Johannesburg, South Africa; 9 May 2017

The Black Management Forum (the BMF) which is at the forefront of transformation within Corporate South Africa is disappointed by Corporate South Africa’s continued disregard for transformation. During the Commission of Employment Equity report launch this morning the Commissioner confirmed that the reason why transformation continues to be dismal is because CEO’s do not regard transformation as a business imperative.

During engagements that the Commission had with business last year, CEOs were invited but instead sent Human Resources Executives as company representatives to be part of these important discussions. “This demonstrates CEO’s disregard for transformation. The Commission today confirmed what we have been saying all along that the private sector has been subscribing to minimalist approaches as far as the implementation of transformation in concerned,” says Mncane Mthunzi, President of the BMF.

As per the 17th Commission of Employment Equity (CEE) report the Economically Active Population representation for Africans is 78.0% vs. 9.5% for Whites yet the stats tabled today show that African representation at the top management level is 14.4% vs. a 68.5% White representation. The 16th CEE report depicted a 14.3% African representation and a 68.9% White representation at this level. This isa 0.1%increase in African representation and a 0.4% drop in White representation. “It is totally unacceptable that the statistics at this level are showing these numbers. This displays lack of willingness to transform by Corporate South Africa”, Mthunzi continued.

The report reveals that there are 41.5% Professionally Qualified African vs 37.5% for Whites and yet these statistics do not find expression in the recruitment patterns of companies. The report reveals that recruitment opportunities continue to favour Whites at 40.2% vs 35.7% for Africans.

We are stagnant particularly when it comes to top management positions. There are a number of gate keepers within Corporate South Africa that are not aligned to the project of a non-racial; non-sexist democratic country, they don’t understand the rationale and the bigger picture of what needs to be done to achieve the much needed socio-economic transformation for a more progressive South Africa.  

Albeit the dismal numbers, the BMF is encouraged by the recommendations made by the Commission of Employment Equity to the Minister especially the promulgation of section 53 of the Act, failure of which will prevent companies from doing any business with the state. “It is clear that self-regulation by companies has been a failure and the proposed punitive measure is a step in the right direction. Our call for the Employment Equity Tribunal still stands because until there are consequences for lack of compliance, transformation will remain an illusion”, Mthunzi concluded.

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Johannesburg, 9 May 2017 

On Monday, 8 May 2016, the Black Management Forum (the BMF) woke up to the tragic news of the passing on of its former President, Mr George Negota. Mr Negota passed away on Sunday, 7 May 2017 in Johannesburg.

Mr Negota served the BMF with pride in its endeavours to influence the country’s socio-economic transformation in the interest of justice, fairness and equity and developing managerial leadership. To celebrate his life and contribution to the transformation agenda, the Negota family and the BMF request the honour of your presence at the memorial tribute service:

Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Time: 13h00

Venue: Rhema Bible Church North, Hans Schoeman Street, Randburg

Mr. Negota was the BMF President from 1984 - 1986. Between 1981 and 1986, the BMF recognised its responsibility to deliver services to its membership and raised funds to achieve this objective. With the support of the Paris Chamber of Commerce, the Swiss Institute of Management Development and the South African Board of Directors, the BMF began offering management leadership programmes. During his presidency, the BMF broadened its reach establishing regional structures across the country. Previously it had been a Transvaal (now Gauteng) based organisation.

For further details, please contact:
Anele Ndlovu
Black Management Forum
Head of Marketing & Communications
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Johannesburg, 8 May 2017

It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing on of the Black Management Forum (the BMF) Former President, Mr. George Negota. Mr. Negota passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning, 7 May 2017.

Mr. Negota was the BMF President from 1984 - 1986. Between 1981 and 1986, the BMF recognised its responsibility to deliver services to its membership and raised funds to achieve this objective. With the support of the Paris Chamber of Commerce, the Swiss Institute of Management Development and the South African Board of Directors, the BMF began offering management leadership programmes. During his presidency, the BMF broadened its reach establishing regional structures across the country. Previously it had been a Transvaal (now Gauteng) based organisation. When Mr. Negota stepped down as President of the BMF, he became the proprietor of a business development consultancy. Between 1990 and 1991, Negota was a director of the ANC’s Department of Manpower Development.

