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CONTENTS INTERVIEWS

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UPFRONT

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Nolwazi Nzama - Head of Operational Risk for Personal and Business Banking, Standard Bank SA

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Shimoné Pretorius - Chief Compliance Officer Customer and High Net Worth Clients and Head of Compliance SA

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Lesego Serolong - Standard Bank Top Woman of the year 2020

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Leila Fourie Takes The Bull By The Horns – How Investing In Africa Is Getting Upgraded

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Dr. Glenda Gray – Member Of The Ministerial Advisory Committee, Updates Us On Covid-19, A Vaccine And Developing Immunity

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Felicity Hudson Talks Telemedicine – Discovery’s DrConnect Platform Enables Remote Interaction With Healthcare Professionals

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Run Your Career Like A Business – Shirley Machaba, CEO at PwC, On Maintaining Good Work Ethics

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Meeting Challenges Head On – T-systems’s Dineo Molefe On Work/Life Balance

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Be The Best Informed Person In The Room – Alexandria Procter Explains The Story Behind The Digs Connect Startup

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Sweeping Clean – Aisha Pandor on Businesswomen and Entrepreneurial Activity in SA

Contributors and credits Featured clients Editor’s letter Foreword: Funeka Montjane, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer & High Net Worth Clients at Standard Bank Group Ltd. Foreword: Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive Officer at Standard Bank Group Ltd.

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Business Beyond Profit – Lianne du Toit addresses impactful leadership

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Project Pink Flamingo – Dr. Liana Roodt On Being A Passionate Breast Surgeon In SA

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Standard Bank Top Woman In Property 2020 – Yael Geffen Is Artfully Uniting Extraordinary Properties With Extraordinary Lives

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Seeing South Africans Thrive – Rachel Kolisi Is Helping Women Live More Purposeful Lives


EDITORIAL

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Honouring Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

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Total Technovation – Celebrating Leading Women Innovators in The SA Tech Sphere.

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Business Support Service Sector Overview Sponsored by AIMS International

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Be Deliberate - Embrace a solutions-focused mindset - 12 Tips for Success

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Conflict at Work - Strategies for overcoming differences in the workplace

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Safety First - What is psychological safety and why is it important in the workplace?

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Retrench-proof Your Life – You Can Come Out Of This Pandemic Stronger Than Before

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Women In Sustainability – Drivers Of Climate Change Solutions

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Top 12 Influential Young Women To Watch Out For In SA

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RETRENCH-PROOF YOUR LIFE

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Annual Round Up – Top 6 Wealthiest Women in SA

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Top 5 SA Companies Implementing Gender Policies – Investing In The Necessary Tools And Processes For Accelerating Growth

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Going Beyond Awareness – Top SA Companies Take Accountability During 16 Days of Activism

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Designing Workplace Support – Helping Colleagues Fight Against Gender Based Violence

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Celebrating Young Trailblazers – Top 12 Influential Young Women To Watch Out For In SA

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Accelerating Education Systems – SA Women Take Charge

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The New Normal – Times of Uncertainty and Crisis Have Proven To Ignite Great Innovation S TA N D A R D B A N K TO P WO MEN L EAD ER S 3


CO NT E N TS

16 TH EDITION TOP WOMEN LEADERS

COVER ICONS

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ENSURING WELLNESS DURING COVID-19 AND THE AFTERMATH

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INDEX

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LIFESTYLE

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Managing The Situation – E nsuring Wellness During COVID-19 And The Aftermath

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Become An Effective Communicator – P roven Ways To Ensure You Are Heard

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Project Management Toolkit

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Money Matters – A Holistic View On Money Management For Female Entrepreneurs

EVENTS

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Standard Bank Top Women Conference and Awards 2020

AT THE BACK

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CLIENTS

ACCA Global

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Kellogg’s South africa

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Afrocentric Health

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Kopano Ke Lesedi

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AIMS International South Africa

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Kumusa Consulting

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Maredi Technologies

60

Business Support Services Sector Sponsor

Apex Business Systems

212

Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership & Governance

152

Aspire Solutions

176

Motheo Tvet College

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MSHEQ

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Nissi Human Capital Solutions

196

On the Ball College

215 198

AstraZeneca BAT Black Royalty Minerals

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Downtown Music Hub

210

Partners In Performance

Ekurhuleni West Tvet College

166

Pinnacle Human Capital Consulting

92

Elangeni TVET College

162

Polmed

37

Enel Green Power

199

React 24

FASSET

168

SA Tourism

25

Foundation for Professional Development

113

SERVEST

74

Gert Sibande TVET College

164

Standard Bank

1, 5, IBC

63

Stenda Trading

97

Gijima Group Limited

204

Gubhani Exploration

206

T-Marc Holdings

Harmony Gold Mining Company

104

Take Note IT

53

Health Science Academy

190

Tata Consultancy Services

47

Hermajesty Projects

208

Triplo4

Illovo Sugar South Africa

202

Tshimologo Executive Group

Imperial

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University of Mpumalanga

Implats Platinum Holdings

114

Vaxowave

Infinite Transportation

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Zimasa Travel

Kazi Capital

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ZonkeTech

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E D I TO R ’ S L E T T E R

EDITOR’S

Letter

The year 2021 has started off with cautious optimism – after

2020, most of us are of the view “the proof of the pudding…”. But the good news, is that vaccines have landed/are arriving, and now we need to ensure enough of us are inoculated

to ensure herd immunity. The President of the SA Medical

Research Council, and principal investigator for the South

African contribution to the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine trial, Professor Glenda Gray, has warned that the ramifications of possible COVID-19 variants without global vaccination are “too terrifying to even think of”.

From what I have read, there needs to be a concerted

education campaign to counter the conspiracy theories from

the fake news peddlers - which are many and varied, although the one thing they have in common is that they are all bizarre, including the one that espouses the notion that the vaccines contain micro chips and are being used to control the world – and that COVID comes from 5G towers. Once we have

reached global herd immunity, hopefully no one takes a bite out of a pangolin – or was it a bat? – ever again.

Topco Media, like many other businesses pivoted completely towards digital during 2020 – and it gives me great pleasure to introduce our 16th digi mag edition of Standard Bank

Top Women Leaders. The cover reflects some of the iconic

individuals who have led the way in the gender empowerment journey, celebrating gender transformation in South Africa.

This bumper edition includes interviews with Top Women leaders such as Funeka Montjane (Standard Bank Group), Glenda

Gray (South African Medical Research Council), Leila Fourie

We also have articles on Top Women leaders in tech,

sustainability and education, as well as a lifestyle section that contains tips and advice which we hope you’ll find

useful. The piece on Top Young Women achievers shows why we have so much to look forward to - as does the

celebration of the Standard Bank Top Women Awards and Conference; both events were held digitally and reflect what is possible when there are no limitations.

This publication would not have been possible without

the incredible team I work with: production director - Van Fletcher, editor - Charndré Emma Kippie, designer -

Christine Siljeur, and traffic manager - Daniel Bouwer. We hope you enjoy the read. #Be safe

#Gratitude

(JSE), Shirley Machaba (PwC), Felicity Hudson (Discovery

Ltd), Rachel Kolisi (Rise Women) Aisha Pandor (SweepSouth), Lianne du Toit (YPO) and Magda Wierzycka (Sygnia Ltd).

S TA N D A R D B A N K TO P WO M EN L EAD ER S 11


SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE ON OUR CONTINENT Funeka Montjane Chief Executive Officer, Consumer & High Net Worth Clients at Standard Bank Group Ltd. Worldwide, over a million people have lost their lives to COVID-19. Families have lost loved ones, people

who were dear to them. In many cases, people have also lost individuals who were the hope of their

families, their breadwinners. This pandemic has had a devastating impact on the lives and on the livelihoods of our people. I too have experienced a devastating loss. I lost my mom to COVID-19. This loss that is

closest to my heart has left me in disbelief. What

is grounding me is the gratitude that I have for the time we did have with her.

“WE ALSO HAVE TO THINK BEYOND SURVIVAL. WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THRIVING.”


S UPPO R T I N G T HE PEO PL E O N O UR C O N T I N EN T - FUN EK A MO N TJANE

From a business perspective,

highest profit or even the lowest

We also must think beyond

at a significant portion of all its

providing the best support to

about thriving.

the African continent has lost

economic activities. Things were starting to get better in level one, but we are nowhere near where we need to be.

Our real challenge is - how do

we make sure that we survive as human beings and how do we

make sure that our businesses

ultimately also survive? We want

to be the bank, which, across the

continent, has the highest number

of customers who survive through this time with their businesses

intact and their livelihoods intact. One thing that I’m personally passionate about is that

Standard Bank is an employer which puts the safety of our people first. However, more

than anything, very close to my heart, is the ability to continue

to pay all salaries to secure the livelihoods of our people. Over the last nine months, we have continued to pay a hundred percent of all salaries.

As an organisation, we want to

create the highest value for our shareholders. Success is not

about the one who has got the

loss. Success, right now, means

F O R E WO R D

survival. We must think

the people of our continent.

We need to think about how

This is because if the people of

we start making pivots in our

our continent and the businesses

business models to ensure that

of our continent do not thrive,

our business is in fact future

we all don’t have a future. There

ready. We also need to think

are over 2 million people who

about how we prepare the next

have lost their jobs. There are

generation of women and our

many women out there who have

children that do not have access to

children to be ready to thrive.

the internet and therefore cannot

I am hoping that we can use

There are also many families

leadership. Perhaps we can pivot

attend online school classes.

this time we are in to redefine

who can’t afford groceries.

success and leadership away from wanting more and more

Therefore, it seems to me that

and make it more about giving.

one of the biggest courageous

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we

conversations that we need to

could all go back to our original

have, is that we can’t only be

communities to truly understand

talking about ourselves. We

who they are and what is it that

must realise that we are part of a

broader community. Conversations

really matters to them?

are now more important than ever.

We must also start having a

need to have are centred around

success and leadership for the

Some of the conversations we

questions such as, how are we

young women and young men of

going to survive? How are we

going to help each other? How do we help our businesses survive?

How do we make sure that we can get out of this so that we can live, and continue to pay school fees

conversation which redefines

and buy groceries for our children?

this country and this continent,

so that ultimately humanity can continue to thrive and survive

through this time. I believe that

ultimately, leadership is giving by creating additional value that will grow our continent.

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UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF OUR WOMEN Sim Tshabalala Chief Executive Officer at Standard Bank Group Ltd. I firmly believe that society cannot truly prosper if

women are not fully empowered and on the same footing as men.

Working towards gender equality is, of course a moral obligation. It’s absolutely the right thing to do – and it also makes economic sense. By denying a group

that accounts for more than half of Africa, and indeed half of the world’s population, their full rights and

opportunities, we are simply holding back growth and human development.

We’ve made great progress over the past few

decades - better representation of girls and women

in our education systems, governments and private companies, and a lot of female presence in senior decision making positions. However, there’s a risk that the COVID-19 pandemic will hinder our progress.

“WE CANNOT LET THE PANDEMIC HALT OR REVERSE THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE IN TERMS OF GENDER EQUALITY”


UN L O C K I N G T HE PO T EN T I A L O F O UR W O MEN - S I M T S HA B AL AL A

F O R E WO R D

We’ve all seen distressing reports of girls

Further, the UN Women, HeForShe

We are providing the women in the

women are likely to bear the brunt of the

target of at least 20% female chief

and access to affordable technology,

being forced to drop out of school. And

economic downturn. We also know that

while access to funding is central to the

survival of many small businesses, amidst the pandemic, women entrepreneurs

face significantly greater obstacles than

men when it comes to accessing financial

initiative inspired us to set a

executives within the company by

made in terms of gender equality. The Standard Bank remains committed to playing its part and to building on the

Banking, which aim to align the

the involvement of men.

movement. These include critical

reverse the progress that we have

by the UN Principles for Responsible

equality would only be achieved with

alarming rate in 2020 with the national

We cannot let the pandemic halt or

and finance projects. We are guided

important understanding that gender

We have launched a range of

lock downs and curfews.

so as to increase access to markets

2021. HeForShe is rooted in the very

services. We also saw that instances of gender based violence increased at an

programme with entrepreneurial skills

strategies of the banking industry with society’s aspirations as expressed by the Sustainable Development Goals

initiatives to support the HeForShe

and other international frameworks.

conversation sessions, debates

We are focused on doing business the

equity, sessions to engage men in

and sustainable growth.

about various aspects of gender

right way and on supporting inclusive

conversations about gender, and the ongoing focus on leadership

Standard Bank’s purpose is to drive

development for women.

Africa’s growth - this is only possible

if women are truly empowered. While

gains that we’ve made in recent years.

We recently launched the African

We are continuously making sure that we

empower woman asset-managers who

are working to improve the representation

of women in senior positions in our group. Indeed, at the end of 2019, women held 37% of board positions and 40.3% of

senior management positions. Yet we

are fully aware that this is not sufficient. It’s just not enough.

We are working to meet,

and hopefully, exceed

our targets in the years

ahead. We aim to have

women holding 40% of the group executive positions by 2023.

Woman Impact Fund, which aims to

are willing to invest in female owned businesses across the continent. The fund aims to raise a total of $100-million.

Another exciting initiative focuses

specifically on the agricultural sector in Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda in partnership with

UN Women. We are addressing

gender gaps in the sector while also

COVID-19 poses risks to the progress towards gender equality, it has also

given us all an opportunity to reflect on the kind of future that we want.

As we work through the crisis, we

need to be empathetic leaders who

search for innovative solutions to the

challenges we face. These are qualities

that many women possess, which is yet another reason why we need to ensure that women are better represented in decision making in society.

improving the industry’s resilience

If Africa manages to fully unlock the

aims to reach a target of over 50,000

economy will defy even the most

to climate change. The programme women in three years.

potential of its women, the continent’s optimistic growth forecasts.

S TA N D A R D B A N K TO P WO M EN L EAD ER S 15


“AFRICA IS OUR HOME AND

we drive her growth”

N o l w az i Nz am a Head of Operational Risk, Standard Bank SA By Fiona Wakelin

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As the Head of Operational Risk,

Nolwazi Nzama supports CE Funeka Montjane in managing the risk

associated with the personal and

business banking business. We spoke

to her about housing the nation, career angels and wealth creation.


N O LWA Z I NZ AM A

WHAT IS YOUR PORTFOLIO AT STANDARD BANK AND HOW DO YOU MANAGE OPERATIONAL RISK? Essentially banking is a business where risk is taken in return for reward. Our primary job is to enable businesses

to identify risks, understand them and

then deliberate whether they are within their appetite of risk pursuant to the

rewards they are pursuing. We ensure the sustainability of the business by balancing the interests of the bank

and our customers ensuring that the

interests of all parties are being met. We endeavour to be the conscience to the business. We are a regulated function, but we thrive to provide a

service whereby even if we weren’t

regulated, businesses would still want to have us around because they see the value in the engagements we

provide. The beauty of us is our job is

to enable conscious risk taking for the

bank, which inherently means we do the same for customers - because without

our customers there is no bank. So we manage the friction between ensuring

great customer experience and the risk

associated with delivering it. We ensure products delivered to customers meet

not only regulatory standards, but that the interests of our customers have

been met. Our performance is measured not only on the bank’s losses, but on

“imposter syndrome” – which I have never

to challenge myself to make sure

has been the opportunity the Bank gave

This means moving away from a victim

felt at the Bank. My greatest highlight

me to be the head of Affordable Housing Business Unit and Head of Credit at

Affordable Housing. Affordable Housing strategy around lending and collaboration with government concerning the delivery of housing solutions and funding to the majority of South Africans. We played

through their subsidy policy – FLISP – and helping government deliver houses to the masses of hard working South Africans who wanted to own their own homes

in as a middle manager and have been

able to work my way through the ranks. A

lot of women struggle with a degree of the

lives – however small. When I look at

South Africa today, I look at what I can do to dilute the racial polarisation in

the country and contribute to a general black and white – to the have nots. I

sometimes have feelings of guilt and

am constantly looking for opportunities in both my personal and work life to

my biggest milestone, you could say, is

Most of the people who have contributed

the nation! We say in Standard Bank

and white – I call them my career

that Standard Bank allowed me to house that Africa is our home and we drive her

growth and for me that role made me fall

in love with Standard Bank. I choose to be in banking because I know what it does

and I’d like to make a big difference to the lives of people.

to my career have been men – black

angels. And I will measure the success

of my career on the number of women to whom I was a career angel.

WHAT TRENDS HAVE YOU NOTICED OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS IN TERMS OF APPETITE FOR CREDIT

IN YOUR CURRENT LIFE JOURNEY,

APPLICATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA?

WHAT PARTS OF YOUR EXPERIENCES

There has been greater access to credit

ARE UNIQUE TO YOU AND GIVE YOU A VALUABLE PERSPECTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO BEING A FEMALE LEADER AND IMPARTING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

how do we find more ways to lend to more businesses? We need to make bigger inroads. That is the biggest

to a head in this pandemic where so

back and realise the real problem in

many businesses are taking strain.

race but the gap between the haves and have nots. As a black African female I have to admit that I am a “have”. I

may have come from a history of being disadvantaged, but once I was able

to acknowledge that I am now a have,

for financially active people in SA – but

challenge which has been brought

TO THE NEXT GENERATION?

South Africa is not necessarily one of

place for me to work and develop. I came

in turn means I have the agency to

remedy that by making a difference.

and the dignity that comes with that. So

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE

Standard Bank generally has been a great

mind-set to an empowered one – which

sense of responsibility of the haves –

a big role in helping government think

It is quite ironic when you take a step

CAREER AT STANDARD BANK?

others become similarly advantaged.

make a difference in other people’s

essentially is the BU that deals with the

customer losses – two sides to one coin!

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS IN YOUR

I N T E RV I E W

what comes with that is a responsibility

When you lend you go through a form of statistical analysis based on the

probability of repayment. We, therefore, continue to struggle with lending to

small businesses in particular. That is

the problem statement we are going to

have to solve if we are going to get this economy back on track.

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I NT E RV IEW

N O LWA Z I N Z AMA

DO YOU THINK WE ARE DOING ENOUGH IN TERMS OF FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION AT SCHOOL LEVEL? We obviously aren’t! My father always told me “From your first salary save R100” – and I now understand why. He also said “Don’t get addicted to

the smell of a new car – it is such a

bad idea.” I wish we could find ways

we could teach the majority of South

Africans to understand the difference between a value adding asset and a

the 7th August. We made delicious

the financial trajectory of the family.

a wonderful fireside chat. Gender-based

money into households where there

drinks which we shared virtually and had violence – GBV - felt so much worse this August – so we were discussing how to help colleagues who may be suffering at home, as well as how to help those

among us who are grieving from the loss of loved ones. Different but meaningful.

Plus, during COVID I have channelled were retrenchments.

THE TOP WOMEN 2020 “BRAVE CONVERSATION” NARRATIVE IS AIMED AT SHOWCASING A CULTURE RESET WITHIN THE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SPACE, WHERE

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE

STANDARD BANK IS CHALLENGING

KEY CSI INITIATIVES THAT YOU ARE

THE STATUS QUO AND HOW THE

INVOLVED IN?

ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY IS

value eroding one. We need to find ways

I have an awesome team – team Jenga

VIEWED – AS A LEADER AND A

literacy, but to live it. We need to get

and this year we funded a few initiatives:

to not only teach our youth financial

better at wealth creation in South Africa. People are working hard, but they are

just surviving. Wealth creation is not an over night thing – it is the result of self discipline, the ability to deny yourself

instant gratification and being consistent in adhering to the big decisions you

make. Financial literacy and wellness is

(a Swahili term which means to build) an old age home; a church; an animal

shelter – supporting the vulnerable. On

We are currently looking to identify a

the burden of feeling they are failing

By and large women struggle with

university student whom we want to

someone when juggling home and work.

sponsor from next year.

that resonate with me but am currently

HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE WOMEN’S MONTH? It was so different this year. I celebrated it with my team; the gentlemen in the

team arranged a lovely celebration on

ARE SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT STILL NEED TO HAPPEN?

difference. You need to have a healthy you have enough and you’re okay.

FOR WOMEN MEAN FOR YOU? WHAT

this year we did that in our own gardens.

On my side, from a citizenry point of

relationship with money and know when

WHAT DOES RESETTING THE CULTURE

Spring Day, we usually plant trees so

similar to physical and personal wellness in that being disciplined makes all the

STANDARD BANK TOP WOMEN,

view, I contribute to various initiatives sponsoring funds to towards a few

families where the children are studying

in tertiary, but their primary breadwinner is a security guard earning minimum wage. I sponsor items such as data

and some groceries for their children

as if you can scale the number of bread

winners within a family, you can change

How do we enable women to manifest their dreams without the feeling that it

is at the expense of… This means that in corporate and the civil service we

need to create environments that allow for the flexibility for women to make

trade offs that they are comfortable with. COVID-19 has proven that this can be

done. We need to focus on delivery and not on how the delivery is executed. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED? I was raised with the view that you are

blessed to bless others – so I would like

“ F inancial literacy and wellness is similar to physical and personal wellness in that being disciplined makes all the difference. You need to have a healthy relationship with money and know when you have enough and you’re okay.”

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to be remembered as someone who is a

blessing, no matter how small, to others. I believe we all come into this world with a purpose and I would like to think I was able to nudge some people to fulfil that purpose and be whatever they came here to be.


S HI MO N E PR E TORI U S

“TH E R E IS N O O NE M O R E Y O U- ER T H A N

THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS WITH STANDARD BANK’S

I N T E RV I E W

yo u ”

When Shimoné joined

Standard Bank SA 14 years

ago she was completely new

to banking and, having come

from a regulatory environment, this was a major adjustment. At the time she was thrown

into the deep end by having to assist with the implementation of the National Credit Act

across Standard Bank SA

(SBSA) - a huge learning curve and an amazing experience.

We asked her about some of her major highlights with the

Bank over nearly one-and-ahalf decades.

“Each one of my role changes

has been a highlight. With each change I received more and

S h i m o n é P re t o riu s

more exposure. Being fortunate enough to form part of Isabel Lawrence’s Exco team and at the same time joining

Funeka Montjane’s Exco

was like having the best of

both worlds. Being led by two

Chief Compliance Officer Consumer and High Net Worth Clients and Head of Compliance SA, Shimoné Pretorius speaks about the limitless possibilities for women – and keeping your chin up so that your crown stays on. By Fiona Wakelin

dynamic female leaders, who are respected throughout the

entire organisation, is a growth opportunity that you cannot

find anywhere else. I have the privilege of getting involved in

the client centricity journey and assisting the teams in making

a real difference to the lives of our clients.

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I was part of the VUKA experience

On a more personal level it has been a

and like every other person, balancing

for me personally. It taught me

Bank at a time when Compliance was a

effort. It has however taught me to have

and it was an absolute eye opener compassion. It taught me to look at the person as a human being

and not just someone I work with. I also had the privilege of attending the immersion in Ghana - that experience was priceless and

changed my outlook on life forever.

It was the one single experience that had the biggest impact on my life.

It really showed me what it means to be happy and content and that

old cliché of “happiness isn’t getting what you want, it is being content and satisfied with what you have” became real for me.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGES AND BENEFITS OF YOUR ROLE? We are still in a male dominated

environment and it will take time to get to a position where equal work

and equal reward becomes a reality. As women we will for a long time

continue to feel that we must work

harder than our male counterparts to get the same recognition. This is not an SBSA challenge, it is a country wide challenge. Having said that,

SBSA has made big changes from

a gender equality perspective. Men are encouraged to partake in the

“HeforShe” campaign, and they do,

because they have the best role model in Sim Tshabalala. Sim doesn’t only talk the talk, he also walks the walk

and you can see from his actions that

challenging journey. I walked into the

small element of something we did. It has grown to become a focus area across

the entire Group. My initial challenges

were to win the trust of the Business, to build relationships and convince them that Compliance is not a handbrake,

but rather an enabler and we want to

work and life becomes a continuous

more compassion and empathy with

other people and in particular women. We are the backbone of society and it

is important that we see each other as

human beings before we see the person in their role as an employee.

walk the path with them. We want to be

As women we must support each other

about their income statements and our

than to criticise. I always try to look at

part of their business and we also care clients. After 14 years I can honestly

say that we have accomplished this. We form an integral part of the day to day

operations of the Business. They respect our views and they know we understand their products, challenges and clients. I also had some major challenges in my personal life and the support from my

leader and my team got me through it and ensured that I remained focused.

and aim to uplift each other, rather

individuals knowing that I don’t know their personal situation. I don’t know

what happens at home and how they are stretched in their family life. I do

attempt to bring the personal and human element into my team and invite the

women to share their heartbreak and

happy moments, if not in an open team, then in a one-on-one with me.

IN YOUR VIEW, HOW CAN WE The benefits to this role are endless. I get to interact with the most amazing

people. I get to be part of the end result

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF YOUNG WOMEN TAKING STEM (SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND

of actions and products that impact the

MATH) SUBJECTS AT TERTIARY LEVEL?

input adds value and that my knowledge

industries where these subjects are

lives of our clients. I get to see how my

Women who have already cracked

is appreciated. Standard Bank has

critical to their roles, should get close

created an environment for me to grow and enjoy what I do on a daily basis.

IN YOUR CURRENT LIFE JOURNEY, WHAT PARTS OF YOUR EXPERIENCES ARE UNIQUE TO YOU AND GIVE YOU A VALUABLE PERSPECTIVE WHEN IT COMES BEING A FEMALE LEADER AND IMPARTING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

he is dedicated to this campaign. It is

TO THE NEXT GENERATION?

big organisation putting his heart and

but I am a single mom with two lovely

refreshing to see a leader of such a

I wouldn’t brand it as completely unique,

soul into this.

daughters. This in itself is challenging

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to young girls at school level and

mentor them. The stigma around these subjects being male dominated must be removed. It is also important that we teach our girls from a young age

that there is nothing they cannot do. Men can become top chefs, women can become top engineers and

scientists. There is no limit to what

women can do. Your gender does not

determine your abilities or your future. This message must be made clear to girls from a very young age.


S HI MO N E PR E TORI U S

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“ T here is no limit to what women can do. Your gender does not deter mine your abilities or your future.” THE TOP WOMEN 2020 “BRAVE

WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO

CONVERSATION” NARRATIVE

YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?

IS AIMED AT SHOWCASING

I’m looking forward to seeing how

my 2 daughters grow up, find their

A CULTURE RESET WITHIN

purpose in life and flourish. I enjoy

THE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

travelling and would like to travel

SPACE, WHERE STANDARD

more with my mother.

BANK IS CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO AND HOW THE

From a career perspective I am

ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY

excited about the new venture that

IS VIEWED – AS A LEADER

Sim has created with the introduction

AND A STANDARD BANK

of the new architecture. I think we are

TOP WOMEN, WHAT DOES

going to enjoy the new challenges

RESETTING THE CULTURE FOR

and we are going to be given an

WOMEN MEAN FOR YOU? HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHANGES

WOMEN’S MONTH?

THAT STILL NEED TO HAPPEN?

By looking after myself. I also joined

Standard Bank has demonstrated that

But it was important to me to focus on

not only in the workplace but also in

a few of the webinars the bank set up. me in this month and to make sure I

am in a position to care for others. It is so easy to let yourself go. But it is

treated as such. I believe a workplace

comes with the position is huge. It has a negative impact on your health and you need to be aware of this. Long hours

OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO

created by Sim you can see that.

quickly realise that the stress factor that

SURVIVE? • YOU’VE GOT THIS.

sprint. Woman are unique and should be should cater for that uniqueness without side-lining our male colleagues.

Women want to grow, not only in their

day and it is important that we are given

focusing on that will assist greatly. We

the correct tools to deal with those. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED?

As someone who assisted other women

to reach their full potential and be the best they could be. As a caring person who

looked beyond the exterior and focused on the inner happiness of people.

• Never give up. Keep your chin up so that your crown stays on.

• Always show up. No matter how bad

things are, get up, put your lipstick on, and show up.

and stressful situations are the issues

we are confronted with as women every

DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOUNG WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

society. If you look at the new Board

Obviously, it is a journey and not a

the female leaders in the bank you will

in people’s lives.

they care about women and uplift them

so dangerous. If you speak to some of

opportunity to really make a difference

• Be yourself. As Dr Zeus said, “nobody

careers, but also as people - and

are individuals before we are mothers,

is more you-er than you”.

• One of the most inspirational quotes I

wives, leaders, employees. If you uplift

have ever seen is “Here’s to women,

environment, it will show in their

may we raise them”.

women in their society and personal

careers. The impact on a household of

having meetings which last until 7pm at

night is different when you are a woman compared to your male counter parts in that same meeting.

may we know them, may we be them, • For me personally the most

important thing you can do is to

look after yourself. You cannot look after anyone else if you are not ok.

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RA IS ING H O PE , BREA K I NG GR OU ND

Standard Bank Top Woman of the Year 2020, Lesego Serolong Holzapfel is a

2019 Tutu Fellow. She was listed as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 South Africans

and received the Trail Blazer Presidential Award. She is CEO and founder of

Bokamoso Impact Investments. Lesego

completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Social Policy and Development at The

London School of Economics and Political

Science (LSE). Together with her husband Neil, she founded Raise the Children in 2008. Lesego, being a South African orphan herself, has always had a deep desire to give back to the community that raised her and to mentor and empower the many that share her story. Lesego is passionate about agriculture and

African leadership as part of core

entrepreneurial drivers.

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Lesego Serolong Founder and CEO – Bokamoso Impact Investments By Fiona Wakelin


L ES EG O S ER O LONG

out of the box and to further develop the

IN 2017 YOU WON THE

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF

STANDARD BANK TOP WOMAN IN

YOUR MAJOR STRIDES AS A

AGRICULTURE AWARD. HOW HAS

BUSINESSWOMAN – AND HOW HAS

THIS IMPACTED ON THE WORK

SIMPLYBLU AFFECTED YOUR JOURNEY?

YOU DO?

Simply Blu helped us quickly setup

It has given me a broader platform to share my story and entrepreneurial

journey with ordinary South Africans and young entrepreneurs. The

recognition has certainly challenged

me to think deeply and meaningfully

about ways we could use business as a catalyst for sustainable social and

economic impact. i.e. how we care for

those who work for us and help support our vision.

It has also challenged me to hone my skills set and be more open minded,

focusing on what I do well and learning to delegate - something we sometimes struggle with as entrepreneurs. I have learned to be more adaptable, as

things can change pretty quickly across all industries globally - COVID-19 is

a perfect example. Business requires authenticity, resilience, grit and commitment to a vision.

It’s often easy to share the positive side of

entrepreneurship/business,

when in fact, we don’t often

hear about the hardships we go through to get to where

we are today. Being in the

spotlight has afforded me an opportunity to share

more about Bokamoso’s successes, being more vulnerable

about our setbacks and failures at the same time.

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honey brand by creating new distribution channels & identifying more beekeeping

farmers to develop, in order to boost our volumes of locally produced, traceable

our initial e-commerce presence for

honey and provide much needed

our honey brand, Bee Loved Honey, a

social impact brand under the Bokamoso umbrella; which identifies, trains and

revenue opportunities to our beekeeping farmers to ride out the Covid crisis.

supplies rural beekeeping farmers with

IS IMPACT INVESTMENT THE

buys back harvested honey through

AGRICULTURAL SECTOR?

honey to end consumers – Bee Loved

the future. In order to fully unlock this

source for the rural beekeepers, while also

invested in rural farmers, manufactures

beehives (manufactured in-house), then

WAY FORWARD FOR AFRICA’S

offtake agreements, and distributes the

I see Africa as the bread basket of

Honey provides a new sustainable income

potential, we need to find capital to be

repopulating dwindling bee populations,

and food entrepreneurs at the bottom

which are critical for food security.

of the pyramid.

• SimplyBlu is hosting our

HOW DO WE EMPOWER RURAL WOMEN TO ENSURE AFRICA BECOMES

e-commerce platform.

THE BREADBASKET OF THE WORLD?

• The establishment of a food

We will empower women through capital

manufacturing and packaging

investment, access to information/

company. The thought that adding

opportunities, mentorship and skills

value to your product through

packaging and processing could earn you extra money, really excites me.

development to empower them to thrive in their farming enterprises. Often rural women are overlooked and rarely are

afforded development opportunities due

Partnership with the Mine Workers

to communication barriers and access.

Development Agency, UNISA and

Rural women need to be prioritised as

support from Standard Bank through

the Standard Bank Africa Derek Cooper Scholarship programme.

they play an important role in creating

job opportunities in far flung areas and contributing to the economy.

HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED BOKAMOSO IMPACT INVESTMENTS?

YOU ARE THE CO-FOUNDER AND

As a result of companies closing and

CHAIRWOMAN OF RAISE THE CHILDREN

people working from home, our sales

INTERNATIONAL. PLEASE DESCRIBE THE

drastically came down. However, our

WORK DONE BY THE NPO.

did far better than we had imagined, as

International, an NPO which identifies

local honey brand, Bee Loved Honey,

I co-founded Raise the Children

consumers started seeking out more

orphans from impoverished and rural

healthy, immune boosting foods such as honey; The pandemic forced us to think

communities of the North West Province

and mobilises resources for these children

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I NT E RV IEW

LE SE GO SE R OL ONG

to gain access to higher education that

HOW IMPORTANT IS SERVANT-

leads to employment and public service

LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD TODAY?

Raise the Children identifies high

advancing the world. Active citizenship

with a high return on social investment.

I believe we each have a role to play in

potential orphans from the rural parts of

and servant-leadership are an integral

South Africa and sends them to private, secondary boarding school. It currently supports over 40 of these “diamonds in the dust” with 14 of our graduates

currently enrolled in tertiary institutions. We have a 100% tertiary exemption

rate for our matrics for the last 2 years. Our scholarship programme offers not only quality education, but integrated

personal and career development through mentorship, and exposure to unique

people and places. Raise the Children unleashes these servant-leaders to

transform the trajectory of their lives, their families, and their communities. Here are a few examples:

Thato is a young man from Manyeledi village where our agri-incubator was

started -he’s a recent Honours graduate in Applied Mathematics and Information

Systems at Rhodes University South Africa and currently works for KPMG. Sharon, a University of Pretoria graduate with a

diploma in Social Work, works for a non-

profit organisation serving a disadvantaged township in Pretoria. And Kholiswa is a

part of building our societies and making the world a better place.

I’m inspired by the JF Kennedy quote “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Through the work I am doing in

agriculture, business and education, I am playing my part in positively

shaping the future of our country. DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOUNG WOMEN OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE AS ENTREPRENEURS, ESPECIALLY DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES? Entrepreneurship is not easy and often a lonely journey. Don’t be afraid of

failure. There is a lot of wisdom we can draw from our failures, which will often prepare us for our next steps. I know a lot of businesses are hurting right

now. However, take time to rest and surround yourself with mentors and positive people you can talk to.

student at the University of Mafikeng who

Be flexible and willing to explore new

achievement and final year political

will require you to recalibrate your

just won a Golden Key award for academic

opportunities, even in a crisis. This

science student at NWU- Mafikeng.

business model, throw away what is

There is plenty of talent hidden within

love, and is breathing life into you.

I wanted to create a scholarship that

the goal - you can do this!

rough, who will make an impact in their

Bokamoso is a social enterprise

effect. As an orphan myself, I could

impoverished rural populations of South

remote, rural areas of South Africa.

focuses on identifying diamonds in the

community and thereby create a ripple

relate to understanding their position of vulnerability. The best gift you can give to an orphan is that of education.

not working and reinvent. Do what you Have faith, stay strong and focus on

dedicated to connecting the

Africa to economic opportunities using

diverse agricultural and entrepreneurial platforms as change catalysts.

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Bokamoso seeks to contribute to the attainment of the following:

• Food security in rural South Africa

and SADC by increasing commercial food production.

• Increasing agricultural (arable) land productivity, enhancing sector competitiveness and business eco-system,

• Investment in sustainable value chains through access and opportunities locally and export markets, • Poverty alleviation and

economic development.

Bokamoso offers consulting services to clients in the Agriculture, Public Policy, Social facilitation and

Entrepreneurship areas. One of our exciting projects to work on is the Sernick Emerging Farmers Jobs

Fund. Bokamoso is a social facilitator for the project, aimed at increasing cattle productivity, and increasing

household incomes of participating

smallholder farmers in South Africa. Bokamoso Foods, a subsidiary of

Bokamoso Impact Investments, is a 100% black women owned food

and beverage company. The mission of Bokamoso Foods is to bring the

delights and health-benefits of highquality beverage products to the

world. The company offers a bespoke

blending service dedicated to creating

beverage blends that are unique to our establishment. In addition to its own

packaging specifications, Bokamoso also does contract packaging for

small and major clients. Bokamoso’s main business line is the in-house

manufacture, custom packaging and

distribution of quality beverage solutions to its customers within the catering, mining, and corporate industries.


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L EI L A F OU RI E

I N T E RV I E W

TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS - H OW INVESTING IN AFRICA IS GETTING UPGRADED Leila Fourie, Group CEO, JSE, is using her wide-ranging experience and

interactions in South East Asia and

the way that technology advancement is

moving in today’s rapidly-evolving world.

Australia to redefine what capital markets

KEY TAKEAWAYS TO LISTEN OUT

a reimagined investment community

1. Often our careers, achievements

and investing will look like in Africa –

FOR IN THIS PODCAST

accessed through cutting edge fin tech,

and failures are a culmination of

By tapping into the potential of AI, block

ourselves have to tell - our approach

platform that works for every South African,

lessons we’ve learned from those

untapped capital markets and SMMEs.

our upbringings and the stories we

chain and fin tech to deliver an investment

to life can be very rooted in the

the focus is shifting to not only increasing

who came before us.

the current number of great companies

For the last 25 years Leila’s business career has spanned working in consulting, investment banking, retail

2. Sometimes enquiry is more powerful

that are already listed on the JSE, but

than advocacy, and in the same

from elsewhere in Africa, the Middle East,

powerful than telling.

banking and capital markets. Her

diverse experience has been acquired

also to aggressively attract investors

sense, sometimes listening is more

Eastern Europe and South-East Asia.

3. As business women, we are privileged in a society with many underprivileged

In this Top Women podcast, Topco CEO,

women who have either not had

who has held the position of CEO of the

opportunity to build their careers.

Ralf Fletcher is in conversation with Leila JSE since October 2019. With a career

in some of South Africa’s leading

positions and directorships of global

that spans more than 25 years, Leila has

emerging markets have, is that we are

systems, consulting, investment banking

- we have a very real opportunity to

wealth of knowledge not only in the realm

5. Technology advancement really comes

and retail banking. Leila brings with her a

attract international investments.

of business, but also on an interpersonal level. She uses her experience, both

locally and globally, to implement new

director. Leila has also served as

board chairperson. Over the course of her career, Leila has gained

experience in turnarounds, set up of

divisions within a multi-national

advancements . In this podcast, Leila

organisation; launched new products;

discusses how our roots and experiences

established and closed down joint

are what shape us and how we, as

ventures; advocated on national

Africans, are in a very unique position at

policy matters; and maintained

this time, where there is much space for

in order to achieve optimal success and

executive director and managing

established new global and local

to stay up to date with new worldwide

way we need to approach leadership roles

Her board roles have included

two new Greenfields organisations;

strategies in all of her roles, making sure

us to do good. She also considers the

portfolios, local boards & US boards. that of non-executive director,

down to the culture that leaders create to enable it.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Leila has held senior executive

4. An advantage that Africa and

able to leap frog legacy technology

Accenture, Standard Bank and the Through the course of her career,

the opportunity for education or the

worked in the capital markets, payment

companies in these fields, including

existing revenue producing and CLICK HERE

support functions. Leila holds a Ph.D. in Economic and Financial Sciences.

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NRF A-rated scientist, CEO and President of the South African Medical Research

Council (SAMRC), Professor Glenda Gray is a qualified

paediatrician, co-founder of

the internationally recognised Perinatal HIV Research Unit in Soweto and is one of the experts on the Ministerial

Advisory Committee, co-chaired Professor Salim Abdool Karim,

currently advising government on how to combat COVID-19. The

committee includes professors

from a variety of health, infectious diseases, epidemiology and other specialities.

We caught up with Glenda

Gray and asked her for an

Glen d a Gr a y

Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, updates us on COVID-19, a vaccine and developing immunity

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update on COVID-19 in South Africa:


G L EN D A G RAY

THE NEWS REGARDING THE EPIDEMIC CHANGES BY THE HOUR. PLEASE GIVE US THE LATEST UPDATE ON THE EPIDEMIC – AND THE PROJECTIONS GOING FORWARD. WHEN DO YOU

lasts and what the predisposing risks are

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

re-infection looks like. We are still trying

But to quieten my mind I am reading

for re-infection, and what the course of

I read a lot of news, all the time.

to understand this epidemic, and the

a biography on Bob Dylan. I have also hauled out all my Salman Rushdie

natural history of COVID-19.

books, and have started re-reading

THINK IT WILL PEAK IN SA?

The Golden House.

As winter begins we can expect to see

HOW DO YOU RELAX?

both influenzae and COVID-19. We will

works, to relax. I am also re-reading one

an increase in hospital admissions for

I am listening to Bob Dylan, his early

experience the epidemic in winter, and

of his biographies. He takes me back

hopefully towards spring, the epidemic will start to ease up.

to my childhood and my life as a young adult, and his lyrics are inspirational. I

like my treadmill in the garage, and that sorts my head out, and calms me.

WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON THE

The risk adjusted strategy is the most

sensible approach to both manage the epidemic in South Africa as well as open up the country for business.

IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE DAY HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT? I am trying to learn to have down

time, walk in the garden with a cup

of tea, and now more recently, spend

INCREMENTAL APPROACH OF EASING THE LOCKDOWN?

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Together with my daughters, we planted a vegetable patch, and I get great

delight in eating the chillies grown in my own soil!

10-15 minutes attacking that puzzle sitting on my dining room table. I

have put a chair on my balcony, and

last night, with the new moon, Orion’s Belt was out in all its glory.

I like to walk in my garden in the early morning with my tea and inspect the

IN YOUR OPINION, ONCE

flowers and trees. I am learning the

SOMEONE HAS HAD THE VIRUS AND RECOVERED, WILL THEY HAVE

value of gardening which is something I have neglected all my life. I am also

DEVELOPED IMMUNITY? People who have had the virus will

trying to do a puzzle on Van Gogh’s

develop immunity, however we are

hearing reports of re-infection, so we still need to establish how long the immunity

Starry Night, which is incredibly difficult,

but triggers paths in my brain that do me good..

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PR O F I L E

A F R OCE N T R I C HEALTH

AfroCentric Investment Corporation Limited (AfroCentric) is a black-owned, investment holding company which is substantially invested in healthcare. AfroCentric was established in 2008 and is listed in the healthcare sector on the JSE.

“Clustered companies have been shown to enhance collaboration, increase productivity and encourage infrastructure sharing. Clustered businesses can learn more from one another through organic knowledge transfer,” explains Banderker.

AfroCentric is the most diversified health group in South Africa, and through its operating subsidiaries, the Group provides: health administration and health risk management solutions, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products, IT solutions, wellness and primary care offerings.

AfroCentric’s clustered approach is not only reflected in how operations are structured, but also in the nature of its brands, which can be used for a range of specific health-care needs.

As AfroCentric we are proud of the gender empowered representivity in our Group: • 70% of our employee workforce is female • 47% of our leadership team (GM level) is female • 2 out of 5 of our executive directors are women • 4 out of 9 of our non-executive directors are women • We have made investments of over R800 000 in bursaries for female students • Over R 21-million has been invested in training female employees • There are over 129 female candidates in our learnerships, apprenticeship and internship programmes

1. THE HEALTH ADMINISTRATION CLUSTER led by Dr Lungi Nyathi and Johan van Rooyen Led by Medscheme, this cluster continues to be the main revenue driver at AfroCentric — for now. Under this umbrella, the group looks after just over 3.8-million people, mainly in SA, but also in other Southern African countries.

The company is also humbled to have pledged to fund programmes on gender

based violence and prevention of femicide in South Africa, an initiative of the Honourable President of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa. Integral to our commitment to the NSP Implementation, AfroCentric is further committed to making the world of work safe and free of violence and harassment.

At its core, the group comprises three distinct clusters:

2. THE PHARMACEUTICAL CLUSTER led by Gawie Erasmus This cluster is driven by Pharmacy Direct, a pharmaceutical retail logistics business that distributes chronic medication to private and public beneficiaries countrywide. It consists of wholesaling and manufacturing capabilities, under subsidiaries ScriptPharm, Curasana and Activo Health. Pharmacy Direct has

RESOURCES, REALISING SYNERGIES AfroCentric’s collaborative structure is reflected in its operations as well as its brands.

already dispensed more than 10-million prescriptions in 2020. The Covid -19 pandemic has led to a growing number of patients opting for home deliveries instead of visiting the stores to collect their drugs. The schemes love this business model as it ensures greater drug adherence, and thereby prevents hospitalisation. Activo Health, specialising in importing and marketing generic pharmaceutical products, trades in all sectors of the pharmaceutical industry and is a key contributor to AfroCentric’s overall strategy.

Group CEO, Ahmed Banderker, points out that structuring the group according to clusters is the most efficient way to elicit the synergies across subsidiaries and acquisitions.

3. CORPORATE SOLUTIONS CLUSTER led by Andrew Edwards The newest addition to AfroCentric’s cluster approach, corporate solutions, focuses on

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primary care, occupational health & safety, and wellness. Corporates have their own strategic objectives, and need a health-care partner that can cater for the interdependent business needs of the employer and its medical scheme. The new economic climate means that delivering financial value to employers and their employees is not simply a “nice - to -have” anymore. Leveraging capabilities throughout AfroCentric and across all its subsidiaries, new solutions can be provided that will increase employers’ savings and add direct financial value to employees. This is only possible because of AfroCentric’s integrated model. Business-minded solutions that have been developed include: • Client services that demonstrate value to the employer, employees and scheme members; • Managed care that delivers on agreed clinical and financial outcomes to the benefit of schemes and their members (these outcomes would also have a positive impact on the employer’s health investment); • Employee wellness solutions that boost productivity, reduce absenteeism, help improve employees’ physical welfare and revitalise their mental and financial wellbeing. A partnership with Sanlam to relieve financial stress Through its joint shareholding of AfroCentric Healthcare Assets with Sanlam, AfroCentric

delivers results-orientated financial wellness solutions to foster staff health and financial wellness behaviours. The financial wellness solutions offer staff access to credit coaching, with the aim of improving employee financial status. Financial Stats • Listing on the JSE in 2008 with a turnover of R1.2bn, AfroCentric has increased its turnover more than three times that to R4bn. • Recent results show an almost 22% rise in revenue, and growth of 19% in profit after tax for the financial year to end-June 2020. • AfroCentric declared a final dividend of 17c an ordinary share for the last financial year — despite a tough final quarter marked by the national Covid-19 lockdown.


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MPUME MONYELA, HR DIRECTOR, AFROCENTRIC GROUP

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW APPOINTMENT AS HR DIRECTOR FOR THE AFROCENTRIC GROUP. WHAT EXCITING

so where skills attraction and retention of talent is of major focus. On top of mind are: global mobility policies and practises, leadership competency enhancements, employee experience, incentive schemes, turnaround strategies, and culture build initiatives. All have impacted business in a significant way. The real success has been the adoption and implementation of these initiatives by business.

PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR 2021? Thank you! It’s early days, more so given the pandemic we’re living in. I’m excited about 2021, though - another year of flexibility and evolution. I am even more excited to be part of the AfroCentric Group.

Another aspect that is very close to my heart is Human Capital personnel serving as ambassadors of the brand; walking and talking ‘the talk’. The impact, thereof, has been tangible and significant thus far.

In general, I sense that there is a greater need for adaptability and flexibility, in managing the circumstantial and rapidly changing business needs, be it through innovative technology, service expectation, creative solutions or employee experience. The excitement is about being timeous and relevant to situations.

MAJOR SETBACKS? It depends on what the setback is. I have no set rules, and I tend to deploy a ‘call it’ strategy that works in each circumstance. The synergy on all my dealings is based on two questions: ‘What is the setback?’ and ‘What does it mean for me, the people I care about and the environment?’ The answers to these questions always determine my course of action.

Zooming into business, AfroCentric as a diversified healthcare business, has grown significantly in the past 4 years, and it continues to transform healthcare and significantly contributes to the country’s sustainable health and welfare. In a variety of conversations with different stakeholders, the message is that 2021 will be the year of business integration and value chain optimisation. This, from a Human Capital perspective would mean a major focus on leadership expertise, as well as health intelligence competencies and capabilities, whilst the business is kept afloat. So, I envisage that my Team and I will continue to align our efforts to the business goals and objectives, whilst being cognisant of all the external factors that impact us. WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE HR SECTOR? The development of a variety of HR frameworks, particularly in the last 4 years, has been an achievement of note, more-

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HOW HAS TECHNOLOGY IMPACTED DEVELOPMENTS IN HR? Technology is changing HR in both positive and negative ways, and keeping up with these changes can feel overwhelming. We have seen how HR technology streamlines internal processes, providing employees with direct access to benefits, payroll, retirement and lately more apparent learning tools. The positive spin of this evolution is HR transformation moving from a traditionally intensive paper base to more strategically focused and business aligned functions. An increasing number of user-friendly technology systems on the market, like Manager Self Service (MSS), is providing business leaders with easily accessible realtime data, making the process of decisionmaking seamless. It also provides insight into

the people and culture arena, beyond just statistics, indicating trends and behaviour. On the adverse side there is always a question on whether as HR we are effectively managing the explosion of technology. It is therefore of utmost importance that as the HR community we surf and we introduce to business what is relevant, mitigating the management burden and influx of irrelevant information that does not talk to the improvement of efficiencies and effectiveness in organisations WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? Companies are starting to relook their strategies around what talent to buy and what to rent. The rental approach (outsourcing of certain skills/ services) within a value chain is predicted to be something of high demand in the future. Therefore, I encourage female entrepreneurs to brush up their unique and in-demand skills and get into the market. In our country, we already have a transformation strategy under Broadbased Black Economic Empowerment in our reach, as a vehicle that supports female access to the broader economy. These are well-covered under skills development, procurement and enterprise development. It is my view that, as women, we have not fully absorbed some opportunities within this framework. We need to initiate the support we require, show up, present ourselves and continuously support each other - particularly on business startups. Those who have crossed the bridge need to be cognisant of the role they can play in assisting millions of other women through coaching, mentorship, partnerships, and networks, in order to open economic doors.

Website: www.afrocentric.za.com

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INTERVIEW WITH

DR ANNA MOKGOKONG: INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SA ENTREPRENEUR HOW DID YOU OVERCOME YOUR MAJOR

Dr Anna Mokgokong is the Founding Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings and the Afrocentric Health Group Leaders in sustainable healthcare. Dr. Mokgokong also holds multiple noteworthy accolades, as well as additional executive portfolios and directorships at some of South Africa’s foremost organisations. A seasoned corporate, who currently serves on the board of four JSE listed companies, she has served as a Director of JSE companies. Since 1997, she has steered a business empire which spans healthcare, technology, logistics, mining and energy, infrastructure and property development. AS A QUALIFIED DOCTOR HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO FEED THE ENTREPRENEURIAL PASSION YOU HAVE HAD SINCE CHILDHOOD? I started my first formal business as a medical student, whilst studying. After qualifying as a medical doctor, I focused on the healthcare aspect of business, as a sector to invest in. Later in 1992, I moved into the corporate side of business and, post democracy, entered the mainstream economy sector with CIH as an investment holding company. Healthcare has remained a huge interest to me. I’m very passionate about it and my investments have been focused in that sector. The ethics of a ‘healthcare worker’ underpinned my values in my business life, and have guided it.

SETBACKS? First of all, it’s important to not lose hope, even though setbacks can be painful, unforgiving and frustrating. You have to learn to reflect on the way you conduct your business; interrogate your business model, be flexible to adjust and adapt, and consult experts - taking their advice and always being prepared to learn. I’ve been in business for almost forty years now, however, I’m still learning every day. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE DEFINING MOMENTS OF YOUR CAREER? Coming from a family of teachers, I’ve always been passionate about education, as a liberator and as an enabler. Hence, my involvement in academia, my chancellorship and also receiving an honorary doctorate in Commerce, was humbling and fulfilling. When I raised my hand in the Hippocratic Oath, and qualified as a doctor, that was a huge milestone for me. At that moment I knew I had to live to serve, more than be served. In the late 80s, establishing a community clinic was not only heart-warming, but fulfilling. I also have to mention that receiving accolades makes one feel good; it’s therapeutic, makes you reflect on your life, and it has been impactful for other people to recognise that the business exists and makes a difference. WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? • Believe in yourself, be passionate about what you do, and if you are not passionate, try to find your true passion because that is the engine that will drive your enthusiasm during hard times. Passion is the fuel you’ll need to enable you to get through

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challenging moments. Also, never allow people to trample on your spirit, your soul, nor your self-esteem. • Be humble about your achievements as narcissism doesn’t work, - it’s an irritation. Life is not centered around you only; it’s about inclusivity around your support system and those people also need to be acknowledged and recognised. • Do a lot of research, also, on the work you do, the sector and its future, to ensure that you do not invest energy in obsolete or dying technology. • Keep a network of peers who are in the same business; there’s a lot to share amongst each other without necessarily competing. • Inquire about causes available in your community, society, as well as in the country, and be purposeful towards this. • Develop a strong support base around you. • Live within your means and keep up the faith and hope! IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE DAY HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT? I’d like to spend more time thinking, meditating, planning, and strategising rather than leaping and putting out fires. I would also like to be more spiritual, and spend more time on strengthening my spiritual being, because I’ve realised that is the pillar of one’s being. In life you can never say you have enough. And one keeps going and running, however, one needs to pause and lead a more fulfilling life. Also, I’d focus on mentorship. How I wish I would have time to mentor our young ladies who have so much potential.


