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Investing for growth, investing for good

Southern Africa's annual private equity conference presents a lively line-up of private equity dealmakers, institutional LP investors, top business executives, industry stalwarts and experienced advisors.

Themed "Investing for Growth, Investing for Good", the conference will be held at Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa on 13 February 2015.

Here is a sneak preview of some of the conversations that will feature at the event:

Deal Flow and Exits

Private equity deals in the Southern African region have picked up, and the pace will accelerate in 2015. Exit activity, too, is expected to continue rising in coming months, boosted by buoyant listed markets, and international and local trade buyers with cash on the balance sheet. We will take a look at dealmaking and exit trends in the region, eliciting the views of private equity houses across the spectrum.

The Evolution of Private Equity

We reflect on the local industry's journey over the past thirty years, with insights and anecdotes from some of the most respected private equity practitioners. We expect this session to be a conference highlight.

ESG Impact

Keeping with the theme "Investing for growth, Investing for good" we will showcase private equity's powerful contribution to Africa's sustainable development. We will launch of the first edition of the SAVCA Case Study Compendium which gives tangible examples of the positive economic, environmental, social and governance impact of private equity.

Investor Insights

Respected local and international LP investors will give their views on the factors shaping their private equity investment decisions – what matters now, what is changing and how does the Southern African region feature in global asset allocation decisions.

Masterclass for Institutional Investors into Private Equity Funds

The main conference will be preceded by an LP-only Masterclass on the afternoon of Thursday 12 February 2015. Please register now if you are interested in joining this complimentary half-day session, open exclusively to institutional investors with an allocation to private equity.

Register now to join 400 senior finance professionals, fund managers, institutional investors, policymakers and the media to explore the future of private equity in the Southern African region. Early bird registrations close 23 November 2014.

Registration Onsite

Venue: Spier Wine Estate, Conference Centre Foyer
The registration and help desk will be operational during the following times:
Thursday, 12 February 2015: 12h00 - 20h00
Friday, 13 February 2014: 07h00 - 18h00

Onsite Payment Policy

Credit card facilities will be available on site to facilitate your payment.  If you have not yet made payment for your registration or any part thereof, the outstanding amount needs to be settled in full for access to the Conference.  Please contact Lauren Gleeson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to make payment arrangements prior to the start of the Conference.

Only the local currency of South African rand (ZAR) and credit cards will be accepted for payments.  The currency of the rand is denoted by the symbol R, with 100 cents making up R1 (one rand).

Name Badges

You will receive your name badge at registration - please ensure that you wear this at all times, including the Social Functions.  Anyone not wearing their tag will unfortunately not be allowed access to the Conference, session rooms or functions.


Casual business dress is suggested.

Official language

South Africa has 11 official languages but at the Conference only ENGLISH will be spoken. No simultaneous translation will be provided. As with most languages, there are local/colloquial expressions visitors might wish to familiarize themselves with by consulting the following link: Phoning to, from, and in South Africa

Dietary Requirements

We are able to cater for all reasonable preferences (vegetarian, kosher, halaal, etc.).  Please inform us in advance of your dietary needs so that the necessary arrangements can be made.


While every care is being taken over all arrangements, please note that neither the organisers, nor the organising committee, nor Spier Hotel and Conference Centre will be responsible for any accidents during the conference period.  Delegates must have their own personal insurance.

Disability Access

Spier Hotel and Conference Centre is equipped with disabled access tamps at both the hotel and conference centre.

Personal Safety for Delegates

South Africa boasts a vast array of cultures, communities, sites and attractions.  Most parts of the country can be visited safely by tourists provided they take basic common-sense precautions (for ecample not walking alone in deserted areas at night and being circumspect about how much photographic equipment or flashy jewellery they carry).  Basic safety-tip guidelines will be available at hotels and ourism information offices.

Climate and Weather

In Stellenbosch day temperatures in February can go up to 30 during the day and 18 degrees at night. Midwinter occurs in June and July and Midsummer in December and January. In South Africa: The climate ranges from Mediterranean in the Cape Peninsula to subtropical on the KwaZulu-Natal coast and in the North Eastern regions, while temperate conditions prevail inland: High 28 °C and Low 12 °C. 