His passing on is a great loss to our organisation. As the BMF, we appreciate the mark he has made in the formation and leadership of our organisation. His contribution to the transformation landscape and in managerial leadership development will forever be remembered.

The BMF and the Negota family will host his memorial service on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 in Johannesburg. Mr. Negota will be buried in Venda (Makhado) on Saturday, 13 May 2017.

Further details will be shared as they are confirmed.

For more information, contact:

Anele Ndlovu
Black Management Forum
Head of Marketing & Communication
0764312899
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Johannesburg, South Africa – 11 April 2017Picture: Vodacom

The Black Management Forum (the BMF) which is at the forefront of transformation in Corporate South Africa welcomes the appointment of Peter Moyo as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Old Mutual Emerging Markets.

“We would like to applaud the progressive and exemplary move by Old Mutual in appointing Mr Moyo to head their Emerging Markets business. The appointment of Peter, an acclaimed transformation agent and a seasoned black executive, is a first step in the right direction especially against the backdrop of setbacks on transformation of executive teams of major Financial Services Sector companies in Corporate South Africa. We mostly welcome this appointment because we have identified the financial services industry as one of the least transformed sectors with its Transformation Charter as one of the impediments in advancing transformation within the sector,” said Mr Mncane Mthunzi, President of the BMF. 

On 22 March 2017, the BMF tabled its recommendations on the transformation of the Financial Services Sector before the Standing Committee on Finance in Parliament. Part of the organisation’s submission highlighted some of the key and structural issues hindering transformation within the sector such as, the Financial Services Sector Charter; Ownership; Market Concentration; the Once Empowered Always Empowered principle and Empowerment Financing.  

The Black Management Forum wishes Mr Moyo well and would like to pledge their solid support towards his appointment and his anticipated success. The Black Management Forum stands for the development and empowerment of managerial leadership primarily amongst black people within organisations and the creation of managerial structures and processes, which reflect the
demographics, and values of the wider society.

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Anele Ndlovu
Black Management Forum
Head: Marketing & Communication
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 “Earlier today we saw a female student at the University of Free State, QwaQwa Campus
being assaulted by four private security members while she was laying on the floor;
they stomped on her and kicked her.”

– Ayavuya Madolo BMFsc Provincial Chair Free State, 29 March 2017

This incident took place while students were protesting against the de-registrations that are scheduled to take place on 1 April 2017 after the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) failed to successfully carry out the SBux Program which caters for accommodation, food, books and transport for students. The University of Venda is also faced with the same challenge which saw a huge number of students being evicted from their residences and brutally assaulted by members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Private University Security.

The Black Management Forum Student Chapter (the BMFsc) is insisting on the immediate intervention of the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to reign in ViceChancellors to ensure that our institutions of learning are not militarised by private 2 | Page security and the police. The intervention by the Minister should be to allow students, where NSFAS has confirmed approval of SBux, to attend without any victimisation. We appeal to the executive leadership of NSFAS to intervene and communicate with the Institutions where payments have been delayed to facilitate an agreement which speaks to the date and progress made in ensuring that all affected students are adequately dealt with.

We are also calling on students to open cases of assault against any private security or official that seeks to victimise any student that is fighting for this legitimate cause for access to education. We ask the students to remain calm and carry themselves in a manner that avoids destruction of property and incriminating behaviour. Lastly, we condemn any institution or person that seeks to delegitimise genuine calls for access to education by students. We also condemn the notion that brutality is a way to deal with the legitimate call made by students across the country. The government appears not to be serious in addressing these legitimate concerns raised by disadvantage students. They should step up and address the call and stop hiding behind talk shows while students suffer. The BMFsc will going forward, engage in the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in dealing with these assaults and victimisation of students.

Issued by:
Melcome Mahlathini
Black Management Forum Student Chapter
National Student Chapter Chairperson
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