About Us

The Black Management Forum (BMF) is a non-political, non-racial and non-sexist organisation, focusing on the development of managerial leadership and the creation of managerial structures that are reflective of the demographics and values of the broader South African society. Strong attention is paid to socio-economic transformation of our country through the pursuit of justice, fairness and equity.

The BMF strives to provide its members with access to the necessary tools to develop managerial and leadership skills through workshops, conferences and programmes. We are positioned as a thought-leader through contributing to the public and producing solutions for the problems faced in South Africa. Our goal is to advocate for transformation in the social and socio-economic sphere and this includes lobbying for legislation that seeks to change the economic outlook in corporate South Africa and the broader society.

HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS?

  • Actively contributing to policy formulation and ongoing review to test policy effectiveness
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the pace of transformation (e.g. Transformation Masterplan)
  • Lobbying to accelerate the pace of targeted transformation towards an inclusive economy
  • Unlocking access to opportunities, funding and markets for black business in growth/new/previously protected industries (e.g. industrialisation, fin-tech, agri, renewable energy)

  • Thought leadership on the advancement of black professionals (women and youth) and comment on succession planning, employment equity, enterprise/ supplier development and skills development practices of companies
  • Partnering for research and advocacy
  • Informed and principled commentary on relevant current issues
  • Capacity building to enable deliberate socio-economic transformation
  • (Soon to be accredited) Acclaimed BMF Young Professional Development Programme
  • Skills development in preparation for the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Exchange programmes with local/international universities and other institutions of learning
  • Development of curricula for sustainable and systemic transformation
  • Tailored leadership development in partnership with Business Schools (e.g. Governance and Ethics; Inclusion and Diversity)
  • Placements of black professionals enabled by our Leadership Search service
Vision

The BMF vision is to be the foremost organisation in the development of managerial leadership and the advancing of socio-economic transformation in South Africa and beyond.

Mission

The BMF stands for the development and empowerment of managerial leadership, primarily among black individuals through the creation of managerial structures and processes that reflect the demographics and values of the wider society in South Africa. To do this we always keep our values at the forefront of our mission:

  • Ubuntu
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Respect
  • Effectiveness

OUR JOURNEY

ERIC MAFUNA
President
1976-1981
  '76 The first president of the BMF. Eric began to organise black managers guided by the Sullivan Codes
MARTIN SEBESHO
President
1981-1982
DON NCUBE
President
1982-1984
GEORGE NEGOTA
President
1984-1986
DON MKHWANAZI
President
1986-1991
  '86 Meeting with the political leadership on the ANC, PAC to elaborate a Post Apartheid economic plan to affirm the black majority
WISEMAN NKUHLU
President
1991-1995
LOT NDLOVU
President
1995-1999
  '96 Invited to be part of NEDLAC deliberation, during the crafting of EE Act.
Instrumental in the establishment of the Black Business Council EE Act.
  '97 Originated the Black Economic Empowerment Commission(BEECOM) which was then headed by Cyril Ramaposa under the auspices of the Black Business Council(BBC).
BHEKI SIBIYA
President
1999-2003
  '00 BMF National conference adopts a strategy to lobby for a national BEE Act.
NOLITA FAKUDE
President
2003-2006
  '03 Launched BUSA as a united force for black and white businesses. The first two CEOs of BUSA drawn from the BMF ranks.
MZWANELE MANYI
President
2006-2012
  '11 BMF at the core of numerous significant BEE transactions. BMF withdrew from BUSA.
BONANG MOHALE
President
2012-2015
  '13 BMF published the transaction Barometer research paper.
MNCANE MTHUNZI
President
2015-2018
  '18 BMF achieved a significant milestone through the introduction of transformation as one of the main requirements for listing on the JSE.
ANDILE NOMLALA
President
2018-Current
  '19 BMF laucnhed a litigation fund from which it can draw resources to litigate against gross violations derailing transformation effots in South Africa.

STRATEGIC FOCUS

Historically the BMF has always considered the trends that impact transformation in South Africa and as such, we have considered numerous perspectives. Through this, the prevailing trend has always been the lack of representation for black professionals and executives at top management levels. It is for this reason that our strategic focus emphasises the implementation of the Employment Equity and Affirmative Action Acts to rectify this.

The current three to five-year plan (2019-2021) aims to lay a solid foundation that produces well-trained black professionals who are able to help transform the socio-economic landscape.

Going forward - 2019 to 2021 will see the BMF focus on our position as a champion for transformation and managerial leadership in South Africa. We remain anchored in our five core pillars which are classified as follows:


1. Managerial Leadership Development

Our focus here is to expand the capacity of individuals to perform well in leadership roles. This means helping our members understand how to execute a company’s strategy and focusing on the importance of the development of human capital - which in turn creates a sustainable supply of critical skills which are vital to a thriving economy.


2. Socio-Economic Transformation

The BMF recognises the untapped potential of South Africa through its diverse cultural landscape and abundant natural resources. However, we also understand that economic disparity and unequal distribution of income is casting a shadow over this potential. 24 years since embracing democracy, South Africa is still faced with immense poverty. The BMF constantly seeks to focus on being a catalyst for socio-economic transformation in order to create long-term growth and stability for all.


3. Advocacy and Lobbying

The BMF has historically played an important role through advocacy to advance the national objectives of socio-economic transformation. This is one of the four pillars of the raison d’être of the BMF.


4. Membership Acquisition and Retention

As a membership organisation, the acquisition and retention of our members remains one of the BMF’s strategic occupations. In this regard, the organisation remains in constant pursuit of the attention of managers, professionals and entrepreneurs.


5. Youth and Women Empowerment

The social, cultural, economic and political emancipation and empowerment of women and youth is something we advocate for.

The BMF is committed to the emancipation of female professionals whom have subscribed to our organisation, as well as females and youth in the wider society. It is our responsibility to ensure that we participate in impactful outreach programmes that raises awareness and mobilises financial resources for children’s health and education, most especially that of the girl child.

Directors

ANDILE NOMLALA President
TASNEEM FREDERICKS Deputy President
MANDIZA MBEKENI Company Secretary
NTOMBOMZI NGADA Assistant Company Secretary
YONELA MVANA Provincial Chairperson
Western Cape
MPHO MOSEKI Provincial Chairperson
Gauteng
LUSANDA NCOLIWE Provincial Chairperson
KwaZulu Natal
EMANG MOCHWANAESI Provincial Chairperson
North West
DARELL LOUW Provincial Chairperson
Northern Cape
ANGY RAMAIPADI Provincial Chairperson
Limpopo
LILLY MOABI Provincial Chairperson
Free State
MFUNDO TSHEKETSHE Provincial Chairperson
Eastern Cape
MAWELA NDLAMLENZE Provincial Chairperson
Mpumalanga
TEBOGO KGOPA National Chairperson
Young Professionals
SONGEZO NOGWAJA National Chairperson
Student Chapter
ESETHU MANCOTYWA Additional Board Member
ACHUMILE MAJIJA Additional Board Member