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AYANDA MAFULEKA – African Exploration, Mining and Finance Corporation SOC Ltd.
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Category Winner: 'Woman in Finance'

I am Ayanda Mafuleka, and I am 37 years of age. I hail from the most beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal; I was born in Umlazi, south of Durban.

"I am very passionate about woman empowerment. I am where I am today because of the women who believed and invested in me. I surround myself with women who pushed me to achieve and I spent time reading about other women who are ‘woman of substance and stature’ in their own right like Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Lesego Sennelo, Nonkululeko Gobodo, Nonhlanhla Khumalo, and Dr Judy Dlamini. I always strive to do the same for other women who come after me. I mentor young and old women in and outside my team as much as I can.

“What the mind conceives, it can achieve”

After I matriculated and I studied for a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting at UKZN. After graduating with a BCom degree, I started my career in Finance working at Transnet, for various business units namely, Spoornet as Professional Officer, National Ports Authority as Finance Reporting Manager, and Transtel, as Accounts Manager. I then joined Sunflower Housing Company, social housing company of Anglo Platinum as Management Accountant where I was responsible for establishing the finance department. I then joined the South African Post Office, as Senior Financial Manager. Whilst working I was studying towards BCom Honours (CTA) to pursue a qualification in Chartered Accountancy (CA). I resigned to join the National Treasury to complete CA articles and I qualified in 2012. After qualifying as a CA, I worked for the Department of Home Affairs as Director: Finance, after 3 years joined Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo and GM: Finance. In 2014 at a tender age of 34 years I was appointed by the National Credit Regulator (NCR) as CFO. With effect from 1 February 2018 I was appointed as the CFO of African Exploration, Mining and Finance Corporation SOC Ltd.

Throughout my career of 15 years in finance, I have always strived to leave a mark and I have left legacies of clean audits, sound financial management of turning around an entity from a deficit to a surplus position, put in effective processes and controls as well as governance structures. I always lead A-teams and I make sure that I excel in my area of expertise.

During my tenure at the NCR I started quarterly ‘Tea with the CFO’ sessions where we tackle women issues enjoy empowering my colleagues in financial and budget related issues. I still keep up to date and contribute in academia through marking assignments for a particular university. Throughout the years I have been associated with organisations such as African Women Chartered Accountants, BMF and ABASA.

Outside of work, I have been involved in youth related activities in church, where I am part of the team that plans Annual Career Expo for young people in the Vaal. I have been a volunteer for SAICA to observe municipality elections in 2016. I have been part of the women movement called ‘’Women Who Stand in Prayer’’ where we meet monthly in Alberton to empower and impart wisdom in the spiritual matters.

I am a mother of three (3) children, 2 girls and a boy. I am a child of God before anything."

BRENDA HURUDZA – Brendmo Inc – Accounting and Business Services
Our company is a dynamic and professional entity offering high quality consulting services in finance, accounting, audit, tax and training services to individuals, small and medium sized enterprises.
We focus on building long lasting relationships with our clients through providing objective and professional services according to their needs.

Our insight into the dynamic operations of modern day businesses and the service we endeavour to provide set us apart from the rest. We value the relationships we develop with our clients and strive to make them grow from strength to strength as we provide services covering all aspects of the operations of their businesses. For more information visit:

About Brenda and her company:

My father started his accounting business when I was well in my teens. As I was older and more mature I realized the challenges that came with it but also experienced the beauty of running it. I realized the significance it had even on us, his family. People associated us with the success that came with my father, even when we were not involved in the running of the business. Out of this experience, I also wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, be the last hope to those that would have thrown in the towel. Starting my own business also meant having the flexibility to be there for my children, to see them grow and guide them through to be responsible adults.