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DR LUNGI NYATHI: RE-ENGINEERING THE PROVISION OF HEALTH CARE Dr Lungi Nyathi is Managing Executive of Clinical Risk and Advisory for the AfroCentric Group. Qualified as a medical doctor, Lungi is a Managing Executive in Medscheme, specialising in Clinical Risk and Advisory. Lungi is responsible for developing and enhancing the health risk management strategy, new products and solutions, clinical and health risk thought leadership, and public health strategy. Lungi originally joined Medscheme in 2010, and successfully led the business unit responsible for Managed Care for the Government Employee Medical Scheme, as well as Aid for Aids business units, until 2015. PLEASE GIVE US AN OVERVIEW OF YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING MANAGING EXECUTIVE FOR THE AFROCENTRIC GROUP. It has been a fascinating journey. The first 5 years of my life was rooted in GEMS managed care, from various perspectives, and I ended up running the entire unit and service (from operations to strategy for this client). This gave me an in depth understanding of the business, and the role touched so many players in the health care industry. Then, I took some time to go into the healthcare consulting space, at a specialist actuarial firm, where I could engage with the industry and healthcare data from a different perspective. I was then approached to return to AfroCentric and Medscheme, as an Executive Director, looking after the overall managed care strategy. This role is all about doing extensive work to reduce the cost of healthcare, reengineering the way care is provided, improving the health outcomes of our client schemes, developing costing and new benefit design of scheme options, and overall industry stakeholder management.

WHAT CHANGES IN TRENDS HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR SECTOR OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS? Healthcare, overall, has remained fragmented, with care episodes not being coordinated between one healthcare interaction to another as service providers work on their own to provide care to the person in front of them for their own practice. This adds more costs to the system, and we are doing extensive work to improve this. We are also seeing an increase in the use of technology (from digital tools to use of wearables) in the delivery of care, itself, and for improving health care outcomes - especially for those with chronic conditions. More and more people want personalised care. From using their own genetics, to identify their own risk factors - people want treatment options that are tailored to them. WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR BIGGEST MILESTONES? Leaving clinical practice, and entering the private healthcare and corporate space, was a key transition in my career, and was absolutely the right one because I care more about affecting the healthcare system versus only the individual patient. Leaving Medscheme, after having been so rooted in the GEMS, business was good because it enabled me to be assertive, sharpen my skills and ask some questions about the direction I would like to take my career in. There have been a few transformational projects that I have been able to lead, which have involved a greater focus on using technology (such as automation) to change how we improve output and deliver health outcomes. These have included changing how we manage hospital events, how we

work with data to deliver reports to clients, chronic disease outcomes, and now plenty of work regarding COVID. HOW DID YOU OVERCOME YOUR MAJOR SETBACKS? One of the things I feel strongly about, is looking at things head on and honestly. I tend to try and be thorough about this; look at the things that are for me to own, get inputs from a variety of people about what the issues may be, and unpack the details of the matter if it is not people-related. Then, I try to go through or around the obstacle in order to move forward. It sounds so easy when one speaks about it, but it is often a raw and messy process that requires courage and hard work. WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? Look for partners to collaborate with who may have components that you need to enhance your work and help you overcome challenges. This will mean that you may have to let go of the vision you originally had, and that is okay. Even if it means taking on a temporary job for a short period, while you rework your business plan, your wellbeing and survival is key for the long-term success of your business. IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE DAY HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT? There is always lots happening; finding time to reflect and review is never enough, and one has to fight for it. As a leader, this time is critical and may accelerate the organisation.

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Discovery is a shared value insurance company whose purpose and ambition are achieved through a pioneering business model that incentivises people to be healthier, and enhances and protects their lives. The shared value insurance model delivers better health and value for clients, superior actuarial dynamics for the insurer, and a healthier society. This unique approach has underpinned Discovery’s success globally, with substantial new business growth and an impressive increase in normalised operating profit and headline earnings.

international growth. We’ve celebrated 25 years of Discovery, changed the face of behaviour linked incentives in announcing Active Rewards with Apple Watch and creatively launched new exciting ambassador partnerships, taking over the streets of Sandton for a sprint with Wayde van Niekerk and surprising

Caster Semenya at our building with the Soweto Gospel Choir. Some of the most memorable moments are often in the day to day interactions though, seeing how we’re able to positively influence people’s lives, and in striving to convey our genuine intention to deliver shared value and exceptional service to clients.

The reputation of a person or business is priceless. Since joining Discovery 6 years ago in the strategic role as Head of Reputation Management, please share with us some of the exciting milestones and memorable challenges you have experienced. Discovery is a truly entrepreneurial environment, and because the business moves so quickly five years have flown by. When I first joined, I would hear the word ‘launch’ ripple through the marketing department, and it took me a while to comprehend its significance, but I soon came to understand that it represented an incredible driving force that is embedded into the company’s DNA, alongside the clear values and purpose. A commitment to innovate, to bring new products to market regularly every year. It’s this deep-rooted drive for continuous improvement which has shaped many exciting moments for us as a communication team. We’ve used London as a platform to make ambitious announcements – targeting an increase in activity levels amongst 100 million people over the next few years, and revealing the economic impact of exercise, to support Vitality’s

Telemedicine: Discovery’s DrConnect platform enables remote interaction with healthcare professionals

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FEL I C I T Y H U DSON

One of the most important tools in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic has been clear, transparent communication. As Head of Reputation Management for Discovery, please comment on this and give us some idea of how you see your role and the initiatives you have undertaken, particularly during this time. I’ve been grateful to be part of the Discovery family over the past month, for many reasons, but chief among them, the humility of our leadership and commitment to respond to this crisis with relevance and compassion. This of course contributes enormously to our ability to communicate quickly and authentically. With the news focus shifting daily, we have an important role to play in providing accurate and informative content. While our main focus is on inspiring positive action through our communications, we also constantly invest in correcting mistruths and misperceptions. I was thrilled to see the government introducing tangible measures to deal with the spread of fake news at such an important time. I hope we’ll see a rise in appreciation for credible news platforms through all of this, alongside the innovation and use of digital media. As a simple example of leveraging digital platforms to effectively share expertise, we created a frequent webinar for doctors. It is has worked brilliantly, connecting thousands of healthcare professionals on the front line to experts in the country and abroad who share insights and clinical updates as they evolve. Social isolation and lockdown are key to containing the spread of the virus. Discovery and Vodacom have partnered to provide #OnlineDoctorConsultations to all South Africans, leveraging network and technology

platforms of both entities. Please speak about this initiative. Telemedicine has been central to the fight against Covid-19 in many countries, and with the aim of minimising the risk of exposure for patients and doctors, the online doctor consultation platform gives anyone access to a doctor without needing to travel to a doctor’s rooms. It’s a simple but important intervention, as it reduces contact and potential exposure. Discovery has been investing for several years in its DrConnect platform to enable remote, convenient interaction with healthcare professionals, and this has been opened up to the whole country during the pandemic. And to make it free for anyone to use, Vodacom and Discovery have collectively contributed R20 million to pay the doctors for their time. It’s a unique contribution which we hope plays a tangible role in the country’s response to the virus. Now more than ever people the world over are looking for inspiration. Discovery has some amazing Vitality Ambassadors like Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk. How important do you think this is and what role do you see them playing currently and post-COVID-19? Our ambassadors play a key role at a time like this, because people admire them, they are in a unique position to educate and spread positive messages. While sports audiences may have gone down, sports remains one of the few platforms able to reach a massive audience in a fragmented entertainment market. Athletes have more direct access to audiences than ever before, which they can use to build their personal brand — making them even more valuable for securing commercial revenue sources beyond their regular salaries. Brand ambassadors and influencers are likely to maintain their powerful ability to

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connect with audiences, to inspire and uplift individuals, as we navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Please give 3 tips for successful communication. Understand your audience (and know what they’re looking to hear), crystalise and simplify your message, and time it well. All three couldn’t be more relevant than during a global pandemic. How do you relax? I’m a keen equestrian, and religious about riding three to four times a week. It’s a complete escape. On weekends I’m either competing or going on a long outride through the dusty roads of SunValley in Kyalami, with the chance to enjoy a view that stretches across Johannesburg. What are you reading? I enjoy novels with historic relevance and I’ve just started If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi, based on the true story of Russian, Polish and Jewish partisans trapped behind enemy lines during the Second World War. If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it? Exercising. One of the best things about working for an organisation that

is naturally geared to improve people’s health, is that it translates into an active healthy way of life, especially at work, with movement built into the design of the building and tasty healthy meals I could grab on the go. But pre-Covid I would still find it difficult to dedicate time for cardio and stretching – both crucial to one’s mental wellbeing, as Vitality has tried to show during this stay at home period. Without the commute, in this new world, it is easy to Google an online aerobics class or join the pilates classes my sister-in-law is now giving from London and I’m hoping to stick to the routine.

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CHANNEL AFRICA THE AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

Channel Africa is South Africa’s international public broadcast radio station whose primary audience is the entire African continent. Our secondary audience is the rest of the world, where we harvest our news and information. As an International Public Broadcaster, our core values subscribe to the highest journalistic ethics which find expression in fairness, accuracy, and impartiality. Channel Africa is a platform through which Africa is engaged in debate with itself, and recognises South Africa as a role player in continental and international affairs.

Vision: “The African Perspective” Mission: “to promote the regeneration, revival, and rejuvenation of Africa, through the production and broadcast of dynamic, stimulating, and interesting programmes”. Contact Information: Tel: 011 714 2997 Fax: 011 714 2072 Email: info@channelafrica.co.za Web: www.channelafrica.co.za Twitter: channelafrica1 Instagram: channelafricaradio DSTV:802


P OLM E D

PROFILE

POLMED ABOUT POLMED Members who are registered on the DRM South African Police Service Medical Programme and who have registered Scheme (POLMED), is a closed medical chronic medication will receive a Care scheme registered under the Medical Plan that contains authorised medical Schemes Act (Act 131 of 1998). Only services such as consultations, blood EVITCEPSREP NACIRFA EHT employees of the South African Police tests and radiological tests related to the Service (SAPS), appointed under the management of their conditions. South African Police Service Act (Act 68 of 1995), and their dependents are eligible to Diseases managed by POLMED: lanoitanrbeetmembers ni s’aciofrfPOLMED. A htuoS si acirfA lennahC

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Impact of COVID-19 on Polmed While the majority of the population stayed at home during lockdown, our members were on the front-line of the battle against COVID-19, thereby increasing their risk of exposure to the virus. This unfortunately has had a huge impact on members and Polmed in general. In order to reduce the severity and impact of COVID-19 on its members, Polmed has had to embark on a massive screening and testing exercise. Those who tested positive were provided with the necessary healthcare which was fully paid for by

the Scheme, including GP consultations, prescribed medication and hospitalisation where required. The Scheme went further by providing isolation/quarantine facilities for Polmed members, in order to protect themselves and their loved ones against the virus. As a member-centric scheme, Polmed provided the above services to save lives. Unfortunately, this came at a significant cost for the Scheme. At the time of producing this guide, Polmed had already spent more than R527 million on COVID-19 related expenditure, for both members and their dependents. However, overall expenditure was shielded from adverse e ects as a result of elective procedures which were put on hold during lockdown. The elective procedures and nonemergency healthcare service which were put on hold, are being scheduled and the COVID-19 shield has been taken away as evidenced by the claims volumes that are coming through our systems.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tel: 0860 765 633 or 0860 POLMED Email: polmed@medscheme.co.za Fax: 0860 104 114 POLMED Client Service Centre: Nedbank Plaza, C/o Stanza Bopape and Steve Biko Streets, Arcadia, 0083 Website: www.polmed.co.za

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POLMED COMPANY INFORMATION

NEO KHAUOE

PRINCIPAL OFFICER

BUSINESS SECTOR: Medical Scheme YEAR FOUNDED: 2000 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 38 BRANCHES: 15 MEMBERSHIPS: Principal Members: 174 213 Adult Adult Dependants: 96 736 Child Dependants: 227 193 Beneficiaries: 498 142 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: Health 1st. This is our EAP Partner and they provide extensive support to our staff (male and female in this case).

ABOUT POLMED South African Police Service Medical Scheme (POLMED), is a closed medical scheme registered under the Medical Schemes Act (Act 131 of 1998). Only employees of the South African Police Service (SAPS), appointed under the South African Police Service Act (Act 68 of 1995), and their dependents are eligible to be members of POLMED. The Board of Trustees is entrusted with ensuring the optimal operation of the Scheme to the benefit of the members. The Board of Trustees comprises seven individuals that are elected and seven that are appointed by the National Commissioner. The Principal Officer, supported by Scheme Management, is responsible for executing the directives of the Board and ensuring that POLMED offers its members an excellent service. VISION: “Healthy members for a safer South Africa.” MISSION: “To enable quality healthcare for SAPS members and their beneficiaries in a cost-effective manner.”

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Disease Risk Management Programme POLMED’s Disease Risk Management (DRM) Programme aims to ensure that members receive health information, guidance and management of their conditions, while at the same time encouraging compliance to treatment prescribed by their medical practitioner. Members who are registered on the DRM Programme and who have registered chronic medication will receive a Care Plan that contains authorised medical services such as consultations, blood tests and radiological tests related to the management of their conditions.

Diseases managed by POLMED: Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Hyperlipidaemia Diabetes High blood pressure Heart failure Coronary artery disease Cervical and lumbar spinal conditions Dysrhythmia Mental health conditions: depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse


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Impact of COVID-19 on POLMED While the majority of the population stayed at home during lock down, our members were on the front-line of the battle against COVID-19, thereby increasing their risk of exposure to the virus. This unfortunately has had a huge impact on members and POLMED in general. In order to reduce the severity and impact of COVID-19 on its members, POLMED has had to embark on a massive screening and testing exercise. Those who tested positive were provided with the necessary healthcare which was fully paid for by the Scheme, including GP consultations, prescribed medication and hospitalisation where required. The Scheme went further by providing isolation/quarantine facilities for POLMED members, in order to protect themselves and their loved ones against the virus. As a member-centric scheme, POLMED provided the above services to save lives. Unfortunately, this came at a significant cost for the Scheme. At the time of producing this guide, POLMED had already spent more than R527-million on COVID-19 related expenditure, for both members and their dependents. However, overall expenditure was shielded from adverse effects as a result of elective procedures which were put on hold during lock down. The elective procedures and nonemergency healthcare service which were put on hold, are being scheduled and the COVID-19 shield has been taken away as evidenced by the claims volumes that are coming through our systems.

GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT WHAT EMPOWERMENT POLICIES ARE CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES? In terms of Employment Equity, the employment of women is an attention area, hence the majority of employees at POLMED are women. Exposure has been provided, in particular, to two senior female managers to act in an Executive role. There is a focus on the development of PDPs for senior women in the organisation to enable their readiness for future executive roles.

GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STATISTICAL OVERVIEW Percentage of female executive management: >50.1% female executive Percentage of female staff members (overall in company): >50.1% female staff

COO: Dr Jaco Makkink Acting CFO: Lydia Motsepe Acting CLO: Julia Motapola Human Resources: Caretaker Heidi Thompson CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: Crestway Office Park, Block A 20 Hotel Street, Persequor Park Lynnwood, Pretoria, 0081 Postal address: PO Box 14812 Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028 Telephone: 012 818 7500 Fax: 012 349 1932 Email: polmed@medscheme.co.za Website: www.polmed.co.za Twitter: PolmeofficialZA @PolmedZA Facebook: Polmed ZA

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P R O MOT I N G W E L L N E S S I N T H E S O U T H A F R I CA N P O L I C E S E RV I C E INTERV IEW W ITH NEO KHAUOE, PRINCIPAL OFFICER, P OL MED

these protocols and procedures, we’re actually now spending less than a billion in medicine costs. And have actually realised over R450-million in savings. AS PRINCIPAL OFFICER OF POLMED, WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR MAJOR SUCCESSES? When I joined Polmed we had four members of the pharmacy network. My thought was that if we offer our services nationally, and we restrict them to only four, what are we actually saying to customers? That is why we have opened things up, and we now have an Open Pharmacy Network. This means that our members can now go to any pharmacy in the country. I am proud to have advocated for the change in how we relate to pharmacies. We put requirements, protocols and guidelines in place, and we then sought a specialist service provider who will assist us in monitoring whether these pharmacies are actually adhering to the formulary we have. As a result of this, we have also been able to reduce the cost of medication - from a 36% markup to 20%. We used to pay over R1.2-billion just on medicine costs - both chronic and acute. With the implementation of

Another benefit is that we can now channel and monitor whether or not members are taking medicine via the ‘chronic’ and ‘acute’ pharmacy channels. We are able to see whether or not the member is improving, and a person who is on chronic medication has been admitted to hospital. This helps us go back and approach the doctors who issued medication to our members, so that we can manage them better, and understand why the patient is now in need of hospital care. We are also negotiating better with private hospitals and cutting costs - even throughout the pandemic - which has led to better patient management. Since I started at Polmed, we are also relating to stakeholders and members better. We’ve opened up constant communication with the National Commissioner because we receive 75% of our contribution from his office. He needed to understand what the scheme was doing. We also have regular meetings with SAPU - South African Police Union and POPCRU - and are dedicated to keeping directly in touch with the members on the ground.

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WITH MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN IN THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR? In general, I have observed that the environment is becoming more ‘friendly’ to women. In the healthcare space. We now have female principal officers - something which wasn’t there before as many principal officers were white males. We are now seeing movement and recognition of women in internal positions, like myself. This is the second time that I have become a principal officer of a medical scheme. Previously, I was at Sizwe Medical Fund, now I’m at Polmed. So with this, I can see that the environment of the health sector is changing and becoming more accepting of the ‘feminine’ touch. We are also seeing doctors become more warm and engaging with funders as the demand for better medical support rises - the overall attitude has improved. This has made negotiations and collaboration an easier process. What I have also observed is improved consumer literacy; women patients are more educated on medical matters and are better informed when seeking healthcare services.


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WHAT MEASURES HAVE YOU PUT IN PLACE TO ENSURE GOOD GOVERNANCE AND COMPLIANCE? This is one of the most important questions. Polmed has 7 trustees that are designated by the National Commission, and in most instances, they have designated more senior people to Polmed. Members are also involved in electing their own chair members. We are so fortunate at Polmed because most of our trustees have obtained qualifications, and when they come on board they receive training that is monitored on a quarterly basis - training that may be relevant to dozens of medical schemes. This skills development is extremely noteworthy. We also have an Audit and Risk Committee with three independent members in it, along with the chairperson. So, when we report to the ARC we have qualified people who know exactly what must be checked and what protocol must be followed. There is also a delegation of authority instruments, where all duties are separated so that there is clear segregation of duties, and rules and regulations are followed. We have assurance providers, external and internal auditors, who are part of the committee. Then there’s the risk steering committee who deals with evaluations and risks. The Board is evaluated by an independent, external body every second year. On an annual basis, the Board and chairperson conducts my performance appraisal, to check whether the strategic objectives I was given have been implemented accordingly. We also submit our financial reports for review, both quarterly and annually. HOW DID COVID IMPACT ON POLMED? The COVID-19 pandemic has actually impacted us tremendously - over R1-billion in losses. More than 44 000 of our members have been infected in total, and of this number, 24 600 are actually police officers. These workers have been

“These workers have been in the front line, making sure the public are adhering to Covid regulations...”

in the front line, making sure the public are adhering to Covid regulations, and therefore they were openly exposed to the virus in the field. We have spent over R500-million on the police, here at Polmed, and have unfortunately lost 400 members of the police force. It has been quite a difficult year. WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR 2021? Right now, our main focus is on getting

Most importantly, we are also continuing with the wellness and promotion of health to prevent other challenges that are brought about by COVID. We are encouraging members, and supporting them, to ensure and promote mental health as the pandemic has had a major toll on the police and other public workers. At the same time, we must support the SAPS leadership as much as we can, as they are our first port of call at all times.

involved in ensuring the success of the national roll out of COVID-19 vaccines, given the scale of the pandemic and its tragic impact on us. When it comes to the time for vaccinating our police force members, we want to be ready and avoid any hiccups. It is also important for us to monitor the costs of these upcoming procedures, especially after the impact of the pandemic on hospital protocols this past year. We are not out of the woods yet as there is a possibility of a third wave now that we’ve made it through the second wave of the virus. We need to monitor and prevent, where possible.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tel: 0860 765 633 or 0860 POLMED Email: polmed@medscheme.co.za Fax: 0860 104 114 POLMED Client Service Centre: Nedbank Plaza, C/o Stanza Bopape and Steve Biko Streets, Arcadia, 0083 Website: http://www.polmed.co.za/

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“ R UN Y OU R C A R EER LI KE

a b u siness! ” AS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO BE APPOINTED CEO OF PWC SOUTHERN AFRICA, WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING YOUNG WOMEN? Our destiny is in our hands; if we don’t

decide, someone will decide for us. Success has no address, no colour, no gender. The solution is within us. Keep pursuing your

dreams until you achieve them. Run your career like a business, have a strategy

articulating where you are, where you want

to be and how to get there. Surround yourself with mentors who will help you achieve your

strategy. You will fall along the way however when you fall, stand up, dust yourself and

keep walking. Keep telling yourself that “the sky is not the limit, the universe is the limit” YOU ARE A QUALIFIED CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT. WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OVERCAME TO BE WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? Like any other black female

professional, my road was not an easy one. I had the highs and

lows. Unconscious bias from both men and women has been a top

challenge. My recipe was to know what I want and remain focused,

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consistent, confident, principled, authentic, perfect what I do

and never give up in what I do,

including maintaining good work ethics. Emotional intelligence

has also been one of my strong

attributes. I always raised my

hand for new opportunities and put more effort to it for me to succeed.


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WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR JOURNEY? I had a number of memorable highlights and the following are some of the most memorable ones during my journey: 2005 - Admitted as partner

2006 - Elected on the PwC SA board

as chairman in 2012 after serving

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regarding living our purpose and values.

with set regulations. There must be a

and our values, and as executives we

regulations. Working remotely should

Our strategy is based on our purpose communicate consistent messages

regularly to our staff regarding our strategy

as well as our expectations. We developed performance management metric that

are aligned to our purpose, values and

heavy penalty for any contravention with be encouraged wherever and whenever practical and possible as it is helpful in dealing with traffic congestion.

IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR IN EVERY

strategy. All teams are held accountable to

DAY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?

as board member since 2006

these performance metrics.

I would spend an extra hour mentoring

industry leader

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED

for them to be confident enough to take

PwC global board member

10 YEARS?

2014 - Appointed the first female

2015 - Elected the first black female representing emerging countries

Inclusion leader in 2018 and

engage with clients, how we deliver

our services and how we interact with

for PwC Southern Africa

been elevated to a higher level due to

THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CURRENT

an opportunity. At the same time I will be building a strong pipeline of talent which

advancement has changed; how we

Africa exco member

2019 - Appointed the first female CEO

on leadership roles whenever there is

IN YOUR INDUSTRY OVER THE LAST A lot has changed. Technological

2018 - Appointed Africa Diversity and

and coaching young and aspiring leaders

is a challenge currently.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO

our colleagues. Risk management has

SEND TO ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE DURING

the attack in the profession. Quality is

COVID-19?

our professionals is more diverse in

is no manual on how to deal with it, or

the priority in all we do. The profile of

COVID-19 has hit all of us hard. There

terms of gender, race and age.

a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s about

learning new ways of doing business

REQUIREMENTS OF LEADERSHIP TODAY? Indeed the role of leadership has

WHAT STEPS DO YOU THINK NEED TO

usual, it is about the ‘new normal’. The

ECONOMY RECOVER FROM THE

of today’s leadership: Authentic and

The pandemic has had a negative impact

accountability, integrity, great listener,

business, civil society and government. I

inclusive, strategic thinker, visionary,

measure enacted to deal with the

courageous, passionate, service-driven,

bans, isolation, imposing health restrictions

adaptable and flexible.

the gradual return to work and opening up

evolved. It’s no longer business as

BE TAKEN TO HELP THE COUNTRY’S

following are the current characteristics

PANDEMIC?

selfless. Regular communication,

on everyone, be it big business, small

decisive, empathetic, firm, consistent,

do commend SA for the comprehensive

humility, purpose- driven, influence,

pandemic, including closing borders, travel

inspirational, confident, delegation skills,

for the well being of people, lockdown,

PwC is a purpose-led and values-driven

organisation. Our culture is embedded in our purpose and values. It is about the

“tone at the top” - ensuring that I involve my executives in strategic matters and receive the buy in from my executives

announced various stimulus packages. Entrepreneurs need to remain positive

application process, painful as it is, due to

All businesses within all sectors must be allowed to operate irrespective of size

to open up the economy. All businesses must conduct risk assessments and

regulations. Government needs to have the capacity to monitor compliance

collectively embrace. Government has

and patient, they need to go through the

certain sectors of the economy.

develop plans to comply with set

are challenging, there are however

opportunities that business needs to

HOW DO YOU INTEND ENSURING PWC CONTINUES TO LIVE ITS PURPOSE?

on a daily basis. While current times

the paperwork required. They need to start innovating and diversifying their business eg. manufacturing PPEs. There are lots of opportunities in this area; attending

webinars on leadership through times of crisis to keep empowering themselves and learning from others. This is the

opportune time to build resilience, to

become closer to clients by listening to

and supporting them during this crisis, to continue networking digitally, reading up

on businesses globally, taking up speaking opportunities virtually and writing articles relevant to the current situation.

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ASTRAZENECA

A CULTURE OF INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF SCIENCE TO DELIVER LIFE-CHANGING MEDICINES AstraZeneca is one of the world’s most exciting bio-pharmaceutical companies. Operating in over 100 countries, we focus on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines. We, however, are not your typical bio-pharmaceutical company - here pioneers, ‘ubuntu warriors’, future leaders, convention challengers and game changers, collaborate side by side to turn ideas into life-changing medicines and healthcare initiatives that improve patients’ lives and benefit society. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals is a company that anchors diversity in our values and embeds it in business to improve our ability to connect and respond in a changing world. Proof that this is not just sentiment, is that of the nearly 165 team members employed locally, an incredible 69% are women, of which 39% are in middle management or higher.

AstraZeneca has been working with healthcare stakeholders in Africa for over 27 years to ensure that more patients in Africa have access to high quality healthcare, such as prevention and screening programmes to support early intervention, treatment and disease management. We focus on innovative science and leadership in our four main therapy areas: areas: oncology; renal and metabolism; cardiovascular; and respiratory and immunology. COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE AND TO OUR COMMUNITIES The AstraZeneca C-suite includes nine innovative female leaders (69%), led by Barbara Nel, Country President for South Africa, Sub Saharan and French Speaking Africa, who are positively impacting and shaping the healthcare industry. Their shared passion and drive has seen the introduction and expansion of a number of innovative Health Access

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Programmes over the past 12 months that span non-communicable diseases. Amongst these are: • Africa PUMUA Initiative (breathe) which aims to redefine asthma care in Africa for paediatric and asthma patients in the private and public sectors through partnership with governments, healthcare professionals and societies. • AstraZeneca’s non communicable disease (NCD) screening partnership, with the Ministry of Health in South Africa, supports the vision of task-shifting to ensure earlier access to screening and diagnosis of patients, with a focus on high blood pressure screening. • The introduction of the Kamba Ya Shanga Pharmacy initiative in South Africa, in partnership with the Independent Community Pharmacists Association (ICPA), offers a pharmacist-led disease management and referral programme. • The extension of AstraZeneca’s Phakamisa programme, providing access to care initiatives currently focused on improving breast and prostate cancer management, specifically addresses early detection of disease, promotion


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of primary prevention, and access to care in the public sector. • The Young Health Programme, a philanthropically funded disease prevention initiative focused on NCDs and young people aged 10 to 24 in vulnerable and under-resourced areas around the world, was expanded into additional geographies in partnership with UNICEF. “Our commitment to our patients and our responsibility to work closely with partners and stakeholders is integral to our work in Africa to create a sustainable impact and to seek answers to health challenges”, says Barbara Nel. SUCCESSFULLY OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 2020 was undoubtedly one of the most challenging years globally, but this did not stop AstraZeneca from pushing the boundaries of science and innovation. We just had to do it differently. We’re constantly moving forward as a company – agile and purposeful in our work. Ongoing growth and development for our employees is key to our success. With our teams located in various geographical locations across Africa, safely in their homes, we embraced the challenges and adapted quickly to offer a comprehensive Lifelong Learning Programme. By applying diverse platforms and multidirectional learning, we shook up the traditional model, connecting individuals across geographical borders and teams, genders, levels and experience sets.

Our holistic and inclusive learning offering included: • Peer to peer mentoring • Lunch and Learn sessions • Development ‘stretch’ roles • Leadership roundtable for sharing best practices It also offered online access to multiple learning topics and resources, including topics on female leadership, and an Innovation Shark Tank that ignited creativity and a solution mindset. We were inspired to find new approaches, new possibilities in learning, providing the tools and opportunities to help people reach their full potential, and to make a valued contribution to the organisation and to health. We recognise that building a great place to work is vital to the success of AstraZeneca. We look to attract and retain people with the right skills who share our values. AstraZeneca has a culture shaped by its people - high performing, vibrant and collaborative individuals who provide ample opportunity to develop in an inclusive environment. KEY INITIATIVES ARE INSPIRED AND DRIVEN BY EMPLOYEE FEEDBACK AND ACTIVISM Our current environment has highlighted the critical role we need to play in delivering sustainable healthcare solutions. Our employee engagement survey results show that our employees also expect us to lead in working on climate change, health and community support.

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Some of the key initiatives in our Africa markets are inspired and driven by employee feedback and activism, and our employees are working to embed sustainability, and give back to society in everything we do. We made great progress in 2020, participating in the AstraZeneca Forest programme, Stepping for Africa, Food parcel packing, Smiles and Wags gift box donations, and food parcel collections. All aimed at accelerating our contribution to supporting the communities in which we work and live. Barbara Nel says, “None of what we have achieved this year would have been possible without the tremendous efforts of all our teams, despite personal challenges faced. Being recognised as Top Women Leaders, is testament to each individual within our company working with absolute determination to make a difference, to each other and around the world.” Smita Ramouthar, HR Director African Cluster, adds: “We are delighted to count ourselves amongst this worthy group of South Africa’s Top Gender Empowered Companies and celebrate the unique diversity our women leaders bring to our company. We will continue to work hard at building our inclusive and diverse culture, because this is how we will make the most of our strengths.”

AstraZeneca - We follow the science. We put patients first. We play to win. We do the right thing. We are entrepreneurial.

Website: www.astrazeneca.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/astrazeneca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AstraZeneca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/astrazenecacareers Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astrazeneca/

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I NT E RV IEW

DI N E O M OLEFE

MEETING CHALLENGES HEAD ON

ABOUT T-SYSTEMS Our journey into the South African ICT market starts just three years after the birth of our

democracy. In 1997, T-Systems International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom invested in

South Africa bringing expertise, innovation and intellectual property of a global ICT provider. We are a company that transforms our clients and our country by delivering

innovative “ICT that Works”, in South Africa and for South Africa. We are entrusted to CLICK HERE

Ralf Fletcher, CEO, Topco Media,

heard. This was often apparent when

T-systems about overcoming

participate in T-Systems internship

speaks to Dineo Molefe, MD of

challenges, gender empowerment and leadership:

One of the most challenging things in life is to balance work and family and

having the determination to ‘make it’ in

a world where leaders are not born but

made. Dineo Molefe, MD at T-Systems South Africa can testify that it takes sheer determination and the will to

educate oneself without the privilege of financial support, whilst raising a child

at a young age, and managing to climb the ranks in the corporate world.

What left an indelible mark on Dineo, is how many young girls/women

currently face the same struggles that she battled over 20 years ago. She

Dineo engaged with graduates that programme.

But the spark for empowering women

was ignited a long time ago for Dineo. When working for Thebe Investment Corporation as Group Financial

Director, her dream to help uplift

women, young women in particular, took hold when she established

“Thebe Ya Mosadi”, the company’s

Women’s Empowerment Programme. 5 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE FASCINATING PODCAST INCLUDE: 1. The importance of investing in your own education.

2. Who you are is shaped by where you come from.

3. Life is a challenge - we need

education and a successful career,

4. The importance of SMMEs and

but also cultural attitudes such as respect that is often interpreted

as a lack of confidence, shyness

and an inability to have your voice

applications and systems. INDUSTRIES

Our local clients include leading private

and public-sector organisations across the following sectors:

• Automotive and manufacturing • Insurance

• Healthcare • Mining • Retail

We understand the needs of local clients; they want the benefits of mobility, big data, apps,

cloud computing and collaboration, while also managing the risks introduced by these new

disruptive technologies and ways of working.

noticed that it is not only financial constraints that create barriers to

run our clients’ most critical ICT networks,

to face it head on.

how they can reduce reliance on imports for South Africa.

5. How we can level the gender playing field.

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With the expertise and research of our parent company, we can quickly get up to speed in offering these new innovations and global best practice capabilities.

Our strategy has evolved in line with

industry trends towards in-sourcing and the

commoditisation of certain ICT services. While retaining the best of our traditional approach to enterprise technology – which is about

accuracy, efficiency, stability, and scalability – we have also integrated a new approach,

which is all about agility, speed and innovation.


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SIMPLY TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS WITH TCS IN T E RVIE W WIT H A D I L NO SHIR TANTRA, D IR E C TO R A ND CO U NT RY HEAD OF SOUTH AF R ICA, TATA CO NS U LTA NCY SERV ICES CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE 2020 STANDARD BANK TOP WOMEN CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARD. WHAT DOES WINNING THIS AWARD MEAN TO YOUR COMPANY? TCS has always been committed to community development in South Africa and advancement of women to the forefront of the economy. This award is a reflection of our dedication to society and to gender empowerment, which we believe is very important to a young democracy like ours in South Africa. Companies which are winning in the business world today are those which focus on social issues more than just having a strong balance sheet. TCS South Africa emphasises that very principle in all our actions and this award reflects that commitment. PLEASE OUTLINE THE HISTORY OF TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES – AND THE CSI INITIATIVES WHICH RESULTED IN WINNING THE AWARD. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was set up in South Africa first in 1997 with a local partner and then as a direct subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services in 2007. Post then, there has been tremendous growth which has resulted in an increased local and diverse workforce with a vibrant workplace culture that attracts the best talents. TCS leads several women-focused community development programmes in the areas of education, STEM, health, and entrepreneurship. The CSI initiatives include GoIT Girls programme which is aimed at the potential development of young girls as innovators, an Exolab connecting students to an international space station, a STREAM laboratory setup

in Boeing 737-200 aircraft, space tours, science festivals, and other multiple initiatives supporting school students and women in the workforce. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for over 50 years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. We partner with clients to simplify, strengthen, and transform their businesses. In South Africa, we offer our services in digital solutions and technologies for various industries such as banking, insurance, retail, consumer goods, travel, and hospitality. Our services are delivered through a unique Location Independent Agile TM delivery model, recognised as a benchmark of excellence in software development. WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR 2021? 2021 will be a year of further consolidation and transformation for TCS South Africa. Our goal is to be a local workforce provider ensuring opportunities to our employees to not only serve our customers in South Africa but also give them an option to work in different countries around the globe. This will give South Africans an opportunity to get global exposure and work on the latest technologies.

DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS OUT THERE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? South Africa has always driven economic growth in one of the most exciting continents in the world, but navigating the environment can be a burdensome endeavour if one does not understand the local economics and the social challenges critical to success. Businesses operating in South Africa will need to find opportunities which can employ a large local workforce as the government also encourages such businesses through various legislators and interventions. In addition, businesses that are involved in the skilling and re-skilling of their work force will find opportunities for growth. Companies that invest more in solving social and economic issues will always benefit in the long run.

CONTACT INFORMATION Website: www.tcs.com

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ENTERPRISE SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT Translate scorecard compliance into bottom-line results by working with TEG management consultants. We achieve measurable value for programme funders that goes beyond compliance and donations. Our 15 years in the game speaks to our success and exemplary track record in the field of Enterprise Supplier Development.

BENEFIT FROM OUR PROGRAMMES IN: Enterprise Supplier Development Development Fund Management Women in Leadership Youth Entrepreneur Programme

Our programmes are designed to marry the needs of the local economy and the community with that of the funder through sustainable growth of SMEs. Let’s get together for practical solutions that create lasting change and unearth new value.

Unearthing Value

www.teg.za.com


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UNEARTHING VALUE Business leaders of the future need more than funding; they need skills, know-how, grooming and confidence. That is what TEG provides.

When the company I worked for closed in 2010, I embraced the opportunity to follow my dream of launching my own business consultancy firm. I have a passion for business development and relished the chance to assist other enterprises to grow. Through this rewarding experience, I realised that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their dreams as I did. I now use my Level 1 – 100% Black Woman Owned company as a force multiplier to make that a reality through Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD). What is Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD)? The national Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) initiative provides a legislative framework for the development of historically disadvantaged companies. Helping people establish, expand or improve their businesses leads to long-term economic growth and job creation.

business development system that delivers tangible outcomes to grow markets that will elevate the community. Through partnerships with funders, we create and run customised business development programmes across a variety of sectors. There is so much undiscovered wealth in our land and if we hope to see this benefiting more people, we have to work together. Partnering with TEG means unearthing true value that lasts.

GREAT RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES With 15 years’ experience in project management and business consultancy, my passion is to ensure that big business ventures make a positive impact in the communities where they operate.

TEG helps companies to meet their obligations while investing in the sustainable future of the South African people and economy.

DISCOVERING REAL GEMS We nurture enterprises to a higher level of maturity so that they are able to participate in the economy in a meaningful way. Our ESD 360™ methodology is a local, home-grown

We help our clients advance their B-BBEE scores by going beyond mere compliance. We particularly pride ourselves on cultural sensitivity, adaptability, and the ability to provide practical business solutions. Our programmes take the needs of each specific company into account to tailor a personalised development plan. In this way we

nurture a diversified and inclusive supply chain that benefits all involved. We ensure that funders can demonstrate their commitment to the spirit of B-BBEE by providing a genuine hand-up and not a hand-out to communities.

“ADVANCING B-BBEE SCORECARDS BEYOND COMPLIANCE” “This was one of the most authentic programmes I have ever been a part of in my over 17 years of experience in the field of development within our industry. A woman-owned, woman-led company, which is developing other women.” - Boitumelo Seboko – Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Assmang Khumani Mine

CONTACT DETAILS: CEO and Founder Tshegetsang Sebeela 082 409 6409 Email: team@teg.za.com | Web: www.teg.za.com Office: #1 SIOC Building, Hendrick van Eck/Ian Flemming, Kathu, Northern Cape, 8446

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TEG JOURNEYS Alleschia (Manufacturer) “I bought a beverage business but little did I know, it was failing. I feared that I had made a terrible mistake and it would haunt me every night. I started my business from washing clothes and felt that now I was in over my head. The programme came at the right time in my life. At first I thought that money would solve the problems in the business, but it was knowing how to sell that changed things. We were averaging R14,000 pm month and we

are now above R100,000 and the market is much bigger than we thought. Today, I can say I don’t regret buying this business.”

Matsidisho (Agri Logistics) “I always had a truck but it was just standing there, things have been hard. It has just been me alone holding on. Now I have regular customers that

are calling me to deliver their livestock to auctions and I can boast that I have a positive bank balance. Enough that I have my first employee, now I am a real boss ”

Kealeboga (Biodiesel Producer) “My dream for biodiesel was almost 6 years old. The minute I joined the programme there was excellence, I was welcomed well and got encouragement from the interview. I was pushed immediately from the interview to go and visit my idea again. We knocked on so many doors which did not happen. This was such a breakthrough. Today I have my own plant that converts used cooking oil into diesel. We were able to develop a market with the farmers in the community where I grew up.”

Delvin (Driving School) “I have mostly been training Code 8 and 10 drivers for nearly a decade. My

income was ok, nothing exciting, it was enough to pay my staff – but not every month. This programme got to me change my relationship with my business, it pushed me out of the car, onto the phone and into the light. We now are fully booked and I need to get more vehicles and instructors to keep up with the demand. I am now going to give advanced driver training and will be expanding into Code 14 training too.”


These journeys are from a custom made programme in 2020, it has been such a success that our client has called us back to do it all over again. If your organization is looking to run an enterprise supplier development initiative give us a call. www.teg.za.com

Kedumetse (Farming) “The journey wasn’t easy, I started with some chickens at home so I was confident in my experience. We were able to secure a lease for farm land and constructed a coup with a capacity of 1000 birds. But when the supplier made a mistake by delivery both batches of day old chicks at

once, things got hectic. It was winter, so there was a high rate of mortality. I began to doubt the plan, but we push through – all my birds are sold and

the next batch is on its way. We tested various exit points in the value chain starting from incubation all the way to slaughtered products and layers. We finally found our niche market and I am the only company selling day old chicks to farmers in this district, before our farmers had to travel to the next province for their chicks. I am the local chicks chick”

Lydia (Catering) “Before the programme I was very very shy and lacked confidence. My income depended on one government customer, sometimes they would call me and I would do an event then I would sit at home and wait for their next call. At first I wanted to use the funds to improve my restaurant at home, but TEG challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and change the business into a mobile kitchen. Now I am happy to say that I have new customers and I can move my service to wherever the opportunities are, I might still be a little shy but I am not afraid to sell.”

Thato (Beautician) “If it was not for the consulting process, I would have not had the idea to upgrade my facility and to add on two new high value services. My plan was simply to buy stock, but the guidance I

received on which direction to go was so important. I can see the result of the investment and my customers are impressed with the experience, with referrals coming from 2-hours’ drive just to see me. My turnover was on average less than R2000 a month, last month we reported R36,000 in sales. I am fully booked until the end of the year and had to employ two new ladies to help me. We are saving up to extend the building.”

Destiny (Auto Mechanic) “Our workshop was at my backyard at home ever since we started. The TEG team wanted me to move to a proper workshop but the only one available costed R23,300 per month and this was too much for me. Why should I move

and pay rent when it is free at home. I did not want to move, but they encouraged me to take the chance. Last year my

monthly average sales was around R80,000 and in last month we had the highest figure in our history over R170,000. Now I can pay my staff properly and afford the improvements needed to register with RMI to open up access to corporate clientele not just private customers.”

Beauty (Salon) “My salon was always operating from home. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these guys, they have been grooming

and building us. Making sure that we are doing things right by challenging our vision of what we can do. I now have a shop in a prime location at the mall, my sales are unbelievable and I had to employ 4 new ladies, I’m looking at opening up another branch and have my own branded products.”

Nosimpine (B&B) “My company was doing odd jobs on construction, but the opportunities were scarce. When the team visited, we decided that there was potential for a B&B, we now have 13

long term tenants from contractors who work on the mines and I need more space to cope. My revenue, it has changed a lot! I can look after my family properly and leave them with something.”

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J UST I CE Y VONNE MOKGORO

STANDARD BANK TOP WOMAN LIFETIME ACHIEVER AWARD

JUSTICE YVONNE MOKGORO The Standard Bank Top Woman

Llifetime Achievement Award 2020

went to Justice Yvonne Mokgoro - a

judge of the Constitutional Court from its inception in 1994 until the end of her 15-year term in 2009.

Hon. Mokgoro was born in Galeshewe near Kimberley in the Northern Cape and matriculated at the local St

Boniface High School in 1970. She

studied part-time, obtaining a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (B.Juris) degree at

the then University of Bophuthatswana

(now North-West University) in 1982, a

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) two years later, and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in

1987. She also studied at the University

‘A SOCIETY MUST SEEK TO ENSURE THAT THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF

of Pennsylvania in the United States of

LIFE ARE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL IF IT IS TO BE A SOCIETY IN WHICH

America (USA), where she obtained a

HUMAN DIGNITY, FREEDOM, AND EQUALITY ARE FOUNDATIONAL.’

second LLM degree in 1990.

Justice Mokgoro started her work

served as a Specialist Researcher

and international conferences, seminars

later as a retail salesperson before

Constitutional Analysis at the Human

were mainly on topics such as sociological

Department of Justice of the erstwhile

lectured part-time at the University of

the LLB degree she was appointed

Constitutional Court in October 1994.

in the then Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court.

Throughout her legal career she has

In December 2015 Justice Mokgoro

Law in the Department of Jurisprudence,

Constitutional Law, Human Rights

Bronze for “her excellent contribution

she rose through the ranks to become

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Private

position until 1991.

universities in South Africa, the United

experience as a nursing assistant and

(Human Rights) for the Centre for

her appointment as a clerk in the

Sciences Research Council, and also

Bophuthatswana. After completing

Pretoria, until her appointment to the

maintenance officer and public prosecutor In 1984 she was appointed lecturer in

taught a number of courses, including,

University of Bophuthatswana, where

Law Jurisprudence, History of Law,

Associate Professor and served in that

Law and Customary Law at a number of

From 1992 to 1993 she served as

Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, and later

Kingdom, the USA and the Netherlands. She has written and presented papers,

and participated in a myriad of national

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in South Africa, and internationally. These jurisprudence, and particularly on human rights and customary law. She zooms in

on impact of law on society, generally, and on women and children, specifically.

received the Order of the Baobab in

in the field of law and administration

of justice in a democratic South Africa” and it is our honour to present her

with the Standard Bank Top Women

Lifetime Achiever Award in recognition of her tireless commitment to justice,

empowerment and upliftment. Honourable Mokgoro you are an inspiration to us all.


TA K E NOTE I T

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TAKE NOTE IT INNOVATIVE SECURITY SOLUTION PROVIDER INTERVIEW WITH MAMELA LUTHULI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT TAKE NOTE IT We are a cyber security and early warning technology company that was established in 2005. Our vision is to be an innovative security solution provider of choice that develops customised solutions. ACHIEVEMENTS: Standard Bank Top Woman in Leadership Award SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES: Cyber Security Academy which focuses on upskilling previously disadvantaged youth within the cyber security space.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? Current trends we are witnessing are data breaches and asset protection against theft. This is expected to continue to develop further overtime. Also, continued education is key to keep up with these trends. Hence, our academy focus and interest which helps both with certification and recruitment. WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? Most of our staff members are women, especially young women who are supported through our academy to gain knowledge and certification in a predominantly male environment.We also have our ‘succession plan’ to empower women and recruit them for management positions HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? This helps the business to demonstrate the different perspective in a male-dominated environment, and it provides enhanced collaborations. It also helps to improve the level of engagement, as women make better conversationalists.

WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA? This is part of our strategy for 2012/22 and we are currently sourcing partners and or distributors that we can work with in order to penetrate the rest of Africa.

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)? We are starting a research and development department which will ensure that we keep up with new technology developments. Currently, we are busy with our own early warning technology solution that we expect to roll out by September 2021.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS

HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL MEDIA

WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE

TO CREATE MORE BUSINESS? We are currently implementing our digital marketing strategy whose primary focus is to optimise search engine and brand awareness. Our website has been revamped to meet this particular purpose and be more interactive.

YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? Michelle Obama is an inspiration to me because of her level of elegance and intelligence. Kamala Harris is another woman I am inspired by because she is truly a pioneer.

OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? Global awareness complemented with technology solutions and or opportunities are some of the solutions that are expected from future leaders. Personality skills such as creativity, problem solving, and relationship building will help achieve this

HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S GENDER EQUALITY AND BEE RATINGS AND POLICIES? All staff members are treated equally and with respect. Our values talk to this and we demonstrate our diversity through our staff recruitment, both culturally and in terms of gender.

INTO YOUR ORGANISATION? Sustainability is possible through growth. Hence, our marketing drive and customer needs identification practices. We are focused on penetrating the private sector and growing our customer base, whilst keeping our current customers happy.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: 354 Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Phone: +27 87 550 5184

Email: info@takenoteit.co.za

Website: www.takenoteit.co.za

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Top Women in

On the heels of the Africa Tech Week Summit 2020, after engaging with the brightest business minds and tech innovators across Africa, we’re celebrating some of South Africa’s Top Leading Women Innovators in the Tech sphere.

By Charndré Emma Kippie

TOP TECH TIPS

AFRICA TECH WEEK VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2020

• We need to instate a wider

range of decision-makers in

organisations – this is the only

way portfolios can be diversified in the future.

• Women need to be more

assertive in the Tech space rather than shy away from challenges.

• Aspiring Tech entrepreneurs

Topco Media hosted the Africa Tech

Executive Talent, Brand and

Ceremony, in November 2020. The

acted as a beacon for illuminating

Week Virtual Summit and Awards much-anticipated event allowed

attendees the opportunity to interact with business leaders who are

actively shaping the future of Tech

and all its intersections. The event

brought together more than 300 key

should not feel intimidated by

decision makers, and provided a

practical experience is favoured

in the tech industry, as well as the

formal tertiary qualifications as

space to network with global peers

in this field especially.

opportunity to learn from thought

• Women who have achieved

success, and take up leadership positions in organisations, need to pay it forward, and assist other women in the Tech

space with getting a foot in the door.

leaders charting the path which is

accelerating Africa across the digital landscape.

Included in this year’s event, was an all-female round table panel

discussion, moderated by Zanele Morrison who is a distinguished

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Marketing Entrepreneur. The panel diversity and gender parity in the

African Tech space. The all-female

assembly of empowered Top Women in Tech got together this year to

celebrate women’s contribution to the field, specifically, and outline

strategies for getting more and more women into leadership positions in

Tech and IT. Four panellists headed

this discussion: Yandisa Sokhanyile, Chief Digital Officer of Konecta Pty Ltd., Alexandria Claire Procter, the

CEO & Co-Founder of DigsConnect, Caitlin F Dolkart, who is the Co-

Founder of Flare in Kenya, and Dr. Diana Wangari Gitau who is the

Principal & Founding Member of Lens Africa, based in Kenya.


T O P W O MEN I N T ECH 2 0 2 0

E D I TO R I A L

WOMEN IN TECH AWARD WINNER As the conversation powered on, these women provided valuable

FAST FACTS

insight into current trends in Tech

organisations, and offered suggestions and recommendations for diversifying

Hometown: Cape Town

clear during this important dialogue,

Hobbies: Spending time with my kids, Yoga, running, mountain biking,

Tech in Africa. What became quite

is that there is an increasing need for bringing women from marginalised communities forward in Tech, and that organisations and leaders

ANNA COLLARD

painting, drawing and reading

KNOWBE4 COMPANY

AWARDS

in the field need to get rid of the

Anna Collard is the female

these communities.Other important

tech company, KnowBe4 Africa,

the permeating notion of ‘The Boys

Awareness Training in South

• Featured in the Top 50 Women in

their strong, feminine qualities in the

of the world’s largest security

• Top 100 Women in Cyber 2020

support mechanisms for women, and

phishing platform, and was recently

term economic growth.

Africa Chapter 2020 President’s

• Women in Tech Innovations

language barrier in order to empower

dynamo behind the innovative

messages included the redressing of

offering top-notch Cyber Security

Club’, women needing to embrace

Africa. The company is the provider

workplace, the need for enhanced

awareness training and simulated

prejudice and bias dampening long-

presented with the ISACA South

What’s evident, based on the key

takeaways from this panel discussion,

is that women are no longer accepting ‘no’, forging a way beyond limiting structures and creating their own

space in Tech, and building a better future for aspiring future women technovators.

HONORARY GUESTS

Along with the 2-day virtual

conference, Topco Media took the

opportunity to accolade the cream of

the crop who are excelling within South Africa’s technological sector, awarding

a few phenomenal Top Leading Women in Tech with top honours in a number of celebratory categories.

Award. In November 2020, Anna

Throughout Africa 2020 Award for Southern and Central Africa Cybersecurity – Africa 2020 globally by Cyber Defence Magazine.

• ISACA South Africa prestigious President Award for 2020.

was the proud recipient of the

Women in Tech Award, during

LICENCES AND CERTIFICATIONS

commitment to technological

BSI: ISO 27001 Lead Auditor -

transformation in the field of Risk

EXIN: ITIL Foundation

Africa Tech Week 2020, for her innovation and actionable

and Security. The award comes as

no surprise, as Anna has 15 years’ experience in helping corporates across South Africa, Europe and

the US with maintaining the safety

Information Security Certification Faculty Training Institute:

Business Analyst Certification ISACA: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

of their assets. She is, furthermore,

BSI: ISO 27001 Lead Implementer -

professional, a top-tier business

PCI Security Standards Council:

a Certified Information Systems analyst, and an ISO 27001

Implementation & Lead Auditor consultant.

Information Security Certification

PCI DSS Qualified Security Auditor (QSA)

IAPP - International Association

of Privacy Professionals: CIPP/IT

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INTERVIEW CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE AFRICA TECH: WOMAN IN TECH AWARD! THIS IS AN AMAZING ACCOLADE. HOW HAS

every day. I also enjoy trying to

simplify complicated things, which

helps with content creation. Most of

all, I enjoy that some of the work we do may have a positive impact on

Africa’s tech and youth development.

