The Conscious Mindset
Horizon Capital is a boutique Property and Corporate Finance House based in Cape Town. We take pride in our professionalism, integrity and personalised service, and we are passionate about maximizing value in every transaction that we undertake.
Supplying niche, top quality properties and delivering exceptional returns
Management of directly owned, diversified property portfolios and creating long term wealth
Turn-key investment solutions including all due diligence, valuations and negotiations
Seamless service including acquisition, due diligence, funding and management
Business sales and acquisitions - Sustainable transactions with fair pricing for both parties
Our team consists of top professionals with various, complementary sets of skills, expertise, and experience.
John graduated with a BCom Degree from the University of Cape Town on a Barclays Scholarship, which he received after completing the Institute of Bankers CAIB (SA), being the youngest person to complete the CAIB in the shortest time. He went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting at the University of Cape Town, thereafter completing his articles at Deloitte in Cape Town. John has also completed a postgraduate course in Finance, Economics and Politics at Jesus College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. John has gained over 25 years of experience in Cape Town, London, Johannesburg and Pretoria, specializing in Corporate Finance, Investment, Private Banking and Commercial and Residential Property, culminating in his previous position as Managing Director of Investec’s Northern Region for seven years. He also served as a director on the Investec main board. John started Horizon Capital in 2004 and is currently its CEO.
Brina completed a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Cape Town in 2007, and registered as a Professional Architect after 3 years of work experience as a Project Architect. She is registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession. Brina joined Horizon Capital in 2010 and has extensive experience project managing Horizon Capital’s residential and commercial property developments. This involves sourcing of sites, assessing development opportunities, feasibilities, development conceptualisation, negotiation and appointments of the professional and construction teams, monitoring site progress and budgets, finalising design specifications and implementing energy efficient initiatives. Brina is focussed on completing the developments to the best specification, within the allocated time and budget.
After obtaining his BCom Accounting and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting qualification from UCT, David Sedgwick CA (SA) joined PwC’s Financial Services practice where he completed his articles. After articles, he remained at PwC as a manager and was responsible for, and worked on, the account of a number of listed JSE Financial Services clients within the Insurance and Asset Management industry. During this time he also completed a secondment to the United States working on a multi-national NYSE listed insurer and NYSE listed real estate company. David joined the Horizon Capital team in 2014 and is involved in various aspects of the business including development, international and commercial property investment. He currently serves at the Managing Director of Horizon Capital Residential.
George graduated from Wits University with a BCom Degree in Economics and has also completed the Advanced Executive Programme at UNISA Business School. George has 23 years of senior management experience with the First Rand Group in Industrial, Corporate and Retail banking, culminating in his previous position as Area Manager, Cape Town. George has been with Horizon Capital since 2007 in the Corporate Finance Division, specialising in business sales, mergers and acquisitions.
Michael graduated with a BCom degree in Financial Accounting from the University of Cape Town, following which he received a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting Sciences through UNISA. He then completed his CA (SA). Michael completed his articles at BDO South Africa in Cape Town, during which he was involved in various audits in the advertising, investment, manufacturing, mining and services industries. Michael worked for Horizon Capital on a part time basis while completing his studies whereafter he joined Horizon Capital on a full time basis. Michael is responsible for the oversight of the Horizon Capital group’s financial systems, accounting and risk. He is also involved in various aspects of the business including corporate finance, finance and accounting, and asset management.
Liz graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc degree in Quantity Surveying. She worked for the Cape Town City Engineers quantity surveying department for several years, after that she gained property management experience through managing a family property portfolio. Liz joined Horizon Capital in 2007. She spent several years in the asset management area and is currently a development project manager. She also oversees the specifications and finishes of refurbishments and new developments. Liz handles Horizon Capital’s tenant installations and oversees the contractor’s work to completion.
