Xoliswa Daku has been a Property Developer for over 20 years. She has won several awards in business and recently been awarded the 2017 Standard Bank Top Women in Property Awards.
She is nominated for the Women‟s Property Network „Business Woman Of The Year‟ and is a finalist for the national prize, representing the Western Cape Region. She holds an Executive MBA from UCT Graduate School of Business. She is also a lawyer by profession. She holds an LLM degree from UWC and has several postgrad diplomas in Project Management, HR and She has served on various board imparting her governance skills and currently sits on the NHBRC, SENTECH, Anglican Church board of trustees to name a few.
Xoliswa Daku owns Daku Group of companies. A company that focuses on Property development, Investments and Acquisitions, Facilities and Property Management. The company has a portfolio of over R600 Million Xoliswa is well respected in the industry, as being a finalist in the Property Sector of 2012‟s “Most Influential Women in Business Awards”, identified by CEO magazine attest. She continues to actively influence and transform the property industry in South Africa. In 2013 she has won the “BBQ Outstanding Women in Business Award”, for her outstanding work as a business woman. She has worked on some of the best multi-billion projects such as the One and Only Hotel in Cape Town, Khayelitsha Hospital and Mall and Koeberg Interchange to name a few. She is currently working on the John Mason Park mixed use development, Mayfair Student Accommodation and the Breidback Mixed Residential Development projects, to name a few.
Although she has worked for a variety as a patron of women empowerment, there has been a strong passion for developing women in business alongsde developing her business. Xoliswa served as the National Chairperson for the South African Women Enterprise Network (SAWEN), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry. She was very much instrumental in the formation of Women Empowerment institutions by the Department of Trade and Investment o and worked on BEE issues as well. As the Chairperson of the NHBRC she started a women empowerment programme for the social transformation committee. Where they train and mentor 100 women in property and construction through GIBBS Business School to ensure that they have all business skills to participate actively on all opportunities are availed to them. Currently, through media channels, she has been selected as the keynote speaker for a number of events to represent women‟s voices for the 2017 women‟s month. Since the early days in the legal fraternity she led the establishment of centres for rape victims, leading to the development of institutional framework and governance structures for women based initiative such women in transport etc. Her passion for women empowerment continues at the moment with the women‟s build programme working with the department of human settlement in identifying destitute women and assisting in building houses through alternative technology.
Daku Group has started a Gal Power Leadership Academy geared towards empowering girls at university for independence and leadership. Similar to what is done with Gibbs to provide them with skills and tools to succeed in the world of business or the sector.