Business Finance

business finance in South Africa As an entrepreneur or CEO you will be acutely aware of the importance of business finance in South Africa. As part of the range of corporate finance services offered by our teams in South Africa and the UK corporate finance team, the request for access to business fin ace is one of the most typical enquiries we receive.
Businesses require financing for a variety of reasons, but there are some common reasons why businesses apply for funding.
Reasons might include business grants and loans for cash flow, the purchase of machinery, the hiring of more employees, or even the refinancing of existing loans to minimise monthly costs.

Reasons For Business Finance in South Africa


Working Capital

Adequate working capital is a critical component of any company’s financial health, and a lack of working capital can have severe consequences for your company’s future. Businesses seek business finance in order to generate enough working capital to support their business growth plans. Reliable access to business finance can fill the gap between customer orders and supplier payments to help your business meet it’s funding commitments. In other words, access to business funding can cover short-term funding requirements whilst also giving the business the money required to grow.
Working capital can also support your business in taking advantage of new opportunities by investing in new products and services that will produce positive outcomes.

Asset Purchase

Growing your business and increasing sales frequently requires the acquisition of assets such as IT equipment or vehicles. Although you may have just enough cash to cover your company’s working capital expenses, you may seek financing to cover the purchase of new assets to allow your business to grow. An asset financing loan could be one of the options available to you to spread the costs of purchasing a specialized and expensive asset. Fixed monthly repayments can help you plan your cash flow ahead of time, allowing you to capitalise on your opportunity to grow.

It can be used to buy a variety of items for your business, based on what you need to carry out your growth plans. Funds can be used for business vehicles, either you want to buy your company’s first vehicle or expand capacity by adding to your current fleet.

Starting A Business

As an early stage business, dependent on the business sector you are focussing on, you will more than likely need funding to get off the ground. Ensuring that your business has access to small business funding might be vital to your small business. While the majority of directors will use their own funds to start the business, very few will be able to successfully self-fund the company to profitability and will therefore need to seek external financing.

Business Finance for Growth

If you want to expand your business and take things to a whole new level, you may require financial assistance to help you carry out your plans. Business finance can help you; to increase sales, grow your product or service offerings, relocate to a new location, hire more employees, or expand globally. However, you are aiming to increase your business, growth finance that’s suitable for your company can help you benefit from new options and make your dreams and aspirations a reality If your company has its daily running costs covered, external financing may be the option to help you grow.

Debt Restructuring

If you need to reshape your company’s debt, external financing that consolidates your borrowings and reduces costs can help you manage your finances better. Business financing to reorganize your existing debt can make financial planning simpler by limiting the number of monthly repayments you must track, as well as potentially lowering your total monthly repayments. Refinancing your existing company debt can help the business to grow by freeing up cash for working capital and growth.
While it would seem that there are numerous financing options available to fund your business during it’s growth phase, investigate all of them. This cannot be stressed enough. Understanding the best funding options available is part of understanding the signs of funding a growing business. Understand that you will have to repay the money at some point, and that repayment will come from your profits.

Business Finance Options

Trade Finance

Trade financing allows the exporter to collect receivables or get payment in accordance with the agreement, while simultaneously allowing the importer to receive credit in order to fulfil the trade order.

Invoice Finance

You can utilise this kind of business finance to bridge the gap in your capital while you wait for payment of bills for products or services that have already been supplied.

Rental Finance

Rental Finance is used by businesses who are looking for a solution that enables you to rent assets rather than buying them, and at the conclusion of the term, you have the option of either owning the assets outright or returning them to the lender.

Revolving Credit

A business finance agreement known as revolving credit enables a company to borrow money again up to a predetermined maximum. At the same time, the company is required to pay back a portion of the outstanding balance through a series of scheduled payments.

Asset Finance

The process of using a company’s balance sheet assets as a security in order to borrow money or take out a loan against something you already possess is referred to as asset finance.

The Caban Group consist of a number of businesses and service providers with the aim of supporting you in accessing the correct type of business finance for your unique needs. Enquire through the contact form below in order to arrange for a call or face to face meeting.

As the engine that propels growth, business finance plays a crucial role in transforming visions into reality, yet the journey to securing funds is often laden with complexities. This introduction serves as an expansive overview, shedding light on the diverse landscape of business finance in South Africa and providing a compass for businesses to navigate the terrain.

Dynamic Business Landscape:

South Africa’s business landscape is a dynamic amalgamation of industries, from the robust urban centers to the burgeoning entrepreneurial ventures dotting the landscape. As businesses strive for innovation, expansion, and sustainability, the availability of adequate business finance emerges as a linchpin, influencing the trajectory of enterprises across diverse sectors.

The Pervasive Question: Why Is Business Finance Challenging?

A pervasive question reverberates within the entrepreneurial community: why is business finance hard to find? The challenges are multifaceted, encompassing stringent lending criteria from traditional institutions, intricate application processes, and the perennial quest for collateral. The complexity of this landscape requires a nuanced understanding and strategic approach to overcome hurdles and access vital financial resources.

