Mbiza Blueberries (IFC-40468)

  • South Africa
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Western Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo provinces
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jul 6, 2018
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 35.34 million
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Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 30
Converted using 2018-06-06 exchange rate.
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jul 11, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Jun 5, 2018

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Project Description

The proposed investment consists of an IFC investment package of €30 million ($36 million equivalent) loan to Mbiza Trading to support its expansion of blueberry farms and related infrastructure in the Republic of South Africa.


Investment Description
Private Actors Description

Mbiza is a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Exports, an Australian horticulture trading company founded in 2002 by Mr. Roger Horak.    

Mbiza is a Mauritian trading and holding company that focuses on the production and marketing of blueberries under its proprietary “OZblu” brand. Established in 2010, Mbiza has quickly expanded to currently manage its own farm (either wholly or partially owned) in South Africa and Zambia while sourcing from out growers.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - United Exports Pty Ltd Parent Company -

Contact Information

United Exports South Africa 
Jon Salters 
+27 (21) 879 2301 
2nd Floor, James Barry Munnik House, 121 Main Road, Paarl, South Africa 7646 


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