JOHANNESBURG - Social entrepreneur, gender activist and global director of the International Women's Forum, Dr Vuyokazi Mahlati has won the 2019 "woman of substance" award presented by the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA).
Mahlati was announced the winner at a banquet in Sandton, Johannesburg on Thursday night which coincided with the start of women's month in South Africa.
The event was held to honour high-achieving women in South Africa while simultaneously raising funds to facilitate access to the profession for aspiring young chartered accountants.
Mahlati is president of the African farmers association of South Africa and chairwoman of an advisory panel on land reform and agriculture, a position for which she was handpicked by President Cyril Ramaphosa. She is also serving her second term as a member of South Africa’s national planning commission.
The businesswoman runs Africa’s first indigenous wool processing plant in Butterworth in Eastern Cape province, some of whose workers are people in their forties who had previously never been employeed.