The culture at university and during my articles associated success with powerful careers. Starting a business was associated with risks and unrewarded hard work as well as frustrations. During that time starting my own business was just an idea more than a reality. I also realized that in the accounting and auditing field, flexibility is merely a dream. The long hours and challenges meant that the difference and impact I always wanted would not be achieved in that setup. My friend and co-business partner Mollen Mukuze sparked my idea and challenged us to start a business. This revived my dream. It was a scary experience but I jumped into it as my inner goal was bigger than anything. Thank God I listened to my inner heart . At that point I didn’t have much to lose, being someone who had just finished articles and I didn’t have job commitments.  I decided that the only time to build my business was then...

Brendmo Incorporated was born after writing our final qualifying exams in 2014 with only articles to show for experience. Looking back, that was a brave and bold decision we took. With no managerial or high corporate experience it was merely faith that drove us. God blessed us exceedingly as we both passed and qualified as CAs when Brendmo Incorporated was already in the initiation stage. I came to realize that it’s not the have’s that drive but rather the determination and zeal to have. l have since grown my business as well as an individual.

“I am grateful to family and friends for making me realise my dream. I am thankful to WOS for creating a platform to grow our business to greater heights and make a significance to people’s lives.  Limitations do not have control over the greatness in us. To those who truly believe in themselves, anything is possible.”
+27 82 492 6054
JULIE DU BOIS – Tax Bright cc – Accounting and Tax advisory services
Tax Bright is a company owned by Julie Du Bois and Raymond Hackworth, which specialises in accounting, tax and advisory services. We pride ourselves on developing long term relationships with our clients and developing their business to ensure growth and stability.

The services that Julie offers are bookkeeping, accounting, PAYE and Payroll, UIF and VAT. All correspondence with SARS relating to individual and company tax returns. All correspondence with CIPC [Companies and Intellectual Property Commission] relating to companies including registering of companies, company annual returns and any change of details.

Ray is a Chartered Company Secretary and Management Accountant and focuses on management accounting, annual financial statements, business analysis and the restructuring of a business to make it profitable.
+27 11 7066707 / +27 83 445 1866
LINDA KNOETZE – LINKfinity – Financial Coach and Advisor
Clients are always surprised at the simplicity of the planning strategies, but the real challenge lies in seeing the big picture and analysing all the working parts … I help my clients clarify the path to their goals.

I feel privileged to be in an industry where I get to help people from all walks of life who are ready to make a positive change to their future.

My passion has always been people and during the years following my schooling and while studying  I was involved  in ChildLine and Hospice , which lead me to being one of the founding members and also part of the management of Harvest Land, an orphanage for HIV and AIDS infected and affected children.

I was also a part of a group of volunteers working at Cresset House Midrand for mentally, as well as physically-disabled adults and severely traumatised people.

My career has included being a Partner in an Engineering company and General Manager for one of the top luxury apartment buildings in Sandton, but my life changed forever when I joined Envestpro-LINKfinity in July 2015, a Liberty affiliate, as a Financial Coach and Adviser.
+27 83 390 2055
RAMASELA GANDA – Executive Director: Business Services, Barloworld Equipment
Woman of Stature ‘Woman of the Year 2018’ Finalist: Woman in Finance

Mrs Ramasela Joyce Ganda, CA (SA) is the Executive Director: Business Services for Barloworld Equipment. She is responsible for Shared Services, Procurement and Facility Management. This is after spending seven months as a Chief Financial Officer of Barloworld Equipment-Rental and Used Machines.

Ganda the former Group Chief Financial Officer of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, was awarded the CFO of the year in 2017, the first coming from a municipality. In 2016 she was awarded the CFO of the year Public sector by African Women Chartered Accountant, the CFO of the year by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals and a finalist of the Business Women of the year. During her tenure at Ekurhuleni, the municipality achieved a AAA rating from Moody’s and received the first clean audit in 14 years and this was followed by another successful year of a clean audit.

More about Rama Ganda:

Over the career period she has been the Chief Financial Officer of Broadband Infraco, National Nuclear Regulator and Gensec Property Services Limited (now JHI), where she was also the Company Secretary. During her time at Gensec Property Services she was instrumental in the conclusion of the merger between Gensec Property Services Limited and JHI.

