Name: Zamangwane Pridesworth Khanyile (34)
Region: Northern Region
Job Title: President (and fund manager)
Years in this position: 3.7
Company Name: African Women Chartered Accountants (National Empowerment Fund)
Entry Category: Entrepreneur
|Zama Khanyile is a fund manager at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and is in charge of uMnotho Fund which funds acquisitions, new ventures, and expansions, where she leads a team of investment professionals in carrying out the mandate of improving access to capital by availing financial and non-financial support. She also oversees the NEF’s Women Empowerment Fund, which funds businesses that are majority-owned and managed by black females.
Zama has become a notable subject expert in SMEs and how to effectively fund these in order to promote entrepreneurship, create jobs, achieve broader empowerment, and grow South Africa’s economy.
Her work experience has been mainly in development finance, which started with vigorous training at the IDC’s deal-maker academy. Prior to that, she was an audit manager within KPMG’s Information and Consumer Markets business unit.
She lives out her passion to develop others as president of the African Women Chartered Accountants’ forum (AWCA). She’s been extensively involved in AWCA’s initiatives such as the Bursary Committee, School Visits Programme, Mentorship Programme, and APC Preparatory Workshops. She was awarded the inaugural AWCA President’s Ambassador Award in 2011.
Her list of accolades includes being selected as a Top 3 finalist in the ELLEBoss competition in 2016.
She is a member of the BRICS Business Council-Financial Services Working Group, where she is leading South Africa’s SME strategy and mobilising support for the strategy by the other BRICS nations. She is committed to seeing South Africa and its people rise to greater heights.
Having seen first-hand the extent of the benefits of education, her role as a member of UCT’s Audit Committee stands out on the boards and committees that she is a part of.
She has mentored a number of youngsters under CareerBuild, CAMPaign for Girls, and in her personal capacity. She is a founding member of ‘Uplift as we climb’, an annual project that facilitates charity drives in Diepsloot. She fully embraces any opportunity at work or other platforms to teach, develop and sponsor the youth whilst transforming the economic landscape of our country.