For weather updates please check AccuWeather, or follow this link -


South African telecommunications include four mobile service providers that ensure countrywide coverage and generally good reception in urban areas. Mobile phones can be rented at all international airports and prepaid airtime can be purchased at most retail outlets. For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directories for international dialling codes, or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903. For incoming international calls, the code for South Africa is +27 followed by the city code or cell phone code, dropping the first 0. Johannesburg's city code is 011 and Cape Town's city code is 021. As regards internet, most international hotels offer wireless connections in guestrooms, business centres or restaurants. Read more: Phoning to, from, and in South Africa

Medical service

South Africa does not have a national health scheme. The patient is individually responsible for settling all accounts. Travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalization during your stay is strongly recommended. Access to medical care for Conference participants will be available should there be a need. A first aid clinic is situated on site within the Resort. Read more: Health Tips for Travellers 


Malaria is found only in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Although the incidence of malaria is rare, it would be best to take adequate precautions if you choose to visit these areas. The cheapest, safest and most effective measures against malaria are physical barriers such as a mosquito net, and the use of a good insect repellent. If you decide to take malaria prophylaxis, it is essential that the drugs are taken according to the directions on the package insert. You will need to start a week or two before entering a malaria-endemic area and should continue taking the drugs for four weeks after leaving the malaria risk area. It is advisable to consult a medical professional before embarking on a course of malaria prophylaxis.


Visitors entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Immunization against cholera and small pox are not required, nor are other vaccinations required when visiting South Africa.

Liability and insurance

Registration for the Conference implies that delegates agree that neither SAVCA, the Local Organising Committee nor the Professional Conference Organiser assume any liability or responsibility for any losses, accidents or damage to person's private property. Delegates are requested to make their own arrangements for medical, travel and personal insurance. 

Currency and exchange

The South African Rand is the local currency. Foreign exchange can be done in any of the hotels. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; and coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c. Rand (ZAR). 100 cents equals one rand. A passport will be required for ALL transactions. Read more: South African Currency etc.

Please note that there is no Foreign Exchange Bureau at the conference venue.  Please remember to exchage all money at the Cape Town International Airport, before departing to your hotel.  Alternatively, there is a Rennies Travel in the town of Stellenbosch, about 10km from Spier Hotel and Conference Centre.

Rennies Travel Stellenbosch:

Physical Address: 3rd Floor, Oude Bloemhof, Plein Street, Stellenbosch
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 861 2400/1/7
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 08h00 - 17h00

Credit cards, shopping

The South African Rand is the local currency.


Tipping for a range of services is common in South Africa. In restaurants the accepted standard is 10% to 15% of the total, although a gratuity will sometimes be included. Hotel porters are tipped around R20. It is also appropriate to tip taxi drivers, tour guides and hairdressers.


The voltage throughout South Africa is 220V/50hz. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, in both cases with round pins. If you're bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter. Most hotels have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances. Adaptors can be bought at the airport on your arrival, and may be available at your hotel.

Time Zone

Central European Time (GMT+2 hours)

Food and Water

As a rule, tap water in South Africa is safe to drink, as it is ttreated and is free of harmful micro-organisms.  In hotels, restaurants and nightspots, the standards of hygiene and food preparation is top-notch.  It is safe to eat the fruit and salads and to put as much ice as you would like in your drinks.


Smoking is prohibited in public spaces and is restricted to specific areas. 

Places of worship

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the South African constitution, and places of worship span all the world's major religions and some lesser ones too.

Visa Requirements

For the majority of foreign nationals who travel to South Africa, entry is straightforward and hassle-free. All visitors must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country and in some cases, a visa. To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, visit the comprehensive South African Home Affairs Department. Read more: FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON EVERYTHING POSSIBLY CONNECTED TO SOUTH AFRICA, please visit

About Cape Town

South African TourismSouth African Tourism

Delegates attending SAVCA2015 will be responsible for their own transport arrangements.

For assistance with airport transfers please contact :

Contact: Robin Troup

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 657 3443

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To access a list of other hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts and back-packers establishments, CLICK HERE

Official Hotels

NOTE: Accommodation at Spier Hotel is now fully booked.  

