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Yandiswa Xhakaza kaRadebe


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Yandiswa Xhakaza kaRadebe

Nickname: 'Yandi'

Executive Director at Akhani Social Development

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Butterworth South Africa

Yandiswa is very passionate about holistic and sustainable development and is actively involved in the economic development of black entrepreneurs in South Africa. She is an advocate of sustainable social development that has an impact in the lives of the intended beneficiaries,Yandiswa kaRadebe continues to shape the way corporate South Africa utilises development budgets for sustainable development. She continues to be a leader in her field and seeks to advance the notion that we need to move away from make-me-feel-good annual charity sprees towards self-sustainable programmes with an impact on the ground. Her short-term goal is to be a pioneer of system-wide economic development and a thought leader in development. An avid entrepreneur, dynamic, all-rounded woman, she continues to break new grounds. She has been featured in the 2014 ABSIP Black Book of Game Changers in South Africa. Real Magazine profiled her as a young woman in business. She has been profiled for a television programme called Making Moves on SABC 1.

Yandiswa Xhakaza kaRadebe is the Executive Director at Akhani Social Development.. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Wits University, She also holds a Wealth & Investment Management Diploma from Stellenbosch University. She is currently completing a Master of Management in Public & Development Management from Wits University and will be pursuing a PhD in Development Management from UCT.

Contact details

O: +27 11 027 4496

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Professional details

Current Position(s)

Executive Director | Akhani Social Development Management
Johannesburg, South Africa | May 2013 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Akhani Education is a Public Benefit Organization dedicated to assisting Corporate South Africa in administering social investments that are directed at improving quality and inequality in education. We provide expert advice and in-depth knowledge by assisting companies to effectively identify communities in need of developmental funding for education. Working closely with relevant stakeholders we facilitate the implementation of programmes and projects to ensure that Social Corporate Investments yield sustainable outcomes and optimal impact. Our involvement and intervention is an all-inclusive one; we employ our programme design process, which involves us from the planning stages, to witnessing the efficient implementation of all projects, right through to the evaluation of all interventions.

Wealth & Investment Advisor at Liberty Group of Companies | Liberty Group
2012 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Perform financial needs analysis and recommend focused financial strategies to bridge gaps of identified financial shortfalls. Provide professional advice tailored to your investment objectives and help to clarify financial goals and priorities and provide accurate information on tailored solutions, including risks, benefits and costs.

Previous Position(s)

SRC Vice President | University of the Witwatersrand
2008 - 2009

Academia, Education and Training

Providing direction and taking executive decisions.

Facilitator | Executive Leadership Programme - Wits University & Gauteng Dep. of Education
2008 - 2010

Academia, Education and Training

Wits School of Education in conjuction with the Gauteng Department of Education have developed a programme designed to equip principals, deputy principals and their heads of departments with leadership skills, computer literacy and progessive ways to run and manage the school.

Educational history


Paarl Girls' High, Paarl, South Africa (2003)


Stellenbosch University / Universiteit Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa | June 2012 - June 2013

Wealth Management - Investments and Financial Planning

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Master of Science in Development Planning - Property Development

University of the Witwatersrand

2006 - 2009

Bachelor of Education (BEd) - Economics

Paarl Girls High

2001 - 2003


Shortlist and nomination

National Development Plan Commissioner | 2015


media exposure

Real Magazine | 2014

Profile on Successful Entrepreneurs in South Africa

Making Moves | 2015

Profiling Women in Business.

Competitive Accomplishments



South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association

Member, March 2015 - December 2015


Mrs Landiwe Ntlokwana| Client Relationship Manager – Strategic Initiatives| Allan Gray

"Yandiswa’s indepth understanding of development programmes has played a major role in one of our programme’s success, helping it become one of the most comprehensive and impactful investment education programmes." - 2014

– Mr DonRay Malabie| Group Transformation Manager| Alexander Forbes

"Yandiswa’s level of expertise and passion for development is highly commendable." - 2015

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