THIS RECOGNITION EMPOWERED YOU SO FAR? Thank you! It is really a huge honour to

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT DIVERSITY IN YOUR FIELD?

receive recognition such as this award. I

I’ve worked in all male and all female

young women to join the tech and security

ones were always the ones with a

this in part to build a role model profile.

positively influences decision making,

KNOWBE4 AFRICA IS THE PROVIDER

are used in conjunction, it can lead to

feel quite passionate about inspiring more

teams before and the best performing

industries, and I hope to be able to use

good mix of both. Diversity definitely

OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST SECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING AND SIMULATED PHISHING PLATFORM. WHY ARE YOU SO PASSIONATE ABOUT PHISHING AND SECURITY?

and when male and female energies

great results. Diversity is also not just limited to genders. Having different

backgrounds and ways of looking at the world helps in creative problem solving and innovation, so creating

SIDDIKA OSMAN Managing Director of Nkgwete IT Solutions

The human element is one of the

diverse teams is something we

Last year, Siddika Osman was the Africa

security, but unfortunately, also one that

beneficial to the business at large.

year, she was a finalist in the Africa Tech

engineering is the most dominant attack

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR

categories. Siddika is a self-motivated

hacking attempts. By addressing the

WITHIN THE TECH AND CYBER

problem, the overall security maturity of an

To succeed in cybersecurity, one

the ICT sector, in companies such as

to never stop learning, we need to

Siddika’s seasoned expertise and acute

and focus on one thing at a time.

triumph of Nkgwete IT Solutions.

most important aspects of information

is often overlooked. Phishing and social

should consciously strive for, as it’s

Tech Woman of The Year winner. This

Awards Women in Tech and CEO Award black female entrepreneur, and is the

vector used in successful breaches or

WOMEN WHO ASPIRE TO WORK

social engineering and human hacking

SECURITY FIELD?

organisation can be massively improved.

needs to continuously learn. And

Transnet IT, T-Systems and arivia.kom,

Even back in 2011, when I founded

work on our ability to concentrate

business acumen are essential to the

Popcorn Training, I wanted to find a way to reach non-technical people and help them to understand how to navigate the security space and to protect

themselves from phishing and social

engineering attacks. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a long time now. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR AMAZING WORK ETHIC? I love learning, and in the security

space, you have to learn new things

This is something that, unfortunately, technology has made very difficult to do with all the distractions it

offers, and being a woman with kids, it’s even more difficult to

find that space. So one piece of

advice I would give young women

is to hone their concentration skills

through meditation, prioritise time for themselves, and to not be afraid to

unleash the power they have within.

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primary shareholder of Nkgwete. With more than 20 years experience within

ACCREDITATIONS • ITIL Service Manager • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science • Financial Management • COBIT Certification • Gordon Institute of Business

studies Leadership Development


T O P W O MEN I N T ECH 2 0 2 0

E D I TO R I A L

TOP WO M EN IN TECH FINALISTS

YASHMITA BHANA

JENNIFER ANNE WARD

GERALDINE EVE KASAMBARA

Founder & CEO of Nihka

Founder & CEO of Neighbiz

Founder of 143 Communications

Technology Group

Yashmita Bhana was a finalist in this

year’s CEO Award category. Yashmita was the recipient of the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from BWASA, and

was also a finalist in the 2018 Standard

Bank Top Women Awards in the category of most gendered empowered SMME.

She obtained a Masters in Engineering from Wits and an MBA (GIBS). Today,

she has acquired more than 20 years of

experience in ICT and Engineering, and is

certified in multiple Project Methodologies. Her company, Nihka Technology Group, is a Black Women Owned (BWO) enterprise and a Level 1 BBBEE contributor, with a 135% Procurement Recognition Level.

Aside from her professional Tech career, Yashmita is passionate about education, acting as the Chairperson of the ABB

(Quant) Education Trust for Women in

Engineering, and also the Chairperson of the Dhiya Development Foundation ─ an organisation accelerating youth development in digital technologies.

Jennifer Ward was one of this year’s

Africa Tech Start–Up Award finalists. She is popularly regarded as somewhat of a

Kasambara, received a nomination in the

coveted Africa Tech CEO Award category,

serial entrepreneur, and was rewarded

this year. She is known for being a self-

by Ernst & Young for entrepreneurial

excellence, being a finalist Entrepreneur

of the Year. Her company, Neighbiz, was launched as a platform for getting the

informal sector online. Jennifer saw that unemployment was a huge concern in

motivated go-getter who knows what

she wants and is assertive. Geraldine’s

company, 143 Communications, has been recognised as a truly dynamic digital media agency, which aids brands in

growing their online presence and overall

South Africa, but insisted that it could

potentially be one of the biggest business

opportunities for the country to be exposed to global initiatives. Jenifer then went on to devise the Poppalloon Marketing Strategy, and further innovations, which are now

patent-pending in the USA. She previously obtained a Basic Electronics Certification from Damelin, and studied Law at the

public engagement, using quintessential social media tools and digital platforms.

Previously, she was a Marketing Executive at Daily News, and completed her

Master of Business Intelligence (MBI) at the Chinhoyi University of Technology.

Geraldine also obtained a BA Honours

Degree in English and Communication: Public Relations from Midlands State

University of Witwatersrand. Jennifer’s

University. As a strong, tech-savvy

previous company, Big Brother, was

named one of the Top 300 empowerment companies in the DTI’s annual roundup.

Recently, she has also added ‘published children’s author’ to her resume.

Social Media guru, Geraldine Eve

business woman, she is committed to leveraging leading information

communication technologies to enhance

and complement all her clients’ marketing, public relations and distribution needs.

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ZON K E T E C H IN T E RVIE W WIT H SE SH NI D OORSAMY, D IR E C TO R O F ZO NKE T E CH Established in 2016 ZonkeTech (Pty) Ltd is a women-owned software development company based in La Lucia Ridge, Durban. ZonkeTech offers a unique combination of custom software solutions and digital services. Seeking to enhance the productivity of businesses by providing quality, cost effective digital solutions, our highly competent staff are constantly exploring new ways to develop novel solutions, therefore, encouraging a culture of continuous learning at ZonkeTech so that we can serve our clients in the best possible way. ACHIEVEMENTS: 2018 Nominee at the MTN Women in ICT – SME Recognition Award, 2020CSS Design Awards for Innovation, UX Design, UI Design and the Special Design Kudos Award, Clutch Top B2b Companies in Africa SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES: ZonkeTech is involved in several feeding schemes and digital learning initiatives at schools around the Durban North Coast. GENDER POLICIES: ZonkeTech fosters a culture of continuous learning, transparency and gender equality. Our policies mandate an ethos of awareness on understanding gender equality in the workplace by implementing a mentoring system that encourages morale, while educating our employees. HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? Having a multiplicity of viewpoints within our organisation ignites creativity and innovation, and has helped us identify and seize new opportunities. ZonkeTech adopts an inclusive culture that enhances morale and opportunity. When you create more opportunity within an organisation the need to spend time and money on recruitment is reduced allowing us to concentrate on our core business while making a saving. Our clients come from all walks of life; gender

empowerment has diversified the way we interact with our clients. If your organisation reflects the client then you are more likely to communicate effectively with them. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? The Covid-19 pandemic has got the world in turmoil, forcing many businesses to relook and streamline business operations. At this point software development has played a pivotal role in enhancing productivity within businesses. Staying up to date with the current and future trends ensures the longevity of a business. Within the software development sector, the use of artificial intelligence, “future proofing” applications, continuous integration and delivery, and rapid prototyping have proven fruitful within our sector. The goal is to develop effective fast loading applications that are easy to enhance in the ever-evolving tech industry. WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)? When we started ZonkeTech we had this vision of radically changing the way the world works, things like automating businesses, building better communities, connecting people and most importantly playing my part eradicating the digital gender divide. Since then, we have not used technological innovations to keep in line with the 4IR, rather we have created the innovative business tools that build a better tomorrow. Sharing our amazing ideas with many developing and blue-chip companies, wowing our clients with our fast-loading websites, progressive web applications, business automation software and basically just helping businesses do the things they love more efficiently by going digital.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? Passion and determination have always proven to be a winning factor when it comes to being a successful leader. However, communication is a skill set that is paramount when trying to get a message across. Having effective written and verbal communication skills will help you to build good working relationships. WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? Grace Hopper was one of the most inspirational leaders in the tech industry. She developed the COBOL programming language, invented the first programming language compiler, and coined the term “De-Bugging” after her team removed a moth stuck in a computer relay. In the male dominant tech industry, we can take solace in knowing that there are women out there who braved the odds and succeeded. Inspiring leaders like Grace Hopper have given women in tech the confidence to achieve their goals and play their part in closing the gender divide within the tech industry.

CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 031 566 2135

Email: info@zonketech.co.za

Website: https://zonketech.co.za/

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MA R E DI T E C H N OL OG IES Cherish your vision and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements” - Napoleon Hill

I successfully organised

Bloemfontein and Mpumalanga with a

Maredi Technologies’ first

combined workforce of 31 employees. Her

Vision Day (state of the

achievements and talents are a testament

company) event, which

to the great and often untapped potential

resulted in increasing

that resides in women.

the company’s morale. HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT

NTOMBI MAZIBUKO

IN THE WORKPLACE? The inclusion of women is

Marketing Manager

key to our success. Maredi

Maredi Technologies

Technologies has therefore implemented steps to ensure that

Within a decade of its inception Maredi

Technologies is a dream that has become reality. Maredi Technologies showcases

the power of possibility and reveals what

is achievable when there is perseverance and an undying will to succeed.

Every day this company defies the odds; it creates watershed moments for itself

and it pioneers change. We are proud to

be celebrating our first decade. I believe

the key to our 10-year success lies in our investment in people. People are central to our business success. Our mission is to deliver quality and cost-effective

solutions to our clients in a manner that exceeds expectations and assures our clients of our personal attention and professionalism at all times.

STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? We have benefited substantially from the contribution and value of women in our organisation. The integration of women has improved the skills offering, the quality of our ideas and decision-making. Women at Maredi Technologies provide different outlooks and, perspectives on solutions

we achieve gender equality in our

and approaches. This has augmented the

organisation. We have altered our hiring

scopes of our service offering and opened

practices and have gone as far as ensuring

up new opportunities for our business.

that our interview panel is gender diverse so that we can source a gender diverse

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S

work force. We are proud of our CEO

GENDER EQUALITY AND BEE RATINGS

training programme, that is training and

AND POLICIES?

developing 4 female recruits for the next

Maredi Technologies, strives to achieve

12 months.

being an “employer of choice”, to fulfil our Constitutional obligation and any

We cannot create an inclusive and

applicable legislation in support of the

dynamic business if we do not create

National Gender Policy Framework. We

room for women in our business. This

have adopted policies and practices

CEO training programme will train and

that deal with gender issues within our

introduce young women to all eight of

workplace and taken a firm stand against:

our departments. At Maredi Technologies

• Violence against women in our workplace

we have also made a concerted effort to

• Any barriers that promote

appoint women in leadership positions –

discrimination based on sex, religion,

for example Lelona Magwambe in logistics

age, race or creed, therefore affording

and project management is a product of

equal opportunities for all in our

our development and training initiative.

employment practices • Any work practice that restricts

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOU MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENTS?

When she started she was fresh out of

the development of women in our

I redesigned and launched the current

‘varsity and because of our drive towards

workplace either in terms of training

company website and built a series of

creating an inclusive gender-diverse

compelling posters and videos, effectively

workplace we harnessed and invested

streamlining departmental work at all

in her talent and today she heads up

rights afforded to women as

levels of marketing and communications.

four regions namely; Gauteng, Limpopo,

entrenched in the Constitution.

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opportunities or career growth • Any practice that infringes on any


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WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND

HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL

our desire is to do more business in Africa.

FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR?

MEDIA TO CREATE MORE BUSINESS?

As a start we registered a company in

A tech trend that is specifically of interest to

Social media has been a seamless and

Mozambique. This is an exciting first step

our company is the issue of cyber security

frictionless vehicle to interact, improve,

for us that we are hoping will allow us to

and cyber attacks. This an issue that does

respond and communicate with our

have a foot in the door as we explore the

not just affect giant IT security companies,

customers. We use social media to share

endless business opportunities that exist

but it affects all types of businesses. The

information about our company, to create

on the continent.

threats to the government from cyber

awareness about new products and to

criminals are even greater, leading to

meaningfully engage with our customer

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS

potential national security risks as dark actors

base. Social media has been extremely

OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED?

look to steal secrets and intellectual property.

useful in helping us to develop better

• The ability to embrace change

insights into what our customers Cyber attacks pose a serious threat to

and diversity

need in real time.

• The ability to create room for

become vital for businesses to be more

HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE

• The ability to embrace conflict

proactive in protecting themselves against

DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INTO

• The ability to see potential and

security and cyber threats. We therefore

YOUR ORGANISATION?

have invested in providing security

Sustainability is at the heart of what

solutions that can be easily integrated

we do, and it is a central component of

WHICH FEMALE LEADERS

within the business infrastructure and IT

our legacy project. In a nutshell I can

INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY?

architecture of any organisation.

say our sustainability project is how

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook,

the stability of many organisations - it has

people to innovate

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. BELIEVE

IN YOURSELF AND TRUST THAT YOU HAVE EVERYTHING WITHIN YOU TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS 2. SIT AT THE TABLE AND UNAPOLOGETICALLY PURSUE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN YOUR WORKPLACE 3. NEVER BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP, YOUR VOICE COUNTS 4. INVEST IN YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH 5. YOU ARE NOT INVISIBLE YOU HAVE VALUE, YOU MATTER AND YOUR PRESENCE IS IMPORTANT.

talent beyond stereotypes

we future proof

and Mimi Omokri, Ubers’ head of

our business

business, are leaders that inspire me.

from failing.

Sheryl Sandberg wrote the book “Lean In”

We operate in

which transformed the way I see female

a space that

leadership in the tech-spaces. She inspired

is shaken by

me to be courageous in my pursuits,

technological

especially in a world that is dominated by

disruptions so

men, I have learnt the importance of being

our ability to

able to sit at the table unapologetically and

adapt and ride

to believe that what I bring is important and

the waves of

deserves to be heard.

change is critical to our continued

Omokri is another fearless leader that

WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS

survival. We therefore set ambitious

has shattered stereotypes about African

ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION

goals for our research and development

women occupying leadership roles in global

TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH

department to innovate and prioritise

companies. She inspired me not only to

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)?

change through the introduction of new

lead change in my workplace but to aspire

Maredi Technologies has always been at the

and improved products.

towards leadership positions.

cutting edge of technological movements and innovations. We are in the business

Maredi Technologies invests in people

of building ICT infrastructures that enable

and we see them as the power behind our

connectivity which is an important aspect of

sustainability projects. Our partnership also

realising 4IR. Things like cloud computing,

provides us with the ability to leverage the

AI and machine learning, block chain,

strengths of our peers and to improve our

robotics and so forth require a reliable

value offering over the long term.

CONTACT INFORMATION

network capacity to make them function effectively. An ICT infrastructure needs to

WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON DOING

be built to enable the necessary speeds for

BUSINESS IN AFRICA?

data sharing. So, for us 4IR is not something

Africa offers tremendous opportunities for

we keep in line with, it is something that is

growth. Our interest in the continent lies

deeply embedded in what we do.

in the business potential that exists as it is

Physical address: 04 Liebenberg Road Noordwyk, Midrand,1687 Telephone: +27 11 074 7181 Website: www.mareditechnologies.co.za Twitter: @Maredi_Tech Facebook: @MarediTech

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G I JI M A

I N T E RV I E W

G I J I M A’ S T R A N S F O R M AT I O N S TO RY

A J OU RNEY O F IMPACT A N D SHAPI NG THE TECH AGENDA

TRANSFORMATION AT GIJIMA – AN INSPIRED LEGACY The year 2021 has been marked by the South African government as ‘the year of Charlotte Maxeke.’ - acknowledged as the first black South African woman to graduate with a university degree. A century and a half since the birth of Maxeke, South Africa’s is still advocating for transformation and equal representation of women and other previously marginalised groups, especially in the corporate sector. Gijima takes pride in taking up the mantle of this transformation agenda and ensuring that the legacy of Charlotte Maxeke lives on, not just as an anecdote but as a reality that continues to extend and inspire beyond the borders of South Africa.

Our B-BBEE status is

LEVEL 1

– with a procurement recognition level of 135%

Ratio of 6:11 Female Executives

100%

BLACK SHAREHOLDING that is locally funded, controlled and managed.

Black women ownership of 41.56% Black youth ownership of 61.37%

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GIJIMA TRANSFORMATION OUTLINE Our transformation agenda aims to implement analytic practices and bespoke solutions that efficiently address the clients’ needs and prospects creating a better opportunity to compete in the changing economy. We are also committed to ensure that women are the key drivers of our transformation agenda. Gijima is at the forefront of driving transformation and empowerment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector by taking measured steps to embed transformation and sustain it across the business. Led by a diverse female-majority executive team (a ratio of 6:11), the culture of progressiveness, equal opportunity and growth welcomes a new wave in a typically male-dominated sector. Beyond the C-Suite, Gijima not only strives to transform the communities it works in, but are also deliberate and more focused in ensuring their solutions and programmes are linked to advancing woman in communities in which they operate. True to the adage that says when you empower a woman, you empower a nation, we believe by doing so, we will rally the best of our people and provide an effective working environment for the Gijima community. As a woman empowered and focused organisation, our transformation agenda focuses on the following: • Equal opportunity procedures and diversity in the workplace by ensuring a dynamic workforce representative of our environment.

• Creating a transformed environment that provides equal opportunities to all its employees, whilst giving special consideration to employees from designated groups.

“WHEN YOU EMPOWER A WOMAN, YOU EMPOWER A NATION.”

• Implementation of accelerated development programmes. • Ensuring sustainability and unity of purpose through identification, empowerment and support of initiatives that address issues that are of local, regional and national importance.

• Improving and capturing high potential black-owned small businesses into the value chain. • Leveraging stakeholder relationships to maximise contributions to economic access of vulnerable citizens GIJIMA INITIATIVES THAT SHIFT THE NEEDLE In an effort to pay the opportunity forward, Gijima runs initiatives that aim to grow the female leadership. “Knowing the difficulty it takes to secure leadership opportunities in ICT, we felt it was important to implement programs that encourage female engagement across the business. So often, opportunity comes from clear mentorship, sponsorship and early recognition, our belief is that this forum gives an opportunity for that to happen in an intentional space” said Roberta Gumede. Gijima Woman in IT: an internal forum that is dedicated at advancing women’s growth in ICT field through mentorship, internships and learnerships, amongst other activities. Gijima NXT Leaders: an internal forum that is targeted to nurturing youth leadership in the business, creating space for members to engage in strategic business activates with the intention to grow them into succession

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OUR TRANSFORMATION BEYOND SOUTH AFRICA We are audacious in our agenda. We are determined and seek to engender an ICT entity that is foresighted, proactive, responsive, results-driven, transparent,

accountable and appropriately resourced and equipped to deliver on its mandate; an organisation that meets the needs and expectations of its stakeholders. As we continue to grow our organisation into the giant African ICT provider, our transformation agenda will remain the core of our strategy. Gijima will forever embody the spirit of icons such as Charlotte Maxeke who advocated for the rights of the vulnerable and those not represented or inclusive in nature. Solutions that remain citizen-centric and support woman empowerment remain drivers in our mission to influence a new South Africa and African continent. We are Gijima: technology people.

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical Address: Midrand IBG (International Business Gateway) 1 Pioneer Avenue, South Wing, Midrand Postal Address: P O Box 10629, Centurion, 0046 Tel: (+27) 010 449 5000 Email: info@gijima.com Website: www.gijima.com


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As the captain of transformation at Gijima, Elisa is responsible for and drives Group Transformation through Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBEEE) and Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD), Skills Development and Employment Equity . Her role assumes an agile transformation technique wherein Gijima gradually and continuously transforms to an organisation that can thrives in a flexible, collaborative, self-organising, fast-changing environment.

ELISA MAKWA Chief Transformation and ESD Officer Elisa Makwa, Chief Transformation & ESD Officer at Gijima, cuts a figure that is totally different from that of a qualified, multi-talented, and experienced legal eagle as well as transformation strategist.

Said Elisa, “Gender equality and the empowerment of women is central to the mandate of my unit at Gijima and inherent to the company’s development approach. We are a 42% black-female owned entity, our preferential procurement (on female owned entities) spans approximately 27% and our Executive Committee (EXCO) encompasses 50% women, highlighting our commitment to gender empowerment and equality.” As a seasoned Chief Transformation Officer, Elisa has observed that some companies have progressed very slowly and one of the

ten years, Barbara has risen from Human Resources Practitioner to Chief Human Resources Officer in 2020. She said, “This has been one of the greatest investments made by Gijima and a major milestone of my career in the field of Human Resources.” Her rise within the company illustrates how Gijima approaches leadership growth through transformation and empowerment.

BARBARA HLONGWANE Chief Executive for Human Resources With years of corporate experience under her belt, Barbara Hlongwane fits the description of homegrown talent. Having been with Gijima for more than

Barbara lives and breathes transformation and empowerment. This can be seen in the female-majority team that she leads at Gijima. Her strategy is directed at making sure that Gijima produces more women leaders across all ages. “I have been inspired by the prolific businesswoman, Wendy Luhabe as well as former Public Protector, Professor Thuli Madonsela. They exemplify that the female journey into leadership can be one fraught with challenges yet equal benefit in its ability to move communities to the next level” added Hlongwane.

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most important reasons for this the slow progress is the lack of commitment at the senior level. This is further exacerbated by a shortage of funds and skills which are primary barriers to BBBEE. With this in mind, at the start of her tenure, she galvanised support from the top, resulting in Gijima’s transformation achievement today. Our BEE ratings and policies at Gijima endeavors to transform our economy to enable the meaningful participation of black people, including women, and rural communities (where we operate) in the mainstream of the economy. This is done in a manner that has a positive impact on employment, income redistribution and economic growth. With such passion for the work she does, what inspires Elisa? “Every woman who has discovered their unfolding purpose in life and keeps honing it as it evolves, motivate me. Women with fierce, robust, determined and unshakable attributes inspire me,” she concluded

Barbara’s role at Gijima involves a 360 degree look into the soul of the organisation as well as its ability to align with the latest talent trends. ““I am responsible for developing the organisation-wide best practices for human resources development and management, aligning them across multiple business functions in line with Gijima’s overall strategy through provision of skills and employees wellbeing. I also drive all aspects of Employment Equity and Workplace Skills to ensure alignment with national mandates and charters and is held accountable by labour legislation amongst others” With the changing landscape of HR due to the ‘new normal’, Barbara is passionate about developing an organisational culture that both supports the growth of individuals across multiple vertices while maintaining top drawer output to the organisation. In closing, she noted that her commitment is to “grow a strong female pipeline that in time to come debunks the myth that female leaders are few and far between.”

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sharing news about a protégé’s success, her face lights up and her voice brings out her passion for changing the lives of our country’s youth.

ARANKA VERSTER Head of Department for the Human Capital Management

When Aranka Verster speaks about her role as the Managing Executive for the Human Capital Management & Training (HCM) division of Gijima, like a master

True to the company’s motto of being ‘The Technology People’, when you ask Aranka what her division is all about, she tells you that, “We bring the people element into the business. Our strategy is one ‘from cradle to grave’, where we develop and certify many young enthusiasts in various ICT programmes. From there on we facilitate placements across various industries providing young talent with the opportunity to grow within the sectors. A hidden gem in HCM is that we not only focus on the ICT skills and sector, but also provide a wide range of skills to the benefit of the greater economy too.”

Shubna is the Managing Director of Gijima Technology Solutions, one of three Gijima divisions. What she enjoys most about her role is the fact that she gets “to shape the 2030 vision of Gijima and have an impact on the country by changing the narrative of classic ICT services as well as the delivery model.”

SHUBNA HARILAL Managing Director

If a book was to be commissioned about the trials and triumphs of women in the ICT sector, Shubna Harilal would be the ideal person to take up the task.

Said Shubna, “We have embraced 4IR. To us it is not just a buzz word, we had to apply strategies to be ahead of our game. In as much as most customers and other organisation still believe in the classic ICT providers, we have made strides in adapting our services to 4IR. Our Healthcare solutions for example have enabled healthcare professionals to fufill their duties with ease, especially during this time.”

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The HCM Division of Gijima takes pride in the fact that it has enabled more women to gain skills and employment. “Since 2008, we have had a 60:40 spilt in our recruitment for our learnerships and internships and we have done exceptionally well,” she added. “We need to continue pushing the envelope and making sure that there is a paradigm shift with regards to breaking the stereotypical roles for men and women in business. This is something I have been championing my whole life.” For young entrepreneurs, Aranka’s advice is that they must skill themselves and back it up with delivery. She concluded, “Your customer must be your brand ambassador and provide testimonial to your service. After all, people buy from people they trust.”

With the world thrown into a tailspin by the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in economic shutdowns all over the world, companies were forced to find means of survival, especially when it comes to ICT operations and support. For Gijima’s Technology Service under the leadership of Shubna it was an opportune moment. She said, “COVID-19 catapulted Gijima into the next phase of its journey to embrace a new way of living and doing business, driven by technology innovation.” Shubna believes that she is doing what she loves and does not see it as a job. She says, “this means I seldomly feel stressed. The advice I would give to young entrepreneurs is- stay grounded, don’t give up and do what you do for the love of it”


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testimony to the company’s transformation of agenda. This includes investing in women, especially the youth, internally or externally.

ROBERTA J. GUMEDE Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Roberta Gumede is amongst a handful of young executives, not only in the ICT sector, but in blue-chip corporate environment in South Africa. Her position at Gijima, as Chief Marketing Officer, and a member of the company’s female-led EXCO and board, bears

WYNNE KOSSUTH Head of Legal, Governance, Risk and Company Secretarial As a member of the female contingent of Gijima’s Executive team, Wynne Kossuth is a highly experienced professional in the Legal, Risk and Governance space , who has earned her stripes in private as well as corporate practice.

Roberta rose through the ranks within Gijima’s parent company Guma Group where she held the role of Chief of Staff to Chairman, Robert Gumede. With her current role, she is poised to drive Gijima’s brand growth as it transforms into a South African multinational organisation tha is future centric, vibrant and drives innovation for the betterment of citizen experiences. This is bolstered by her experience of having explored business initiatives across Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) as well as Africa. Roberta sees her role as one that support the various Gijima Business Units in all their marketing activities from product development, to their go-to-market strategy. She drives effective and innovative brand strategic marketing, communications and public relations strategies. Collectively, this creates greater company and brand awareness,

Wynne holds the position of Head of Legal, Governance, Risk and Company Secretarial at Gijima . Her area of specialisation includes, transactional law, involving transactions conducted in the business environment spanning Mergers & Acquisitions (M&As)to regular contracting. An example is the acquisition of an entity by Gijima with a transaction that straddles both commerce, legal and the regulatory environment. Such transactions involve risk mitigation, planning and generally ensuring that the business being acquired overcomes all the hurdles, regulations and requirements in its way before it is successfully absorbed into its new domain. Even with vast experience, every aspect of her role cannot be taken lightly. To support her, Wynne leads a highly transformed legal team which work alongside her on all Gijima matters. She’s found that even tough she’s not in private practice, which is still a man’s world, her efforts towards transformation are better received in the corporate sector.

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provides deep client insights and increases sales to ensure probability and sustainability. As the role of Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) positions in business are redefined, Roberta is passionate about forging cutting edgeways in which communication, corporate culture, values and solutions dance together to ensure organisations remain relevant and impactful for generations. “In having a ‘seat at the table’ my role stretches far beyond my portfolio. In addition, it aims to bring a novel and youthful voice into business operations. I am always considering the future impact of business strategies ensuring the organisation continues to create net-positive impact past Vision 2030 for its stakeholders across the board”, she added.

“My goal is to continue to influence change in my sphere and open doors for my female peers by removing the expectation of years of experience and traditional conformity to a talent pool which in many ways offers more: in just a different manner. “

This is where young, black women from various backgrounds are given the opportunity to lead, grow and excel in spaces typically reserved for white males.” For this reason, Wynne notes three memorable successes. She says “The first is building an extremely strong and capable legal team. Secondly achieving an unimaginable success in all court applications launched for and against Gijima over the last few years and lastly signing the Transnet agreement.” Wynne, having too been a part of the Gijima leadership for over five years, bares testimony that male leaders and organisations that unapologetically advocate for woman’s advancement remain at the forefront of growth, especially in a rapidly changing society.

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“ WH EN Y OU ’ RE BU S CALI NG A C

ther e is no ti m guess y o u

Y O U H AV E TO B I N FO R M E D P ERS ON

Meet South African powerhouse, Alexandria Procter - CEO

and founder of DigsConnect.

Developed during her Honours year at the University of Cape

Town, DigsConnect was born as a response to the 2018 student

accommodation crisis. The platform

is South Africa’s first digital solution to accommodation for students, aiming to connect landlords

with buyers. As the country’s

largest student accommodation

marketplace, DigsConnect is only

DigsConnect CEO

A le x an d r i a Pr o c te r on entrepreneurship and never giving up

getting started and through it,

Alexandria and her team are trying

to build a self-sustaining community in which people can connect with like-minded individuals in a safe

and secure environment. We sat down with Alexandria to discuss the highs and lows of female

entrepreneurship, what excites her and the principles for workplace success that she absolutely refuses to compromise on.


A L EX A N D R I A PR OCTE R

UILDING AND C OMPAN Y,

me t o s e c ond urse lf .

B E TH E BEST IN T H E RO O M . ”

I was originally matching up landlords

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE

and students manually, but I realised it would be much easier if I just knocked

having to go through me. Over a

you think about yourself. It all starts

could connect by themselves without

You have to radically change how

weekend I bought the domain and

with your mindset. I don’t know if this

was just me, but I feel like growing up

coded a simple website where you

could list accommodation and search

for accommodation. Thus, DigsConnect was born as an online marketplace

of Mensa. I’m currently training for

throughout South Africa. A couple

Stellenbosch Flying Club.

postgrad at university, registered the

I used to run an NGO called

growing, ever since.

which held computer literacy and

WHAT DID YOU FIRST HOPE TO

a certain extent, this is even more the case for women. When you’re

building and scaling a company, there

women in the Cape Flats. However,

Honestly, it was just about solving a

hyper-focused on this company and

immediate community.

Forum Global Shapers, and a member

had about 50 000 beds on the platform

my PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) at

months later I dropped out of my

ACHIEVE WITH DIGSCONNECT?

since DigsConnect’s growth, I’ve been

problem that was facing me and my

entrepreneurship.

WHAT WAS THE IDEA BEHIND DIGSCONNECT? HOW DID IT

is no time to second guess yourself. You have to be the best informed person in the room, you have to

make the call and you have to back yourself. You have to stand up,

speak up, take the hits and question

company, and we’ve been going, and

entrepreneurship workshops for

figure, not question why they have

keep quiet, wait your turn, obey. To

huge demand and the platform just

exploded. Within a couple of months I

authority to some vague authority

principals. You’re taught to sit down,

stumbled upon something that was in

I am a part of the World Economic

you’re taught to doubt yourself, defer

that authority or the validity of their

to connect sellers (landlords) with

headed to the stratosphere. I had

Libraries for Entrepreneurship,

AN ENTREPRENEUR, PARTICULARLY A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR?

I was suddenly strapped to a rocket

ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND?

HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING

together a little website where people

buyers (students). Before I knew it,

PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE

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how those with authority got that

authority and then you have to have

the audacity to change it, to propose and then build a better way of doing things, and then fight through the naysayers and resistance to that

change. You simply cannot doubt yourself for a second.

But something remarkable that we saw happening was secondary

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD Y

services springing up around this

OU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

- local salons that were serving

Passionate. Resourceful. Hilarious.

when I was elected onto the Student

bookstores, theatres, parks coming

WHAT EXCITES YOU MORE

SRC position, landlords would call

buzz that students bring to any

The knowledge that I’m having a

vacancies, beds to fill, and wanted

money back in the hands of local

the work I do every day is helping

to the students.

were spending it in their communities.

COME ABOUT? It started during my undergrad,

the students, cafes, coffee shops,

Representative Council. Due to my

to life with the natural energy and

THAN ANYTHING?

me and say they had spare rooms,

neighbourhood. It was putting the

real impact on people’s lives; that

to know how to advertise these rooms

entrepreneurs, where they in turn

tens of thousands of students, their parents and landlords.

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I NT E RV IEW

A LE X A N D R I A PROC TER

It’s an incredible feeling

knowing that you’re part of the

solution. Every time I hear from one of our users about how

their lives were changed by

DigsConnect, I remember why I do what I do. Martin Luther

King said “Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve”.

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS WHO WANT TO MAKE IT IN SOUTH AFRICA? Do not ever give up. Keep trying, always. It’s impossible to fail unless you stop trying. Keep

at it, pivot a thousand times if

you must, make the necessary sacrifices, and prepare to be

exhausted. But also know you will have the most rewarding

and meaningful life. Also, our country needs you now more

than ever. Our country needs job-creators, entrepreneurs,

solution-makers, problem-solvers, thinkers, builders. This is how we can rebuild our economy, with

grassroots entrepreneurship. We cannot wait around for the public sector or anyone to come save

us, we have to save ourselves, and we do that by building.

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Aish a P andor SOUTH AFRICAN START-UP ENTREPRENEUR IS SWEEPING CLEAN


A I S HA PANDOR

to have a knack for working with a variety

SWEEP SOUTH LAUNCHED IN

HOW DOES SWEEP SOUTH WORK?

2014 AND HAS BECOME A SOUTH

WHAT IS A SWEEPSTAR AND HOW

AFRICAN SUCCESS STORY, ONE OF

MANY PEOPLE DO YOU EMPLOY?

COURAGE, BELIEF AND TENACITY,

SweepSouth doesn’t employ domestic

WINNING NUMEROUS ACCOLADES. YOU AND YOUR PARTNER PUT EVERYTHING INTO THE TECHSTARTUP. WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND RISKING EVERYTHING? WAS THERE A LIGHT BULB MOMENT? When we came up with the idea for

SweepSouth, back in late 2013, we knew that we wanted to create a

business in the technology space that would have a broad positive impact

on South African society - something

that would make people’s lives better while enabling us to live up to our

potential. The idea for SweepSouth came about purely by chance. Our

nanny was due to go away on holiday, but finding a short-term locum turned out to be a long and protracted

process. It was then that we gained an understanding of how difficult

it is for many domestic workers in

South Africa to reliably connect to

potential employers. We saw this as

an opportunity to not only help domestic

of different people, such as investors,

workers, but rather operates as a booking platform service, where

Being able to empathise with people from

all walks of life is crucial to the success of is one of your key objectives.

themselves online and through the

app to advertise their services and

YOU WERE GOOD AT MATHS AT

availability. Once registered, domestic

SCHOOL AND COMPLETED A PHD.

workers become SweepStars, with

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE AN

their own profile and ranking, based on

ENTREPRENEUR?

Employers can make repeated

school. While I had no trouble grappling

their clients’ or employers’ feedback.

I was actually quite average at maths at

bookings with the same SweepStar,

with numeracy, maths and science

depending on their availability, or else

certainly weren’t my favourite subjects.

choose someone new on an ad hoc

So, as you can imagine, it came as a

basis. Over the past six years we’ve

surprise to my family when I elected to

helped over 20,000 domestic workers

pursue a BSc in maths and science at

find work opportunities. Through the

university. It was only towards the end

COVID-19 crisis we’ve supported

of studying for my PhD that I realised

about 3,500 women who were active

I wanted to become an entrepreneur,

on the SweepSouth platform prior to

so I enrolled in a UCT postgraduate

the lockdown beginning. Typically, we

have some 5,000 SweepStars working through the platform each month.

business course with business and

biotechnology at the forefront of my

mind. However, the deeper I delved into

business the more I wanted to build and contribute to a business of my own. I

WHAT CHARACTERISTICS DO YOU

subsequently worked as a management

FEEL ENTREPRENEURS NEED IN ORDER TO SUCCEED?

and modernisation. Positioning

especially now during these continually

which desperately needed an overhaul

I’d say definitely grit and determination,

ourselves to be able to help even a

challenging economic times. It’s

risking it all for.

cofounders, employees and customers.

building your business, which of course

domestic workers can register

workers but also the industry at large,

fraction of these women was worth

I N T E RV I E W

also important to be innovative and

opportunistic while being focussed at the

same time. Most entrepreneurs also need

consultant for two years, which is when I realised that I didn’t want to be a

corporate employee or be employed by

someone else. So my desire to become an entrepreneur came quite late in my

tertiary education - it certainly wasn’t an ambition while I was growing up.

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WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR

SMALL BUSINESS AND

HIGHEST HIGHS AND LOWEST LOWS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS SEEN AS A

OVER THE LAST 6 YEARS?

SAVING GRACE FOR THE SOUTH

The highest highs included starting

AFRICAN ECONOMY AND YET THE

SweepSouth and seeing the business

beginning to take off with interest from

both customers and SweepStars. It was an amazing feeling and wonderful to

LACK OF FUNDING AND SUPPORT

accelerated numerous tech-enabled

business opportunities, which will help

to shape the ‘new normal’ in the world of work and lifestyle. E-commerce also has an increasingly large role to play.

COULD RESULT IN OUR COUNTRY SCORING AN OWN GOAL. WHAT

HOW CAN TECHNOLOGY POSITIVELY

DO YOU FEEL COULD BE DONE TO

IMPACT ON THE NUMBER OF WOMEN

see the business building. Receiving our

FIX THIS?

STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESSES?

first investment also came as wonderful validation for the business. It’s a

Lots of people start businesses in

South Africa has a relatively small

humbling feeling when someone is willing

South Africa and I think the time to be

innovative in the ways we support SME

mentors and role models presently, but

to back your business with their hard-

earned money and has faith in you to be able to execute. It was also incredible to see the ongoing growth of SweepSouth, registering the first 100 SweepStars,

then the first 1,000 and knowing that

you’re helping people to provide for their families through your product. Bringing together a team and having the buy-in

from skilled individuals, who want to be

part of the mission you’re on, was also a great feeling.

In terms of the lowest lows, a lot

of sacrifices had to be made to get

SweepSouth off the ground. Having to

sell possessions and your home in order to plough capital into a business can be

an extremely challenging and emotionally draining task. Similarly, fundraising and finding suitable investors is typically a

long and uncertain process. Negotiating and finding common ground takes a

growth is long overdue. While there

is a lot of funding available for small

businesses more often than not funds are not channelled correctly. A great

deal of bureaucracy and burdensome

administration is involved in applying for support programmes, which are often

hampered further by internal infighting, uncertainty and corruption. In order to

fix this, I think there needs to be some consolidation of the many different

particularly in terms of business and

entrepreneurial activity. Women have so

many responsibilities to juggle, especially at home, so technology is allowing more women to work virtually without needing to be physically present in order to roll out products and services. HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED ON SWEEP SOUTH?

government department and minister

horrendously challenging. SweepSouth

The COVID-19 crisis has been

mandated to support small businesses

was unable to operate at all during the

must be far more prominent. In addition,

I believe it’s vital for entrepreneurship to

be taught in school along with the basics of how to start a business.

SWEEP SOUTH IS A TECH START UP – WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU

first stages of lockdown, which meant SweepStars were unable to work and earn an income. The situation has eased somewhat as the lockdown gradually relaxes and despite the

difficulties it has brought the team

closer together in a positive sense.

SEE FOR GROWTH IN YOUR BUSINESS SECTOR?

rigmarole. The other weighty low was

within business is certainly the way of

I think technology and its application

disappointing a customer for the first time.

the future. Most businesses will need

make sure to learn quickly from mistakes.

and access information more easily,

to small businesses. Furthermore, the

sides, although it is ultimately worth the

to a customer is always difficult, so we

technology is enabling women to connect

agencies out there which offer support

great deal of time and evaluation on both

Having to confront issues and apologise

number of women-run businesses,

to readily embrace this fact if they’re

to survive in the medium-to-long term.

The COVID-19 crisis has identified and

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We were able to successfully set up

the COVID-19 SweepStar fund with the help of our investors and some of our

customers, which has reinforced the fact that people care and want to play their part in supporting domestic workers

during this financially devastating time.


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“...technology is enabling women to connect and access information more easily, particularly in terms of business and entrepreneurial activity.”

On a business level, like many

companies, the COVID-19 crisis has

shifted the way we interact as a team and

work together in more cost-effective ways.

a business cleaning and sanitisation

HOW DO YOU RELAX?

offering that is gaining great traction.

I like to relax by playing with my kids,

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE

indulge in some Netflix viewing, but

reading and doing yoga. I occasionally

FOR ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS. We’ve also made good use of this time

It’s vital to channel your efforts into work

product development. So we’ve emerged

yourself with people who compliment you

to streamline our platform and work on after 10 weeks or so with exciting

updates to our SweepSouth Connect

platform (including AI enhancements for

better customer experience, and a much wider service offering) and much better versions of our core services (indoor

cleaning and outdoor help), as well as

that you’re passionate about and surround well in terms of skills and personality.

I also enjoy watching interviews and listening to podcasts by business leaders.

IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR IN EACH

An important part of being a successful

DAY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?

opportunities, in whatever form they may

it working, which probably wouldn’t be a

entrepreneur is to keep looking out for

If I had an extra hour I’d probably spend

take. Also, crucially, it’s important to build

good idea. Instead, I’d rather figure out

a business with an infinite mindset, rather than with a short-term outlook.

how to be more productive with the time I actually have.

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PROFILE

SE RVE ST

SERVEST - FORGING A PATH FOR EMPOWERMENT AND DIVERSITY Since its launch in 1997, Servest has been at the forefront of designing and implementing progressive strategies to create gender equality in the workplace.

Over the years, Servest has built a high performing business, driven by high performing teams that have embraced the culture of high performance.

This integrated facilities management company is one of the biggest blackowned facilities management companies in the country, employing 24 000 staff. The Group provides integrated facilities management solutions for the internal and external built, and marine environments. From interior design and space planning, environmental consideration, cost optimisation analysis, carbon impact reduction, cleaning and parking support to catering, hygiene, security, pest control, security, office plants and landscaping, Servest has established itself as a key player in the integrated facilities management space.

AWARDS

The company has a presence in eight countries in Africa across 11 110 sites. Of its 24 000 colleagues, 44.8% are women, 12 of whom are in leadership positions. As part of the strategy to improve empowerment and diversity within the

Group, Servest established the Lesipho Trust in 2014 with the objective of empowering women and colleagues from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. This step has yielded great results within the business, creating a conducive environment for growth for all colleagues.

2018 - the South African Landscapers Institution (SALI) Award 2019 - the Gold Award of Excellence for landscaping solutions 2019 - the Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA) prestigious Feather Award for Servest Hygiene’s quality of services and solutions offering at the Cape Town International Airport. At the core of the Group’s strategy is to ensure alignment and integrate people, processes and places with technology to achieve triple bottom line and defined strategic goals for clients within the facilities management space. AVHAATHU RATHOGWA – GROUP SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR Avhaathu is the Group Sales and Marketing Director at Servest with 19 years of expertise in sales and marketing. She is a supreme leader who thrives

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on making waves in the fourth industrial revolution to make an impact on our economy. She led the SME/ Indirect Channel segment with a special focus to drive SME digital transformation, enterprise sales and retail strategy. Her goal is to impact and inspire young leaders.

TAKALANE KHASHANE - MD CLEANING AND CATERING Takalane has worked in different industries including Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, and Telecommunications. She has 15 years of experience in different leadership positions, with her key areas of interest being finance, strategy, and people. Her last role was as the Executive Head, responsible for the Consumer Division at Vodacom KZN. Takalane joined Servest as Managing Director of Cleaning & Catering in February 2019. THAMI MOATSHE – GROUP CORPORATE FINANCE AND MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS DIRECTOR Thami Moatshe is the Group Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions Director and one of the first female executives at Servest. She is a highly accomplished leader who participated in the Bain Executive Leadership Programme. She is a longstanding member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP). She holds a Master’s degree in Management in Finance and Investment, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration and a certificate in Project Management.

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: Servest Building, Corner of Bridal Veil Road and Tugela Lane, Waterfall Logistics Precinct, Midrand, 2090 Telephone: 0860 22 55 84 Email: info@servest.co.za Website: www.servest.co.za


SE RV E ST

I N T E RV I E W

I N TE G RAT E D FA CILITIES SOLUTIONS?

TH I N K SERV E S T.

INTERVIEW WITH AVHAATHU RATHOGWA, GROUPS SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR OF SERVEST HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? Servest believes focused efforts on eradicating gender disparities will ensure economic growth in a more robust and sustainable manner, as both women and men alike are afforded the opportunity to participate fully within the organisation; gaining an important competitive edge. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? To begin with, Covid-19 has impacted the FM sector and other sectors dependent on it - we anticipate that there will be a number of changes in the way in which people work and think about space planning. We have already seen unexpected innovations in the hygiene, sanitisation and cleaning space.

Cloud-based FM solutions will also increase, as a result of growing usage of mobile applications as

well as an increase in utilisation of virtual and shared workspaces. We expect Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics to continue to rise in 2021. We also anticipate an increase in safety and security innovations, and many investments channeled towards safety and security innovations such as facial recognition and biometrics. HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE

The Internet of Things (IoT) - this will have a huge impact on the industry, as it has become the driver to enable buildings and facilities to become more automated and interlinked. For those who can leverage its full potential, it will play a significant part towards improved efficiencies and cost reduction. Drones are changing the way in which the world works, from healthcare to transport and logistics as well as FM. There have been interesting innovations around Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, especially among forward thinking FM companies that understand the impact of HVAC in providing comfort in the workplace. Energy efficiency and predictive maintenance regimes and machine learning contribute significantly towards cost savings and environmental benefits.

DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR ORGANISATION? We have been working tirelessly to build strong and strategic relations with our clients and in partnership with them to identify areas to improve their triple bottom line, and we are seeing the results. Another key drive of sustainability has been our investment in our people, mainly investments in training and skills development and upskilling efforts. This has helped us in retaining colleagues and ensuring sustainability of the business, as there is consistency in our human capital and continued improvement in our performance. We have invested in a digital transformation division that has been driving technology and digital solutions to improve business efficiencies to meet the demands of our clients.

We’ve also been exploring other opportunities of growth across the African markets; with a presence in eight countries across Africa – we have maintained and grown our Africa footprint and continue to explore opportunities of growth across other markets to remain relevant and sustainable. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? Future leaders need to become more resilient and agile so that when there is a need for change, it becomes a seamless exercise. Critical leadership capabilities in South Africa are contingent on the understanding that we have to build a sustainable future on the foundation of irresponsible historical business practices. To reverse the impact of these irresponsible practices, managers require relational intelligence (RI), as defined in academic studies as the sum of emotional intelligence and ethical intelligence.

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THE FUTURE OF WORK IS NOW RECRUITMENT & STAFF TAKE CENTRE STAGE By Charndré Emma Kippie With the global pandemic reaching a

This was the highest unemployment rate

and recruitment agencies are forced to

2008. The employment-to-population ratio

third wave, South African businesses

once again pivot, adjusting practices and

outlooks to meet pending changes, and a growing need for constant technological

innovation, required to keep the workforce going strong.

recorded since the start of the QLFS in also increased from 37,5% to 38,2%,

and the labour force participation rate

increased from 54,2% to 56,6% during this period, indicating that more people are participating in the labour market.

OVERVIEW

This meant that many were battling

Survey (QLFS), South Africa witnessed

lockdown period, putting major pressure

According to the Quarterly Labour Force an increase of 333 000 in the number of

employed persons near the end of 2020. However, data collected also indicated a rise in the number of unemployed

individuals, documenting that 701 000

individuals were without employment by

to find employment throughout the

on recruitment and staffing entities who experienced major shifts in acquiring

new skills and talent, retrenchment and

organisational strategies geared towards weathering the storm.

the fourth quarter of 2020.

Despite a reasonable plummet in

These changes significantly impacted all

employment prospects are steadily

major labour market rates. South Africa’s unemployment rate, thus, soared from

30,8% to 32,5% by the end of the year.

overall hiring activity throughout 2020, improving for professionals in sectors such as: the business management, ICT and logistics sectors.

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BUS I N ES S S UPPO R T S ERV I C ES

S E C TO R OV E RV I E W

REMOTE INTERVIEW PROCESSES As companies learn to embrace

remote working more and more, employers now rely on digital

recruitment practices, such as Zoom

IN TERVIEW

AIMS INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICA and

Google Meet interviews, as

well as online skills tests. To sift

through the massive talent pool, recruiters are learning to adopt

new hiring technologies, such as AI and automation. This trend is set in an HR IT start-up called Skillosophia. Skillosophia is the brainchild of Catherine Librandi Depeursinge, a Psychologist and qualified Executive Coach who speaks five languages fluently and my mentor in all things related to leadership

to continue, bettering hiring ON quality, WHAT IS YOUR POSITION DOING BUSINESS AFRICA? requiring lessINtime, and enhancing

I believe in Africaprocedures. and her people. With talent acquisition

Africa’s upcoming young population this continent has to be the future, REASSESSING REQUIRED even if we do have challenges. Within SETS development and assessments. We are in SKILL AIMS International, I promote Africa 5 WAYS HIRINGphase AND the development of an online tool develop Africa as the EMEA Thisand year has taught uspart to of pivot, that will help HR Managers and Business region. I still hear myself in meetings EMPLOYMENT WILL compromise, and value the smaller Leaders measure, understand and enhance ten, fifteen years ago as the only African

CHANGE IN 2021 the human skill sets in their organisations.

steps taken forward. The same

HYBRIDSkillosophia, WORK MODEL 2.0 with 50% female

markets skills development. meantand Eastern Europe) repeating at

delegate, when AIMS was far more

canEurocentric be said for(and emerging emergingjobs markets

ownership, will put competency checking Going every conference when Europe forward, recruiters will befeatured Times are constantly changing, during recruitment, assessment and and if 2020 has taught us anything,

a lot “ the ‘A’ in in EMEA is for Africa!” more invested Soft Skills. These

of the workforce. Hybrid employment on this exciting project with likeminded

Today I am proud to say that I have methods, adaptability, reliable collaboration, partners in Egypt (with female andownership☺), capacity forMorocco team-working and and Nigeria.

performance management as well as remote working may be efficient, but leadership development at our fingertips. employees missathe human element It is such privilege to be able to work people who are experts in their fields and terms and hub-and-spoke workspaces also great friends!

will be a major trend this year, as

employers opt for smaller offices and

HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL MEDIA

permit employees to work remotely,

TO CREATE MORE BUSINESS? allowingWe forengage flexibility. with our audience by sharing knowledge and tips for candidates on

take the form of communication

Together with Karim, These my Partner in relationship-building. skills

andfor fellow Executive Board will Morocco be looked when evaluating

member, we are working at expanding our region in addition to developing

applicants.

an ‘Associate Partner’ model to PERFORMANCE ANALYTICS accommodate Executive Search

companies in countries where the TRENDS

exchange rate is tricky andthat membership career transition and job search. We post A critical business aspect has INNOVATIVE HR TECHNOLOGY infomercials and articles of interest for HR

and participation fees a huge barrier to

The adoption of cloud-based HR

changed considerably this last year is

experience while working remotely.

best practices training to better serve matters: a focus and on work completed

clients and business leaders on human technologies will be emphasized, in capital assessment, management and order torecruitment. provide a better employee ARE YOU INTEGRATING New HRHOW Analytics Programmes mayTHE

entry into the current AIMS Partnership performance Business model. Thismanagement. way we can onboard our entities are now measuring Associate Partners with our what international clients in the visions region who are keen to efficiently and accomplished

enter the African market or who need HR DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY also assist in keeping employees INTO YOUR - it’s not about hours on the clock ORGANISATION?

motivated and productive. HR tech

and top level recruitment support.

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS BEING SCOUTED Software development

Middle/department management This behavioural style can be assessed, consulting and Representative/sales the right competencies developed,

through coaching and training. To be able to adapt your style is important; to be empathetic, yet decisive when need be and, most of all, engage your team to work for a common purpose is essential 5 DIVISIONS to buildTOP a sustainable business.

REQUIRING MORE RECRUITS

WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE

YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? There are so many great women who are beacons of light. If I have to choose one, it would be Dr Maya Angelou, for Information Technology her bravery and perseverance and her

wonderful way with words. On a more contemporary note, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is myBusiness favourite author of all time & Management and I look up to her for being outspoken and writing about feminism in a simple and beautiful manner. Her talks and Finance writings about ‘a single story’ resonates

with me, as I believe no person, country or culture has a single story. People

think they know you because they know Sales one thing or one aspect about you – this is a very simplistic way of looking at the world and can even be dangerous. If Admin, Office & Support you want to judge South Africa in this manner – by a single story – which one would you choose? We are the rainbow nation and we all have a story to tell.

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anymore. We will see performance

We put sustainability at the core of reviews continuous proves useful for virtual hiring, WHATand SKILLS DO YOU feedback THINK LEADERS everything we do. As part of my role as VP happening more frequently. Talent online learning and development, OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? Sustainability, I have written a sustainability The Leader-Coach management to trackingpolicy performance and smart with the view analytics tools will also be usedstyle for AIMS international is becoming essential, especially during to make this part of our code of conduct. I gather new data on employees. decision-making. have also started tracking gender stats in the international organisation. Building sustainability into our core business offerings:

times of crisis, such as this pandemic

coupled with the difficulty that employees are facing in an increasingly remote and CONTACT INFORMATION S TA N D A R D B A N K TO P WO M EN L EAD ER S 77 digital working space. Physical address: 8 Zion Street, Paarl, 7646 The new generation demands both an

Email: molo@aims-southafrica.com



A I MS I N T ER N AT I O N A L S O U TH AF RI CA PROFILE I MSI NITNER T ER N AT NLA SL O SO CA P RPO RO A IA MS N AT I OI O NA UTUHTHAFAF RIRI CA F IFL IEL E

AIMS INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL AIMS SOUTH AFRICA AFRICA SOUTH FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. CHOOSE TO BE AN OPTIMIST – THE VIEW IS A LOT BETTER FROM THIS 1. CHOOSE TO BE AN OPTIMIST – THE VIEW IS A LOT BETTER FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE. PERSPECTIVE. 2. LISTEN (ACTIVELY) TO THOSE UP AND DOWN THE SUPPLY CHAIN. 2. LISTEN (ACTIVELY) TO THOSE UP AND DOWN THE SUPPLY CHAIN. 3. DON’T BE SCARED TO CHANGE YOUR MIND IF THE FACTS STACK UP. 3. DON’T BE SCARED TO CHANGE YOUR MIND IF THE FACTS STACK UP. 4. RECOGNISE THE PERSON BEHIND THE ‘POSITION’. WE ARE HUMANS, NOT 4. RECOGNISE THE PERSON BEHIND THE ‘POSITION’. WE ARE HUMANS, NOT TILL OPERATORS OR CEO’S. EVERY PERSON HAS A STORY – SOME HAVE MANY. TILL OPERATORS OR CEOS. EVERY PERSON HAS A STORY – SOME HAVE MANY. 5. CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIES. 5. CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIES.

