Team Profile

To provide dynamic business law solutions, we require dynamic professionals with the skills required for the new legal order. Therefore, our professionals of today and the future, are and should always be:

  • Technical experts, wise counsellors and effective leaders.
  • Practical in providing business law solutions.
  • Entrepreneurial in their outlook.
  • Global in their thinking.
  • Accepting of technology and technological developments, using them to enhance efficiency.

Our team is currently made up of the following professionals:

Siyabonga ShanduSiyabonga Shandu
Director

 siyabonga@shanduattorneys.co.za
 +27 (0)79 528 9773

Siyabonga started his legal career in 2003 as a Legal Researcher for the Judges of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court where he worked closely with Judge Vuka Tshabalala, the late Judge Qedusizi Hebert Msimang and Judge Leona Theron, among others.

In 2005, he joined Hofmeyr Herbstein & Gihwala (which in 2008 merged with Cliffe Dekker to form Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as a Candidate Attorney and grew within the ranks until he was admitted as an Attorney, whereafter he became an Associate and then a Senior Associate in the corporate and commercial law department. He left Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in April 2011 to join Tshivhase Inc. as a partner where he remained for 4 years before establishing Shandu Attorneys.

  • Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment legislation
  • General corporate and commercial law
  • Corporate governance
  • Commercial property law
  • Financing arrangements and credit facilities
  • Transaction structuring and restructuring
  • Mergers and acquisitions (local and cross-border transactions)
  • Companies Act
  • Private Equity
  • Mining and minerals
  • Regulatory Compliance (PFMA, National Credit Act, Consumer Protection Act, National Lotteries Act, FSB, Collective Investment Schemes Act, JSE Listing Requirements, Medical Schemes Act)
  • Trusts (including but not limited to ESOPS, Family Trusts, Investment Trusts and Community Development Trusts, for various purposes, including empowerment transactions)
Publications 
  • Lead Attorney advising Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited in the implementation of the restructuring of its shareholding in Glodina Towelling Proprietary Limited and Colibri Towelling Proprietary Limited through special corporate rules in the Income Tax Act, which afford ‘rollover’ tax relief to facilitate a corporate restructure of a group of companies. The transaction involved a series of transactions including an asset-for-share transaction (section 42), an amalgamation transaction (section 44), an unbundling transaction (sections 46 and 46A), and transactions in respect of liquidation, winding-up and deregistration of some companies. Transaction value: Neutral. 2019 – 2020.
  • Lead Attorney advising 3Sixty Financial Services Group Proprietary Limited (a subsidiary of NUMSA Investment Company Proprietary Limited) in its acquisition of the majority of the entire issued shares in the capital of Salt Employee Benefits Proprietary Limited.  Transaction value: R 170m+. 2019.
  • Lead Attorney advising Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited in its acquisition of shares in Celrose Proprietary Limited from Edcon Limited. Transaction value: R 181m. 2019.
  • Lead Attorney advising The Chairperson and The Acting Secretary of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State in 2 (two) urgent High Court Applications by and against Mr Kubentheran Moodley involving the interpretation of the search and seizure powers of the Commission and related implementation of searches and seizures and review applications and appeals. 2019.
  • Lead Attorney advising Mathupha Capital Proprietary Limited in its acquisition of the Aveng Rail business from Aveng Limited. Transaction value: R 133m. 2018 – 2019.
  • Lead Attorneys advising First Avenue Investment Management Proprietary Limited in a series of transactions with MMI Finance Proprietary Limited involving the merger and amalgamation of certain collective investment funds and the financing of the said transactions through the loan and equity transactions. Transaction value: R 10m. 2018.
  • Lead Attorney advising Liberty Group Limited, Liberty Two Degrees and Tuscaloosa 131 Proprietary Limited in Phase II of the development by the abovementioned companies of a 200-bed hospital in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal to be operated by Melomed. Transaction value: R 100m.
    2016 – 2017. 
  • Lead Attorney advising Nozala Investments Proprietary Limited relating to the restructuring of the transaction relating to the construction, funding and operation of the 100-bed Kiaat Private Hospital in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. 2016-2017.
  • Co-lead Attorney advising Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited in the loan facility provided to a consortium of black business people (Sakhumnotho and Kilimanjaro) for the purposes of the acquisition of shares by the said consortium in Total SA Proprietary Limited. Transaction value: R1.8bn. 2015.
  • Co-lead Attorney advising Transnet SOC Limited in the syndicated amortising facility to be provided to Transnet by a syndicate of banks and supported by an export-credit guarantee to be provided to the finance parties by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), in connection with the purchase by Transnet of 233 Evolution Series GE ES40ACI diesel-electric locomotives from General Electric South Africa Technologies. Transaction value: R6bn. 2015-2016.
  • Lead Attorney advising Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited on a cost overrun facility of US$10m– and a senior loan facility of US$75mil to be provided by IDC together with a consortium of other lenders (including international lenders) – for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a phosphate plant in South Africa. Transaction value: US$85m. 2015.
  • Lead Attorney advising Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited on the amendment of the governance documents of Foskor Proprietary Limited and 3 special purpose vehicles formed in 2009-2010 as part of the Foskor BEE Transaction to ensure that the rights of IDC and a shareholder and funder of Foskor and the BEE SPVs are not compromised. Transaction value not disclosed. 2015–2016.
  • Lead Attorney advising a South African entity with regard to an investment by a Brazilian entity in a plant for manufacturing of transformers in Mozambique. Transaction value not disclosed. 2015.
  • Lead Attorney advising a South African entity in raising R100m from Investec Bank Limited. Transaction value: R100m. 2015.
  • Lead Attorney advising ETG (a leading international supplier of agricultural products) in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Mama’s Brands, a leading Namibian commodity trading company. Transaction value: US$5m. 2012-2013.
  • Lead Attorney advising Fountainhead Property Trust and Fountainhead Property Trust Management Limited on various issues relating to compliance with the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act and various corporate governance issues. 2012-2013.
  • Advised Pareto Ltd in respect of its acquisition of 50% ownership interest in each of the letting businesses carried on by Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) at Menlyn Shopping Centre in Pretoria and Cavendish Square and Cavendish Connect in Cape Town. Including advising in respect of the financing of the transaction by RMB; the largest commercial property transaction in South Africa. Transaction value: R2.4bn. 2010.
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws) – University of Durban-Westville.
  • LLM (Master of Laws), (Commercial and Tax Law) – University of Natal, Durban.
Tasneem EssopTasneem Essop
Consultant
(Commercial Property)

