10 Questions with Ayanda Vabaza

In this series, we ask members from our team a mix of random questions, 10 to be exact, and see what’s on their mind – the projects they’re working on, things they like, and some surprising facts from the people that are living investments.


We’re joined by Ayanda Vabaza, a member of our unlisted investments team at 27four.


What are you currently working on right now?

I am currently working on assessing potential private equity fund managers that the Black Business Growth Fund could invest in.


What is the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

Sigmund Freud and levels of consciousness. Consciousness is the “awareness of the self in space and time.”


Freud segments our consciousness into 3 levels: conscious, preconscious and unconscious and further opines that only 10% of our consciousness can be categorised as being conscious.


What are you listening to right now?

‘Sondela’ by Tesor ft. Msaki.


What is the bucket list destination you’re most looking forward to?

I would love to travel through Africa in a 4×4.


If you had a time machine, where would you go right now?

I would go to the past, to try and understand the reason for some choices made by prominent people in society.


How do you keep healthy during your busy schedule?

My team is always laughing because each day I start a new diet. I try to exercise at least 3 times a week and eat at least 2 healthy meals a day (even though the private equity team loves chocolate!).


What essentials can’t you leave home without?

My phone and my glasses.


What major themes and developments are happening in SA private equity right now?

It has become topical how the private equity industry can contribute to transformation and empowerment in the economy and country at large.


What is the best advice you’ve received?

“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”


Finally, can you give us a quick savings tip?

Try to control impulsive spending. Set a goal for your savings – whether it is for retirement or a trip, so that you have something to focus on.