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River Thames, London


We are an African based group of companies that identify and operationalize trading opportunities within the minerals and metals sector. Creating unique partnerships through our integrated model and expertise.




We operationalise trading opportunities and turn them into  sustainable projects for our partners.


We formalize the local  relationship and create a regulated environment. This results in a sustainable model and relationship with suppliers . At the same time mitigating all risks that go along with trading in foreign territories.


As part of our services, we design a specific logistic and security road-map therefore creating a turn key solution for our trading partners. 


Our Socio economic expertise and platform enables the project partners to re-invest in a structured and well formalised manner. 


Natie Fourie

Natie Fourie is an entrepreneur with a special aptitude for the identification of trading partnerships and the development of new business opportunities.


His in-depth knowledge and ability to develop strategic solutions, enables him to engage on a personal level with strategic partners, presenting an exclusive business offering.


Natie is on the Board of Directors in each of the various entities which make up the FBT Invest Group of Companies.  


He established the FBT Foundation Non-profit organisation in 2016 which supports upliftment, education and community development programmes.  

Ovid Chitsiku
Strategic Advisor

Ovid Chitsiku is an admitted attorney of the high court of South Africa with solid experience in deal structuring, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance.  He has a firm understanding of corporate and commercial law. 

Ovid started his legal career at Peter Le Mottee a boutique commercial law firm.  He then joined Dm5 incorporated as an associate and grew quickly to become a senior associate. At Dm5 Ovid Chitsiku advised on a number of transactions in the region spanning banking and mining.  Thereafter, he joined Kumvest, an investment holding firm, as a director in mergers and acquisitions, afterwhich he co-founded Sandama Legal Advisory.  


As one of the board members for the FBT Group’s Africa operations, his legal and banking expertise is essential and indispensable.  

Gert Pienaar
Commodity Trading

Gert started working as a Stockbroker Clerk at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Here he found Stockbroking to be very exhilarating work and decided to further his career in the field of finances.

Gert is the founder and shareholder of an asset management business focusing on senior corporate debt and private equity.

In 2014 Gert set up a commodity trading desk, predominantly in the SADC region of Africa, with the FBT Group of Companies.  This is focused on active trading lines in iron ore, chrome, manganese and coal.


Paul Wichmann

Paul's education in farming and trading started at a young age and he pursued it for many years in South Africa. He also worked in the UK, USA, Canada, Chile, Brazil and Argentina.   

Paul’s experience and unique skill in engaging operationally within African communities, contributes invaluably to our African operations. 

Mike Dickens
Socio-Economic Development

Mike’s twenty-five years’ experience as a senior risk mitigation officer and logistical planner for high-risk operations, is proven in the great value he adds to our team.  He is an experienced operator with vast management and public relations skills enabling him to build strong relationships with foreign communities and organisations.


His knowledge in geopolitical and security data analytics within many Middle Eastern, South American and African countries is essential to his contribution to our group.   Added to that, he has extensive knowledge on health and safety and security compliance and enforcement the world over.  


His primary objective is to develop the Socio-Economic environment within communities where we have operational involvement.  

Lisa Pettit
Office Manager

Lisa Pettit has been an invaluable member of the FBT Team since 2015.  Her extensive administration & planning experience makes her highly organized and a great communicator.  

She co-ordinates all the corporate governance, administration, financial and legal compliance for the FBT Group of Companies. She also supports our local and international personnel 






The FBT Group strongly believes in investing into the education of the community as well as developing skills of individuals who have entrepreneurial potential. Out of this The FBT Foundation was created to empower and improve the lives of the less fortunate. Our objective is to transform communities through financing education and partnering with skills development organizations for a better future.


Educational enrichment, academic support, supplementary tuition or outreach programs the poor and needy.

Skills Development

Community development for the poor and needy persons and anti-poverty initiatives, including the promotion of community-based projects relating to self-help, empowerment, capacity building and skills development.



Acacia House, Green Hill Village Office Park,

Botterklapper Street, Die Wilgers​

Pretoria, South Africa 

+27 (0)12 991 6046 

Suite 3, Global Village, Jivan’s Complex,

Mont Fleuri, Mahe, Seychelles.

(248) 4610780

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