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Monedi Vuyo Lefakane

Monedi is a co-founder of YIPA. He has previously served term as the Vice-Chairman of UCT InvestSoc (Investment Society), the largest student executive society in South Africa, and the International Finance Students Association (IFSA) – South Africa, an international society with partnerships at Harvard, Oxford and many other universities across the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) in Property Studies and recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Property Studies. He is currently a Property Investment Graduate at Investec Asset Management and an Executive Director at JV Axis Group., a property development company developing social housing units.

Qualifications: BSc in Property Studies (UCT), BSc (Hons) in Property Studies (UCT)



Steven Fine

Steven was appointed to the board in April 2017. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Finance and CFA Level 1. He is currently pursuing an Honours degree specializing in Finance from the University of Cape Town. Beyond studying and YIPA, he organises and manages a successful varsity soccer league in Cape Town and owns an audio equipment rental company. He has a strong focus on the importance of relationships in business and believes that businesses of the future must aim to solve a problem.

Qualifications: BCom in Economics & Finance (UCT), BCom (Hons) in Finance (UCT), CFA Level 1



Priscilla Phungo Nthai

Priscilla is a co-founder of YIPA and is responsible for YIPA in Gauteng. She is also the Secretary General of the New Era Property Investment (NEPI) company which is a fully black owned and managed company, with a sole mandate to invest and develop property in South Africa and Africa in the future. Currently Priscilla works as a Programme Co-ordinator for African Property Investment (API) Events based in Dunkeld, Johannesburg. API Events organizes premium real estate investment and development forums across sub-Saharan Africa. Between 2017 and 2019 she was a part of the Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Graduate Programme.

Qualifications: BA in Media, Psychology & Economics (WITS), BSc in Property Studies (UCT), BSc (Hons) in Property Studies (UCT).




Khensani De Klerk

Khensani is a co-founder and Director at YIPA. She sees architecture and planning as tools for socio-spatial justice. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in City and Regional Planning (Hons) at the University of Cape Town and concurrently a research fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland. She is based and working at Urban-Think Tank in Zürich, renowned for its focus on social urbanism and interdisciplinary approach to design and research. She focuses predominantly on writing and has recently published a piece in TU Delft’s Atlantis Polis Magazine (Oct 2017). 

Qualifications: Bachelors in Architecture (UCT), Bachelors (Hons) in City & Regional Planning (UCT)



Imran Mohamed

Imran is a co-founder of YIPA and is responsible for sponsorship in the Western Cape. He is also a creative director, consultant and stylist in the fashion industry, and is currently pursuing part time studies in fashion design. These very different industries provide a well-rounded, creative outlook in entrepreneurship. During his UCT tenure, Imran was also a member of UCT InvestSoc (Investment Society) as well as UCT Upstarts – a project started by the Vice Chancellor of UCT in 2016 to promote social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Qualifications: BSc in Property Studies (UCT), BSc (Hons) in Property Studies (UCT)



Itumeleng “Tumi” Senaoana

Itumeleng was appointed to the board in July 2017 and is responsible for YIPA’s finances. She has various experience in the property sector including FM and Financial User Experience Research & Consulting in Bookkeeping Software Product Solutions. She served a term as Public Relations Director & Brand Manager for The Investment Society & was the recipient of the Fuller Hall Jubilee Award. Itumeleng is intrigued by the evolution of people focused designs in information systems and how ordinary people can be empowered and helped to work with such systems and understand the metrics and analytics in the context of their day-to-day lives. 

Qualifications: BCom in Economics & Finances (UCT), BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis & Portfolio Management (UCT)

Zama Hlophe


Zamakhonkosi “Zama” Hlophe

Zama was appointed to the board in January 2019. He has three and a half years of property experience in the asset management role of Delta Property Fund, which is a listed REIT on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, after starting out as an intern. He began a Bcom Accounting degree at the University of Cape Town and is currently completing this qualification through the University of South Africa. Zama is a passionate and driven property enthusiast who brings strong analytical and business making skills.  

Qualifications: BCom in Accounting (Current)