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African Pioneer Group

Through our subsidiaries, we engage in retail, distribution, and logistics businesses. We as the African Pioneer Group produce a range of fish products for local and export markets; cream milk, low fat milk, skim milk, custard, dairy cream, butter, and cheese; Coca-Cola beverages; and carbonated apple drinks. We also supply limited payout machines in the Eastern Cape South Africa through Pioneer Slots; and also engage in horse racing, sports, and lucky number betting operations in the Eastern Cape; and also operate a casino hotel; develop, own, and operate power and renewable energy projects; supply fuel and lubricants; and provide various accommodation and conference services in the Eastern and Western Cape.

African Pioneer Group seeks to promote, develop and unite entrepreneurship through joint ventures; mentoring, teaching, and creating opportunities for its members and the wider community anywhere in South Africa; utilise its resources and market position to advance the cause of a better quality of life for all people through economic advancement and empowerment.

African Pioneer Group Seeks to be a strong and profitable investment company ranked above the best investment companies in Southern Africa.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean.


Our Group through the ages

The African Pioneer Group (APG) was founded in 1990, as a black-owned business and it has grown exceptionally over the last 25 years. The Group’s innovative strategies are based on operational excellence, cost-reduction, capital stewardship, and profitable growth. It further exercises this proven strategy, based on the Group’s vision, performance, people and values. It all started more than two decades ago when the pioneering team took a calculated risk back in 1990 and formed their first company, the Uitenhage Investment Company. Within two years the company’s membership soared to an incredible 600 shareholders comprising of individuals, shops and taxi owners. The Group’s investment portfolio increased as a result of investment acquisitions in the food & beverage industry, including Pioneer Fishing, Coca Cola Fortune and Woodlands Dairy.

In 2013, the company was awarded an LPM Route Operator License and in 2014 a Bookmakers License, both for the Eastern Cape.

The Group is now recognized as one of the largest and most successful unlisted Black Economic Empowerment Investment Companies in South Africa, actively managing assets of over R4 billion. The Group is still 100% black-owned and is headed up by its founder, Stephen Dondolo, in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer. He has successfully built the investment portfolio to include the following sectors; Food and Beverages, Leisure and Entertainment and Renewable Energy sectors. Commitment to the Economic Empowerment Employment Equity Laws of South Africa is of paramount importance to the Group. The Group has through its policy of pragmatic and progressive business management expanded considerably and in doing so grew its shareholder base and strengthened its organizational infrastructure. There are almost a hundred individual shareholders involved with the Group, who are predominantly from the black communities of the Eastern Cape. The unique entrepreneurial spirit and strong business ethics embodied by The Group has ensured that its Corporate Social Investment Program has grown exponentially throughout the townships, focusing on previously disadvantaged communities and individuals in the Eastern Cape.


Our Leadership team

African Pioneer Group has a diverse leadership team of qualified, dedicated and especialy passionate individuals. Each of these individuals on the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and our Shareholders is passionate about transformation, working towards our philosophy, where we seek to be a progressive force within the economy. Pioneering for growth through a policy of pragmatic and progressive business management.”

African Pioneer Group brings the benefit of a level 1 BBBEE certification and board representation to all its major investments. It has 100% effective black ownership through major its major shareholder Dondolo Capital (Pty) Ltd, the Ditikeni Trust (NGO) and a number of individual shareholders.

Sakhiwo G Zamisa

Non-executive Chairman

“Sakhiwo Zamisa is currently the Human Resources Manager at Borbet SA. He is also currently the Chairperson of BFM Eastern Cape and Cacadu Municipality Audit Committee. ”

Sakhiwo G Zamisa Non-executive Chairman

Mzukisi Stephen Dondolo

Chief Executive Officer

“Stephen Dondolo is one of the leading Eastern Cape businessmen - he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by IMM in 1990 and the “Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2002. ”

Mzukisi Stephen DondoloChief Executive Officer

Nomkhitha Mfono

Executive Director

“Nomkhitha Mfono was a Junior Manager at JP Morgan Worldwide Securities Services where she managed a team within the NAV pricing Space. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 5 year. ”

Nomkhitha Mfono Executive Director

Zola Tshefu

Executive Director

“Zola Tshefu is a Director of Elite Bingo. She is a founder and the Managing Director of LiLiBo Investments (Pty) Ltd, a black female owned consulting and investment holding company in the Eastern Cape.”

Zola TshefuExecutive Director

Sivuyile Ntlebezo

Non-Executive Director

“Sivuyile Ntlabezo was a Director at Boqwana Loon & Connellan, one of the leading law firms in Port Elizabeth. He was also a partner in Ntlabezo Schady Associates and is a Director at BNI Attorneys. ”

Sivuyile NtlebezoNon-Executive Director

Sivu Boqwana

Non-Executive Director

“Sivu Boqwana (Née Matama) has more than 10 years’ experience in commercial law, compliance and/or policy issues. She has a particular love for competition law. Prior to joining African Pioneer Group ”

Sivu BoqwanaNon-Executive Director

Lionel Billings CA(SA)

Non-Executive Director

“Through the various roles Lionel has gained extensive insight, knowledge and experience in various industries including their respective challenges, risk and controls. He is passionate about developme...”

Lionel Billings CA(SA)Lionel Billings CA(SA)