Patrice Motsepe. Picture: Martin Rhodes
Patrice Motsepe. Picture: Martin Rhodes

African Rainbow Capital (ARC) has launched a real estate joint venture that will focus on empowerment linked property transactions in partnership with the Buffet KLT Consortium, led by famous South African investor, Jonathan Beare.

The joint venture is called ARC Real Estate and it is seeking to provide capital and services to property entrepreneurs and corporates which own real estate.

The first deal for ARC Real Estate was closed in December last year. It saw the company buy the Setso Property Fund which owns 13 retail and other commercial assets worth R1.2bn. These assets are located in Gauteng and Cape Town.

They are assets that had been owned by the formerly listed Pivotal Fund. Setso bought the assets from Pivotal. Redefine Properties took over Pivotal last year.

Setso is led by Mabuse Moja and supported by Jackie van Niekerk and Aaron Suckerman, the former executives of Pivotal.

ARC Capital chairman Patrice Motsepe said ARC Real Estate had brought in Buffet KLT because of its track record and partnership investment ethos.

"Jonathan Beare is one of the significant shareholders of Buffet KLT and together with its partners, the consortium represents a substantial privately held property and private equity investor in SA," he said.

Buffet KLT is comprised of Buffet Investments and KLT Holdings.

Bradley Kark, CEO of KLT Holdings, said that a key success factor in Buffet and KLT had been their partnership with entrepreneurs and businesses across all property sub sectors, as well as in direct private equity.

"Over the years, the Buffet KLT group has been a growth catalyst to some of the leading residential, commercial and hospitality property companies in SA. This is a similar role that ARC Real Estate is looking to take forward in building a significant presence in the property landscape through a wide variety of platforms, partners, funds and direct investments, both in the traditional asset types as well as some of the niche dub sectors," he said.

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