Meta Mhlarhi (Maponya)

Director & Co-Founder, Mahlako A Phahla Group

Meta is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 19 years of professional experience. She is the co-founder and director of Mahlako A Phahla Group, an investment holding company focused on investments, asset management and advisory services within the financial services, energy, infrastructure, social infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. Since 2008 Mahlako has successfully invested in projects in excess of R5 billion, advised on mandates in excess of R500 billion and has launched a R1.5 billion Energy Fund.

Meta is also the co-founder and current chairperson of the Black Energy Professionals Association (BEPA), an organisation that exists to represent and champion the specific interests of black people with the aim to achieve radical economic transformation of the Energy sector in South Africa.

She has extensive energy and infrastructure investment experience, having been involved in 2 75 MW Solar PV projects and the development of 2 Wind Power projects in the Department of Minerals and Energy “DMRE” Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Her advisory experience includes advising the DMRE on the Nuclear New Build Programme and Load Reduction component of the Solar Water Heating Programme and Department of Public Works and Infrastructure on their Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme. Both Programmes have been Gazetted by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council as Strategic Integrated Projects.

Meta has extensive governance and management experience and has served and chaired numerous boards and audit committees. She currently serves on the board of AON South Africa and Nehawu Investment Holdings.

She commenced her career at Deloitte, where she worked within the Entrepreneurial Services and Accounting and Auditing Technical divisions. She subsequently joined Investec Bank in their Corporate Finance division before she started her entrepreneurial journey.

In recognition of her entrepreneurial journey, Meta was awarded the Entrepreneur of the year award by the African Women Chartered Accountants in August 2018. In October 2018 she was a panelist at the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference. In November 2018 Meta was selected as a Woman of Fortitude to continue the legacy of Mama Albertina Sisulu.

She has successfully completed the Nuclear Fuel Training Seminar hosted by the internationally acclaimed Ux Consulting Company in Atlanta USA and is currently enrolled with Stanford Seed.