About Us

Who we are

Phato Investment Cooperative was founded in August 2012 as an instrument for advancing the national objectives of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“B-BBEE”) and as a practical panacea to the existing gap between the owners of capital and the working class. Phato Investment Cooperative is governed by the provisions of the Cooperative Act 14 of 2005 where its members are also the shareholders of the Company.

Phato Investment Cooperative was established as an economic instrument for amalgamating the collective economic interests of its members in order to invest its members’ funds, enrich and empower members of the cooperative and society at large.

Why Choose Us?


To be a world renowned, and self-sustaining investment cooperative. We seek to:

  • Accumulate strategic economic assets to benefit our members
  • Empower and educate our members
  • Uplift disadvantaged communities
What makes Phato Investment Cooperative relevant in the current economic climate
  • The revision of the national Government empowerment policy for Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • National Government focus on uplifting Cooperative organisations means the cooperative structure is a strong focus for the government
  • Opportune economic environment for the support of start-up cooperatives by the government
  • National initiatives by Government to industrialise rural areas
  • Ample investment opportunities and financial support from Government for equity acquisitions by disadvantaged individuals
Corporate Values
  1. Democracy
  2. Accountability
  3. Solidarity
  4. Transparency

Phato Investment Cooperative is member-managed and it derives its strength from:

  • Unity and spirit of cooperation among the members
  • Sheer size of its shareholder base
  • Diversity of expertise of its members; and
  • Access to valuable information as a consequence of occupational orientation of its members

Cooperative Structure

Phato Consulting

We provide accounting and financial services; engineering and construction consulting services and we develop property.

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Phato Properties

We own a portfolio of properties and manage properties on behalf of our members and the public.

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Phato Foods

This will be the logistics vehicle for Phato Foods. This company is currently dormant.

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Phato AED

Phato Agriculture Enterprise Development (“Phato AED”) will become a subsidiary of Phato Investment Cooperative.

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Phato Properties

Phato Properties was founded in 2012 as a subsidiary of Phato Investments Co-operative and is a black-owned property holding and property management company.

Phato Properties currently owns a portfolio of properties, situated in the Midrand area.

Phato Properties is a specialist property management company, focused on sectional title and residential letting and commercial property management. Our aim is to add value to our clients’ property assets. Our professionals are well trained, experienced and customer-centric.

Phato Consulting

Phato Consulting was founded in 2014 as a subsidiary of Phato Investment Cooperative. Phato Consulting is a black-owned and managed Engineering, Research and Management Consultancy.

Our expertise in engineering services cover the following areas:

  • Construction Project Management Services
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Services Infrastructure Information Technology
  • Business Process Management
  • Operations Management
  • Work study and costing of business processes
  • Business Process Re-Engineering
  • Training and Recruitment of Engineers

Our expertise in financial services cover the following areas:

  • Financial Audits
  • Financial due diligence
  • Valuations

In addition Phato Consulting has extensive experience in:

  • Project Evaluation, Impact Assessment and Monitoring
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Design
  • Change Management
  • Quality Management Systems

Phato Foods

Phato Foods will become subsidiary of Phato Investment Cooperative and will be responsible for processing, marketing and distributing a variety of food products in South Africa. The company will be mandated to revitalize the essential agri-processing industry which will create an immediate market for agricultural produce for small-scale farmers. The company will also provide sustainable jobs for the members of the surrounding communities.

Phato AED

Phato Agriculture Enterprise Development (“Phato AED”) will become a subsidiary of Phato Investment Cooperative and will be responsible for sourcing quality manufacturing inputs on behalf of Phato Foods. This will be done through mutually beneficial partnerships with local farmers and small business enterprises.

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Head Office Location


Site Address: 63 Norfolk Road
Carlswald AH

Postal Address: P O Box 52718,


Phone: 081 571 4849