Tactus
Institute

Our services include:

  •  Design and delivery of custom made executive education training interventions.
  •  Core offerings include corporate finance, project finance, corporate governance, structuring of BBBEE transactions and the environment of business.
  •  We have developed and delivered content for major corporates based in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Kenya, UK, Dubai, Argentina and Chile.
  •  We have also designed and delivered content for Gordon Institute of Business and Wits Business School.

In addition Tactus Institute has developed a niche in facilitating training for companies in the financial services space including Standard Bank, Nedbank, Investec, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and the Bank Seta.

Our core expertise and differentiation from our competitors is our ability to conceptualize, design and deliver bespoke content for clients that has been placed in their specific industrial and operational setting.

Our style of delivery is robust, engaging, practical, and involves an interplay of contact sessions, practical case studies applying content to real world scenarios, interactive DVD sessions, and an ongoing focus on international best practice.

Our product is purposefully exclusive and niche and designed to cater for the premium executive education market.

Our Team

Dr. David Makovah

Chief Executive Officer

B.Comm, B.Comm (Hons), CA (SA), PhD

David heads up the executive training division of the firm which conducts professional training interventions in capital markets, credit, finance, economics, and related areas. The portfolio of clients includes leading South African Business Schools (Graduate School of Business (UCT), Gordon Institute of Business Science (UP) and Wits Business School) and corporates (Liberty, Investec, Standard Bank, Eskom, ECIC, Transnet). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Rhodes University) and Honours in Accounting Science (UNISA). He is a registered Chartered Accountant, and holds a PhD in Project and Infrastructure Finance.

David has extensive experience in both the private and public sector. This covers companies ranging from SMEs to listed blue chip corporates. He began his career by serving articles at KPMG in Parktown Johannesburg. Subsequent to this he joined Nedbank’s Risk Division focusing on the commercial and corporate sections of the bank including structured finance and public financing. David was seconded for 6 months to Old Mutual Asset Management in London to assist with the launch of their first two hedge funds. This deepened his expertise in financial services and banking.

In 2004 David returned to public practice as a manager at PwC in their Banking and Capital Markets division. He was responsible for auditing and consulting with private and public treasuries, and Corporate Finance divisions. His clients included Eskom Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank, Rand Merchant Bank Corporate Finance, and the Bond Exchange of South Africa. David was also responsible for drawing up and implementing audit methodologies and rolling out firm wide training to ensure compliance with BEE and specifically the Financial Sector Charter. As from 2005, David has pursued the entrepreneurial route culminating in the founding of Tactus Advisory of which he is a founder and director.

He has won multiple awards including Executive Education Lecturer of the year 2012/2014/2015 at the Wits Business School, MBA Lecturer of the Year (Part Time) 2015 at GIBS. David is highly regarded in the banking and financial services sector in South Africa and beyond, having conducted engagements in countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Dubai, United Kingdom, Tunisia, Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and India.

David holds a PhD in Project and Infrastructure Finance that focused on holistic measures for the more effective execution of infrastructure and project finance initiatives in sub- Saharan Africa.
He funded ‘Mr. Mak’, an internet based platform that delivers the digitised financial and related content of the group via a professional, curated and bespoke platform.
He is a passionate proponent of Africa’s potential through people, an avid reader and traveller, and a novice and very limited golfer.

Makgobane Prudance Mashao

Operations Manager

Current B.Com Student

Prudance joined Mr Mak and Tactus Institute as an Operation Manager in 2018. Her core focus at Mr Mak and Tactus Institute includes planning and controlling change, managing quality assurance of Mr Mak contents, researching new technologies and alternative methods of efficiency for Mr Mak system.

She is currently finishing her Bcom in Financial Management at University of South Africa. Prudance has been in the professional industry since 2016. Prior to joining Mr Mak and Tactus Institute, she worked at a Software Development company as an Administrator in 2016 and during that course she was promoted to being a Business Analyst and Project Manager in 2017 to 2018.

Alvira Govender

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Current B.Com Student

Alvira joined Tactus as an Executive Assistant in 2018.
Prior to joining Tactus, Alvira worked at Mutual & Federal (Ominsure) and Old Mutual.

At Tactus her core focus includes research and supporting the team on execution of transactions.

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