LEONIE PENTZ PENTZ LEONIE

MANAGING PARTNER MANAGING PARTNER Leonie has 20+ yearsyears experience as a as a Leoniehas has experience Leonie 20+20+ years experience as a recruitment professional in the Sub Sahara recruitmentprofessional professionalin in Sahara recruitment thethe SubSub Sahara African market, since January 2011, working African market, since January 2011, working African market, since January 2011, working as Managing Partner for AIMS South Africa. asManaging ManagingPartner Partner AIMS South Africa. as forfor AIMS South Africa. She was appointed to the AIMS International She was appointed to the AIMS International She was appointed to the AIMS International Executive Board 2016. ExecutiveBoard Boardinin in2016. 2016. Executive Leonie spent her early career as a specialist Leoniespent spenther her early career a specialist Leonie early career as aasspecialist FMCG recruiter, and later worked in the in the FMCG recruiter, and later worked FMCG recruiter, and later worked in the Industrial, Energy and Financial Industries. Industrial,Energy Energy Financial Industries. Industrial, andand Financial Industries. She met Rolf Heeb, Managing Partner AIMS She met Rolf Heeb, Managing Partner AIMS She met Rolf Heeb, Managing Partner AIMS Germany, (later AIMS President) in 2004 while Germany, (later AIMS President) in 2004 while Germany, (later AIMS President) in 2004 while working for a boutique search searchfirm firmininCape CapeTown. working for a boutique working for a boutique search firm in Cape Town. This led to a South African collaboration This led African collaboration and Town. Thistoleda toSouth a South African collaboration and in 2008 Leonie launched the AIMS in 2008 Leonie launched the AIMS Executive and in 2008 Leonie launched the AIMS Executive Search brand SouthSince Africa.January Since Search brand in brand SouthininAfrica. Executive Search South Africa. Since January 2011, she is the owner and Managing 2011, she is the and Managing Partner January 2011, she owner is the owner and Managing Partner forSouth AIMSAfrica. South Africa. Today she is a for AIMS Today she is a member Partner for AIMS South Africa. Today she is a member of the Global Consumer Practice and of the Global PracticePractice and leads member of the Consumer Global Consumer andthe leads the&Energy &Resources Natural Resources Practice Energy Natural Practice globally. leads the Energy & Natural Resources Practice globally. Leonie has extensive experience Leonie has extensive experience representing globally. Leonie has extensive experience representing PE firms and international PE firms and international investors representing PE firms and internationallooking to investors looking to appointand executive leaders appoint executive key professional investors looking to leaders appoint executive leaders and key professional staff for start-ups and staffkey forprofessional start-ups and existing operations and staff for start-ups and in the existing operations in the SSA markets. SSA markets. existing operations in the SSA markets. Leonie known totobebeanan enthusiastic leader Leonieisisisknown knownto enthusiastic leader Leonie be an enthusiastic leader and passionate agent for change. She is and passionate agent for change. She is and passionate agent for change. She is not afraid totochallenge the status quo quo and, and, notafraid afraidto challenge status not challenge the the status quo and, inspired by her two young daughters and son, inspiredby byher hertwo twoyoung youngdaughters daughtersand andson, son, inspired is optimistic about our future. She believes is optimistic about our future. She believes is optimistic about our future. She believes business can dodowell by by doing good. This businesscan cando well doing good. business well by doing good. This This determination and drive led her to be appointed determinationand anddrive drive led led her her to to be be appointed appointed determination as Vice President Sustainability for AIMS as Vice President Sustainability for as Vice President Sustainability for AIMS AIMS International 2019. Internationalinin in2019. 2019. International

Our organisation was founded in January Our organisation was founded in Januaryin Our organisation was founded 2011. We have 7 staff members, and 2 2011. We2011. haveWe 7 staff members, and 2 January have 7 staff members, branches, in Cape Town and Gauteng, branches, in Cape Town and Gauteng, and 2 branches, in Cape Town and respectively. respectively. Gauteng, respectively. OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: OUR SERVICES SERVICES INCLUDE: OUR Search services: Search services: Search • Executive search Executivesearch search • • Executive • Direct search Directsearch search • • Direct • Advertised search and selection Advertisedsearch searchand andselection selection • • Advertised • Multi-country search (in collaboration Multi-country search search (in • • Multi-country (in collaboration collaboration with other AIMS offices) withother otherAIMS AIMSoffices) offices) with

Talent managementservices: services: Talent Talent management management services: • On-boarding • • On-boarding On-boarding Assessments • ••Assessments Assessments • Executive coaching • • Executive Executivecoaching coaching • Leadership development programmes • • Leadership Leadershipdevelopment development programmes programmes Executive payroll services Executive payroll services Executive payroll services STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: Intergest STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: Intergest https://www.intergest.com/en/worldwide/ Intergest https://www.intergest.com/en/worldwide/ state/south-africa/ https://www.intergest.com/en/worldwide/ state/south-africa/ state/south-africa/ Alliot Global Alliance Alliot Alliot Global Alliance https://www.alliottglobal.com/ https://www.alliottglobal.com/ https://www.alliottglobal.com/ GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER GENDER EMPOWERMENT EMPOWERMENTAND AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT CORPORATE CORPORATE SOCIAL SOCIALINVESTMENT INVESTMENT (CSI) (150 WORDS) (CSI) (CSI) EMPOWERMENT POLICIES: EMPOWERMENT POLICIES: EMPOWERMENT EE policy targets: Minimum of 50% EE of 50% 50% EE policy policy targets: Minimum of black and 50% female staff black black and and 50% female staff BEE strategy targets: BBBEE level 2, BEE strategy strategy targets: B-BBEE BEE B-BBEE level level 2, 2, with 80% female and 50% Black African with 80% 80% female and 50% black with black African African ownership. ownership. ownership.

All staff have flexible working Allstaff staffhave haveflexible flexible working All working arrangements arrangements to look after family, to look after family, toarrangements look after family, including males. including males. including males.

EMPOWERMENT-RELATED CSI EMPOWERMENT-RELATED CSI EMPOWERMENT-RELATED CSI INITIATIVES/PROGRAMMES: INITIATIVES/PROGRAMMES: INITIATIVES/PROGRAMMES: As part of AIMS South Africa’s sustainability As part of AIMS South Africa’s As part AIMS South Africa’s drive, weof are excited to announce that sustainability drive, we are excited sustainability drive, we negotiations are excited with we have concluded to announce that we have concluded to announce that we have concluded Kankuna Pty Ltd., a majority black African negotiations with Kankuna Pty Ltd., which negotiations Kankunacompany. Pty Ltd., which female ownedwith consulting This will improve our South African operation willimprove improveour ourSouth SouthAfrican Africanoperation operationto will to BBBEE level 2 - with 80% female and to B-BBEE 2 - with female and B-BBEE levellevel 2 - with 80%80% female and 50% 50% Black African ownership. 50% African Black African ownership. Black ownership. Our target, set in 2019, was to transform Ourtarget, target,set setinin2019, 2019,was wasto to transform transform Our the business to at least 50% female staff, thebusiness businesstotoatatleast least 50% 50% female female staff, the 50% black staff and 50% Black ownership 50%black blackstaff staffand and50% 50%black black ownership ownership 50% model by 2022. With our current initiative modelby by2022. 2022. With With our our current initiative model with Kankuna Pty Ltd., we reach two of withKankuna Kankuna Pty Pty Ltd., we with wereach reachtwo twoof of those targets. As we grow to our target of thosetargets. targets.AsAswe wegrow growtotoour ourtarget targetofof those 10 staff, we will appoint more female black 10staff, staff,we wewill willappoint appointmore morefemale femaleblack black 10 staff in order to reach our 50% black staff staffininorder ordertotoreach reach our our 50% 50% black black staff staff complement and retain (or exceeding) our complementand and retain (or complement (or exceed)) exceed))our our 50% female staff goal. 50%female femalestaff staffgoal. goal. 50% GENDER EMPOWERMENT: GENDEREMPOWERMENT: EMPOWERMENT: GENDER STATISTICAL OVERVIEW STATISTICALOVERVIEW OVERVIEW STATISTICAL FEMALE PERCENTAGE FEMALE FEMALEPERCENTAGE PERCENTAGE >50.1% female shareholding 100% female >50.1% female 100% 100% female >50.1% femaleshareholding shareholding shareholding shareholding female shareholding Percentage of female executive Percentage ofoffemale executive Percentage female executive directors/senior management: directors/seniormanagement: management: directors/senior >50.1% female executive directors >50.1%female femaleexecutive executivedirectors directors >50.1% Percentage of female staff members Percentageofoffemale femalestaff staffmembers members Percentage (overall in company): (overall in in company): company): (overall >50.1% female staff >50.1%female femalestaff staff >50.1%

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AIMS INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICA Our managing partner, Leonie Pentz’s, involvement with the AIMS International organisation originated in 2005, when AIMS International first entered the African market. Under current leadership, since January 2011, AIMS International South Africa has been building a core team of seasoned recruitment and talent management professionals who truly understand the South African ethos, while benchmarking our international best practice and global knowledge through active participation in global practice teams and regular international conferences and training. In 2016, Leonie was elected to the AIMS International Executive Board and currently holds the international position of VP Sustainability. Arthur Nkuna joined Leonie as a partner in 2020. Arthur has a background in Corporate Financial Services and Talent Management, working with NGOs, and represents AIMS from Gauteng, while Leonie is based in Cape Town. Our 30+ years recruitment expertise spans across professional, senior and executive management roles in the following industries: Industrial, Consumer, Financial & Professional Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Life Sciences, Media and Technology and Automotive. Our team’s solid remote working experience over many years with developed expertise in remote recruitment and management processes ensures that we are future-fit and seamlessly move from on-site to remote services with excellent results. AIMS International South Africa specialises in finding and growing talent. Through our international partnerships, we are able to assist South African and international clients with a seamless cross-border executive recruitment service, drawing expertise from more than 270 Executive Search Consultants worldwide. We collaborate with our leadership experts on Talent Management in order to customise a programme best suited to your organisation. Our clients are local and global investors

who retain our services to find and develop core teams of talented executives to manage their investments and operations in the region. We work with business owners to find and grow key high potential talent locally and, through collaboration with our partner offices in 50 countries, internationally, when they need to hand-pick either expats or local talent to lead or start-up international operations. We delight in assisting investment shareholding companies in recruiting talented management teams to turn their incubation projects into rewarding and sustainable organisations. Because we understand that sustainability is not a single goal, but an enabling strategy to reach your business goals, we put sustainability at the core of everything we do. As human capital consultants, we know that we are in a privileged position to influence and contribute to global sustainability goals. We recruit and assess your leaders for a sustainability mindset - because people drive sustainability MAJOR MILESTONES AND SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS It goes without saying that suitable skills are of the utmost importance in all the roles we recruit for, however, awareness that women in the workplace should be treated equally and given a fair chance without unfounded bias, is a conversation that we need to have with our clients around the world.

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We started tracking our contribution to gender equity in the workplace during 2020 internationally as well as locally. In South Africa, 50% of all our executives Search placements were female during the last year. Internationally, 37.7% of all placements made were female. This is a very exciting statistic, as we are now able to set goals and start tracking these in a realistic manner. As most of our placements are senior managers and executives, this is a meaningful way to contribute to gender equity in the workplace, globally! EXCITING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE As part of AIMS South Africa’s sustainability drive, we are excited to announce that we are well in the process of concluding our South African operation to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) level 2, that is majority female owned and 50% black African ownership. This step will elevate AIMS South Africa into the unique position of being a black empowered executive search business with a solid track record of the last ten+ years, continuing under the same leadership that has become synonymous with quality and consistency, yet the added benefit of being a truly South African company. The diversity goals we set for our local operation to better reflect the markets we serve has finally been achieved and we will strive to grow and develop our internal values of inclusion and diversity during this new exciting chapter.


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We put sustainability at the core of our executive search and leadership development programmes. With fast changing consumer behaviour, in an increasingly connected and digitalised world that is in the midst of an energy revolution, and a new generation with new expectations, sustainability is essential to profitability. ACHIEVEMENTS: • Elected to AIMS International Board in 2016 and represented the EMEA region on the Executive Board until present. • Appointed as Vice President Sustainability AIMS International in 2019. • Appointed as Global Leader Energy and Natural Resources 2016. • Achieved Top 10 Business Providers in AIMS International in 2016 and again in 2020 out of all consultants globally. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES: • Started an initiative to offer free voluntary coaching sessions to all AIMS staff by AIMS internal qualified coaches during pandemic. • Initiated and coordinated making remote videos to introduce coaches to the internal teams. • Started ‘Zoom cafes’ during lockdown where all staff could socialise and support each other during lockdown online, especially mothers who had to work from home while their children were not able to go to school. We encouraged people to introduce their

children and pets, share their favourite meals and holiday destinations. • Started ‘Die Geborgenheid’, a section on our international intranet to share inspirational and wellness topics. • Arranged (and hosts some) regular workshops on sustainability topics such as ‘understanding vegetarianism’, ‘sustainability as a mega competency’, ‘happiness is a doing thing’, etc. • Started ‘The Global Exchange’ a podcast channel where AIMS HR experts (and their clients) all over the world share and discuss methodologies and topics on employee wellness. Our first series, Leadership Via Remote Control will air soon.

support staff have the choice to work from home, which meant when the pandemic hit, we were ‘business as usual’ at the AIMS South African ‘office’! Skills are important, however behavioral competencies like emotional intelligence is more important in creating a happy and responsible workplace which in turn supports clients in a manner that is valuedriven while striving for excellence.

GENDER POLICIES: We strive for and promote diversity and inclusion in our local organisation, not only internally, but also when discussing HR projects with clients. I utilise my position as VP Sustainability to influence and create robust discussions about these topics with all our global partners.

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? I wrote the Sustainability Policy for AIMS International, currently discussing with internal stakeholders and finalisng in order to ‘vote into’ core AIMS policies. This policy embraces the UN SDGs and, in particular, SDG 5: namely Gender Equality. As part of this initiative, I am currently tracking female ownership and employment in AIMS Internationally as well as statistics on placing leaders in the different industries (Energy, Industrial, Consumer, Automotive, Financial Services, Life Sciences) worldwide.

AIMS SA: When starting my own company in 2009, one of my main drivers was flexibility and independence, as I have been a single parent raising three children since the girls were babies and realised that my two (at the time) tween daughters needed more hands-on parenting. I decided to take the plunge and leave the safety of my employer and started working from home as a search consultant. I therefore have always been supportive of working mothers and single females who are expected to juggle their careers with many other priorities. All my consultants and

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? By consciously adapting our work environment to a flexible outcomes-based space that includes remote working opportunities, female consultants and support staff are able to grow their careers while raising children. One of my consultants has just had her third little girl since starting to work for me eight years ago! This brings stability and continuity to the business. This also extends to the men in our business. Arthur Nkuna, who is my partner working from Gauteng, works from home which allows him to care for his two-year old son while his wife,

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who is also a career woman, goes to the office most days. This is the kind of mindset that we promote; parenting is a partnership and equality in the workplace is not negotiable. WHAT YOUR ORGANISATION’S in ARE an HR IT start-up called Skillosophia. GENDER EQUALITY AND BEE RATINGS Skillosophia is the brainchild of Catherine ANDLibrandi POLICIES? Depeursinge, a Psychologist

into my office at Quest personnel in 1993, so that I could put candidate CVs on a ‘floppy’ instead of using reams of paper in the CV preparation process - Yes. We used to courier CVs every Friday to our clients, can youWHAT imagine that? POSITION ON DOING IS YOUR

BUSINESS IN AFRICA? A I computer does and not believe in Africa her have people.emotional With intelligence and therefore there are certain key and qualified Executive Coach who Africa’s upcoming young population LOCAL: services that have by humans speaks five languages fluently and my this continent hastotobebesupplied the future, We are B-BBEE level 4related (we are currently in - services which require EQ. In-line with this mentor in all things to leadership even if we do have challenges. Within final development stages of a and newassessments. partnership We thatarewill together with myI promote Swiss AIMS Partners in belief, AIMS International, Africa the us development change to level 2). phase of an online tool andand mydevelop son, who is aastech I am a Africa partmanager, of the EMEA that will helpowned HR Managers and Business • 100% female partner in an HR hear IT start-up Skillosophia. region. I still myselfcalled in meetings Leaders measure, understand and enhance ten, fifteen years ago as the only African • 66% female staff the human skill sets in their organisations. Skillosophia delegate, when AIMS was far of more • 50% African Management is the brainchild Catherine Eurocentric (and emerging markets • 50% African local staff Librandi Depeursinge, a psychologist and Skillosophia, with 50% female meant Eastern Europe) at qualified executive coachrepeating who speaks five ownership, will put competency checking every conference Europe featured INTERNATIONAL: languages fluently when and my mentor in all recruitment, assessment a lotrelated “ the ‘A’toinleadership EMEA is for Africa!” (mostduring recent data received based and on 2020 things development and performance management as well as year). Female ownership: 37% of all partner assessments. We are in the development leadership development at our fingertips. Today am on-line proud totool say that that Iwill havehelp HR businesses’ shares are female-owned. phase of I an It is such a privilege to be able to work reliable partners in Egypt (with Female staff: 67% of total staff employed managers and business leadersfemale measure, on this exciting project with likeminded ownership☺), Morocco the andhuman Nigeria.skill sets are female. understand and enhance people who are experts in their fields and Together with Karim, my Partner in in their organisations. also great friends! Morocco and fellow Executive Board Total executive search stats: 37.7% of all member, we are working at expanding placements made were female out of the HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE our region in addition to developing HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL MEDIA 22 countries who participated in the survey DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INTO an ‘Associate Partner’ model to TO CREATE MORE BUSINESS? worldwide. YOUR ORGANISATION? accommodate Executive Search We engage with our audience by sharing We put sustainability at the core of everything companies in countries where the knowledge and tips for candidates on WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE we do. As part of my role as VP Sustainability, exchange rate is tricky and membership career transition and job search. We post TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? I have written a sustainability policy for AIMS and participation fees a huge barrier to infomercials and articles of interest for HR • Digitalisation: AI, Big Data, Applicant international with the view to make this part entry into the current AIMS Partnership clients and business leaders on human tracking systems, etc. of our code of conduct. I have also started model. This way we can onboard our capital assessment, management and • Globalisation accelerated by ‘the new tracking gender stats in the international Associate Partners with our international recruitment. normal’: creating remote work opportunities organisation. best practices and training to better serve and possibly equalising pay for equal work clients in the region who are keen to HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE across borders. Building sustainability into our core enter the African market or who need HR DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR • Employer branding of traditional business and top offerings: level recruitment support. ORGANISATION? ‘employers of choice’ will come under • Talent Management We put sustainability at the core of threat and needs to adapt to new • Organisational Effectiveness WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS everything we do. As part of my role as VP generations and demanding employees. • Executive Search OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? Sustainability, I have written a sustainability • Employee Branding The Leader-Coach management style policy for AIMS international with the view WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS is becoming essential, especially during to make this part of our code of conduct. I ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON DOING times of crisis, such as this pandemic have also started tracking gender stats in TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH BUSINESS AFRICA? coupled IN with the difficulty that employees the international organisation. INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)? I believe in Africa her people. With and Africa’s are facing in anand increasingly remote I believe that we absolutely should use upcoming young population this continent has digital working space. Building sustainability into our core computers and online tools to enhance our to be the future, even if we do have challenges. business offerings: businesses and our lives. However, we Within International, I promote Africa TheAIMS new generation demands both an and • Talent Management should be mindful not to replace the human develop Africaconsumer as part ofand the EMEA region. I still authentic employer brand Organisational Effectiveness factor• where it matters most. I have always hear myself in meetings years and business leaders ten, needfifteen to take note.ago been• an early adopter only African delegate, when AIMS was far Executive Searchwhen it comes to IT, as the Governance and shareholders demand and remember my first desktop PC more Eurocentric (and emerging leadership. markets meant responsible and sustainable • Employeehauling Branding

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Eastern Europe) repeating at every conference when Europe featured a lot; “the ‘A’ in EMEA is for Africa!” Today I am proud to say that I have reliable partners in Egyptstyle (with ownership), This behavioural canfemale be assessed, Morocco and Nigeria. Together with Karim, my and the right competencies developed, partner Morocco and and training. fellow executive throughincoaching To be Board member, we are at expanding able to adapt yourworking style is important; to our region in additionyettodecisive developing anneed ‘Associate be empathetic, when Partner’ modelof all, to engage accommodate Executive be and, most your team to Search in countries where the work forcompanies a common purpose is essential to build a rate sustainable exchange is trickybusiness. and membership and participation fees a huge barrier to entry into the current AIMS Partnership model. WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? WHAT DO YOU LEADERS There SKILLS are so many greatTHINK women who OF FUTURE ARE If GOING TOchoose NEED? areTHE beacons of light. I have to one, itLeader-Coach would be Dr Maya Angelou, forstyle is The management her braveryessential, and perseverance her times becoming especiallyand during wonderful way with words. On a more of crisis, such as this pandemic coupled with contemporary note, Chimamanda Ngozi in an the difficulty that employees are facing Adichie is my favourite author of all timespace. increasingly remote and digital working and I look up to her for being outspoken and writing feminism in a simple The new about generation demands both an and beautiful manner. Her talks and authentic consumer and employer brand writings about ‘aleaders single story’ and business needresonates to take note. with me, as I believe no person, country Governance and shareholders demand or culture has a single story. People responsible and sustainable leadership. think they know you because they know one thing or one aspect about you – this This behavioural style can be assessed, and the is a very simplistic way of looking at the right competencies developed, through coaching world and can even be dangerous. If and training. To be able to adapt your style is you want to judge South Africa in this important; to be empathetic, yet decisive when manner – by a single story – which one need be and, most of all, engage your team would you choose? We are the rainbow to work for a common purpose is essential to nation and we all have a story to tell. build a sustainable business.

CONTACT INFORMATION CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: 8 Zion Street, Paarl, 7646 Physical address: 8 Zion Street, Paarl, 7646 Email: molo@aims-southafrica.com Email: molo@aims-southafrica.com Phone: +27 Phone: +27 21 21 0010070 0010070 Website: www.aims-southafrica.com Website: www.aims-southafrica.com Twitter: @AIMS_SA Twitter: @AIMS_SA Facebook: @AIMSInternationalZA Facebook: @AIMSInternationalZA


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BE DELIBERATE EMBRACE A SOLUTIONS-FOCUSED MINDSET 12 Tips for Success

By Lynn Vermaak, Chief Imaginations Officer at Aha Training & Development When did you last think about ‘the way

everything you do – your relationships,

minimise the effects of being blindsided

you to greater success, performance or

your success in different areas of your

of the Fourth and Fifth Industrial

you think’? How has your thinking led

not? Are your thoughts mainly positive or negative? Do you get caught up

and absorbed in the problem, and then struggle to focus on the solutions?

Our world is made up of many problems. It’s inevitable. Every day as human beings we are faced with various

problems. It’s human nature to focus

your work, how you approach projects,

life. Do you have any limiting beliefs that keep you from achieving your goals? Limiting beliefs such as, “I will fail. I

don’t have what it takes. I don’t have the resources. I don’t know where to start

solving the problem.” So many people fall short of their true potential because their fear holds them back in some way.

on problems and fall into the trap of

We are living in exponential times. The

powerful things you can do for yourself

a constant. Quick adaptive responses

negativity. Therefore, one of the most is to train your mind to be a solution-

focused mind. Your mind-set impacts

nature of work is changing. Change is are needed. We need to anticipate

the future and develop strategies that

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by change, especially with the onset

Revolution. On top of this Covid19 has changed everything, and turned our

lives upside down – both our personal

and work lives. It can feel overwhelming at times, if not most of the time.

To manage this disruption and change, we need to shape the future; and

embrace a solutions focused mind-set. It is possibly one of the most effective tools we can pack into our career

development toolkit. For an organisation

it drives it forward in creating competitive advantage and innovative capability.


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Next time you have a problem in your

‘problem-talk’, rather ‘solution-talk’.

“How might I …?” “In what ways

solutions by trying the following:

the weaknesses. Focus on what is

“What if ….?”

everyday personal and work life, find 1. PRESS THE PAUSE BUTTON When you are so engulfed in a

problem, you don’t think clearly and

finding a solution is nearly impossible in that state of mind. Clear your mind from the negative noise with silence

for at least 5 minutes. If possible, find a quiet place to pause and reflect for even 10 minutes more.

2. CHOOSE YOUR REACTION

The way you choose to engage with and think about problems, directly influences your ability to solve

them effectively. Don’t let emotion

get in the way of finding a solution. Regulate your emotions, from

irritability of the problem to rather

excitement; seeing the problem as a challenge to grow and improve.

3. YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE

Choose and develop an attitude

which is more positive and not stuck. This helps you to tackle problems better and find more creative

solutions that will move your forward. 4. CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE Change your perspective. Think

solutions, not problems. Changing

your perspective requires looking at the world with different eyes. Not to

look at problems as blocks, barriers or inconveniences, but rather as an

opportunity for growth or an opportunity to deliver a creative solution. See challenges as opportunities.

5. CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE TO A SOLUTIONS-ORIENTATED LANGUAGE

Replace the word “problem” with the word “opportunity”. Thus, no

Focus on the strengths, and not working well.

6. LEVERAGE YOUR CREATIVITY We must employ creative

thinking to break away from the

boundaries of traditional thinking and problem-focussed thinking. Albert Einstein once said, “We are boxed in by the boundary

conditions of our thinking.” Can

creative thinking be learnt? Yes

– a resounding ‘yes’. Learning to think creatively should be a key

part of your career and personal development. It is a must-

have skill for the 4th Industrial

might we …?” “How to …?”

9. DON’T DWELL ON THE PAST. BUILD THE FUTURE

Know what you want, and what

your desired outcome or vision is.

Become action-orientated towards creating a preferred future.

10. UTILISE YOUR RESOURCES OPTIMALLY

Look at the resources available to you right now, what can you use? What can you do with what you

have? Most times the answer is right in front of you. 11. FLEXIBILITY

Revolution. It will give you the

Take action until you find the best

to reinvent yourself. It is time

you to be flexible when things don’t

thinking as part of your work

can go back to the drawing board to

edge in your career. It is time

solution fit for you. This will require

to practice deliberate creative

work out as planned, so that you

and life.

panel beat ideas to make workable

7. SILENCE YOUR INNER CRITIC When brainstorming ideas, to

come up with solutions, often our inner critic judges and evaluates them before we have even said

solutions.

12. COLLABORATE

Involve others. Generate ideas

together to find the way forward.

them out aloud. We look for all

Solution-seeking is a deliberate way of

work or why it will fail, or why it

- not problems. The choice remains

the reasons why the idea will not is impossible. Silence your inner critic and realise that anything is possible. Instead of saying,

thinking. We need to think ‘solutions’

yours. It takes practice, but believe me, it is worth it.

“It’s not possible, it’s stupid, or

it will not work, etc.”, rather say. “Anything is possible”. 8. ASK OPEN-ENDED,

EXPLORATORY QUESTIONS THAT INVITE SOLUTIONS

Look at what you take for granted about your problem. Challenge

your basic assumptions about the problem. Ask questions such as,

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CONFLICT AT WORK

STRATEGIES FOR OVERCOMING DIFFERENCES IN THE WORKPLACE By Chantelle Smith, Recruitment Specialist Many of us are returning to the

teams and team members to reach

The first step to resolving

There are 5 possible types of conflict

conflict such as bullying, victimisation,

the actual nature of the conflict

workplace after 7 months of lockdown. which you may encounter – however, remedies do exist. Although some workplace ‘conflict’ is positive, for

example, the competition between

specific goals or targets, negative

and serious personality clashes, can be completely destructive, causing harm to people and relationships and the

undermining of teamwork in general.

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workplace conflict is to determine at hand and what the underlying

cause may be, and that will allow it to be addressed correctly.


CON FL I C T AT W O R K - S T R AT EG I ES FO R O V ER C O MI N G D I FFER EN C ES I N T HE W O R KP L ACE

1. TASK/ROLE-BASED

E D I TO R I A L

The idea of mutual respect and

everyone reacts and responds

when people are reliant on others

we don’t all work in the same way –

Some leaders are authoritarian,

the sales team leader might need

we need to learn to respect other

conflict and differences arise

understanding applies here in that

to get their jobs done, for example,

we’ll get to the same end result, but

the month-end sales reports from

peoples’ styles of working.

their team in order to submit

an overview to management.

Some team members are late

differently to those varying styles. using a sense of power or

intimidation over their staff, where some are naturally charismatic

and bold, and others may be just

3. PERSONALITY-BASED

natural leaders who gain buy-in from

conflicts are going to happen in

with their reports and that in turn

any organisation, and it is because

to deliver on a deadline. That

different. We are not always going

and the onus is now on individuals

along with them, and it is extremely

accountable and responsible for,

who we just do not ‘gel with’ or

working as a cohesive team. As a

empathy and understanding comes

what they are responsible for and

that we are not all the same and

others just by leading by example and encouraging idea sharing,

puts pressure on the team leader

of one simple thing – we are all

undoubtedly causes some conflict

to like everyone we meet or get

to ensure they know what they are

difficult working with someone

clearly, from the start, to ensure

enjoy being around. This is when

In this instance, the onus is on the

leader, make sure your team knows

into effect where we need to accept

what sort of leadership style they

how their role impacts a unit.

the person we work with may have

2. WORK-STYLE BASED

a very different personality outside of the office.

varying styles of getting their jobs

done. Some people prefer to work independently and others need to

be in a group/team, some may need to feel they are being supervised

constantly, while others steer clear

from being micromanaged and some are highly organized and others tend to plan their days as things happen.

micromanage, and others leave you

to get your job done without any strict rules or regulations about how you do it, as long as there are results.

leaders to identify, within themselves, have and how they interact with their staff of differing personalities. These leaders need to be able to adjust

their approaches and their styles to connect with their staff, regardless

differences come into play where people with the same roles have

collaboration and innovation. Some

of their leadership preferences. It

4. FAVOURITISM may also be a

source of huge differences in the workplace. Where there may be

friendship relationships between

managers and staff, there is bound

to be some tension when things get overlooked in tasks, or not meeting deadlines becomes acceptable for

some and not for others and where

others are overlooked or ignored for example. There has to be a clear

practice of everyone being treated

fairly and equally regardless of their connection to one another.

becomes about mutual respect for differences in general.

Differences in the workplace can be

resolved through active communication practices and the simple art of getting

to know one another at work. Leaders need to ensure they know their teams and what matters to them and give

them an environment formed around inclusion and a sense of belonging, while leading by example too. Get

to know your teams’ working styles

and teamwork will be better overall.

5. Then there is the big one,

Encourage your staff to get to one

LEADERSHIP-BASED. Every leader has a vastly different

leadership style from another, and

another and accept their differences, so that the working environment becomes a happier place to be.

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SAFETY FIRST!

WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT IN THE WORKPLACE? By Julia Kerr Henkel, Executive Coach and MD of Lumminos

You may have made it through

2020 as a successful team leader,

of proportion, overreacting or even

Often, when under pressure, we

withdrawing, resigning and giving up.

perceive a higher level of threat or

how do you know if your team is

On the contrary, when people feel safe,

off and we operate from our limbic

forge ahead into another trying

curious, willing to collaborate and find

despite all the challenges, but

feeling safe and engaged as we year? Psychological safety is a

key ingredient for high performing,

they are more likely to be open, calm, win-win solutions.

effective and happy teams.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

When people feel unsafe, they tend

create a sense of safety in yourself

to engage in less helpful, more basic behaviours, such as being negative, blaming others, needing to be right,

catastrophising by blowing things out

Your first priority as a leader, is to

- like the metaphor of securing your

own oxygen mask first before assisting

other passengers in the event of a loss of cabin pressure on an aeroplane.

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danger and our thinking brain switches brain, kicking in the fight, flight, freeze

reflex. When we feel safe, our thinking brains are switched on and we can be

resourceful, creative and analytical. This is why mindfulness - described as the ability to create perspective and calm

while managing emotional reactivity - is key, as it trains you to remain relaxed

and calm, yet still alert and attentive to

what is going on. For example, by using breathing techniques, or slowing down


SAFETY FIRST - W HAT I S PS YC HO L O GI C A L S A FET Y A N D W HY I S I T I MPO R TA N T I N T HE W O R KP L ACE ?

your movements and speech, you have the ability to shift your physiological

symptoms such as your heart rate and muscle tension, reducing hormones

such as adrenaline and cortisol, which

are released when you’re triggered and

anxious and influence the state of others. As a leader, you also have a

responsibility to create safety for others. Google conducted a 5-year study,

‘Project Aristotle’ on what qualities

need to be present for teams to be

highly productive and engaged. Of the top qualities and cultural attributes,

psychological safety - team members feeling safe to take risks and be

TAKE A PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY QUIZ Use these ten statements below to

measure the psychological safety in

your team or organisation. Consider

each one and rate your agreement on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high). If you “score” 50, congratulations! You’re

leading or on possibly the best team in the world right now. Chances are that there were some statements that you didn’t agree with so much, and these

that set successful teams apart.

WHAT AIDS PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY?

either as a leader or contributor.

1 2 3

The list includes a host of behaviours,

including appreciation, listening, staying curious, asking yourself and others

open-ended questions, being honest

and keeping the confidence of others.

6 7 8

are the areas that you can work on,

vulnerable in front of each other - was by far the most important of the dynamics

5

4

9

On this team, I understand what is expected of me.

We value outcomes more than outputs or inputs, and nobody needs to “look good”.

If I make a mistake on this team, it is never held against me.

10

E D I TO R I A L

All members of this team feel

able to bring up problems and tough issues.

Members of this team never

reject others for being different and nobody is left out.

It is safe for me to take a risk on this team.

It is easy for me to ask other

members of this team for help. Nobody on this team would

deliberately act in a way that undermines my efforts.

Working with members of this team, my unique skills and

talents are valued and utilised.

When you’re happy to do so, share

these results with your team and ask them to rate their agreement. You

When something goes wrong,

can do this anonymously via a tool

systemic cause and aim to get

and gather the scores in aggregate.

we work as a team to find the

like Surveymonkey or Google forms,

it right versus being right.

Or if it feels appropriate and brave, run the quiz live at your next team

check-in session using a virtual tool like www.mentimeter.com

Whatever the results, see this process as an opportunity to engage and

create psychological safety in your

team. The conversation that emerges will also help to develop trust and

reveal areas where you can focus your HR and people engagement plan for 2021.

For more information, visit www.lumminos.co.za

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HOW TO RETRENCH-PROOF YOUR LIFE By Fiona Wakelin

COVID-19 has spurred a global culling of livelihoods, leaving millions of families facing dire economic realities. So, how do you “retrench-proof” your life so that you come out of this pandemic stronger than before?

ACCEPT THE NEW NORMAL:

prevent us from thinking clearly about

We didn’t ask for the COVID -19 crisis to

how to best deal with the situation at

But here we are. When we face a time

Scott Peck, who wrote The Road Less

manage is the fact that we didn’t have

is difficult, once we truly understand

is often a tendency to resist making

difficult.” Emotions are messengers.

made in order to survive this time,

frustration you’re feeling (be it through

upend all our plans and goals for 2020.

hand. According to psychologist, M

of crisis, what makes it most difficult to

Traveled, “once we truly know that life

control over it in the first place. There

and accept it, then life is no longer

necessary changes that need to be

Find ways to process the pain and

because we don’t like what’s happened.

a therapist, coach or family member)

Our feelings of being out of control

emotions are trying to tell you, you will

create an internal resistance that

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because if you ignore what your

not be able to take positive action.


HO W T O R ET R EN C H-PR O O F YO U R LI F E

BECOME GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE:

“If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is

The marketplace will only become increasingly competitive, so it’s in your best interest to make

yourself more marketable. It’s

E D I TO R I A L

that in times of crisis, life always returns to the fundamentals. The health of our family, the quality of our relationships and our appreciation of being able to meet our basic physical needs.”

probably time to make peace with the fact that relying on

a single source of income is

For example, you might want to

the voice inside your head that tells

explore new ways of working,

software programs can be adapted

work out as planned. It’s that inner

how you can build multiple

will be valuable in the IT industry.

strengthen financial security.

the perfect opportunity to pursue

Instead of aligning to a single

get the chance to when you were

life may look like juggling multiple

to re-skill. You will probably need

that pay you for tasks performed

work in your current industry.

no longer an option. As you

explore how your ability to work with

you will also need to consider

to learning new software tools that

streams of income in order to

Or you might decide that this is

younger. In this case, you will need

clients, across various industries,

to do this part-time as you continue

and projects completed. Be

mindful that this new way of

working will take some time to adjust to, so just be patient with yourself.

Examples of this developing sector

resolve that kicks in when you realise that the path to the goal you’re trying

to attain is more difficult than originally anticipated. It’s holding onto the hope

a professional field that you didn’t

job description, your new work

that even though you find yourself

facing obstacle after obstacle, better days are coming

The characteristic of resilience

is developed when you make the

decision that you will not quit - even

MASTER YOUR MONEY If you heeded sound financial advice pre COVID-19 and lived below your

income levels, eliminated or minimised debt and had a three to six-month

emergency fund, you’re in a better

of the workforce - those that are

for a specific project or task - are

If not, it is never too late to establish

freelance workers, gig workers and

to navigate through the current

market might mean that you need

money so that you live below your

a while. Do what you can to upskill,

you to be more resilient in facing the

so that you can stay competitive

ourselves in.

need to cross-skill if you want to

CULTIVATE RESILIENCE

relatable to a different industry.

know if you have it? Simply put, it’s

contractors or temporary workers,

healthy financial habits in order

crowd workers. The shifting job

challenges. Learning to master your

to take on contract or gig work for

means and stay debt-free will help

cross-skill and re-skill yourself

challenges of the new world we find

and remain in demand. You will

translate your current skills to be

What is resilience and how do you

when you face circumstances that are

difficult, disappointing, or discouraging. Encountering failure is inherent to

success. Resilient people see failure

as something they can learn from, not as a determiner of their worth.

position than most.

employed on a short-term basis

you to try again when something didn’t

If the COVID-19 pandemic has

taught us anything, it is that in times of crisis, life always returns to the

fundamentals. The health of our family, the quality of our relationships and our appreciation of being able to meet our basic physical needs.

The key to becoming retrenchment

proof is to maintain a strong internal locus of control. When you truly believe that you will be able to

overcome any situation you face in life, you’ve already won the war.

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THE PINNACLE OF SUCCESS PINNACLE HUMAN CAPITAL CONSULTING’S

TOP WOMAN

Sameera is the CEO and founding

She has over 10 years experience in

member of Pinnacle Human Capital

Human Capital Strategy across various

Consulting and the HR Executive for a

sectors including Wholesale & Retail,

group of companies within the Hospitality

Hospitality, Manufacturing and ICT.

Sector. She serves as Non Executive

Her expertise includes leadership

Director on several Boards.

development, mentoring and strengthsbased coaching, transformation

Sameera has a Bachelor’s Degree in

initiatives such as gender

Psychology, a Post-Graduate Diploma

empowerment, diversity, inclusion

in Business Administration, certifications

and belonging.

in Advanced Human Resources, Labour Law, Strategic Management, Training &

Sameera is a fierce advocate of those

Development and HR Analytics.

who have been disenfranchised as a result of unfair discrimination, creates

Sameera is a Gallup certified Strengths

a platform of empowerment for the

coach, and holds professional memberships

‘voiceless” and encourages people to

with SABPP, COMENSA and IoDSA.

find their “power”.

FIVE TIPS ON THRIVING IN BUSINESS FROM YOUR TOP WOMAN • Choose a path that is connected to your purpose.

SAMEERA AHMED

• There is courage in being your authentic self. • Stay curious and never stop learning. Continuous improvement is your competitive advantage. • Find that which terrifies you, and do it anyway! • Your circle matters, surround yourself with people that support your journey.

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PIN N AC L E H U M A N CA PITA L C O N S U LT ING

“ We recognise that businesses of varying sizes are at different points in their business life cycle and therefore require tailored solutions unique to their individual needs. We use cultural transformation to re-engineer our clients’ people agenda to improve organisational effectiveness and profitability. We are HR specialists, offering a range of advisory services including leadership development programmes, strengths-based coaching, gender empowerment programmes, culture and transformation initiatives such as diversity, inclusion and equity programmes and workshops. Business sector: Products and services Year founded: 2019

5. Recruitment policy that

P R OFI L E

highlighted the challenges that women

promotes a diverse workforce

in leadership face. We have since created a platform of support, together

6. Remuneration policy that

with industry leaders, to empower, build

ensures pay parity

confidence, develop critical skills and

“ We will be launching a Youth Skills

provide mentorship.”

Development initiative in 2021 to drive community upliftment, entrepreneurship, improve employability and address the imbalance of social and economic power, particularly within young females. The

GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STATISTICAL OVERVIEW Female Percentage:

programme intends to challenge the

Percentage of female shareholders:

status quo and develop a new narrative

> 50.1% female shareholding

that sees women as partners in rebuilding Percentage of female executive

a sustainable future for South Africa.

directors/senior management: “ We recently ran the very successful

> 50.1% female executive directors

Women in Business Leadership series that created awareness about workplace discrimination, salary disparity, and

Percentage of female staff members: > 50.1% female staff

Number of employees: 11 Branches: Headquartered in Durban, Kwazulu Natal, with satellite office in Johannesburg Memberships: SABPP, Comensa, IoDSA GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT 1. Flexible working hours, particularly for working parents 2. Breastfeeding pods and remote working policy for returning mothers 3. Talent programme including mentorship and coaching for accelerated career advancement of female employees 4. Zero tolerance towards harassment

CONTACT INFORMATION: Physical address: 30 Browns Drift Road, Umgeni Park, Kwazulu-Natal Postal address: Private Bag X115, Glenashley, 4002 Telephone: 079 052 2221 Email: info@pinnacle-hr.co.za Website: www.pinnacle-hr.co.za LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pinnacle-human-capital-consulting Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinnacleHCC

and GBV policies

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Top Women in sustainability:

DRIVERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS By Angela Barter, Sustainability Communication Strategist, The PR Agency Scientific reports warn us that climate

DRIVING CHANGE

events and unique challenges that will

communities, reduce environmental

change could bring extreme weather

affect all life. And those who are most vulnerable, and likely to suffer most, are women in developing countries,

especially small-scale farming women. Fortunately, women can also be

powerful and effective agents of

change and promoters of adaptation

and mitigation, especially if they hold leadership positions.

According to Greenbiz, “Sustainability as a profession is coming into its

own, and women are at the forefront”. Businesswomen and women in roles of leadership within and beyond the

These women are helping to uplift

world to take action. They are the catalysts for change.”

damage, prevent further loss of

INSPIRING WOMEN IN

adopting and implementing environmental

Here in South Africa, women across

biodiversity, and create awareness by

and sustainable practices that reduce our negative impact for the greater good of the planet and the people.

“Better outcomes for women mean

a better future for our planet,” says

SUSTAINABILITY IN SA

diverse sectors are leading the

charge, championing sustainability

and driving change to transform our country to a greener, just and more sustainable economy.

World Green Building Council CEO

Meet four local women who continue to

devastating climate change, we

a positive impact and raising awareness;

Cristina Gamboa. “To prevent further need these passionate and dynamic

women to inspire women around the

sustainability field can be key drivers of change and play crucial roles in

connecting, collaborating, informing and supporting others to make a positive social environmental impact.”

There are thousands of inspiring women engaged in sustainability practices -

from ocean warriors, conservationists,

waste-preneurs, innovators to educators,

communicators, engineers, and corporate sustainability leaders - all playing their part to build sustainable businesses, cities and communities.

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inspire me with their passion for making for driving change; and for inspiring

others towards a better world around us.


T O P W O MEN I N S US TA I N A BI L I T Y : D R I V ER S O F C L I MAT E C HA N GE S O L U TI ONS

E D I TO R I A L

Image Credit: Verity Fitzgerald

AANIYA OMARDIEN Founder and Director of The Beach Co-Op Aaniya believes that her

connection to the ocean is in her

blood, and it is this connection to nature that inspired her to study

SALLY-ANNE KÄSNER Director of Circular-Vision

environmental science. After

graduating with an Honours degree, she worked in conservation at

Sally-Anne is a Director of Circular-

while also completing her Master’s

and design consultancy. She is

WWF South Africa for 10 years,

degree. Aaniya later consulted in the environmental sector and in 2015,

she started a voluntary group, with scientific advice from Professor

Peter Ryan, to collect marine debris every new moon at the rocky shore,

Surfers Corner, in Muizenberg, Cape Town. From these early informal gatherings, Aaniya founded The

Beach Co-op (TBC), a non-profit

company established in 2017. The goals for TBC are to empower

coastal communities as keepers of oceans and to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy.

Vision, a circular economy strategy

passionate about making a positive

impact by identifying opportunities to shift circular economy principles into

implementation. Her focus is on driving economic, social and environmental

She was previously an Executive

prosperity through connecting across

Associate at JG Afrika (an engineering

the value chain; collaborating on

projects; creating new business models that respond to circular economy

a founding member of EcoStandard

(083-558-NPO – www.ecostandard.co.za),

principles, leading to a thriving and

a founding member and Director of

inclusive economy. A background in

waste minimisation and many years in the resource efficiency and cleaner production consulting environment, has provided a sound base from which to work.

and environmental consultancy),

the African Circular Economy Network (Non-profit Company Registration number: K2020115399 –

www.acen.africa), and a Non-Executive Director of Polyco (www.polyco.co.za).

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E D I TOR IAL

T OP WOM E N IN SUSTAINAB IL ITY : DRIV ERS OF C L IMAT E C HA N GE S O L UT I O N S

VERE SHABA Founder and CEO of Greendesign

Vere, the founder and CEO of Greendesign, is a multi

-award-winning green building consultant and mechanical engineer, with more than a

decade of experience at multinational engineering consulting firms. Vere is passionate about high-performance

green buildings that do less harm to people and to the environment. She is a faculty member of the Green

Building Council of SA and has trained professionals and students in green

building energy efficiency performance. Vere is passionate about sustainable development goals and climate

diplomacy, and is a climate action

influencer on the continent, having been featured on the cover of Forbes and

having won the following international and national awards: SA’s Top 100

Women in Business (2013); Mail &

Guardian 200 Young South Africans (2017) and Forbes 30 Under 30 in Business (2018) amongst others.

She also sits on the Board of a small private business called Inyati Game

Lodge in the Sabi Sands Wildtuin, which is active in promoting conservation

activities and empowering communities. In addition to rural education and

contributing to the wildlife economy, Tanya is also passionate about human rights and sits on the Board of the

United Nations Global Compact local

network in South Africa and represents Investec on the United Nations Global

Investors for Sustainable Development working groups.

TAKING ACTION As women entrepreneurs

and business leaders, we can drive the change for

a greener, just and more

sustainable economy; and support women affected by climate change.

And it has never been

more important than now, building back better post-

TANYA DOS SANTOS: Global Head of Sustainability, Investec

Tanya is a dedicated mother and

ardent conservationist, as well as

the Global Head of Sustainability for

Investec Group and Head of Investec

Rhino Lifeline. She sits on the Board of the Swiss Wildlife of Africa Foundation

(SWAF) which helps to raise awareness and funds for endangered wildlife.

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pandemic. As Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,

Executive Director at

UN Women reminds us: “Women are a powerful

force to rebuild societies more securely, from

providing food and shelter, to generating vital income and leading sustainable change.”


S T EN D A T R ADI NG

I N T E RV I E W

LEADING THE WAY IN THE MINING SECTOR IN T E RVIE W WIT H T SH I D I M ATJEKE-DLUNGWANE, C HIE F E X E CU T IVE O FFICE R , STENDA TRADING STENDA TRADING IS 100% BLACK AND

ARE WOMEN STARTING TO TAKE

FEMALE OWNED. WHAT SERVICES DO

THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE

YOU OFFER? We offer a variety of integrated services, namely underground ventilation, underground roof support, conveyor belt installation, reclamation, maintenance, as well as contract mining.

MINING INDUSTRY? In my opinion, I would say not yet, or at least very slowly. We as women in the mining sector do not seem to know our power and what we bring to the table, we still wait for the validation before taking up space, which is tragic. It might have to do with the culture that is still changing gradually. Yes, the industry has opened up to women, but that is not enough to claim a ‘rightful place’. For example, we can claim a rightful place when having a woman general manager is the norm, rather than the exception.

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR JOURNEY? Being awarded Exxaro’s multi-million rand contracts was our biggest break. It has opened up many doors for us, and allowed us to start being serious players in the field.

WHAT TRENDS HAVE YOU NOTICED IN THE MINING SECTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA? The historical ‘big players’ have shifted - for example in the coal sector which is where the bulk of my business is, there are new big players in the game such as Exxaro and Seriti. There is also a move to embrace technology and acceptance that 4IR is not something that is coming, but is already here. Noticeably, also, more companies are looking into renewable energy and moving away from solely coal power.

However, this year particularly, with a global pandemic that has negatively impacted the livelihoods of so many in the world, it became imperative that we increase our reach and effort. We also believe and participate in initiatives that assist girl-children and upcoming businesses. We got where we are because someone took a chance on us, so it is our turn to reciprocate.

HOW IMPORTANT IS CSI TO

“YES, THE INDUSTRY HAS OPENED UP TO WOMEN, BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH TO CLAIM A ‘RIGHTFUL PLACE.”

STENDA TRADING? CSI is part of who we are. We believe in positively contributing to the communities in which we operate and leaving them better off than when we found them. We have engaged in CSI initiatives since inception.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: 212A Smokey Mountain Office Park, Benfleur X18, Emalahleni, 1034 Phone: 013 110 0765

Email: admin@stendatrading.com Website: www.stendatrading.com

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Z AN DI L E MDA N DA

Q UEEN O F COA L INTERVIEW WITH ZANDILE MDANDA, CEO OF KOORNFONTEIN MINE, BLACK ROYALTY MINERALS

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CHALLENGES YOU SEE FOR BLACK ROYALTY

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR APPOINTMENT AS CEO OF KOORNFONTEIN MINE. PLEASE PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF YOUR JOURNEY IN THE MINING INDUSTRY. Being intrigued by rock formations, I registered and obtained a Bsc(Hons) in Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Post studies, I was fortunate enough to have been trained in Geology by some of South Africa’s leading blue chip mining companies, starting as a trainee geologist, and then becoming the head of a geology department. My experience in blue chip companies led me to my next role as General Manager of Mining Technical Services for a state-owned company. Driven by the ideology of black excellence and the constant need for growth and self-development, I saw the need to further my studies, and acquired an MBA. I am currently studying an MPhil International Business.

MINERALS IN 2021? There is no doubt that COVID-19 has negatively impacted the industry, influencing both domestic and international markets. As economies realise their worst nightmares, Black Royalty Minerals has not been spared, particularly with regards to the significant reduction in the demand for electricity in the domestic market, as well as the price volatility of the export markets. Another noteworthy impact of COVID-19, is on the morale of staff, many of whom are grieving the loss of their loved ones. I do however remain optimistic that as BRM, we will navigate through these challenges. WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MILESTONES? My most memorable milestone would definitely have to be the recent acquisition of Koornfontein Mine. This was one of the most sophisticated transactions that I have been involved in, with its own controversies. In the history of South Africa, specifically, the mining industry, to successfully acquire an asset from business rescue is but a giant move.

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BL A C K R O YA LT Y MINE RALS

I N T E RV I E W

“ Those who hold leadership positions in mining companies must acknowledge the importance of diversity in the workplace and have empowerment of women as part of business performance measures, linked to KPIs.”

IN YOUR VIEW, HOW CAN WE IN

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE

SOUTH AFRICA INCREASE THE

AUTHORS, AND WHAT ARE YOU

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READING AT THE MOMENT? My favourite authors are Malcom Gladwell and Toni Morrison. My preferred genre is non-fiction, and I particularly enjoy autobiographies by leaders whom I admire. I am currently reading Grit: the power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.

ROLES IN THE MINING SECTOR? Women empowerment should start at an early age. Girl children should be afforded equal opportunities and encouraged to venture into roles which have been traditionally perceived as for men only. Those who hold leadership positions in mining companies must acknowledge the importance of diversity in the workplace and have empowerment of women as part of business performance measures, linked to KPIs. Women must equally celebrate their feminine touch and that what they bring to the boardroom is pivotal to the growth of any organisation - they must never sell themselves short, but rather embrace their femininity. WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO YOU

IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE DAY HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT? I would use the extra hour for meditation, where I would do absolutely nothing but recharge my soul. I think we generally neglect to make the time to nourish our souls and minds as much as we should. If we learnt to do this, we would be more mindful of different aspects of our lives, which in my view, will result in a balanced life.

