We are in an age where the concepts of Black Girl Magic and #BlackExcellence are so often heralded. One such young lady who lives and embodies both ideals is former financial services professional and entrepreneur, S’onqoba Vuba.
Vuba has an impressive CV, which includes the financial services sector and small business development. A proud Wits University graduate, Vuba has a BSc in mathematical sciences and a BSc honours in actuarial science. She has further harnessed her leadership capabilities through serving as an executive committee member of the Wits University Convocation.
Vuba started as an actuarial analyst, in First National Bank’s graduate programme, and progressed to the role of brand insights manager for FNB Brand Management. Later she became the executive assistant to FirstRand Limited group chief executive, Sizwe Nxasana. While providing strategic support to his office, Vuba also became the head of the FNB Innovators Programme, where she assisted in the facilitation of innovation within the bank.
In 2016, Vuba joined Sifiso Learning Group and progressed from heading up special projects and operations to become the chief operations officer. She is also the managing director of an advisory and implementation consultancy for SMMEs called Perpetu8, and serves as the chairwoman of Futureproof.
Vuba is driven by her passion for finding systemic solutions in society that allow for people, teams, and companies to reach full potential. Distinct from her educational and career achievements, Vuba is involved in philanthropy work that focuses on youth development, and she facilitates talks that address young women. Through her achievements and energy for transformation, she effortlessly embodies Black Girl Magic and #BlackExcellence, and she loves the fact that “we are claiming the narrative as black people and as women”.
Vuba aspires to leave the legacy of sustainable working systems and solutions in every area she has touched that will positively impact all who come after her.