Our COMMUNITY

For four generations, the Oppenheimer family have remained committed to building successful enterprises and earning profits in such a way as to make a real, lasting and permanent contribution to Africa and beyond. We recognise that commercial success cannot be maintained unless it achieves inclusive growth and safeguards the environmental ‘balance sheet’ upon which it is built.

Our community consists of a collection of autonomous but interconnected entities, each playing a critical and unique role to fulfil our long-term commitment of leaving our world better than how we found it.

Oppenheimer Partners is a global investment group focused on building a long-term portfolio of businesses by deploying permanent and engaged capital.

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Oppenheimer Partners is a global investment group focused on building a long-term portfolio of busnesses by deploying permanent and engaged capital.

The Brenthurst Foundation is a Johannesburg-based think-tank which examines ways to drive Africa’s sustainable growth. Founded in 2005, the Foundation is at the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa’s economic performance.

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The Brenthurst Foundation is a Johannesburg-based think-tank which examines ways to drive Africa’s sustainable growth. Founded in 2005, the Foundation is at the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa’s economic performance.

The Oppenheimer Generations Foundation is focused on generating positive impact by unlocking catalytic grants in underfunded areas.

The Research & Conservation team support groundbreaking research and conservation efforts, through dedicated centres, strategic partnerships and the annual Oppenheimer conference.

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The Oppenheimer Generations Foundation is focused on generating positive impact by unlocking catalytic grants in underfunded areas.

The Research & Conservation team support groundbreaking research and conservation efforts, through dedicated centres, strategic partnerships and the annual Oppenheimer conference.

Tswalu Kalahari, Fireblade Aviation, our joint venture with Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik, and Niarra Travel, focus on providing world-class services to our clients – strengthening South Africa’s image globally and facilitating investment into our country. These initiatives reflect the Oppenheimer family’s passion for aviation, for conservation, and for showcasing the best that South Africa has to offer to the world. 

Tswalu, in balancing the aims of eco-tourism and conservation whilst engaging its community, is working to sustainably secure this area of the Kalahari for future generations – at the same time providing unique wilderness experiences to its guests.

Fireblade, through its provision of charter and passenger services, reflects a passion to develop the African aviation industry as a catalyst for business and tourism.

Our partnership with chef Jan Hendrik was born out of our shared passion for showcasing the best that South Africa has to offer to the world.

Niarra Travel is a start-up premium travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently. It operates according to its two guiding principles of transparency and purpose to ensure that each trip has a positive impact on the ground. Niarra means “with utmost purpose” in Swahili. The team of experienced travel advisors aims to challenge the industry status quo and move towards a more respectful, equitable and mindful form of travel.

Tswalu Kalahari, Fireblade Aviation, our joint venture with Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik, and Niarra Travel, focus on providing world-class services to our clients – strengthening South Africa’s image globally and facilitating investment into our country. These initiatives reflect the Oppenheimer family’s passion for aviation, for conservation, and for showcasing the best that South Africa has to offer to the world. 

Tswalu, in balancing the aims of eco-tourism and conservation whilst engaging its community, is working to sustainably secure this area of the Kalahari for future generations – at the same time providing unique wilderness experiences to its guests.

Fireblade, through its provision of charter and passenger services, reflects a passion to develop the African aviation industry as a catalyst for business and tourism.

Our partnership with chef Jan Hendrik was born out of our shared passion for showcasing the best that South Africa has to offer to the world.

Niarra Travel is a start-up premium travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently. It operates according to its two guiding principles of transparency and purpose to ensure that each trip has a positive impact on the ground. Niarra means “with utmost purpose” in Swahili. The team of experienced travel advisors aims to challenge the industry status quo and move towards a more respectful, equitable and mindful form of travel.

Our COVID-19 Response
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We are deeply concerned about the unfolding global health crisis. As proud South Africans, we welcome our government’s robust and timely efforts to stem the tide. Success in the face of such adversity will require all of us, working together, to beat the virus and minimise its impact. We have great faith in our collective strength and resilience as a nation to face and overcome this unprecedented challenge.

At the same time, we know that the necessary response measures – in South Africa, and around the world – will come at a great cost to our economy. Small businesses in particular will struggle with supply chain disruptions and decreased demand. We are likely to see unemployment increase with greater uncertainty and any protracted global slowdown.

We are determined to play our part in this fight, in partnership with the South African Government and banking sector.

We have donated R1bn to the South African Future Trust (SA Future Trust) in order to extend a financial lifeline to employees of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs)

Our Philanthropic Initiatives
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The South African Future Trust

Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer established the SA Future Trust in March 2020 to provide short-term financial relief to SMME employees impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The SA Future Trust will play an ongoing role in accelerating economic growth and employment creation in South Africa’s SMME-sector. It operates as a public benefit organisation with an independent Board of five Trustees – Graça Machel, the Most Reverend Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba, Jonathan Oppenheimer, Thandi Orleyn and Barend Petersen.

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The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

The OMT was founded in 1958 by Harry Oppenheimer. It has a long tradition of investing in education, public interest activities and other philanthropic causes. The Oppenheimer family donated an additional sum of R1bn to the OMT in 2012, underlining the family’s commitment to making a positive difference to South African society.

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The Brenthurst Library

The Brenthurst Library is regarded by historians as one of the most important repositories of Africana in southern Africa and one of the largest and most important in private hands.

Our Philanthropic Initiatives
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The South African Future Trust

Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer established the South African Future Trust in March 2020 to provide short-term financial relief to 100,000 employees of South African SMMEs impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. SAFT will play an ongoing role in accelerating economic growth and employment creation in South Africa.

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The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

The OMT was founded in 1958 by Harry Oppenheimer. It has a long tradition of investing in education, public interest activities and other philanthropic causes. The Oppenheimer family donated an additional sum of R1bn to the OMT in 2012, underlining the family’s commitment to making a positive difference to South African society.

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The Brenthurst Library

The Brenthurst Library is regarded by historians as one of the most important repositories of Africana in southern Africa and one of the largest and most important in private hands.