Catherine graduated with distinction from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2011 with a BSc (Honours) in Property Studies and the top thesis mark. She has been working for Horizon Capital since. During her first 2 years at Horizon Capital, Catherine worked as a Commercial Property Asset Manager which encompassed overseeing the leasing of properties, portfolio evaluations and developing appropriate strategies for clients. Catherine now works on the property investment and development side of the business. This involves evaluating potential investment opportunities by generating property valuations and cash flow projections, preparing and presenting proposals to clients, assisting with the due diligence process, raising funding and overseeing the property transfer process. Catherine is also involved in Horizon Capital’s offshore investment offering in Bath, UK. She recently graduated with a BCom (Honours) Degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management at UCT in 2016.
Craig graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc (Honours) Property Studies degree and the top mark in the Portfolio Management Honours course. Thereafter, Craig spent two years as the Marketing and Database Manager for a commercial property brokerage before commencing his tenure at Horizon Capital in 2012. Craig now oversees the Asset Management and Letting functions at Horizon Capital in his position as Commercial Property Asset Management Team Leader. Craig has a passion for investment and a keen eye for cost management and value maximization. Craig also administers Horizon Capital’s online presence.
Elbè completed her Masters of Architecture degree at the University of the Free State in 2009. She is registered as a Professional Architect and is a member of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession and the Cape Institute for Architecture.
Elbe then proceeded to gain her professional experience at a Cape Town Architecture & Urban design firm working on high-end residential buildings as a design and project architect. Elbè is in the process of completing her thesis in order to obtain her Masters Degree in Project Management at the University of Cape Town.
Elbè joined Horizon Capital in 2016 as a member of the project development team and is involved in all aspect of the development process. She is responsible for various project management functions, which include the management of a number of Horizon Capital’s residential property developments and the design and refurbishment of commercial property assets.
Michelene is a Professional Accountant (SA) and has been working in the property industry for more than 10 years. She has extensive experience in accounting and asset management both local and internationally. She is highly skilled in the use of MDA Property Manager. Michelene holds a BCOMPT degree in Accounting Science and a National Diploma in Internal Auditing. She also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma as Professional Accountant in Practice. She is a practicing member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and a registered Tax Practitioner. Michelene is currently Manager Finance and Asset Management.
Maxine graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc (Honours) in Property Studies Degree. She achieved the top mark in the Property Finance course and highest point average over her 3 year bachelors degree. During her studies, Maxine became an accredited Green Building Council Professional for New Buildings with the GBCSA.
Maxine joined the Horizon Capital team in 2017 as a Commercial Property Asset Manager, where she oversees the leasing of properties, prepares portfolio evaluations and develops suitable strategies for clients. In addition, she also assists the property development team with the raising of finance, preparing proposals and the transfer process.
Joscelyne holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from the University of South Africa, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in the field of Accounting, from the University of Johannesburg. She is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (non practicing roll). She commenced articles of clerkship, at a niche Johannesburg law firm specializing in commercial, mining, environmental and employment law. She later joined Webber Wentzel Attorneys, at their Johannesburg office, where she completed articles, in the Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law department. She left practice, in 2010, on relocation to Cape Town and has subsequently spent a number of years working in the retail and renewable energy sectors, in business administration. Joscelyne joined Horizon Capital in February 2018 and is currently assisting in a legal and asset management role.
Carlos joined Horizon Capital in Accounting and Finance in April 2018. Carlos holds a BCompt from UNISA. Carlos completed his articles at BDO South Africa in Cape Town, during which time he was involved in various audits in the media and advertising, property investment, manufacturing, minerals and mining industries. After articles, he remained at BDO working on outsourced work from BDO UK on various international Property Services companies. Carlos has been appointed as Management Accountant – South Africa and International.
