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songo.info and Investec Asset Management:

a partnership for the future

15 Jan 2015

songo.ingo Investec Partnership

Sports and education charity songo.info is proud to announce a three-year partnership with Investec Asset Management. The partnership will form part of Investec Asset Management’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives. 

The new deal allows songo.info’s dedicated team to focus on sustainability and growth: offering its successful and life-changing development program to more children in the township of Kayamandi, outside Stellenbosch. 

“When we first heard the songo.info story and the wonderful work they are doing in Kayamandi, we found fantastic alignment with Investec Asset Management,” says Thabo Khojane, Managing Director of Investec Asset Management. “We believe in helping those who are less privileged and providing them with an equal opportunity to succeed. We have a proud history of doing this not only in South Africa but across the globe. Investing for the future and spotting the winners of tomorrow is at the core of what we do. In Christoph Sauser, Songo Fipaza and the children of Kayamandi, we’ve found a group of winners with whom we want to be associated.” 

Left to Right: Thabo Khojane, Songo Fipaza and Christoph Sauser
Left to Right: Thabo Khojane, Songo Fipaza and Christoph Sauser.  Photo credit: Karin Schermbrucker – Slingshot media

“Having the trust of Thabo and Investec Asset Management is so important for songo.info,” says Christoph Sauser, co-founder of songo.info and multiple World Champion mountain biker. “We are a small and very personal charity, and we like to know what the needs are of every child so we can nourish them with sport and education and make them stronger. A strong partner like Investec Asset Management is like a tree with strong roots – the roots are essential in the long-run and will provide benefit for all the kids.” 

“We are honoured to have Investec Asset Management as a partner for songo.info. It opens up a lot of doors for the community and the kids of Kayamandi,” says Songo Fipaza, co-founder of songo.info. “Thabo and his colleagues can play an important role in influencing the kids, because many of them have had similar experiences to those of our kids. Being able to offer guidance and speak about careers and the future and overcoming challenges plays a huge part in motivating them. You never know, maybe in the future we’ll see one of the kids working there…” 

The partnership with Investec Asset Management includes headline sponsorship of songo.info’s Cape Epic mountain bike team. The 2015 team will be named Investec-songo-Specialized. Sauser, a four-time winner of the prestigious Cape Epic teams up with reigning Olympic mountain bike Champion, Czech rider Jaroslav Kulhavy to tackle the grueling eight-day event in March. Both are Marathon Mountain Bike World Champions and revel in the longer format of mountain bike racing.

Thabo, Songo & Christoph proudly revealing the new jersey for Team Investec-songo-Specialized
Thabo, Songo & Christoph proudly reveal the new jersey for Team Investec-songo-Specialized. Photo credit: Karin Schermbrucker – Slingshot media

Team Investec-songo-Specialized will undoubtedly be the pair to watch. The Swiss-Czech duo won the race when they last rode together in 2013. They dominated a quality field riding in honour of their fallen teammate and fellow songo.info trustee, South African Burry Stander. Stander tragically died in a vehicle accident while out training in January 2013. 

Jaroslav & Christoph racing the prologue of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic held at Meerendal WineEstate
Jaroslav & Christoph racing the prologue of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic held at Meerendal Wine Estate. Photo credit – Greg Beadle

Investec Asset Management will join long-time supporters of the songo.info charity, Meerendal Wine Estate and Julius Bär in striving to improve the lives of the children in Kayamandi through sport and education opportunities. 

MORE ABOUT SONGO.INFO

songo.info is an educational support and sports development initiative created by Christoph Sauser, Swiss multiple World Champion mountain biker and Absa Cape Epic winner and Songo Fipaza, community leader and great athlete from Kayamandi township, near Stellenbosch, South Africa. The initiative was launched at the 2008 Cape Epic multi-stage endurance race, held in South Africa’s Western Cape province. songo.info strives to improve the lives of the children in Kayamandi through sporting opportunities. The development programme focuses on academic support, running and bike riding; including BMX, mountain biking and road cycling; as well as participation in duathlon. www.songo.info 

MORE ABOUT INVESTEC ASSET MANAGEMENT

Investec Asset Management is a specialist investment manager, providing a premier range of products to institutional and individual investors. Established in 1991, the firm has been built from start-up into an international business managing more than R1.3 trillion* on behalf of third party clients. The business has grown largely organically from domestic roots in Southern Africa to a position where we proudly serve a growing international client base from the Americas, the UK and Continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. We employ over 145 investment professionals. The firm seeks to create a profitable partnership between clients, shareholders and employees, and to exceed expectations for both client service and performance.

Investec Asset Management is an independently managed subsidiary of Investec Group and an authorised financial services provider.

*As at end September 2014

MORE ABOUT THE ABSA CAPE EPIC

The Absa Cape Epic is an eight-day mountain bike stage race held annually in South Africa’s Western Cape region. The race must be completed by both members of a two-person team. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 800km of unspoilt scenery and 15 000m of accumulated climbing, over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in South Africa. The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Interacionale (UCI). This official UCI status makes it a highlight on the professional racer's calendar. The Absa Cape Epic also attracts aspiring amateur riders wanting to test themselves against the best. It is a full-service race, meaning that everything is taken care of from the start - all riders need to think about is riding. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR TO ARRANGE INTERVIEWS, CONTACT

Kathy Crabbe
General Manager – Songo.info
T +27 82 898 9850
info@songo.info 

Kotie Basson
Media Relations – Investec Asset Management
T + 27 21 416 1812
M +27 82 375 1317
kotie.basson@investecmail.com