Our People

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Siphile Buthelezi

Managing Director

Siphile is the Managing Director and Head of Corporate/Commercial at Buthelezi Vilakazi. He attained his LLB degree (with distinctions) from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Siphile began his career as a candidate attorney at a commercial litigation firm, Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc (KHL) and later ceded his articles of clerkship to Bowman Gilfillan Inc in 2008.

Siphile was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2009. Before the establishment of Buthelezi Vilakazi, Siphile practiced at Bowman Gilfillan, where he practiced in Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial, Construction and Engineering and Private Equity.

Siphile spent a year in New York City. During his tenure in New York, he spent six months at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Law Firm), where he worked in their Credit and Capital Markets (Banking & Finance) Departments. Davis Polk then seconded him to Morgan Stanley (Investment Bank) for another six months, before returning to South Africa in 2011 to rejoin Bowman Gilfillan.

Siphile specialises on a broad range of Banking and Finance Transactions, Secured Lending, Syndication, Project Finance, Acquisition Finance, Leveraged Finance, Structured Finance, Property Finance, Minerals and Resource Finance, High Yield Bond Transactions, Private Equity, Construction and Engineering and Corporate/Commercial Matters. In addition, his experience includes the establishing of banks in South Africa. Siphile also has a solid Commercial Litigation experience with a focus in contractual disputes, minerals and resources disputes, evictions, construction disputes and property related disputes.

Siphile is the Founding Member and Secretary General of the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF).

Siphile is also the Chairman of Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma Centre.

Contact Information

+27 31 535 7160 (Durban) +27 11 234 1777 (Johannesburg) +27 83 711 3543 s.buthelezi@buthelezivilakazi.co.za

Amanda Vilakazi


Amanda is the Head of Litigation/Dispute Resolution at Buthelezi Vilakazi. She attained her LLB degree from the University of Johannesburg. Amanda has worked at Schwartz North Attorneys, Legal Aid South Africa and also at GCN Bhungane Attorneys. Amanda was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2012.

Before the establishment of Buthelezi Vilakazi, Amanda practiced on her own account, where she practiced in Employment Law, Litigation, Business Rescue, Criminal Law, Estate and Family Law. Amanda is passionate about her legal practice and she gets satisfaction from knowing that she has done her best in assisting her clients.

Amanda specialises in High Court and Magistrates Court litigation and has experience in Contractual Disputes, Criminal Law, Divorce Law, Employment/Labour Law, Insolvency, Evictions, Property Related Dis-putes and Minerals and Resources Litigation.

She is very personable and knowledgeable with the areas of her practice and she always strives to go an extra mile in executing her work. Her passionate character makes her the success that she is today.

Contact Information

+27 31 535 7160 (Durban) +27 11 234 1777 (Johannesburg) +27 76 372 1093 a.vilakazi@buthelezivilakazi.co.za