PSG Alpha Investments* is an investment company and is a subsidiary of the JSE listed PSG Group. The investment mandate is to invest in and support companies with exceptional growth potential that could become significant assets in the broader PSG Group. The portfolio currently comprises of investments in the education, services and technology sectors.



Our Approach

• Equity capital for expansion

• Controlling or influential stakes

• Partner with exceptional management teams
• Actively provide strategic support for our investments
• Long term investors – we are fortunate to have permanent capital

• Strong emphasis on accurate and timely financial results



Investment Focus

• Businesses with enduring competitive advantages

• Larger than R100m profit potential

• Ability to earn global revenues

• Great management team

• Proven business models



*PSG Alpha Investments (previously Paladin Capital Limited) was delisted from the JSE (AltX) in 2011 following its unbundling of Curro and the subsequent buy-out of the Paladin minority shareholders by PSG. Paladin minority shareholders realised a compounded annual return of 43% since listing in 2009. Paladin Capital was re-branded as PSG Private Equity in 2012 and as PSG Alpha in 2017.


Our Portfolio

Investment Interest Description Website
Alaris Holdings 27% Technology group specialising in Defence and Specialised antennas www.alarisholdings.com
Carter 48% An innovative car buying platform that matches new car buyers with dealers www.heycarter.com
CA Sales 48% Agency and distribution services for fast moving consumer goods in Sub-Saharan Africa www.casholdings.co.za
CSG Holdings 13% Diversified outsourced services provider (personnel, security, mining, cleaning and catering services) www.csgholdings.co.za
Energy Partners 53% Energy solutions provider www.energypartners.co.za
Evergreen Lifestyle 50% Developer and provider of retirement lifestyle living solutions www.evergreenlifestyle.co.za
FutureLearn 93% Provider of innovative and accessible education solutions to schools, tutors, parents and learners www.futurelearn.co.za
ITSI 73% Leading eLearning platform provider for schools and other institutions www.it.si
Provest Group 51% Diversified mining services provider of secondary support and specialised mining solutions www.provestgroup.co.za
SNC 56% Nanofiber technology business www.sncfibers.com
Spirit Capital 49% Investment holding company focussed on leveraged transactions www.spiritcapital.co.za
Stadio Holdings 45% Higher Education Business www.stadio.co.za
Educartis 20% Education listing website with Africa focus www.educartis.com

Investment Team

Nico de Waal (CEO)

Nico de Waal holds a B.Eng (Mech) Cum Laude degree from the University of Stellenbosch as well as an MBA from IESE Business School of the University of Navarre (Spain). Nico started his career as an engineer with Baker Hughes Inc. (USA) in Scotland and the Middle East in the oil and gas exploration industry (1998-2000). He then specialised in strategy and operations work as a management consultant (2001-2007) before joining SAB Miller (2008-2010) in a strategic marketing role. Nico joined the PSG Group in 2011 and is currently the CEO of PSG Alpha Investments.

Alex Volkwyn

Alex began his career with Sasol Limited and worked as chemical engineer at the company’s operations in Sasolburg and Secunda. With a keen interest in business, Alex moved to Sasol Synfuels International in Rosebank as a business and investment analyst where he conducted business intelligence, market research and investment analysis for Sasol’s international coal and gas to liquids expansion projects. In 2008, Alex was seconded to Sasol’s joint venture operation in Qatar to establish the business development function at this gas-to-liquids company, where he was responsible for managing a capital projects portfolio of US$50 million per annum, strategy development & implementation and managing feasibility studies for expansion projects. In 2011 he moved to the private equity sector when he joined PSG Alpha Investments.

Dries Mellet

Dries completed his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cape Town Financial Services practice and qualified as chartered accountant in 2009. Dries was Financial Director of mCubed Holdings Limited between October 2010 and February 2011 and Financial Director of Capevin Holdings Limited between April 2012 and November 2013. He has been employed by the PSG Group since 2010 and acted as secretary to the PSG Group Exco before joining the PSG Alpha Investments team full time in 2012.


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