By Yamkela Makupula, CEO of the Diaz Reus South Africa office.
In October 2018, when President Cyril Ramaphosa invited investors for the first SA investment conference, I was still a partner at PwC, assisting black firms to expand their businesses through strategic assets.
I was close to concluding one of my biggest deals with a black consortium looking to buy a commercial bank in SA. The consortium comprised former and current top bankers and corporate executives. Halfway through, we hit a funding hurdle.