HAVE FOR KOORNFONTEIN MINE IN THE NEAR FUTURE? We have plans to operationalise the mine. We also want to finalise negotiations to conclude Coal Supply Agreements for the domestic market, so that we can contribute to the economy of our surrounding communities and the country at large. Also, in order to maximise the value of the asset, we will equally focus on the export market. HOW DO YOU RELAX? Some of my favourite pastimes are reading and listening to music. I have a versatile taste in music and pretty much navigate through different genres depending on my mood.

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: 01 Fort Street, Illovo Johannesburg, 2196 Telephone: +27 11 023 9380 Email: info@blackroyalty.co.za Website: https://blackroyalty.co.za/

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D o not comp ar e

“ YO UR C H A P T ER O N E T O S O MEONE EL S E’ S C H A P T ER T WEN T Y.” As an entrepreneur, leader, and tech enthusiast, Lianne has founded multiple

start-ups throughout her career. Lianne’s expertise in business has led her to become the Business Network Director at YPO (formerly Young Presidents’

Organization) - a global leadership community of chief executives. In this exclusive interview Lianne speaks about leadership, start-ups, pivoting during COVID, bee hives, caring and lifelong learning. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE AT YPO I am a Network Director focussing on Leadership Development and Plastics (think circular economy) Networks. I work with

CEOs from around the world, helping them become better leaders and better people. I assist with strategy and

implementation of my network visions and feel incredibly

privileged to work for impactful CEOs who are focusing on business beyond profit. I go to work daily with purpose

and conviction and am surrounded by visionaries who are making the world a better place.

AS AN ENTREPRENEUR AND TECH ENTHUSIAST WHAT ARE SOME OF THE START-UPS YOU HAVE FOUNDED? I founded a Talent Agency called Talent

Fusion when I relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 2010 that focused on

placements in the digital sector and later

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Lianne du Toit Network Director at YPO By Fiona Wakelin

sold it in 2015. It was such a wonderful way to integrate into a new city and helped build my confidence in the

start-up space. Cape Town was

such a hub of activity with new ideas and many problems to solve. The community was so welcoming and I value

the interactions I had with activists, government, start-ups, corporate and students.


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One of my most passionate start-

go anywhere if you don’t know where

A personal milestone was being a

governments, creatives, corporates

where we want to go can be the

key to keeping us grounded and

ups is HackOn, working with

and communities who want to have

deep discussions around real issues. My latest partnership is with the US

you are going. Helping us identify difference between just living and

Consulate and Silicon Cape, hosting

and CT, finding solutions to real world

Lots of synchronistic opportunities

i.e.: Gender Based Violence.

Build Community Hackathons in JHB

centred. Even though I do not plan

being truly alive.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS YOUR MAJOR MILESTONES?

step-parent. I think children are the

to have any children of my own I

do value the gift of little beings in our lives.

followed up by hard work. I had the

opportunity to study at Harvard, travel

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGES AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

to different destinations that helped

In 2020, I created The Future Map,

me explore and understand different

My most recent challenge has been how to manage COVID, personally

a guide to help you address your

cultures. I love working with anyone who

wants and desires, helping you find

has a passion and drive to change the

and professionally. Many of the events

flow through a curriculum blurring the

world. I think you can have milestones

boundaries of research, insights and

that are goals that society sets for you

inner wisdom, delivered in love with

and then there are milestones that

successful results. I created this to help

change the course of your life.

We are living in a complex world and

Moving to Cape Town was a milestone,

webs of complexity.

feeling that this was where I was

I am an angel investor and partner in

people along the way who have been

challenges that South African’s face

people focus on one challenge at a time. often get tangled in the thoughts and

Dazzle Angels. Their goal is to solve

the radical gender inequality in earlystage investment management and

deployment. They believe that 50% of

early- stage funding should be managed by women, and invested into women

I had no network, no support but this

supposed to be. I met so many wonderful instrumental to my success and afforded me to work on local and international

projects like becoming a certified LEGO® facilitator and working with companies like Google, Amazon, IBM and Intel.

My latest endeavour is called

funding for 11 start-ups in 2014. It felt

to create spaces for people to have conversations internally and with

each other around the discussions

and transitions of death. Everyone is going to die, yet it is so infrequently discussed. I believe a life lived well

is a death to be celebrated. You will

spaces was really a last resort. When COVID hit I had almost 10 events

the YPO A+ Accelerator due to be

hosted in Cape Town. We went from a 1 week in-person event to a 1-month

programme, ensuring we had enough time to work through the content in the new format. It was a great

growth experience to be surrounded by leaders who drew upon their own resources and fortitude to make the new format work whilst making the

best of the experience. The biggest

take away was to not try and make in-

One of my eye-opening milestones

death as a taboo subject and I hope

physical space, and creating virtual

vanish overnight, one of them being

owned or co-founded businesses.

CareConduit. In our society we treat

that I assist in facilitating require a

person fit into virtual, but make virtual

was traveling to the UK to raise

easier to raise funding for local African start-ups overseas than to raise the

its own experience. This subtle shift has really changed the way I think about creating experiences.

same amount in our own backyard.

I think in the times of COVID

profile of start-ups, connect them to

smallest challenges that eat away

This set me on a course to raise the

the greatest challenges are the

funding mechanisms and ultimately

start investing into founders. Very time

consuming, sometimes soul destroying but equally rewarding.

at us every day. The lack of putting ourselves first, not creating good boundaries with our work life balance and mind set.

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I am of the opinion that we should not

WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO

celebrate failure but we should use it

YOU HAVE FOR 2021?

we know better. Do not let failure

lockdown I retreated back with my

as a reflection tool to do better when

I cannot wait to travel again! During

define you but equally do not let it

extended family in Limpopo which has

stop you from where you want to go. AS A BOARD MEMBER OF GIRLS DO GOOD PLEASE GIVE SOME BACKGROUND TO THIS INITIATIVE Girls Do Good is a 2018 Kinokuniya

Best Book that tells the real stories of

eleven superheroes changing the world. With forewords by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Weymah Gbowee and beauty

mogul Huda Kattan, this book leverages

AR to bring inspiration to readers around the world. My role at Girls Do Good was liaising with the author and publisher during strategy building sessions, distribution efforts and resource

planning. It was a wonderful experience to work with the author Jos Dirkx, with her global vision and local execution.

been a wonderful experience. I am not

is a weekend away, a hike, spending time with friends or even something

as simple as watering our new found veggie patch.

sure when in my life I would have been

In beautiful Limpopo there are hills to

the people I love most.

swing in. Relaxing looks different each

afforded this special bonding time with

I am also looking forward to going back to normal and surfing! I miss

surfing and the ocean. My plans are

climb, dams to fish and hammocks to

day but ultimately it is finding daily calm in our own chaos.

simple. Help who I can, connect who

IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE DAY, HOW WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO SPEND IT?

on building things that matter.

If I had an extra hour a day, I could fill

I hope to finish my Harvard EdX course,

trying to get my beehives pollinated. I

keep pioneering a path of authenticity

make it commercially viable.

breaking stereotypes around what

I have a new found respect for nature

I can’t to those that could - and focus

continue to build out CareConduit and whilst building new narratives and

it with so many things of joy. I would be am working towards getting 20 hives to

success looks like for young girls.

and completing my Nature Enthusiasts

HOW DO YOU RELAX?

through my course material and then

course so you would find me working

I work hard on reminding myself about

playing field guide on hikes.

routine, from reminding myself to eat

Through YPO we have been

water. I feel most relaxed when I am

through Harvard EdX and I enrolled

self-care and try to bring it into my daily well, get enough sleep and drink enough at peace with my choices. So this year I have really tried to focus on making good choices for my mind, body and

spirit and surround myself with people who have the same values.

Right now I am obsessed with

headspace and positive Intelligence

that help remind me to centre. I really enjoy spending time with people Image: https://girlsdogood.co/

memorable experiences whether it

I care about and enjoy creating

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afforded the opportunity to study in a communication course. I do

not think a month goes by where I

am not enrolled in something new. I have a fever for learning and

seem to be an eternal student and continually creating.

We have a new family puppy, forcing me to be more present and taking

up space in my heart and unplanned hours in my day.


L I A N N E DU TOI T

WHO ARE YOUR ROLE MODELS? Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who spent much of her

legal career as an advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. She stood for what she believed and was a real pioneer.

Jennifer Garner, actress, producer, and

entrepreneur, she is an activist for early childhood education and a board member of Save the

Children. She is the co-founder and chief brand officer of the organic baby food company Once Upon a Farm. I admire her good nature even through adverse times.

Jacinda Ardern, 40th Prime Minister of New

Zealand. She has made an impact around child poverty and social inequality. The way she has

handled COVID has shown exemplary leadership. Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death and romantic relationships. I loved that he was just

who he was and able to so beautifully articulate his feelings.

DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? Keep it simple, try to solve one problem at a time. You cannot be everything to everyone.

Do not compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter twenty. Surround yourself with

people you trust. If you are the smartest person

in the room, you are in the wrong room. The line

between following your gut, data and ego can be

thin and in the end do the right thing even if it is the hardest. Ask for help, don’t quit, just rest. Do things

that bring you peace and set your soul on fire at the

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MORE ABOUT

L i an n e

Lianne du Toit is the Network Director for YPO, a non-profit organisation with its head office in

Texas. YPO is the global leadership community of more than 28,000 chief executives in 142 countries who are driven by the belief that

the world needs better leaders. Each of its

members has achieved significant leadership

success at a young age. Combined, they lead businesses and organisations contributing USD9-trillion in annual revenue. YPO

members become better leaders and better

people through peer learning and exceptional

experiences in an inclusive community of open sharing and trust.

As an entrepreneur, leader, and tech

enthusiast, Lianne has founded multiple startups throughout her career. Lianne’s expertise in business has led her to become the

Business Network Director at YPO, a global leadership community of chief executives across the world.

A few examples of Lianne’s endeavours

include: founding HackOn, creating The Future Map, recently nominated for South Africa

Leadership Trailblazers award in 2020 and

winner of Inspiring 50 in 2018. Lianne’s diverse experiences and education from Harvard

Business School to providing support as a

board member at Girls Do Good has allowed

her to develop many skills. Lianne believes in the importance of working hard, dreaming big

and actively making an impact. “Be the change you want to see in generations to come.”

same time.

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HARMONY GOLD Boipelo was appointed Financial Director with effect from 3 March 2020, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in 2017. A chartered accountant (SA) by profession, she has extensive experience in group financial management and reporting within the mining industry. Her previous positions include that of Chief Financial Officer

BOIPELO LEKUBO

Financial Director – Harmony Gold

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. A QUOTE THAT’S CLOSE TO MY HEART RESONATES: ‘YOU DO NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF YOUR GOALS, YOU FALL TO THE LEVEL OF YOUR SYSTEMS’ – JAMES CLEAR. 2. D ON’T GIVE UP WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH 3. K EEP YOUR EYES FIXATED ON YOUR DREAMS 4. D O NOT SACRIFICE WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU COME FROM 5. S TOP APOLOGISING FOR BEING FEMALE!

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of Atlatsa Resources Corporation and Financial Manager of Northam Platinum Limited. She served as an independent non-executive Director of Trans Hex Group Limited from 2013 until 2017 and is currently an independent nonexecutive Director of African Rainbow Capital Proprietary Limited, and of UBI General Partner Proprietary Limited.


I MPA L A P L ATI NU M

PROFILE

- OUR TOP WOMEN I was born and raised in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. I matriculated in 1998 and furthered my studies at Vaal Technikon (Secunda campus), where I completed my diploma in Information Technology. My mining career started with Harmony at Winkelhaak Shaft Two and Shaft Five. Between March 2004 and October 2008, I was on the learner official programme and obtained my Blasting Certificate. Whilst working as a miner, I pursued my Mine Overseer Certificate of Competence, which I

completed in June 2012. I have been a Production Mine Overseer since then and the first black female to be appointed to this position at Harmony. I am responsible for managing the day-to-day operational activities within my division. I conduct hazard identification and risk assessment in addition to designing, implementing and constantly reviewing various production systems. My competitive edge is investing in, and believing in, my team. I create a conducive environment in which they can flourish.

THEMBI AMANDA SHONGWE

Production Mine Overseer at Harmony Moab Khotsong Operations

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. B E PATIENT WITH YOURSELF ON YOUR JOURNEY. 2. U NDERSTAND THE PURPOSE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF WHY YOU DO WHAT YOU DO. 3. L OVE AND CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LEAD. 4. C ELEBRATE SUCCESSES WITH YOUR TEAM; ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING POSITIVE TO CELEBRATE. 5. B E HUMBLE, ALWAYS

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ADV E RTO RIAL

H A R M ON Y GOL D

WOMEN IN MINING INITIATIV ES – HARMONY GOLD Harmony has become increasingly intentional in promoting the inclusion of women at all spheres of its business operations. The board has adopted a ‘Gender Diversity and Inclusion Strategy’ which aims to ensure that women empowerment and development takes place from the executive level right down to the general mining level.

Harmony’s efforts in supporting and driving gender equality have been internationally recognised with our continued inclusion in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) - which tracks the financial performance of public companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation and transparency.

a vacuum and turn a blind eye to the challenges still preventing a greater inclusion of professional women in the mining sector.

This includes promoting a gender friendly organisational culture, helping women attain their full potential through L & D interventions, closing the pay gaps experienced by women, offering more bursaries and career progression initiatives to females in core and nonecore disciplines, running operational Women In Mining Forums, and offering regular leadership development and supervisory development programmes.

At Harmony, our women up to executive level are actively involved in the industry, often participating in the various gender diversity and gender mainstreaming initiatives driven by industry related bodies, such as the Mining Qualifications Authority, Mine Health and Safety Council, and the Minerals Council of South Africa, amongst

to validate their competencies and/or capabilities to their male counterparts.

Currently, the representation of women at a board level is sitting at 28% for the 2020 financial year, which has increased by 4% since 2019. At an executive management level, the target of 20% women representation was exceeded and is currently sitting at 25%, and 29% of women are represented at a senior management level. These figures are indicative of our commitment of continuous improvement towards achieving our gender diversity objectives. By the end of the 2020 financial year, 17% of our total workforce including contractors were women, which is unchanged from the 2019 financial year. The representation of women exceeded the Mining Charter targets at board, top and senior management levels. To continuously increase the women representation across all levels, a five year plan has been drafted, which focuses on targeted positions which are earmarked for female appointments at managerial level.

“ F or women wanting to enter the mining industry, it is important to know that there are opportunities available and one can build a solid career in the industry.”

others. Our executives are also involved in the WiMSA (Women in Mining South Africa) mentoring and coaching programmes. WiMSA creates an empowering network to inspire, support and develop the progression of women working in the South African mining industry. Our women are also regularly called upon to participate in Women in Mining annual conferences to share best practices, their own experiences, and form part of panel discussions on matters relating to gender diversity and women in mining. Our performance in reaching our gender objectives may have improved over the years, however we cannot operate in

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Some of these challenges include the existing patriarchal and sexist culture that is still widely prevalent not only in the mining industry, but in society as a whole. Women find themselves constantly having

Another challenge facing women is the quota-driven mentality, where men view women as quota appointees to fill a ‘gender gap’, as opposed to seeing them as equals who were appointed on merit. It is also important to note that while gender-based violence is not a notable problem within Harmony itself, we do believe it to be our moral obligation to support the country’s fight to address this social injustice. It is against this backdrop, that we launched an employee awareness campaign on gender-based violence in June 2020. Anti-genderbased violence messaging was conveyed through printed posters, animated videos and verbal discussions, particularly in our induction programme. For women wanting to enter the mining industry, it is important to know that there are opportunities available and one can build a solid career in the industry. However, it is also important for women who are already in the industry to offer network support, mentoring and even coaching on a technical level to those entering the industry. We continue to recognise, invest in and put women at the forefront of our business. Today we stand hundreds strong - Tomorrow, thousands more!


For 70 years, Harmony Gold Mining Limited has been driven by the need to create and maintain a workforce that represents the diversity and inclusion of the SA population.

We continue to recognise, invest in and put women at the forefront of our business. Today we stand hundreds strong. Tomorrow, thousands more! For more information visit harmony.co.za


PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BACKGROUND. I am a 38 year old tree-hugging, book-obsessed, foodie, lover

of fine wine, lover of both being

barefoot and wearing sky-high heels,

a curious and compassionate child of Africa, and dedicated surgeon. Born

in Namibia, spent most of my childhood in Pretoria, fell in love with Cape Town

during my internship and currently have

the privilege of calling Stellenbosch home. PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU DO. I am a breast and endocrine surgeon wearing three career hats: one as a private surgeon running my own private surgical practice in Somerset

West, one as a senior

surgical consultant in the

Groote Schuur Breast and

Endocrine Surgical Unit and

one as founder and director of the non-profit Project Flamingo.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO SPECIALISE IN BREAST CARE AND SURGERY? The first step was to choose surgery

- a wonderful discipline that for me encompasses both the art and science of medicine. The later

choice to focus on breast and endocrine surgery came from the connection I felt with cancer

patients, in particular female cancer patients. I think I am in a unique position as a female surgeon to truly understand their fears, needs and health care journey. It is a privilege to be a woman caring for other women.

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Dr Liana Roodt

FELLOW OF COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, DIRECTOR OF PROJECT PINK FLAMINGO, CURIOUS AND COMPASSIONATE


D R L I A N A ROODT

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER? It is impossible to single out a single ‘highlight’. Learning medicine and

practicing medicine have had so many

responsibility as women - to take care of ourselves so that we can take care

WHICH SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN

Churchill, but ultimately your passion

INSPIRE YOU? WHY?

everyday “wins” for myself and my

Madonsela (what a rock star) to the

I can mention many names from Thuli

patients and not to get lost in academic

many female trailblazers in surgery ...

immensely grateful when I finally could call myself a Fellow of the College of

Surgeons of South Africa and obtained

my Master of Surgery degree cum laude. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE FACED IN YOUR CAREER? The biggest challenge, still, is to

balance the demands of a surgical

career with some form of a personal

THE COMMUNITY? Just do it, don’t give up, try and try again! I

celebration. I try to focus on these

to say I was pretty darn proud and

WOMEN TRYING TO DO GOOD IN

of the world.

small victories and miracles that require

or so-called career highs. But I have

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sound like a bad advertisement or Winston and resilience are what matters most.

Whatever you do, do it for the right reasons - when you face challenges or nay-sayers,

but the South African women that really deeply inspire me are the so-called

ordinary women - those that keep going despite economic hardship, despite

abuse, despite cultures that want to keep women small and silent. Those who

keep their families fed and safe; who

are the glue that that holds communities

together. Those ordinary women that are not ordinary at all. They keep me going.

it is only the ideas and projects that you

deeply believe in that will survive. Don’t be scared to ask for advise from those that

have gone before you. Most importantly,

have 100% buy-in from the community you want to serve. Serve is the operative word here - when you go in with the mindset

of “fixing” something or someone you are bound to meet resistance.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE WOMAN IN HISTORY, WHO

WHAT IS YOUR WISH FOR THE

WOULD IT BE? WHY?

life; it requires constant assessment,

FUTURE WOMEN OF SOUTH AFRICA?

I would have a dinner party! I could not

best at all times, yet know when to stop;

safe and protected from men who have

attention and re-calibration to do your

That we will be safe and free - physically

to care authentically, yet have healthy

lost all respect for life and are acting

boundaries; to strive to learn and grow,

and excel in your career, but remember that life needs to be lived and enjoyed beyond the walls of the hospital.

like cruel animals. That we will be safe and free - emotionally, spiritually and

intellectually, so that we can show up and

offer our very best to this country and this world as empowered human beings.

WHAT DOES WOMEN’S MONTH MEAN TO YOU? It serves first and foremost as a

reminder of the sacred feminine - which needs to be celebrated,

protected, defended and empowered by both women and men. It honors those beautiful warriors on whose shoulders we stand - the fierce

women that knew their worth and that have stood up through-out

history for what is right and what is true. It reminds us that we have a

Ultimately, to be the best we can be, with all the passion we can muster. Not as a man or a woman but as a

person, a global citizen. To embrace

the masculine and feminine qualities in each of us – because logic and drive and resilience and empathy

and intuition – all of it – are needed to make this country better.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG SOUTH AFRICAN

possibly pick one; My mom (Danette),

sister (Andriette) and friend (Farzana)

should be there - for their love, wisdom,

unwavering support and the role models they are. Oprah Winfrey - because she

is Oprah! Glennon Doyle and Sue Monk Kidd - because they are true literary

artists with so much lived experience

as female warriors. Ilia Delio, Cynthia

Bourgeault and Saint Theresa of Avilabecause I am mesmerised by their

spiritual wisdom and human experience of the universal Divine. Jacinda Ardernbecause we need more leaders like her that so seemingly effortlessly balance

her male and female energies; she takes a firm stand, makes tough decisions

but always with compassion and grace. Alicia Keyes because she just radiates

“woman-who-knows-her-worth”. And we will need entertainment!

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2020 Round Up: TOP 6 WEALTHIES South African women continue to break through long standing barriers across sectors. In this roundup, we’re taking a look at strong women pioneers contributing to the South African economy - paving the way for future generations of aspiring businesswomen.

1. WENDY APPELBAUM NET WORTH: R2.6-BILLION Liberty Investors; De Morgenzon Wine Estate Industry: Diversified

2. WENDY ACKERMAN NET WORTH: R1, 9-BILLION Pick N Pay Holdings Ltd. Industry: Retail

She ranks as one of the most

Wendy Ackerman is

women in Africa; Wendy

an Executive Director of

affluent and empowered

Appelbaum is a celebrated

South African business giant,

philanthropist, and Chairperson of

the DeMorgenzon Wine Estate - an agricultural business

based in Stellenbosch. Previously, Wendy also served as

the Deputy-Chairman of the Women’s Investment Portfolio Limited (Wiphold Limited), which is a renowned women’s investment holding company that is listed on JSE.

Overall, Wendy is popularly known for exhibiting a high level of selflessness, top-tier leadership abilities in

business and economic development, and displaying keen

interest in health and welfare sectors. Through The Wendy Appelbaum Foundation her company initiates, selects and

one of the founders and

Pick n Pay Stores. Along

with her husband Raymond

Ackerman, Wendy has been a

tremendous force in building up one of South Africa’s

leading FMCG retailers, which, to date, consists of over 450 stores, with the inclusion of 121 supermarkets and 14 hypermarkets. The company extends its food and

retail services across South Africa, southern Africa and

even Australia, and has employed an estimated 49,000 people over the years. Wendy is also a patron of the 1000 Women Trust; she was antecedent to the 1000

Women 1 Voice initiative, which was launched in 2004, resulting in the creation of the 1000 Women Trust.

drives programmes addressing, in the main, the health and

This Trust is geared towards making resources more

Wendy is also a director of Sphere Holdings (Pty) Ltd, which

capacity building. It also provides financial assistance

education interests and concerns of South African women. is a black empowerment company addressing financial

services in mining sectors. In 2015, she was awarded both the Forbes Woman Businesswoman of the Year, and the Forbes Africa Woman of the Year.

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accessible to provide access to skills and leadership to women-led organisations that provide aid to

underprivileged communities. Wendy received an

Inyathelo Award for her family’s philanthropic efforts in 2007.


T O P 6 W EA LT HI ES T W O ME N I N SA

E D I TO R I A L

ST WOMEN IN SA By Charndré Emma Kippie

3. IRENE CHARNLEY

4. BRIDGETTE RADEBE

NET WORTH: R1, 5-BILLION

NET WORTH: R1-BILLION

Smile Telecoms

Mmakau Mining

Industry: Technology

Industry: Mining

Former trade unionist and

Recognised as the

started her career in the South African

mining entrepreneur,

businesswoman, Irene Charnley

business sector working as a negotiator for the South African National Union of

Mineworkers, spending 13 years as a coordinator for a variety of divisions within the union operations department. Later on in her

career, Irene was appointed as an executive director for the MTN Group – one of Africa’s largest telecommunications company.

Under her leadership several African and Middle Eastern countries (including Nigeria and Iran) were connected into the MTN network.

first black female

Bridgette Motsepe-

Radebe the Founder and

Executive Chairperson of Mmakau Mining Limited

– a company she started in the 1980s. Mmakau Mining Limited is a mining firm which inducts

explorations and assists in producing platinum, gold, and chrome.

She was also behind the launch of the National Empowerment

Bridgette is the sister of South African businessman

50% black African labourers. Eventually, The National Empowerment

Lady of South Africa. She has over 3 decades

Consortium, which is made up of 50% black business owners and

Consortium obtained 35% ownership of Johnnic Holdings, which now operates under the name Johnnic Communications. Earlier this year, Irene, who is the founder and Deputy Chairman of Smile Telecoms

─ the Pan-African telecommunications group which was established in 2007 ─ received a Forbes Woman Africa Pioneer Award for

her dedication to transforming the continent’s telecommunication

landscape. Still hard at work, Irene is the current President of the IWFSA, and spearheads the Ikageng Scheme – the broad-based black empowerment agreement based in South Africa.

Patrice Motsepe and Tshepo Motsepe – the First of experience in the mining industry and is

the President of South Africa’s largest mining

chamber – the South African Mining Development

Association. In 2008, she received the International

Businessperson of the Year Award presented by the Global Foundation for Democracy. This accolade recognises business people who have made a

significant impact in the world, transforming both political and environmental models.

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E D I TOR IAL

T OP 6 WE A LT HIEST W OMEN IN SA

5. SHARON WAPNICK

6. ELIZABETH BRADLEY

NET WORTH: R433-MILLION

NET WORTH: R332-MILLION

Octodec Investments

Wesco Investments South Africa

Industry: Real Estate

Industry: Diversified

Elizabeth Bradley’s Daughter to the Founder

of Octodec Investments, Alec

Wapnick, Sharon was elected as the

Chairman of Octodec in 2011. Sharon completed her BA degree and LLB (cum laude) via the

University of the Witwatersrand, and fulfilled her articles of clerkship with Moss Morris, which is

where she was promoted as the Deputy Chairman of Moss Morris in 2003.

estimated net worth comes

as a result of multiple lucrative

investments that she has made in

major companies. With an impressive

resume, she holds many prominent professional

positions in the South African business sector, such

as Chairman of Wesco Investments South Africa and

Vice-Chairman of Toyota South Africa. Her father, Albert Wessels, was the man behind bringing Toyota to South Africa, back in 1961.

Over the years, Sharon has acquired invaluable

A shareholder at prominent blue chip companies

in JSE Listings Requirements, and commercial

and Hilton Hotel, Elizabeth Bradley is the epitome of

experience within the property sector, as well as and corporate matters. To date, Sharon has added

attorney and senior partner of Tugendhaft Wapnick

Banchetti & Partners to her resume, and is the NonExecutive Director of City Property Administration

Proprietary Limited. Another significant directorship to mention is Sharon’s involvement on the Board of Transaction Capital Limited.

such as Standard Bank, Rosebank Inn, AngloGold,

strategic investment and resilience, garnering profits

from companies which she saw potential in – despite

acknowledgement of all potential financial risks. In 2008, Wesco Investments, a holding company she controls,

sold off its 25% stake for R2.1-billion. Thus, she acquired R1-billion from the sale. Her wit and know-how has stood in her favour for many financial seasons, making her

one of the biggest female South African financial role models to date.

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FO UN D AT I O N FO R PR O FES S I O N A L D EV EL O PM E NT

A DV E RTO R I A L

THE FOU ND ATI O N FO R P R O F ES S I ON A L DEV ELOPM E N T

E N S U R I N G T H E H E A LT H O F T H E C O N T I N E N T The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has its genesis in the South African Medical Association. Innovation and social impact have driven our work to be a positive force of change on the African continent for 23 years. FPD’s mission is to catalyse social change through developing people, strengthening systems and providing innovative solutions. We develop people primarily through custom educational products focused on professional development and building management capability. FPD’s innovative focus includes projects which pioneer new models to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. As a private higher educational institution developing people is our core, and as cost is a major barrier to quality education, FPD actively strives to reduce the financial burden on students through scholarship programmes. To date, FPD has provided scholarships to over 500 000 students. In 2019-2020 FPD provided sponsored training to participants to the value of R 70,552,046. Over 60% of these participants were women. As a young woman from a rural area who started off as an administrative assistant, and grew into a leadership position, the numbers cannot express the impact that access to education can have on the course of a woman’s life. We champion gender empowerment in all aspects of our work. We work with a

powerful executive team, where women are the majority, and seek to ensure that our staff have fair working conditions and access to development opportunities. 2020 was an unprecedented year. At FPD we clung to our mission and united to provide free access to CPD Accredited COVID-19 related courses to over 30 000 healthcare workers. With many of our own staff being frontline workers, we were acutely aware of the surge in genderbased violence (GBV) since the lockdown. We recognised that healthcare professionals are ideally placed to identify and provide support to survivors of GBV. With the support of key sponsors, we delivered courses to over 1000 healthcare workers on gender-based violence in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, designed to equip healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills to respond adequately to survivors of violence in any form. FPD is uniquely placed as a credible educational partner, with deep institutional knowledge in health, to develop educational offerings that will fast track the development agenda on the continent to empower women. We cherish our social entrepreneurial approach and the concept of doing well, while doing good resonates

STACEY-ANN PILLAY

ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE AT FPD with the personal value system of our staff. We intend to rapidly expand our educational offering, and the reach thereof, by embracing technologies that have a user-centric design. FPD will play a role in helping to solve the shortage of health workers, which has been highlighted globally, and we will use our experience in health systems strengthening to advocate for those in need and support Ministries of Health. Our innovations will centre around piloting new models to create equity in provision of healthcare and generating evidence to support epidemiological

advances. As a young woman leader, it is a pleasure to serve in an organisation where gender empowerment is a deliberate agenda woven into how we lead our organisation and the work we do.

CONTACT DETAILS: Physical Address: FPD Knowledge Park, 173 Mary Road, The Willows, Pretoria Postal Address: PO Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, 0040 Telephone: 087 821 1109 | Email: foundation@foundation.co.za Website: https://www.foundation.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FPD_SA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FPDZA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fpdsouthafrica/ S TA N D A R D B A N K TO P WO M E N L EAD ER S 11 3


IMPLATS ENSURING GENDER DIVERSITY AND A CLEANER, GREENER WORLD Implats is a leading producer of platinum group metals (PGMs) structured around six mining operations and Impala Refining Services, which is a toll refining business. Our operations are located on the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe – the two most significant PGM-bearing ore bodies in the world – and the Canadian Shield, an igneous domain for PGMs. We employ 50 744 people across our operations and market and sell our products in South Africa, Japan, China, India, the US and Europe. The metals we produce are the key to making many industrial, medical, and electronic items, and they contribute to a cleaner, greener world.

COMPANY INFORMATION YEAR FOUNDED: 1968 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 50 000+ ANNUAL TURNOVER: FY2020 revenue R69.9-billion

GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT (CSI) Our commitment to employee diversity is driven not only by strong compliance requirements, but also by the belief that a more inclusive and diverse organisation is ultimately more competitive. For Implats, gender diversity is a business imperative. Our commitment is reflected in our inclusion in the Bloomberg 2020 GenderEquality Index (GEI) which recognises companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality in the workplace. We have

also qualified as a 2020 “Top Gender Empowered Company” in Standard Bank’s Top Women Leaders Awards. EMPOWERMENT POLICIES CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES Our diversity and employment equity (EE) strategy and action plans, at our South African operations, align with the Mining Charter III targets and with our plans and policies aimed at fostering our desired organisational culture. Our operational transformation steering committees play a key role in driving the strategic plans. All our operations are implementing five-year EE plans (2020 to 2024). EMPOWERMENT-RELATED CSI INITIATIVES/PROGRAMMES YOUR ORGANISATION IS CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTING A long-term strategic focus is to spearhead our local procurement and business development programmes, capacitating enterprises – including women-owned businesses – to become part of our supply chain and to transition to provide their services nationally. This is a critical driver of sustainable community development. We aim to increase procurement spend with youth and women-owned entities, by identifying existing capacity in host communities, creating ringfenced/set-aside opportunities, and driving a localisation agenda aimed at building manufacture and assembly capability in our host communities. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP EMPOWERMENT/CSI STRATEGIES THAT HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL? As part of our ongoing efforts to transform our supply chain, during FY2020, 18

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new operational term contracts were awarded to 51% or more HDP-owned and controlled companies. Eleven of the contracts were awarded to women-owned and controlled companies and range from the supply of timber products and early warning instrumentation devices for underground rock monitoring to the rehabilitation of old shafts.

GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STATISTICAL OVERVIEW Percentage of female executive directors/senior management: Implats board at 50% Subsidiary Impala board at 33% ExCo at 30% 5%-25% female executive directors Percentage of female staff members (overall in company): Senior Management at 19% Overall, 11%

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: 2 Fricker Road, Illovo, 2196, Postal address: Private Bag X18, Northlands, 2116 Telephone: +27 11 731 9000 Email: investor@implats.co.za Website: https://www.implats.co.za/


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IMPLATS’ TOP WOMEN: DAWN EARP - INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” - Maya Angelou I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 after receiving a B.Com

5 TIPS ON HOW YOU AS A WOMAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN BUSINESS 1. My ability to teach, mentor and encourage my team, by giving support and helping to grow their careers, is vital. I had to think less about myself and more about how to make my team successful. After all, I was only as successful as part of my team. 2. There are many roles I have to juggle. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and co-worker. It’s important to focus. I have to cut through the chaos that sometimes exists to ensure that everyone knows what’s important. However, I had to teach myself to listen to other views (something I still struggle with and have to keep reminding myself to do). I had to maintain my focus on the organization’s objectives and provide stability when the pace of change moved rapidly from one priority to another. 3. As a woman I relied a lot on being intuitive. I had to read the unspoken word and have courageous discussions. 4. Emotional intelligence: It is critical in the work environment to perceive, understand, and manage the emotions of my team and myself. 5. “We not Me”. I was always conscious of using these words, but still taking full accountability. I had to earn respect and not demand it. After all, I had to build up my team’s trust, commitment and delivery in an ever-changing environment.

B.ACC degree from the University of Witwatersrand. After completing my articles with BDO Spencer Steward, I moved into the mining industry and have remained in this industry for many years, continuously upskilling my knowledge in the industry, having worked in senior and executive positions at companies such as Anglo American, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Implats, Rand Refinery and Moolmans. I currently serve as an independent non-executive Director on the Implats and Transit Freight Forward boards, the Audit Committee Chair for Implats, and am a member of Implats Strategy and Investment Committee. I am a member of the Audit Committee of a Sentinel Retirement Fund). ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES? COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM? • Chairman of Ekurhuleni Jewellery Beneficiation Project (EJP) (NPO): The focus of EJP, is to allow access for the previously disadvantaged community to jewellery based training, incubator programmes and develop small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) for commercial success. • Honorary Treasurer for the South African-Guide Dogs Association for the Blind (GDSA) (NPO): The nature of the association is to enhance the mobility and independence of people who have visual, physical and developmental needs.

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED

IMPLATS? Implats has meanigfully advanced gender empowerment over many years. Drawing an analogy with an apple. • The skin of the apple - visible and obvious discrimination e.g. women were not allowed to work underground. • The flesh of the apple – subtle discrimination not understood or seen by many e.g. women are asked inappropriate questions in interviews and are mentally battered. • Finally, the seeds – Implats has moved forward and the conversation at the Implats Board now focuses on ESG, including gender empowerment. Implats has its first women chair and 50% of the directors are women. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? • Focused attention: Distraction can lead to lost productivity, constantly putting out fires. The only way to gain control is to focus on the task. • Actively agile: The need to be able to connect the dots that have yet to be connected, to create new ideas. They will need to be innovative, creative and add value by thinking outside of the box. • Being comfortable with chaos and uncertainty: Need to be prepared, equipped and comfortable with reinventing processes.

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IMPLATS’ TOP WOMEN: MPHO NKELI – INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Quote or maxim that has inspired you:

“Don’t over plan – leave a little space in your plan for the magic to happen – because it does! ”

I hold a BSc: Environmental Science, an MAP, and an MBA. My career began in a soil testing lab and I then moved into PR and Communication and later in Marketing. This then led to a move into transformation and later Human Resources. I have served as the Group HRD for Alexander Forbes, the Chief HR Officer for the Vodacom Group and I am now a Director at SPI – in Executive Search and Head of the Board Practice. I am blessed to have had five different careers and a combination of all of them has resulted in my being well prepared for what may be my last career. Some successes include: • Contribution to the development of the “People” related element of the Financial Services Charter • Contribution to the content development of the B-BBEE Codes • Leading people transformation as Group HRD of Alexander Forbes – achievable because of a willing organisation.

5 TIPS ON HOW YOU AS A WOMAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN BUSINESS 1. “Rest’ in who you are 2. Be present in all you do 3. Do your best each time 4. Break the rules – they were made by people like you 5. Don’t take yourself too seriously

• Part of a leadership that led the change from “blue” to “red”, which had a great impact on the culture and ways of working. • I am absolutely inspired by the brilliant leadership talent I meet in my current job as an Executive Search Consultant and feel honoured to place them into roles that are ‘perfect’ for them ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES? COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM? I supported four orphans in Soweto (two child-headed families). They are now young adults and have completed school.

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HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED IMPLATS? The greatest role of a board is to appoint the best suited leadership for the organisation. The top leadership gender make-up at Implats is well recognised in the sector and they value the insightful thinking these female leaders have brought to the business, which has contributed immensely to the admired business performance of the business. The females in Implats top leadership include Lee-Ann Samuel, Thabile Makgale, Meroonisha Kerber and Kirthanya Pillay, whose disciplines are human resources, mining, finance and corporate finance, respectively. The board and the CEO can attest to the improved performance of the functions led by these female leaders. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? The future is now! We are living and managing during a global pandemic never experienced before by all of us. Leadership cracks are becoming evident, just as much as real leadership is exposed as we all navigate untested waters. One of the greatest leadership competencies is ‘managing ambiguity’ – leaders had more questions than answers in the past eight months, but great leaders are asking the right questions, are keeping their employees engaged, are authentic and are successful in navigating this new territory. Great leaders are comfortable with not knowing it all not having all the answers - because you can’t, and it’s ok. They should know where to look and who to ask for the answers. The future – we don’t know what the future holds, and we will have more questions than answers - as is the case today.


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IMPLATS’ TOP WOMEN: NONHLANHLA MGADZA - CHIEF AUDIT EXECUTIVE Quote or maxim that has inspired you:

“ T he most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example”

5 TIPS ON HOW YOU AS A WOMAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN BUSINESS 1. Know your subject and perfect your skill to deliver the best you can 2. Be fair and ethical 3. Clearly understand your strengths and weaknesses 4. Define your end state, stay on course and stay focussed 5. Sharpen your pencil and be ready and willing to learn 6. Believe in yourself and stay true to your values.

I am responsible for providing internal audit services and forensic investigations for the Group. I report to the Group Chief Financial Officer for administrative purposes and the audit committee for functional reasons. To strengthen the independence of my function I report the outcomes of my audits and investigations to the CEO and the Chairman of the Board. Over the course of my career I served in line, middle and senior management positions and have overcome several challenges as a woman in an often male-dominated environment. Notable achievements include setting up a new Group internal audit and forensics division at Implats. Prior to Implats I managed one of the first external clients within a sizable internal audit function. It was established to create capacity for

auditors willing to challenge themselves to do more for less and to spread the culture of corporate governance both internally and externally. Further, I have successfully run four portfolios - including corporate, subsidiaries, IT audits and forensic investigations and conducted quarterly reporting to 15 audit subcommittees. Other proud accomplishments include being awarded the Internal Auditor of the Year in 2018 and achieving excellence for application of best practice in the private sector and in the internal audit fraternity in 2018, the attainment of the latter I attribute to my IGIA team, which I have led for the past 16 years.

WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN IMPLATS TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)?

I have diplomas in business studies and computer auditing as well as BCom and MBA degrees.

the internal and outsourced teams.

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES? COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM. My social responsibility initiatives include:

reviews, and upskill themselves in

Internal auditors understand that the fourth industrial revolution is not an unmanned factory. We invest in the

upskilling of our team to ensure they

are equipped to become the auditors

of the future. We use a hybrid service package comprising an inhouse

internal audit function with some

of the specialist audits performed

through outsourced arrangements.

The advantage of outsourcing is the

exposure to international methodologies and emerging trends exchanged among

Automation, digitisation, and continuous auditing, allows our team capacity to

explore performance of more strategic preparation for the required technology driven audit tools.

• Adhoc donations to Sandton AOG Women’s Ministry to support projects such as “Hamba vangeli”

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED?

• Monetary contribution to my local Methodist church to assist and support communities, especially during Covid

• Emotional intelligence will be key in an environment that will be operating on increased artificial intelligence.

• Donation of groceries for distribution to our needy communities, especially during the holiday season • I give tea and coffee to the security team in my street

• The capacity and willingness to think, find and formulate completely new strategies and find new solutions suitable for ever changing environments

• Donations to family members in need, including those unemployed or unemployable.

• Leaders will have to learn to thrive in what would be considered chaotic and uncertain business

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IMPLATS’ TOP WOMEN: NONKULULEKO MABUZA - MINE MANAGER, IMPALA RUSTENBURG (16 SHAFT)

Quote or maxim that has inspired you:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13

TOP TIP ON HOW YOU AS A WOMAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN BUSINESS I do not think a young woman would need to possess different attributes to a young man. I think any individual who wants to be successful in this industry must be determined and persevere. One needs to be open to learning. The best teacher is, indeed, practical experience, and there is a wealth of it in the people who are already in the industry.

I was the very first female Mine Manager appointed at Impala Rustenburg. I am a shining example of how, if women do their best, it will enhance their exposure and help break new ground. I matriculated from Westville Girls’ High in 2004 and by 2009 had completed a BSc in Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand with the help of an Impala bursary. I joined Impala Rustenburg full time in 2010 as a Mining Engineer in training and over the past 10 years I have been exposed to both conventional and mechanised mining as well as technical services. As Mine Manager I am in charge of the day-to-day running of the lower mine at 16 Shaft. One of my proudest achievements is being part of a team that delivered two-million fatality free shifts and, more recently, another two million at a capital shaft. The more I learnt about the mining industry the more it became apparent to me that there were ample opportunities for growth for women in both the mining and in the engineering space. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES? COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM. I started a charity group with a group of friends called Rustenburg Miniacs. We worked with other charities who shared our passion for uplifting the less fortunate to raise funds for different groups in our community - and communities across the country. In my spare time, I tutor maths and science.

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HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED IMPLATS: Gender empowerment has given Implats an edge over its competitors. Promoting diversity has enabled Implats to tap into a previously unexplored reserve. Diverse teams are strong because they see the world through different lenses, enabling different ideas to be explored in solving problems and coming up with innovative ways of doing things. Inclusivity fosters and encourages teamwork. If people feel included, they champion their own personal development and, by doing that, they add value to the space in which they operate and to their sphere of influence. Implats’ gender empowerment policies have made Implats the employer of choice for different groups of people in the marketplace. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED The framework for leadership is fundamentally the same for all great leaders. Successful future leaders will be those who have an affinity for learning and exploring new avenues or ways of doing things. This will mean having to drop one’s ego now and then and admit you don’t know everything. Innovative leaders will outlast those who are not. Future leaders will have to encourage collaboration between different links in the value chain to maximise output. They will have interpersonal skills to be able to flourish.


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CREATING CULTURES THAT EMPOWER INTERVIEW WITH ZIMKHITHA CEZA, FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, KUMUSA CONSULTING WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? We are a 100% Black Female Owned Executive Search and Talent Acquisition Specialist, offering recruitment strategic partnerships to help organizations achieve their Employment Equity Strategy by promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

with women and black talent for leadership, strategic and critical roles. We have created, and continue to build, a strong database of women and black talent to address transformational change challenges, which in turn contributes to our client’s bottom-line.

HOW DO YOU CREATE CULTURES

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF

THAT EMPOWER? In 1994 South Africa experienced its democratic transformation. The Employment Equity Act was passed in 1998 to effect meaningful change and to enhance equality in the South African workplace. As a result, broad-based black economic empowerment has become a rule of engagement for all institutions to really invest in transformation. It has become a requirement for businesses to re-evaluate their recruitment strategies and cultivate transformed cultures.

YOUR MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS? We have a strong database of female leaders and BEE talent, cutting across a wide range of industries to help organisations build a strong talent pipeline.

While we celebrate this great success, there is still a huge inequality gap and economic disparities in the country, especially when we address unemployment issues or underrepresentation of women and black people for leadership roles. In truth, organisations that embrace workplace diversity are more effective and more profitable, with the benefit of gaining preferential procurement. This is where we come in; we help create cultures that empower by partnering with organisations to attract and retain diverse (women and black economic empowerment) talent. We do this, not just to tick boxes, but to ensure that transformation is intentional and realistic. We have a clear mandate to partner with organisations by providing them

One of our major highlights has been our partnership with Servest Group which started in November 2018. Within a very short space of time, we have been able to, and continue to help the organisation, achieve its Employment Equity Strategy by way of appointing a diverse leadership team. We have been able to help them attract top executives by putting women and black talent in strategic leadership roles. YOU HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION FOR 5 YEARS. WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU

WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE? To be regarded as a thought leader and a catalyst for transformational change by creating more dialogue and education on the subject of women and black economic empowerment. We are also targeting the big corporates and global companies looking to recruit top diverse talent for leadership and executive roles. DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? Being female is a superpower and the world is our oyster! We have an innate power to impact and influence. We need to come together and be intentional in collaborating with one another and ensuring no one is left behind - we all have a place in the marketplace.

SEEN IN TRANSFORMATION, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THIS TIME? Though we still have a long way to go towards achieving a well-balanced transformation scorecard, we are well on our way. Within the past 5 years, more organisations have implemented change management strategies that address transformation, diversity and inclusion. They are placing a lot of value on developing diverse leaders. The rate of women-led and black-led organisations is also on the rise.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: 150 Rivonia Road Office Park, The Business Exchange Office, Morningside, Sandton, 2128

Phone: 010 035 4788 / 079 833 6495

Email: zimmie@kumusaconsulting.com Website: www.kumusaconsulting.com

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“ N EVER GI VE UP, DON’ T B E A FR A I D O F FAI LU RE A N D B E Y O UR S ELF –

u nap ol og etic a lly .” CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE TOP WOMAN IN PROPERTY AWARD 2020 AT THE STANDARD BANK TOP WOMEN AWARDS CEREMONY. WHAT DOES WINNING THIS AWARD MEAN TO YOU? I am so thrilled to not only have won this category but also to have been nominated for Businesswoman of

the Year. The real estate industry is

one of the sectors where women are still under-represented and female leadership in senior management

positions is lacking. Considering that

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the majority of the agent population is female, I believe that recognition

in prestigious awards such as these will serve to stimulate aspirant

women to take the leap and strive for leadership positions.

On a personal note, it is my hope that the broader public profile

garnered by being nominated as

a finalist in two categories of such a prestigious award will allow me to further spread messages of

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empowerment and hope among South African women.


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coaching certification with the

Feminine Power Global Community. I would like to be seen as “The

Queen of Authenticity” and have

they were shocked, they obliged.

are currently promoting ourselves

a peer, I definitely did not want to be

careers. Authentic confidence is what

I advocate. It makes you likeable and more approachable and people want to do business with people that they

like. The keynote talk I give empowers

The best way to celebrate women in

asked them to include me and, although

I realised then and there that although

is hurting our business, sales and

IN LEADERSHIP?

thought to pass it to me. One day I

a keynote talk called ‘Making it without Faking it’. The way we

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WOMEN

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you with tools to access authentic confidence.

I did want to be accepted by them as

one of the guys - because I’m not. I’m very much a woman; a feminine one

with a unique skillset that contributes significantly to any table. I also

struggled with self- doubt and I feel far more confident than I used to because I don’t put on a façade, what you see

is what you get. I am not shy and I love asking questions.

leadership is to support them and to

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR

encourage other women to strive for

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS AS

WITH AN INTERNATIONAL

top positions and to fulfil their dreams.

CEO OF LEW GEFFEN SOTHEBY’S

PORTFOLIO WHAT TRENDS HAVE

Too many women still see other

INTERNATIONAL REALTY?

YOU NOTICED IN THE PROPERTY

women in business as the enemy,

A 3rd generation family business

MARKET THIS YEAR?

as fierce competition to be knocked

certainly has its pitfalls but it’s also a

down. Additionally, we have been

wonderful journey working alongside

taught a “lack” mentality since we were

your family and creating a legacy.

little; that there is only space for a few.

And whilst the pandemic has been

It’s such a self-limiting outdated belief,

enormously disruptive and challenging,

there is space for all of us because

leading in the time of COVID has really

we have so many different attributes.

been a stand-out experience; I feel

It’s only by standing together,

closer to my franchise business owners

breaking our inner glass ceilings and

and agents than I ever have before.

will recognise their true potential and

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MAJOR

a lasting effect on future real estate

and design trends, and we are already

WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN FOCUS AREAS? I advocate strongly against GBV and child abuse. My approach is a little

different with regard to GBV because

I feel we need to include men more in this conversation not alienate them. I am busy completing my professional

design trends.

Larger living spaces - The past few

years have been about compact, low wise gardens but, after months of

confinement, many people are now

OBSTACLES IN YOUR CAREER AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

AS AN ACTIVIST AND SPEAKER

seeing the shift in buyer priorities and

maintenance homes with small, water-

supporting one another that women their considerable power.

The coronavirus pandemic will have

beginning to realise the importance

of having a substantial living space, a

dedicated home office, ample outdoor

Age-old stereotypes and prejudices

against which we have to battle daily,

space and amenities.

I experienced my lightbulb moment

In-house amenities - we are already

years ago and was the only female in

amenities within the home that offer

worked. The guys would toss a football

such as movie theatres, gyms and

especially in male-dominated sectors. when I lived in New York several

noticing an increased desire to create

management at the company at which I

authentic experiences of activities

around at every meeting but they never

restaurants/bars.

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I NT E RV IEW

YA E L GE F F E N

IF YOU HAD ONE EXTRA HOUR IN THE DAY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT? Mountain biking with my family and then baking something wicked like chocolate brownies!

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE

“YO U CA NNOT P O UR FROM an em pt y c u p ”

FOR THE ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? Never give up, don’t be afraid of failure and be yourself –

unapologetically. Keep your eye on

your vision and don’t allow yourself Decentralisation – as recently as

last year, it was expected that by 2050, around 70% of the world’s

population would be living in cities, but it’s a forecast that’s probably

going to need revision as we are

already seeing a move away from urban living, with more and more

people seeking suburban and even rural lifestyles.

HOW DO YOU RELAX? Family is the cornerstone of

everything. Quality time with my

son and fiancé is what relaxes me

most and whenever possible we do things like take walks in the park

with our dog; it’s one of our great de-stressors. I started mountain

biking almost a year ago and I love it, it’s such a great outdoor family sport. I thrive in nature and have always lived close to a park, no

matter where I have lived in the

world. If I am experiencing major burn out, a Netflix series binge

while eating a peppermint crisp

chocolate and wine gums seems to be the perfect antidote.

to be distracted by external factors over which you have no control. Continually network and build

meaningful relationships wherever possible. Make it your business

to know who your competitors are and how you can better the same

offer or add more value. Always be transparent, authentic and ethical

so that nothing can ever come back to bite you – and you will more

easily gain the trust and support of those with whom you work. Be the person that people

want to root for to succeed, not the person they want to bring down.

In South Africa, Lew Geffen

Sotheby’s International Realty

is a national company with the market leader and flagship

Lew Geffen Estates established in 1982 by Lew Geffen, infusing

local knowledge, know-how and

credibility – the perfect partnership for today’s sophisticated property market.

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R achel

A HEART FOR TH


R A C HEL KOLI SI

Born in Mafikeng and raised in

I N T E RV I E W

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR

Grahamstown, Rachel Kolisi is

MAINTAINING A HEALTHY HOME/

“passionate about empowering and

WORK LIFE BALANCE - ESPECIALLY

encouraging women to be strong in who

IN THESE TIMES?

her husband, Siya, Rachel co-founded

come first - you can’t pour from an empty

and where they are now”. Along with

Taking care of yourself always needs to

the Kolisi Foundation, which aims to

cup. Lockdown is requiring a lot from all of us and it’s vital to make sure you’re taken

change the narrative of inequality in

care of. Another thing is to always try and

South Africa by providing assistance and

opportunities to people in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Rachel is

also the co-owner of Rise, a movement

dedicated to helping women live more purposeful lives through health and

fitness. Aside from the philanthropy work she does, Rachel strives for

balance and good in all facets of her life - home, work and community. She has a deep desire to see all

South Africans thrive and live out

their dreams and ambitions. Through

her humanitarian efforts, she has

headed up a number of community

projects which have brought about transformation for many

different communities.

We sat down with Rachel to discuss

make sure your space is organised and

how we can meaningfully uplift South

of who is doing what around the house.

love to have dinner with.

