In 2006 Yolanda was recognised as the Top Empowered Busi- ness Woman of The Year. The following year she received the Youth Excellence Award from the Black Management Forum. A chartered accountant by profession, she holds a B Com Honours degree in accounting. Earlier companies she worked for include Robertsons Foods and PKF Accountants. In 2003 Yolanda joined Mvelaphanda Group Limited, one of South Africa's leading listed blackowned investment companies, in their corporate finance division. Later that year she was appointed deputy chief executive. Today she holds the position of chief executive for the group. Yolanda has been responsible for initiating and executing a number of the group's major invest- ments. She also sits on numerous boards, including ABSA and Life Healthcare. At 29 years old Yolanda became one of the youngest chief executives of a JSE-listed company. In 2008 she was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She started work as a waitress at Cafe Africa in Cape Town and is, in all ways, a self-made woman.
Lunch spot: Mastrantonio, Illovo, Johannesburg