13 October 2020
JOHANNESBURG – The South African Government on Tuesday expressed sadness over the death of Dr Vuyokazi Mahlati – chairperson of the Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture.
“The country has lost a great visionary leader who impacted many lives, embraced challenges and has had a profound effect on the future direction of South Africa particularly on agriculture and land issues. Her life was characterised by her passion to drive social change to better the lives of South Africans,” said GCIS director-general Phumla Williams.
Dr Mahlati was serving her second term as a member of government’s National Planning Commission. In May 2010 she was appointed to serve as one of the inaugural members of South Africa’s National Planning Commission for five years responsible for crafting the National Development Plan.
Dr Mahlati was also involved in business through her company Ivili Loboya.
Her company produced South Africa’s first cashmere which is created and processed in rural Eastern Cape.
She was a recipient of the “2019 Woman of Substance” award presented by the African Women Chartered Accountants. Dr Mahlati was a recognised global thought leader, who participated in global think tanks on corporate diversity leadership and inclusive development.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. May she rest in peace and may her legacy continue through the lives of all those she had touched,” said Williams.