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Mahlako History

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Mahlako is an African women-owned, advisory and alternative investment management firm focused on the delivery of implementable and effective socio-economic developmental assets and solutions that deliver sustainable impact and superior risk adjusted return profiles over the long term. The firm has deep investment and advisory expertise, built through a demonstrable project development, deal origination and execution track record since inception in 2008.

Since inception, the firm has steadily developed a reputation of strong entrepreneurial values with a determination to deliver valorisation through innovative, African solutions to the challenges of South Africa and the African continent at large.

Mahlako a Phahla Group is focused on investments, asset management and advisory services within the energy, developmental and social infrastructure, telecommunications, and financial services sectors.

Our advisory services are built on a foundation of local insights, current expertise and lived experiences, and have been geared to support key stakeholders in the developmental infrastructure areas of the economy, in both the public and private sector – where our relationships are strong. The cohesion between the public and private sector in developing the South African and African economy is key to unlocking the structural challenges faced in delivering successful and beneficial infrastructure projects on the continent.

As an alternative investments company, we invest in developmental infrastructure assets that are geared towards transforming our economy while also providing innovative and insightful solutions to our clients. Our mission is rooted in deepening the participation of black people, specifically black women, in the South African and global economy. We see the growth of black businesses as central to creating a cohesive South Africa, driven by equal access to economic opportunity.

Over the last twelve years, the firm has been involved in and invested in landmark infrastructure energy projects worth over R5 billion and advised on mandates exceeding R10 billion.


Our Clients

Social Impact

Mandela Day (Diepsloot Primary School – 2016, 2018, 2020)

  • Fleece blankets
  • Sanitary towels grades 6 – 7 (6 months’ worth)
  • Toiletries for 3 months
  • Party pack for grade 1’s
  • Cleaning suppliers for the school
  • Food for the feeding scheme ( canned foods, etc)
  • School Uniforms and shoes

Mahlako Bursary Scheme – ABSIP Awards 2016

  • 2 Students tuition paid for the year


Mahlako aims to be a leader in corporate sustainability, implementing a business methodology that ensures safety, efficiency, and responsibility in a manner that perpetually protects Mahlako employees, communities, shareholders and the environment.

SDG Goals we impact on with our work:

  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequality