27four is well recognised for setting the agenda for black industrialisation within South African financial services. This is evident from the composition of our team, being pioneers of black asset manager incubation, designing products and solutions that promote financial inclusion, producing dedicated research on de-racialisation of the financial sector, and being active in shaping the national policy agenda.

Transformation makes good business sense
At 27four we believe that inclusive growth is about benefit sharing where the fruits are shared by all and that the growth process provides opportunities for all to participate productively in the economy. We therefore believe that transformation is good for business and that success can only be achieved through embracing the strength and diversity of our people. Hence our approach to transformation is founded on vigorous facilitation and implementation of transformational initiatives, within 27four, the financial services industry and our broader society.


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BlackRock Training Academy

Since 2015 BlackRock the world’s largest asset manager, ABSIP (Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals) and 27four teamed up to kick start a global skills development and entrepreneurship programme focused on providing exposure to talented South African black investment professionals in the management of global investment mandates. Every year two investment professionals are selected to attend courses offered by the BlackRock Training Academy that are directly related to their skill set and therefore designed to enhance their capability.


Full name: Moushmi Patel
Program topic: Mastering Alternative Asset Classes
Location: New York 

Full name: Langa Madonko
Program topic: Alternative Investments
Location: New York 

Full name: Imtiaz Suliman
Program topic: The Evolution of Portfolio Construction
Location: Hong Kong

Full name: Zwelakhe Mnguni
Program topic: Global Fixed Income and Equities
Location: London

Full name: Fannuel Tigere
Program topic: Advanced Fixed Income
Location:  New York

Full name: Kelebogile Moloko
Program topic: Advanced Fixed Income
Location: New York

Full name: Mark van Wyk
Program topic: Alternatives
Location: New York

Full name: Malungelo Zilimbola
Program topic: Investing in Equities
Location: London 

Full name: Maqhawe Dlamini
Program topic: Investing in Equities
Location: London

Access to Global Experts in South Africa

The partnership also provides ABSIP and 27four stakeholders access to BlackRock’s global investment team. This is achieved through regular presentations and engagement sessions held in Johannesburg.

Events held

  • Meet Isabelle Mateos y Lago
    BlackRock’s Chief Multi-Asset Strategist, Isabelle Mateos y Lago provided an engaging presentation on the company’s global views as well as sharing her personal journey as a thought leader in financial services. Various asset managers attended the presentation held at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 25th of May 2017.
  • An Afternoon with James Wikinson
    James Wilkinson, Managing Director, Co-Global Chief Investment Officer of the Global Real Estate Securities Group with 20 years investment experience presented BlackRock’s strategies in global real estate and its market structure. The presentation was hosted at the 54 on Bath Hotel on the 3rd of October 2017.
  • Project Evolution: Rethinking the Asset Management Industry
    Presented by André Bantli, BlackRock Head Retail-Wholesale Switzerland, Middle East & Africa. Project Evolution is a multi-year study that BlackRock has conducted, with the help of clients across EMEA, to understand the impact of technology, fee compression, and regulation on the asset management industry. The presentation was hosted at the 54 on Bath Hotel on the 1st of November 2017.
  • The Future of Asset Management with Ron Kahn
    Ron was commissioned to create a book for the CFA on this topic several years ago and is now presenting it globally to all CFA chapters, starting here in SA with a presentation at 27four’s Johannesburg office on 25 July 2019.
  • Masterclass in Alternative Investing
    This masterclass focused on how alternative managers utilise technology to scale their operations from front, middle, to back office functionality. The masterclass was hosted at 27four’s Johannesburg office on 23 January 2020.


27four is a proud member of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) and actively participates in furthering the organisation’s goals.


We have pioneered a number of investment products and solutions that promote transformation imperatives and advance financial inclusion and black industrialisation efforts. To find out more visit BEE.conomics.