Izak originally co-founded the Mergence group of companies a decade ago. Mergence was co-principal in the formation and listing of Dipula through the merger of Mergence Africa Property Fund and Dipula Property Fund. Izak directed and structured the listing of Dipula. He has headed Mergence Africa Properties from the acquisition of its first asset, to its listing of Dipula and has spearheaded the growth of Dipula’s asset base from R1,4 billion to R7 billion in just under four years. Izak continues to serve as an executive and shareholder of the Mergence Group and is also the MD of Mergence Africa Capital. Prior to this he worked for PSG Investment Bank and Deloitte. Izak holds directorships in a number of Mergence group companies and represents Dipula on the SA REIT Association and has served on numerous industry bodies over the years including SAPOA, ABASA Western Cape and ABSIP.
Ridwaan has 20 year’s experience in listed property with specific skills in financial reporting and management, acquisitions, disposals, treasury and hotel property development. He started his career at Anglo American Property Services before joining Broll Property Group and thereafter CORONIB Asset Management. In 2006 Ridwaan was appointed Financial Director of Hospitality Property Fund Limited. He joined Dipula as Financial Director in September 2015.
Saul is a co-founder of Dipula. In 1998 he founded Dijalo Property Services, of which he became CEO. Dijalo provides property management, facility management, broking and leasing, development facilitation, property consulting and property valuations to the property and financial sectors. Prior to this, he was assistant property general manager at SEBO, a Bophuthatswana Government Pension Fund which had a property portfolio valued at R800 million, which was absorbed by Public Investment Commissioners (PIC) after 1994. He also formerly worked for 10 years at Old Mutual Properties in various positions managing a property portfolio of R3.5 billion. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche in 1982.
Independent non-executive chairperson
BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)
Zanele has been the Chief Executive Officer at Merafe Resources Limited (Merafe) since 1 June 2013. She served as the Chief Financial Officer of Merafe from 1 October 2010. Prior to joining Merafe, she was the Group Financial Director of Kagiso Trust Investments (Pty) Ltd. She has previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Manager: Private Sector and International Investments at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. She also worked in various roles at the Industrial Development Corporation.
BA (NY), MBA (Wits)
Brian has 30 years’ experience in the property industry. He was a director of Anglo American Properties and then managing director of ApexHi Properties Limited. He served as chief executive officer of Redefine from 2003 until its merger with ApexHi and Madison Property Fund Managers Limited in 2009. He resigned from Redefine to form Capstone Property Group. In 2016 he sold out of Capstone and to form a new company, Propertiq. He also sits on the audit committee of SAPOA.
Professor Links is a non-executive director of a number of companies including Kansai Plascon Ltd, Telesure Holdings Ltd, Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty Ltd and TerraSan Ltd. He has also been appointed as a Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He further serves as a member of The Presidential Advisory Council on BBB-EE. Previously, he served as the South African Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg as well as the Permanent Representative of South Africa at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Washington DC.
CAIB (SA), ACIS
Syd retired from Nedbank in 2004 where he had held various senior credit risk management positions in the property finance divisions of Nefic, Syfrets, Nedcor Investment Bank and Nedbank. Following his retirement he served as the Independent Chairman of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance’s main property lending committee up to December 2012. Syd joined the board of Dipula in May 2014 and is a member of the investment and remuneration committees. He also serves on the board of Hospitality Property Fund Ltd as an independent non- executive director and as a trustee of National Empowerment Property Investment Trust. He also consults to Sasfin Bank’s Property Private Equity Fund.
B Com, Hons B Compt., CA(SA), H Dip Tax Law
Younaid is a tax and business consultant and an independent director of JSE companies and serves and has served as a member of audit, risk, social and ethics, remuneration and investment committees. He has extensive experience across a range of business sectors including telecommunications, property, asset management, gaming, motor and transportation, and economic growth facilitation. He has also served as a director of various public sector and JSE companies. He was a senior partner and executive chairman of APF Chartered Accountants Inc., a consortium of black auditing and accounting firms. During his career he served as chairman of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB, now IRBA); vice president of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA); an executive member of the Black Business Council (BBC); and a member of the Income Tax Court.