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About BeyondCOVID

BeyondCOVID is a Non- Profit Organisation focused on strengthening the SMME sector by addressing the gaps that exist in the current South African SMME Support Ecosystem, specifically funding, enabling services and enabling technology. By shoring up the SMME support eco-system, BeyondCOVID will de-risk SMMEs to the point that they can access the resources they currently lack to be both successful and sustainable.

BeyondCOVID’s strategy for de-risking SMMEs - thus enabling their success, growth and job creation - is to promote their organisation into into SMME Collectives, based on models successful implemented by the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund. The strategy will include the leveraging of Jobs Fund Partners that have gone through the learning curve already and have proven themselves as robust and reliable enablers of SMMEs.

Our Mission

To promote, establish and develop SMME Collectives as the preferred vehicle to reduce the risk and improve the bankability of SMMEs within the Agriculture, Construction and Mining sectors.

Our Vision

To create stable and sustainable enterprise opportunities in the target sectors through creating or strengthening existing SMME Collectives, which in turn provide enabling resources and services to the SMMEs.

Our Story

BeyondCOVID started in June 2020 as an initiative to understand and address the economic havoc caused by COVID-19. The initiative launched a survey completed by over 2,000 businesses, with the results being featured by 33 media houses, resulting in an earned media value of R20.6 million.

Subsequent surveys have included input from 6,712 businesses; and have underlined the opportunity for SMMEs to leverage (out of their difficult circumstances) by mirroring the risk profile of corporate counterparts.

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Priority Sectors

BeyondCOVID has identified three priority sectors that will maximise job creation in line with the Country Investment Strategy and National Development Plan 2030.




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Leadership Team

board members

Adv. Fay Mukaddam

Fay Mukaddam is a Chartered Director (SA) and an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. She also holds a Master of Laws qualification.

Fay’s career highlights include being the President of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), the Group CEO of ABAFAZI iAfrika Group (Pty) Ltd, the founding Chief Executive Officer of 4 Africa Exchange (4AX), and the Managing Director of TERMA Commercial Advisory Services.

Fay also serves as a technical facilitator and subject-matter expert for the Institute of Directors.

Dr Iraj Abedian

Iraj Abedian is the founder and Chief Executive of Pan-African Investment and Research Services (Pty) Ltd and Executive Chairman of Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

Iraj obtained his BA (Hons) and MA in Economics from University of Cape Town (UCT), and received his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 1993.

Iraj holds the following positions:

i. Chairman of the Board of African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) (Pty) Ltd (Dec 2016 to date)

ii. Chairman of the Board of In2Fruit (Pty) Ltd (October 2016 to date)

iii. Member of the Advisory Board of the Auditor General of the SA Government (2006 to date)

iv. Member of the National Infrastructure Investment Committee (IIC).

Ms Nkateko Khoza

Nkateko Khoza is an MBA and BCom graduate with majors in Information Systems, Economics and Accounting.

Nkateko is  currently the CEO of Dzana Investments, a holding company with interests in property, energy, education, health and ICT sectors.

Previously, she served as an Associate Director at Deloitte Consulting, followed by a property development and joining an investment joint venture between Flanagan & Gerard and Dzana Property Investments Holdings focusing on investing in and establishing rural retail and mixed- use property developments.

Mr Ernest Mahlaule

Ernest Mahlaule holds various positions and is a president at Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Chairman at Destiny Village, Chairman of the Gauteng Growth & Development Agency Board of Directors.

Ernest holds a Master of Business Administration from Luton University and Milpark Business School, his current PHD studies focus on Intra Trade in Africa.

Ernest also serves as a Board Member at the AIDC, Nokukhanya Energy, and at the JCCI, and he is a Member of the Group Trade and Investment Board Committee.

Mr Pankaj Ranchod

Pankaj Ranchod CA (SA) has 40 years of senior leadership experience, and holds a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership (SBL), and he is a Certified Director at the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA).

Pankaj is currently Chairman of GroCapital Holdings, which acts as the Bank Controlling Company for Grobank, which provides financial services for agribusiness and foods sectors in South Africa.

Pankaj was Executive Head: Insurance Services, a business unit at Santam comprising 40% of the company’s staff complement.

Mr Ralph Patmore

Ralph Patmore, founder of Iliad Africa Ltd., is a South African businessperson who has been at the head of 7 different companies and presently occupies the position of Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Accéntuate Ltd., Non-Executive Chairman of ARB Holdings Ltd. and Chairman of Unicorn Capital Partners Ltd.

