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At the mouth of the Mzimvubu River, on the Wild Coast of South Africa, 330 kilometres north-east of East London and 98 kilometres east of Mthatha, lies a gorge known as the Gates of Saint John. A natural sight that opens up to a land as wonderous and genuine as it’s ancient inhabitants!

From time immemorial this beautiful piece of the old Transkei has been nurtured and cultivated by the people of Mpondoland.

A sentimental people, these scatterlings of the Mthwa clans have for centuries walked peacefully across these boundless hills of the Eastern Cape, with hearts beating to the rhythm of ancient beliefs in love, commitment and unity.

Under the rule of the wise King Faku in the 1800’s the AmaMpondo spirit of ‘oneness in diversity’ and their sense of sharing lead to a prosperous agreement with white traders down the Mzimvubu River. These white men named their settlement Port Saint Johns and respectfully paid customs and duties to the AmaMpondo Chief.

But in 1884 Port Saint Johns was annexed by the Cape Colony. Governed as a white enclave and taken from the local tribes, to be part of the Transkei Territories no more.

The Red People – a name given to the AmaMpondo people because of their traditional dress – never gave up. With their faces covered in rust-coloured clay (imbola), they danced and sang of days when hope would prevail.

Even as the Transkei became a self-governing Bantustan in 1963, the AmaMpondo people were still denied their land at the mouth of the Mzimvubu River. And still, they danced.

Eventually as politics changed, Chief KD Matanzima negotiated with the apartheid government in 1976 and in order to secure independence for Transkei was given back Port Saint Johns and all it’s natural glory. The long awaited era of change had come.

Sadly, due to political uncertainty and financial strain the town of Port Saint John has declined in recent years. Only about 6500 permanent inhabitants remain here thus endangering the sense of the wonder of this ancient tribe and it’s heritage.

Presently, the whole area suffers from an utter lack of infrastructure with consequences that eco throughout the surrounding towns like Mthatha and Lusikisiki. Young people are jobless and restless. There is not enough currency in the local sector to support community health and safety. Roads are inaccessible and the town of Port Saint John seems neglected.

What we have here is the treasure chest of South Africa’s wild coast. An area filled with precious cultures that need to be nurtured and lead in their quest to save their congenital wonder.

Just east of Port Saint Johns lies an unspoilt piece of land, a panorama of misty paradise, and home to the Noqhekwane community.

An AmaMpondo ancestral clan, the head of the family has reclaimed their rightful land from the South African government and they have been making due with its available natural resources.

These people walk many kilometres every day just to collect drinking water from the Ntlupeni stream to sustain their day-to-day needs. Strolling through their land, you are met with humility and grace, wrapped in traditional red blankets, the Noqhekwane community is eager to make connections with new brothers and sisters. Connections that may possibly be the saving grace they and their fellow tribesmen are constantly hoping for.

Eyabantu, led by local Eastern Cape enterpreneurs, with a man from local AmaGingqi tribe of Port Saint Johns, who spent their boyhood summers here on the riverbeds and beaches of Port Saint Johns, are opening their hearts and trying to empower this area that they remember so fondly. An undertaking to be the catalyst that drives further development and again places money in local hands.

Embracing the AmaMpondo belief of togetherness and sharing, they went to speak to the Noqhekwane Community and the Chief of Mthweni under whom Noqhekwane Community falls. They had a plan. They outlined a project of development for the area. They had identified and negotiated for a piece of land, three kilometres east of Port Saint John’s (town).

A local place of wonder!

This piece of land will be jointly owned with the community and developed for entrepreneurs who wish to develop tourism products.

This will be a platform where the skills and talents of the AmaMpondo people can be flaunted with pride, an infrastructure to support locals and to help them develop their abilities, re-establishing the age-old feeling of AmaMpondo pride.

Yet, there is so much more!

Imagine misty forests embracing vast emerald green hillsides;

The Indian Ocean rolling itself out onto seven kilometres of wild unspoilt beaches;

Stop imagining!

