Meet the Team

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Jody Aufrichtig

Jody Aufrichtig is a Cape Town born multi-award winning entrepreneur who completed his studies at UCT and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is recognized for building significant and rapid shareholder value in multiple industries.

Jody’s career spans a wide field of industries including property, tourism, sport & leisure, private. More recently, he has been in the forefront of developing the Southern African Cannabis industry. Jody initiated a major investment in Lesotho in 2017, following that government’s decision to legalise the cultivation of medical Cannabis. He drove a significant investment by Canadian multinational -Canopy Growth, the world’s largest Medical Cannabis company with a Market Capitalization of $13 billion+. He was appointed the company’s first MD in Lesotho and negotiated an MBO of the Lesotho-based business, which is now named Highland Investments. Jody has just recently listed a new company, Psyence Ltd which is working on offering cutting edge, plant-based medicines suitable for treating a range of critical illnesses.

Jody brings to our investment committee his vast experience in the global and local Cannabis industry as well as his decades of investing in new businesses, evaluating business opportunities and excellent financial knowledge in structuring deals.

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Sibusiso Xala

Sibusiso Xala qualified as a Business Sciences, Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Following his distinguished university career, where he was awarded numerous leadership and academic accolades, Sibusisu joined Goldman Sachs in London in various financial research and sales roles. Thereafter Sibs joined Investec bank in London in senior distribution role.

In July of 2019, Sibusiso founded ACA, a specialized consultancy focussed on the burgeoning cannabis industry across Africa. ACA works with stakeholders in the cannabis sector in reating, calibrating and executing on business development plans. The company has a global network of specialists in the cannabis sector and covers financing, cultivation, distribution, branding and technology expertise.

Sibusiso’s vast experience in financial and cannabis sector as well as his expertise in managing and working with stakeholders in the public, private and industry-specific space, makes him an ideal candidate for working with Silverleaf’s management team in evaluating investment opportunities.