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South African companies are increasingly expanding their businesses into other countries in Africa or considering expanding their businesses on the continent.
Similarly, foreign companies wanting to invest in Africa are also increasingly using South Africa and, more specifically, Gauteng, as a base to 'explore' business opportunities in other African countries.
The second largest and second most populous continent, Africa is blessed with vast natural resources and is fast becoming a lucrative commercial market with enormous potential for investors. However, divergent cultures, business landscapes and unique legal regulatory and political environments can make these ventures particularly challenging.
How we can help
To assist foreign companies wanting to explore the abundant investment opportunities Africa has to offer, we have set up dedicated Africa Desks in Johannesburg and New York. Drawing on the strength of the PwC network and the firm's unique thought leadership methodology, the Africa Desk in Johannesburg has been established to assist both South African and foreign investors in coordinating the setting up and running of operations in Africa.
The Africa Desk is staffed by tax specialists from various African countries, including Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa. The team works closely and seamlessly with colleagues in PwC offices in other African countries, and the Africa Desk in New York to help clients find solutions for challenges facing their commercial ambitions in Africa.
What we do
The Africa Desk:
For more information and assistance on investing into Africa, contact any member of our Africa Desk team:
Elandre is a partner in the Corporate International Tax division of PwC in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is head of the International Tax Structuring and Advisory team in Johannesburg, which includes the PwC Africa Desk.
Elandre holds the B.Com (Law), LLB, B.Com (Acc) Hons and LLM (Tax Law) degrees. He is qualified as an attorney and is a member of the Law Society of South Africa. He is also qualified as a chartered accountant (CA(SA)) and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Elandre has worked in the field of taxation for the past 10 years, before which he practised as a commercial litigation attorney. His experience in taxation includes employees' tax, corporate tax, international tax, mergers & acquisitions and exchange control matters. He has advised clients across a range of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, entertainment, resources, retail, manufacturing and private equity.
Currently, Elandre focuses on cross-border transactions, advising clients on the tax and exchange control aspects of structuring and optimising investments into South Africa and also outbound investments, many of which are into African countries.
Phone: +27 (11) 797 5822
Ibikunle is a manager from PwC Nigeria. He has provided tax services covering many areas such as mergers and acquisitions, tax strategies, international tax planning, group structuring, business combination and tax function effectiveness.
Ibikunle has extensive multi-industry experience dealing with a wide variety of domestic and multinational clients. His industry experience includes the financial services, energy, telecommunications, consumer and industrial products sectors.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
He now works in PwC Sunninghill (Johannesburg) at the Africa Desk as a member of the Corporate International Tax team.
Phone: +27 (11) 797 5317
Evelyn is a Manager from the PwC Accra (Ghana) office. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Accounting Option) from the University of Ghana and membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA UK) for which she was the best graduating student in Ghana in 2008. She is additionally an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Ghana and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ghana (ICAG).
Evelyn has experience in providing tax and assurance services to clients doing business in Ghana. She spent three years in the Assurance Line of Service of PwC Accra (Ghana) before transferring to the Tax Line of Service.
She has assisted clients in a number of industries including telecommunications, mining, oil and gas, and the service industry. She has also assisted multinational and local corporations on several assignments including tax advisory services, tax compliance services, withholding tax and VAT health checks, and tax due diligences.
She now works in PwC Sunninghill (Johannesburg) at the Africa Desk as part of the Corporate International Tax team
Phone: +27 (11) 287 0964
Jelle is a senior manager in the Corporate International Tax division of PwC in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has provided tax services covering many areas such as answering and implementing tax strategies of international operating companies, tax efficient international structuring, group structuring, etc. His home country is The Netherlands.
Jelle holds the MsC degree in Tax Law and is a member of the Dutch Order of Tax advisors. Jelle has worked in the field of taxation for the past 10 years and is an experienced all-round trusted (tax) advisor.
Currently, Jelle is on a long-term secondment at the PwC Sunninghill office in Johannesburg, where he is part of the Corporate International tax team and especially focussed on helping companies that are expanding their activities into the African continent.
Phone: +27 (11) 797 5990