Daphne Mashile-Nkosi

Executive Chairperson, Kalagadi Manganese

South Africa

Mrs. Daphne Mashile-Nkosi is the executive chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese, a trustee and chairperson of the Women’s Development Bank Trust, a chairperson of Women’s Development Bank Investments Holdings (Proprietary) Limited. She has a strong development background, as an activist on gender issues, and encourages business to improve the quality of life of poor communities and the nurturing of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. In 1993, she was nominated by the Women’s Development Bank to study development economics in Nagoya, Japan. She is the founder and a director of Temoso Telecommunication (Proprietary) Limited.

She represents shareholder interests as a director of various companies, including:

• Eyesizwe Mining
• Interfile,
• Kalahari Resources,
• Temoso Holdings, and
• Traxys Africa (Pty) Ltd
• Kalagadi Manganese

She is the chairperson of Bakhazi-Banalima (Proprietary) Limited. She is also a trustee of the First Rand Empowerment Trust.

Mrs. Mashile-Nkosi started her career as a loan officer with Women’s Development Bank Micro Finance in 1990 and grew through the ranks. She has a long history of commitment to developing the black community, and particularly women. She is a former detainee, and founder member of Detainees Parents Support Committee, which gave moral and material support to families of detainees and political prisoners during the 70s and early 80s. She was active in formation of United Democratic Front and, after the un-banning of the ANC, became the chairperson of the Soweto Sub-region of the Women’s League and General Secretary of the Soweto South African Communist Party.

She served on the National Committee of the Women’s National Coalition and was involved in the pre-Beijing and the post-Beijing process. She was active in the formation of Transvaal Rural Action Committee, an NGO fighting against forced removals and incorporation into the homelands systems. This experience matured into an active Rural Development career, with a special focus of rural women and culminated in the formation of the National Movement of Rural Women, which is still concerned with the rights and development of rural women. She remains committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the movement. She submitted the document “Minority Status of African Women under customary Law” and organised advocacy programmes around the implications of polygamy.


Daphne’s success and business acumen has been recognised worldwide through various local and international awards which include the: Africa Economy Builders Award, Abidjan (2018), The Black Business Council Baobab Award (2016), Motlekar Holdings Platinum Award (2015), Most Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in New York (2015); African Female Business Leader of the Year Award in London (2015), African Mining and Metals Deal of the Year at the IJ Global Europe & Africa Awards in London (2015), Africa Forum CEO of the Year Award (2014), International Star for Leadership in Quality Platinum Award (2014), International Star for Leadership in Quality Gold Award (2013), and IPM CEO of the Year Award (2013).She is the winner of the Project Finance and Infrastructure deal of the year at the IJ Global Europe & Africa Awards 2014; in 2014 Africa CEO of the Year; International Star for Leadership in Quality Platinum Award in 2014; the 2013 International Star for Leadership in Quality Gold Award; and the 2013 IPM CEO of the Year, inter alia.