Siphiwe Mabuza Biography, Wiki, Age

Siphiwe Mabuza is best known for being the wife of Jabu Mabuza, a South African businessperson and investor. He was chairman of the Eskom board. He was appointed the chairman of Eskom in January 2018. He is being reported to have died of Covid-19 on 16 June 2021 and was 63 years old.

Mabuza’s role as the former chairperson of Eskom is being headlined, but his illustrious corporate career goes back almost three decades, with positions at Tsogo Sun Holdings, Telkom and South African Breweries (SAB) and AB InBev, amongst others.

Jabu Mabuza Family Background

He leaves behind his wife, Siphiwe and three children.

Jabu Mabuza was born in February 1958 in the town of Waterval Boven, South Africa. His family was later forcibly resettled in White River on trust land, and Mabuza lived alternatively with his two grandmothers. He later went to live with an aunt in Daveyton. While in junior secondary school, Mabuza was expelled for being caught in the 1976 student protests in Soweto.

Jabu Mabuza Education

However, he Matriculated from the historic Ohlange High School in Inanda in 1979. The school, which was founded by the ANC’s first president John Langalibalele Dube in 1901, is where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote in South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994.

Jabu Mabuza Early Career

He drove taxis to pay for his tuition but later decided to become a taxi owner. His taxi business led him to become a co-founder of Fabcos in 1988, together with the likes of James Ngcoya, president of the SA Black Taxi Association at the time.

Jabu Mabuza Career

His taxi business led him to become a co-founder of Fabcos in 1988, together with the likes of James Ngcoya, president of the SA Black Taxi Association at the time.

In 2017,  Mabuza received an honorary doctorate in commerce from the University of Witwatersrand for his leadership in business.

In 1980 he became a clerk of the court at what was then called the Department of Bantu Affairs. He began driving taxi cabs for tuition funds while in Daveyton, later becoming a taxi owner. Also in the late 1980s he helped found the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services, becoming the organization’s CEO in 1990.

Mabuza was the group CEO of Tsogo Sun Holdings. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Mabuza as the new chairman of Eskom, a state-owned power utility company on 20 January 2018.
On 29 July 2019, Jabu Mabuza was appointed Acting CEO of ESKOM, replacing Phakamani Hadebe at the struggling State Energy utility.

Siphiwe Mabuza Husband & Children

Mabuza met his future wife, Siphiwe, in the 1970s while on a train to Durban. They had three children. He died of Covid-19 on 16 June 2021.

Jabu Mabuza Death and Cause

Corporate heavyweight Jabulane (Jabu) Albert Mabuza, 63, passed away from Covid-19 complications, his family confirmed on Wednesday evening.

The news has come as a shock to fellow South African business and political leaders, who hailed Mabuza’s contribution to the business world, his advocacy of SA Inc and activism against apartheid.

Mabuza’s death on the Youth Day public holiday is a poignant reminder of his contribution to the fight against apartheid.

The organization issued a statement on Thursday paying tribute to Mabuza, with Zungu also sharing condolences with his family.

Media Statement: BBC extends its deepest condolences after the passing of Mr Jabu Mabuza.

May his soul rest in peace

In the official statement issued on Wednesday night, Mabuza’s family said that he “passed away on Wednesday 16 June following Covid-19 complications”.

“Jabu lived his life so beautifully and committed to the transformation of South Africa’s economy … He was a pillar of strength for his family, a dedicated servant of the country, an activist in empowering black entrepreneurs and committed to work for the transformation of corporate SA,” his family said.

“On this day in 1976, he had joined thousands of black youth who demanded the end of Bantu education. He was later expelled for participating in that seminal protest that exposed the brutality of the apartheid regime and propelled the struggle for liberation,” the family added.

Meanwhile, Busa leaders mourned Mabuza’s sudden death and conveyed condolences to his family.

“I am at a loss for words. The passing of Jabu is tragic, devastating and a great loss for business and our country,” said Busa president, Sipho Pityana.

“Jabu played a leading and pivotal role as a business leader with foresight and courage. He was a phenomenal human being and a gentle soul. Jabu was a role model for all South Africans who aspire to make a difference,” he noted.

“He lifted himself up by his bootstraps, moving from being a successful small entrepreneur to becoming my predecessor as president of Busa. Along the way, he became a powerhouse in the South African economy, occupying leadership positions in several South African corporates … as well as in the public sector,” added Pityana.

“He will particularly be remembered for his courage during the State Capture era when, as president of Busa, he often had to deliver very difficult messages to government. He will be sorely missed at a time when we need all hands-on deck to resolve the massive challenges posed by the global Covid-19 pandemic, and its impact on business and society.”

Busa CEO Cas Coovadia, who worked with Mabuza when he was president of Busa and co-chair of the CEO Initiative, said: “Jabu had a character and personality that was contagious. He led with courage, honour, and honesty. He was a true patriot.”

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