All this will be seen through the windows of the Port Saint Johns ECO HOTEL!

This will be a catalyst for development where we can all take hands and together reawaken and celebrate this awe-inspiring region. Where an investment can nurture and educate as it grows. To achieve this successfully the project is based on environmentally friendly development.

Roping in international developers with experience and international networks, educating and utilising local people and thus reinstating pride and honour amongst the AmaMpondo tribe.

The aim is to build an ECOHOTEL, Forest Chalets and Private Residences within secure borders within a valley surrounded by scenes of natural beauty seldom seen elsewhere.

As an ECOHOTEL development we pride ourselves in striving to be as environmentally responsible as possible and fully compliant with green living standards.

We aspire to be considerate of the natural habitat and to promote ecological sustainability. Traditional building methods will be applied by local craftsmen and structures implemented to incorporate cultural considerations.

All the raw and unspoilt attributes of the area are to be preserved as far as possible.

Only 15% of the 40 hectares of Noqhekwane Community donated land is to be used for construction. The target is to cultivate environmentally friendly building habitats.

Following ecological regulations all building distances will be taken into consideration by architects, including safe distances from the coastline in high tide, and forest barriers.

The main aim is to provide jobs and economic returns to the local community and reclaim the AmaMpondo sense of dignity.

This attract further development and lead to the rebirth of Port Saint Johns, the place that came about because of the wise decision of King Faku to let in white traders to establish a trading port.

Historical Mission

The historical mandate of traditional leadership (Kings, Queens and Chiefs and Chieftainess) is being custodians of land for and on behalf of subjects (communities). That mandate commands these leaders to ensure that communities utilise the land in a harmonious manner ensuring that all benefit rich or poor.

The current generation of these leaders must rise to the challenges and prescripts of modern economy and find ways of unlocking the land for development and therefore benefit to the economy. The decision taken by King Faku in 1800 was a catalyst to development and therefore job creation for AmaMpondo.

Decisions taken today must be such that the land ownership models should unlock development funding whilst also protecting communities in terms of their interests and traditions. That is the balancing act and challenges faced by current generation of leaders.

This challenge I have decided to take up as the leader of AmaGingqi of Mthweni and not only accede to the request of the Community and developers but actively champion this development for the betterment of our communities by accepting the role of a promoter of the project and play a facilitating role instead of gatekeeping role.


I fully support the development.


Yours in service,


Chieftainess Nomntu “Zwelibanzi” Mditshwa

Mthweni Traditional Authority

Investor Relations

Shareholder Structure

Eyabantu Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited a holding company for the Group has, as its key leaders and shareholders, the following:


DR Zihlangu Family Trust represented by Dalikhaya Rain Zihlangu and PYUTAZ Family Trust represented by Patilizwe Caswell Mdoda. The two shareholders, between them, own the whole of the issued share capital of the company and cooperate at subsidiary level when necessary.

Profile of Leaders

Patilizwe Caswell Mdoda

Patilizwe (Pat) Caswell Mdoda (60); B.Com (University of Transkei); MBA (University of Natal); Certificate in International (Indian Foreign Ministry, New Delhi, India)


Pat is a seasoned executive who served at executive level in various blue chip companies. He has held executive positions at South African Breweries, Edgars Consolidated Group (Edcon) and Kumba Resources Limited. He also served as a member of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) Board of Governors (BOG). Most importantly however, has been his contribution in the growth of Royale Energy as a board member and chairman of the Group. He has participated in the deal structuring and fundraising for the transaction that turned Royale into a multi-billion rand turn-over company before exiting and selling his PYUTAZ Family Trust equity as part of the sale of the company to Popcru.


Pat has a strong understanding of the empowerment field having been part of the committee that selected the participants in the Kumba Resources transaction that gave birth to Exxaro Resources Limited. He has extensive networks interfacing at senior level in both government and with captains of industry.


The founder and former chairman of Royale Energy Group, Pat holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Transkei, an MBA from University of Natal and a Certificate in International relations from Indian Foreign Ministry.

