- Phuti Mahanyele, founder CEO, Sigma Capital, majority black owned SA investment group
- She has made Forbes Women Africa Business Woman of the Year; Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year (Africa Investors); Top 50 Women in the world to watch (Wall Street Journal)
- She came from a tough upbringing and made a complete success of herself
Born in Apartheid South Africa, and having a challenging childhood, Mahanyele rose up and became a multi-pronged force in business. She was named, by Forbes, one of the 20 youngest power women in Africa. Her life, beyond her career in finance, has been interesting.
Mahanyele joined Fieldstone in 1997 and was based in New York. She was Vice-President of this international firm, specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. Later she was transferred to their office in South Africa. She then became Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
In her tenure as CEO of the Shanduka Group, she held directorships with a number of companies, including inter alia Lonmin Plc, Mondi, McDonald’s SA, Coca-Cola Shanduka Beverages, Macsteel and Helios Towers (Nigeria). She has been awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award and the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards in 2014.
Mahanyele has so many accolades to her name. She was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business by Financial Services” in 2009. Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008”. In 2007, the World Economic Forum selected her as a Global Young Leader. The Association of Black Securities and Investments Professionals (ABSIP) awarded her “Top in Project Finance 2003”.
In her personal capacity, Mahanyele is involved in a number of activities with the youth. She mentors young professionals and students to maximise their career potential.
Currently, she is a non-executive Director on the boards of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Comair Limited and Reunert Limited. With a portfolio like this, it warrants the fact that she is rated one of the most influential women in Africa. To find out more about the various spaces that she does business in and her rating of our potential future president, Gregory Simpson caught up with the multi-talented boardroom superstar.
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