Meet the Writers
We have a great team of writers who aim to provide you with the freshest content right off the stock market press, every day.
Full Time Contributors
Byron is the king of everything finance and market-related. If you need the latest news or views you just need to ask Mr Goldberg.
He is born and bred in Johannesburg and the proudest patriot of South Africa around.
He is finishing his Bachelor of Accounting Science degree at the University of Witswaterstrand after which he will do articles for 3 years at a financial firm.
Being the philanthropist he is, his ultimate goal is to head off into big, wild Africa with the aim of making it a better place for all (how can you not love this guy?).
His passion for the stock market is only matched by his love for music, sports, travelling the world and Breaking Bad (pity its over now).
The book shelf above his bed consists of only financially-oriented books, most of which he will openly admit he has neglected to read.
Drop Byron an email if you want to learn more or ask him any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noni as she is affectionately known is a part-time contributor to the daily news when Byron is off jet-setting somewhere around the world.
She hails from the gorgeous landscape of the Eastern Cape and is still finding her feet in the rough and tumble Johannesburg landscape. If you want to know about anything young and cool happening in the investing and finance space check out her awesome site Fund Babies.
Or you can drop her a line on email@example.com
Part-time editor and founder of Stock Shop. Might look blonde but don’t let it fool you.
Feel free to ask Annabel anything, just drop her a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part Time Contributors
Passionate about economics, investments, trading, technical analysis and creative thinking techniques. Stockbroker and member of the JSE since 1991. Created and managing Sanlam iTrade.Trying to write lyrics. Wine and music lover. Blessed husband, father and stepfather. Treasure friendships
Afrifocus has been a stockbroker member of the JSE since 2000, servicing institutional and private clients. We offer our services all over South Africa and we have offices in Sandton, Cape Town and Durban.
We produce independent research and execute JSE trades for private clients and institutions in the securities unit. Having partnered with a large European research house called CM – CIC, Afrifocus is able to offer extensive research & investment insights to our clients.
Our Personal Wealth team consists of over 20 market experts and our independent in-house research ensures that we make smart investment decisions for you.
Dineo Tsamela is a recovered debtaholic who managed to pay off all her debt and turn her finances around. She enjoys helping people understand how to get onto the path to financial wellness drawing from her own experience and the lessons she learned from cleaning up her finances. You can check out her website: www.piggiebanker.com and follow her on twitter at @PiggieBanker and @DeeOnMoneyZA
Before launching the boutique brokerage firm, Rand Swiss, Gary helped build one of South Africa’s leading service orientated brokerage houses. He is an avid market commentator who features regularly on CNBC, SABC3, BDTV and E-TV and now also co-hosts the morning show Open Exchange on CNBC Africa.
Television is not the only place you might have come across him, as he is regularly featured on the 702 Money Show, Radio 2000, SAFM as well as a variety of print media publications including the Business Day and more recently, Forbes Magazine. As a director and portfolio manager at Rand Swiss, he specialises in bespoke portfolio management, stockbroking and trading. In his spare time… What spare time? Gary lives, breathes and eats trading, investing, stocks and companies
Andrew is a consultant in financial services and is a former investment banker with over 8 years experience in capital markets, corporate finance and M&A. He has worked on some notable deals in South Africa and Africa and has experience working with commercial and investment banks, Development Finance Institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds and large corporations.
He has always had a passion for the markets and began trading CFD’s and Alsi contracts over 8 years ago. In the last 3 years he has refined his trading edge by using price action strategies, Elliott Wave Analysis and fibonacci retracements. His objective is to revolutionize the perception of financial markets and to simplify it so that virtually anyone can begin trading.
Helen Alpino brings a wealth of technical analysis experience to trading the markets.
Her combined love for trading with passion for training provides you with a dedicated hands on approach to providing you with the tools and knowledge to trade profitably.
As a technical trader, Helen relies on charts, market sentiment and trading top trending companies to make trading decisions. She uses an uncomplicated method, mentoring you to understand the psychology of the market.
