Zulé Vuuren

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Zulé Vuuren
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Zulé Vuuren. Image retrieved from Disrupt Africa on 8 April, 2021.
South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
University of South Africa
Known forBeing the Founder & CEO of LocumBase

Editor: Tamia Adolph

Zulé Vuuren is the founder and CEO of the Cape Town-based start-up, LocumBase. LocumBase is an online, independent platform that connects freelance medical professionals with medical practices ensuring quality care when and where needed most.[1] Through the start-up, the locum booking process is simplified.[2]

Vuuren is a founder, entrepreneur, writer, and self-proclaimed solutionist.


Vuuren obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from the University of South Africa. She also obtained a qualification in Strategic Business Management from the University of Cape Town.[3]

From 2010 to 2018, Vuuren was a freelance photographer and creative writer. In 2014, she co-founded O-V Optics, a company that specialises in children’s eye care and sunglasses.

Vuuren co-founded The Future Vision Foundation in 2016. This foundation arranges vision screenings to corporates, schools, and clubs as a means of fundraising to finance practical skills training in the tech field for South African women in impoverished communities.

She has also been a guest blogger for the company, Future Females, since 2018.[4]

After running a children’s eye care business, Vuuren discovered a gap in the medical market. This gap was the need to connect medical practitioners and practices. Before establishing the start-up, Vuuren consulted and freelanced for other platform-based businesses so that she could learn from their expertise. She attended networking events in the tech and medical industry to connect with partners and mentors who could guide her.[5] In 2016, Vuuren became the founder and CEO of LocumBase.


In 2018, Cape Town accelerator, 88 Business Collective, and Absa bank honoured Vuuren with the Best Tech Newcomer of the Year award.[6]