 tasneem@shanduattorneys.co.za
 +27 (0)72 745 5556

Tasneem began her career as a Candidate Attorney in 2010 at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and was appointed as an Associate in 2012. She practiced in the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Real Estate Department and is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer specialising in all aspects of Commercial Property Law. Tasneem also has experience in project finance and renewable energy transactions.

  • Disposal and acquisition of property
  • Property transfers (Conventional and Sectional Title transfers)
  • Structuring and restructuring of commercial property transactions
  • Property consolidations, subdivisions and township establishment
  • Sale and leaseback transactions
  • Project finance and renewable energy
Commercial Property
  • Drafting and vetting title deeds, bonds and guarantees.
  • Advising clients on several aspects of sectional title legislation.
  • Experience in the practice and procedure of the Deeds Registry.
  • Drafting and vetting of various agreements, including sale of land agreements, lease agreements, long-term lease agreements and tender documentation.
  • Assisted in advising a South African client on the development of the Maroeladal Township (Extension 33, 48 and 49) and the registration thereof. This included applications for subdivision and consolidation.
  • Assisted in advising Abland on various developments including Alice Lane and Stone Ridge Office Park.
Project Finance and Renewable Energy
  • Assisted in advising Italgest on the development of a solar photovoltaic power facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Mandate includes the drafting, negotiation and bringing to execution of all financing documents and project documents pursuant to the IPP
    Procurement Programme.
  • Assisting in advising Building Energy on the development, financing, construction, commissioning and operation of three solar photovoltaic power plants. Mandate includes the drafting, negotiation and bringing to execution of all financing documents and project documents pursuant to the IPP Procurement Programme.
  • Assisted in advising Fotowatio on the development, financing, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of a 75MW solar photovoltaic power plant pursuant to the IPP Procurement Programme.
  • Assisted in advising Eskom Holdings SOC Limited in respect of its possible participation in the development, construction and operation of a transmission backbone in Mozambique.
  • Assisted in advising ESSE on the development, financing, construction and operation of seven photovoltaic power plants. The mandate included the drafting, negotiation and bringing to execution of all financing documents and project documents pursuant to the IPP Procurement Programme.
  • Assisted in advising Eskom Holdings SOC Limited on the conclusion of a Power Purchase Agreement in respect of a gas-fired power plant in Mozambique.
  • Assisted in advising Exxaro Resources Limited on the development, financing, construction and operation of five renewable energy generating facilities pursuant to the IPP Procurement Programme.
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws) cum laude – University of Witwatersrand.

