ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sindi Zilwa has enjoyed some outstanding achievements in her time; qualifying as the second black woman to become a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1990 at the age of 23, to becoming co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Nkonki, one of the country’s leading indigenous firms of Chartered Accountants, since 1993.
With more than twenty years experience in the Auditing Profession, Sindi has also been a Professional Director, an Audit Committee member, and sometimes Chair of Audit Committees for more than eighteen years. Sindi‘s Audit Committee experience includes Listed Companies, Regulated Companies and State Owned Companies spread across a variety of industries including Aviation, Cell Captive Insurance, Health, Insurance, Information Technology, Investment Holding Companies, Manufacturing, Media, Mining, Mutual Banking, Pharmacare, Private Equity, Property, Retail and Telecommunications.
She has also had exposure to numerous Audit Committees of her firm’s clients operating in industries that include Airline, Asset Management, Development Banking, Educational Institutions, Finance Companies, Investment Holding Companies, Life and Short term Insurance, Merchant Banking, Pension Funds, Property, Public Sector, Regulatory Companies, Securities Exchange and Telecommunications.
Amongst her numerous awards in 1998, at the age of 31, Sindi Zilwa was the youngest winner of the Business Woman of the Year Title in South Africa.
In 2005 she was awarded the Eastern Cape Achiever Award in the Finance Category, publicly awarding it to her mother Mambhele as she turned eighty. In recognition that her success was owed to her and she did not want her to remain an unsung hero.
In 2008 Sindi received a Woman of Substance Award by the African Women Chartered Accountant’s Forum.
In 2011, under her leadership, Nkonki launched an Annual Audit Committee Conference in South Africa. This was followed by Audit Committee Seminars, and the recent launching of an Audit Committee Support Centre – a virtual world for Audit Committee members.
Sindi is married to Sva an Attorney and they have been blessed with two daughters Liza and Lihle.