Xoliswa Daku, CEO of Daku Group
Xoliswa Daku is the CEO of Daku Group of Companies which focuses on property development, investments and facilities management and she has an outstanding portfolio range that showcases some of her greatest achievements. Her main goal is to turn small towns into cities, having come from the small town of Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.
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About Xoliswa Daku
Xoliswa has worked on several projects in King Williamstown, Ngcobo and Mtata to name of few to make her dream attainable. One of her biggest projects to date that has put her on the map has been the One and Only hotel in Cape Town. Who would have thought a successful career in law could lead to an even more fruitful path in property? Xoliswa certainly did, and it is her wit and charisma that has landed her amongst the biggest projects to date: Khayelitsha Hospital and Mall, Engcobo CBD, Cradock Spa, Intersite Stations and the Koeberg Interchange to name a few.
In her time as a leading female property developer, Xoliswa has shown admirable leadership skills. After leaving a career in law, she became the head of Local and International Investment Trade Promotion for the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (WESGRO). It was her passion on infrastructure, development and investments that inspired her to institute Daku Group of Companies 20 years ago based on the needs of investors and opportunities in this sector.
Xoliswa also holds various academic acumens; she holds an Executive MBA from UCT graduate School of Business, LLM Degree from UWC, Advanced and postgraduate diploma in Project Management at Cranefield University to name a few.
Xoliswa is well respected in the industry, she was nominated as a finalist in the Property Sector of 2012’s “Most Influential Women in Business Awards”, identified by CEO magazine attest. In 2013 she has won the “BBQ Outstanding Women in Business Award”, for her admirable work as a business woman. Xoliswa has strategic goals of entering the international property markets and starting her own CSI project to assist women in business. She has since started a woman empowerment programme as the chairperson of the social transformation committee where they train and mentor 100 women in property and construction through Gibbs to ensure that opportunities are availed to them. Xoliswa is currently working on property development projects in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Durban and Johannesburg. She is playing a big role in sharing her great insights in business in various media platforms to inspire every young child with dreams, that with determination and drive, anything is possible.