Zinhle Sokhela is the founder and Managing Director of Sesifikile Booksellers (founded in 1998), a supplier of educational and academic material to government educational institutions throughout the country. She also runs BPSA and Spur Group franchises in KwaZulu-Natal. She is a member of Kyomark Pty Ltd, with the main focus on infrastructure.
Zinhle served as the Director and Chairperson of Dihlase Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd. She also served as the Chairperson of the Pay on Time External Stakeholders Committee initiated by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. She serves on the Management Board of Business Fighting Crime. She is the Deputy Chair of Council for the Umgungundlovu TVET College and served on its Audit Committee and Property Sub-Committee and a member of its Executive Committee. She serves as a member of the UKZN Council and sits in various committees such as the Exco of Council, Audit and Risk Committee, Membership, Institutional Forum and Remuneration Committee AND also served as UKZN Acting Chair of Audit and Risk Committee. She is a member BP Dealer Council in KwaZulu Natal and also served as its Executive Committee member. She is also a co-opted member of Comrades Marathon Association. Zinhle Sokhela is also the board member of Umgungundlovu District Economic Development Agency.
She is the Director and Chairperson of Safe City Msunduzi (Pty) Ltd, that installs, maintains and operates camera surveillance systems in order to detect crime in the areas targeted within the jurisdiction of the Msunduzi Municipality. Zinhle is a also trustee of the Ekujabuleni Children’s Home in Edendale in Pietermaritzburg.
As the President of the PCB for two terms (2007 – 2009), she was a member of the SACCI Council and led a provincial business delegation to India to participate as a speaker in the 100th anniversary of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber, with which body she signed an MOU on behalf of the PCB. She also participated in a Gijima-funded study tour to Brazil in 2008.
Zinhle was awarded the Mayoral Award in 2003 in recognition for her outstanding leadership, performance and contribution in economic development. In 2006 she was awarded the HUC Award, in recognition again for her outstanding leadership and community involvement.
Zinhle has long been a supporter of the Chamber in Pietermaritzburg. Her business acumen is attributable to her inherent skills and her determination to master the various aspects of business management through education and training. She holds Master of Business Administration Degree and she is a member of IPM and IoDSA. Zinhle Sokhela is the candidate for CD[SA] programme through Institute of Directors.