HOW DO YOU THINK WOMEN CAN

PLEASE DESCRIBE THE PURPOSE

I think one thing that COVID-19 has shone

you’ve got some sort of structure in terms

the initiatives so close to her heart, African women and who she would

UPLIFT EACH OTHER? a light on is that it’s taught us all to take

OF BOTH THE RISE WOMEN

a step back and check in with people to

ORGANISATION AND THE KOLISI

see how they’re coping. We get so caught

FOUNDATION. Our vision at Rise is to unite women

up in our own issues and it’s important to

The organisation was birthed out of a

a long way and it’s sustainable.

help women live more purposeful lives

DO YOU HAVE TIME TO READ? WHO

believe women live their best lives when

I don’t actually have much time to read,

Kolisi Foundation, after the World Cup,

we were on one of our foundation trips,

legacy – and through the work we’ve

I just wanted to understand the local

what we’d like to tackle going forward.

with. It was very informative. More

AS A WORKING MOTHER, HOW

Bevere, and it was fantastic read.

communicate with those we love - it goes

in South Africa in a common cause.

place of desperation - we wanted to through health and fitness. We truly

ARE YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS?

they’re at their healthiest. Regarding the

but I recently borrowed a book while

we knew we wanted to leave behind a

which I loved. It’s called Gang Town and

done so far we’ve been able to establish

communities of the people I was working recently, I read Lioness Arising by Lisa

HAVE YOU MANAGED TO SURVIVE

Kol i s i

HE NATION

LOCKDOWN?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH

Navigating being a working mother and

AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE DAY?

it’s been a bit of a juggling game. I make

an extra hour!

fun time is really fun. I wake up an hour

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER

and that my days are well planned out.

- WHO WOULD THEY BE?

possible is always a good thing.

Winfrey, Sandra Bullock and Ayesha Curry.

lockdown has meant a lot of pressure and sure we separate work and play and that

Probably sleep. I would gladly take

earlier to ensure I have a bit of “me time”

WITH 5 PEOPLE PAST AND PRESENT

As much structure and organisation as

Joan of Arc, Nelson Mandela, Oprah

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D E A L M A K IN G F O R I M PAC T I N AF R ICA INTERVIEW WITH KEDIBONE IMATHIU CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF KAZI CAPITAL specifically, investments. I also want to drive a change of the old narrative in financial services about the lack of women founders. Kedibone Imathiu serves on the board of Kazi Capital’s portfolio company, the Sekta Group, as well as on independent boards of financial services firms such as AIG South Africa, Federated Employees Mutual Association (FEM), and Old Mutual Investment Services Nominees. Born in the Eastern Cape’s town of Mthatha in South Africa, Kedibone is also Co-Founder and Director of Kazi Capital, a private equity investment business. Kazi Capital is considered one of the top genderempowered companies in South Africa. As she transitions from South Africa to take on a broader role on the continent, while based in Nairobi, Kenya, we interview Kedibone to glean some gems of wisdom from her journey. THE WORLD OF FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS IS PREDOMINANTLY MALE-LED. HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THIS SPACE? For me, the co-creation of Kazi Capital as well as my appointment to various boards and board committees came from an inherent desire to pursue an entrepreneurial career in finance and

When I was growing up in the Eastern Cape I was inspired by Nonkululeko Gobodo, the first black female Chartered Accountant (CA) who sparked my initial motivation to become a Chartered Accountant, a classic story of the power of role-models. WHAT UNIQUE QUALITY DO YOU THINK WOMEN BRING TO THE FINANCIAL AND CAPITAL INDUSTRY? Traditionally in society, women are generally more inclined towards building and maintaining cohesive families and communities, in which all members have a unique role to play for them to be effective and harmonious. I think the representation of women in the financial services and investment industry brings that necessary balance and natural inclination to steer capital and other resources into investments that positively impact broader stakeholders and the greater community in which businesses operate.

WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE? Being a mother to two amazing humans – I count it a success simply

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because the whole experience brings such growth and joy. Then professionally, it would be the establishment of Kazi Capital. This has been a case of believing not only in myself, but also in the dreams of the entrepreneurs we’ve partnered with, enough to take bold steps that are yielding good returns as well as making an impact on the lives of many. My work at Kazi has also enabled me to deliberately apply my talent and skills to change the economic landscape for more diversity and inclusion of women in the economy and to create muchneeded jobs. Kazi Capital is invested in the Sekta Group, an industrial services platform which employs up to 1,500 employees. The investment has allowed Kazi Capital to enter a sector providing critical industrial services for South Africa’s economy seldom led by women. WHAT WOULD YOUR ‘WORD OF ADVICE’ BE TO ASPIRING WOMEN LEADERS IN THIS INDUSTRY IN A POST-COVID-19 WORLD? The world is changing at an accelerated pace, so much greater levels of agility are required in the capital investment industry. This means being able to change and adapt as your sectors of interest evolve, collaborating to explore and create joint positive outcomes,


K A Z I C AP I TAL

and having a proactive and disciplined approach in executing your strategy through decisive action. Don’t be afraid to chart your own path, or of the unexpected changes in direction that your path may take. WHAT ARE SOME UNIQUE CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE IN THE SECTOR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THESE? The sector is still very male-dominated. This goes for both the investors and networks for access to deal flow. The way we as Kazi Capital overcame this, was by partnering across a variety of bank funders, and strategic equity investors, and always making sure that there is a clear alignment of broader strategic outcomes beyond just the IRRs in the investments we make. We could not have done this without the ability to build and maintain relationships. We also learned our lessons along the way on choosing the right partnerships. Finally, the team was also part of the inaugural participants in the South African Venture Capital Association’s (SAVCAs) Fund Manager Development Programme aimed at accelerating transformation in the South African private equity industry.

investments and who have the capability and desire to add value to investee companies from a strategic vantage point. So going into investments, we champion transformation - aiming to assist management teams to transform the business not only from a black female equity ownership perspective, but holistically across all the elements of management control, employment equity, skills development, procurement, and supplier and enterprise development.

“DON’T BE AFRAID TO CHART YOUR OWN PATH...”

I also chair the Social and Ethics Committee of Sekta Group whose mandate is driven by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Here, alongside aligned company executive leadership, I am able to influence what policies are in place towards the achievement of environmental, social, and governance practices the business aspires to for its sustainability.

HOW HAVE YOU HELPED TO INTEGRATE

NOW THAT YOU ARE EXPANDING OUT

THE DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INTO

OF SOUTH AFRICA, WHAT IS YOUR

THE COMPANIES YOU HAVE INVESTED

POSITION ON DOING BUSINESS IN

IN OR ON WHOSE BOARDS YOU

AFRICA? Each African country - and region has unique risks to consider when determining worthwhile opportunities on the continent. A number of South African businesses looking for Rest of Africa (RoA) growth have failed to make some important linkage such as the fundamentals in some regions being strongly linked to commodity cycles. Despite that, I am cautiously bullish on the long-term growth prospects in Africa stemming from a growing urban population and a need for import replacement that has proved to be even more urgent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SERVE? I participate in critical board subcommittees, such as the Remuneration and Nominations Committee (Remco), where many of the critical decisions that can bridge the wage gap and gender pay gap are debated and recommended. I currently chair the Remco of FEM and serve as a member of Remco at AIG South Africa. At Kazi Capital, we pride ourselves on being part of the new generation of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) investors who embody a hands-on approach to

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WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE A FIERCE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER. HOW HAS THIS HOBBY INFLUENCED YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE? One of the ways in which mountain climbing has influenced my leadership style is in knowing when my style needs to adapt to the changing environment around me and the changing needs of the organisation. To draw a parallel, you need to know when collaborative leadership must quickly change to a more authoritarian leadership style, especially when severe weather patterns present a risk to your team on a mountain trek!

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: Unit 24, 2nd Floor, 1 Melrose Boulevard, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, 2196 Website: https://www.kazicapital.co.za/

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TOP 5 COMPANIES ACING

GENDER POLICY IMPLEMENTATION By: Charndré Kippie According to The World Economic

The National Development Plan (NDP),

action in the fight for gender equality

for 2020, South Africa’s women

that is most distressed by inequality,

SA has considerably more women

Forum’s (WEF) Gender Gap Index

occupy 38% of senior level positions in business organisations – that is

managerial and CEO roles. Of all the enterprises recorded on the JSE,

3.31% of CEOs listed are female. The

most important question, at this point, is: How do we get this right for a better future?

WHERE WE’RE AT

The journey towards achieving gender equality in the workplace has been

more than challenging over the past

decade for most companies, globally and nationally, to say the least; the injustices women are presented with in the

workforce, and poor representativeness in workplace environments, can be

traced back to ‘old-fashioned’ norms and ideological cultural practices. In 2020, women still remain under-represented

within many sectors, and most patently

so at leadership levels in organisations. “Despite the broad acknowledgement that gender and diversity concerns should be addressed, there is a lack of clarity as to

pinpoints women as the demographic

poverty and unemployment. The NDP Executive Summary (2030) presents detailed accounts of future equality objectives which the government is

actively working on obtaining for the

graduates than men, and our statistics show that South African women

(within corporate settings) have great aspirations for success.

nation. The following aspirational

Transformation has, unfortunately, always

• Increase employment from 13 million

Africa especially. Previously, the counter

• Ensure that skilled, technical,

stages of its democracy. Today, more

milestones have been outlined: in 2010 to 24 million.

been a slow process for corporate South was that South Africa is still in the early

professional and managerial posts

than a quarter century since its inception,

gender and disability makeup.

remains, for the most part, slow. Some

better reflect the country’s racial, • Reduce inequality – The Gini

coefficient should fall from 0.69 to 0.6.

• Broaden ownership of assets to

historically disadvantaged groups.

• Realise a developmental, capable

and ethical state that treats citizens with dignity.

• Broaden social cohesion and unity while redressing the inequities of the past.

• Play a leading role in continental

development, economic integration and human rights.

what steps should be taken to effect lasting

While all these aspirations are noble,

Manager: People and Organisation Division

stages, and towards transformative

change.” ─ Anelisa Keke, PwC Senior

across our nation. As it stands,

we need to move beyond the planning

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the pace of reformation in corporate SA companies tend to approach diversity

grudgingly, seeing it as an inconvenience that needs to be maintained in order to appease regulatory requirements.

“Achieving gender parity throughout the workplace is one of the most crucial

challenges that business leaders face

today. The quality of women’s talent and leadership is very important to business – the skills and experience that they

bring, including those gained outside of the workplace, have proved to be

essential in strategic decision-making and ethical, sustainable enterprise.”

─ Anastacia Tshesane, diversity and

inclusion leader for PwC Southern Africa.


T O P 5 C O MPA N I ES A C I N G GEN D ER PO L I C Y I MPL EMEN TATI ON

The upskill and development of employees

WHAT WE NEED TO MOVE TOWARDS

has been a key focus for Moolmans. Their

The best way to attempt to remedy the slow pace of change in companies,

training facilities currently provide certified

is to track existing trends and strategy outcomes of leading enterprises who

training in the essential engineering

are seeing some success in terms of gender policy implementation. From this

trades. At the end of 2019, 11% of the

insight, we may recognise what elements are lacking in organisations, what

apprentices for their training programme

needs to be adjusted, and how to accelerate the reparation of the gender gap.

AVENG-MOOLMANS MINING

were female, of which 94% were historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA).

The gender scale for their learnership and

counter strategies to the COVID-19

Business group Forbes recently published

pandemic factored in substantially, when

work for in the world. Along with four

at any given company.

Moolmans Mining (Moolmans being the

“Aveng’s high position may come as

of Aveng) made it onto this list, coming in

uphill to survive South Africa’s crumbling

based on a Statista survey, which polled

with its own operational issues which

anonymous, full-time and part-time

construction group in the country, to just

it was acknowledged that employers’

operational loss.” ─ Business Tech SA

a ranking of the 750 best companies to

other South African companies, Aveng-

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determining how employees felt, working

apprenticeship programme currently sits at 6% women and 94% men ─ shockingly

slanted, but still a step in the right direction for the previously exclusively-male

mining sector. Via their apprenticeship

South African contract-mining subsidiary

a surprise, as the company has faced

at 604th place. This ranking is allocated

construction sector, while also dealing

and interviewed more than 160,000

have seen it fall from being the biggest

workers, from 58 countries. This year,

recently managing to pull back from an

learning programme, employees received their National Certificate: Business

Administration Services NQF 4, of which

51% of the learners are female. This serves to equip more and more women in SA with the necessary skills and qualifications to

advance to leadership positions in mining. A big factor in Aveng-Moolman’s Forbes ranking, was the implementation of its

Aveng was one of the

establishments recognised for its

speedy response to safeguarding the wellbeing of their employees during this time especially. As of

their Sustainability report (2019), Aveng has:

gender equality plan. Representation of women in senior leadership positions

has improved since 2019. Their gender equality plan aims to bridge the gender gap, focusing on core areas, such

as leadership accountability, gender

composition, gender pay equity, flexible

Achieved level 2 BBBEE

practices, and a gender inclusive culture.

Increased Black

• Focusing on recruitment processes

In 2020, their key milestone areas were:

contributor status

representation in their

corresponding with employment equity

previous 40,3% to 41,21%

representation targets in Moolmans

middle management from a •

Spent R3,4 billion with

transformation committees

• Increasing and retaining black and

owned suppliers)

female employees in senior and

McConnell Dowell

Constructors Ltd. embedded a diversity and inclusion

• Continuing to advance gender

representation through workplace

Black-owned suppliers

(20% with Black women•

policies to achieve black and female

policy across its operations

technical roles

• The appointment of women and local/ nationals into key senior roles across McConnell Dowell

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NESTLÉ This year, Nestlé was acknowledged by the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (GEI) for its transparency in gender reporting and enhancing women’s

equality. This highlights Nestlé’s efforts in empowering women across its

value chain, and continuously creating opportunities for equal opportunities and access for all its employees. Nestlé’s diversity and inclusion

programmes, globally, continue to be

a leading strategy across the majority of the GEI reference index’s five core gender equality pillars:

• female leadership and talent pipeline • equal pay and gender pay parity • inclusive culture • sexual harassment policies • pro-women brand Nestlé’s new Global Parental Support

Policy facilitates the company’s strategy for fostering a more inclusive workplace environment. In 2019, Nestlé presented

“We launched a new Global Parental

parity, and positioning new targets to

roles are no longer solely defined along

Balance Acceleration Plan prioritises the

Support Policy, recognising that parental gender lines. The policy extends parental leave for primary caregivers from 14

weeks previously to 18 weeks fully paid, establishing a minimum of four weeks

for secondary caregivers.” ─ Béatrice Guillaume-Grabisch, Executive Vice

President Nestlé S.A & Global Head of

Group Human Resources and Business Services.

an action plan to grow the number of

Nestlé has prioritised gender balance in

globally by 2022.

building momentum in its fight for gender

women in senior executive positions

all its HR practices globally, and is now

accelerate transformation. The Gender following actions:

• Training management leaders to build an inclusive work environment

• Encouraging employees to utilise

Nestlé’s paid parental leave program and flexible work policies

• Preparing high-potential women for

senior executive positions via mentors and sponsorships

• Recruiting and campaigning for more women in senior executive positions

• Holding senior leaders accountable to deliver gender-balanced results, with clear targets

• Equal pay in working towards mending the existing gender pay gap

• Recording and publicising progress in the Nestlé’s annual Creating Shared Value report

“The Nestlé Gender Balance

Acceleration Plan strengthens our

existing commitment to enhance gender balance in our workforce. We are

confident that everyone, men and women, will play a key role in advancing gender equality and creating a better place to

work.” ─ Béatrice Guillaume-Grabisch, Executive Vice President Nestlé S.A &

Global Head of Group Human Resources and Business Services.

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T O P 5 C O MPA N I ES A C I N G GEN D ER PO L I C Y I MPL EMEN TATI ON

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

“Gender Fair® is a public benefit

Although they’re busy with developing

corporation that reports on how

doses of a proposed new Johnson &

as leaders, employees, customers,

produced in a Port Elizabeth factory this

the UN’s Women’s Empowerment

a COVID-19 vaccine (300 million

companies serve and treat women

Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could be

and citizens, using metrics based on

year), Johnson & Johnson has been

Principles.” ─ Genderfair.com

130 years, and keeps making significant

Johnson & Johnson is the only

empowering women across the globe for

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strides in addressing gender parity.

pharmaceutical company to receive

Today, Johnson & Johnson is certified

Index for family-friendly policies, as

to Innovate Global Health. As a leading

and paternity leave periods, pushing

space, Johnson & Johnson was listed as a

inclusive practices with employees,

due to promoting gender equality in terms

They’ve also spent millions on

philanthropy and advertising. With this

a women’s mentoring program which

select group of enterprises accelerating

with top-tier women front-runners

a perfect score in the Gender Fair

Gender Fair for Empowering Women

they advocate for extended maternity

company in the employee gender policy

management leaders to utilise

company that meets Gender Fair standards

such as unconscious bias training.

of female leadership, employee policies,

various business suppliers, starting

accolade, Johnson & Johnson joins a

connects women-owned businesses

equality, namely Microsoft and P&G.

and procurement.

T-SYSTEMS SOUTH AFRICA

“We believe in inclusive

The T-Systems executive committee

winner, T-Systems SA, has shown

betterment of our country and its

the past ten years, having undergone

investing in young women. The GMAs is

of a culture that recognises and

exists to motivate and publicly celebrate

the benefit of the individual and the

their meaningful representation of

affirmation that we are continuing

Gender Mainstreaming Award (GMA)

transformation, not only for the

exemplary behaviour when it comes to

people, but also for the creation

a programme of Business Engage which

celebrates individual diversity to

businesses (listed and non-listed) for

company. These accolades are an

women in the workforce.

to make a positive impact with our

has dramatically transformed over expressive gender constructive

changes since then. T-Systems’ board has experienced related

positive changes, now comprising of 67% female representation.

Winning the Executive Committee in Multinational award, and taking

Nation Building

second place in the Women on

Strategy, which

Boards category, is indicative of

outlines our

T-System’s devotion to maintaining

commitment

these improvements. T-Systems

to embracing

also invests heavily in the skills

the magic of

development of rural residence

‘all people’,

via its Hazyview Digital Learning

regardless of

Centre (HDLC) in Mpumalanga –

gender, race,

an initiative which benefits women

age or disability.”

– Gert Schoonbee,

MD of T-Systems SA.

from poor backgrounds, and where women make up 86% of all HDLC non-paying students.

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T OP 5 COM PANIES ACING GENDER POL IC Y IMPL EM EN TAT I O N

Africa was listed as a ‘hot spot’,

So, what can we actually learn

suppliers of Beauty & Personal

target its efforts towards the

Take a look at this checklist:

Refreshment products, with sales in

representation across the board.

UNILEVER Unilever, one of the world’s leading

where Unilever could purposefully

Care, Home Care, and Foods &

enhancement of women’s

over 190 countries, just recently won the 2020 Catalyst Award for their

inclusive, safe, fair and purpose-led gender parity mission. The award

Unilever’s Award-winning initiative highlights:

• Tools and processes that drive

came as no surprise after the recent

gender equity in recruitment

Unlocking the Future’ global initiative.

Gender Appointment Ratio, which

appraisal of their ‘Changing the Game,

Changing the Game, Unlocking

the Future is a core component of

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan,

which is a proposal for developing the business and making a positive social

impact. The initiative lengthens across and boosts Unilever’s 2013 Catalyst Award-winning initiative, by setting

a goal to achieve gender steadiness across management levels by 2020, through developing a mindful and

sustainably inclusive culture. Senior

and advancement, including the is a measurement used to track senior leaders’ verifications in recruiting women.

• Customised work-life and

flexibility assistance, based on

the function and position held by

from these leading enterprises?

It is not enough to merely

abide by gender equity policies

and legislation. Companies need to heavily invest proper training and

skills absorption of women employees to further mend the gender gap.

There needs to be a higher level

of transparency in gender reporting amongst companies – all heads of

business must be held accountable for delivering gender-balanced results. Businesses should align

women employees - Unilever’s tea

themselves with the benchmark

case studies in this regard.

themselves on track with gender

plantations and factories are great • Mentoring, sponsorship, and

coaching programs for women -

offered both formally and informally. • Safety measures and need-based

leaders analysed workforce metrics

accommodations are used to

distinct functions and domains with the

working conditions, especially in

across the company, discovering the

ensure comfortable and inclusive

most room for growth.

hot spot areas.

criteria of Gender Fair®, keeping equality practices and trends.

There needs to be meaningful

representation of women in the workforce – long term rather

than periodically or via once-off awareness campaigns.

Businesses need to invest in the

necessary tools and processes for

tracking growth and trends within the organisation – measurements and

analytics can be used to identify pitfalls and better the quality and execution of gender equality strategies.

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K EL L O GG’ S S O UT H A FRI CA

A DV E RTO R I A L

AT KEL LO GG’S S O UTH AFRI CA, ENABLI NG WOM EN IS K EY TO TH E CO MPA N Y ’S DI VERSI T Y AND I NCLUSI ON AG EN DA The global food giant Kellogg is a leading food company that helps to nourish families, so they can flourish and thrive. The company’s food offering is broad and includes a range of breakfast cereals, the potato stackable chips Pringles, a a versatile and satisfying instant noodles range. Kellogg’s commitment to diversity can be traced back to its founder, W.K. Kellogg, who was a pioneer in employing women in the workplace and reaching across cultural boundaries.

than 100 years later by making diversity and inclusion one of its priorities. This is woven into how the organisation does business - diversity

ABOUT KELLOGG’S SOUTH AFRICA

Kellogg’s is a world’s leading food company. At Kellogg’s, we are driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. Our brand portfolio includes – Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes, All-Bran®, Special K®, Rice Krispies®, Coco Pops®, Strawberry Pops®, Granola, Pringles® cereal bars and Kellogg’s Instant Noodles® to nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. Through the Better Days® programme, the company provides 3.5 million servings of cereal and milk to South African school children a year. To learn more about Kellogg’s, visit www.kelloggs.co.za or follow us on Twitter @KelloggsZA and on Facebook @KelloggsZA

and inclusion is a competitive advantage, better enabling it to attract and retain talent and meet the needs of its diverse consumer base.

is driven through multiple Employee Resource Groups and in South Africa, Women of Kellogg (WOK). This is the company’s first truly global Employee Resource Group with chapters in every region the company operates in. WOK empowers women to use their unique abilities, insights and talents. The platform engages men at Kellogg to advocate for gender equality in the workplace in support of individual collective advancement and business improvement. The company enables an environment that mentor programmes and networking opportunities locally, in the company’s AMEA (Africa Middle East and Asia) region

a daunting time as this means women need to consider what work-life balance would mean to them and how they would adjust back to the work environment. As an organisation, we needed to make available life solutions to enable them to navigate the parental process External Relations and Lead of Women of Kellogg’s at Kellogg’s South Africa. THE KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PARENTAL TOOLKIT ARE: • Lactating private rooms are available for moms to express breast milk should they

At Kellogg, the Diversity and Inclusion agenda

supports women through

Kellogg’s we know that a decision to start or

easier” says Zandile Mposelwa, Head of

The company continues his legacy more Zandile Mposelwa

Toolkit that the company launched. “At expand one’s family is an exciting but could be

range of convenient wholesome snack bars and

Head of External Relations

One example of these solutions is the Parental

choose to continue feeding their babies breast milk. “In a society where, working moms sometimes feel that going back to work means they have to stop breastfeeding, this policy gives Kellogg’s employees the confidence to make choosing to breastfeed an easy decision” continues Mposelwa. • Keep-in-touch policy allows employees on maternity leave to optionally opt to be informed and attend business conferences, training or be informed of job openings in line with their career plans. • The introduction of paid adoption parental leave for both female and male employees. • Employees have an option for flexible working hours or location for those working in the company’s production facility. • On return from maternity leave, the new

and globally, addressing

mom is referred to the company’s Employee

unconscious bias and enabling

Wellness Programme for support in

work-life solutions in some of

adjusting to their latest developments at

the women’s critical life stages.

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BEYOND AWARENESS:

TOP SA COMPANIES TAKE ACCOUNTABILITY DURING 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM By Charndré Emma Kippie What the stats show: The 16 Days of Activism Campaign,

geared towards rectifying violence against women and children, is an initiative of the United Nations, which takes place

annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women)

to 10 December (International Human

Rights Day). In light of the increase of

gender-based violence cases in South Africa, the government instated the

Emergency Response Action Plan on

Gender-Based Violence and Femicide,

in September 2019. These allocated 16 Days of Activism stand as the pivot of

our government’s extensive 365 Days of

Activism for No Violence Against Women

and Children Campaign. During this time, civil society, government officials and the private sector are committed to holding a sequence of critical community and

sector conversations, and eye-opening

movements, geared towards fostering a

collaborative effort in dealing with GBVF.

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• During 2019/2020, 53 293 sexual offences were reported:

an average of 146 per day, and amount that has increased

from the 52 420 recorded during the 2018/2019 period. Most of these were cases of rape. (SAPS Crime Stats).

• During the 2019/2020 period, an estimate of 2 695 women

were brutally murdered in the country. This reveals that every three hours one South African woman is killed.

• At the commencement of level 3 lockdown, 21 women

and children were brutally slain within a two-week period.

Hence, the South African president cited “…two devastating epidemics: Covid-19 and GBV”.

• South Africa ranks at 4th place when it comes to the highest global female interpersonal violence death (rated amongst 183 countries listed by the WHO). • Femicide is five times higher in South Africa than the global average.

• South Africa has a rate of intimate femicide-suicide

that greatly exceeds reported rates elsewhere and clearly reflects the high rate of intimate femicide (the killing of a woman by her intimate partner).


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In an effort to play an impactful role in addressing GBVF in the country, during the 16 Days

of Activism Campaign, many

companies have come to the battle lines to action change

and societal transformation, in

hopes of shaping a safer future for the women and children of our nation.

ANGLO AMERICAN

that have been dramatically altered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mining industry leader, Anglo American, has committed to initiating robust steps

“It became clear in the early stages of

(GBV), presenting extensive measures

diverted public services, lockdown

its mines and larger mining communities

were increasing incidents of domestic

Dignity Programme – launched last year

‘shadow pandemic’ alongside the health

towards remedying gender-based violence

the pandemic that economic distress,

for tackling GBV and harassment within

measures and many other factors

across South Africa. Their Living with

violence. We worked to fight the

– stands as a pledge of their allegiance

and economic impacts of Covid-19.”

in the country that are geared towards

Engagement at Anglo American.

and the prevention of bullying and

Anglo’s intermediations this year include

surrounding mining locations.

educating people on how and where to

“We have extended our efforts to combat

collaboration with the University of

gate because we believe we can only

care to recognise and refer incidences

business by tackling the root causes in

partnering with the National Shelter

– Hermien Botes, Head of Sustainability

Nations Women) to assist 22 shelters,

– Hermien Botes, Head of Sustainability

to a series of integrated intermediations reducing harassment and GBV at work,

a mass communications campaign

violence against women and children in

receive help, and leveraging Anglo’s

GBV and harassment beyond the mine

Pretoria on community-oriented primary

sustain meaningful change inside the

of domestic violence. They also include

homes, schools and communities.”

Movement (and De Beers with United

Engagement at Anglo American.

within its mining communities, with

The Living with Dignity Programme has

protective equipment and financial aid

been combating GBV in communities

donation such as food parcels, personal for transportation.

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SIBANYE STILLWATER

code of ethics being a company

committed to supporting women,

This internationally competitive

where work is like a second

metals miner, Sibanye Stillwater, is

especially major issue within

full suite of PGMs. However, when

developed into a shocking national

and promoting women’s safety

upping the ante of their current

As stated by Warren Myers, the founder

conglomerate is committed to

raising awareness and society’s

security and medical response platform,

their doors and beyond. This year,

harassment in the workplace is.

a crucial role in actively counteracting

in the Bloomberg 2020 Gender-

policy governs procedures to be

(GBVF). In alignment to its promise

their efforts to improve gender

harassment. A dedicated sexual

year’s 16 Days of Activism, AURA

their major focuses for combating

Services deals with all reported

responders for the TEARS Foundation

sexual harassment policy. The

An anonymous tip-off hotline

access to crisis intervention, advocacy,

starts at home’, and that sexual

may also be made directly to HR

services for people who have been

of their inherent values and

to affected employees.

and globally diversified precious

home. Sexual harassment is an

known for producing gold and their

South Africa, where GBV has

it comes to empowering women

epidemic. Sibanye Stillwater is

and gender diversity, the mining

communication campaigns,

and CEO of South Africa’s leading

creating transformation both inside

understanding of what sexual

AURA, technology has the power to play

Sibanye Stillwater was included

The company’s sexual harassment

and reducing gender-based violence

Equality Index in recognition of

followed in dealing with sexual

off making a difference during this

equality and diversity. One of

misconduct unit of Protection

will guarantee the readiness of 1 000

GBV in the workplace, is their

incidents of sexual harassment.

to aid them in their attempt to provide

organisation believes that ‘it all

has been instated and reports

counselling, and prevention education

harassment is a gross violation

managers. Counselling is provided

AURA

impacted by domestic violence, sexual

assault and child sexual abuse. TEARS’ cost-free technology-based services

can be accessed by dialling *134*7355# on any mobile device. To date, their innovative tech has helped 88 217

victims of GBV per annum. “The AURA platform ensures anyone can access the technology that enables security companies to quickly reach victims

of domestic abuse. It offers a safety

net and peace of mind via on-demand emergency services where potential

victims of crime can get help from the

closest response vehicle in five minutes or less.” – Warren Myers, Founder and CEO of AURA

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VODACOM Just a few weeks ago, the Vodacom

Foundation also announced the launch

of a free cutting-edge mobile app, which they designed to play a significant role in the fight against GBV. It goes by

the title ‘Bright Sky SA’, and its launch concurs with the 2020 United Nations 16 Days of Activism against GBV. The apps features include a short

questionnaire to aid users in identifying

different types of abuse and the types of support mechanisms that are available to them. Bright Sky SA gives the user

info on GBV, including various statistics and case studies. It offers support

and directory guides and resources

for anyone who may be in an abusive

relationship, or for those who are worried about someone close to them who may be susceptible to GBV. It is available in English, IsiZulu and SeSotho. The app utilises geolocation-specific data, but

ensures the complete privacy of its users. “Fighting GBV requires a coordinated approach and partnership between

government, civil society and business. This is how Vodacom comes into the picture, bringing technology into the

partnership to help society.” – Takalani

Netshitenzhe, External Affairs Director at Vodacom South Africa.

UNILEVER

Activism for 2020, Unilever’s

consumer market is being urged

In light of the 16 Days of Activism

to go out and purchase the

game when it comes to creating

which features a powerful purple

Campaign, Unilever is upping their

iconic red JOKO packaging,

awareness around GBV, and

#EndDomesticSilence message.

escalating stats. As of November

“GBV does not discriminate, and

completely readdress its digital and

South Africans to make themselves

Unilever brands to its collaboration

support of government efforts to

Abuse (POWA) organisation.

around penalties for perpetrators

power of all of these other brands,

Marshall, Unilever’s Marketing

finding actionable solutions to the 25, the company decided to

we believe the time is now for all

traditional advertising spend of 24

heard, adding their voices in

with People Opposing Women

transform the legislative landscape

By using the combined relayed

of domestic violence.” ─ Sue

Unilever pledged its commitment to

Manager for JOKO.

voice in support of the initiative.

*Visit joko-addyourvoice.uwina.com

The POWA-JOKO partnership ensures

to join the conversation.

#EndDomesticSilence and add its

to find out more or follow the hashtag

that R1 from every box of JOKO 100 tea bags sold is then donated to the

POWA organisation to help advocate

for women’s rights and produce more shelters and counselling services, and legal advice, for survivors of domestic violence.

This has translated to R5 million annually. During 16 Days of

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KOPANO KE LE S E D I INTERV IEW WITH LINAH MOGAFE MOGALE, CEO OF KOPANO KE L ESEDI outstanding items we needed for school. I enjoyed working with my hands and always treated money, not as a goal, but a tool to help us along the way.My time spent with my parents and allowing myself to learn from both of them was the best gift I have ever given myself..

I grew up in the small village of GaMakanye, in Polokwane, Limpopo. As a young girl filled with big dreams, nurtured by love and who against all odds embraced change and never allowed her background to define what the future held for her, I always knew that I was a leader. Growing up, I always enjoyed working in our garden. I preferred to be the one doing the agricultural chores at home, so that my parents would be able to save up some money and use it to buy us some of the

During my high school days, I was fortunate enough to be taught by Mr Mohlapamaswi, who changed my life forever. I remember when one of our classmates was amongst the top 5 students who performed very well in all 7 subjects - he bought all our lunch to celebrate her achievement together. He encouraged teamwork and always preached unity in everything he did. After completing my diploma as a mechanical engineer, I decided to follow my passion as an entrepreneur. Someone once said:

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. INVEST IN YOUR ENERGY BY LIFTING YOURSELF UP EVERY DAY 2. D ISCOVER NEW WAYS OF HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE ECONOMY AND NEW MARKETS 3. D EVELOP A STRONG SOUND TEAM CULTURE 4. R ELOOK AT LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN

“The best way to find which business you should start is to first find something you enjoy doing and then find a way to make a living from it”, and this was the moment where Kopano Ke Lesedi was born. OUR SERVICES • Landscape construction • Indoor plants • Irrigation installation • Gardening maintenance and plumbing specialist ACHIEVEMENTS: Diploma Mechanical Engineer, Certificate Plumbing Technician, Certificate Landscape Designer and UJ University Entrepreneurship Certificate. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES • Volunteering in local communities • Partnering with local suppliers • Training undergraduate through internship programmes GENDER POLICIES At Kopano Ke Lesedi we always strive to create a climate that is conducive to gender equality. Our family leave policy is 3 months paid leave for mothers after giving birth. We manage and track women’s performance progress (This helps us to support their needs and encourage their growth through mentorship and coaching programmes).

YOUR ORGANISATION 5. USE YOUR IDEA TO SERVE OTHERS AND KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

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We have Conceptual Relation Agreements that should be signed by employees dating each other.


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“ IT’S POSSIBLE TO BUILD GREATER THINGS, THE ONLY LIMIT IS YOUR IMAGINATION AND THE ABILITY TO EXECUTE EFFICIENTLY”

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND

GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? Over 9 years of our existence, we have successfully implemented gender-driven developments in the workplace by allowing women to go through training and skills development programmes, in order for us to promote gender equality in our workspace.

FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? Our current future trend is greener cities, developing greener spaces in high rises. We then have various other projects in the works, such as endangered soil/ regenerative gardening, indoor plants and waterwise gardens.

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT

WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE

STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? In our tradition, we strongly believe that when you empower a woman you empower a nation, and through our mentorship and coaching programmes, we now have 20% of women in key management positions and 30% of women qualified as gardeners in grounds departments and as plumbing technicians.

YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? My female leader is my mother Nelly Mogale, who has always been my number one female leader, a friend, teacher, and my life coach. She told me to always show up and take every day as an opportunity to do better and be a conqueror. The word failure doesn’t exist in her vocabulary. She taught me how to wear my crown with pride and without fear. I have learned the principles of becoming a good leader, and empowering others, through her.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: 17 Eaton Avenue, Bryaston, 2191 Phone: +27 10 492 3818 Mobile: 061 404 7623

Email: info@kopano-kelesedi.co.za

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FOR EMPLOYEES GRAPPLING WITH GENDER BASED VIOLENCE By Cheryl Benadie, GBV activist and founder of Whole Person Academy Domestic violence is a complex

issue as there are different levels of abuse. Many women are in abusive relationships where they feel fear

and anxiety but console themselves

with “at least he doesn’t hit me”. If a

partner exhibits signs of manipulation, anger and control, physical abuse is almost always inevitable.

The problem is exacerbated in

instances where there are children

involved, because the woman feels like

she needs to stay for their sake. Due to the tenuous nature of the relationship, financial instability is quite common and adds additional pressure.

Working from home increases

the danger for domestic violence victims. Being able to go into an

office meant that they could escape the abuse for a while and try to

maintain a certain level of freedom. Working from home during COVID means they are forced to contend

with irrational behaviour and have

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stretched on all fronts to survive a chaotic environment.

Prone to highly volatile and paranoid

behaviour, the abuser will be reading emails, going through phones,

questioning why meetings are being held with certain people.

If you have never experienced a

dangerous, toxic relationship, think of

what it might be like to be held captive by kidnappers. You are plunged into a secret terror, not knowing which

moment might be your last. If you have children, your hypervigilance goes into overdrive. You decide to do whatever the kidnappers want, so that they will keep your children alive.

Imagine waking up to this reality, day

in and day out. This nightmare is what thousands of women and children are living every day. Both perpetrator and

victim intersect with the working world. If you already have support systems in place in your company, you need to prioritise communication around

WAYS THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT COLLEAGUES WHO MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING ABUSE IN THE HOME: 1. Clearly communicate what

assistance is available: Distribute information on how employees

can reach out for support, while if your company doesn’t have

colleagues that they think might be in

1. Don’t try to ‘fix’ the situation:

the necessary systems in place,

Victims of domestic abuse need

share information on regional and

professional help to regain their

national networks that embattled

confidence to be able to make

employees can reach out to.

healthier relationship choices.

2. Empower staff to support their

Suggesting that she ‘just leave’ is

colleagues: Team members who

work closely with each other will be more likely to notice behaviour of

colleagues that is out of the ordinary.

While working together at an office, it would be easier to notice if someone

appeared shaky, distracted, nervous, anxious, confused, depressed or

not going to be helpful. The most

dangerous time for victims of abuse is when they try to leave, so they

often feel trapped because they are too terrified of the consequences if they do try to make an escape. 2. Find ways to build their

tearful. Some signs of detachment to

confidence: Victims of abuse are

• Repeatedly cancelling meeting

confidence is being eroded as they

look out for in remote workers include: attendance at the last minute

endure intense trauma. They are

up every day, show up for work and

during online meetings

pretend that everything is normal.

• Quality of work has diminished

The best thing that colleagues can do

much as they used to

• Requiring frequent sick leave or unpaid leave days

being broken down every day. Their

using every ounce of energy to get

• Always leaving the screen off

don’t already have systems in place, this support your most vulnerable workers.

sensitised on how to communicate with

is monitoring all communication.

• Not engaging in meetings as

is the time to develop mechanisms that

Team members will need to be

trouble as chances are that their partner

maintaining confidentiality. Even

reminding employees about the help that they have access to. And if you

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for peers they suspect are enduring an abusive relationship is to be

supportive, encouraging and uplifting. She needs to see herself as valuable outside of the distorted reality she is living every day. She will definitely

be more likely to confide in someone she feels won’t judge her.

The shadow of domestic violence is

often hard to see, which is why there

needs to be an intentional light of hope that victims can walk towards. They are definitely desperate for help.

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UNIVERSITY OF MPUMALANGA

PROF THOKO MAYEKISO VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE

UNIVERSITY OF MPUMALANGA

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS Key to thriving in business, for Prof Thoko Mayekiso, are the following attributes: you need to be an effective communicator, a firm believer in collaboration and teamwork, a visionary who drives strategic goals of the organisation, and relentless when it comes to the execution of strategic objectives, be able to lead by example, embody the values of the organisation, have empathy for staff and students, and empower and embolden them to be innovative and creative.

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Prof Thoko Mayekiso is the University of Mpumalanga’s first Vice-Chancellor with effect from 1 November 2014. She obtained a BA, BA Hons and MA in Psychology from the University of Fort Hare. She furthered her studies at the Free University Berlin, Germany, where she obtained her D Phil (cum laude) in Psychology. She also holds a Higher Education Diploma (Postgraduate) from the University of South Africa. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and is a C-rated scientist by the National Research Foundation.

Faculty of Arts and then as deputy vice-chancellor: Research and Engagement in 2009.

In her sterling academic career, Prof Mayekiso has held the positions of senior lecturer, associate professor, professor, head of department and vice-dean at the then University of Transkei. She practiced as an honorary clinical fellow at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester, and simultaneously served as a clinical psychologist in the Department of Medical Psychology, Leicester General Hospital in the United Kingdom. She then joined the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2001, where she served as head of school, deputy dean and then acting executive dean in the Faculty of Humanities. She proceeded to Nelson Mandela University in 2007, as an executive dean in the

VISION: An African university leading in creating opportunities for sustainable development through innovation.

Her competitive edge inheres in her authentic leadership style – true to self and others. She is highly supportive and empowering to staff, yet able to hold them accountable. Her deep levels of empathy and caring were shining through as she navigated her staff and students through the tough days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as change and adaptation became the order of the day and resilience had to be engendered, fostered and nurtured.

MISSION: To offer high quality educational and training opportunities that foster the holistic development of students through teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and engagement in collaboration with strategic partners. YEAR FOUNDED: 2013 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 529 BRANCHES: Main Campus is Mbombela and Siyabuswa is the second Campus which offers Education Programmes only. The distance between the two campuses is 282km


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CHANCELLOR: Mr Cyril Ramaphosa VICE CHANCELLOR/PRINCIPAL: Professor Thoko Mayekiso DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR: TEACHING AND LEARNING: Prof Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers REGISTRAR: Mr Sello Legodi EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: FINANCE: Mr Kevin Pather DIRECTOR: STAKEHOLDER LIAISON AND COMMUNICATION: Mr Tlangelani Ubisi EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: HUMAN RESOURCES: Dr Loshni Govender

GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT (CSI) EMPOWERMENT POLICIES CURRENTLY IN PLACE UMP has recruitment policies and processes to promote gender equality and diversity in the workplace. Our Employment Equity Plan provides targeted outcomes for designated groups. As part of skills development, the University also participates in the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) programme that is designed to develop the new generation of academics. The recruitment of these highly capable new academics is based on equity considerations.

are empowered with skills to lead this community development project. Therefore, participating students benefit. The majority of beneficiaries from the rural communities are women. TOP EMPOWERMENT/CSI STRATEGIES:

PROFILE

GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STATISTICAL OVERVIEW The University of Mpumalanga staff compliment is predominately female with 51.98% being women. Total number of staff: 529

Supporting UMP student \ societies to run engagement projects in communities

Promoting female students’ participation in engagement projects

Collaborating with social partners to support community development projects

Recognising employees for their achievement in engagement by awarding the Engagement and the Emerging Engagement Awards as part of the UMP Excellence Awards

Female staff: 275 (51.98%) Male staff: 254 (48.02%)

EMPOWERMENT-RELATED CSI INITIATIVES/PROGRAMMES: Hatching Hope is a chickens (layers) project where students, the majority of whom are females, are trained to educate beneficiaries from rural communities on the management of the layers. Students

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LEADING IN CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATION INTERVIEW WITH PR OF THOKO MAYEKISO, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MPUMAL ANGA

ACHIEVEMENTS: Since its establishment, the University of Mpumalanga has done incredibly well in terms of gender empowerment. At the helm, the University is being led by capable and accomplished women who have made a significant contribution at the University and higher education in general. UMP is one of the few South African Universities that has a female vice chancellor. In addition, the University has recently appointed Professor Shirley Mthethwa Sommers as Deputy Vice Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Dr Loshni Govender as Executive Director Human Resources and Professor Hilda Israel as the Dean for the Faculty of Education. Research remains one of the key pillars of the University of Mpumalanga in our quest to create opportunities, we conduct research that is contextually relevant to resolve some of the local, and global, pressing challenges such as food security, environmental and socio-economic sustainability, biodiversity conservation, early childhood education and post-harvest management. The UMP Research and Innovation Division is spearheaded and managed

by Professor Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju as Director: Research Management. The division creates and supports an environment that fosters research quality and productivity, develops and sustains the research productivity of staff and students and ensures that UMP conducts research that contributes to local, regional, national and global sustainability. Among some of our interventions to support young and female academics is the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP). Dr Precious Shabalala has made history by becoming the first New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) scholar at UMP to complete a PhD in Tourism from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Her thesis is titled: Perspectives on the Role of Cultural Heritage Tourism in Community Development in South Africa: A Study of Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in Limpopo Province. UMP SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE Nkomazi community-based agroprocessing project based on naturalised and indigenous crops: Background: South Africa requires the development of sustainable and relevant businesses

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with expanded Value chains, that can create employment and increase income at corporate and household levels. Phepisa Natural Resources Institute (in Nkomazi Local Municipality) has previously developed two personal care products – ‘Gwenge’ extract (from the agave plant) and ‘Nganu’ oil (from marula). Although the products were produced at a commercial scale and are currently being sold by Phepisa, no efficacy studies were completed on these two ingredients, hence, no claims can be made on their uses when being traded. In addition, the limited supply of raw materials and the lack of an extraction facility to produce the ingredients severely inhibited Phepisa’s production potential. In 2018, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) funded the first phase of the project that was aimed at the following: • Improving the supply of raw materials. • Increasing the level of agricultural and engineering technology inputs. • Providing a processing facility for the SMME market sector, in close proximity to raw materials. PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS The University of Mpumalanga (UMP), Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Council for Scientific and Industrial


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Research (CSIR), the University of Pretoria (UP), and Phepisa Natural Resources Institute (Phepisa). This project has fostered the socioeconomic status, research/ innovation prowess and skills sets of many rural women in Nkomazi local municipality. For example, Phepisa Trust Ltd. is an entrepreneurial initiative that comprises nine female employees and is managed by a young black woman. Using funds derived from this project, many

training workshops were organised during which the community members and Phepisa employees honed skills on various aspects of medicinal plant cultivation, plant propagation, irrigation and rainwater harvesting. GENDER EMPOWERMENT In December 2019, a training workshop on marula was organised for 68 female traditional healers, in collaboration with women cooperatives in Mangweni Traditional Council. Workshop themes included harvesting and storage of marula fruits, commercial products from the marula fruits, and management of small businesses. Another female participant of this project, who is an employee of UMP, has amassed considerable research and analytical skills while serving as a co-investigator of the socioeconomic impacts of the project on the beneficiary communities in Nkomazi Local Municipality. Also, the project catered for running costs of the research projects of two female honours students at UMP. The students’ research topics are ‘Distribution and abundance of marula trees (Sclerocarya birrea, sub species caffra) in Nkomazi Local Municipality: a quest for sustainability’ and ‘Pollination ecology of agave sisala in Nkomazi Local Municipality.

INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT Under the auspices of the Nkomazi agro-processing project, a marula processing facility is near completion. The main designs of the facility include basic equipment for the storage of plants, cleaning of raw materials, good ventilation, water and electricity supplies. An ablution section, that includes male and female toilets, showers and a changing room, has been completed. ENHANCEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Nkomazi agro-processing project is a bicultural programme in which indigenous knowledge from the community has been considered alongside EuroWestern cannons from university-based researchers/scientists. The participation of community-based resource persons in the project has enriched the sense of worth of the participating women and reinforced their positive identifications with their traditional lineage and cultural heritage. HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? UMP POLICY FRAMEWORK The UMP Policy Framework takes into consideration issues of gender parity and diversity in the workplace. To enhance these efforts, the university has developed a three-year Employment Equity Plan (UMP EE Plan 2020-2022). The EE Plan provides targeted outcomes by way of affirmative action imperatives for designated groups. Specific attention has been paid to the transformation efforts as it pertains to women. There have been significant appointments at the top management, senior management and professional levels. A sizable number of women are appointed at director and deputy director levels in professional and support functions, as well as heads of schools,associate professors and senior lecturers.

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The appointment of these competent and capable women in the middle management levels, ensures a diverse and representative workplace as well as a healthy pipeline of women in leadership. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT UMP subscribes to the principle of lifelong learning and the continuous development of its staff. The development of women leaders at UMP is at the core of our Values of Excellence and Diversity. The university has put in place policies

and processes for the funding of staff members for short term training, as well as funding and support through study leave for employees to pursue higher qualifications. Women leaders at UMP have in the recent past participated in the HERS-SA Academy which is a weeklong interactive development opportunity for women. At UMP participation in this prestigious programme is through a competitive process where eligible women apply to attend the Academy and a rigorous selection process is undertaken by the relevant Management Committee members. Staff members are also encouraged and supported to pursue international programmes such as the Vocational Teacher Education Diploma at Haaga Helia University. A number of women employees participated in the Universities South Africa (USAf) Higher Education Leadership and Management programme for Heads of Schools and Academic Departments. Women in professional and support functions also attend relevant programmes that improve their competencies and enhance their capabilities for future roles within the university and the higher education sector. REMUNERATION UMP subscribes to the principle of equal pay for work of equal value.

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The Remuneration Policy provides guidelines on the structuring of equitable remuneration of employees through fair, transparent and consistent remuneration practices. The university monitors the achievement of this principle through annual National and Higher Education All Industries benchmarks (REMChannel ®) as well as the analysis of the Income Differential Statement in the annual Employment Equity Report submitted to the Department of Employment and Labour in line with Section 27 of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended. EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING The UMP prides itself on championing employee health and well-being. The Mbombela Campus is a modern facility offering employees health and fitness classes, including Zumba and Yoga in state-of-the-art facilities. Breakfast and lunch is offered to employees at the campuses’ aesthetically pleasing dining facility, complete with a deck providing a picturesque view of the city. Work-life balance is considered a priority to employees’ overall health, wellness and productivity. The University of Mpumalanga offers generous leave provisions for its

employees to ensure they have adequate time to attend to rest and personal matters and remain productive. These include paid maternity leave provisions for pregnant women and new mothers as well as favourable family responsibility leave for employees. All employees are required to be members of a recognised medical aid scheme in order to provide for their overall health and wellness through access to health care. Members of the management team, champion health campaigns, thereby indicating commitment to overall wellness.

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND

STRENGTHENED YOUR

FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? Undoubtedly the spread of COVID-19, and regulations imposed to manage the pandemic, have presented many new challenges in the higher education section sector. Under normal circumstances the university offers contact tuition. However, due to Covid-19 regulations the university offers tuition through blended learning, which is a combination of onl ine and in person teaching and learning. As the vice chancellor, I have led and continue to lead the university through the pandemic,

ORGANISATION? Our achievements, in terms of growth in enrolment numbers, include an increase in qualification offerings, research output and the impact of our engagement projects, bearing testimony to the fact that the empowerment of women has strengthened our standing as an institution of higher learning. The majority of our staff members are female and key portfolios such as teaching and learning, research and human resources are championed by women.

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S GENDER EQUALITY AND BEE RATINGS AND POLICIES? UMP is committed to gender-related developmental initiatives. Critical policies have been approved with the objective of enhancing gender equality initiatives and to ensure gender representivity at the University of Mpumalanga. The responsibility for Employment Equity is assigned to the executive director human resources (ED HR) who reports directly to the vice chancellor. The ED HR also chairs the Employment Equity Forum which is a legislated consultative forum for employment equity in the workplace. The UMP Gender Forum, a representative structure responsible for gender mainstreaming within the university, is represented in the EE Forum. The following policies have been implemented with a view to advance women empowerment at the UMP: • Policy on Affirmative Action • Policy on Gender Equality • Policy on Succession Planning • Policy on Sexual Harassment • Policy on Study Benefit • Staff Training and Development Policy • Remuneration Policy

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ensuring strategic and operational outcomes are all met, whilst ensuring the health and safety of students and employees.

The current and future trends, being witnessed in the sector, are an increase in demand for simplifying the digital skills for different societies that will respond to


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the diverse trends presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the new normal presented by COVID-19 pandemic. These trends call for diverse Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions and skills sets, customised and localised ICT infrastructure that will present an integrated solution for individuals, societies, public, private organisations and communities. The growing trend of digital transformation suggests a need for security and cybersecurity awareness, which is critical for all ICT related transactions. WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)? There is a need for institutions of higher learning to be responsive to socio-economic and technological

developments to ensure that our teaching and learning, research and ultimately

our graduates, remain relevant to the

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HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO CREATE MORE BUSINESS?

virtual training.

Social media has become an integral part of modern communication tools and as a university we have embraced social media as part of our communication and marketing strategy. While we used social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to promote our brand and its offerings, we also use these platforms to listen to and engage with our stakeholders.

The virtual training has become more

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK

approach, an approach where each

GOING TO NEED?

needs of society and the economy. To ensure responsiveness to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), we have

initiated an engagement project called the Cyber Security CoLab. The purpose of

the project is to impart digital and basic cybersecurity skills through a blended

approach that includes face-to-face and

effective by embracing the blockchain

LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE

trainer trains other trainers or people.

• Resilience

The level of which candidates and

tutors worked through WhatsApp and Google Classroom has presented

• Risk tolerance • Creativity and innovation • Critical thinking skills

future possibilities of transforming

• Complex problem solving ability

digital skills for societies.

• Courageous decision making skills • Ethical leadership and transparency • Emotional intelligence • Service orientation

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address:

Mbombela Campus: Cnr R40 and D725 Roads, Mbombela 1200 Siyabuswa Campus: Bheki Mfundo Drive, Siyabuswa, South Africa Telephone: 013 002 0049/50 Email: info@ump.ac.za

Website: www.ump.ac.za

Twitter: @Unimpumalanga The VC with ENACTUS students during ENACTUS Achievement Celebration Ceremony.

Facebook: @UniMpumalanga

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TOP 12

INFLUENTIAL YOUNG WOMEN

TO WATCH OUT FOR IN SA A celebration of inspiring young South African women and the transformation and innovation they’ve have enabled in their respective fields

By Charndré Emma Kippie

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THE SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR:

DR. CHERISE DUNN

THE BIO-EXPLORER:

E D I TO R I A L

SAFETY FIRST:

YOLANDI SCHOEMAN

CHARNÉ KARAOLIS

Status: Chief Operations Officer

Status: Founder of Baopod and Baoberry

Status: Managing Director at MSHEQ Health

Printing for Development Initiative

Top Accolade: The Global Cleantech

in Health and Safety, SA

& Founder of the Africa Makes 3D Industry: Digital Healthcare

Top Accolade: Top 200 Young South Africans: Business and Entrepreneurship (2019)

She’s a pioneering woman in 3D

Printing Development, making additive manufacturing, and innovative

education for the Fourth Industrial

Revolution (4IR) accessible for the

average South African. Aged 33, Dr. Dunn was celebrated as one of the 50 most inspiring women in STEM

in South Africa for 2019 ─ awarded

by Inspiring Fifty SA (an initiative by the Kingdom of the Netherlands).

