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BMF Student Chapter Fees Statement

Black Management Forum Student Chapter Statement on 8% Fees Increment  for 2017

The Black Management Forum Student Chapter is disappointed at the level of incomprehension shown by the Minister of Higher Education and the South African Government on the announcement made of up to 8% fee increment for 2017. The call by students is loud and clear, students cannot afford the cost of higher education and therefore there should be no increase in fees for 2017 as we await the outcomes of the Higher Education Commission.

However, following the announcement by the Minister we acknowledged the efforts to address the missing middle class but even this in its entirety is not a proposal that can be viewed as a long-term solution.

As the BMF Student Chapter, we therefore call on the Minister to:

1. To announce an introduction of free education to the impoverished students in the country because in our view NSFAS remains a debt ring on many black students making it almost impossible for graduates to enjoy economic empowerment after their studies.

2. All members of SAPS must be out of our centres of learning to allow proper engagements amongst stakeholders that will not be influenced by the fear of being shot at should differences that arises.

The BMF calls on student communities to use peaceful demonstrations in all avenues of seeking and advancing their course. This call is made with clear understanding that a right of demonstration comes with responsibilities. We call on law enforcements to desist from using excessive power controls through this time of demonstrations.
The BMF Student Chapter recognises that government is strained financially but a country that does not invest in its most valuable resource will not be economical thrive in the future.

Issued by:

Melcome Mahlathini
National Chairperson of BMF Student Chapter
064 196 0605
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BMF Annual Conference Press Statement

Johannesburg, 16 September 2016

The Black Management Forum (BMF) is hosting their Annual Conference on Wednesday 5 October and Thursday 6 October. The Annual Conference brings together a number of senior managers, executives and business leaders from all provinces to meet and discuss, under a specific theme, current issues affecting the socio-economic transformation landscape and the development of South Africa. These issues are critical, pertinent, provocative and require intense interrogation by managers and leaders today. The conference aims to engage government, civil society and business leaders to finding solutions to these issues.

The 2016 Conference theme is: Making Transformation a Business Imperative. Transformation has been neglected and is in reverse gear. Business and other institutions have been subscribing to minimalist approaches as far as the implementation of transformation is concerned. It is evident that self-regulation in matters of transformation have clearly failed. However, transformation is the very instrument that we have leveraged as South African society to achieve the critical mass of the black middle class, to normalise our society, and to unlock opportunities for marginalised people and enterprises to thrive in our post-apartheid society. Transformation is good for business and it is fundamental for the de-racialisation of our economy and ensuring dividends of liberation and democracy to our broader society. 

The Conference is divided into four sessions with four specific themes, two on each day, that will be interrogated and deliberated on. The subthemes, pertinent to transformation are namely; Ownership as an Engine of Transformation, Significance of Black Management Control, Eradication of Policies Derailing Change and Principles Underpinning the South African Political Economy. Business leaders, political analysts, corporate executives and government leaders have confirmed to participate as panellists to tackle, address and lead the discussions in formulating solutions to these transformation issues that we continue to grapple with as a country. The ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe will give the keynote address and open the second day of the conference. Mr Mantashe has been tasked to mainly focus on the subtheme ‘Eradication of Policies Derailing Change.’ Other speakers who will address delegates are: Chairperson of Advanced Capital and Chairperson of MTN Zakhele Sindi Mabaso-Koyana (Ownership as an Engine of Transformation); Former BMF President and Chairman of Shell SA Bonang Mohale (Significance of Black Management Control); The Deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Ratsela (Eradication of Policies Derailing Change); CA-Governance Executive Theo Botha (Eradication of Policies Derailing Change); former Vice-Chancellor of UKZN Prof Malegapuru Makgoba (Eradication of Policies Derailing Change); EFF Deputy President Mr Floyd Shivambu (Principles Underpinning the South African Political Economy); and Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane Solly Msimanga (Principles Underpinning the South African Political Economy).

The Black Management Forum (BMF) seeks to elevate and locate transformation at the core of how organisations execute their business responsibilities. Transformation must be treated as seriously as we take exchange controls, corporate governance, accounting reporting standards or creation of shareholder value, it is only then that transformation would be a business imperative. Transformation should not be on the list of things to be done but in the culture and essence of running a business.

The BMF will also host their 40th Anniversary Celebrations alongside their Annual Achievement Awards on Friday 7 October. The Annual Achievement Awards Dinner honours and recognises South Africa’s most exceptional achievers and leaders that contribute to the advancement of transformation in the country. The dinner has been a major networking event on the South African business calendar, bringing together up to 1000 high profile guests from both the Private and Public Sector.

BMF members and non-BMF members are invited to attend the conference. For more information on conference packages and for online registrations, please visit the BMF website at www.bmfonline.co.zaMembers of the media are also invited to apply for conference accreditation at www.bmfonline.co.za

About the Black Management Forum

The Black Management Forum (BMF) has been in existence for 40 years. It is a non-racial, thought-leadership organisation with the main purpose of influencing socio-economic transformation in our country, in pursuit of socio-economic justice, fairness and equity. The BMF stands for the development and empowerment of managerial leadership, primarily amongst black people and the creation of managerial structures and process that reflect the demographics and values of the wider society.

For more information, please contact:

Anele Ndlovu Black Management Forum

Head: Marketing & Communications

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