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The CRESCO Team

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Conrad Hefer

Managing Director

BCom (Financial Management)

Conrad is a multi-skilled project financier with over 17 years’ experience. His strengths are in analysing commercial issues and the impact on the project structuring. He also has strong skills in treasury functions, specifically in considering the impact of currency hedges and other instruments in mitigating ongoing local currency deterioration, which is an identified risk in the project. Active as consultant, advisor and dealmaker in the project finance and structured finance market which also involves advising clients on utilizing ECA and credit insurance products. He is experienced in beneficiation, mining, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure projects and has back office experience including post closure support of transactions.

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John Stanbury

Chairman

BSc (Eng), MBA, BProc LLB.

Experienced Corporate Executive with more than 40 years’ experience.
With more than two decades of experience as CEO in the international business environment, John has given Strategic and Operational improvement assistance to under-performing corporates. He has extensive experience in the manufacturing, mining, logistics and service industries.

 

 

 

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Robert Futter

Director

BCom CA (SA)

 Rob is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has focused on project finance in Sub Saharan Africa for the past 9 years, with an additional 6 years’ experience in the UK / European market in similar areas.
He has extensive financial modelling experience across various industries. He has given Strategic business development services for start-up and technology entities and is a project and company turnaround specialist.

 

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Francois Viljoen

Director

BCom CA (SA)

Francois is a multi-skilled project financier with 17 years’ deal making experience. His focus is on the power sector across Sub Sahara Africa and has also over the years been developing and funding projects in the infrastructure, telecommunications, manufacturing and energy sectors. He has extensive knowledge of the local SA energy industry and he also has experience in arranging ECA backed financing and contract negotiations with specific focus on Power Purchase agreements (PPAs).eo.

 

 

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Ben Verhoef

Director-Cresco Property Advisory

BCom MBL

Ben is a Property Finance and Development specialist with over 20 years’ relevant experience and extensive experience in property development assessment, feasibilities and financial control during development the phase.
He is a dealmaker in property development projects and structures funding requirements. He is also experienced in funding structures for commercial properties and the long term funding of such properties as well as the assessment of funding risk in the South African property sector.

 

 

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Helgaard Muller

Director-Cresco Global

B Eng (Civil)

Helgaard is a qualified civil engineer with a project management background. He has been involved in projects ranging from infrastructure construction in rural areas to large industrial projects. Helgaard diversified his engineering background with a career spanning nineteen years in the Development Finance, Banking and Transaction Advisory industries where he has established an impressive business associate network and gained vast experience in a range of Project Development, Project Finance, Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisition transactions. His expertise include origination of transactions, marketing, technical and financial analysis, financial modelling, business plan development, structuring of equity and debt funding as well as transaction implementation and monitoring..

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Rajeev Batohi

Director-Cresco Advisory

B.Sc. Eng (Mechanical), B.Com (Hons) Business Management.

Rajeev has more than 25 years’ work experience, with the last 10 years in Senior Management across a diverse range of job profiles that reported into the Exco of The South Africa Breweries.Rajeev’s core expertise and functional experience have predominantly been in Strategy, Revenue Management, Supply Chain, Technical and Procurement. Rajeev unique professional abilities include the ability to understand how all the pieces of a business fit together and thus leverage opportunities and reduce tensions that arise between different functions. Rajeev has the ability to craft storylines from complex ideas/plans and tailor those for different audiences from board to shop-floor to ensure buy-in and understanding. Rajeev’s core strengths also include a strong analytical ability, to either direct or do analysis that delivers insight. Rajeev has an engaging management style that allows for team autonomy whilst holding accountability and overall delivery. Rajeev’s accomplishments are wide ranging, from top-line growth through Strategy and Revenue Management, to bottom line growth through cost reduction and operational improvement..

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Krishna Pillay

Director-Cresco Advisory

National Higher Diploma Mechanical Engineering, Diploma Project Management, MBA.

Mr Krishna Pillay has held senior leadership roles in the mining and energy sectors while employed at blue chip companies, Eskom and Anglo American. He is a mechanical engineer with a government certificate of competence, Diploma in Project Management and a MBA.Krishna started off his career as an Anglo American bursar and concluded his training at De Beers in Kimberley.  After qualifying, he worked for a short while at the Anglo Corporate offices in Johannesburg as a structural designer. After a stint with Anglo Alpha working as resident engineer, he joined Eskom initially as power station engineering manager and finally head of project management office responsible to plan, develop and implement the Eskom new build programme.Krishna spent the last 7 years of his corporate life at Anglo American. He was appointed as project director Zimbabwe in 2007, and then in various Head of Engineering roles within the group.Krishna left Anglo American in May 2014 and set up a consultancy firm focused providing specialist Engineering, Plant Operations Optimisation, Project Development and Project Management services in the Resources and Energy Sectors..

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Tshiamo Mmolotsi

Director-Cresco Advisory

BSc. Mathematical Science.

Tshiamo is a Divisional Director of Cresco Group, providing a number of clients with Financial Modelling and Transaction Advisory services.Tshiamo has actuarial experience in data analysis, reporting, financial modelling, pricing, quantitative risk & valuations. He has extensive modelling experience across various sectors including Energy, Health, Mining & Beneficiation, Oil Storage and Property. His experience also includes regulated industries where he assists clients in submitting tariff applications to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). He has assisted Clients with Corporate Valuations for hospital, mining, energy and petroleum projects. He has also built bespoke Excel tools, for investment decision making and management purposes; that are specially designed according to client requirements..

Associates

Sinesipho Maninjwa
Senior Associate
BCom Accounting (Honours)
CA (SA)

Andy Tant
Senior Associate
BA Combined Joint Honours (Lancaster University, UK)

Sandy Jackson
Senior Associate
Masters in Brewing & Distilling (cum laude)

BSc Chemistry and Applied Chemistry (cum laude)

Francois Joubert
Senior Legal Advisor
B.Proc, MA: Geography and Environmental Management (Admitted Attorney)

Barnus Beyers
Associate
BEng in Civil Engineering
BEng Honors in Geotechnical Engineering;
MBA

Chris Ashworth
Associate
BSc Mathematics

Corinne Berg
Legal Associate
BA LLB (Admitted Attorney)