Mrs Ganda was instrumental in the Initial Public Offering that saw Telkom listing in Johannesburg and New York. Her career includes being a Senior Financial Manager Investor Relations at Anglo Platinum.

Served in number of public and private Boards and Audit committees, which includes:

Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Railway Safety Regulator.
Member of Finance and Investment Committee of Health Professionals Council of South Africa; Audit Committee member of ESETA and Brand South Africa.
An independent non-executive director and a chairperson of Audit committee for Brikor Ltd

Rama Ganda is married with four children.  She enjoys baking with her children and the family tradition is to bake pancakes, muffins, cupcakes, flapjacks, anything that you think of, for Saturday breakfast. Family time is very important to her.

SILINDILE KUBHEKA – Chief Financial Officer, National Treasury
Woman of Stature ‘Woman of the Year 2018’ Finalist: Woman in Finance

Name & Surname: Silindile Kubheka
Qualifications:  CA (SA); CIA; CRMA
Professional memberships: South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

Career History:

Silindile comes from Kwa-Mashu. In Durban. From a very young age she became a firm believer that Education is the key to succeed, and it will open many doors and provide many opportunities to progress in life.

She started her career as a Bookkeeper at Ngubane & Co in 2002, with only a National Diploma in Accounting behind her name, which she obtained (Cum Laude). She later obtained her CTA and served her Articles at Nkonki Inc, in JHB in 2005. Subsequently worked at KPMG internal audit division after her articles, she also worked at ABSA for a short while. She has extensive experience in Finance, Auditing (both internal and external) worked both in Private and Public sectors.

Silindile is currently the Chief Financial Officer at the National Treasury, tasked with the responsibility for sound financial management, governance an effective internal control environment, and management of budget over R 500bn budget appropriated to the department. She has also worked at the Auditor-General, as a Senior Manager in Strategic Audit Projects.

ZAMA KHANYILE – Fund Manager, National Empowerment Fund
Woman of Stature ‘Woman of the Year 2018’ Finalist: Woman in Finance

Zama is a qualified Chartered Accountant with an Honours degree in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg (formerly Rand Afrikaans University).

She has an uncanny affinity for figures and is well-versed in all financial matters. Her work experience has been mainly in development finance with notable skill in analysis, risk identification and risk mitigation. She has extensive deal-making experience which started with vigorous training at the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC) Academy, which was followed by grounding of skills as an Account Manager at the IDC. She is a Fund Manager at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) in charge of uMnotho Fund (the Corporate Finance division of the NEF which deals with acquisitions, new ventures and expansions) where she leads a team of 15 investment professionals in carrying out the mandate of improving access to capital by availing finance to black-owned entities. She also oversees the NEF’s Women Empowerment Fund which finances businesses that are majority-owned and managed by black females.

More about Zama:

She completed her articles at KPMG during which time she wrote and passed both qualifying exams at first attempt. She is a motivated self-starter who is always on a quest to expand her knowledge base. After completing her articles at KPMG, she was quickly selected to become an Audit Manager within KPMG’s Information and Consumer Markets business unit where she led audit teams, handled fee negotiations and managed client relationships. It was during these years that she honed her accounting and auditing (internal control environment) skills which are critical for any business.

Zama Khanyile is an analytical thinker who enjoys challenges and works well under pressure. She also has good interpersonal skills which is an integral of working with and leading people.

She is a member of CA Charter Council and a member of the BRICS Business Council Financial Services Working Group.

Zama is the President (elect) of the African Women Chartered Accountants’ forum (AWCA).

She is passionate about community upliftment, especially that of young African females. She has been extensively involved in AWCA’s social responsibility initiatives such as the AWCA Bursary Committee, School Visits Program, AWCA Power Teas Mentorship Programme, and APC (Final Qualifying exam for CAs) Preparatory Workshops. She was a mentor under CareerBuild and CAMPaign for Girls. She is also founding member and project manager of “Uplift as we climb”, which is an annual project that facilitates charity drives in Diepsloot.
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