Paragon is a private lending company that specialises in providing all debt solutions for companies or individuals in the quickest and most time effective way.

We are balance sheet support to established entrepreneurs who want to create wealth.

We are proudly backed by one of South Africa’s major commercial banks and have built up an extensive network of funding partners which includes banks, asset managers, fund managers, working capital funders and private investors. Our key strengths lie in customised solutions for diverse financing needs. Founded in 2009, Paragon has since established itself as a valued and trusted specialist in the field of raising finance and capital.

Meet the team

Our experienced sales staff have all worked for commercial or private banks in the past.

The team has a comprehensive understanding of finance solutions available enabling us to deliver customised solutions to our clients.

Gary Palmer

082 818 2085
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Marc Levitt

082 399 5518
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Loraine van der Merwe

076 224 9062
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Joy Sinclair


076 129 9898
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Kirsten Parkins

084 675 4711
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Corporate Social Investment

We invest in our future leaders

Paragon’s CEO is a regular guest lecturer to the UCT property studies Masters students to cover alternative lending opportunities and current new trends for financing property developments and investments as part of the MSc Finance module.

Paragon also offers financial assistance in the form of annual prizes to both undergraduate and MSc students for the Property Finance modules. Our CEO attends the annual prize giving function to present the prizes to the students.

Job shadow opportunities to the undergraduate prize winners to work alongside our CEO and the Paragon team for a few days to see what happens in real life!

“This is a really beneficial relationship for our department and the students, to have such willing access and interest from Gary Palmer and the Paragon Lending Solutions Team, one which we value and appreciate.” – Kathleen Evans: UCT Convener Property Finance Module (MSc in Property Studies).

We care for our children

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children from low and middle income countries.

Paragon and its executive team believes in making a difference where needed most and lent their support to this ongoing life changing initiative.

We care for our communities

Paragon’s staff is actively involved in serving their immediate and greater communities in contributing their time to the efforts of upliftment projects.

Serve on the management committee of a local Charity Shop run as a community project with the aim to make a difference in the community and to the lives of those less fortunate.

Volunteer work at a NPO that aims to empower the desperate and destitute on the streets of Cape Town by reaching out to them.

Para-gon-on-a-township Tour
Para-gon-on-a-township Tour

We recently went on a tour of Langa for a behind-the-scenes peek of the work done at the Bridges For Music school and the township. What an inspiring experience of youth upliftment and shared connections through music!