Industry: Ecological Engineering

and Safety Consultants & Founder of Women Industry: Occupational Safety and Health

Innovation Programme (GCIPSA) Award

Top Accolade: Top Woman Young Achiever -

Winner for 2016

Yolandi Schoeman is a 37-year old,

Standard Bank Top Women Awards (2020)

in the ecological engineering space, and

and Managing Director at MSHEQ Health &

internationally acclaimed transformation leader

This year, Charné Karaolis, who is the Founder

anchor of the Biohacker Show. She currently

Safety’, was chosen as a finalist for one of the

works as an External Lecturer and Examiner

Standard Bank Top Women Awards categories,

at Monash University, and is the founder of

namely the Top Woman Young Achiever

various biotechnology companies, such as

Baopod and Baoberry, which recently attained the bronze award in the 2019 Eco-Logic

Awards, for the Waste Management and

category. She won the award from amongst a

group of very worthy women, all of whom have played an integral role within their respective

companies, working to advance women in the

Recycling category, as well as the Catalyser

workplace. Born and raised in Welkom, Free

Award at the 2019 SEED Awards.

State, Charné is passionate about providing high quality workplace health and safety

Last year, she was also selected

As an award-winning company, Baoberry

TEDxCapeTownWomen event.

biotechnology services and products to

Today, she is an esteemed member of chief

private sector and to the public, locally and

South African Institute of Occupational Safety

to present a TED Talk during the

With a Doctorate in Cancer Biology, obtained at the University of Cape

Town, Dr. Dunn has been recognised by the U.S. Department of State as

a 4IR world leader ─ she is the only techpreneur representative from

SA ─ and was also picked for the

International Visitor Leadership for Women in Entrepreneurship. She

has, congruently, been involved in

the formation and endorsement of the Durban chapter of Future Females

─ an organisation geared towards

empowering female entrepreneurs.

services, especially for women.

provides ecological engineering and

NGO’s, governmental organisations, the

organisations within her field, such as the

globally. Today, Yolandi is a Mail and Guardian 200 Young South African 2015 Alumnus, and holds a Doctorate in Environmental

recognised over the past two years, is the

is currently completing her PhD in Economic

Women in Health and Safety Initiative, which

and Management Sciences at North-West

University. She has created multiple ecological,

engineering, and biotechnology innovations that testing environmental issues in a sustainable way and promotes clean living, such as

Awetbox, BaoSphere and Aqueouspheres.

Safety Management (IOSM). A project that is very close to her heart, and has been well-

Management, double Masters Degrees, and

concentrate on some of South Africa’s most

and Health (SAIOSH) and the Institute of

is a rising network of women, who support gender equality and encourage women to

thrive in our profession, hosting periodical

events with the aim of connecting women in

the occupational health and safety industry, as well as offering annual support through their online platform.

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CREATIVE COUTURE:

GRAPHIC GURU:

ZAMABHELE NTSHANGASE Founder of Belle Couture

KARABO POPPY MOLETSANE

BANYANA ACE:

THEMBI KGATLANA

Status: South African Illustrator and Artist

Status: South African Football Player

Top Accolade: Emerging Designer

Top Accolade: Made the Forbes Africa 30

Top Accolade: Made the Forbes

Emerging local Fashion Fundi, Zamabhele

Born in Vereeniging, a mining town where

KwaZulu-Natal, before moving to Durban

Moletsane quickly decided to move to the city to

Industry: Fashion

Industry: Creative/Arts

Industry: Sport

- 2019 DFF Recognition Awards

Under 30 List: Creative Category (2019)

Ntshangase, grew up in Pietermaritzburg,

studying art is quite unheard of, Karabo Poppy

Central to pursue a career in the South

study visual communications at Pretoria’s Open

African fashion industry.

Window Institute.

She discovered her love for fashion when

The Johannesburg-based illustrator, then turned

Centre, in 2009. She completed her

founding her own organisation called Mother

of Fashion Design, and today designs

under her own name, Karabo Poppy. Her mission

and women, under her label titled Belle

in trying to redress and reimagine African

mixture of glamour and ethnic influences

design spheres. To date, Karabo is known for

target market.

Towers, which has become a local symbol of

She was crowned as one of the Rising

for designing the basketball courts in the Zoo

Women’s Player of the Year

2018, after participating in The Fashion

an initiative built in collaboration with Nike. This

has accumulated 17 goals in

of the highly-anticipated annual Durban

first South African artist to team up with Nike for

the South Africa national team,

momentous accolade, the textile lover was

inspired by her local roots rich culture.

was when she was still studying

Mentee Programme in 2018, which

Most recently, the quirky graphic designer had the

Western Cape (UWC). Generally

she was doing her internship at the Bat

her artistic hobby into a business in 2015,

studies at Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy

Tongue-Creative House, which is now trading

the most vibrant collections for both men

is to work alongside other black creatives

Couture. Zamabhele’s unique style is a

representation in the media and contemporary

which define the lifestyle of her grandiose

being the artist behind the tagging of the Soweto

Africa 30 Under 30 List: Sport Category (2019)

Born and raised in Mohlakeng, a township west of Johannesburg,

Themb Kgatlana is known for her success within the South Africa’s Banyana Banyana Women’s

Football Club, and for playing

for the Beijing BG Phoenix FC,

in the Chinese Women’s Super League. She’s had world-

class experience, previously

playing for the Houston Dash in USA’s National Women’s

Soccer League (NWSL), which accelerated her growth in the international sports sector.

kasi (township) pride. Karabo is also celebrated

In 2018, she won the CAF

Stars at the DFF Recognition Awards in

Lake public park, in Johannesburg, which was

Award. And to date, Thembi

Development Programme, which forms part

partnership then led to Karabo becoming the

55 senior international caps for

Fashion Fair (DFF). Prior to achieving this

an Air Force 1 collection – one that is largely

since her debut in 2016, which

part of the Mr Price local pre-production propelled her career to new heights.

opportunity to work with internationally-renowned

Today, her garments are worn by

anticipated capsule collection, named ‘Running

continues to make waves in the industry.

has been well-received thus far.

celebrities across Africa as her brand

fashion designer, Rich Mnisi, on a highly-

Errands’. The combination of their artistic styles

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under the University of the

celebrated as one of South

Africa’s most gifted footballers of

the century, her recent transfer to Eibar marks a massive step up in the career as a female footballer.


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DIRECTOR’S CUT:

KEITUMETSI QHALI

VIRAL HITMAKER:

E D I TO R I A L

SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN:

SHO MADJOZI

MIHLALI NDAMASE

Status: Director at Darling Film

Status: South African rapper

Industry: Film/Motion Picture

Industry: Music

Top Accolade: Made the Forbes Africa

Top Accolade: BET Award Winner for

Foundation

Keitumetse Qhali is a director and

Born Maya Christinah Xichavo

Top Accolade: One of 2019’s 100

30 Under 30 List (2020)

Status: Multi-Award Winning Content

Creator and Co- Founder of Siyasizana

Best New International Act (2019)

Industry: Lifestyle/Media

Wegerif, Sho Madjozi’s rise to

Most Influential Young South Africans -

a musician, has been an exciting

Mihlali Ndamase, South Africa’s most-

rapping in both Xitsonga and English,

Creator, has been making waves where

edition of South African Music Awards

Brand Strategist, certified Beauty Guru,

Best Female Album. She was also

Foundation, she is a jack of all trades,

such as Best Music Video for Huku and

and through her charitable initiatives.

Album for Limpopo Champions

empowering, inspiring young women

celebrated for her massive hit titled

and fondest ambitions no matter how

unprecedented recognition from

sensation and blogger, Mihlali has made

himself. Receiving well-over a million

such as being on the cover of Hello

quickly gained traction, with the likes

first-ever selfie-inspired cover on

Sheeran keen to have shared the

was awarded the Socialite of the Year at

be mentored under the BET and Blue

in 2019. Unsurprisingly, the female

Influencer of the Year Sparkle Award.

More recently, in 2019, her culture

Records, an American record label

face of the Johnsons & Johnsons Fresh

a SAFTA award for Best Factual and

be backed by the cream of the crop in

African Face of the prestigious Swedish

motion picture enthusiast from the

local and international acclaim as

Advance Media (1, 2 million followers)

unforeseen journey. Renowned for

followed and adored Digital Content

she’s earned two wins at the 25th

she invests her time and efforts. A

for Newcomer of the Year and for

and the Co-Founder of the Siyasizana

nominated for additional categories,

making a major impact in the media

for Best Kwaito, Gqom & AmaPiano

Mihlali’s content is both aesthetic and

League. Today, Sho Madjozi is widely

across the nation to pursue their dreams

John Cena, which has brought her

many times they’re told ‘no’. YouTube

the international wrestler and actor

her mark on a plethora of publications,

streams on Spotify, her music has

Joburg Magazine, and gracing the

of artists such as Beyoncé and Ed

Cosmopolitan Magazine SA. In 2019 she

Global Citizen Festival stage with her

the Feather Awards, as well as the Cosmo

Ice Pictures Mentorship Programme.

rap sensation was just signed to Epic

She was elected as the ambassador and

conscious documentary, Kick It, won

owned by Sony Music, meaning she’ll

Hydration range, and is the First South

Educational Programme.

her future endeavours.

brand, Daniel Wellington.

Eastern Cape, and was raised in the tradition of storytelling. Keitumetse graduated from AFDA with a BA in

Filmmaking majoring in 2011. She later completed a variety of short courses, such as editing at City Varsity, and

photography at the College of Digital Photography. Making her mark as a

recognised director, she has achieved

much experience in documentary, short film, music video and TV show genres.

In 2016, her short film, The Initiate, was

bought over by Showmax, and was later premiered at the Cascade Film Festival

in Portland, United States. She directed a music video for the artist Emmy

Gee, titled Rands and Nairas, which

won Best Video at the 2014 Nigerian Entertainment Awards. One of her

biggest achievements came, in 2017,

when she was selected as one of two

headlining female directors from South Africa to travel to Toronto Canada and

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T OP 1 0 I N F LUENTIAL YOUNG W OMEN

HIGH COURT:

SCIENTIFIC FLAIR:

NOMLAYO MABHENA

KIARA NIRGHIN

DRIVING SOLUTIONS:

DINEO LIOMA

Status: Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer

Status: South African inventor, scientist,

As the Chief Operations Officer at

Industry: Legal/Property Law

Industry: Agricultural Science

believes it’s imperative to generate

Top Accolade: Youngest-ever

Top Accolade: Honours at the

of the High Court of South Africa

Black female attorney admitted as a conveyancer

Nomlayo Mabhena is known for

being the youngest-ever black female attorney admitted as a conveyancer. She was just 23 years old when she

successfully completed her qualification at the University of Pretoria. During her time in university, she was placed on

the Pretoria Law Faculty Dean’s Merit List for her excellence in studying the practices and policies of the South

African legal sphere. She completed

her articles at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr back in 2017.

Over the years, Nomlayo has gained valuable experience in the Dispute

Resolution, Employment as well as the Real Estate and Conveyancing practices. Nomlayo was appointed as an Associate as of 2019. Born

in Olievenhoutbosch, a township in

Centurion, south of Pretoria in Gauteng, Nomlayo has navigated a fruitful career, thus far, that is based on an acute

appreciation for justice and equality. Her personal mission is to use her career to play an active role in transforming notions surrounding black female practitioners in the industry.

and Stanford University Sophomore

Google Science Fair Kiara Nirghin, the young Stanford

University student part of the class

of 2022, is celebrated world-wide for having invented a unique polymer

that can sustain crops, keeping them hydrated during dry, drought spells.

Her innovative research has generated global recognition, including receiving

the Community Impact Award, and Top Honors at the Google Science Fair

in 2016. Kiara has been recognised

by both The Times and the Guardian

publications, on their coveted annual Top 30 most influential Teens lists.

She has previously been selected by

Forbes and TED to host in depth talks

regarding her impactful work in the field of Science.

She was also recently named one of

the United Nations Young Champions of the Earth, as well as receiving

an accolade for being one of the 50

most inspiring women in technology. Last year, Kiara published her first

book, titled Youth Revolution, a story aimed at promoting the value of

saving the environment, and inspiring young women to get involved in this environmental project.

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CapeBio Technologies, Dineo Lioma impactful solutions that will alter

the status of health care in Africa,

benchmark products against the best in the market, and remember the

commercial element of science. At

present, Dineo is focusing on utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI), in the field of medicine, as a tool for preventing

the spread of viruses, such as TB and Covid-19, in the future.

Previously, she was chosen as one of Forbes Africa’s Top 20 Wealth

Creators, and recently made the Mail

& Guardian 200 Young South Africans

List. With a background in Metallurgical and Material Engineering from Wits University, backed by a Masters

Degree in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise, from The University of

Cambridge, its no surprise that she is also a fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis

Foundation, an organisation committed

to the development of future high-impact entrepreneurs.

In short, Dineo is an innovative scientist and astute businesswoman with the repertoire of a true change-maker!


MS HEQ HEA LT H A N D S A FET Y C O N S U LTANTS

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T H E ONE S TO P SAFET Y M A NAG E ME N T SH O P IN T E RVIE W WIT H CH A RNE K ARAOLIS, F O U N D E R A ND M A NAG ING DIRECTOR, MS H E Q HE A LT H A ND S A FE T Y CONSULTANTS PLEASE GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE BACKGROUND TO MSHEQ AND THE SERVICES YOU PROVIDE. With over 15 years of experience, and counting, we offer you a one-stop safety management shop. We’re a driven, all-female, highly-skilled consultancy focussed on occupational health and safety, training and food safety - with specialised skills in the development, implementation and maintenance of management systems for mining, building and construction, civil engineering, roads and earthworks, as well as sub-contracting, offices, schools, general industry, retail, warehouses, hospitality, restaurants and agricultural industries. We know that business is all about people and that’s why we make sure that yours is in the safest possible hands. Our passion makes workplaces safer. MSHEQ is a B-BBEE Level 2 contributor and registered with the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH). WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MILESTONES? MSHEQ has been privileged enough to speak at the UK Health and Safety Expo. We just launched a brand-new Virtual Reality Training Service, and we won the Standard Bank Top Women Young Achievers awards as well. HOW DID YOU OVERCOME YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGES? I am surrounded by such an incredible team of women! Being an all-female team

working in a male dominated field, comes with its daily challenges. It took some hard work, patience and dedication to establish a real presence in our field of expertise, and we did it through teamwork, confidence and our highly qualified employees. This business is also built on strong values and good working relationships with both employees and clients. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING PROGRAMME. We’re taking the old and mundane out of health and safety measures, by bringing training into the future. Starting with specific modules for firefighting, First Aid and working at heights, you can put your abilities, and courage, to the test. VR will not only allow us to rate a participant’s ability to recall their training, but also enable us to detect their competency within a Health and Safety role. There’s nothing quite like discovering you have a fear of heights - on your first day of work as a crane operator. More training modules will follow soon with bespoke options catered to your specific operations, speeding up your inductions, making it more memorable and most importantly, effective. MSHEQ provides a new way for accredited safety training. Our VR Training is a full day course with the practical element in Virtual Reality and is completed in our VR Room at the MSHEQ offices based in Centurion

WHAT EXCITING PROSPECTS DO YOU HAVE IN THE PIPELINE FOR 2021? We are witnessing transformation across the construction industry. We are on the frontline of shaping the future of the industry and we are seeing, firsthand, the breaking down of barriers to truly inspire a new generation. Women empower women by changing company standards and through eliminating challenges for other women. There is much power in this, and we look forward to doing exactly this on an even larger scale in 2021.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: Protea Hotel Centurion, 5th Floor, c/o Gordon Hood & Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, 0046 Phone: +27 10 109 4838

Email: info@msheq.co.za Website: https://www.msheqsa.co.za/

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M AT T H E W G O N I W E

SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (MGSLG) is a section 21 Company (non-profit organisation and an agency of the Gauteng Department Of Education (GDE)). It was established to research, develop and deliver cutting edge capacity building programmes in, School Management & Leadership, School Governance and Teacher Development for schools in the Gauteng province.

The 1996 Education Management Development Task Team commissioned by the first Minister of Education, Professor Sibusiso Bhengu, recommended the setting up of national and provincial management institutes as a strategy to ensure that school leaders and governors were given access to programmes that could capacitate and support them in the execution of their duties. In 2002, a document titled ‘Establishing an Academy for Educational Leadership in Gauteng’ or what became known as ‘The Road Less Travelled’, put forward a cohesive argument for the establishment of a management and governance academy in Gauteng. Based on that concept, the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (MGSLG) was established in 2002 and officially launched in August 2003.

VISION In delivering on its mandate and purpose, MGSLG reviewed and set for itself the following vision: “To be the Leading Development Institute in the Education Sector” MISSION MGSLG provides quality development learning programmes in the education sector, measured against the best internationally, and using a blended approach, to enable quality teaching and learning. VALUES • Ubuntu • Professionalism • Accountability • Collaboration

• Efficiency • Integrity • Innovation

OUR PROGRAMMES These programmes, also referred to as capacity building programmes, are our core functions. • School Governance programme • Teacher Development programme • Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) • Leadership and Management programme • Early Childhood Development programme

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MAT T HEW G O N I W E S C HO O L O F L EA D ER S HI P A N D GO V ER N A NCE

A DV E RTO R I A L

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela

He was sentenced to four years imprisonment in Umtata. His time in jail was profitably used, by studying for a B.A. degree, majoring in political science and education. A short while

HISTORICAL CONTEXT: WHY THE NAME MATTHEW GONIWE? Matthew Goniwe, one of the Craddock Four, was a teacher hailing from Cradock. He was born in Lingelihle Township in the Eastern Cape. He came from a large family of eight children of whom he was the youngest. Goniwe decided to become a teacher and registered at the University of Fort Hare. His majors were mathematics and science. It was whilst studying at Fort Hare that Goniwe became involved in student politics. Upon his graduation in 1967, he became a teacher at Sam Xhallie Junior Secondary School. Goniwe showed his commitment to education by establishing a school, Holomisa Secondary, in a church hall in the village of Mqanduli which lay about a half hour’s drive from Umtata. In 1975, Matthew Goniwe joined a political study group and was arrested in 1976, under The Suppression of Communism Act ,(Bahman, 2003).

after his release, Goniwe obtained a post as acting principal of a high school in Graaf-Reinet. He subsequently became principal of Sam Xhallie Junior Secondary School. He was known as a strict disciplinarian, being a stickler for punctuality. Together with a colleague, Fort Calata, he worked at restoring discipline in the school. Absenteeism too, became a thing of the past, within a short time, order had been created within the school (Bahman, 2003). A humanist at heart, Goniwe strove to improve the general living conditions of the surrounding community. Dismayed by the alcohol and dagga abuse that he saw going on all around him, he set about trying to put things right. Goniwe felt strongly that educators ought to

stand up for what was right. They could do this by striving to instil a set of values into the future generations by being a good example (Bahman, 2003). It is important to note that the name of the institution has been derived from a man who was the embodiment of high ideals, civic values and strength of character. Here was a teacher who held his profession in high esteem and who was passionate about his work, continuing to develop himself further. Matthew Goniwe’s high ideals shone through as he practised, taught and led in schools like Sam Xhalile High in Graaff Reinet. He was a leader in education - a teacher loved by learners, parents and the community. To keep alive the legacy of dedicated leadership, passionate teaching and community participation, the Academy for Educational Leadership in Gauteng was named “Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance”.

CONTACT DETAILS: Physical Address: 40 Hull Street, Johannesburg, Vrededorp Campus Phone: 011 830 0768 / 011 830 2201 Website: https://www.mgslg.co.za/

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MOTHEO

TVE T COLLE GE I N T ERV I EW W I T H D I P I LOAN E P H U T S I S I Principal P RI N C I PA L : M OT H EO T V ET C OL L EG E

DIPILOANE PHUTSISI Principal

WHAT ARE THE

sustainability. Our engineering workshops,

CURRENT AND

salons, the college farm, and our

FUTURE TRENDS

restaurant have been commercialised for

IN YOUR SECTOR?

3rd stream income generation and also to

Currently, there is an urgent need to affirm women

Motheo TVET College

in leadership positions in the TVET college sector.

create jobs for youth. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA? Doing business in Africa will take the form

WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS

of partnerships with other colleges on the

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED

ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION

continent.

GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT

TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH

IN THE WORKPLACE?

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)?

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS

The college drives gender driven

Motheo TVET College has been identified

OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED?

development as follows: three of the

as a CISCO Academy of Excellence

six campus managers are women; the

for 4IR by the Department of Higher

Employment Equity plan of the college

Education, Science and Technology. In

prioritises the appointment of women

addition, during 2019 the college held a

during recruitment; targeted enrolment for

lecturers’ academic conference based

engineering programmes is biased towards

on 4IR. We have also automated the

female students so as to advantage them

applications for admission as well as

for employment opportunities.

the registration process for students. In addition, the College is a HUAWEI,

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT

ICT Academy. To enhance teaching and

STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION?

learning, the College uses Moodle and

Gender empowerment is a necessity

Student Hub as part of blended learning.

Technological skills, effective communication skills, change management skills, as well as good leadership skills. WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? Oprah Winfrey for her self-driven approach towards life. The second woman is Sirimavo Bandaranaika who was the first woman Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in Ceylo

for the very development of our organisation, it enhances both the

HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL MEDIA

quality and the quantity of human

TO CREATE MORE BUSINESS?

resources available for development.

Our social media platforms are active and highly efficient. Our students prefer

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S

Facebook for communication.

GENDER EQUALITY AND BEE RATINGS AND POLICIES?

HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE

There is stability in women-headed

DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR

campuses and over and above that the

ORGANISATION?

entire college is under the leadership of

We have an approved commercialisation

a woman.

policy at the college to improve financial

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MO T HEO T V ET COLLE G E

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Motheo TVET college students

AC H I E V E M E N T S • PMR Diamond Award: The highest award focusing on customer service and satisfaction Free State TVET Training institutions 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 • Driver for Change Award: Vision 2030 for Mrs MDM Phutsisi, 2018 • Best TVET College in Disability Support, 2018 • Top 10 Academic Performance 2016 results by TVETCGC, 2017

International Men’s Day 2019

• Idahlynn Karrѐ International Exemplary Leadership award in USA for excellent leadership achievements to both the Principal Prof Phutsisi during 2016 and Former Deputy Principa Mr Madalane. • European Award for best practices in Belgium, 2018 • The Platinum Technology Award for quality and best tradename in Germany, 2018 • The Majestic Falcon Award for quality and excellence in Dubai, 2017. • Best Enterprise award in Spain, 2018. • Socrates, European quality Award in Education Sphere inSwitzerland, 2017. • ISO 9001:2015 Certified and Accredited • Quality Award. Brussels, Belgium • Achievement Award for Quality and Business Excellence in Rome, Italy

Zastron Satellite Campus

• Honorary Professorship of the Academic Union, Oxford in the UK, 2018

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: c/o St Georges and Aliwal streets

Fax: 051 406 9434

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Email: marketing@motheotvet.co.za

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ACCELERATING EDUCATION SYSTEMS:

WOMEN TAKE CHARGE

“The modern world we live in has been

constructed without us, as women…One of

the biggest issues that always bothered me as a young professional woman had been

A round up of influential women navigating the South African learning landscape

the lack of support structures in place for

By Charndré Emma Kippie

themselves occupying those lonely seats at

worked diligently in a remote area known

as Manoke in Burgersfort, at the border of

Limpopo and Mpumalanga. During this time,

she immediately realised the increasing value

intervene in the little space I occupy, it will take many years to wipe out the legacy of our past as it manifests in every aspect

of our lives — psychologically, politically, socially, economically, culturally, and spiritually”, she says.

Vice President of the South African

Prior to her association with the Thabo Mbeki

(SADSA). Taking on the responsibility of

member at the University of Johannesburg,

facilitating the Thabo Mbeki Leadership

Institute, Dr. Phaswana has transformed

the face of the establishment by mounting its accessibility to underprivileged youths, whose interaction with its resources is crucial for South Africa’s society and economy. Her contributions to this

educational organisation stands in line with her enduring pursuit of cognising and tackling structural inequalities.

Just last year, she received the 2020

NIHSS Best Edited Volume Book Award

(Non-fiction) – a marker of excellence in Literature and Academia.

─ Dr Edith Phaswana, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, UNISA.

inequalities, which she finds disheartening.

unless I embark on a deliberate effort to

Development Studies Association

difficult for certain things to be said or done.”

conquer existing socioeconomic and cultural for the betterment of others. “I realised that

Leadership Institute, UNISA, and the

even if they are outnumbered, must make it

Phaswana continuously speaks about

hurdles, and utilise her skillset and wisdom

acting head of the Thabo Mbeki African

of conversation’ change. Their presence,

of her work as an educator. She applied her skills here for a decade, endeavouring to

Dr Edith Phaswana is currently the

phenomenon. When young women find

the table, they must ensure that the ‘terms Very early on in her career, Dr. Phaswana

DR. EDITH PHASWANA

women in the workplace, and this is a global

African Leadership Institute, she was a faculty which is where she received an award for Distinguished Teaching Excellence in the

Humanities for the year 2014. Dr. Phaswana

was the recipient of the 2019 Mail & Guardian Top 100 Women Changing South Africa,

and is a co-founding member of the Africa

academia’s effect on perpetuating

She finds it concerning that society has learned about inclusion and exclusion

schemes from academic circles and even published papers that are pervasive and underpinned by historically-prejudice dogmas:

“When it is reflected in our societies, we

act as if we are surprised, but this is what academics live daily. We are all aware

of the disparities according to race and gender, which continue in many of our universities. In terms of the workload,

women pay a high price for unrewarded, unappreciated academic citizenship.” ─ Dr Edith Phaswana.

EDUCATION

Decolonial Research Network (ADERN). She

• PhD from London South

Title ‘Black Academic Voices: The South

• Master of Arts from the

in 2019. She has continuously provided

• BA Degree from the University

reviews, for the South African government

• TCE Teacher’s Diploma

is also the co-editor of the Award Winning African experience’, which was published research & advisory services, and policy at both national and provincial level.

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Bank University, UK.

• University of Johannesburg of Pretoria

(Grade 10-12 Mathematics)


MAMOKGETHI PHAKENG In 2018, Rosina Mamokgethi Phakeng ─ mathematics educationalist ─

became the Vice-Chancellor of the

University of Cape Town (UCT). Prior

to this appointment, she was the Vice

Principal of Research and Innovation, at the University of South Africa, as

quality research on teaching and

learning mathematics in multilingual classrooms. (2011)

• CEO Magazine award for being the

most influential woman in education and training in South Africa (2013)

• Order of the Baobab (Silver)

conferred on her by the President of South Africa (2016)

well as the Acting Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at UNISA. She is a highly regarded B2 NRF-rated

scientist with over 80 research papers and five edited volumes published. Over the years, Mamokgethi has

been welcomed to deliver well over 30 keynote talks and lectures at

international conferences, and was

also a visiting professor at a plethora of universities around the world, in

locations such as Australia, Botswana, Canada, USA and the UK.

She has multiple accolades added to

her belt for her research and community contributions:

• SA Woman of the Year (one of the

three finalists) for the Science and Technology Category (2003).

• Recognised as one of top three NRF Top Women in Research (2006)

• Golden Key Honours Society

Association of Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) Honorary life membership (2009)

• Association of Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) Honorary life membership (2009)

• NSTF award for being the most

outstanding Senior Black Female Researcher over the last 5 to 10

years in recognition of her innovative,

Mamokgethi Phakeng was the

founding chairperson of the Board of the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) from 2004 to

2006, and served as the secretary and member of the executive committee of the International Group for the

Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) during 2003-2007. Passionate

“So far I have developed what I

refer to as the deliberate, proactive and strategic use of the learners’

about empowering the youth, she is

home language in the teaching of

the founder of the Adopt-a-learner

mathematics. In this work I specifically

Foundation, a non-profit organisation

focus on algebra as an area of

that started in 2004 and provides

study that is used to communicate

financial and educational support

most of mathematics. Through my

to students from township and rural

collaborations I am now extending

areas to acquire higher education

this work to also focus on multilingual

qualifications.

mathematics classrooms of immigrant learners and also undergraduate students”, she comments.

As an academic and researcher, she has been focusing on developing

UCT PORTFOLIO

key pedagogies for multilingual

mathematics classrooms, since 2006. Her research focuses on

RESPONSIBILITIES

mathematics in multilingual contexts.

• Strategic leadership

Her journey in this area of study

• Public relations, communications

the low mathematics performance of

• Fundraising

started in 1998 with a concern about a majority of learners in multilingual classrooms, in South Africa, who

learn in a language that is not their home language. At the core of this

concern was a need to address the

uneven distribution of mathematical

• External relations • Council accountability • Institutional financial sustainability • Risk management • Transformation • Ceremonial functions

knowledge and success:

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participation in South Africa’s economic reconstruction: maximising the growth potential of provinces, districts, and localities”, she says.

Her journey in academia has been

remarkable. In finding a research area that complements her passion, she has been able to make significant

contributions to society through her

DR. NTHABISENG MOLEKO

publications and in-depth lectures:

“Having completed a PhD, I have gained

A woman of many talents, Dr. Nthabiseng

more in-depth knowledge and therefore

of the Commission for Gender Equality, and

area. I am able to influence thoughts

College Council. She serves on the Board

she says. “We are in need of solutions

Fund, and is a former CEO of the Joe

issues faced on the continent, be they

the Eastern Cape.

built environment and all other spheres

Nthabiseng has worked extensively

in academia, and in the quantitative and

development, and was designated by the

male-dominated. If doors could open for

Risk Management (AIFMRM) as a leading

other girls too, no matter their background”.

economics. To date, Nthabiseng lectures in

MOLEKO’S THREE WISHES

Stellenbosch Business School (USB), where

WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA:

Moleko is a poet, author, the Commissioner

have more authority and a voice in that

the Deputy Chairperson of the Ikaha TVET

and thinking in my field, which is great”,

of Trustees of the National Empowerment

to the multiple problems and complex

Gqabi Economic Development Agency in

economic, in healthcare, scientific, the

and disciplines…I am proud to be black,

in business education and economic

economic space, which is predominantly

African Institute of Financial Markets and

me, a girl from Umtata, it is possible for

future African researcher in finance and

economics and statistics at the University of

FOR GENDER EQUALITY AND

she completed her PhD in Development

• That every woman would fulfil her

Finance, in 2019 ─ she is the first woman in SA to receive this qualification.

Despite having a huge career to maintain, alongside continuous research work, she

economic destiny. Women are hardest hit

by inequality, poverty, and unemployment. If we can improve those things, women’s livelihoods would be improved.

• For women to enter into areas of critical

is on a mission to lessen poverty and fight

and scarce skills — science, technology,

Africa. During a virtual Inclusive Economic

• To see greater representation of women

for the economic rights of women in South

engineering, and mathematics.

Growth-Oversight Summit in November

at the highest levels of decision-making,

addressed the fact that gender barriers

public and private sector, at executive

nation’s potential. “Accelerating women’s

as at board level.

2020, hosted by Parliament, she

women who fill the space in both the

mean the detriment of South, limiting the

and senior management levels, as well

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PROFESSOR SIBONGILE MUTHWA Professor Sibongile Muthwa, Vice-

Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, completed her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies,

University of London, as well as an MSc

in Development Policy and Planning, from

London School of Economics and Political

Science. With a distinguished career, both in South Africa and internationally, she

has worked in academia and development and public sector institutions. As the very first woman Vice-Chancellor appointed

at Nelson Mandela University, Professor Muthwa serves as the Chairperson

of Universities South Africa [USAf],

which endorses and expedites optimum conditions for universities to function

effectively and contribute to social, cultural and economic improvement.

Before her time at Nelson Mandela

University, Muthwa acted as the Director General of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government [2004 and 2010]. She was

also previously appointed as the Director of the Fort Hare Institute of Government.

She is deeply committed to gender justice, social inclusion and active democratic

participation, and accordingly serves on a

number of Boards and advisory structures, including from 2014 as a Commissioner of the Financial and Fiscal Commission.

Professor Muthwa’s passion for education

stems from a simple childhood experience ─ learning to read and write. “My love of reading came from my grandfather who

had taught himself to read. My father was a teacher and my mother a nurse, but

growing up we spent most of our time with our grandparents and I was particularly close to my grandfather”, she says.


DR. PRECIOUS MOLOIMOTSEPE In 2019, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe

was appointed as the new chancellor

of the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Taking up office in January 2020, she is

previously known as top businesswoman and philanthropist in South Africa, and

is successor to Graça Machel who was “My journey has inspired my commitment

first elected back in 1999. Dr. Moloi-

every young person whose life I have the

and billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, and

practitioner, Moloi-Motsepe established

Foundation in 1999, becaming the first

receiving the Elizabeth Tshabalala Award

Education in SA:“As we all know, our

─ a commitment by the world’s most

outstanding work in women’s health, in

a higher education institution we need to

contribute the majority of their wealth to

hats she wears, she is Patron of Birdlife

to contribute to changing the trajectory of

Motsepe is married to mining magnate

political, and social equality. As a medical

privilege to touch.”

together they founded the Motsepe

the first women’s clinic in Johannesburg,

Professor Muthwa’s thoughts on Tertiary

African couple to join The Giving Pledge

for her cancer awareness initiatives and

sector and country is at a crossroads. As

affluent families, and individuals, to

South Africa. In addition to the many

be acutely attuned to the issues of our

philanthropic efforts.

South Africa and Patron of Child Welfare

and to be committed to improving the

Dr. Moloi-Motsepe has strong roots in

board of Synergos ─ an organisation

marginalised in particular. The calls for

further authored a resource guide for

social injustice by means of collaborating

afford it have made this task urgent

Precious Little Black Book, published

society, and generating sustainable

with great pride and humility, to live up

Responsive Budgeting Initiative South

university in the world that carries Nelson

beyond philanthropy and academia, as

country, including poverty and inequality,

South Africa, and occupies a seat on the

lives and educational opportunities of the

Medicine and Gender Activism, and has

committed to tackling global poverty and

free education for all those who cannot

women across South Africa titled The

with governments, business and civil

and critical… We will continue to strive,

in 2017, and created the Gender

systems transformation.

to our responsibility of leading the only

Africa. Her strength and talent spans far

Mandela’s name”.

she owns African Fashion International (AFI), claiming her place in the fashion world. She’s also partnered with the

EDUCATION

• PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the

Leadership Board and Centre for Public Leadership Council, served on the

and Planning from the London

Council, and was previously also

• MSc in Development Policy School of Economics

ought to be. We should care a lot

for our children and the generations to follow. This is the most important

World Economic Forum Global Agenda appointed as the president of the

FAST FACTS

• BA Honours from Wits • BA in Social Work from the

A passionate advocate for women’s rights,

University of Fort Hare

is how the new thinking in business

agenda.”─ Dr Moloi-Motsepe.

Cancer Association of South Africa.

University

“ People, Planet and then Profits. This

about the planet we leave behind

Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s

University of London

HER PHILOSOPHY

she continuously endorses initiatives geared towards achieving economic,

HOMETOWN: Soweto, Gauteng

ACCREDITATIONS: MBChB, Diploma in Child Health from Wits University, Diploma in Women’s Health from Stellenbosch University

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e-commerce space easier to navigate – eliminating rental and salary expenses.

The idea for starting an online education

platform for learners, came after a friend of Nureshka asked her for assistance with their son who was experiencing

much difficulty in learning Afrikaans. This was when she realised that there was a

clear lack of online materials and tools to support and enrich his learning process.

NURESHKA VIRANNA Durban-born tech and e-commerce entrepreneur, Nureshka Viranna,

founded the online education platform, Lit Academy, in 2019. The academy offers online courses to the public,

and uses video and study guides to

digitally assist learners with enhancing

their marks. Lit Academy makes quality education accessible to learners,

lowering traditionally exorbitant tuition costs. “Our aim is to disrupt the

education system in South Africa,” Nureshka. In 2019, she was also

recognised for her achievements in the Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 List.

Nureshka started out as a teacher in 2013. As much as she appreciated

working with kids, she always had a burning passion for

technology. “I was lucky enough to meet an entrepreneur who was in the tech

space and he said something profound:

‘Jump and the net will appear.’ I did just that. I resigned from my 9 to 5 job and co-founded an e-commerce company called ShopLi”, she explains. ShopLi

ON CHALLENGES SHE FACED:

A lot of people are wary of taking their business online because they don’t

know what to expect. The way in which we can address this through education and awareness. The whole world is

moving online and the stats show how

e-commerce is growing. Nobody realises how much harder women work in every field, most things are male dominated. Being a female change maker opens a new pathway to show women that

anything is possible. As a young woman, I’m able to help encourage women to assert themselves and act upon their ideas – to make it happen.

ON EMPOWERING WOMEN IN

Professor Xoliswa Mtose began her journey, in tertiary education, as a

lecturer at Rhodes University back in 1996, which is where she also acted as the co-ordinator of the

Distance and Continuing Education

Programme. Since then she has been climbing up the ranks, and she was

appointed as the Dean at the Faculty of Education at Fort Hare in 2009. Attaining much recognition for her

dedication to the education sector,

Xoliswa moved on to the University of Zululand, which is where she

undertook the role of Dean of the

Faculty of Education. Thereafter, she

was quickly promoted to Deputy Vice-

Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. As a distinguished international

scholar, Professor Mtose has had

many opportunities to study abroad.

Thus, she was able to experience the University of Harvard in the United

States of America, after being granted a South African Scholarship.

ONLINE EDUCATION:

Today, Professor Mtose is a

and have various roles that they play

specialist and psychologist, who

We have great ideas, but an idea is just

Vice-Chancellor appointed at

skills and tools to make it in technology.

Dean, since 1960 when the

Women are multi-faceted individuals

trained educator, higher education

throughout their lives. You can do it all.

has been positioned as the seventh

an idea unless you act on it. We have the

UNIZULU’s Faculty of Education

It’s all about actually making it happen.

University was first established.

EDUCATION

• Bachelor of Education (BEd)

is a specialist e-Commerce company

in Elementary Education and

Africa. The brand’s focus is to grow

Teacher Education

dedicated to helping businesses in

PROFESSOR XOLISWA MTOSE

Teaching, Embury Institute for

smaller businesses by making the

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She is the third black female Vice Chancellor that UNIZULU has

had. She also serves as executive

member of the Anti-racism Network in Higher Education. Professor Mtose in known for leading by example in setting goals and

standards of performance. Her


post in the Free State, she was the

Dean of Students at Wits University.

EDUCATION

Leading up to her new promotion,

• PhD in Psychology from the

Lenkabula worked at UNISA as an

University of KwaZulu-Natal

associate professor of ethics, as the

• Master of Philosophy in Higher

Dean of Students and in Makhanya’s

Education from University of

office as a director and adviser. As of

Stellenbosch

2015, there have been an estimated

• BA Honours in African

20 vacancies for vice-chancellors

Languages from Rhodes

in the South Africa, yet only four

University

women have been given the

• BA from University of Fort Hare

opportunity to occupy these seats at

• HDE (Post Graduate) Primary seasoned experience in academia has moulded her into a thriving manager and pioneer in higher education.

ONGOING RESEARCH

Professor Mtose’s research focal

point regards issues of race, postapartheid blackness, and overall

identity politics. While accepting that

race is a social construction and that

racial identities are fluid, she believes that “forms of racial subjectivity are also deeply rooted and persistent.” REINVENTING SA’S

UNIVERSITIES FOR THE FUTURE

“You cannot train and educate a

black child to live a white discourse and be employed in a white

discursive formation. This is the

central anomaly that has been fully

intellectualised and which I hope this conference will begin to attend to,

constructively and transformatively… The African university needs to be

reinvented, remade, yes, but it must be imbued with African formats,

discourses, discursive formations and knowledge praxis.”

tertiary institutions.

from University of Cape Town

PROFESSOR PULENG LENKABULA Professor Puleng LenkaBula has just recently been appointed as the new vice-chancellor of the University of

South Africa (UNISA), by The Higher Education Transformation Network.

She will be taking over from Professor Mandla Makhanya, who has been at the helm since 2011. She is excited about taking over in 2021 and

EDUCATION

transform and diversity policies.

a Doctorate in Ethics (Theology

remains dedicated to implementing She becomes the nation’s fifth

woman vice-chancellor and UNISA’s first – joining the likes of University of Zululand’s Professor Xoliswa, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

from the University of Cape Town,

and Professor Sibongile Muthwa of Nelson Mandela University.

Prior to her recent appointment,

Professor LenkaBula was the ViceRector of Institutional Change,

Student Affairs and Community

Engagement at the University of the Free State. Before taking up her

Professor LenkaBula has obtained and Philosophy), specialising in

Ethics of the Economy, Ecology and Politics (Social Ethics), from the

University of South Africa. Prior to

this achievement, she received her Master’s degree from St Andrew’s College at the University of

Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, specialising in Social Ethics. Her Master’s dissertation focused on

studying the ethical repercussions of multifaceted finance, as well as

financing institutions on economies and economic policies in Africa.

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E L A N G EN I TVET C O L L E GE I N T ERV I E W W I T H PRI N C I PA L / RE C TOR T HA N G I T HI N I JU LI E T A RYE T EY

Community Safety and Liaison to address gender based violence on the 5th March near the college’s Inanda campus. WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL

THANGITHINI JULIET ARYETEY Principal / Rector

INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR

Elangeni TVET College

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? As a female, I believe that a woman’s voice and her capacity to become a leader in her community is fundamental to strengthening other women. To prove this and overcome many general barriers to a woman’s success, Elangeni TVET College aims to increase participation by women in support, academic and management positions throughout the college. One of the key strategies of the college is to change how women are seen in the corporate environment and by empowering them in leadership roles within the Institution, they will be seen as agents of change. To add, there are twenty-three (23) females appointed currently in senior positions within the institution.

To address gender based violence and the needs of its female staff and students, the senior management team has provided a platform in the form of an annual Summit Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) established in 2019. In addition to this the college partnered with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of

ORGANISATION TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION? The college’s vision for the 4th industrial revolution is to equip our students to have the necessary skills and knowledge, to be able to add value to their communities as well as the global markets. The college’s 4IR strategy has embarked on introducing Cloud and collaborative technologies within the institution’s operations as well as to our students. We have positioned our digital and technological roadmap to prepare us for the dynamic changes that come with the 4th industrial revolution. Some of the technologies introduced include online registration and assessments for students, Cloud technologies for business applications and communication as well as other online systems to reduce printed paper thus limiting our carbon footprint. We believe that in order to embrace the rapidly changing digital trends, we need to live and breathe 4IR. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? The current trend of the TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) sector is that it is faced with a greater

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need to re-evaluate its offering to be able to respond to the changing needs of the society. This process calls for extensive development and the revision of its curriculum offering since the introduction of NCV qualification in 2007. Future trends in the TVET sector involve the quality of programmes offered by an institution (both public and private), in line with the needs of labour market and those of society. This is going to be the most important criterion for choice between institutions and the quality of students the institution can attract. This is due to a decline in the belief that education or some qualifications can improve one’s socioeconomic status.

“AS AN AFRICAN WOMAN, I’VE LEARNT THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-DEFINITION AND LIVING PURPOSEFULLY.”

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? To be a successful leader, you must be able to understand and manage the emotions and feelings of your followers. To be able to do this, you must have emotional intelligence. It’s not just about having empathy towards your staff - it involves being able to relate to employees on all levels and by understanding how your staff can be motivated, how leaders can adjust


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to different communication styles and approaches to better manage their staff.

warming) and the donation of clothing and food supplies to rural communities

Future leaders should also have technology management skills that encompass the knowledge and experience needed to perform specified, detailed tasks. By possessing these skills, leaders will be able to co-ordinate work, become an expert in problem solving, communicate effectively and of course promote the use of technology in any front line work that must be performed

WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU

THE MOST AND WHY? A female leader who inspires me is one of the most admired women in our country: Thuli Madonsela. Firstly, she has made an undeniable mark, not just in terms of her career but from her humble beginnings to her rise in becoming an inspiring, powerful woman in democracy. I find it easy to identify with Madonsela as women often have to try on different roles to determine which fits best for their life and family but she LISTEN WITH 100 PERCENT FOCUSED ATTENTION CONSISTENTLY FOCUS ON THE “WE,” NOT “ME” has defied both BE PROFESSIONAL age and gender M OVE FROM LEADING TASKS TO MANAGING stereotypes to RELATIONSHIPS achieve success SHOW APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE in her professional and personal life.

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

PLEASE DESCRIBE THE COLLEGE’S SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES: The college commemorates Mandela Month instead of only observing Mandela Day on July 18th. During this time, we are involved in community outreach projects in nearby catchment areas such as Ndwedwe (Ilembe District), eThekwini municipality and surrounding areas. These activities include rebuilding infrastructure of school buildings in the form of painting, planting of trees (decreasing global

Her ability to speak publicly with dignity and grace captivates me and I hope that in the near future I am personally able to experience one of her talks. ABOUT US As a public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provider, Elangeni College for TVET strives to be a self-reliant Technical and Vocational Education and Training College that

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provides meaningful education and training. Support is given to life long learning and students are taught by trained assessors and moderators who ensure quality delivery in an assortment of subject fields. The programmes offered are customised and responsive to the needs of learners and industry; the careers they encourage are essential for the economic upliftment of the South African economy. Public TVET Colleges play a catalytic role in the economic empowerment of people by providing relevant education and training. Elangeni TVET College provides integrated theoretical and practical experience to the community at the following eight campuses: • • • •

Inanda KwaDabeka KwaMashu Mpumalanga

• • • •

Ndwedwe Ntuzuma Pinetown Qadi

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: 15 Portsmouth Road Pinetown, Durban 3610 Postal address: Private Bag, X9032, Pinetown 3600 Telephone: 0314924363 | Fax: 031 716 6777 Email: aryetey.tj@elangeni.edu.za Website: www.elangeni.edu.za Facebook page: Elangeni TVET College

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GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE

A LEADING LIGHT IN EDUCATION

INTERVIEW WITH TEBOGO PERCIANS PORTIA MANGE, PRINCIPAL OF GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE Achievements: • 90.6% pass rate • Partnerships Partnershipswithin withinthe theindustry e.g. Seriti e.g. Mine, SASOL etc industry Seriti Mine,

SASOL etc Social responsibility initiatives: Donations to the marginalised in society

Gert Sibande TVET College was

Gender policies: National gender policy framework

situated in Mpumalanga province.

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED

established in 2002 and it is It comprises 6 campuses:

Ermelo, Evander, Standerton,

Sibanesetfu, Perdekop, Balfour

and Skills-Academy. The college offers nationally certified

qualifications which are unit

standard based and approved by the South African Qualifications

Authority (SAQA) and Ministerial programmes. The vision of the college is to become a leading college brand in South Africa.

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

HAVE A PLAN DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF UNDERSTAND THE NUMBERS USE YOUR TIME WISELY S URROUND YOURSELF WITH SMART PEOPLE

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S GENDER EQUALITY AND BEE RATINGS AND POLICIES? I do not think there are specific policies so far except the goals enshrined within the 2013 White Paper on Post School Education and Training (PSET). We are a government institution hence we do not use BEE ratings. However, in our procurement practice we rate our potential service providers in terms of their BEE standing.

GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? I have implemented gender driven development in diverse ways as enlisted below: • Making education gender sensitive • Getting women into position of power • According proper value to women’s work • Reviewing our recruitment process • Educational sponsorships for women • Implementing equity government policies

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? The following is a list of current and future trends in our sector: Financial trends • The need for alternative funding models • The reassessment of fund raising campaigns • The effect of the recession on student enrolments • Business innovation

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT

Administrative trends • A transformation in college leadership

STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? It is vital to note that gender empowerment has strengthened our college as mentioned below: • Enhancement of the quality of workforce • Strengthened diversity management • Financial risk reduction • Improvement in employee loyalty • Decline in labour turn over • Better decision making • Skills transfer

Technology trends • Expansion of virtual reality as an educational tool • Institutions will continue to use data to their benefit

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Programme trends • Spread of guided pathways • Competency based education will rise • Growth in online education • More IT related programmes will be introduced to our program mix • Introduction of 4IR related programs


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“YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE FOOTPRINTS THAT LAST IF YOU ARE ALWAYS WALKING ON TIPTOE.” - LEYMAH GBOWEE

• Distance Learning through E-learning will grow Southern African Development Community (SADC) WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION

HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE

TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH

DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INTO

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)? Largely through collaborations with relevant partners, the following are technological innovations that our college is applying in order to keep abreast with the 4IR:

YOUR ORGANISATION? Sustainability is an indispensable concept within any organisation that strives to be green conscious and contribute towards a better future for all. The following are various initiatives Gert Sibande TVET College is practising in that regard: • Conserving energy within the office • Reuse of water and paper • Encouraging green thinking as part of our organisational culture • Establishing a solar farm in order to use green energy

Academic technological innovations • Development of a user friendly Adapt IT platform to easy on-line learning • Establishment of a drones’ academy • Introduction of Robotics and Mechatronics Support function technological innovations • Novel recruitment software • Online service provider contract monitoring system HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO CREATE MORE BUSINESS? Electronic marketing has benefited the Gert Sibande TVET College as follows: • Advertising our programme offerings through our website, Twitter, Facebook and our YouTube channel in order to increase our student enrolment and recruitment of our students to the workplace • To attract potential employers for our graduates in various occupational and trade programmes • To solicit potential funding partners for our existing and new programme offerings and capacity building initiatives in terms of staff and equipment for the college. • To explore a variety of placement partnerships for our students.

existence of organisations. Undeniably, future leaders should possess the following skills: • Advanced analytical skills • Problem solving skills • Emotional intelligence • Financial management • IT skills • Writing skills • Business communication skills

WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? The late Princess Diana because of her towering humanitarian role..

WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA? Africa presents ample business opportunities in diverse sectors. The continent is associated with an unstable business environment and a relatively high cost of doing business. Most African countries lack well-built higher education infrastructure with adequate and quality internet infrastructure. The lack of such, inhibits on-line learning - a prerequisite for unlimited access to distance learning. There is a need to form partnerships between industry and colleges as well as staff and student exchange programmes with a view to share best practices.

CONTACT INFORMATION

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ gscollege017?lang=en

OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? The skill set of the future leaders is guided by the evolution of unique internal and external forces that shape the

Address: PO Box 3475

18a Beyers Naude Street, Standerton, 2430 Phone: 017 712 9040 Fax: 017 712 9050

Email: sithole.ss@gscollege.edu.za Website: https://gscollege.edu.za//

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ gertsibande/

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E K U R H U LE N I W EST

TVET COLLEGE I N TERV I EW W I TH A CTI N G PRI N CI PA L NTOMB I ZODWA DANG AZEL E

Gender inequality is a

NTOMBIZODWA DANGAZELE Acting Principal

result of unequal power distribution between women

Ekurhuleni West TVET College

and men, exacerbated by ongoing discrimination and social relations

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED GENDER-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? Ekurhuleni West TVET College ensures that we develop women so

that normalise inequality.

that we do not lose out on the skills, ideas, improved decision-making,

It is unequivocal that gender equality is

and viewpoints that are essential in

WHAT ARE THE GENDER POLICIES AT

an important right and a powerful driver

addressing working and social related

EKURHULENI WEST TVET COLLEGE?

for growth, development and stability.

issues.

Even if women and men are not the

It is for this reason that we as a college

same, that does not mean that they are

promote gender equality as it is essential

Currently the staff of the college

not equal. Gender equality is about equal

to advancing the college’s interests

is comprised of 542 employees -

opportunities, rights and responsibilities

and reflects our values of fairness and

300 of whom are women; three out of

for women and men.

substantive equality.

six campus managers are women; two

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EK UR HUL EN I W ES T T V ET COLLE G E

out of four executive managers are women and the college is headed by

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR?

myself in the acting principal position.

There is a growing awareness in the

HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT

and vocational education to meet the

STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION?

rapidly changing requirements of the

The former principal of the college,

economy at the national level. This

Hellen Ntlatleng realised that for the college to reach its full capacity in terms of performance, growth and development, she encouraged female executives and portfolio managers

country for the need to adapt technical

means that there is an increased need for co-operation between TVET colleges and industry for progressively addressing issues of curriculum and student workbased exposure or placement.

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such as the 4th industrial revolution and digital technology, future leaders will need skills in critical thinking, creativity, the ability to turn ambition to vision and have power-sharing characters. They need to be able to achieve results and possess ethics and values. For effectiveness, what is also important is that they need to have a collaborative mindset,which will enable them to empower their employees and involve them in decision-making and strategy development.

to enrol for the Women in Leadership Programme with the Gordon Institute

HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE

of Business Science (GIBS), where

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they were taught and mentored how to

YOUR ORGANISATION?

become better leaders.

The college considers innovation,

The gradual and steady empowerment

and reputation, and building good

of women resulted in growth and development of the college. It is without

partnerships, brand recognition

“THE GRADUAL AND STEADY EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN RESULTED IN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE COLLEGE”

governance as crucial ingredients in order to drive sustainability.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR SOCIAL

doubt that, in most of the institutions

RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES?

which are headed up by women, the

WHICH SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS

We have renovated and built houses

performance is of a high standard since

OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED?

for child-headed households and this

women are collaborative, empathetic,

Looking at where the world is going

year we will be launching a young

trusted and terrific mentors.

regarding technological transformation,

woman empowerment programme.