Tusani Fakude
Associate

tusani@shanduattorneys.co.za
 +27 (0)81 744 8907

Tusani joined Shandu Attorneys in April 2017 as a Candidate Attorney and was appointed as an Associate in 2020. In 2015, the final year of his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Tusani participated, and took a joint second position, in the 44th Ellie Newman Memorial Moot Competition, a prestigious competition which gives final year law students an opportunity to exhibit their practical legal skills and has produced some of the finest legal minds in the law fraternity.

Tusani has expertise in the  business transactions and business agreements disciplines. He also assists in the provision of business law solutions in business dispute resolutions and commercial property disciplines.

  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising 3Sixty Financial Services Group Proprietary Limited (a subsidiary of NUMSA Investment Company Proprietary Limited) in its acquisition of the majority of the entire issued shares in the capital of Salt Employee Benefits Proprietary Limited.  Transaction value: R 170m+. 2019.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited in its acquisition of shares in Celrose Proprietary Limited from Edcon Limited. Transaction value: R 181m. 2019.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising Mathupha Capital Proprietary Limited in its acquisition of the Aveng Rail business from Aveng Limited. Transaction value: R 133m. 2018 – 2019.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising First Avenue Investment Management Proprietary Limited in a series of transactions with MMI Finance Proprietary Limited involving the merger and amalgamation of certain collective investment funds and the financing of the said transaction through the loan and equity transactions. Transaction value: R 10m. 2018.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising Liberty Group Limited, Liberty Two Degrees and Tuscaloosa 131 Proprietary Limited in Phase II of the development by the abovementioned companies of a 200-bed hospital in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal to be operated by Melomed. Transaction value: R 100m. 2016 – 2017.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys providing business dispute resolution advise in respect various disputes emanating from contractual agreements e.g. breaches, enforcement, execution, collections and recoveries, settlement negotiations, from inception to settlement or litigation and the drafting therein, for various corporate clients including Foskor Proprietary Limited, 360 Financial Service Group Proprietary Limited, Numsa Investment Company Proprietary Limited, Doves Group Proprietary Limited, Adcock Ingram Holdings, Adcock Ingram Critical Care Proprietary Limited and the Industrial Development Corporation.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys assisting with collections and evictions on behalf of JHI Retail Property Limited, a division of Excellerate Real Estate Services Property Limited (Cushman & Wakefield), in respect of the numerous short, long and fixed-term lease agreements at shopping centres owned by Liberty Group Limited, Vukile Property Fund Limited, Redefine Retail Proprietary Limited and  managed by JHI, situated in various portfolios ranging between Mpumalanga, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys assisting with recoveries on behalf of the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa, in respect of the numerous loans advanced by the Land Bank to various borrowers and in respect of insurance products offered to customers in the agricultural sector (e.g. crop cover to farmers) by the Land Bank Life Insurance Company SOC Limited, a subsidiary of the Land Bank.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys assisting with collections and evictions on behalf of Mutodo Properties Property Limited, a subsidiary of Simeka Capital Holdings Property Limited, in respect of the numerous short, long and fixed-term lease agreements at properties owned by Mutodo, situated in various portfolios located in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
  • LLB (Bachelors of Laws) – University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Karabo Hiine
Associate

karabo@shanduattorneys.co.za
 +27 (0)82 517 4462

Karabo joined Shandu Attorneys in April 2018. When she was studying for her Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (“UKZN”), Karabo wrote two extracurricular research papers. In 2016, Karabo was a semi-finalist in the 45th Annual Ellie Newman Moot Court Competition, a prestigious competition which gives final year law students an opportunity to exhibit their practical legal skills and has produced some of the finest minds in the law fraternity.

In 2017, Karabo completed her Master of Laws Degree cum laude (Full Dissertation by Research) at UKZN. Her research and dissertation focused on International Trade Law and Investment in Africa. 

