The project consists of a 6-year ZAR600 million ($47.67 million) senior loan to Business Partners Limited (“BPL”). The IFC loan forms part of the SME Push Program and will strengthen BPL’s long-term funding position and support the expansion of its lending operations to underserved SMEs in South Africa.
The proposed investment consists of a 6-year senior loan of up to ZAR600 million (~US$48 million equivalent). The funding will be used exclusively for expanding BPL’s lending operations to SMEs, with a particular focus on women-owned SMEs.
There is often limited information publicly available about what development banks are funding through financial intermediaries. In 2021, the Early Warning System partnered with Oxfam International to incorporate information on high-risk projects being funded by financial intermediaries receiving funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).
The information listed below describes the relationship between the different private actors linked to high-risk sectors and subprojects of IFC and FMO's financial intermediary investments and/or the financial intermediary's parent companies made from 2017 through 2020, including any associated ring fences.
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Business Partners Limited has a diversified shareholding composed of a mix of entities including government, local commercial banks, insurance companies, other corporate bodies and individuals. The principal shareholder is Eikenlust (pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Remgro Ltd, with a 42.8% stake.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IFC
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