Dalikhaya Rain Zihlangu

Founder and CEO of Eyabantu, Dalikhaya Rain Zihlangu previously held senior executive positions at Anglo, Impala and served as CEO of Alexkor State Diamond Mining Company. His key expertise lies in mining, mining legislation, deal structuring, corporate governance as well as the directing of boards and board committees.


Dalikhaya serves as a non-executive director of Exxaro Resources, Sentula Mining and Main Street 333, which is the BEE Holding Company that holds the controlling stake in Exxaro Resources, and previously served on the board of Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA).


Dilikhaya’s rise within the mining industry can be attributed to his BSC Engineering (Mining) from Wits and his MDP (Mining) SBL from UNISA. He further acquired an MBA (WBS) from Wits.

Group Structure

Eyabanty Group Structure

The Eyabantu Commitment

"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination"
- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela


To be a leading African owned and managed company that provides a platform for African excellence and world-class competitiveness.


Creating maximum value for the benefit of all stakeholders in a socially and environmentally friendly way.







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29 Arlington Rd, Bryanston

P.O Box 782281 Sandton 2146





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Core Business Segments

Energy, Oil and Gas

Mission Statement

To develop infrastructure for the provision of energy, oil and gas solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and lay foundation for the development of a solid energy, oil and gas company.


Eyabantu recently acquired the equity of small operating companies with the necessary licenses to trade in petroleum products. Collectively these companies now form part of the oil and gas division of the group; allowing Eyabantu to further develop its procurement, logistics and distribution solutions for oil and gas products.

Board of Directors

Masixole Mrwebi


Having worked amongst industry heavyweights such as Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo and Price Water House Coopers, Masixiole is an experienced corporate tax practitioner who is also well versed in the art of corporate tax compliance. From mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and private equity transactions to corporate commercial law, he is an asset companies in all sectors.


Masixiole’s career in accounting began following his graduation from Wits with an honours degree in B.Com Accounting, but he didn’t stop there. He continued studying and acquired his Honours Diploma in Tax Law from University of Johannesburg, and further still he gained his Masters in Taxation through the University of Pretoria.

Anathi Mnyaka

Managing Director

From concept to completion Anathi has always had a knack for following through on his projects. These successes can be seen in the roll out of the Clicks Club Card the Engen Customer Service Centre, Afric Oil’s transition into a commercial supplier and the opening of Transnet pipelines.


In addition, he is adept at drawing business plans and marketing strategies aligned to the vision, mission and values pertaining to the company. Anathi’s skills are evident in his continuous improvements on sales, operations and marketing through his management thereof.


Anathi holds a Marketing Management Diploma from Cape Technikon, an MAP from Wits Business School and a certificate from Knovation in Management.


Themba Dlomu

Infrastructure Development Consultant

Responsible for the planning and development of infrastructure at Eyabantu, Themba has garnered over ten years of experience within the petrochemical industry. He has dealt with project development, construction development and the operations of bulk fuel storage depots.


Having executed several multimillion Rand projects; which included feasibility studies, infrastructure upgrades and compliance, Themba is skilled in every aspect of project management. His expertise includes but is not limited to; project finance and budget management, engineering health and safety standard studies, construction management, business management and leadership, maintenance, equipment liability and inspection, just to name a few.



Themba has his Masters Degree in Project Management from Cranefield College and a B.Tech Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNISA. He is also a professional member of the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Project Management Institute and the Engineering Council of South Africa.

Press Releases



After agonising for a lengthy period including various meetings with key stakeholders in the town, the community of Noqhekwana, the leadership in the area and Chief Zwelibanzi Mditshwa under whom the area falls and who had given the development her blessings, the Eyabantu Consortium has decided to suspend its participation in negotiations with Noqhekwana Community.


As earlier indicated the decision has not been taken lightly and it is a painful decision considering the benefits that were going to accrue to the community particularly Women and Youth of the area. Jobs opportunities at construction phase were estimated at 750 and 200 permanent jobs at full operation.


