AWCA Background

The African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) is a non-profit organisation which was founded in 2002 on the premise of mutual support and personal development of African Women Chartered Accountants.

Our vision is to “Accelerate the development of Black Female Chartered Accountants”. In order to realise this vision, the AWCA board has adopted a “Three Tier Strategy” which aims to:

  1.  Identify and develop young girls who aspire to be CA(SA)s for entry into universities to pursue a degree that will allow for them to enter into the profession
  2.  Nurture and train black women who are completing their articles as well as newly qualified black women CA(SA)s
  3.  Leadership development for black women CA(SA)s to groom them to hold key decision making positions in Corporate SA and the Public Sector.
The unwritten motto of the organisation is to
“Develop as we lead”
We believe that it is our responsibility as individuals and leaders in corporate SA, to develop and nurture the future leaders of the country in order to achieve sustainable economic development and transformation..


Tshidi Mokgabudi was a partner at KPMG and a founding partner of KMMT Inc. one of the leading black chartered accountants firms that spearheaded the need for focus on producing more black chartered accountants in South Africa. Her impressive career record includes appointments by high-ranking government officials including Pesident Thabo Mbeki to serve as Commissioner of the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, a wealth of audit and business experience as well as serving on various boards..

Tshidi Mokgabudi CA(SA)

Zodwa Manase is a business woman and founder of accounting firm Manase & Associates Management Solution. She currently serves on the boards of a number of entities. A highly competent leader and business maven, she was appointed "Knight" of the French "Ordre National du Mérite" by the French Government for her involvement in strengthening business ties between South Africa and France.

Zodwa Manase CA(SA)

Sindi Zilwa is is the co-founder of Nkonki Inc ,one of the largest registered firm of auditors, consultants and advisors, established in 1993. A trailblazer in her own right, she was the second black woman to become a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1990 at the age of 23. She is an author and thought leader who is well regarded in the areas of accounting, auditing and business management.

Sindi Zilwa CA(SA)

Sindi Mabaso-Koyana is currently the Executive Chairperson of AIH, a women owned and managed investment company. She is an entrepreneur, corporate leader and champion of transformation who is held in high regard both in South Africa & internationally.Her illustrious career includes both private and public sector as well as numerous key board positions in the same.

Sindi Mabaso-Koyana CA(SA)

Our Board Members

Zama Khanyile CA(SA)

Zama is a fund manager at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and is in charge of uMnotho Fund which funds acquisitions, new ventures, and expansions. She also oversees the NEF’s Women Empowerment
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Buhle Hanise CA(SA)
Deputy President

Buhle qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. She is an Independent non-Executive Director at OUTsurance Insurance Company. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for 30% Club Southern.
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Lebogang Senne CA(SA)
Secretary General

Lebogang is a Chartered Accountant, having attained the designation after successfully passing the qualifying exams and completing her articles at KPMG. She is an experienced IFRS specialist
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Phetogo Mabaso CA(SA)
Professional Development

Phetogo completed her articles at KPMG to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, following which she obtained a post-graduate diploma in Applied Accounting Sciences from UNISA. She remained at KMPG for several
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Pumla Molope CA(SA)
Marketing and PR

Pumla has served as a Chartered Accountant for some of South Africa’s largest and best-known firms, including her previous role as Head of Finance and Executive Associate to the CFO at Discovery
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Gugulethu Mayisela CA(SA)
Entrepreneur’s Forum and Leadership Academy

Gugulethu holds a BCom and PostGraduate Diploma in Management from UCT. She completed her articles at The South African
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Nokukhanya Sithole CA(SA)
Chairperson AWCA (WC)

Nokukhanya is the Head of Finance at IndieFin (a division of Sanlam), a role she’s held since January 2018. Prior to that, she was a Financial Manager at Sanlam Personal Finance.
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Nonkululeko Shezi CA(SA)
Chairperson AWCA (KZN)

Nonkululeko is a Business Consultant for Mahato Education in Durban. She has vast experience in Financial Management in the Manufacturing industry. She has worked as a
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