The Black Management Forum (BMF) commends Anglo American plc (Anglo American) for appointing Nolitha Fakude as Chairman to its Management board. This appointment stands as an affirmation of black talent, but in particular black women in leadership. Anglo American has shown that it can recognize black women and create space for them to display their leadership skills in directing an organization with a global footprint.

“Nolitha’s leadership capability is indubitable. She is a former Managing Director and President of the BMF. As the first woman President of the BMF, she put gender equality at the forefront of her presidency and ensured that the constitution of the BMF reflected and was infested with the necessity of empowering women,” said BMF President Andile Nomlala.

Nolitha went on to formulate the Sasol Group Partnership Forum during her tenure with the company, a model that has been recognised by the industry for improved industrial relations in a multi-trade union environment. Under her direction, Sasol drove the landmark broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, Sasol Inzalo.

“Nolitha has remained unaltered in her passion for the advocacy of diversity and inclusion. Her corporate experience and board participation has prepared her immensely for this role, and the BMF is once again flying its flag high for having provided leadership at the highest level in business,” added Nomlala.

The BMF further congratulates the additional seasoned black executives joining the Anglo American top brass. Mr. Themba M. Mkhwanazi, CEO of Kumba Iron Ore, who joins the Anglo American Group Management Committee in August 2019, Ms. Hixonia Nyasulu (Former Chair of Sasol) and Ms. Nku Nyembezi (Current Chair of Alexander Forbes) who join the Anglo American Board as non- executive directors in November 2019 and January 2020 respectively.

“It is a well-known fact that a diversified board of directors is not merely a token of representation but critical to effective corporate governance. We hope that this incoming Board will in itself advocate for diversity in the boardroom and that the business community will take note of this progressive move that is in sync with the BMF’s perspective and mandate to see black talent being given space to lead,” Concludes Nomlala.

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The Black Management Forum (BMF) applauds MTN for appointing Yolanda Cuba as its Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. Cuba replaces Stephen Van Coller who resigned last year. 

“We are confident that Cuba will do well in this position as she is a highly experienced executive and has been involved in the areas of digital services and fintech for several years”, said BMF President Andile Nomlala. 

Yolanda brings extensive telecommunications and leadership experience to MTN Group. She joins MTN Group from Vodacom, where she served as Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A. She was previously the CEO of Vodafone Ghana for a three-year period, a role that saw her named Telecom CEO of the Year in 2018.

“Cuba has a robust track record and we wish her every success in her role”, Nomlala concluded. 

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The Black Management Forum (BMF) hereby congratulates Ayanda Myoli on his appointment as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Ltd (Necsa). 

Necsa is a company mandated to undertake and promote research and development in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences and technology. Myoli has held various executive positions in the South African Nuclear Industry with his appointment as the company CEO scaling him up from the company Chief Information Officer position. A position he has held at Necsa for over 5 years. 

Myoli’s appointment is reported to be the latest in a series of leadership changes to have taken place since December 2018 after former Energy Minister Jeff Radebe dismissed the previous board and CEO Phumzile Tshelane. 

“Myoli’s leadership comes at a critical time for Necsa and we hope that his skills, expertise and experience will stabilise the company. Necsa requires a leader that will bring relevant skills, expertise and experience to the table and ensure effective and efficient governance by the board,” said BMF President Andile Nomlala. 

“Myoli has vast knowledge and experience for the role and must plays a critical role in ensuring that Necsa stabilizes. We wish him every success in his role,” Nomlala concluded. 

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The Black Management Forum (BMF) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Central University of Technology Free State Chancellor, Madam Justice Mahube Molemela who was recently conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) by the University of Free State.

Molemela, who made history when she was appointed as the first female Judge President of the Free State Division of the High Court of South Africa, holds LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Free State where she also later lectured at the law faculty. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges.

We as the BMF are very proud of her achievement. The BMF has the utmost confidence in the skills, expertise and experience that Molemela has and looks forward to her continued contributions to the society and leadership”, said BMF Free State Chairperson Lilly Moabi. 

"Molemela continues to be an inspiration to black professionals, especially those who are female. She is an exemplary leader and an accomplished professional. We wish her the best in her future endeavours”, Moabi concluded.   

 

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The Black Management Forum (BMF) is pleased to congratulate Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa on her appointment as SA CEO of the global Naspers management team.

Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa is a businesswoman who has been at the helm of 5 different companies and holds the position of Executive Chairperson at Sigma Capital Pty Ltd., Chairperson for Gigajoule Africa (Pty) Ltd. and Chairperson of Bain & Company South Africa, Inc. She is also on the board of five other companies.

In the past she was Chief Executive Officer of Shanduka Group (Pty) Ltd, Managing Director at Shanduka Energy (Pty) Ltd., Head-South Africa Project Finance at Development Bank of Southern Africa Ltd. and Vice President at Fieldstone, Inc.

Mahanyele-Dabengwa received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers State University of New Jersey and an MBA from De Montfort University.

“We are extremely proud of Mahanyele-Dabengwa’s appointment and we have the utmost confidence in her skills, expertise and experience she will bring to the role”, said BMF President Andile Nomlala.

Her appointment is well suited and comes at a pivotal time because as argued by Mahanyele- Dabengwa at a Women’s Leadership Conference 2012, “the greater role for women in business is necessary not only to rectify a social injustice but, more importantly, because there is an economic and business imperative to use the talents of women to solve the problems that the world faces”, Nomlala continued.  

“Mahanyale-Dabengwa is a capable leader and accomplished professional who espouses the values of the BMF and we are confident that her steady and unfaltering leadership will take Naspers to even greater heights”, Nomlala concluded.

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