operations in Asharami Asharami Synergy, a development that has earned the company multiple International Standard Organisation certifications.

He said being a strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) gives Asharami Synergy a global credibility that is driven by a statutory self-responsibility that propels its business operations in compliance with the highest global standards.

“Asharami Synergy has several ISO certifications; ISO 9001:2015 (Quality), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) and ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety). This reinforces our commitment to bringing energy to life responsibly in all our operations. Our mantra is Safety First, Safety Always, ensuring that the health and safety of our employees and other stakeholders remains top priority in all business operations,” he added.

Asharami Synergy is a vertically integrated and foremost downstream company in the West African region with established and formidable presence in the sector, providing best-in-class fuel procurement and distribution solutions by utilizing innovative technology and improved efficiency across the downstream supply chain for over twenty years.

The company emerged from a consolidation of Sahara Group Downstream Companies with interest in procurement, storage, and distribution of white products across Nigeria.

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Video: Oppo Reno 7 Launch

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Did you miss the big launch? Here is Bahati the singer and his wife during the Monday virtual launch of the Oppo Reno 7 phone in Kenya.

The colourful launch gives  the phone a leverage in the market ahead of the rest.

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