Activ8 turns 5

The Activ8 journey started 5 years ago on the 1st November 2017, and with your loyal support gained traction and grew from strength to strength.

Gavin Farquhar, Vino Pillay and Tony Barrett joined employee number 1, Desiree Chetty, at shared offices in Umhlanga. While the offices were cramped, the drive, motivation and commitment of the Team was immense. The Team was shortly thereafter joined by Harshendri Gevender and Mark Millar. Starting from a zero base but convinced of our “Family Office” and high touch value proposition, the Activ8 Team set out on our client engagement journey.

And what an eventful journey it has been! Adverse local economic conditions, a once in a lifetime global pandemic, local riots, and floods needed to be overcome, all over and above a hostile previous employer.

But, our determination to offer clients, best of breed solutions from across the market ensured the growth of the Group from an initial team of 4 to 17 with offices in Umhlanga, Hillcrest, Ballito and Mauritius and in excess of R4,5bn of assets under advice.



We take this opportunity to thank our families who shared the risk, stress and effort associated with the “start-up”. The support of our loyal and valued product providers and suppliers who supported us through the storm is much appreciated.

But most importantly we would like to thank YOU, our loyal clients, without whom this would not have been possible. You are an integral part of the Activ8 family and we have thoroughly enjoyed the shared experiences with you. We take your trust very seriously and have every confidence that our journey will continue for many years to come.

We are excited by what the future holds and even though we cannot control financial markets and economic policy, we are confident that that our people and value proposition will continue to reward our valued Activ8 clients.

While it was great to reflect on the 5 years that was, we realise that we cannot be complacent in today’s fast moving and constantly evolving world. We are ready for the challenges and will continue to innovate so we are able to offer you cutting edge solutions that add value to your wealth journey.

In all this we will always remain true to our basic founding principles of always putting client needs first and remaining trusted advisor and confidant of choice to families.