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Daphne Mashile-Nkosi

Executive Chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese

The Mother of The Largest Mining Venture of Its Kind


On September 25, 2015 in New York, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, a South African award-winning mining entrepreneur, has won the Most Outstanding Woman in Business award in New York.

This was the second award In two months. In July she was recognised with the 2015 Africa Female Business Leader of the Year Award.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Mashile-Nkosi, Executive chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese, was praised for “her remarkable achievements, in an industry which has often been one of dominated by men.”

“Daphne is committed to the people of South Africa and uses every available resource to enrich the lives of the average South African. She is responsible for the creation of over 30 000 jobs in the Northern Cape, and will go down in history as the mother of the largest mining venture of its kind in the last 30 years,” the judges said.

 “I am humbled by the recognition and grateful for the opportunity to serve my country and my continent in business ‘’, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi said.

The reserves of its manganese deposits are estimated at more than 100 million tons.



Amongst many of her awards, Mashile-Nkosi is the recipient of the 2014 Africa CEO of the Year (Africa CEO Forum) and the 2013 International Star for Leadership in Quality Award; the 2013 IPM CEO of the Year.

As 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 is 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.

She represents shareholder interests as a Director of various companies, including, Interfile, Kalahari Resources, Temoso Holdings, and Metmar Trading (listed on the JSE) Temoso Telecommunications, Chairperson of Bakhazi-Banalima (Proprietary) Limited and trustee of the FirstRand Empowerment Trust.