Welcome to the home of Catalyst Private Equity and Venture Capital Magazine on the web, the only publication in South Africa aimed specifically at the growing private equity and venture capital industry.

View the latest issue : Catalyst Q2 2018.pdf

The magazine was launched early 2005 as part of DealMakers and has appeared quarterly ever since.

Catalyst has the support of the SA Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and a number of the industry’s major players, all of whom understand and respect the need to preserve Catalyst’s editorial independence.

Each issue includes a wide spread of topics, including:

• Industry trends and issues

• The players – reviews of SA private equity and venture capital firm

• Acquisitions   

• Exits

• New funds and fundraising

• Personality profiles

• Venture Capital in SA

• The latest international news

• The private equity deal tables for South Africa and Africa


The Private equity deal tables are not used for ranking purposes. The nature of private equity does not lend itself to the compilation of tables for ranking purposes. However, the tables do serve as useful heat guide pointing to hot sectors, funds and firms, which proves useful to both LP's and GP's in tracking investment opportunities and gauging performance.

The tables track activity in South Africa and Africa generally.


Every year, Catalyst endeavors to award the Catalyst Private Equity Deal of the Year to the private equity GP involved. This is not to say that such deal will automatically present itself and, from time to time, Catalyst has reserved its right not to make the award due to a dearth in deserving candidates.

The Award is presented at the Annual DealMakers Gala Awards Dinner held in Sandton. A highlight of the corporate finance and private equity calendars alike.

Past winners include :


2011 :Actis for Tracker                                     2010 : Capitau for Foodcorp


2012 Standard Chartered Private Equity,        2013 RMB Ventures for Bluff Meat Supply

Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund

and Carlyle for The Export Trading Group 

2014 : Actis for Compuscan                            2015 : Ethos for Plumblink

2016 : Actis for Tekkie Town

Catalyst has developed into an essential tool for investors, GP's, LP's and market watchers.