Platinum Black is an enterprise development company committed to offering bespoke support for sme's in corporate supply chains and independent entrepreneurs

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The Platinum Black Philosophy

We believe that good business structure is the key to the success of any company. In fact, if structured correctly, a business has the potential to grow significantly. A robust structure creates a solid foundation, enables controlled and sustainable growth, financial planning and it reduces risk. It also establishes a platform for client retention and leads to happier and better performing members of staff, and more satisfied clients.

We are Enterprise Development experts who are passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their business and ensure sustainability. Time and time again we have seen how our knowledge can empower business owners with the skills they need to unlock the business’s full potential. Our strength lies in our extensive practical experience in a wide range of entrepreneurial environments. We have worked with over 500 clients across many industries with annual turnovers from R2 million to well over R 300 million.

Equip yourself to take advantage of every possible opportunity and build a solid foundation for growth


A Simple Process. 25 years in the making.

Our collaborative process comprises four essential phases which are a Diagnostic, Intervention, Optimisation and Sustainability.


The Platinum Black diagnostic focuses on the 8 Hats of Management (Human Resources, Information Technology, Research and Development, Operations, Administration & Finance and Marketing and Sales)...




The objective of the intervention is to structure each business area appropriately for the phase the business is in. If you have the wrong structure for your phase, there is a strong risk of business stress.




During the optimisation phase we will monitor and evaluate key metrics appropriate to your business so as to ensure that all intervention initiatives are functioning optimally.



For sustainability, Platinum Black also provides additional mentoring and coaching on a strategic level. This helps to further support the interventions, systems and process put in place.


If structured correctly, any business has the potential for significant growth


More Than The Sum Of The Parts

We are a team of business experts who are passionate to see entrepreneurs grow their business and ensure sustainability.

We have a vast experience consulting to entrepreneurs and business owners and have worked with over 500 clients across many industries. We structure businesses’s for sustainable growth and profitability.

Many entrepreneurs have technical skills, but lack all round business and financial knowledge to enable sustainability.

Platinum Black empowers these owners with the business skills that they need to create a sustainable, profitable business. Platinum Black helps high growth businesses that have grown without a specific plan.

How can we add value to your business?

We show you how to effectively structure your business to make it grow. We empower you to take control of all your businesses' needs. We show you how to integrate Business Planning as one of the strategic imperatives of your business.

To be the leading Management Consultancy focused on entrepreneurial businesses in South Africa wanting to ensure profitability and sustainable growth.

We strive to achieve our vision by:

• Delivering an exceptional level of service by putting the interests of our clients first

• Making skills transfer to clients a core focus

• Only employing passionate and highly qualified individuals who can make a positive impact

• Holding both ourselves and our clients accountable for the successful completion of projects

The Platinum Black consulting approach is unique in that unlike traditional consultancies:

• We work very closely with our clients within a framework that demands a continual commitment from both parties throughout the process.

• Our unique diagnostic software helps to quickly identify the main risks within a business on the 80:20 principle, thereby minimizing the time (and cost) required to achieve the best results.

• We emphasise active intervention and practical actions rather than report writing and an excessive number of presentations.

• Our goal is to transfer skills and make ourselves redundant within your business in 6 months.

Business Analysis and Diagnostic
Business Optimisation and Restructuring
Business Plans and Start-Up Advice
Business Risk Assessment and Reduction
Business Turn-Arounds
Business Valuations
Cash Flow Management and Budgeting
Commercialisation of New Ideas and Technologies
Management Support and Skills Transfers
The Sourcing of Investment and Asset Finance
Marketing Plans
Sales Plans





Ian founded Platinum Black in 1994 and has since held the role of Managing Director. After graduating as a Mining Engineer and gaining years of experience as a Mine Manager in the Goldfields Group, he went on to apply his knowledge and passion for entrepreneurship to business by obtaining a BCom (Management and Industrial Psychology) from UNISA and an MBA (UCT GSB).




Jacques Niehaus holds an MBA from UCT (Cum Laude), a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Wits Business School) and a BA majoring in Industrial Psychology and Sociology (University of Stellenbosch). He has a diverse professional background spanning 7 years in the Publishing, Construction and Media Production Industries within the Business Development, Operations, Marketing and Brand Strategy spheres.




Maxine has spent time in different industries as well as spheres therein, including Marketing and Event planning. For the last 4 years she has been overseeing a team, as client relationship manager of an online advertising company, adapting and assessing key areas of performance. Qualified in Industrial Relations, Performance Management, Digital Marketing and Customer Service Excellence. She is currently completing a BCom Degree –majoring in Marketing and Business Management.




Lisa started her career in London and after a number of years came back to Cape Town to run a family business in the construction industry for 6 years. After realising her passion lay with working alongside entrepreneurs to reach their goals, she started consulting in 2015. With the backing of a Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Science and an Honours degree in Ecology at the University of Cape Town, and years consulting in London and South Africa with local and international companies it gives her a unique perspective to understand the challenges faced across many industries.


The level of professionalism was fantastic. This was a GREAT process for us. Businesses in South Africa need this kind of Intervention

Barnes Senekal (MD – Peninsula Enterprises (Pty) Ltd)

It forces us to look at the future of our business. It also gives us a plan and a documented process to go forward

The Directors – Audiovision Pty (Ltd)

The Platinum Black Diagnostic Process created a useful roadmap for our development which was effectively managed through the Implementation of our management dashboards.

Zulfiq Isaacs, Liquid Thought

To scale one needs sound structure. We realise this now - thanks to not only; Platinum Black's diagnostic process, but also their enthusiastic insight in our business.

Pieter-Brink Truter

Until now, we had never felt able to talk about our business proudly. This process has given our team the tools and confidence to run our business professionally. Through this process we have become completely different people running a business properly for the first time.

Pam George, D&P AutoBodyworks

When we started this Process we realised that we had been surviving off luck alone - only eight months later we are now in a completely different place and we now know what it takes to run a sustainable company.

Rowen Anderson, Waste Want

This journey has been memorable. Once again your contribution was empowering and a further testimony of your commitment to building capacity. Thank you…Thank you.

Lydia Jardine, Waste Want

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.

Dhirubhai Ambani

What could you measure? What would that cost? How fast could you get the results? If you can afford it, try it. If you measure it, it will improve.

Seth Godin

The problem when working with a coach isn’t that we don’t know what to do. The real problem is that we don’t want to change our mind.

Seth Godin

Contact Details

Phone: +27 (0)21 685 3905

Postal Address
P.O. Box 810 Constantia 7848

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