Our Team - Efficient Private Clients
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Dawie Roodt is one of South Africa’s most respected economists. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics (cum laude) and specialises in fiscal and monetary policy. Dawie has been the Chief Economist of Efficient Group Limited since 2002. Before that he has also acted as the Group MD. He brings invaluable exposure to the Group through his active presence in both the local and foreign media, and was awarded the prestigious “Economist of the Year” award in 2016, by Sake24.

Dawie Roodt

Chairman & Chief Economist

Rico Ernst holds a BCom in Investment Management and started his career as a Junior Portfolio Manager at Sasfin Frankel Pollak Securities in 2002. In 2005, he was actively involved in developing the Direct Share Option product for the company, and later promoted, sold and distributed this unique offering in the role of Financial Advisor. In 2007, Rico drew on his knowledge of asset management, share portfolios and advisory services to start up his own firm in partnership with Etienne Viljoen. Uhuru Asset Management (UAM) produced benchmark-beating results and created client relationships with a high level of contact and involvement; a fresh breeze in an often rigid, impersonal sector.

Rico Ernst

Managing Director

Investment Team

The full investment team consist of both internal and external members. Internal members include Etienne Viljoen (CIO: EFPC), Christo Pienaar (Investment Analyst: EFPC), Dawie Roodt (Chief Economist: EFPC), and Francois Stofberg (Economist: EFPC). External members include Francois Viljoen (Senior Investment Consultant: MenteNova), Francois van Dijk (Head of Portfolio Construction: MenteNova), and Morné Nel (Senior Investment Consultant: MenteNova).


Etienne Viljoen, the head of the EFPC investment team, started his career as a Portfolio Manager at De Witt Morgan Securities in 2003 after completing a BCom (Hons) degree in Investment Management. In 2004, he became a CFA charter holder and decided to join Equity Derivative Investments as a Derivatives Trader. A year later he was appointed Risk Manager: International Markets at Global Trader. He left the company in 2007 to co-found UAM with Rico Ernst. At UAM he fulfilled the roles of Director and Chief Investment Officer, leading the team to produce market-beating results.

Etienne Viljoen, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Riaan Prinsloo, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

Administration and Support


Francois Stofberg, Dawie Roodt’s right-hand man, holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. He is currently studying towards a PhD in Economics that focuses on dynamic regional modelling. He specialises in regional modelling and global macroeconomics, and has published on the subject of Rand exchange rate forecasting as well as the regional impact of transport cost increases. He joined Efficient Group in 2014, prior to which he held the position of Financial Manager at a green consulting firm. He also helps Rico with running the day to day activities at EFPC.

Francois Stofberg

General Manager & Economist

Theonette started her financial career in 2007, working as a clerk at RAS Rekenmeesters. She accepted a position at UAM in 2010, where she fulfilled the role of Head of Administration. Her experience in client communication and intermediary liaison, as well as in insurance and investment services, is considered a pillar of the success of our business. She is the go-to person for any administrative queries.

Theonette Bredenkamp

General Administration

Puleng Khaha


Chantal du Toit has worked at Efficient Group for more than a decade and has fulfilled numerous roles including those of Accountant, Client Administrator, Executive Assistant and Economics Assistant. She will continue to support the economics team and can assist with any client-related queries.

Chantal du Toit

General Administration