We analyse Nolwandle Mthombeni, Junior equity analyst at Mergence Investment Managers.
If someone came to you tomorrow with R100m to invest in just one company, which would it be?
Transaction Capital — this is a compounder with a great management team that has been able to generate good returns for shareholders.
Which talent would you most like to possess?
To sing, just so I can show off now and then.
What was your first job?
Economics tutor at UCT.
What’s your biggest regret?
Not prioritising learning a foreign language.
What is the worst investment mistake you have made?
"Investing" in a brand-new car as my first car. Within months my so-called investment had so many dents and scratches.
What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?
Relationships. I build them every day and everywhere I go. They are more valuable than money.
If you found a lottery ticket tomorrow that had won US$100m, what would you do?
Keep $25m, then force my mom into retirement so she can run my foundation that would have five charitable causes that we’re most passionate about as a family.
What’s your favourite song?
"The Sweetest Taboo" by Sade.
When do you lie?
Whenever I go to my dentist.
Your greatest extravagance?
Wine. I have a weakness for great wine. When I come across one I love, I can’t just buy one bottle; I need to get the whole case.
Name a place you’ve been to that lived up to the hype.
Kruger National Park. I think fauna and flora should be the first wonder of the world, probably because I have a mild obsession with the National Geographic Wild channel.
If you could fix one thing in SA today, what would it be?
Gender inequality. I’m passionate about women empowerment. I was raised by a strong, empowered woman who was able to instill values that inspire me.