‘Phakama’ means ‘to rise’ in Zulu, Xhosa and Nguni languages.

The Phakama Women’s Academy has secured the participation of a number of tertiary institutions including the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the AAA School of Advertising, and the Vega School of Brand Leadership.



1. Am I eligible to be a Phakama Women’s Academy candidate?
The Phakama Women’s Academy is open to young South African women in their second or third year or final year of study at an academic institution, who show passion and have a keen interest in equipping themselves for the corporate world.

2. How do I know if my application is successful?
Regardless of the outcome, a member of the Phakama Team will contact you to notify you of your application status.

3. My friend was part of your pilot programme, and she mentioned mentorship, how does that work?
The Phakama Team carefully pairs each candidate with a mentor, who meets with the candidates for a minimum of two hours over the course of the programme.

4. How many modules does the course cover?
The programme features five modules that are presented in weekly sessions over a five-week period. The sessions are held at the VWV Group’s premises in Kyalami, Johannesburg.

If you need additional info on the FAQs please contact:

011 799 2600