ANCA was founded in 2016 and is borne out of its founders’ passion for education, the clear need for quality facilities for preschoolers and the opportunity to present a new model for early education that focusses on the child. Its investments in the pre-school market have excelled and exceeded all expectations.
Nurturing and quality education are more important during the formative years of a child than at any other time in their little lives. Traditionally, the investment focus has been on primary and secondary schools which has presented an opportunity for ANCA to place the focus back on the child.
Durbieland is ANCA’s flagship investment and has been a success since opening its doors in 2017. Within a year, Durbieland had to double its size to make room for more little ones, eager to learn. ANCA’s recipe is simple but effective: a promise of quality, child-centred and a unique loving environment.
Given the success with Durbieland, ANCA, in collaboration with its partner, Acorn Private Equity, has decided to roll out its unique early education model and has a pipeline of three additional schools, two of which will launch within the next year.
These new schools will follow the ANCA model with a promise of quality and peace of mind. A full-time chef, bespoke playgrounds, holistic curriculum, strong values and lots of fun, guarantee that each child will feel at home.
We are a dedicated team ranging from passionate educators to investment specialists. Our purpose remains to invest in quality early education, where kids can learn through play in a safe environment, as we grow our investment family.
Andrea Basson is the face behind ANCA and Durbieland’s success and boasts more than 10 years of experience in education. She has previously served as the principal of Durbieland and Curro Rosen Castle in Durbanville.
Carl Neethling is a co-founder of ANCA and Acorn Private Equity, where he serves as the Chief Investment Officer.
Acorn Private Equity is a team of dedicated investment professionals operating under the leadership of Carl Neethling.