The woman behind

Successful Business Leadership,
legal passion and corporate governance specialist.

Are some of the attributes that are used to describe the property mogul that is Xoliswa Daku. She is the Founder and CEO of DAKU (PTY) Ltd, a 20-year-old privately held entity with subsidiaries in property, law and energy. Daku Properties focuses on property development, facilities, and asset management. Her property development vision is to develop corridors of excellence, turn small towns into economic hubs, and redevelop underutilized properties.

Whilst Daku Legal focusses on mergers and acquisitions and Daku Energy specializes in
investment for energy efficiency and development. She is an astute Lawyer, with 26 years experience, the Chair of SEDA and Deputy Chair of the University of the Western Cape, holding LLM, EMBA and various international post grad business diplomas in her bag. Daku has served on various boards for the past 26 years specializing on governance, institutional framework, FDI, trade and industry. Her company footprint is nationwide and carries an international flavour. She has worked with multinationals globally, seeking opportunities for the growth of the country. Her generosity and community development approach describes where she comes from.



Select accordingly to see my leadership and awards.

• Executive Chairperson of Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
• Chairperson of SEDA
•Deputy Chair University of the Western Cape
•Board Member Greater Tygerberg Partnership

• Council Member of the National Home Builders Regulatory Council (NHBRC)
• Board Member SENTECH,
• Board Member of the Anglican board of trustees
• Platinum Member Women’s President Organisation
• Board member for the One and Only Hotel, Waterfront Cape Town (a Sol Kerzner initiative)
• Board member of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP
• Executive member of the Urban Renewal Mayoral Committee in the Western Cape
• National Chairperson of South African Women Entrepreneurs Network
• Advisor to the South African National Women in Transport
• Advisor to the progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa
• Chairperson of the judging panel for the Technology Women in Business Award (TWIB)
• Member of the judging panel for SAB KickStart Enterprise Development Initiative –
• Board member of the Southern Africa International Society for Performance Improvement
• Trustee of the Khayelitsha Community Trust for the development of the Central Business District
• Board member of Phillippi East Property Development Initiative
• Member of the judging panel for SAB KickStart Enterprise Development Initiative
• Board member of the Southern Africa International Society for Performance Improvement

• 2019 International Biz Award: Business Excellence Certificate
• 2018 Albertina Sisulu Special Award: Business Achiever
• 2018 Finalist’ Top Empowered’ Infrastructure of The Year Award’ Category
• 2017 National Business Awards – Top Performing Entrepreneurship
• 2017 Standard Bank Top Women in Property Award
• 2017 WPN Business Woman of The Year
• 2013 BBQ Outstanding Women in Business Award
• 2012 Finalist for CEO Magazine Attest’s Most Influential Women in Business Award

We take pride in everything we do
We take great pride in delivering services of the highest quality
We always go ‘the extra mile’ to meet our clients’ objectives
We seek to employ and retain only the best people
We always act with integrity

We behave responsibly
We act with honesty and respect for other people
We adhere to the highest standards of professional ethics
We take an entrepreneurial approach to business

We seek out new markets and opportunities for clients, and take an entrepreneurial approach to delivering value
We are forward thinking, and always aim to build long-term client relationships
We aim to be a leader in every market we enter, and commit ourselves with passion, energy, and expertise.
We approach problems with a proactive, practical attitude, delivering robust solutions
We help our people fulfil their true potential


Our strategic focus for a better future.

Every project we deliver must be to the highest standards, providing quality homes, commercial spaces and facilities that breathe life into towns and cities across AFRICA.