Richard graduated from the Granger Bay Hotel School with Dean’s Merit in 2009 and advanced his career in Hospitality Management working at international 5 Star Hotels in the United Kingdom. Upon his return to South Africa he then completed a Bachelor of Technology in Business Administration from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2011 and a Property Development and Investment program with UCT in 2017. Richard then commenced his property career at the Kerzner Estate Cape (Pty) Ltd in Hout Bay, Cape Town in the role of Assistant Manager. Here he was responsible for Property Management and personalised Kerzner Family Group services which he has undertaken for the last 7 years. Richard has a passion for People and Property Management. He has a keen eye for detail. He joined Horizon Capital in the role of Asset Manager in the Commercial Asset Management division in 2018.
Levana graduated with distinction from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2018 with a BSc (Honours) in Property Studies. She achieved the highest grade point average over her 3 year bachelors degree, and the top thesis mark in her honours degree. She also achieved the top mark in Portfolio Management and Advanced Property Law in her honours degree. Levana began working for Horizon Capital in February 2019 as a Commercial Property Asset Manager, where she is responsible for the pro-active management of a number of property portfolios with duties extending from the marketing and leasing of properties to the generation of portfolio evaluations, detailed reports and strategies for Horizon Capital’s high net worth clients.
Terry has been with Horizon Capital since inception and has been involved in many aspects of the Company. She studied English and History through UNISA and worked at Cape Town City Libraries as an Information Librarian. She also spent a number of years working as a Research Librarian for the Cape Times. Terry is the Manager of Human Resources at Horizon Capital and also oversees Office Management, Creditors and Functions.
Cindy joined Horizon Capital in 2011. She is an integral part of the team and the first person you see when visiting Horizon Capital. Cindy is our receptionist and the efficient voice answering and directing your telephone calls. In addition Cindy is a bookkeeper and in 2012 completed bookkeeping to trial balance course with distinction. Cindy is also responsible for the registration of new companies and has recently completed a Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) course.
Paul studied electrical engineering at Wingfield Technical College. He has many years of working experience with various companies, one of which was Old Mutual, where he worked for nearly twelve years. In 2013, Paul joined the team as the building supervisor for a number of Horizon Capital’s office developments in Century City. His role includes meeting with contractors on site, overseeing maintenance work, handling tenant queries, welcoming visitors, and assisting with leasing vacant units.
Sylvia has worked at Horizon Capital since 2004, and has been associated with the Witter family for a number of years before that. She was born in the Eastern Cape and grew up in Cape Town, and is happy to be working as part of the Horizon Capital team. In her spare time, Sylvia enjoys singing at her church.
Grace joined Horizon Capital in 2010. She grew up in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape and moved to Cape Town in 1987. Grace has three children and enjoys reading, watching TV and going to church in her spare time. She is happy to be part of the Horizon Capital team.
Corporate Social Investment
Horizon Capital believes Corporate Social Investment (CSI) to be an important part of our company culture and supports numerous projects throughout each year. We believe that by giving back to the community, we can try and help uplift Cape Town, and it’s surrounds, making it a better place for all.
One of the ways we do this is by participating in events organised by The Rotary Club. The Rotary Club is involved in several welfare projects that serve the greater Cape Town area.
- Rotary Events Horizon Capital has been a part of in 2018:
- Last Night of the Proms
- Day at the Races
- Other Projects we are involved in:
- Operation Shoebox & Senior Santa – these programmes provide gifts over the Christmas period to children and pensioners, who otherwise wouldn’t normally expect to receive anything;
- Financing a student, Siphelele Nkawule, through his Law degree;
- Rehabilitation of the Sea Point Primary School field;
- Reform of prisoner’s training - the prevalence of the gangs is high in Cape Town. Any and every means of eradicating their influence is to be encouraged. We paid a once off pledge and continue to pay a monthly contribution to support them; and
- Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home – Zanokhanyo in Makhasa, Khayelitsha has been left destitute by a fire that destroyed the home in November 2018. We donated money to support the rebuilding of the home that lost almost everything.
- Great Commission Forum, Finance and Strategic Contribution