About Us

ForwardFund was established as a non-profit organisation (NPO) in 2013 and, in addition to benefiting the community in which it operates, it acts as an enterprise development (ED) and socio-economic development (SED) enabler. ForwardFund allows companies to invest in the development of approved beneficiaries and earn ED and SED points, as required by the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).


Forward Fund Team


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Hendrik Gerryts,
Trustee

Hendrik is the founder, owner and CEO of the HGG Financial Group, a company that has offered a wide range of financial services to an ever-expanding client base since its establishment in 2000. Since then, the company has grown into a formidable force in the financial-services arena, offering forward-thinking finance.

Our range of services has been carefully selected to meet our clients' current and future financial needs. HGG consists of eight divisions, ranging from accounting, auditing and investments to life and short-term insurance, medical cover, BEE consultation and verification, support to NPOs and technology solutions. We have offices in Somerset West, Durbanville, Paarl and Clovelly.




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Tina Thiart,
Trustee

Tina Thiart, director of HGG NPO Sustainability Solutions, has more than 25 years' experience working in the non-profit sector – both in South Africa and internationally. She is a passionate fundraiser and a strong advocate of the benefits of philanthropic networking. From 2006 to 2010 she held the position of executive director of the International Network of Women's Funds (INWF).

Since March 2010 she has supported a multitude of NPOs to achieve sustainable growth and development. Tina is also the secretary of the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) and the coordinator of Grant.net and the Donor Network of Women, two philanthropic networks in South Africa.




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Graham Wilkins,
Trustee

Graham Wilkins, a director of HGG Wealth, is a financial and investment professional with more than 20 years' experience in financial markets, both locally and internationally. He advises families as well as companies on how best to manage their financial assets in a sustainable manner.

He has acted as a director of several public and private South African companies, and serves as a trustee on many family trusts.

Graham is the managing director of Franschhoek Consulting, a respected investment-advisory firm, as well as a director of HGG Wealth, a comprehensive financial-planning practice and member of the HGG Financial Group.

His experience adds investment-management expertise to the ForwardFund decision-making processes.







Hennie Uys and Andries Coetsee,

Hennie Uys and Andries Coetsee, directors of HGG BEEadvised, have a full working knowledge of B-BBEE legislation and the implementation thereof with regard to the verification of the B-BBEE status of clients in terms of the Codes of Good Practice. Hennie and Andries are skilled in developing and implementing standardised policies and procedures, with special reference to B-BBEE.

Hennie has a strong background in legal advisory services, financial analysis and marketing, with an emphasis on management of problem-company turnarounds and black-empowerment restructuring. Andries is a specialist focusing on employment equity within businesses.



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