Helen has been associated with a large brokerage company for 7 years through The Stock Traders Club and turned what started off as a hobby 12 years ago to empowering clients to trade successfully.
Richard has a broad range of experience in the financial markets. He started his career in 1998 in the asset management industry and since then has traded equities and equity derivatives for fund managers and stockbrokers, and on a proprietary basis. He has also worked in the financial media industry in product development and sales. More recently Richard has focussed on creating web-based analytical tools and systematic trading algorithms.
Richard is on a mission to make the stock market more accessible to more people. He is doing this by creating better tools, straightforward research and more relevant educational resources than what is currently available. He spends his time exploring market data, writing and coding data visualizations and tools at www.shareview.co.za
Grant Van Zyl
I am Grant van Zyl, a Certified Financial Planner, with 12 years of experience in the financial industry. I am passionate about the financial world and making a difference in how Financial Planning is perceived in South Africa.
I live in Somerset West where I am a shareholder in a Financial Firm, HvZ Financial Consultants.
I have had an entrepreneurial spirit and fascination with business from a young age. This fascination led me to start my own car washing company when I was 13 years old, as well as being the most successful newspaper delivery boy in the area. Straight after completing school, I started to work at my father’s financial firm and have not looked back since.
I won my first Gold Prestige award from Discovery, in 2004, after being a financial planner for only a year. I went on to do so in 2005-2007 and also 2012 -2013.
By 2006, I had already established an impact in the financial firm (HvZ Financial Consultants) that I was working for and was offered to buy in and become a partner in the firm.
In 2007 I became a member of the FIA and continue to be a member and strive to make a difference in the financial industry.
In 2010 I completed my postgraduate in Certified Financial Planning and am very proud to have this internationally recognized qualification and professional designation.
I believe that there is no substitute for hard work and living out our passions.
I love life, my wife, my family and friends, outdoors and a well balanced life. I love connecting with people so feel free to send me a message at anytime.
Seymone Leigh Moodley is a young South African BA Journalism graduate, with a major in journalism, communications and sociology and a minors in development studies. She specialises in Business/Financial Journalism and investigative pieces. She has worked for many international media houses in South Africa, such as, The British Broadcastings Corporation, CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa magazine and Forbes Woman Africa magazine. She also has digital and social media experience.
My name is Palesa Lengolo I am a 28 year old ambitious woman from a small town called Matatiele. It’s on the boarder of KZN and the Eastern Cape. I live in Johannesburg. I am currently completing my final year of Bcompt Accounting Science from the University of South Africa and I hold a Diploma in Financial Information Systems from Tshwane University.
Currently I work for one of the big four Banks, where I’m an Accountant specialising in Investments. I have more than 6 years in the Financial Services Sector and have experience in investments, financial reporting and employee benefits accounting.
I am involved in a lot of CSI projects like “Teach a child to save” – from the bank I work for and hold several Competence Certificates in the Finance profession.
In my private time I hold investment sessions for different kinds of people, especially focusing on the informal market and stokvels teaching investment education as way of attaining financial freedom. I do this under my company, Palengo Holdings, which I hope will, some day, be an investment company.
Hi, I’m Kay and I’m new to the world of finance but I think my willingness to learn should earn me a few brownie points. My area of expertise is social media, mainly for financial institutions. Part of having the greatest job in the world means I get to attend the best events and rub shoulders with the greats in the finance space. Zulu girl from KZN, Rhodes graduate, majored in Sociology, Drama and IsiXhosa (weird combination I know) and aspiring to be the best version of myself I can possibly be. I hope my learning journey resonates with another newbie out there and inspires them to take charge and be in control of their financial future.
Hi, I’m Tivani
I currently serve as a client manager and html coder at Stock Shop. I studied a Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences. I believe that the art of communication is the language of leadership. I’m falling in love with the financial field. Growing up I never understood what was going on in the world of finance. Since I got the opportunity to work in this field, I began to understand how crucial it is to manage our finances in everyday life.
