Meta Mhlarhi (Maponya) CA (SA)

Co-Founder & Director of Black Energy Professionals Association
Fund Principal of Mahlako Energy Fund
Director & Co-Founder of Mahlako A Phahla Group

Meta is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 19 years of professional experience ranging from energy, infrastructure investment, asset management and advisory. She is the co-founder and director of Mahlako A Phahla Group. Since 2008 Mahlako has successfully invested in projects in excess of R5 billion and advised on mandates in excess of R500 billion. Meta is Fund Principal of the recently launched R1.75 billion Mahlako energy Fund, which seeks to invest in businesses and energy projects with great growth potential along the entire value chain.


Her demonstrated record ranges from being part of teams that have concluded a first of its kind energy wheeling project with a private power purchase agreement, developed Wind projects, invested and managed large Solar PV projects and developed and invested in affordable housing. She has also led in the development of many Feasibility Studies ,procurement of Public Private Partnership Projects, advised on and managed energy-related Strategic Integrated Projects, Gazetted by the South African Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council. She is part of a team developing a Green hydrogen project and has been appointed on the Green Hydrogen Panel by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.

In recognition of her entrepreneurial journey, Meta was awarded the Entrepreneur of the year award by the African Women Chartered Accountants. She was a panellist at the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference. Meta was selected as a Woman of Fortitude to continue the legacy of Mama Albertina Sisulu.

She has successfully completed various international courses, including the Seed Transformation Programme through Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Meta is also the Chairperson and Co-founder of the Black Energy Professionals Association (BEPA).