Africa Desk

South African companies are increasingly expanding their businesses into other countries in Africa or considering expanding their businesses on the continent. Similarly, foreign companies seeking to invest in Africa are also increasingly using South Africa 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 that want to explore the abundant investment opportunities Africa has to offer, we have set up dedicated Africa Desks in Johannesburg, New York and Perth. 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, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. 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:

  • Addresses important issues facing your business in African countries in an integrated manner;
  • Provides quick responses to preliminary and generic questions that companies would like answered when considering investment in Africa;
  • Facilitates investments and business operations by providing access to the right contacts for tax (and legal) advisory services to investors in Africa;
  • Coordinates between companies investing into Africa and respective PwC offices in other countries; and
  • Organises seminars on the intricacies of doing business in various African countries and provides regular updates on recent tax and regulatory developments on the continent.

Contact us:
For more information and assistance on investing into Africa, contact any member of our Africa Desk team:

Ibikunle Olatunji

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

Norman Mekgoe

Norman is a partner in the International Tax Services division of PwC in Johannesburg, South Africa and Leader of the Johannesburg - based African Desk. He hold a BCom (Acc) degree from University of the Western Cape and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from University of the Witwatersrand.

Norman has been in the tax field for over 12 years, including 2 years with South Africa Revenue Services, 6 months with PwC London and 2.5 years with PwC New York. Norman's main area of specialisation is international tax structuring.

Phone: +27 (11) 797 5405

Trevor Lukanga

Trevor Lukanga is a Consultant from PwC Uganda. Trevor has provided tax advisory and compliance services covering aspects in corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, financing arrangements as well as international tax planning.

Trevor's experience is majorly in sectors of banking, insurance, infrastructure, telecoms, retail and manufacturing concerns where he has been involved in providing tax solutions to diverse clients.

He is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), holds a Bachelor of Business Administration as well as a Total Tax Person certification with the Uganda Revenue Authority. Currently, Trevor works in PwC Sunninghill (Johannesburg) at the Africa Desk as a member of the Corporate International Tax team.

Phone: +27 (11) 287 0928

Arthi Muthusamy

Arthi is a Consultant from PwC Zambia. Arthi has advised clients on various tax and regulatory issues, including advice on international tax and cross border transactions, tax planning for inward investment and corporate re-organisations.

Arthi's experience covers a range of tax advisory and tax compliance services across various industry sectors including financial services, mining, manufacturing, construction and telecommunications.

She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA).

Currently, she works at PwC Sunninghill (Johannesburg) at the Africa Desk as a member of the Corporate International Tax team.

Phone: +27 (11) 287 0527