Investors make the most of Section 12J Tax Incentive

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The close of the 2020 financial year this February brought a scramble of last-minute investors through the Section 12J gates, angling for that most welcomed tax rebate. Cape-based Flyt Property Investment saw their rate of capital raising double within the last week of February as investment into their Flyt Hospitality Fund caught the attention of property investment group FWJK. A total of R170million has been raised since the launch of the fund in November last year, with R80million subscribed within the last week.

Zane De Decker, managing director at Flyt Property Investment, says that his team was burning the midnight oil, processing a flurry of investors into their fund. “We finally see that investors are responding to this incredible incentive provided by SARS. 100% of your tax back should be a no-brainer and good quality hospitality property, as an underlying investment, is a winning combination,” he says. “We’ve taken our time in formulating an attractive investment and lowered our entry-level in order to cast our net wider, allowing more investors the option of jumping onto the bandwagon.”

Flyt Property Investment’s hospitality fund entry options have been particularly appealing to investors looking to cash in on the 12J incentive. The fund managers, together with 12J specialists Anuva Investments, introduced a loan option whereby the total investment amount can be subscribed via a structured bridging loan. Flyt provides qualifying investors with an interest-free loan with a fixed administration fee of 2,5%. Pretty competitive if one compares most bridging finance in South Africa, available at between 12% to as much as 20% interest on the loan amount.

Many of the last-minute contributions came by means of international property group FWJK who found the structure to be a worthwhile tax benefit for their investors and co-developers. FWJK has developed property assets to the value of R8 billion and is most noted for their residential, medical, commercial and industrial property developments and, more recently, the Zero to One development touted to be Cape Town’s tallest building. Of their 49 total developments, three are apartment hotel developments located in KZN’s Umhlanga and the Cape Town suburbs of Sea Point and Clifton, and available to investors via the Flyt Hospitality Fund. This recent move into the 12j space has resulted in these projects being close to 100% sold.

Commenting at a 12J closing event this week, Dave Williams Jones, CEO of FWJK, said, “We expect the number of investors into this fund to grow exponentially as the benefits of investing via Flyt’s Section 12J fund and specifically in FWJK products becomes more widely known.”

Section 12J of the Income Tax Act was introduced in 2009 by the South African Government to encourage South African taxpayers to invest in local companies and receive a 100% tax deduction of the value of their investment. Flyt Property Investment introduced its Section 12J hospitality offering to investors in November 2019.


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Section 12J of the Income Tax Act – the most efficient tax saving tool, provided by SARS and government that allows you to hold on to your tax cash while investing it wisely.

The section specifically aims to help the growth of small and medium sized businesses by increasing their access to equity finance. To attract investors into this typically under-funded sector, which is imperative for driving economic growth, SARS has written Section 12J into the Tax Act, which offers taxpayers a 100% tax deduction in the year of investment if they invest in SMMEs by way of subscription of shares in a Section 12J Venture Capital Company.

Flyt’s Section 12J compliant property developments give investors the full 12J tax deduction, allowing them to put this saving/refund towards their property purchase. This means that SARS will effectively fund up to 45% of the purchase price of the property.

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