About Us

OUR BUSINESS

OUR BUSINESS

Who Owns Whom (WOW) was established in 1980 as an independent research organisation producing high quality, original research on the African micro business and economic environment. Our research covers over 300 key industries across the African continent and includes comprehensive industry research reports, company profiles and their African footprint, ownership and corporate structures, director and management profiles, takeover and merger activity and fixed direct investment into Africa.

In addition to all stock exchange listed companies on the African continent, there is a significant focus on private companies operating in these industries with the latter representing 90%+ of our database.

The WOW research is used in the disciplines of procurement, corporate marketing intelligence, private equity and corporate finance, management consultancies and state developmental and regulatory agencies.

A LOOK INTO OUR HISTORY...

1980
Robin McGregor publishes the first edition of Who Owns Whom.
1986
The company launches McGregor Information Services.
1998
McGregor Information Services is sold
to Naspers.
2000
Industry research is launched with the Competition Commission as anchor client.
2003
Robin, Carla and Andrew buy back the original Who Owns Whom publishing business brand and start the current web-based research business.
2004
Research is expanded to show the footprint
of South African companies in Africa.
2010
Industry research rolls out onto the
continent.
2015
Data feed services are introduced.
2016
The new subscriber platform, WOWEB,
is launched.
2017
Online store is commissioned.

OUR VISION

To grow the existing Who Owns Whom brand for African business information synonymous with quality and integrity and continue providing independent research and insightful comment.

OUR VISION

OUR ETHOS

  1. Uncompromising in the provision of products and services of the highest quality.
  2. Respect for all four stakeholders, namely customers, staff, suppliers and shareholders, thus ensuring sustainability.
  3. Ethical behaviour at all times.
OUR ETHOS

Key team members

INHOUSE RESEARCH TEAM

Ashley Kitching (Corporate Researcher - Companies); Beverley Daniels (Corporate Researcher - Companies); Charlene Allies (Corporate Researcher - Companies & Office Manager); Brigitte Schwarz (Corporate Researcher - Companies); Wendy Watson (Research Supervisor); Dolfie Russell (Corporate Researcher - Listed Companies) Karen Thomas (Corporate Researcher - Africa); Daneley Wesso (Data Capturer and BEE Researcher); Tracey Leo (Corporate Researcher - Group Structures); Pat Ladell (Research and Branch Manager); Francois Blom (Junior Web Systems Developer); Thomas van Schalkwyk (Database and Systems Manager); Craig Ladell (Lead African Researcher); Nhlanhla Mlambo (Corporate Researcher - BEE);

CONTRACT RESEARCH TEAM

Who Owns Whom contract researchers are home office-based graduates and post graduates with a wide variety of skills and experiences. Members of the team include freelance or part-time educationists, journalists, researchers and clinical psychology practitioners.

Increasingly prevalent are professional women working from home while they raise young children, as well as career professionals who semi-retire to rural towns for security and cost reasons. The researchers are assigned a designated portfolio of industries, enabling them to establish relationships with industry players and develop an in-depth knowledge of their sectors.

OWNERSHIP STRUCTURE

OWNERSHIP STRUCTURE Who Owns Whom (Pty) Ltd

CSI INITIATIVES

Who Owns Whom is committed to investment in education. We are currently supporting:
IKhwezi Educare. Click to visit them on: www.ikhwezi-educare.org.za

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

  • UNISA
  • GSB
  • GIBS
  • Monash
  • UJ
  • UCT
  • UP
RESEARCH

RESEARCH

  • Trade and Industry Policy Strategies
  • AmaBhungane
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

  • Afrika Tikkun

BEE

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