The Black Management Forum Condemns the Hijacking and Kidnapping of PRASA Board Chairperson

Johannesburg, South Africa; 9 July 2018 

The Black Management Forum (the BMF) condemns the hijacking and kidnapping of PRASA Board Chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama. The BMF views the hijacking and kidnapping as criminal acts and strong action should be taken against those behind these acts. This investigation must be top priority for law enforcement agencies.

The hijacking and kidnapping were deliberate acts aimed at intimidating Ms Kweyama who is working hard in changing the current instability, ineffectiveness and inefficiency at PRASA. Ms Kweyama is known to lead and serve with integrity. As the SABC’s interim Board Chair, she was decisive and clear about the direction the SABC needed to take moving forward. She has brought this clarity and decisiveness to PRASA which should be welcomed.

These scare tactics are aimed at derailing the investigation of maladministration, corruption and state capture at PRASA. There are many who are opposed to the investigation and have now turned to senseless criminal acts to disrupt the investigation and progress in turning the entity around.

Ms Kweyama and her Board should be left to do their work without interference and to ensure that PRASA practices good corporate governance and that its leaders are accountable.

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Funeral Service for the Late Former Black Management Forum Deputy President, Gavin Pieterse

Johannesburg, South Africa; 20 June 2018

On Saturday, 16 June 2018, the country woke up to the sad news of the passing of Mr Gavin Pieterse. Mr Pieterse passed away on Friday, 15 June 2018.

Mr Pieterse served the Black Management Forum (the BMF) with pride in its endeavours to influence the country’s socio-economic transformation in the interest of justice, fairness and equity. Mr Pieterse was the Chairperson of the BMF in the Western Cape and member of the BMF Board. He served as the Deputy President during the late Dr Lot Ndlovu’s Presidency. He also deputised President Ramaphosa in the BEE Commission.

To celebrate his life and contribution to society, the Pieterse family request the honour of your presence at the funeral service:

Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018

Time: 13h30 – 16h00

Venue: Parktown North Methodist Church

A private burial ceremony will take place after the funeral service.

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The Black Management Forum Corporate Update Gala Dinner 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa; 11 June 2018

On Friday, 8 June 2018, the Black Management Forum (the BMF) hosted its Annual Corporate Update Gala Dinner. The Corporate Update Gala Dinner is a platform for the organisation to celebrate its existence and relevance as well as to engage and share its progress with the private and public sectors. The Dinner was attended by over 700 high profile guests from the private and public sector. The programme was directed with poise and grace by CNBC Africa anchor Nozipho Mbanjwa. Bongi Mvuyana and her band provided the entertainment which had guests on their feet and singing along to golden oldies. 

This year, the Dinner was celebrated under the theme: Ethical Leadership as a Catalyst for Transformation and Inclusive Economic Growth. The keynote address was delivered by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan. “The process of transformation is not easy; it is a contested terrain. Transformation requires leaders to take a stand at the frontline of the contest,” said Minister Gordhan.

In his welcoming remarks, the BMF President Mncane Mthunzi stressed the importance of ethical leadership especially at this current stage in our country. “We need ethical leadership to be anchored in transformation and in unlocking inclusivity to drive a growing economy. We need a leadership that protects the dignity of all its people, including those that with it. We need a leadership that loves its people and that puts them first,” commented Mthunzi.

The main sponsors of the BMF, 3Sixty Financial Services Group Chief Executive Officer, Khandani Msibi and Standard Bank Group Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala also addressed the guests. They spoke to the theme as well as the relevance of their relationship and partnership with the BMF.

The BMF Managing Director, Thabile Wonci presented the corporate update. The corporate update is a channel used by the organisation to share its’ highlights, progress and work completed in the previous financial year. The update is also a platform for corporate sponsors and members to see where their financial and non-financial support and partnership have gone to.

Alongside the corporate update, the BMF bestowed the BMF Black Excellence Leadership Awards on South Africans whom it recognises for their business acumen and outstanding leadership and professionalism in their respective industries.  The recipients of the 2018 BMF Black Excellence Leadership Awards were Deputy Auditor-General, Tsakani Ratsela, Economic Freedom Fighter National Chairperson, Adv Dali Mpofu and retired Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke. 

Ms Ratsela received the award for being a visionary leader, a transformation agent and personifying excellence.  Her commitment to ethics and good governance resonates with the BMF’s position on corporate governance and ethics. She is a shining example of a BMF type of leader.

Adv Dali Mpofu was bestowed the award as his excellence matches the BMF’s expectation of black leaders. He was recognised for being a consistent professional and for the embodiment of excellence in the legal fraternity.

Former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke received the BMF’s highest honour, the BMF Presidential Award. The BMF honoured Justice Moseneke for his accomplished and impeccable career. His professional conduct, thorough execution of his responsibilities and his dedication to serving South Africa’s democracy in a variety of ways have been a source of inspiration to the BMF, many black professionals and the rest of society.

The BMF is proud to be associated with the awardees who committed their unwavering support to the organisation as the BMF continues to advocate for socio-economic transformation and the development of managerial leadership.

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