Diverse Funding Avenues:

In response to the challenges posed by traditional lending, South African businesses are increasingly exploring diverse funding avenues. Beyond the conventional banking system, entrepreneurs are turning to alternative sources such as angel investors, venture capital, and innovative online platforms like These alternatives provide tailored solutions that align with the unique needs and ambitions of businesses in various stages of growth.

Advisory Excellence with Caban Capital:

Navigating the intricacies of business finance is a task often best approached with expert guidance. Caban Capital emerges as a key player, offering corporate finance advisory services that go beyond conventional financial consulting. Through expertise in financial structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning, Caban Capital becomes a strategic partner for businesses seeking not just funding but comprehensive financial acumen.

Government Support:

Recognizing the pivotal role of businesses in driving economic growth, the South African government extends support through grants and incentives. These initiatives, designed to bolster entrepreneurship and innovation, offer businesses a lifeline with favorable terms. Understanding and leveraging these programs can be a strategic move for businesses seeking financial stability and growth.

Strategic Decision-Making:

In the quest for business finance, strategic decision-making becomes the guiding force. A well-crafted business plan serves as the cornerstone, providing a roadmap that aligns financial needs with overarching business objectives. Understanding the intricacies of the financial landscape empowers entrepreneurs to make informed decisions, catalyzing growth and ensuring a resilient financial foundation.

As we embark on this exploration of business finance in South Africa, the subsequent pages delve into the specific options available – from traditional avenues to innovative platforms. The landscape is multifaceted, and each business’s journey is unique. Whether seeking funding for a startup venture or aiming to fuel expansion, the diversity of South Africa’s financial ecosystem offers opportunities for businesses to thrive and contribute to the nation’s economic vibrancy. This introduction lays the groundwork for a deeper dive into the pages that follow, providing a comprehensive guide for businesses to navigate and succeed in the intricate world of business finance in South Africa.

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Matthew Musgrove

Matthew is an entrepreneur and business Advisor with a passion for change management and social empowerment. With a background in business accounting and advisory, as well clinical research project management, he strives to find strategic and sustainable solutions to business problems.



Mark Van Hoff comes from background of technical & production planning, budgeting & scheduling of major live events. As the first production co-ordinator at M-NET for Outside Broadcasts, Mark has managed major local and international productions including Miss South Africa, Miss World, multiple music events and major sports events, including the PnP Cycling Tour.Mark co-founded Van-Man Productions in 1994, Page to Picture in 2000 and Move Media Networks in 2007. All three companies have achieved domestic success and have been well-regarded in the South African production industry.



Oluwaseun Adewuyi who is the Group Chief Finance Officer (CFO) at Caban, is a Certified Chartered Accountant, with Fellowship status at both the ACCA as well as the Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, a UK Based industry body with a specific focus on the management of charities, not-for-profit organisations and NGOs.. Oluwaseun comes with strong business acumen and 20+ years of progressive experience in finance and operations management within well-reputed and high growth organisations Including Next Plc and Royal Mail. He has been heavily involved in impact investment across Sub-Saharan Africa and has been instrumental in the creation of a series of community schools in West Africa. Throughout his career, he oversaw a broad range of operations, including Business Strategy and Business Reorganisation, summarising the organisation’s financial status, and coordinating the preparation of tactical plans, financial forecasts, and budgets. Adept at developing and implementing effective internal control framework to maintain sound financial accountability.

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Tim Scholtz, who's is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Caban Investments, is experienced in implementing corporate governance guidelines, formulating risk management structures, process and cost optimization. Tim has a strong corporate background, having worked as COO at the South African Tourism board, was COO at the Nelson Mandela foundation and as a internal audit manager at Arthur Anderson earlier in his career.

Ben Botes


Ben Botes is Entrepreneur, VC, co-Founder, Author and Academic with a strong social conscience. Ben Involved with early stage and growth firms for the past 20 years and has been Co-founder of 9 separate businesses across Africa. Ben has directly and indirectly been involved in impact investment and the support of charities and non profits for the last 30 years. Ben is a regular speaker at the African Investment Conference in London and has been featured in Wall Street for Europe, The Guardian Small Business, BBC, the Mail and Guardian in the UK and BizCommunity, Channel 3 TV, Investors Weekly, The Cape Times, Radio 702 with John Robbie and Good Hope FM in South Africa

Dave Romero


Dave Romero is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with a passion for making an impact. A qualified Professional Accountant, Dave has been a director in multiple financial institutions and was once the youngest Chairman on the JSE, in addition to being listed as one of Business Times’ Top 100 companies and the 40th fastest-growing company in South Africa. Dave is a core founder of the Caban Group, which aims to provide a comprehensive service offering to small businesses in return for equity. With a passion for nurturing entrepreneurs, Dave can often be found outside of the boardroom – offering advice, creating innovative funding solutions and building communities through sustainable practices.



Dr Ruben Richards is a truly inspirational South African leader. Through his peace-building seminars for criminal gangs, Dr Ruben has facilitated the longest ceasefire in the history of gang warfare on the Cape Flats. In addition to being Chairman & Founder of the non-profit Ruben Richards Foundation, Dr Ruben is an ordained cleric, company director, non-executive Chairman of Visual International Limited and was once the Deputy Director-General of the now-disbanded Scorpions.