Mahlako Financial Services. Creating and growing sustainable businesses.

Mahlako Team

Specialists and expertise to support our partners in achieving their objectives.

The majority female team’s solid track record within the energy sector, fund management and private equity arena, transaction, and advisory space, sourcing and executing transactions with a pronounced economic multiplier effect, speaks volumes and asserts its diverse skill. The investment team has an excellent background in managing infrastructure funds and projects.

Investment Team

Investment Committee

Makole has over 23 years professional and financial services sector experience. Her investment expertise was garnered from over 19 years working in the private equity and infrastructure finance. Makole is an infrastructure specialist, and she has managed a R2bn infrastructure Fund. Makole was the Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual’s Infrastructure Development and Environmental Asset (“IDEAS”) Fund for 6 years. Makole set up various companies and deal structures while at OMIGSA. She is part of the team developing a hydrogen and ammonia project. Her established record in the energy space ranges from being part of teams that have concluded a first of its kind energy wheeling deal, developed Wind projects, managed two large Solar PV projects, and advised on two energy related Strategic Integrated Projects.

Meta is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of professional experience ranging from energy, infrastructure investment, asset management and advisory. Meta is also the chairperson and co-founder of the Black Energy Professionals Association (BEPA). Her demonstrated record ranges from being part of teams that have concluded a first of its kind energy wheeling project with a private power purchase agreement, developed Wind projects, invested and managed large Solar PV projects and developed and invested in affordable housing.She has also led in the development of many Feasibility Studies, procurement of Public Private Partnership Projects, advised on and managed energy related Strategic Integrated Projects, Gazetted by the South African Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council. She is part of a team developing a Green hydrogen project and has been appointed on the Green Hydrogen Panel by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.

In recognition of her entrepreneurial journey, Meta was awarded the Entrepreneur of the year award by the African Women Chartered Accountants. She was a panellist at the inaugural South Africa investment Conference. Meta was selected as a Woman of Fortitude to continue the legacy of Mama Albertina Sisulu. She has successfully completed various international courses including the Seed Transformation Programme Through Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mitesh Pema was the Investment Director of one of the leading private sector equity investors (c.US$2 billion in assets under management) in the African infrastructure sector.


He jointly manages a team of investment professionals that were focused on originating, executing, and managing equity investments across the energy, transport, telecommunications, water, and social infrastructure sub-sectors. He also led multi-disciplinary investment and advisory teams and have been involved in all phases of the project lifecycle including project development, financing, construction, and operations during his 15-year career in the infrastructure sector.

Mbali Lavhelani is a chartered accountant with 5 years of experience working mainly in public sector audit. She previously worked at the Auditor General of South Africa where she started off as a trainee auditor completing her SAICA articles working on compliance, regulatory audit and audit of pre-determined objectives on public entities, departments and municipalities. Mbali was later promoted to the position of Assistant Audit Manager.


She is a dynamic and detail oriented individual with experience in compliance and is currently working as Operations and Fund Finance Manager in the Mahlako Financial Services team.

Buhle Hanise is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and holds various qualifications in the fields of Development Finance, Insolvency Law and Practice, Business Rescue, and Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of BAIC SA, a Motor vehicle manufacturer owned by the Chinese BAIC Group together with the IDC. Buhle is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Transaction Capital Limited, Outsurance Holdings Limited, Safcol & Summit Africa. She previously held the position of Senior Business Rescue Specialist at the IDC, where she enjoyed turning around distressed businesses. 

Buhle was selected to participate in a pilot initiative for IDC employees to form part of the its Credit Committee, during which she assisted deal makers in identifying early signs of distress in businesses that the IDC funds in order to provide business support. Buhle is very passionate about developing others as she leads, and thus enjoys the Labour of Love job of being the President of the African Women Chartered Accountants (“AWCA”), which was founded in 2002 to ensure that they support young and aspiring CA’s and those that have qualified. lamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Tom holds a B.Sc (Civil Engineering) Degree and an MBA. He has over 40 years of professional experience in engineering and financial services. He started Old Mutual Investment Group’s infrastructure and development businesses, formed the IDEAS (Infrastructure, Development and Environmental Assets) Fund and crafted the joint venture between Old Mutual and Macquarie Bank, which became Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM). He became Chairman of AIIM in 2000 and remained in that capacity until 2018. He also served on the investment committees of AIIM funds. He started Columbian Infrastructure Partners in 2017 and is a member of the investment committee of the Colombian Infrastructure Equity Fund.

Tshepisho Makofane is a chartered accountant with over 18 years financial services experience across corporate finance advisory, project finance, leverage finance. Tshepisho completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting at the University of Cape Town in 1996, followed by honours and a postgraduate diploma in accounting at the same university and a higher diploma in tax law from the University of Johannesburg in 2001. Prior to Tamela, Tshepisho was a transactor at Makalani Holdings, a listed mezzanine finance fund. Makalani was a R2.5 billion fund, which funded various BEE and infrastructure transactions. Prior to Makalani, Tshepisho spent 4 years at Investec, in the project and infrastructure finance team. This followed the completion of his articles at KPMG in Johannesburg and Birmingham. He has been part of some of the key public transactions which include the unwinding of the previous Exxaro BEE transaction and implementation of the new R12.5 billion transaction as well as the 2019 R3.6 billion Barloworld BEE Public Scheme.