Chipo is passionate about entrepreneurship and building sustainable and high impact enterprises. She has led the implementation of projects and directed and motivated teams for almost ten years.
Her career focus has been in enterprise development with a focus on small to medium sized businesses and high growth entrepreneurs within the financial services industry. She has a vision of contributing to the development of the African continent by supporting entrepreneurs as an instrument to drive socio-economic impact. A social entrepreneur and economic activist, Chipo ardently supports the empowerment of marginalised women as means for alleviating poverty within Africa. She is also a seasoned consultant with strong strategic, change management and business turnaround consulting experience.
Chipo holds a GIBS MBA in Entrepreneurship, which combined with a background in Psychology and Industrial Sociology and an Honours degree in Marketing Management, creates a unique interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills offering.
Chipo’s scope of experience includes large scale systems implementations, organisational transformations and process re-engineering projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. She has an aptitude for solution-driven problem solving.
Prior to her appointment at AlphaCode, Chipo served as General Manager for DOTNXT, which honed her skills in the area of innovation management for corporates. In her role as management consultant at Fever Tree Consulting, Chipo worked with a number of African governments to implement change and drive service delivery. Earlier roles included a time as MTN Senior Project Manager for marketing consultancy Aqua as well as other communication, marketing and research roles.
She is a board member of PROTEC (the Programme for Technological Careers), which is an independent non-profit educational service provider in South Africa specialising in science, mathematics and technology education. In addition, Chipo is a member of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) – the largest and most prominent association of business and professional women in the country.
Chipo was named as Best Entrepreneurial MBA Student by GIBS in 2013. She speaks Northern Ndebele, Northern Sotho and French.
With a gift of public speaking, a passion for people, an allurement for entrepreneurship and a fascination with finances, Nelisiwe Masango is more than just a 24 year old. After being intrigued by the stock market following the critically acclaimed movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, she went on a mission to learn more about the world of financial markets and investing. Since then, she has successfully founded, Bear Run Investments, which focuses on enriching the lives of many in the hope of empowering the community with the tools needed to attain financial freedom through various workshops, seminars and training programs. Bear Run Investments has since expanded to incorporate a subsidiary targeted at women of all ages, called FeFine (Females with Finances). This organisation promotes girl power through entrepreneurship and financial independence. Both Bear Run Investments and FeFine have been featured on the CNBC Africa show “Kicking Doors” and are part of Santam’s 2016 campaign “Business 1001 days journey”.
Her mantra is taken from the great Maya Angelou saying “when you learn, teach, when you get, give”.
The Africa Digest is a weekly snapshot of the African markets, produced by Cloud Atlas Investing.
The aim of the Digest is to provide the African investor and the general populace with real time news on what affects the African markets.
News is drawn from all of Africa and the world, with more emphasis being put on the 15 African markets from where the constituents for the AMI series are drawn.
The 15 African markets in the AMI series cover all the African regions.
The concise news of the Digest, which is influenced by major economic themes at any given moment, covers news that impact on the movement of the AMI series. It also covers the following: AMI series performance, major constituent price movements, currency moves and upcoming calendar events.
B.Com Economics Hons. (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe)
Kenneth joined Cloud Atlas Investing on an internship programme in 2015 and has since moved to the Analyst position. Cloud Atlas provided a platform for him to see beyond what everyone may choose to see about Africa. This way, his belief about a successful Africa, with well established markets, got heightened. Kenneth also worked at the Ministry of Agriculture in Zimbabwe between January 2012 and January 2013. He was in the Economics and Marketing department, on a year-long work related learning programme, under the Management Information System division. His work was to analyse external trade on all agricultural products. He loves anything that relates to the markets and economies of the world and enjoys writing, singing and doing some light work-outs during his own time.
