Hundred percent female-owned acquisition

2020-08-04T07:54:55+00:00August 4th, 2020|News|

Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA), together with co-investment from Motseng Women Investments, acquire Mott MacDonald Africa Infrastructure Consulting Operations.

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Image credit: Careers Portal

This is good news for the affordable housing market. The 100% black women-owned and managed, civil and structural engineering consulting firm, Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA) and investment holding company, Motseng Women Investments (Motseng) today announced the acquisition of 100% equity of Mott MacDonald Africa (Pty) Ltd, the South African engineering entity of Mott MacDonald.

MPA will be rebranded as MPAMOT (pronounced M.P.A.MOT). Malani Padayachee-Saman will be the chief executive officer and Ipeleng Mkhari will be MPAMOT’s chair of the board of directors.

This opportunity presented itself when the transaction parties explored opportunities to expand their market share, seek economies of scale and reshape the industry. Upon realising the synergies between their companies, as well as the shared principles and values that underpin their business practices, this acquisition was the natural next step.

This transaction provided a fivefold growth in capacity and capability, with integration of home grown, and global skills, networks, and experience, resulting in greater efficiencies that will significantly increase their market share as a proudly South African business. With a significant legacy of entrepreneurship, service excellence and sound business acumen, visionary leaders Malani Padayachee-Saman, CEO of MPA and Ipeleng Mkhari, CEO of Motseng, are recognised as trail blazers and have shattered through the glass ceilings in their respective industries. Over the past 20 years since starting their businesses, they had to constantly seek new opportunities, reframe their thinking, stretch their ambition, explore opportunities, develop teams to solve complex problems and move the industry forward.

“This transaction provided a fivefold growth in capacity and capability, with integration of home grown, and global skills, networks, and experience, resulting in greater efficiencies that will significantly increase their market share as a proudly South African business.”

MPA continued to accelerate investment in services and technology and subsequently has shown a consistent exponential growth trajectory. However as first mover, seeking opportunities to take the industry forward and having previously considered organic growth, Malani Padayachee-Saman had to consider an acquisition approach. This has been further reinforced by the fact that the impact of the current pandemic will require a responsive approach particularly on infrastructure with the objective of generating employment opportunities.