“At Kleoss Capital we strive to draw the best from our people. Which means we strive to create a culture of highly driven and motivated individuals that are constantly challenged by their work. However each person must fully understand that to succeed requires team effort and understanding each others strengths. A Private Equity team is a team sport. At Kleoss Capital we believe each member of the team is critical and without the full team moving in sync, we will not succeed.”   — Co-Founders

Halekopane (Hale) Matsipa |

Managing Partner


Hale is the co-founder of Kleoss Capital and its Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the overall operations of Kleoss Capital and the Fund’s performance. This includes, inter alia, assisting the team with deal origination and execution, engagement with portfolio companies to drive the Fund’s value creation strategies and engagement with the Fund’s investors.

Zain Laher  | 



Zain is a seasoned private equity professional with extensive experience across the entire private equity spectrum from fundraising to origination and exit including managing troubled assets. Zain also has successful turnaround experience across the African continent gained during his tenure at Emerging Capital Partners between 2006-2012. With seven funds and over $2.0 billion under management, ECP is a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa.

Melisa Afordofe  | 

Chief Financial Officer


Melisa is the Chief Financial Officer of Kleoss Capital. Melisa started her career in the Financial Services Team at Deloitte where she served her articles and earned her CA(SA) designation. During those three years she worked on major banking clients. She was then seconded to the Deloitte Los Angeles office where she worked on numerous hedge fund and private equity clients.

Richard Pender | 

Senior Advisor

Former partner at Ethos Private Equity Limited (Ethos); South Africa’s pre-eminent specialist private equity firm, where he enjoyed a successful 14 year career stemming from Fund I to Fund V. The investors in the funds comprise a mix of South African, American and other international investors. As a partner at Ethos, Richard’s duties and responsibilities involved the identification and assessment of new investments, the execution of acquisitions and the management and monitoring of portfolio companies. Richard assists Kleoss Fund I in his capacity as Senior Advisor.