Born in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape province (where she completed both her primary and secondary education), Yoliswa moved to Cape Town to study at the University of Cape Town and completed two degrees: one in Film and Media and the second, in Law.

In 2008, she co-founded Equal Education and headed its Policy Research and Communication Unit. EE is a membership-based organisation that advocates for quality and equality in SA education, she has spent 8 years since the inception of this organisation helping to build the organisation, campaign and mobilise a mass-based membership of young people in this movement. She remains the Chairperson of EE, serving her second term.

Yoliswa is on a year-long fellowship programme with the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education and where her activity centres around social theory.