Wendy Yvonne Nomathemba Luhabe is a South African entrepreneur. She was born on May 29, 1957 in Daveyton, Gauteng, South Africa, and grew up in the old Benoni location. She is the wife of the former premier of Gauteng, Mbhazima Shilowa and they are blessed with 2 sons and a grandson.
In 1977, she graduated in Arts from the University of Fort Hare. She also holds a degree in Commerce from the National University of Lesotho.
She worked for 10 years for corporations internationally until in 1991 when she founded Bridging the Gap, a consulting firm working on the one hand to prepare young black South Africans to enter the world of work, on the other hand to support South African companies in integrating those people into their corporate business.
Luhabe also founded the Women Investment Holdings in 1993 thereby initiating the participation of women in the economic landscape of South Africa.
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In 1999 she was recognised as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World. The World Economic Forum in Switzerland recognized her as a Global Leader of Tomorrow. She was inaugurated as a Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg in 2006.
Luhabe was appointed Honorary Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 2014 New Year Honours for her services as a trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.