Johannesburg, 5 October 2023 – Sanari Capital, a women-led and majority Black- and women-owned South African private equity firm, has successfully raised R1.25 billion (about $65 million) for its growth fund. The fund is poised to play a pivotal role in fuelling employment opportunities and fostering economic growth in South Africa and across the African […]

We are delighted to announce that Sanari Capital has won Portfolio Company of the Year for Social Impact at the 2022 Private Equity Africa (PEA) Awards for its investment in Edulife Group. Our investment in Edulife Group has allowed for a renewed energy in the Bloemfontein communities and the schools it serves. Not only does […]

Sanari Capital is pleased to announce its USD 5 million (c.R85 million) investment in iiDENTIFii as part of a USD 15 million growth capital raise led by pan African financial services investor, Arise Investments. iiDENTIFii is a market leading digital biometric identity verification company offering enterprise-grade solutions across Africa, and the 2022 winner of the […]

Johannesburg, 8 September 2022 – Sanari Capital has announced a R475 million (c.$28 million) first close on its Sanari 3S Growth Fund (Sanari 3SG). The private equity firm focuses on investments in growth companies emanating from Africa (mainly from South Africa) with regional and global scalability and exposure. Sanari 3SG will invest in established and […]

Edulife Group is a network of private schools, offering diverse and tailor-made education across the economic spectrum, from affordable to high end fee schools. Sanari Capital is extremely proud of the company’s growth and broader social impact, and the educators’ and learners’ commitments to excellence and community. We are pleased to share with you our […]

Ever found yourself wondering whether Sanari is a venture capital firm or a private equity firm? Our technology flavour can be misleading particularly in a fast-changing world where digital is pervasive and the lines between VC and PE are blurring. Sanari Capital manages a private equity growth fund, and there are different ways to grow […]

We are delighted to announce that Sanari Capital has won the special recognition award for 2021’s Technology Deal at this year’s Private Equity Africa (PEA) Awards for its investment in LightWare LiDAR. This award recognises the remarkable talent that the African continent has to offer the world and emphasises the growing importance of technology and […]

Sanari Capital, backed by leading institutional investor 27four, is pleased to announce its R25 million (USD 1.5 million) investment in LightWare LiDAR, a South African company supplying world-class microLiDAR sensor technology to leading global companies. Established in 2012, LightWare gives ‘eyes to machines’, designing and manufacturing the world’s smallest and lightest precision LiDAR systems for […]

Dear Friend of Sanari We would like to share with you a bit about Edulife Group, our most recent investment in affordable and accessible education. Edulife is the largest independent schools group in the Free State. With humble origins of 6 students in 1998 serving the deeply under-privileged Batho Township in Bloemfontein, the Academy of […]

In a very exciting month for Sanari Capital, we are incredibly proud to share the news that Sanari CEO, Samantha Pokroy received a special recognition award last week in London at the Private Equity Africa Awards 2019! Sam was recognised as one of the top women in the industry and for the impact her leadership […]

Sanari Capital (“Sanari”) is pleased to announce the conclusion of its R28 million investment in education company, Edulife Group (“Edulife”). Edulife is the largest independent school group in the Free State. Founded by Koos Engelbrecht in 1998 with one school and six learners, the group has grown under the leadership of his son and current […]

Media Release 9 July 2017 Sanari Capital (“Sanari”) is pleased to announce the conclusion of its control investment in leading geo-spatial data and solutions provider, Fernridge Solutions (“Fernridge”). The investment facilitates majority black ownership in the company and supports Fernridge’s growth and expansion strategy.  Fernridge founders and executive directors hold the remaining stake. Established in […]

Sanari in the News

25 February 2022 | Webber Wentzel Post Budget Speech Panel Discussion | What does the 2022 South Africa budget mean for you and your company? (webinar 1:15:14)

20 April 2021 | Business Day Live: Business Watch with Michael Avery | WATCH: Michael Avery and guests discuss private equity activity and how private equity will respond to the rising rates environment? (26:50)

9 July 2021 | sUAS News | LightWare launches world’s smallest lightest microLiDAR, gives machines eyes

20 April 2021 | Classic Business on Classic 1027 | Lego-sized LiDAR and the travails, toils and triumphs of emerging women-led fund managers (podcast 11:45)

16 April 2021 | MoneyWeb | Sanari Capital wins SAVCA award

25 August 2020 | TechCentral | Interview: SA’s LightWare LiDAR raises R25m for global expansion

18 August 2020 | Ventureburn | SA-owned LightWare receives $1.5-million investment

13 July 2020 | Business Day | Ease terms of the COVID-19 loan scheme, government urged

23 June 2020 | Business Day TV | WATCH: SA’s economy in the throes of fallout from the global crisis

01 April 2020 | Business Day TV | WATCH: How Covid-19 is changing how SMEs do business

24 Oct 2019 | Bloemfontein Courant | World-class facilities for Bloem school

23 Oct 2019 | Africa PE News App | Why we invested: Sanari Capital sees opportunity in South Africa’s education sector …Read more’ via @Africa_PE_News. Download free app on: [Preview]

18 Oct 2019 | Sanari Announcement | Sanari CEO receives special recognition award at Private Equity Africa Awards 2019

10 Oct 2019 | EIN Newsdesk | Private Equity Africa congratulates 2019 Awards Winners Sanari CEO receives Women Impact Award

8 Oct 2019 | SAVCA | SAVCA appoints two new board members amid industry growth Sanari CEO reappointed to SAVCA’s board along with Fulu Makwetla and Kabelo Moja

6 Oct 2019 | Africa Capital Digest | Sanari Capital takes significant minority stake in Edulife Sanari Capital makes its 5th deal – backs largest independent school business in South Africa’s Free State – EduLife.

4 Oct 2019 | Africa PE News App | DEAL OF THE WEEK: Sanari Capital has concluded a $1.8 million investment in South African education company Edulife Group, the largest independent school group in the Free State Province.

2 Oct 2019 | Classic FM with Michael Avery | Education feature: Sanari Capital invests in school group podcast

22 May 2019 | Disrupt Africa | SA IoT startup Sensor Networks provides smart home insurance solutions to Santam customers

1 May 2019 | Africa Global Funds | How the evolution of the African model for PE sector continues to attract Innovative Solutions?  [Preview]

14 May 2018 | IT Web | Local IOT start-up raises R13m funding

14 May 2018 | IT News Africa | Sensor Networks secures $1.2 million in series B funding

5 Dec 2017 | Knect365 | The art of investing in the lower mid-market

7 Jun 2017 | Venture Burn | Can 12J VC tax incentive create the jobs South Africa badly needs?

13 Mar 2017 | Venture Burn | 4 reasons your startup won’t get financing

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