Vuyokazi Mahlati popularly known as Vuyo Mahlati has passed away on October 12, 2020.
She trained as a policy specialist at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. She held a PhD from Stellenbosch University.
She was a South African social entrepreneur, gender activist and global director of the International Women’s Forum. She was the founder of Africa’s first indigenous wool processing plant in Butterworth, in the Eastern Cape. She was the president of the African Farmers Association of South Africa, as well as the chairperson of the Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture. She was serving her second term as a member of South Africa’s National Planning Commission.
In September 2013, she was appointed to serve as the Deputy Chair of the State Information Technology Agency. She served two terms as the Chairperson of the South African Post Office Board of Directors where she led the corporatization strategy from traditional to digital business in mail, logistics and banking. She also served two terms on the Financial Markets Advisory Board and was a member of the Financial Services Board Licensing Committee. In addition, she served as the director of Alexkor Mining Board and the fund manager of Umbono Capital now One Stone. She was the non-executive director of Lion of Africa Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the Brimstone Investment Company, one of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange companies. She was also the Principal Consultant and Co-owner of African Financial Group. She founded Africa’s first indigenous wool processing plant in Butterworth, in the Eastern Cape, where she taught unemployed people how to make cashmere garments.
She is survived by her family members.
Death simply has no rules, no Standard Operating Protocol.Beyond shocked at the news of the sudden passing of the super talented development activist, Dr Vuyo Mahlati. Heartfelt condolences to SAWID, IWF and many transformation vehicles Vuyo tirelessly served. #RIPDrVuyoMahlati pic.twitter.com/pzMZzRMDQp
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) October 13, 2020
BREAKING: Food For Mzansi can confirm that AFASA president Dr Vuyo Mahlati has died. The Eastern Cape farmer served on pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s land reform panel. @AgriSA1904 president @crheede1 and prof. @Elmienduplessis says they are shocked by her death. https://t.co/MaHE6qv2lx
— Ivor Price (@ivorprice) October 13, 2020
Cause of Death
Her cause of death is still unknown at the moment, we will update you as soon as we have the full details about her death.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Vugo’s name through the GoFundme page.