our vision and values
Talent10 Holdings was established by its founders as an investment holding company in October 2012 with the vision that by 2020 we would be a significant investment holding company in South Africa with a diversified and integrated portfolio of companies that could have a significantly broader societal impact by growing the businesses and its people. The combined experience of over 50 years in the financial and investment industry and strong commercial aptitude has enabled the Talent10 team to unlock significant growth in our target company investments and create an eminent group in a short space of time. The skill set within Talent10 Holdings provide for wide coverage in financial structuring, capital raising, debt structuring, sales and marketing, strategy and financial management.
Our first and fundamental premise is to do good and to look for broader societal benefit and longer term value. We have an abundance mentality and we collaborate widely with partners that help to ensure success. We challenge set paradigms and tackle “holy cows” with courage and speed, without arrogance but confident that we can make a difference. We are patient and craft best solutions avoiding short cuts that only have short term impact.
our business model
A VALUED PARTNER
Since the establishment of Talent10 we have invested in and partnered with exceptional companies and guided them to achieve growth and profitability. We now have companies in diverse industries in the group, testament to our capabilities and strategic vision.
Sipho is the chairman of Talent10 Holdings. He retired as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Exxaro Resources Limited in March 2016. He founded Eyesizwe Holdings and served as CEO before its merger into Exxaro in 2006. He is also Chairman of Eyesizwe Holdings and a Board Member of Eyesizwe Mining. Sipho serves on a number of boards including Sanlam, Anooraq Resources, Amazwi Holdings and RBCT and is the Chairman of the SA National Energy Association, the SA representative on the World Energy Council and a past President of the SA Chamber of Mines. He has a BCom (Hons) from Unisa and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in the USA.
Non Executive director
Mxolisi is a co-founder and director of Talent10 Holdings. He was appointed as the CEO of Exxaro Resources in April 2016, after a distinguished career in mining. Prior to becoming the CEO he served as the Executive Head of Coal at Exxaro. He started his working life as a software engineer at Unisys working in SA and the UK. He has also had a career in international and investment banking working for Nedcor, Future Bank and Societé Generale. Mxolisi is a BSc Computer Science graduate from Northeastern University in Boston USA and has a MBA from Henley Management College (UK), BSc (Hons) in Energy Studies at RAU and Advanced Management Programme from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Humphrey Mathe
Non Executive Director
Humphrey is a founding member and director of Talent10 Holdings and has held various leadership roles in companies operating in the resources sector over the last 30 years. He was CEO at Tranter Resources (Pty) Limited and Scinta SA and Executive General Manager of Corporate Services at Exxaro Resources Limited and Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director of Eyesizwe Coal. Humphrey serves on various boards including Tranter Exploration, Tranter Zambia, Tranter Kismet and Wits Consolidated Gold Resources Limited. He serves on the Investment Committee of the New Africa Mining Fund and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of SA. He holds an MSc in mineral exploration from Rhodes University and a PhD from the University of Natal.
Wayne is a co-founder and CEO of Talent10 Holdings. He has more than 18 years’ experience in the financial industry in South Africa and has developed a reputation for excellence in the fields of asset management, private equity, corporate finance, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions. Wayne began his career at FNB in 1996. He joined Absa in 1998 where he worked in various management positions including MD of ABSA Offshore. In 2005 Wayne joined Citadel Private Client Wealthcare as a senior partner and where he was a co-founder of Citadel’s private equity and advisory initiative. Wayne holds an MBA from Potchefstroom University and a postgraduate diploma in financial planning.
Dr Joe Bester
Joe is a co-founder and director of Talent10 Holdings. He has more than 18 years’ experience in investments and advising business owners and executives on their personal and business assets. After starting and building up the Citadel Cape Town office in 1995, he took on national roles within Citadel. Initially he headed up the prospecting division, which entailed new business development, then, in 2009, he was appointed as Head of Marketing. Concurrent to this role, Joe co-founded and managed Citadel’s private equity and advisory initiative. Joe holds a Veterinary degree, a post graduate diploma in Financial Planning and a MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business.
Chett is the Financial Director of Talent10 Holdings. He has extensive experience in various industries ranging from warehousing and logistics, asset finance origination to manufacturing and engineering and has developed a substantial level of expertise in the diverse fields of finance, operations and sales. He is a business improvement and turnaround specialist. He joined Talent10 in 2013 as divisional executive and also fulfils the role of company secretary. Chett holds a B. Comm. LLB degree from the University of the Free State and a MBA post graduate degree from Oxford Brookes University via Damelin.
Shanaaz manages all operational requirements for Talent10 and the executive team. She joined the company in 2014 as Executive Assistant to the directors and Office Manager. She holds an International Diploma in Business from CTI and has gained extensive experience in administration and organisational management in different industries. She is passionate about making a difference and has worked with a NGO to develop actuarial science students. In addition to her operational responsibilities she manages the CSI portfolio for Talent10.
Bianca is the Financial Manager of Talent10. She joined the Group from KPMG where she managed and led the audit teams for clients in diverse industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, energy and natural resources. Thanks to her passion for training she also facilitated various courses at the company. She is a registered CA and completed her accounting studies at the University of Johannesburg. She is qualified and registered as a SAICA assessor.
Mari is an admitted attorney and tax specialist with over 10 years’ experience in government grants and tax incentives. She is currently the Senior Manager at Talent10 Holdings. Before moving to Talent10, she headed up the incentives and R&D practice area of Cova and was a Manager in the Deloitte R&D and Government Incentives teams. Her experience included providing advice to new local and foreign investors on the available incentives, assistance with preparing their incentive applications, the monitoring and maintenance of applications, assistance with feedback reports, and the optimisation of tax deductions.
Micky is a Director at Talent10 Holdings. Prior to joining Talent10, he was a part of the Coast2Coast Capital deal team responsible for transaction origination and implementation as well as various debt initiatives. He completed his articles at Ernst & Young before moving to London where he spent a number of years at Cavendish Corporate Finance, a boutique mid-market sell side corporate finance house. During this time Micky gained valuable experience in advising on transactions in the private equity arena. On returning to South Africa he joined Investec’s Growth & Acquisition Finance team and thereafter ABSA’s Acquisition & Leveraged Finance team before co-founding Fairbridge Capital, a capital raising advisory and proprietary investment business. Micky is a CA (SA) who obtained a BCom Honours from the University of Natal (PMB).
in the press
Vodacom buys stake in IoT.nxt from Talent10 and founders. read more
Nico Steyn, CEO of Talent10 Group company IoT.nxt shares his entrepreneurial journey in conversation with ClassicFM Morning Business. listen here
Brainstorm magazine reports on investment by Talent10 to drive the European expansion of IoT.nxt. READ MORE
Talent10 CEO, Wayne Fitzjon, explored opportunities in the USA in 2017. Read his insight here
Leading news website The Daily Maverick reports on the establishment and investment success of Talent10. READ MORE
Moneyweb interviewed Talent10 Chairman Sipho Nkosi about his leadership style shortly after he retired as Exxaro CEO.
Media statement. Film production company added to Talent10's investment portfolio. READ MORE
Media statement. Leading director selected for Talent10 Group Company Nthibah Pictures' first feature film. READ MORE
Classic1027FM interview: Michael Avery for ClassicFM Business in conversation with Wayne Fitzjohn and Sipho Nkosi about the group's approach and future strategies.
Classic1027FM interview: Michael Avery for ClassicFM Business explores opportunities for the SA film industry in an interview with Wayne Fitzjohn and Nthibah CEO Simon Swart. listen here