Johannesburg, South Africa: 15 March 2019
The Black Management Forum (BMF) welcomes Edcon’s decision to appoint Mr. Mncane Mthunzi as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Coming at such a critical time of the Group - when most organisations would have opted for the ‘familiar’ and the more of the same - Edcon’s decision, in the Group’s own words, affirms Mr. Mthunzi’s “wealth of experience and an illustrious career as a Corporate Executive and Director in a variety of business sectors, which includes transport, industrial products, information technology and Government.”
“This appointment serves as a touchstone of value at a time when some in our society appear to cast doubts over the moral compass and competence of Black Executives in South Africa” says the BMF President, Mr. Andile Nomlala. The BMF, steeped in its tradition of personal modesty in accomplishment, seldom celebrates its own members. Let alone any of its Presidents, past or present.
The forum strongly believes that many Black Executives and Professionals are individuals of talent and competence who would, in a normal society, succeed without the very policies that the BMF advocates for. However South Africa is not a normal society as far as race and gender equity is concerned, particularly in Corporate South Africa. “Mr. Mncane Mthunzi is no stranger to this abnormal corporate environment, he is a committed change agent; an effective business leader and a courageous advocate for transformation with enormous personal energy” said Mr. Nomlala.
The BMF wishes Mr. Mncane Mthunzi well in his new portfolio and congratulates the Edcon Group for its foresight and commitment to transformation.
Johannesburg, South Africa: 14 March 2019
The Black Management Forum (the BMF) is delighted with the appointment of Ms. Mpumi Madisa as the CEO Designate of the Bidvest Group. Ms. Madisa’s long journey and extensive experience within the Group positioned her as the best choice for this role.
“We are pleased about Ms. Madisa’s appointment. We acknowledge the deliberate efforts made by Bidvest to recognize and promote black talent within their business. It is our hope that they will continue to make concerted and deliberate efforts in ensuring that they advance transformation where it matters most, at executive level in consistence with our BMF position” said the BMF President, Andile Nomlala.
“The BMF is further encouraged by the Bidvest Group’s commitment in advancing black female professionals, indeed in so doing they are demonstrating their seriousness about not only succession planning but also gender diversity within the executive management team. In addition, we are pleased by Bidvest’s efforts of developing the black talent within to take over the business in the long-term. This is a move that’s highly commendable and we would like to make a plea as the BMF to all other companies to follow this great example” Nomlala continued.
The BMF extends its well wishes to Ms. Madisa and pledges its unwavering support to her as she’s in the preparatory process to ascend into her new role.
Johannesburg, South Africa: 28 February 2019
The Black Management Forum (the BMF) which is at the forefront of advocating and lobbying for transformation within Corporate South Africa is pleased with the appointment of Ms. Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Zikalala to her new role as the Managing Director for De Beers Group Managed Operations. Ms Zikalala’ s extensive background and experience in mining and more especially within De Beers positioned her as the best choice for this role.
“We are delighted about Ms Zikalala’s appointment. It is very encouraging to see a deliberate move from De Beers to not only promote and advance black talent but also noting the support that will be provided to her by a head of operations. It is our hope that De Beers will continue to make concerted and deliberate efforts in ensuring that they advance transformation where it matters and mostly at the executive level,” said the BMF President, Andile Nomlala.
“The BMF is further encouraged by De Beers efforts to transform the business whilst consolidating its operations. By so doing they are demonstrating their seriousness about succession planning and respect for black talent and leadership” Nomlala continued.
The BMF extends itswell wishes to Ms Zikalala and pledges its unwavering support to her as she ascends into her new role.