The SAVCA 2015 Organising Committee has negotiated special rates with hotels close to Spier Wine Estate and Conference Centre for SAVCA 2015 delegates. These rates are only for long stay or group bookings and have been specially arranges for your convenience.  To qualify for these rates, participants will be required to use a credit card to secure their reservation and will receive confirmation of their request directly from the selected hotel.

The number of rooms secured at each hotel varies, and therefore early reservations are recommended in order to obtain preferred room rates at your hotel of choice.  Delegates should book their accommodation as soon as they receive the acceptance notice of their registration, in order to secure their room.

The below-mentioned prices are per room night, quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and include breakfast and 14% VAT, but does not include a compulsory government Tourism Levy (1%) which must be paid directly to the hotel on departure, unless otherwise specified.

NOTE: Accommodation bookings are now in full cancellation period and no refunds will be paid for cancelled rooms.  Any rooms not yet paid for need to be paid for immediately.

A certain number of suites are also available at various hotels.






Spier Wine Estate

2 Hotel-lane

Check In: 14h00
Check Out: 11h00
Breakfast Service: 06h30 - 10h30

Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel.
The rooms are clustered around six private courtyards, each with its own swimming pool. Gardens and walkways connect the rooms with the reception area, lounge, bar, terrace and restaurant. Renowned as a pioneer in responsible tourism, the hotel has numerous accreditations.

All rates are inclusive of VAT and quoted per room b/b per night. A maximum of two people is allowed per room.

Suite: R2 300
Signature Garden Terrace Room: R1 700
Signature Room: R1 550
Signature Riverside Terrace Room: R2 000
Signature Riverside Room: R1 850 

Accommodation at Spier is now fully booked.  

Asara Wine Estate and Hotel

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Check In: 15h00
Check Out: 10h00
Breakfast Service: 07h00 - 10h30

Distance from Spier: 4.5km 

Our intimate 37-roomed hotel offers affordable 5-star comfort, top class service and a staff committed to making your stay memorable. With its relaxed atmosphere and careful attention to detail, the hotel manages to be both luxurious and homely. All of our rooms have balconies overlooking the courtyard, the vineyards or the lake – so wherever you are, you’ll be able to enjoy our view. 


NOTE: Rates are bookable until 28 December 2014.

Courtyard/ Classic/ Deluxe Room

Single: R2,900.00 per room per night

Double: R2,900.00 per room per night 

Classic Suite

Single: R3,850.00 per room per night

Double: R3,850.00 per room per night 

Executive Suite

Single: R5,500.00 per room per night

Double: R5,500.00 per room per night 

Rates include breakfast and VAT @ 14% but exclude a tourism levy of 1%.

Accommodation at Asara is now fully booked.  

Lanzerac Hotel

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Check In: 14h00
Check Out: 11h00
Breakfast Service: 07h00 - 10h30

Distance from Spier: 12km 

The Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is set on a 155 hectare private working wine estate. Established over 300 years ago, today Lanzerac holds a coveted place amongst the most sought after hotels and wedding venues of the world.  The Lanzerac Estate is ideally positioned to explore the region’s famous wine estates and the historical town of Stellenbosch. Local craft and antique shops, art galleries, museums, and award winning restaurants are conveniently located just minutes away.

Classic Room

Single: R2,145.00 per room per night

Double: R2,996.00 per room per night 

Luxury Room

Single: R2,475.00 per room per night

Double: R3,630.00 per room per night 

Rates include breakfast and VAT @ 14% but exclude a tourism levy of 1%.

Book Now! 

Please quote “SAVCA’15” in the comments box in the booking form.

Protea Hotel Dorphuis & Spa

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Check In: 14h00
Check Out: 11h00
Breakfast Service: 06h30 - 10h00

Distance from Spier: 7.9km 

Protea Hotel Dorpshuis & Spa is an elegant hotel in Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands. The hotel offers  a fusion of Victorian and modern elegance as the 28 rooms are split into 18 rooms originally part of the hotel and 10 deluxe loft apartments added in 2007. With a pool heated in winter, sauna and treatment room – your wellness and relaxation is well looked after at Protea Hotel Dorpshuis & Spa. Complimenting your stay or conference is the Oak Leaf Restaurant and ‘Die Watergat’ bar. Serving a selection of traditional Afrikaans and South African cuisine cleverly blended and presented. Let Protea Hotel Dorpshuis & Spa make you feel like you’ve just come home!

