BEE Deal of the Year

DealMakers Annual Gala Awards

At the end of each year, DealMakers calls on the corporate finance industry to submit their nominations for the BEE Deal of the Year (this was first awarded at the 2019 Gala Dinner).

With the assistance of the independent panel, and taking into account the number of nominations each deal has received, a shortlist of 3 - 5 deals is announced. 

These deals are then evaluated by the Independent Panel and they select a winner based on a variety of criteria, including but not limited to:

The transformational aspects of the deal   |   The execution complexity   |   The deal size   |   The potential value creation of the deal 

2020 BEE Deal of the Year 

Nominations are open.....

Nominations for the Exxaro 2020 BEE Deal of the Year are open.

Download the nomination criteria today and make sure your deal is included for consideration.


Please submit all nominations and queries to Marylou Greig | 082 898 5702

The Catalyst 2020 Private Equity Deal of the Year will be announced at the upcoming Ansarada DealMakers Gala Awards which will take place in Sandton during February 2021

BEE Deal of the Year 2019

Gold Medal Award

Nampak’s disposal of Nampak Glass

Nampak, Africa’s largest diversified packaging manufacturer, sold its glass business to Isanti Glass 1, an entity 60% owned by black investment company Kwande Capital and SABSA, the local subsidiary of beer maker AB InBev and holding company of South African Breweries, with the remaining 40%. The deal, settled in cash, was valued at R1,5 billion.

Watch the interview with Exxaro's Mzila Mthejane at the Gala Awards

Other nominees for 2019 were:

Barloworld’s Khula Sizwe Property deal 

The Barloworld Khula Sizwe BEE transaction was a two-component transaction involving the sale of properties from Barloworld to newly created entity Khula Sizwe valued at R2,9 billion as well as the free issue of Barloworld shares (3% valued at R750 million) to the Barloworld Empowerment Foundation. 


The local advisers to the transaction were: Tamela, Basis Points Capital, Identity Advisory, Nedbank CIB, Dentons; Poswa, Webber Wentzel, BDO and Deloitte.

Phuthuma Nathi partial switch to MultiChoice Group 

In February 2019, MultiChoice Group (MCG) was unbundled out of Naspers and listed on the JSE with a market capitalisation of R46,52 billion. In its pre-listing statement MCG, which owns 75% of MCSA, committed to a share exchange offer in terms of which shareholders of PN1 and PN2 would be afforded the opportunity to exchange a portion of their shares for shares in MCG. 

The local advisers to the transaction were: Rand Merchant Bank, Tamela, Webber Wentzel and PwC.

Sale by South32 of South Africa Energy Coal to Seriti Resources-led consortium

In November 2019 Australian-listed miner South32 announced the sale of its 91.835% stake in South Africa Energy Coal to Thabong Coal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seriti Resources, and two trusts. Post the transaction Thabong Coal will hold an 81.835% equity stake and each of the Trusts a 5% unencumbered interest for the benefit of employees and communities. 

The local advisers to the transaction were: Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Advisory and Capital Markets South Africa, Rand Merchant Bank, UBS, ENSafrica and Malan Scholes.