A dream. A vision. The realisation of a vision that was dreamed up at the birth of democracy in South Africa. That is WIPHOLD today.
With a multi-billion rand investment portfolio, we have redefined empowerment by building South Africa’s premier black women-owned and managed investment company.
Born out of the possibility, which a new dawn promised to all South Africans, we have steadfastly pursued the goal of empowering black women across the country.
This vision is being realised through a dedicated focus on acquiring and building strategic investments in key sectors of the economy that offer value and returns, and that are used to drive our empowerment initiatives.
Drawing on the inspiration provided by our founders, including Louisa Mojela and Gloria Serobe, WIPHOLD today adds meaning and brings hope to more than 200 000 beneficiaries.
Our unique structure gives direct ownership to these women through the 33.6% stake they hold in the business by way of the WIPHOLD Investment Trust and WIPHOLD NGO Trust.
WIPHOLD was South Africa’s first BEE company to establish a permanent, broad-based shareholding in 1997 through the creation of the WIPHOLD Investment Trust (WIT). Women who subscribed for shares became automatic beneficiaries of the WIT at no extra cost. In 2003, the broad base was extended with the formation of the WIPHOLD NGO Trust, a permanent beneficiary. The two trusts own a combined 33.6% stake in WIPHOLD.