Vuyisiwe Mahafu


Vuyisiwe is a Junior Economist at DNA Economics in the Public Economics and Modelling Practice Area. She holds a Bachelor’s and Honours degrees from Rhodes University and a Master’s degree from the University of Witwatersrand, all specialising in Economics. She has also completed the National Certificate in Financial Markets and Instruments from Novia One.

Vuyisiwe is an alumnus of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Fort Hare Autumn School (FES-FHAS) on Social Democracy and Political Economy. This youth and leadership programme aims to enable South Africa’s next generation of leaders to become active and socially responsible citizens who aspire to promote a better life for everyone. She is the current General Secretary for the 2023/2024 FES-FHAS Alumni Board.

Vuyisiwe is passionate about public policy because of its potential to have a real impact. She wants to use her skills and knowledge as an economist to contribute to public policies that alleviate poverty, decrease inequality, create jobs and grow the economy. In her words: “I have a duty to invest in my country”.