On 19 April 2018, Karabo was awarded the Lexis Nexis Best Research Masters Student Award at the 16th Annual Victoria and Griffiths Mxenge Memorial Lecture presented by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. 

Karabo works closely with Siyabonga Shandu and Pheegane Raseemela as their protégé. She also assists all her other colleagues with the provision of business law solutions in all four corporate and commercial law disciplines within Shandu Attorneys (that is, business transactions, business agreements, business dispute resolutions and commercial property).

Publications

  • Special and Differential Treatment Provisions of the World Trade Organization: The Pursuit of Development for Developing Countries LLM Dissertation  (2017) – University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Domestic Violence: The Implications And Effects On Children And The Legal Protection Provided. University of KwaZulu-Natal Student Law Review. (2019).
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited in the implementation of the restructuring of its shareholding in Glodina Towelling Proprietary Limited and Colibri Towelling Proprietary Limited through special corporate rules in the Income Tax Act, which afford ‘rollover’ tax relief to facilitate a corporate restructure of a group of companies. The transaction involved a series of transactions including an asset-for-share transaction (section 42), an amalgamation transaction (section 44), an unbundling transaction (sections 46 and 46A) and transactions in respect of liquidation, winding-up and deregistration of some companies. Transaction value: Neutral.
    2019 – 2020.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising 3Sixty Financial Services Group Proprietary Limited (a subsidiary of NUMSA Investment Company Proprietary Limited) in its acquisition of the majority of the entire issued shares in the capital of Salt Employee Benefits Proprietary Limited.  Transaction value: R 170m+. 2019.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising The Chairperson and The Acting Secretary of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public S ector Including Organs of State in 2 (two) urgent High Court Applications by and against Mr Kubentheran Moodley involving the interpretation of the search and seizure powers of the Commission and the implementation of searches and seizures and review applications and appeals. 2019.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys advising Mathupha Capital Proprietary Limited in its acquisition of the Aveng Rail business from Aveng Limited. Transaction value: R 133m.
    2018 – 2019.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys providing business dispute resolution advise in respect various disputes emanating from contractual agreements e.g. breaches, enforcement, execution, collections and recoveries, settlement negotiations, from inception to settlement or litigation and the drafting therein, for various corporate clients including Foskor Proprietary Limited, 360 Financial Service Group Proprietary Limited, NUMSA Investment Company Proprietary Limited, Doves Group Proprietary Limited, Adcock Ingram Holdings, Adcock Ingram Critical Care Proprietary Limited and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys assisting with collections and evictions on behalf of JHI Retail Property Limited, a division of Excellerate Real Estate Services Property Limited (Cushman & Wakefield), in respect of the numerous short, long and fixed-term lease agreements at shopping centres owned by Liberty Group Limited, Vukile Property Fund Limited, Redefine Retail Proprietary Limited and  managed by JHI, situated in various portfolios ranging between Mpumalanga, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.
  • Part of the team of Attorneys assisting with recoveries on behalf of the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa, in respect of the numerous loans advanced by the Land Bank to various borrowers and in respect of insurance products offered to customers in the agricultural sector (e.g. crop cover to farmers) by the Land Bank Life Insurance Company SOC Limited, a subsidiary of the Land Bank.
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws) – University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • LLM (Master of Laws) cum laude – University of KwaZulu-Natal

Madillo Mofokeng
Candidate Attorney

madillo@shanduattorneys.co.za
 +27 (0)72 481 9328

Madillo joined Shandu Attorneys in June 2019. During her studies for her Bachelor of Laws at the University of South Africa, Madillo took part in numerous activities including the University’s Moot Court and was elected as one of the twelve students to represent the Pretoria Region. This is a prestigious competition which gives LLB students an opportunity to exhibit their practical legal skills.

She was also a member of Unisa Law Student Association and Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter and was elected as part of the executive committee for both structures.  

In June 2017, Madillo  joined Mashabela IP Attorneys as a Legal Assistant Intern. She is currently the inaugural President of the South African Black Women in Law (SABWiL) Alumni Association. SABWiL is an organization that assists law students and aspirant legal practitioners with shadowing and practical legal skills.

Madillo works closely with Siyabonga Shandu and Pheegane Raseemela as their protégé. She also assists all her other colleagues with the provision of business law solutions in all four corporate and commercial law disciplines within Shandu Attorneys (that is, business transactions, business agreements, business dispute resolutions and commercial property).