Uranus is an Investment holding company, founded in 2005. The company was established to participate in the South African BEE investment opportunities. Uranus focuses on investments in the financial services and information technology sectors, as well as on education and training.

Since the company was established in 2005, the business landscape has profoundly changed. In particular, the financial crisis of 2008 seriously threatened the sustainability of businesses across all economic sectors, irrespective of size and longevity.

Many businesses were unable to weather the storm and were bankrupted. Some highly leveraged companies were unable to service debt and went bust. Others, including Uranus, were able to survive that challenging period and remain on a sound financial footing.

In March 2020, the business landscape once again experienced unprecedented economic and social disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the alarming spread of the COVID-19 virus, the President announced a hard lockdown from March 26 to April 16, 2020.

Since that time and as I write this in January 2021, the country has remained at various levels of lockdown to contain the spread of a strain of coronavirus which has become even more infectious. Developed countries have recently embarked upon extensive vaccination programmes and South Africa is expected to start soon – there are encouraging signs that the country will be able to procure the necessary vaccines at an affordable price.

No doubt, the impact of COVID-19 on the economy has been devastating and we have to brace ourselves for worse to come. Sadly, many small businesses have gone bankrupt; an unprecedented level of retrenchments has ensued, and the level of unemployment has soared. The government has attempted to soften the impact on the poor and vulnerable by introducing special grants, but these measures are not sustainable because of an already overstretched fiscus. So, we have to find creative ways to keep the economy going and to mitigate the risks of more businesses going bust and more workers being retrenched.

Nonetheless, history has shown that we are a resilient nation. We have been through worse and we will get through this crisis. It is essential for us to strictly follow the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines and to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccines become more readily available. Despite all of these unfortunate events, the businesses within our investment portfolio have shown remarkable resilience and have not only weathered the storm but have emerged much stronger. As a consequence, our business remains in a sound solvency and liquidity position.

Chief Executive
Jeffrey van Rooyen


Having an investor of the calibre of Uranus, personified in Jeff van Rooyen and his associates, has meant that our BEE journey has been far, far more than a compliance. Indeed, it has been personally enriching, professionally rewarding, and has made a considerable contribution creating wealth. The insight, experience and guidance that we have derived from the the relationship have been significant.
Dr. Derek Shirley
ICAP South Africa, as part of a large and wide reaching global business, counts itself extremely fortunate to have teamed up with Uranus. Jeff van Rooyen, as the man behind the business, has forged a level of professionalism in the Uranus group that ICAP identify with. Jeff's and Uranus's achievements and integrity speak for themselves.
Bob Jones
The partnership with Uranus has added enormous momentum to our operation, resulting in our ability to sustain our support to our special needs children for which we are so deeply grateful.
Queen Butterfly Foundation


Uranus Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd is the group holding company. The major subsidiary companies include:

The major subsidiary companies:

Leshume Solutions (Pty) Ltd.

A broad based empowerment company that focuses primarily on the information, communication and technology sector. It is 100% black owned, with 170 beneficiaries with black women making up 51 % of the beneficiaries.

Uranus Financial Services (Pty) Ltd

A broad based empowerment company that will pursue empowerment opportunities in the financial services sector. It is 100% black owned, with 181 beneficiaries in-aggregate with black women making up 51% of the beneficiaries.

BEE Investor Groups

Neledzi Women Investment(Pty) Limited, a women’s group with expertise in various fields including legal, financial, health and business comprising some 39 beneficiaries.

Andryan Investments(Pty) Limited, trading as Uni-vest FSS, a group of business persons , medical doctors and other professionals, comprising some 51 beneficiaries.

Sekela Investments (Pty) Limited,a group of professionals in the accounting fields, comprising 8 beneficiaries.

Autumn Star Trading 405 (Pty) Limited, a group with financial and legal expertise. The 25 beneficiaries includes people with disabilities.

Cream Magenta 169 (Pty) Ltd, trading as Group 10, a group of prominent businesspersons and professionals with a diverse range of skills and expertise; these include shop owners, teachers, community workers, lawyers and financial experts

Social Responsibility

“… We are committed to the upliftment of the communities that we come from, and to the upliftment of all previously disadvantaged South Africans…”

Over the last 12 years, Uranus has provided expertise and financial support to the following NGO’s:

  • Riverlea Development Trust
  • South African Music Competition Trust
  • Reggie Feldman Education Trust
  • Riverlea Secondary School
  • Malcolm Anthony Dreyer Golf Development Trust
  • Alexandra Hospice and Rehabilitation Centre
  • Queen Butterfly Foundation
  • Riverlea Empowerment Centre
  • Jordan House
  • Wilhelmina Hoskins Primary School
  • CJB Secondary School


Money Doesn't Come Without Guidance...

Jeff van Rooyen

Chief Executive of Uranus Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Current Positions Held

  • Chairman of Exxaro Resources Ltd: 2018-Present
  •  Lead Independent Director of Pick n Pay Stores Limited (Retail & Distribution): Present

Former Positions Held

  • Director at MTN Group Limited
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) previously, Financial Services Board (FSB
  • Partner at Deloitte & Touche (South Africa),
  • Independent Non-Executive Director: Pick n Pay Stores Limited (Retail & Distribution)
  • Founder and President of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants (ABASA) and President
  • Chairman of Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), previously, Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB)

Qualifications and Affiliations:

  • BCom, BCompt (Hons),
  • Chartered Accountant CA(SA)
  • Honorary Life Member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

Dr Angela Mathee

Director, South African Medical Research Council

Current Positions Held

  • Director at South African Medical Research Council
  • Environment & Health Research Unit, South Africa Medical Research Council
  • World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Urban Health
  • Visiting Professor- University of Johannesburg
  • Associate Professor – University of the Witwatersrand

Former Positions Held

  • Executive Officer (Director): Urban Environmental Management: Eastern Metropolitan Local Council (Johannesburg)
  • City of Johannesburg:
    • Deputy Director: Environment & Development
    • Epidemiology Officer: Housing
  • Microbiology Laboratory Assistant

Qualifications and Affiliations:

  • University of the Witwatersrand: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Public Health
  • London School of Hygiene & tropical Medicine: Master of Science (MS), Environmental Epidemiology & Policy
  • University of Cape Town: Bachelor of Science (BS), Microbiology & Biochemistry
  • Somerset Hospital: diploma, Midwifery
  • Groove Schuur Hospital: Diploma, Nursing

Althea Seoposengwe ​

Operations Director of Uranus Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Current Positions Held

  • Operations Director Uranus Consultancy (PTY) Ltd

Former Positions Held

  • Manager ABSA Bank – Financial Crime Assurance and Risk Management (Retail and Business Bank)

Qualifications and Affiliations:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Compliance Management (University of Johannesburg)
  • Bachelor of Physical Education (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Compliance Institute Southern Africa



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NewGen Academy

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ABASA Investment Company

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