Ralph is also on the board of Calgro M3 Holdings Ltd., Mustek Ltd., Trellicor (Pty) Ltd. and Trellidor Holdings Ltd. and Member of Moma Marketing and Associate at Institute For Independent Business International Ltd.

Ralph holds a post-graduate degree from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership.

Ms Thelma Machogo

Thelma Machogo is the Director at Biodegradable SA. She completed an Executive Course in Infrastructure in a Market Economy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Thelma is a seasoned professional with over 13 years of consulting experience, having run InFinance Consulting both as Co-Managing Member and Principal Consultant since its inception.

Thelma has also held an Executive position at Chopper Mining. Her other experience includes being a Private Sector Co-ordinator for World Bank Institute, and a Director of Arts and Science at British Council Southern Africa.


Chief Executive Officer

Mr Lings Naidoo

Lings Naidoo, co-founder and Executive Director of BeyondCOVID, is a management consulting professional and business entrepreneur, with 26 years’ experience assisting public and private sector organisations address various business challenges and opportunities.

He is a director at Redflank, a strategy and research consultancy. Prior to his current role as Director of Redflank Solutions, Lings was with Accenture for 11 years, where he was responsible for the South African Insurance Practice. He has an honours degree in computer science from UKZN and a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management from UNISA.

Lings’ speciality is leading the conception, design and implementation of strategic change. In this role he has managed project delivery teams; and worked alongside the leadership of organisations in various sectors. In the private sector, this has included the retail, banking, insurance, capital markets, energy, agricultural and manufacturing sectors. In the public sector, this has spanned national, provincial and local government. He has also worked with various NPOs.

Chief Investment Officer

Mr Matungoe Chidi

Matungoe Chidi, co-founder and Executive Director of BeyondCOVID, is a Director at Mzabalazo, a boutique development consultancy focused on people, organisational and economic development. An academic at heart, Matungoe attained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of the Witwatersrand before proceeding to pursue his postgraduate qualifications - a Diploma in Business Administration (at Wits Business School) and an Associate’s Degree in Corporate Governance (at the Chartered Institute of Business Management). Matungoe is also an associate of the Chartered Institute of Business Management.

Matungoe began his career at Resolve Group, a management consultancy which is now part of Ernst & Young (EY). He then progressed to Old Mutual Insure where he was responsible for innovation and business improvement.

Matungoe has acquired years of invaluable experience working with public and private sector clients across strategy, organisational change, process improvement, technology implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and research interventions, amongst others.

Chief Development Officer

Mr Etienne van Wyk

Etienne van Wyk, co-founder and Executive Director of BeyondCOVID, is a strategy consultant, business transformation specialist and IT project manager with over 20 years of experience. Etienne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria.

Etienne specialises in enterprise development focusing on public and private partnership models as a vehicle to increase broad-based participation and productivity in the economy. He has first-hand experience working as a consultant and line manager across a range of financial services, FMCG, utilities, agriculture, and government sector organisations.

Etienne’s current and former clients include the National Treasury of South Africa, Department of State Expenditure, GWK, Sanlam, Santam, Old Mutual, Momentum, Standard Bank, Standard Trust Limited, Absa, FNB, RMB, JSE, Eskom, and British American Tobacco.

Etienne’s current focus includes finding and adopting solutions to integrate a globalised, digitally driven world economy with South Africa’s under-developed, under-serviced and spatially remote communities through public-private partnerships.

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Mr Khomo Mokhobo

Ernest Mahlaule holds various positions and is a president at Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Chairman at Destiny Village, Chairman of the Gauteng Growth & Development Agency Board of Directors.

Ernest holds a Master of Business Administration from Luton University and Milpark Business School, his current PHD studies focus on Intra Trade in Africa.

Ernest also serves as a Board Member at the AIDC, Nokukhanya Energy, and at the JCCI, and he is a Member of the Group Trade and Investment Board Committee.

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Governance Structure

BeyondCOVID is governed by a Board that frames the culture and provides the oversight required by investors, lenders, CSI, DFI and Government sponsors that will encourage them to provide the support BeyondCOVID needs to deliver at scale.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 11 783 3341

Email:  info@beyondcovid.co.za

108 Elizabeth Avenue

BeyondCOVID Registration:

NPC Registration (CIPC):

NPO Registration (DSD):
262-123 NPO