Johannesburg, South Africa; 3 April 2018

The Black Management Forum (the BMF) mourns the sad passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Mam’ Winnie, as she was affectionately called, was a struggle icon who played a phenomenal role in striving for freedom in South Africa. She was a champion freedom fighter; a heroine.

The BMF will remember Mam’ Winnie for her courageous and selfless leadership having defied repressive laws especially those associated with patriarchy.

Mam’ Winnie was a fore-bearer for gender equality and was dedicated to women emancipation and empowerment. She was an inspiration to many women across the country who had to head up their families when their male relatives were incarcerated.

The ideals that Mam’ Winnie lived and fought for are equivalent to the mandate of the BMF of influencing socio-economic transformation in South Africa, in pursuit of socio-economic justice, fairness and equity. In 2007, the BMF bestowed on Mam’ Winnie a “Lifetime Achievement” award for exemplary leadership and bravery in leading the country to freedom and democracy.

Mam’ Winnie may be gone but she will never be forgotten.

The role she played in fighting for freedom and democracy will forever be engraved in our hearts. 



About the Black Management Forum

The Black Management Forum (the BMF) has been in existence for 41 years. It is a 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 and the creation of managerial structures and processes 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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