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Meet South African entrepreneur Phuti Mahanyele, Phuti Mahanyele is also Chief Executive Officer Shanduka Group (Pty)

Phuti Mahanyele is the CEO of Shanduka Group (Pty) Ltd. She joined Shanduka in 2004 as the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy (Pty) Ltd. She was previously the head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.  Prior to that she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets.  She joined the firm in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office. She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity.

She is currently mentoring young professionals and students.  She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme, which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people.

She is also a Patron of NEET (National Education Empowerment Trust) and was awarded the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award ”by Rutgers University in 2011.

She was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business – Financial Services” in 2009 and was listed as one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008” by the Wall Street Journal. Phuti was selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum.


She was awarded the “Top in Project Finance, 2003” award by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP).

Her academic qualifications are a BA Economics from Rutgers University (State University of New Jersey. USA) (1993) and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK (1996).

She completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Programs” Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century”, at Harvard University in 2008. She is a member of the boards of a number of Shanduka Group investee companies.

Phuti Mahanyele Biography

Phuti Mahanyele was born on 15th March 1971 in Dobsonville, South Africa. She is a South African entreprenuer, she is a business executive, the chief executive officer of Sigma Capital.


Phuti Mahanyele Education Background

1993 – 1996: Masters in Business Administration, MBA. De Montfort University.

1989 – 1993: Bachelor of Arts Economics from Rutgers University.

1980 – 1988: Matriculated from Mc Auley House Convent.


Phuti Mahanyele Career

January 2016 – Present: Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital.

2006 – Present: Chairperson of Gigajoule Africa (Pty) Limited.

August 2004 – December 2015: CEO of Shanduka Group

February 2003 – July 2004: Manager of Development Bank of Souhern Africa (DBSA)

1997 – 2003: Vice President of Fieldstone Private Capital Group, Inc.

1996 -1997: Account Manager of The Agency.

1995 – 1996: Manager of Irvin and Johnson.

1993 – 1995: Management Trainee at National Sorghum Breweries



Non-Executive Director, Mondi Shanduka Newsprint.

Non-Executive Director, Netgroup Solutions.

Director, Realeka Marketing

Director, DPJ Marketing

Director, Shanduka Share Scheme

Director, Pangolin Business Women Enterprises

Director, Wethu Communications

Phuti Mahanyele Awards

ForbesWoman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award, 2014

“Distinguished Achievement” award by the Douglass Society, 2013

Leading Africa Woman in Business. Africa Investors, 2012.

Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award. Rutgers University, 2011.

Most Influential Woman in Government and Business – Financial Services. 2009.

Mahanyele was included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008”.

World Economic Forum, Global Young Leader, 2007


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