Yolande’s career began at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in August 1996. With a background in desktop publishing (DTP), her primary responsibility was managing the Federations’ publications, in the main she was responsible for the Federations flagship magazine, The Shopsteward. During her tenure at Cosatu she was elected trustee on the Cosatu provident fund. This role sparked an interest in pensions funds which she believes was the reason she crossed over to asset management.
After ten years at Cosatu she joined Umbono Capital in 2006 as Business Developer responsible for union clients. A year later she joined JM BUSHA Investment Group as Corporate Affairs Manager, a position she held for nine years. Yolande joined Balondolozi in March 2016 as Head of Marketing. She has been a member of the executive team since joining Balondolozi and became a director a year later in 2017. Yolande assumed the role of CEO at Balondolozi at the beginning of 2022.