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INTERVIEW

Advocating for a fundamental shift Andile Nomlala, Provincial Chairperson of the BMF Western Cape, outlines the measures taken to move transformation forward.

Andile Nomlala

Please outline the main objectives of the Black Management Forum. The Black Management Forum in the Western Cape has positioned itself to be a catalyst for transformation in a province where our recent past still finds expression in how companies are run but also in how we relate to one another. This requires a fundamental shift in mindset that the BMF continues to advocate for. What is the BMF’s current focus? We have two main focus areas. To continue to advocate for greater representation of black professionals in corporate Western Cape through the promotion of laws such employment equity. We have established an HR desk that provides talent placement services within companies. Also, to fast-track enterprise development through cooperation with corporate Western Cape and other relevant stakeholders.

BIOGRAPHY Andile Nomlala has more than nine years’ experience as an entrepreneur. His business investments cover industrial properties, valet services and a financial services company, Deposit4U. His background is in investment and finance. He holds an Honours degree from the Graduate School of Business (UCT): a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice and an MBA, Executive. Andile was recently recognised by the Independent Media Group as the finalist in South Africa’s Top 100 young independents in 2017: Innovator category. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

What are some of the BMF’s most recent achievements? The establishment of our branches in Century City with the support of ABSA Bank and in Cape Town through Allan Gray, PwC, Engen, Woolworths and Old Mutual, driven by the increased membership. The launch of the Transformation Forum, one of our key legacy projects. Hosting the inaugural Black Excellence Awards addressed by former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke. The awards showcase black managerial excellence. The various categories include Business Personality of the Year, Progressive Company of the Year and Manager of the Year. How would you characterise the relationship with civil society, labour unions and government? The BMF is a non-partisan organisation and we welcome engagements with all types of organisations if there is common ground. We also welcome individual members from different sections of society and organisations. We always first seek to cooperate, and then contest where we are not satisfied with measures taken. Case in point: we engaged Parliament and the Presidency on the appointment of the NYDA board. We have been involved in arbitration efforts for the #Feesmustfall movement with a view to finding a lasting solution. Our strategy consisted of bringing all relevant parties together.

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Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

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