Welcome to Taita Capital

Advisory house - Building long term relationships

Taita Capital draws on the 2 decades of C-suite and investment banking experience of its founder, Ernest Matthewson, as well as on its international connections which include other investment bankers, capital providers and investors that are associated with Ernest and the Taita Capital brand.

Taita Capital undertakes all new business relationships in the spirit of mutual trust, and it aims to build long-term advisory relationships with all its clients. In the spirit of long-term, trusted advisory relationships, Taita Capital and its below-mentioned partners offer clients the following services:

  • Taita Capital provides clients with board-level strategic advice on an ongoing basis.
  • Ad hoc advisory services are a further Taita Capital speciality, with our professionals drawing not only on the experience of Taita Capital’s founder but also on the long-term relationship with the individual client.
  • Taita Capital is an accomplished match-maker; linking African opportunities with international capital and investors. Taita Capital believes in the ever-increasing potential of the African continent and can provide seekers of African risk-exposure with investment opportunities across all sectors.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

About Taita Capital

Board-level strategic advice

In the spirit of a long-term, trusted advisory relationship, Taita Capital offers clients the expertise of its founder, Ernest Matthewson, who has been advising Board’s on their investment banking needs for 2 decades. Ernest, a knowledgeable and experienced professional, has been actively involved in the banking sector in both South Africa and the UK for many years – during his time in the UK, Ernest was CEO of Nedbank London, as well as Bank PHB (UK), a start-up UK bank.

Taita Capital has the unique capability to bring to the Boardroom a mixture of local and international experience and knowledge. In addition, Taita Capital is invested in forming a long-term trusted advisory relationship with every client. Taita Capital will be a part of your strategic team for the long-haul; it does not focus on short-term, once-off revenue.


Ad hoc advisory services

Taita Capital can help you plan and implement your next strategic acquisition or disposal, as well as assist you in the raising of the required capital. While its service offering is bespoke, Taita Capital can provide you with the following:

  • M&A
  • Valuation
  • Capital raisings (equity and debt)
  • Strategic equity investment (from our local and international relationships)
  • Balance sheet restructuring
  • Financial Roadmap to an IPO (on any stock exchange)


African investment opportunities

One of Taita Capital’s key strengths lies in its vast network of associated capital providers and investors. Taita Capital is in the privileged position to provide seekers of African risk-exposure with investment opportunities across all sectors. Therefore, if you require transaction funding, or a strategic equity partner, it is well-placed to source this from Taita Capital’s international partners and affiliates.

Deep Ocean

Kipanga Capital

Kipanga Capital

Kipanga is a JV set up between Ernest Matthewson and Patrick Jackson, through which their joint investment banking activities are conducted, both in South Africa and globally abroad.

Deep Ocean

Deep Ocean Capital

Deep Ocean Capital

Deep Ocean Capital is an investment banking and investment house, with a particular focus on providing a link between Africa and Asia.

Deep Ocean

Miracles of Capital

Miracles of Capital

Miracles of Capital is a leading global investment and incubation platform focussed on unlocking values in people and propelling growth in enterprise.

Deep Ocean



Capitrain is the South African training co-ordinator for Miracles of Capital

The Founder

B.Comm, LLB, HDipCoLaw, MBA

Ernest Matthewson
CEO & Founder

Ernest has 2 decades worth of diverse experience, including experience in local and foreign markets including: South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the UK and Asia. During his years of experience, Ernest has held the following positions:

  • Head of Corporate Finance for Nedbank Capital, part of Nedbank, one of South Africa’s “big-4” domestic banks.
  • UK Country Head for Nedbank London.
  • CEO of Bank PHB (UK), a start-up UK bank
  • Head of Investment Banking, Africa, for HSBC


This diverse experience uniquely qualifies Ernest as an advisor, having worked at a large domestic bank, being CEO of the UK branch of the same bank, started up a new UK bank as its CEO, and being responsible for the African investment banking activities for one of the world’s largest banks . In his time holding the above-mentioned positions Ernest has managed, implemented and grown the following divisions across these platforms:

  • M&A / Corporate Finance
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Leveraged & Acquisition Finance
  • Structured Trade & Commodity Finance
  • Project Finance


Ernest has a vast network of long-lasting business relationships both locally and internationally, and is well-connected with strategic investors looking to fund or become otherwise involved with African projects. He also has strong links to an Asian network of entrepreneurs and investors and advises on, and invests in, cross-regional opportunities.


Ernest is an admitted attorney, holds an MBA from Wits Business School and is a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IODSA). He is a Director of numerous companies, including:

  • Taita Capital
  • Kipanga Capital
  • Deep Ocean Capital
  • Capitrain


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