The Consortium had earlier identified Noqhekwana area because of its natural beauty and the fact that there was no land claim against the property unlike most of Port Saint Johns, which is under land claims. The reasons for suspending negotiations on the holiday resort development negotiations with the community are outlined hereunder:


  • the leadership of the community extended the size of existing site that was occupied by a local resident doubling it from the standard allocation encroaching entirely on the agreed piece of land allocated to the development leaving the remaining area unsuitable for the agreed development;
  • community invasion of an area with sensitive fauna and flora compromised any form of prospective negotiations as the project had committed to preserving any sensitive fauna and flora retaining the biodiversity of the area. The community claims that the area is theirs and they were in the process of lodging a claim with the Land Claims Commission. Even though no proof of the lodging of claim or the proof of acquisition of the land, this posed a security risk that the Consortium could not overlook.


Eyabantu is still committed to investing its resources in the Port Saint Johns area, as it believes that the area could provide a catalyst of the development of the region.


Issued by Pat Mdoda





An unprecedented lack of generation capacity has caused South Africa to experience serious electricity outages. With the base load capacity from coal which is South Africa’s main source running behind schedule, the need for independent electricity producers is growing. Pickup capacity and clean energy derived from sources such as wind turbines and solar panels can provide a minimal relief but not address the significant needs of the country. The DOE is looking at developing further base load capacity from coal and hydro projects.


Eyabantu has conducted extensive studies in the hydro generation space with the eastern flowing rivers of the Eastern provinces of South Africa. Research has concluded expected turnaround times of 18 months for brownfield projects and 48 months for greenfield projects. Capacity through partnerships is being developed to provide hydro generation.


Through Royale Energy International, Eyabantu has a relationship with South Sudan parties to explore crude oil and energy generation possibilities.

Property and investment

Mission Statement

Ensuring release and productive use of land and land spaces to drive economic development for the benefit of stakeholders. Finding innovative ways of releasing land for development as well as developing products for rural communities particularly tourism products




With land and property rights contested in South Africa, the development and commercialisation of rural land is held back. By employing innovative solutions, Eyabantu ensures the release and the productive use of land and spaces, thus driving economic development in rural communities.


In addition to land development, Eyabantu is aiding in the rejuvenation of city properties and finding opportunities to restructure the apartheid spatial development.


The company will invest in high yield and cash generating projects and companies where we are minority investors

Imimangaliso Coastal Resort

Just east of Port Saint Johns lies an unspoilt piece of land, a panorama of misty paradise, and home to the Noqhekwane community. Eyabantu has outlined a project of development for a property in this area in conjunction with the local AmaMpondo people. The aim is to build an ECOHOTEL, Forest Chalets, and Private Residences within secure borders within a valley surrounded by scenes of natural beauty seldom seen elsewhere.


Read the full letter of support from Chieftainess Nomntu “Zwelibanzi” Mditshwa


Mission Statement

Extraction and beneficiation of natural resources in a socially and environmentally friendly way to create maximum value for all stakeholders.

Mining Investments

Eyabantu is part of Eyabantu Consortium which is invested in Exxaro through HoldCo Proprietary Limited, thus creating its strong foothold in the mining sector.

With interests in various mining prospecting companies which have been issued with mining and prospecting licences in iron ore and limestone, the company has increased its footprint in the sector. Progress on prospecting is provided periodically as significant milestones are achieved. The strategy of the group is to target brown field projects and investing only in compelling cases in greenfield projects.

About Eyabantu

EYABANTU is derived from an African word depicting collective ownership. It also represents indigenous African axiom of broad base ownership. The owners formed the company to exploit the unfolding environment in energy, mining and unlocking property ownership


Formed in 2005 by a diverse team of highly skilled and experienced executives, Eyabantu is a unique, agile company with its core focus set on the on the oil and gas, mining and property sectors.


Eyabantu prefers not to be a passive investor; we prefer to participate in the companies we are invested in by providing industry leadership, expertise and insights. We create the capacity to run our businesses.