Xoliswa Daku is building an empire, one skyscraper at a time. As CEO of Daku Group Companies, Daku acquires open spaces and transforms them into architectural masterpieces worth millions. This lawyer-turned-property developer currently has a portfolio worth over R600 million, and in an interview with CNN’s Zain Asher she speaks about her journey to success.

“As a young woman, I think I was one of the strong lawyers at the time and I was spotted by one of the big shot firms (who wanted) me to join them and in that process I found an opportunity to join the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency. It was a totally different environment”, says Daku.

It was from this transition that she realised her ambition to start Daku Group Companies.

“The spirit of entrepreneurship was then born. I opened a business and I resigned from normal employment. I think initially I was just finding myself within the bigger space of business. (Property development) just got my attention. And I loved it and never looked back.”

Read the full interview here.