Kagiso Tloubatla is a Team leader at a private bank and currently completing his Post Diploma in Management (PDM) at Wits Business School. Kagiso began his career as a banking consultant in his Second year at University of Johannesburg while completing his Bcom Finance degree. He started his investment journey by using a demo account in university while trying to make sense of the theory he was exposed to in his investment management module. He has a passion for learning and teaching others about managing finances and building wealth. He lives by these words ”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Bongani Maduna is a young South African who is passionate about the Stock Markets. His journey through investing has given him some good insights and perspectives on the world of investing. When Bongani isn’t working on his portfolio, you can find him at the gym. He is into healthy minds and healthy bodies.
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David has a number of interests, the first of which concerns traveling which in his opinion enriches and contributes to the substance of a person. He also has a passion for history particularly the first- and second world wars. He believes that history has shaped the world we live in and that it offers many important lessons for the future. The last interest he has is keeping abreast of current affairs.
David completed his undergraduate BCom Law degree at the University of Johannesburg and then shifted his focus to the world of finance obtaining a Honours degree in investment management at the University of Johannesburg. During his Honours degree David was part of the University of Johannesburg’s CFA team that participated in the CFA Institute of South Africa’s 2014 Research Challenge. The team placed first locally and had the privilege of participating in the EMEA regional stage in the Netherlands in 2015.
Currently David is in the process of completing his Master’s degree in Finance at the University of Johannesburg. His thesis topic focuses on the safe haven qualities of precious metals. David is enthusiastic about the challenges that the future holds.
David has a passion for Johannesburg, and if you ever ask him he will definitely try and convince you that it is the greatest urban jungle in the world! David’s experiences in the city have led him to be guided by his belief that all people are inherently good and given an opportunity will always try and help others.
David obtained his BCom Law degree, after which he completed his BHons Investment Management at the University of Johannesburg. During his honours course David had the privilege of participating in the CFA Institute of South Africa 2015 Research Challenge, for which the team from the University took first place. David is now busy with his Masters in Investment Management comprising of a full dissertation focusing on Alternative Investments.
David is using his masters to try and satisfy his curiosity of the history, usage, benefits and perceptions that exist around alternative investments. By expanding the field of alternative investments, David believes that it is possible to make investing, especially alternative investing, more accessible to every person through clarity on the misconceptions of the industry and changing the misconception.
Ashley is an active individual that never shies away from a challenge. She enjoys participating in a variety of sports and keeping fit and healthy. Ashley strives to maintain a balanced lifestyle between work and play, believing that it is important to accommodate both to be successful.
Ashley found her passion for all things financial in 2010, during her BCom Intrapreneurial Management degree, when Financial Management was one of her elective subjects. Ashley has always had a passion for mathematics and accounting, an abacus has always been her favourite toy. After completing of her BCom Intrapreneurial Management degree she immediately took the the finance field and started her BCom Finance degree. Ashley’s thirst for knowledge was unquenchable and she completed her BHons in Investment Management, a degree that was awarded to her Cum Laude, Ashley is now working towards her MCom full dissertation in Investment Management.
Ashley was selected to compete for the University of Johannesburg in the CFA Institute of South Africa 2015 Research Challenge. Ashley enjoyed the practical aspects that the Challenge contributed towards her skill set. Ashley enjoys helping others reach their potential and finds it extremely rewarding to assist others in reaching their goals.
Pierre believes that knowledge is truly power and enjoys learning new and different things. Furthermore, Pierre also enjoys problem solving and different challenges. Pierre has actively decided to pursue his passion this year for mental maths by making more time to perfect the skill.
Pierre has a passion for financial markets, more specifically quantitative methods applied to financial markets. This lead to Pierre starting his academic career by studying BCom Economics and Econometrics, and completed a BCom Honours degree in Monetary and Financial Economics with both degrees awarded Cum Laude. Pierre felt that his economics background was lacking in the mathematics required for advanced quantitative methods in finance. To rectify this shortcoming Pierre completed his Honours Degree in Quantitative Finance, which is also now the field of study for his Masters at the University of Johannesburg.
Pierre has co-published several academic journal articles and continue to contribute actively to the academic sphere.