Standard Room

Single: R1,510.00 per room per night

Double: R1,890.00 per room per night 

Rates include breakfast and VAT @ 14% but exclude a tourism levy of 1%.

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Please email Ilse Strauss with “SAVCA’15” in the subject line.

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch

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Check In: 14h00
Check Out: 11h00
Breakfast Service: 06h30 - 13h00

Distance from Spier: 11.7km 

Nestled between two international golf courses, Protea Hotel Stellenbosch offers the best of the Winelands. We cater for business and leisure guests with deluxe and standard rooms and apartments and executive rooms with the best views.  Our comfortable rooms all overlook both the KleineZalze and Blaauwklippen wine estates and either False Bay or Stellenbosch vineyards.

Standard Room

Single: R1,030.00 per room per night

Double: R1,270.00 per room per night 

Rates include breakfast and VAT @ 14% but exclude a tourism levy of 1%.

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Please email Ilsé Meissenheimer with “SAVCA’15” in the subject line.

Accommodation at Protea Hotel Stellenbosch is now fully booked on 12 February 2015.  Some rooms are still available for 11 and 13 February 2015. 


Alternative Accommodation

Stellenbosch has a wide range of Guest Houses, Self-Catering Apartments and Backpackers Lodges.  Please visit the Stellenbosch Tourism site for detailed information on their recommended accommodation establishments:

The organisers suggest the following Alternative Accommodation options:






Devon Valley Hotel

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Check In: 14h00
Check Out: 11h00
Breakfast Service: 07h00 - 11h00

Distance from Spier: 6.8km 

The Devon Valley Hotel’s 50 stylishly furnished guest rooms reflect the contemporary colonial feel of the hotel while enjoying unobstructed views of the mountains, vineyards and olive groves. The spacious Luxury rooms and Executive suites in the Manor House are the hotel’s premier offering, ideal for a romantic escape or a rejuvenating retreat.

Classic Room:

Single: 5% off Best Available Rate

Double: 5% off Best Available Rate 

Rates include breakfast and VAT @ 14% but exclude a tourism levy of 1%.

Book Now! 

Note: Booking link has built-in promotional code for SAVCA’15.

Kleine Zalze Lodge

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Check In: 14h00
Check Out: 11h00
Breakfast Service: 07h00 - 10h00

Distance from Spier: 11.5km 

The lodge, with its stylishly decorated 47 rooms and suites, is set alongside the first fairway of the championship ‘De Zalze Golf Course’. The clubhouse is just on the other side of the Blaauwklippen river and within walking distance.  The rooms enjoy breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Mountains and are surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards. Guests can enjoy a full or continental breakfast overlooking the first green while being shaded by old oaks.

Standard Room

Single: R1,210.00 per room per night

Double: R1,310.00 per room per night

Superior Room

Single: R1,670.00 per room per night

Double: R1,770.00 per room per night

Rates include a Full English Breakfast, Wine Tasting, VAT @ 14% and a tourism levy of 1%.

Accommodation at Kleine Zalze is now fully booked.


Conference Secretariat:
Scatterlings Conference & Events

NOTE: The secretariat will be onsite from Wednesday 11 February 2015 from 14h00.  Should you need to contact one of them please make use of their cell phone numbers below, or send an email.

Office hours:  
Mon - Thu: 08h30 – 17h00 
Fri: 08h30 – 16h00

+27 (0) 21 422 2402

karin   lauren   caro

Project Manager:

Karin Diederichs 
+27 (0)83 270 9219
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Registrations Manager:

Lauren Gleeson
+27 (0)81 025 4667
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  Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager:

Carolyn Ackermann
+27 (0)82 223 1338
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Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

R310 Stellenbosch


South Africa

Tel : 021 809 1100

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