CONTACT DETAILS: Physical Address: Cnr. Flag and Rose-Innes Roads, Driehoek, Germiston Tel: 011 323 1600 | Fax: 011 323 1601 Email: info@ewc.edu.za Website: www.ewc.edu.za

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YOUR ST RENGTH AND S U CCESS CO M E FRO M YO UR STRUGGLES AND H ARDSH IP S INTERVIEW WITH AYANDA MAFULEKA CA (SA), CEO OF FASSET

Fasset is the Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority. The finance and accounting services sector is particularly important because it is the largest employer of people with financial management, accounting, and auditing skills. PLEASE GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY AND ROLE OF FASSET. Fasset is a Sectoral Education and Training Authority (Seta) which was established in 2000, currently under the executive authority of Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande. Fasset aims to increase the flow of new finance and accountancy entrants into employment; develop and grow the critical skills required by the sector, as well as the facilitation of transformation in the finance and accountancy sector. In essence, it is responsible for addressing critical skills needed by the finance and accountancy sector.

HOW DID YOUR PREVIOUS ROLES AS A CFO PREPARE YOU FOR THE APPOINTMENT BY THE MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AS THE NEW CEO OF THE FINANCIAL AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES SETA (FASSET) IN JANUARY 2019? Having been a CFO in public entities, prepared me to take on the role of the FASSET CEO. Decisions I take are mostly informed by the legislative compliance and budgetary requirements, as they pertain to the public sector - such as the PFMA. I am extremely cautious to always exercise due care and sense of accountability, when dealing with taxpayers’ monies, and most importantly, to always take decisions that are in the best interest of the sector and its beneficiaries.

stakeholders for being understanding as we re-imagined our skills development deliverables. At times we closed our offices due to COVID-19 positive cases and we had the misfortune of losing an executive member. We have put stringent COVID-19 related measures as per our approved Covid-19 Implementation Plan that is driven by our COVID-19 Task Team. Most of our staff are still working remotely.

HOW DIFFERENT WAS 2019 TO 2020 FOR FASSET? WHAT COVID-RELATED MEASURES DID YOU PUT IN PLACE? The 2019 year was marked by great strides in fortifying Fasset as a high performing organisation. In essence, 2019 ended with the organisation running at full throttle, and positioned to make 2020 an even greater success. As

As a CFO, it has been the attainment of the clean audit outcomes. As the CEO of Fasset it is overseeing a drastic shift in our ICT environment to gear up for the 4IR. Lastly, appointments to the Board of a Foundation and Audit Committees of various national departments.

CEO, I am proud that true to Fasset’s agility, every challenge was innovatively dealt with, forcing us to re-assess our strategic plans that were already underway. However, we must thank our

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WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MILESTONES? Apart from qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, CA(SA), the memorable milestones have been my appointment into the senior management echelon at the tender age of 28, and CEO before age 40.

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MAJOR CHALLENGES AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? As the CEO of Fasset, gearing up for the new normal and 4IR was a major challenge as most of our processes


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are still manual and paper-based. And the recruitment of the CIO to drive ICT innovative responses. Also leading Fasset during COVID-19, where most of our employees are working remotely and creating organisational cohesion and responsiveness by the team to achieve set targets. I have started ‘town hall’ meetings with the staff where, as the CEO, I engage on the achievement of our strategic plans. On a personal front, I contracted Covid-19, and suffered a mild depression. And I lost family and friends due to Covid. Honestly, prayers and my faith in God; the love and support from my children, family and friends assisted. And I also attribute overcoming these challenges to medical attention and strong will power. WHAT ARE THE TRENDS IN TERMS OF YOUNG WOMEN ENTERING THE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SECTOR – AND HOW DO YOU POSITION THIS SECTOR OF CAREER CHOICE FOR PROSPECTIVE LEARNERS AND ENTRANTS, MAINLY WOMEN INTO THE LABOUR MARKET? Our latest sector skills plan report shows that our sector employs more females (55%). As encouraging as this is, we have uncovered that females remain underrepresented at managerial and executive levels at 45% (from 28% since 2001). This points to a continued problem, and a lot still needs to be done in breaking the glass ceiling of executive and strategic participation of women. However, our sector continues to celebrate trailblazers such as Ms. Tsakane Maluleke, AuditorGeneral, Ms Shirley Mashaba, CEO of PwC, and many more for their followable trail of excellence. Empowerment of young women is alive at Fasset! Our Board Chairperson and majority of board members, and even staff complement,

are women. Our funding focus is 54% women and 4% for people with disabilities. Our selling point to learners for our sector is its resilience and the fact that it remains a bedrock of economic activities. PLEASE DESCRIBE THE WORK YOU DO AS CHAIRPERSON FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN, YOUTH AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AUDIT COMMITTEE. It is humbling to be part of the governance oversight structure for this department, whose mandate is to lead on socio-economic, gender equality and emancipation of the vulnerable groups. As the Chairperson of the Audit Committee, my role is to oversee and advise on any financial; compliance and issues; and to assist the department to deliver on its huge mandate. Given the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide, one gets to play a role in advocating for women issues - from governance oversight. I hope to take this advocacy on women issues, such as gender inequality, to the world! Recently, I have been appointed the interim Chairperson of the Audit Committee for the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). CONGRATULATIONS ON HAVING YOUR TERM EXTENDED TO MARCH 2025. WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS? Most of the plans for the next 5 years will be legacy driven - the Finance and Accountancy sector is not yet transformed. Most skills development flagship projects that Fasset will embark on, will be to address transformation and creation of employment. Our sector and the economy at large have been hit hard by the pandemic. Fasset continues to contribute towards the Skills Strategy, based on the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan by the President.

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DO YOU PREFER READING ONLINE OR HARD COPY? WHO ARE YOUR 3 FAVOURITE AUTHORS AND WHAT ARE YOU READING AT THE MOMENT? I prefer reading online, with the exception of books – I still enjoy the touch and feel of a book. My favourite authors are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dr Myles Munroe and Robin Sharma. I am currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama, Spirit of Leadership by Dr Myles Munroe, and next up on my list is The 5am Club by Robin Sharma. WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN OUT THERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE? Your strength and success come from your struggles and hardships. Continue to dream big and follow your dreams for they know the way. I am convinced that it’s the era of women to not just survive, but take up spaces and SOAR! If a girl like me, from a township, can be a CEO, then any young girl can be. Do not give up!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Physical address: 1st Floor, 296 Kent Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg, 2194 Postal Address: PO Box 6801, Cresta Switchboard: 011 476 8570 Call Centre: 086 101 0001 Fasset Tip-off Hotline: 080 020 5054 Email: fassetcallcentre@fasset.org.za Website: https://www.fasset.org.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fasset_sa?lang=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasset.org

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FINANCIAL AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES SECTOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY

AYANDA MAFULEKA CEO

Fasset is a schedule 3a public entity reporting to the Minister of Higher education, Science and Technology, Dr. Blade Nzimande as its executive Authority. Its vision is to facilitate the achievement of world-class finance and accounting skills. FASSET aims to increase the flow of new finance and accountancy entrants into employment, develop and grow the skills required in the sector, and to facilitate transformation of the finance and accountancy sector.

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GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STRENGTHENING OUR ORGANISATION A key element in this transformation voyage is skills development. In the financial and accounting services sector, for example, strides have been taken to change the sectoral landscape, making way for a more balanced, transformed and educated workforce. Guiding this expedition, Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs) develop and adapt the skills strategy in their sector, with the ultimate goal of upskilling the nation. The finance and accounting services sector is considered to be a sector where African black people are under-represented as compared with the national population statistics. Fasset however, in collaboration with employers in the sector, has turned that around, by facilitating the upskilling and employment of previously disadvantaged groups thus enabling transformation. 2020 STATISTICS Estimates for the 2020 period indicate that the black demographic (black African, Coloured, Indian) together occupy 63% of jobs in the sector, while the white demographic occupies 35%. The African black group occupies 42% of jobs in the sector. However, this hides a continuing equity challenge. The sector is still grappling with transformational issues. Whites continue to occupy most managerial posts (49%),

and a disproportionate number of both professional posts (40%) and technical posts (38%) compared to other racial groups. The black demographic together occupy only 48% of managerial positions, 58% of professional and 60% of technical positions. African black people occupy the majority of lower-level occupations. Given the non-demographic profile of the sector, Fasset has aligned its strategy and skills development priorities to transformation charters such as the Financial Sector Charter, which prioritise participation of African black people and people with disabilities: with all these deliberate interventions by Fasset, the sector now boasts a gradual 41% growth rate of African black professionals. CURRENT & FUTURE TRENDS IN THE SECTOR • Organisations are bound to have limited resources post-COVID, hence they need to be innovative when using available resources to capture maximum value from their environment. • Organisations need to be flexible with their interventions, as the make-up of the economic environment remains unstable. • The pandemic has accelerated the move towards digitisation. Organisations thus need to invest in necessary digital platforms to stay relevant and maintain a productive environment.


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• Strategic thinking is needed now more than ever, with the current scarcity of resources. Planning for the future and creating partnerships will be crucial within this time. • The decisions made now are a thrust towards the long-term survival of organisations, hence they need to be taken with caution. • Moving forward, there is more uncertainty in the horizon. Organisations thus need to develop the ability to capitalise on change and recover from unexpected events. TECHNOLOGICAL The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) as well as South Africa’s high popularity of financial technology solutions requires Fasset to meet the demands of industry. As 4IR technology consumes the workplace, older financial and accounting skills are becoming obsolete. Professionals need to be re-skilled and re-purposed for new demands. For example, Blockchain technology and the distributed ledger will be vital for professional accountants. ENVIRONMENTAL Fasset must adhere to national imperatives on reducing carbon emissions. Unlike the energy sector, environmental regulations in the Finance and Accounting are relatively less. LEGAL Audit scandals and unethical finance operations are increasing. Ensuring ethical practice proves to be harder when the environment, especially

financial technology, continuously changes. Driving ethical practice is key and requires concerted engagement with professional body stakeholders to continuously communicate and uphold. EMBRACING THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR) The COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden advent of 4IR in South Africa, necessitates an intensified response to skills needs and skills planning for the sector. The change drivers, occupational shortages and identified future skills reinforce the idea that the skills development landscape will undergo a drastic shift. Fasset is preparing for a more dynamic supply and demand of the labour market, including technology-facing occupations and skills in the future. Developing new and enhancing existing qualifications and training in line with key skills change drivers is of increasing importance. SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY Fasset is a non-profit generating Seta. It is an agent of change which aims to enable skills development and training of the financial and accounting services workforce as well as to attract new entrants to the labour market. The Seta deploys social media to ignite awareness of Fasset, its projects, to promote its lifelong learning training events; bursary programmes and learnership offerings as well as to spark conversation on skills development matters affecting South Africa’s youth.

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Fourth Industrial Revolution has forced us to learn ways of moving with times. Part of ensuring sustainability at Fasset includes retraining of staff to ensure that they do not miss the bus of technological development. LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE AND BEYOND The emergence of the Coronavirus warranted major changes in the workplace. These changes included, amongst others, working from home and leaders learning to manage employees remotely. With working from home being the newest routine in Fasset’s work culture, there’s an increased need to develop leadership skills that harness and embrace this new normal. These include: • Lateral thinking or Innovation skills • Understanding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and its implication • Systems thinking (connecting of present business decisions to future implication) Some of these may not necessarily be offered at institutions of learning as courses, but they could be offered in Leadership Workshops or as part of a broader Leadership courses. To learn more about Fasset-funded skills development interventions, please visit www.fasset.org.za.

DRIVING TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY We live in unprecedented times, where change is inevitable. The advent of the

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“TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY AND CRISIS HAVE PROVEN TO

THE ‘NEW

IGNITE GREAT INNOVATION AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS; SEIZING AN OPPORTUNITY AND EMBRACE NEW WAYS OF LIVING.”

By Nicola Cooper As we enter into the staged easing

outdated practices, and, hopefully,

have grieved life as it was, accepting

understand what the long and short term

innovation to accelerate necessary and

that we get to define or create is what

of lockdown many are attempting to

ramifications of COVID-19 will have on our economy, businesses and day to

the development of ground-breaking inevitable change to a ‘new normal’.

day routines. And while some aspects

The landscape is a scary one of

before, many will be forever changed.

level that will inevitably be met with

of life may return to similar routines as We need to be asking ourselves if this is a bad thing?

The new discernment towards health,

wellness and well-being, has resulted in permanent shifts in the supply

chain, retail, e-commerce patterns,

and hygiene customs and a greater

that there is a new now and a future we can look forward to. If that is not powerful, what is?

extraordinary change on a colossal

There is an impact for consumers of all

similar stages of grief, anger and denial

groups. And there are ramifications for

- we are living a trauma, a crisis, there is no business as usual, and if there

is a manual on pandemics very few of us had access to it. It is going to take

us a while to let go of the romanticism of Pre-COVID to reach a level of

backgrounds, of all interests, of all age every industry. The best we can do is

arm ourselves with constructive insights to support the steps into a better

understanding of the present and to best prepare for the new future.

acceptance - this is perfectly natural.

We have selected 3 important macro

essential in their lives. As this develops,

But, with all the negativity and

races, age and geographical boundaries

patterns, resulting in the collapse of

are a few silver linings and once we

value shift as people question what is so too will purchasing priorities and

devastating impact of COVID-19, there

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trends that translate across categories, that we refer as ‘the golden thread’ in the trend world.


T HE ‘ N EW N ORM AL’

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great opportunity to identify the needs

to take the power of change into

Wellness has been an impactful lifestyle

services would best fill that gap.

that brands/businesses will be

innovation and product development

COVID-19 in itself has brought about

and crisis have proven to ignite great

with many voicing issues

seizing an opportunity and embrace

sleeping, the

HEALTH WELLNESS

trend that has created many business,

of consumers and what products or

opportunities. Times of uncertainty

key concerns within this category

innovation and creative solutions;

connected with

new ways of living.

necessity of

Wellness expenditures in 2017

systems, fear

related spending during the same year.

the potential

Organisation pinpoint general healthcare

and the vital

held accountable and loyalty for

future consumption is what is being formulated at present.

While some of these trends surfaced already, the

strong immune

surpassed half of the healthcare-

and anxiety,

Data provided by the World Health

of burnout

spending to $7.3 trillion in 2017.

care of the

Analysts also seem to believe

their own hands, which will ensure

wellness category is still a rising

one, the impact will be more

significant in light of the

future of our

ageing.

economy and

the switch we’ve

that these numbers will continue

With products

growth and the rising popularity of

vitamins, functional

COVID-19 has perpetuated.

superfoods that address underlying

Individuals are wanting a better, safer

The wellness landscape has developed

opportunity for this young category

to assist them on this path will lead to a

exercise into a far more holistic space

activities which promote physical and

physical, emotional, mental and financial

wide range of industries.

sense of identity, pride and control in a

COVID-19 has further magnified

to increase, given the population

ranging from

the trend and the awareness the

beverages, supplements or

experienced in

our lives during the

COVID-19 shutdown.

medical issues, there is a great

and healthier life and what we can do

well beyond nutritional intake or

(defined broadly as the active pursuit of

with a view on wellbeing, providing

mental well-being) that incorporates a

health, as a means of creating a

great journey of discovery, invention and engagement.

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landscape where people feel lost.

inequality and the vulnerability of

Now, more than ever, recognising

The obvious current events accelerating

greater understanding of those most

understanding your consumer’s

– and the responses to it – further

with a demand to do better and provide

low-income homes which has led to a

this mindset shift, with consumer fear

at risk both financially and physically

colouring actions both during and after

solutions that are beneficial to the

the current coronavirus pandemic.

greater communities.

With the wellness macro trends

Consumers are observing the

Personal Care and Beauty, Eating/

manufacturers are re-adjusting their

Workplace, Fitness and more, there is

communities are rallying together

changing behaviours and

lifestyles and attitudes demanding the adaption to forward-thinking

and emotional intelligence needs

to guide your future strategies and developments.

impacting the broad categorisation of

response to the current crisis –

A sudden shift of values reminds

Weight Loss, Wellness Tourism,

production to help with shortages,

culture and one, dare we say, which

us of the most central ingredient of has been lacking - humanity.

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COVID-19 has highlighted the worst

In addition to us reimagining our homes,

pollution across the world. Waters have

best. These lifestyle shifts are currently

fear, pressure and uncertainty, has

While this is temporary and life will

of society and simultaneously the very driven by the COVID-19 virus but if

continued, will improve our overall well

being, creating meaningful connections and a valuable reminder of humanity. Shifts we have been watching for

years are fast-tracked into enforced

early adoption. Some of the most rigid of businesses, hesitant to transform into viable remote systems, have had no choice but to adapt, and

are realising, that, in most cases, it

COVID-19, despite the immense

also highlighted the importance of community. From neighbourhood

WhatsApp groups checking in, to the reappreciation of essential workers, to the adaptation of businesses to

support those they value and care for,

with much more consideration; is it a necessary purchase? Is this ethical? Can it be recycled?

together to build a future of possibilities

align their choices with their values,

has taken on a new significance and broader appeal.

CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION

go of the old office structure.

The ability to work from home and the

Slower consumption and putting the

such as WeWork are changing how we

building our new business models. The

emergence of digital office rental services

planet before industries will be integral to

think about work, travel and wellness.

current global pandemic is the accelerant

Our homes have become multipurpose

processes with people, planet and profit

offices, home gyms with digital workouts

‘aesthetic desires’.

for those who need to decompress in a

The world has witnessed our impact on

peaceful surrounding.

and consumer purchases will be made

Consumers are no longer purchasing

another has emphasised how working

forever changed and beginning to let

or even the creation of isolation pockets

resume, the awareness will still exist

the necessary support we can offer one

is possible to succeed, with some

environments with the increase of home

become clearer and wildlife is returning.

to creating smarter, more sustainable

outweighing unnecessary purchasing or

the environment and the reduction of air

products without the deeper desire to their aspirations and desires.

Brands and businesses alike are

having to alter their processes due to the rise of consumer demand for transparency and honesty.

Products are no longer just products

- consumers are aligning with brands

who treat their businesses as ethical, sustainable, inclusive and they are

not afraid to pay more for a brand that

aligns to them from a personal, political or aspirational perspective.

The fashion industry has been hit

hard by COVID-19 disruptions of the

manufacturing process and the slowing of the fashion chain is an inevitable one. The industry has been slow to

transform towards a sustainable model.

Waste continues to be an issue and the impact on the environment and the lack

of ethical care of workers is evident and the need for a circular economy is more important than ever.

South African businesses relocating

manufacturing to foreign plants for a cheaper item led to the collapse of

industry and skills of local business and workers. COVID-19’s impact on China has left many businesses with clear disruptions in their business chain. 174 STANDARD BANK TO P W O M EN LEADERS


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The more forward-thinking brands are looking to do more than just

raise awareness. They are looking

to influence and change the rules of the game for the better. And where

they lead, customer expectations and demands will follow.

The above macro trends mark

the most predominant and

Those businesses holding onto preexisting and, at times, outdated

methods and infrastructure are pressed to assess not only their present

predicaments but to revisit systems that will ensure monetary savings

as a whole. Even the most stubborn are beginning to see the benefits of localisation to the industry and the South African workforce.

In 2020, a business’s view on issues

such as an ethical workforce, diversity and inclusion, climate change and

sustainability will become even more

important, and not just for our younger consumers - Gen Z or Gen Alpha. Businesses with foresight taking a strong stance about social

and political issues might seem

counterintuitive but it has been found in RetailMeNot’s report that a 87% of retailers said that it’s worth it.

And even more striking, 83%

“Consumers are no longer purchasing products without the deeper desire to align their choices with their values, their aspirations and desires.”

believe that not

– the fragility of life

and the vulnerability

of our neighbours and

communities has created

an inevitable shift in how

we approach life with

COVID-19 and how do we

change when this crisis passes

for business.

and when the road to recovery lies

before us?

What has been coined ‘The Brand Stand’ extends beyond marketing

innovations with consumer trust at an

all-time low - and the demands for the bigger picture and how or what local

business are doing to positively impact the country or benefit their consumers, their communities or their workers is

far more than brand activism, such as Nike’s Caster Semenya campaign or

We have a moment to ask ourselves are the changes we have made, or are making, for the better? Are we

approaching the worlds ‘new normal’ with the learnings of COVID-19? Do

we have a better understanding of our fellow consumers’ shift to opt

to engage and support business,

brands or products that align to their

featuring diversity in an advertorial.

existing or newly awakened, personal

opinions, do they support communities

Radical Transparency is in demand

and minorities? Ask yourself, how you

across the board in the fashion

are going to adapt to the consumers’

industry, from design, supply chain

inescapable shift towards a new form

to item profits, and continues to push and disrupt all facets of businesses.

emphasis on humanity

prepare or ensure long-lasting

taking a stand is bad

and production through to mark-up

fundamental message. The

of positive, truthful engagement and

conscious consumption, because, if you were waiting for a sign, here it is.

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MUSHFIQOH SAMODIEN MUSHFIQOH SAMODIEN 'Top Woman in ICT' Award Winner

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Professional development As routine and repetitive tasks are replaced with AI, it stresses the impact of continuous professional development to co-exist with these innovative smart technologies and have the skills to connect with people in this digital age. ACCA provides an incredible learning platform for this new era. Paperless environments With the increase of remote working, the use of cloud accounting, mobile applications etc will see the move from traditional paper trail accounting processes. WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)? The use of apps and workflow to enable remote/mobile device approvals. The use of ERPs that allow for baseline generation of forecasts based on historical performance with the functionality to tweak. These also include dashboards for quick visual presentations. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA? Africa is rich in natural resources, a hardworking and vibrant population and huge gaps set the scene for business opportunities in the continent. Whilst there

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are challenges, Africa is buzzing with huge potential growth and available reforms to ease doing business in these markets. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? Great leaders must inspire others and cultivate greatness so that emerging leaders remain hopeful amidst adversity. Great leaders know how to foster experience and opportunity. WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? Khadija, the wife of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), who was an esteemed businesswoman amidst a male dominated period, shattering the glass ceiling with her impeccable reputation of fair dealing and remarkable business acumen. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, who is leading a path for women by being bold, confident and empathetic, achieving world leading results through some challenging crises. Emma Walmsley, CEO of GSK, who is unapologetically ambitious, driven and impactful. She is reshaping the business in leaps and bounds by embracing new opportunities and facing tough decisions whilst transforming female leadership. FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. E MBRACE YOUR EXPERTISE AS A

VALUABLE PART OF THE PROCESS

2. B E POSITIONED TO ADOPT SMART

TECHNOLOGIES THAT ENABLE YOU TO EXPLOIT OPPORTUNITIES

3. L ISTEN WITH PRECISION 4. R EMAIN CURIOUS AND FLUID AS THE MARKET/SECTOR EVOLVES

5. W ORK WITH YOUR PEOPLE AND LEVERAGE THEIR EXPERTISE


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ACCA ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, and first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

PAT SEMENYA

Head of ACCA South Africa

ACCA TOP WOMAN Pat started her career as a trainee auditor, progressed to finance and later cross-functional senior roles across various industries in the private and public sector. In 2016, she was a finalist in the corporate category of Business Leader of the Year - Institute of People Management Awards. She serves on two boards as a Non-Executive Director. Pat is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg and the Regenesys Business School. She is a mother of two daughters, aged 11 and 9 years old.

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. TAME YOUR INNER CRITIC – THERE WILL BE ROADBLOCKS AND ANNOYANCES, LET GO OF THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME

2. B UILD A SUPPORT SYSTEM - THINK ABOUT CRAFTING ONE THAT GUARANTEES PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS. NOW IS THE TIME FOR PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION.

3. E MBRACE CHALLENGE - YOU MUST COMMIT TO THE JOURNEY AHEAD IN ORDER TO REACH THE TOP OF YOUR GAME AND GOALS

4. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU – TOGETHER YOU WILL DELIVER STRONGER RESULTS

5. C ONNECT WITH NATURE – IT IS CALMING AND UPLIFTING

Founded in 1904, ACCA supports its 219 000 members and 527 000 students (including affiliates) in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers.

GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT (CSI) ACCA fully supports a flexible approach to working in order to help employees balance their work and home life and respond to the needs of our increasingly diverse workforce. Arrangements include a reduction or variation of working hours and days, working remotely, or potential job-sharing arrangements. As an employer, professional membership body and qualification provider, the association prides itself on representation - 61% of our employees are women, 54% of our leadership group is female, 47% of our members are women and 58% of our students are women. ACCA is committed to helping working parents. Maternity entitlements and guidelines are in place for staff, complying with relevant legislation. Employees are not subjected to detriment on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth or maternity, irrespective of hours of work or length of service. The association produces content to promote Women in Finance recognising the challenges women

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face, encouraging career progression and representation in companies. We also celebrate International Women’s Day, with global webinars and national events. Through our women’s member networks and panels, ACCA produces free global webinars helping female members in their careers. This includes top tips on supporting wellbeing and mental health.

TOP EMPOWERMENT STRATEGIES ACCA has been a trailblazer for inclusion in the profession. Our first female member, Ethel Ayres Purdie, was inducted in 1909 and since then we have seen more women enter the profession. Fast forward to the modern day, and we continue to push for parity and inclusion. Our report, The Slow Path to the Top - pushes for parity in middle management and progression to executive level.

GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STATISTICAL OVERVIEW Percentage of female executive directors/senior management: >50.1% female executive directors Percentage of female staff members (overall in company): A >50.1% female staff

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: ACCA South Africa, 1st Floor, 18 Hurlingham Road, Illovo 2196 Tel: +27 (0)11 459 1900 Email: info@za.accaglobal.com Mailing address: PO Box 924, Saxonwold 2132, South Africa Website: https://www.accaglobal.com Twitter handle: @ACCANews Facebook page: ACCA

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BU IL D ING A B E T T E R TO M O R R OW INTERV IEW W ITH RAZEEAH BELATH, H R & INCL USION DIREC TOR, BAT EAST & SOUTH ERN AFRICA

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? At BAT, diversity is at the center of everything we do and is embedded in our ethos. We have implemented gender

driven development in the workplace through several initiatives. Firstly, we offer leadership training. Firstly, we make sure all leaders go through an impactful Unconsious Bias Training and we are currently running an innitiative called ‘Junior women in leadership’ to develop our female talent who have unique challenges in the workplace and their careers. In this amazing session they have

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the opportunity to develop their personal brand, learn and practice the importance of networking, and get in touch with BAT senior female leaders. In addition, we annually send our local senior females to BAT’s global ‘Women in Leadership’ training, aimed at demystifying myths about gender differences and equipping them with the tools to continue succeeding and progressing in their careers.


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Our mentorship programme guarantees that all our top female talent will have mentors assigned, as well promoting events such as IWD, using external and internal facilitators to inspire and give advice. We also have women in leadership networks across the group, STEM, and started crossindustry mentoring for senior women in leadership. HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION? Gender empowerment has strengthened BAT by creating a diverse workforce that is regularly working to see that we achieve our ‘Better Tomorrow Strategy’ bringing new ideas on how we work, products innovations, support systems and internal processes. It also reinforces our winning culture and promotes an environment that brings out the best in each of us. With a more diverse team at all levels, we have seen a positive shift in level of collaboration, engagement, as well as energy across the business.

provide both on-the-job (in different functions) and off-the-job training in partnerships. • We are at the development stage of a programme to support the B-BBEE agenda in terms of exposure, leadership, operating in an international environment, developing impact and gravitas to prepare the local talent for more senior roles within South Africa and beyond. • Agriseta bursaries to promote

continuous learning and development.

WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S GENDER EQUALITY AND BEE RATINGS AND POLICIES? BAT is an equal opportunity employer. We foster gender equality in our recruitment through ensuring that we have a 50/50 shortlist for every single position. We also have female recruitment targets: at entry level managerial positions it is 45% and at senior managerial positions 45%. BATSA is certified level 4 B-BBEE and we are working towards a level 2/1 certification over the next 3 years. We have a number of initiatives in place to support our B-BBEE agenda: • As of 2020, we have introduced a programme for citizens with disabilities. We onboarded 23 in October 2020 and plan to renew this annually. The objective here is to

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WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR? As you may observe amongst other FMCG peers, diversity seems to be gaining more and more attention, and investments are climbing as companies are finally seeing the true value that it brings to businesses. FMCs are also developing training, initiatives and programs to foster diversity, and in the future, plans on moving into a more holistic approach that covers a variety of issues - not only gender related. In BAT, we are focusing at a Global level on gender, cross industry and nationalities. Bringing this to ESA, we have a holistic approach combining Disabilities, Generations and Background.

REVOLUTION (4IR)? Since 2018, we have changed the name of our IT function to IDT, which speaks to fostering a culture of innovation and digitisation. It also speaks to our future needs, as we step into new products fully based on technology. To keep up with 4IR, we are embracing machine learning as we develop numerous chatbots and end-to-end automated processes in our production lines - both factory and growing leaf plants. We are also embracing ideation sprints across the business to foster innovation mindset and come up with breakthrough ideas and solutions.

Unconscious Bias Virtual training

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HOW ARE YOU USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO

HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING THE DRIVE FOR

CREATE MORE BUSINESS? As our business is heavily regulated, it is a bit difficult to leverage business through social media. However, our digital strategy aims to reinforce employer branding through social media, and introduce our potential reduced risk products to consumers, through a variety of digital channels, where possible.

SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR ORGANISATION? Alongside figuring in the Dow Jones sustainability index, we are driving a renewed Southern Africa ESG strategy to fully embrace the UN Global Impact principles. These initiatives will be a part of our cultural diversity and inclusion journey within leadership teams.

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Our supporting ESG priorites • A best-in-class approach • Excellence in environmental management • Delivering a positive social impact • Robust corporate governance


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WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA? Africa is a continent filled with opportunities. As a multinational, some of the key enablers for achieving business in Africa include collaborating with stakeholders, developing the human capital, integral business practices, and the delivery of quality products that speak to consumer needs. Of course, it also has its challenges but with an agile business model you are able to adapt and continue thriving. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? Alongside a change management mindset, future leaders will need to embrace agile ways of working. Agile and adaptive leadership traits will need a new fully digital DNA spirit to be able to lead and inspire in an evolving VUCA world. WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? Indra Nooyi, who is the former chairperson and CEO for PepsiCo and board member of several big multinational companies, She has consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women. For me, she just inspires determination and has an internal activist mindset: stick to your dreams and you will accomplish the stars.

CONTACT INFORMATION Address: Waterway House South No 3 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront Cape Town Phone: +27 21 003 6500 Website: http://www.batsa.co.za/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/ company/british-american-tobacco Twitter: https://twitter.com/BATplc

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PROFILE

BR I T I SH A M E R I CAN TOB ACCO

M E E T R A Z E E A H B E L AT H Over almost 2 decades with the BAT Group, I have had the opportunity to develop an international career with proven experience in talent and culture in emerging, developed, and developing markets. I have also acquired over 15 years of business leadership experience while operating senior leadership teams. MY CORE CAPABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING: • Business Transformation and Organisational Operating Model at scale (single, multiple, Global scale) in Africa, Eastern Europe & Africa Middle East (EEMEA), Global scale (across continents). • Market entries project in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Morocco

I joined BAT as a management trainee in Mauritius in September 2001. I worked in several different countries and gained experience in the end market area, regional and global roles, before I joined the East & Southern Africa Leadership Team in May 2020 as HR & Inclusion Director. I was attracted to BAT by three things: 1. T he international career opportunities in a truly global company. 2. T he fact that people in BAT are empowered from day 1 to own their career development as opposed to this being led solely by the company. 3. B AT’s authenticity and commitment to continuously transform and build A Better Tomorrow.

• Driving the talent agenda to enable business growth and proven track record of developing local talents for senior leadership roles. • Driving the diversity and inclusion agenda to transform the way we work, team collaboration and business results. • Trained facilitator for Strategic and Personal Leadership workshops for executives/directors. Facilitating workshop for multiple businessesand functions across borders/cultures (Malaysia, Egypt, UK, Poland). • Leadership and organisational development for over 80 markets. • Experience in leading and delivering through teams, both direct reports and matrix/virtual team spread globally. • Digital transformation journey at global scale for business and functions.

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NATIONALITY: Mauritian CAREER TO DATE: 2001: Joined BAT in Mauritius as Management Trainee in HR 2004: Appointed HR Executive for Mauritius & La Reunion 2005: Appointed HR Manager Angola 2006: Appointed Head of HR for Indian Ocean Islands 2007: Appointed Area Head of Talent for Sub Saharan Africa (38 markets) 2009: Appointed Area Head of Talent & Organizational Effectiveness for Sub Saharan Africa 2010: Appointed Regional Head of Talent & Leadership Development, Africa & Middle East (AME) 2011: Appointed Regional Head of Talent & Leadership Development, Eastern Europe, Africa & Middle East (EEMEA) 2012: Appointed HR Director for East & Central Africa (ECA) 2019: Appointed Global Transformation HR Lead – Information & Digital Technology (IDT) 2020: Appointed HR & Inclusion Director, East & Southern Africa Area EDUCATION: BSc (Hons) Management with specialization in Human Resources from the University of Mauritius

PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have been fortunate to live in many places around the world, such as Mauritius, Angola, Kenya, UK and soon SA, and love travelling back to these countries and other places. I also enjoy walking, a good squash game, golf, hiking, listening to music (often at the same time) and eating out - my favorite cuisine being Thai.


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T-MARC LOGISTICS

SERVING WITH HUMILITY T-Marc is a proudly South African black woman-owned and women-led group of companies that operates within the logistics and warehousing industry. The company was started in 2009 as a result of our founder’s passion for entrepreneurship and the transportation industry. We provide services in transportation, distribution, warehousing and green mobile, waterless car cleaning. We are driven by our commitment to deliver world-class service to all our stakeholders. We work with highly skilled experts and professionals within our industry to maintain high quality standards. Our solutions and services are cost effective, convenient and tailored to meet your unique needs. We keep our finger on the pulse by constantly looking at global trends to ensure that we’re always on par with industry standards and in line with current trends. We excel through inclusion and collaboration, and we grow through challenging and surpassing the expected value and own our reputation. COMPETITIVE SOLUTIONS WITH MEASURABLE ROI Our solutions in warehousing and distribution are flexible and innovative, taking into consideration the various environmental and economic variables. We ensure that costs are controlled, and service levels are well-maintained, constantly improved and sustainable. INTEGRATED TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS We provide transport services that are efficiently operated to deliver value-formoney and premium quality. Safety and efficiency are key priorities therefore we regularly maintain and service our fleet using qualified mechanics, resulting in safe, reliable and efficient operation of all transportation services.

EXCELLING THROUGH INCLUSION AND COLLABORATION We are an organisation that cares about its employees, our environment, the upliftment of women and our communities. We stay true to this mission through our growing internship programme that empowers our women as well as the youth to get skills within our industry and helps to decrease the unemployment rate in our country. As an organisation founded and run by a woman in a male dominated industry, we value the empowerment of women, and work hard to equip them with jobs and the requisite skills. As part of our CSI initiatives, we pledge 1% of our net profit towards various NGOs like LECHO which focuses on the health and wellness of the Letlhabile community, we run the Feed a Neighbour Drive and have a support programme at Khulusa Primary School in Brits. The Feed a Neighbour Drive was started in order to ensure that our drivers have a sustainable means for food during their retirement such that they do not fall back into the cycle of poverty after retirement. The first beneficiary of this programme is a lady driver who co-opted ten other women in the community within which she resides.

For all your warehousing and distribution solutions, as well as transportation & green mobile car wash services don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Physical Address: 196 Beethoven Rd, Melodie X4 Hartbeespoort, Wellness World Corporate Park Office 1 Block H. Tel: +27 (012) 253 0039, +27 (86) 690 2084 Email: info@t-marc.co.za Website: www.t-marc.co.za

In order for us to do more towards empowering women and uplifting our communities, we need to grow as an organisation. Which is why we want to expand our business over the next two years from a Qualifying Small Enterprise to a Generic Enterprise. We plan to launch our training academy to continue driving youth and women empowerment. S TA N D A R D B A N K TO P WO M EN L EAD ER S 185


INTEGRATION AND INTEGRITY UNIFIED - INFINITE TRANSPORT INNOVATES Infinite Transport is a dynamic and innovative transport and logistics company, with a strategic specialised fleet, providing solutions throughout the SADC countries for a diverse range of customers. With a quality blend of owned vehicles, innovative solutions, strategic partnerships, 4PL and 3PL service offerings coupled with excellent service, quick decision making and first-hand knowledge enables this organisation to supply their customers with a tailor made, reliable and cost effective solution. Thus, Infinite Transport strives to be acknowledged by its customer base as an integral part of their supply chain requirements within South Africa and throughout the rest of the SADC countries. Infinite have registered companies in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, thus have firsthand knowledge of these countries and are able to support all major SADC routes with Infinite personnel on the ground. Infinite offers a broad range of services within the transport and logistics sector.

Their core services currently include the following:

we managed”, explains Managing Director and Co-Founder, Henu Cronje.

Road transport • Industrial and general chemicals • LPG, Chlorine gas and other cryogenics • Fuel, oil and bitumen • Edible oils and FMCG • Various mining and agri products, • Abnormal and project cargo

“This included strict cost cutting and intense production planning to get the most out of every vehicle, customer and route. Operations and load availability changed daily. Due to our versatility and coverage over various sectors, we could move between sectors to remain operational. It was and still is a very pressured environment, but we made it work.”

Clearing • Infinite offers a one stop service in and out of all Southern African countries Logistics

Which include material handling, warehousing, shipping and all related services

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 During lockdown, as the world faced an unprecedented pandemic, Infinite Transport adapted its processes and practices to keep their organisation going strong. “We were classified as an essential service due to the chemicals we transport. Our main focus was to keep operating to ensure no salary cuts, which

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STREAMLINING THE PROCESS Infinite Transport has been developing an inhouse ERP system, specifically for transport management, planning, SHEQ and 4PL service management all in one package. Transuite, as it is named, integrates with current financial programmes and as it developed it has been easing the organisation’s total management, invoicing, entrepreneurial development and reporting structure. “Once this programme rolls out into the market it will assist various transport companies and especially companies involved in enterprise development”, comments Cronje.


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CORE VALUES: These core values have been embedded in the company’s operational philosophy: Integrity Success will come and go, but integrity is a legacy. It takes courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Innovation We believe that this is the process of translating an idea, customer requirement or invention into a service that creates value for our customers. Integration For Infinite, this is the seamless coordination between several departments, divisions, cultures and business systems to offer our people a place to develop to the best of their ability and through this process assist our customers to become even better at what they do.

GIVING WOMEN A PLATFORM Infinite Transport is a 51% black women owned company, and Director, Pontsho Ngwenya feels strongly about the joint family business’s diversification and gender empowerment standards. “Our current MD developed ideas and planning, regarding a logistics service provider primarily focused on cross border business during 2003. Infinite Logistics

was registered in 2004 and started operations as a new entrant into the market”, she explains. “Infinite grew into a multi-facetted logistics company operating throughout all the Southern African countries as a 3 and 4 PL service provider. In 2010 Infinite Transport was established with the focus on growing our own fleet. This was a tedious, but successful process as their focus was on specialised tanker equipment.” Ngwenya goes on to say: “During 2017 the opportunity presented itself to partner with Infinite Transport as a BBBEE woman shareholder. This was a great fit for both family businesses. Since then, infinite has diversified further, growing from strength to strength.” MD, Henu Cronje, argues that it is of vital importance that men in his organisation be positively involved in gender empowerment. “Transport and logistics are a very difficult industry. Mainly due to the operating hours which is 24/7 365days, and secondly

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because there are various external factors that can affect your operation no matter how well you plan it”, Henu exclaims. “Running a profitable operation has a lot to do with QBE (Qualification by experience). We have various women in our business at different levels, to be successful you need to actively empower them daily to abstain from more and more experience. If you don’t take a proactive gender decision it will never happen. It’s important for men to believe that it can be done and give women the opportunity to pick up the skills required.” AGAINST ALL ODDS Infinite Transport was fortunate to be in a growth phase, even during the COVID pandemic. Infinite has obtained substantial contracts that kicked off during the first 3-4 months of the year. “We will take delivery of six new LPG tankers, ten fuel tankers and dedicated explosives tankers for customers including Sasol, Oryx energy, Easy Gas, Enaex Explosives and a few others”, says Henu Cronje. “There are a lot of times you question yourself and these types of things keep you going. Your family and religion are the pillars for your success, never neglect them. These pillars were invaluable and kept me going even when I had to start over. It’s ok to fail! Just make sure you learn from the experience.”

CONTACT DETAILS: Head Office: 0861 463 564 Physical Address: 47 Pluto Street, Naledi Park, Sasolburg,1947 Email: info@Infinitegroup.co.za Website: https://www.infinitegroup.co.za/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/infinitegroupsa/

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TAKE A BREAK FROM THE NEWS AND SOCIAL MEDIA. After a certain point, it can be more upsetting

than informational. Make sure the information you do get is from reputable and non-

sensationalist sources. Evaluate how much is helpful for you to read in a day, and then

possibly stick to that limit. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images

repeatedly. It is also destructive to wait for

MORE information as plans are being made – this just feeds into anxiety and even if you were not an anxious person before this, it

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will certainly create some serious anxiety now with less support because it is new.

Yes, the world has changed, jobs are being lost, economies are falling apart, people

are dying, and people are surviving. This

is undeniably the most traumatic time that

we as a country and world have faced and

with no clear answers for a way forward, it is

going to create more turmoil and stress. So,

take a break – give yourself a limited amount

of news time and social media time too. How do you do this? Everyone is talking about

it – every Whatsapp group, everyone on your Facebook timeline, Instagram and LinkedIn

Amid managing a situation like the

keep your physical and mental

are just shovelling it down your throat. Try to

overwhelmed and worried. Many

strongest minds, forgot to think

some normalcy back to your life as much as

anxiety, powerlessness, impatience,

yourself that these strong feelings will fade.

weeks seemed to move faster than we expected, the news got worse

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY IN A WAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU.

and lockdown was extended we

This doesn’t only mean that you need to

may have felt uncertainty about

become a gym fanatic now. Just be aware

the future or worry about isolation

of what you are putting in and doing with

amidst rapidly changing schedules

your body. Take deep breaths. Stretch. Do

and social plans.

Pilates. Let your kid ride your back and

While feeling worried is normal and

pick flowers in the sun. Try to eat relatively

that we can increase our resilience

regularly, get plenty of sleep and highly

Covid-19 outbreak, it’s easy to feel of us took the news and rushed into panic mode, grabbing necessities

and planning the days ahead. Once the madness had calmed and we got into our routines, many other

issues crept in and perhaps we were not ready for those. Focusing on

how to slow the spread of the virus

is important for our physical health,

however, identifying ways to manage our mental health is also crucial. Social media was full of ideas

on how to deal with lockdown, to

continue with your routine and to

health at its peak. Many, even the

do some other activities you enjoy returning

about the increased feelings of

possible. Make time to unwind and remind

irritability or frustration. As the

play with you or walk in your garden and

expected, there are many ways

well-balanced meals, move your body

during this time:

limit alcohol and drugs. This will help boost

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your immunity — and your resilience. It


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is as important to your mental wellness

vulnerable to stress and anxiety may be at

on your mind! So, it doesn’t need to be

social network, friends who know what you

that what you do with your body will reflect extreme (this is not the time to be extreme), just be gentle and don’t eat every yummy

item in your fridge. I know it is tough – we are all craving the entire fridge and our newly learnt baking efforts created by

utter boredom but be strong. You are not

the highest risk. Once again, speak to your

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pandemic and the restrictions that have been implemented are on each family.

have been through or family members and

When children are stressed, it is often

offering skype consultations to check in and

changes in mood and behaviours and we

your doctors – stay connected - many are

make sure that you are handling things and that you are okay.

expressed in physiological changes and don’t all have the strategic knowledge

or books to turn to in order to figure out

what is happening in their minds or how

using the same amount of energy that we

Severe anxiety may also cause an

yourself – if you walk around the garden or

who have been in recovery may become

Kids don’t always verbalise their struggles,

increase. This is a very scary trend and

health issues can manifest in different ways.

usually do, so maybe make a deal with

do 10 minutes of Pilates, you can have a

treat! This goes for your kiddies at home

too – they are watching your EVERY move and you also don’t want to instil bad habits in them. So, try and be proactive with this until we return to some sort of normalcy.

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to deal with it.

increase in substance use. Individuals

more likely to relapse as their stress levels should be monitored carefully, especially

during this time. If you know of someone

in this situation, reach out and make sure that they are handling things. Find ways

to help them if they have found themselves on a dangerous path – this will make their recovery after the pandemic much harder but if you intervene sooner rather than

but anxiety, depression and other mental

Be aware of regressive behaviours and then be patient with them - in general, we are all going to regress a little in our functioning during this time of major transition but

children are going to regress more than

adults, and the younger the child, the more the regression is likely to be.

later, there is hope.

Behaviours that you thought your child

individuals may experience mental

This could include thumb-sucking,

health problems for the first time during a

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pandemic. Adjustment issues, depression, and anxiety may arise. A study from

None of us do well with uncertainty, and

the Ebola virus outbreak indicated that

this crisis is a lot for our children to process. They are all looking to us for a sense of

Researchers have found that some

increased numbers of people reported

mental health and psychosocial problems. A study from the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009 indicated an increase in a variety of emotional symptoms.

We are in strange waters here and there

isn’t a magical map as to where we will end up. No one knows how things will be in 3

weeks’ time, or in the next 6 months. So, it is best to stay connected and to verbalise your concerns, fears and anxiety with those who are probably feeling it too. Unfortunately, it is likely that those with existing mental

health conditions may get worse. There is

no doubt that individuals who are especially

calmness. How we handle this situation will undoubtably be imprinted on our

children for their ENTIRE lifetime! Just like us, our children are experiencing a great

deal of loss of their normal lives right now. Some kids may be struggling with many

of the sudden changes in their day-to-day existence, missing their friends and their

normal routines. This is where you can help them keep connected too – if your children

had grown out of may suddenly reappear. needing a special toy for comfort, bedwetting or other potty-training issues.

Please know that this is totally normal and to be expected. When routines return to

somewhat normal, so will these things. A major thing, which was mentioned earlier

is changes in eating habits, including loss of appetite or extra comfort eating. This

is often apparent in older kids and teens.

However, as I said, your kids are watching you and if you are doing all these things, they might follow easily. Now more than

ever, you have lots of eyes on you – so be the calm during and ahead of the storm!

are young and need help to connect – get in

As fear and anxiety increase during

have a chat to their friends. It doesn’t have

recognise and be grateful for what we

touch with other school Moms and let them to happen every day, but it should happen often enough so that they know that they

are not the only ones being affected by this

these uncertain times, it is important to have, stay connected to those we love

and care for, and lend a helping hand to those who need it.

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ADV E RTO RIAL

HE A LT H SC IENCE ACADEMY

H E A LT H S C I E N C E A C A D E M Y

- MAKING A DIFFERENCE Health Science Academy has been a well-established and accredited provider of education and training in the South African healthcare sector since 1994. It is a private college fully owned by the Foundation for Professional Development and registered with the South African Pharmacy Council as a provider. Health Science Academy focuses on the

private education and training of adults. It is also registered with LG SETA, Services Seta, HW SETA and TETA. Our mission is to be a professional educational partner in the healthcare sector, providing solutions designed to educate, inspire and develop individuals to their full potential. Since we focus on learners that have just completed their schooling or have entered the workplace for the first time, our goal is to equip them with skills and knowledge to prepare them for a successful future.

This enables a person to make a difference in their community and have a positive influence on community health and health promotion in general. Most of our learners in the flagship learnership for pharmacist’s assistants are women. This is also the case as reflected in the statistics from the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) for the qualified pharmacist’s assistants. These statistics

show that women represent more than 70% of the total number of qualified post basic assistants and we believe that this trend will continue into the future. Health Science Academy also presents a course to nurses to enable them to apply for a dispensing license with the Department of Health. This license is granted to nurses in primary healthcare facilities to empower them to serve the community by dispensing medicines where no doctor or pharmacist is available. Fulfilling this role in deep rural areas, women once again are at the forefront of looking after the health of their communities and making a difference in the lives of their patients. According to McKinsey, women are the primary consumers and decision makers in the healthcare market and, therefore, it is important for them to speak to other women in this sphere to assist with their health concerns and education. In the pharmaceutical sector, gender diversity is especially important to responsibly

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address pharmaceutical solutions for conditions that mostly affect women. Specifically, the increased vulnerability of females to HIV/AIDS, rooted in sociocultural factors in some communities, needs to be addressed, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The McKinsey report further mentioned that women were highly satisfied (75%)

with their careers in healthcare. This is probably due to the fact that they can find opportunities aligned with their passions and can adapt their careers to allow time to take care of a family. At Health Science Academy our aim is to make a difference in the lives of our learners, so that they can make a difference in the health of their communities.

REFERENCES South African Pharmacy Council. Statistics. 2020. https://interns.pharma.mm3.co.za/ Statistics/PersonsByGender?class=btn%20 btn-primary [Accessed 10 December 2020] Berlin G et al. McKinsey and Co. 2019. Women in healthcare. https://www. mckinsey.com/industries/healthcaresystems-and-services/our-insights/womenin-the-healthcare-industry# [Accessed 10 December 2020] World Health Organization (WHO). Womens’ health. https://www.who.int/health-topics/ women-s-health/#:~:text=Being%20 a%20man%20or%20a,discrimination%20 rooted%20in%20sociocultural%20factors [Accessed 10 December 2020]


A R E YO U A N EFFEC T I V E C O MMUN I C AT O R ? 5 WAYS T O EN S UR E YO U A R E H E ARD

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ways 5

ARE YOU AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR?

TO ENSURE YOU ARE HEARD By Fiona Wakelin

When engineers build a tunnel,

two teams start at opposite ends

of the mountain and have to meet, precisely, in the middle. No room for the smallest miscalculation,

deviation or miscommunication. Any of the above leads to an

epic fail. This is the same for all

communication – if your words do

not connect with the person/people to whom you are communicating, then complications arise – with

varying levels of fallout, depending on what it is you are trying to say. NASA lost its $125-million Mars

Climate Orbiter because spacecraft engineers failed to convert from

English to metric measurements

when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched. So, yes, communication is key.

Here are 5 ways to ensure you are

Signs of boredom, irritation, disinterest

communicating effectively:

are all indicators that there is a

1

carefully and make sure they are not open to misinterpretation. This means being

the idea behind them. Also fine tune the grammar and even the pauses in your

Leaves” is an excellent example of what a difference a comma can make!

2

LISTEN – the art of communication is for both parties to listen to each other and

make sure that everyone is on the same page. If you bulldoze your way through

3

talking to and adjust accordingly.

does that mean to you?” is a very

useful question to ask – and you may

5

HOW YOU SAY IT - make sure

the tone of your words is appropriate. There are many ways to get the

same point across, but the most

successful communicators ensure

that the tone of what they are saying is exactly suited to the content. Tone

monologue and the connection will be lost. signals from the person who you are

presume that your words have the

get some surprising answers.

sentences. The book “Eats, Shoots &

USE YOUR FILTERS – watch for

ASK QUESTIONS – don’t

same meaning to everyone. “What

invested in the words you choose, and

a conversation it will have turned into a

4

connectivity issue.

PRECISION – choose your words

is easily misinterpreted in written form, so take extra care when

crafting a text or mail – and AVOID WRITING IN CAPS – it always comes across as shouting.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT By Fiona Wakelin

Toolkit

STEP TWO: THE PLAN

may be something like wanting to

Goals Timeframe Costs Team/ equipment/assets/ resources required • Benefits – financial, personal, social

new products, doing something

And then there are the critically important

you already have – and how much do

STEP ONE: THE BIG IDEA This is your lightbulb moment. All

projects start with a big idea – which start your own business or developing completely new, or in your personal

life it could mean upskilling yourself, building a home or fitness training.

These activities, as diverse as they

• • • •

Your project plan should list and

describe what you need in terms of

people, equipment, material, resources and finance. How much of this list do

“soft” issues. Take the temperature of

you need to procure?

to your end goal. How tenacious are

The schedule you draw up will be key

other words, what will you be sacrificing

dates for next actions to take place. A

need a team to help you succeed? How

bar chart which shows the schedule of

your determination and commitment

you? What is the opportunity cost? In

to success and should contain trigger

in order to achieve this goal? Do you

useful tool for this is a GANTT chart – a

committed and determined are they?

the project and how the completion of

moment, the next step is to work

It is at this stage that you decide

activities in the project.

viable, and in the case of business,

then you have just saved yourself

You will need to have measurable bite-

the answer is yes – then it is time to

dates which will then all add up to

are, need to follow the guidelines of

project management if they are going to succeed.

Once you have had your lightbulb out whether it is going to be doable, profitable. How do you do this? By

drawing up a cost/benefit document which will include:

– “is it worth it?”. If the answer is no, a lot of blood, sweat and tears. If proceed to the next step.

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each activity is related to all the other

size deliverables achieved by certain successfully reaching the end goal.


PR O J EC T MA N A GEMEN T TOOLKI T

This is a good time to do a SWOT analysis with your team.

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. The strengths and weaknesses come from inside your team and the opportunities and threats

come from outside – the legal, economic, political, social, natural environments.

STRENGTHS

What do you do well? Assets

Resources

What sets you apart? Skills of the team Networks

WEAKNESSES

What don’t you have? Limited budget?

Limited resources?

Competitors strengths Upskilling required? Time?

OPPORTUNITIES Your big idea

Strengthening your assets

Innovating before others do The gap in the market Technology

Social media/marketing THREATS

Competitors

Suppliers’ reliability Climate change

Political stability Power supply Water supply

a detailed account of the 3 W’s: WHAT

BY WHO

to resource allocation and distribution.

STEP THREE: EXECUTION Once you are ready to start turning your

Giving back and showing appreciation are

dates of the bite-size chunk deliverables

business culture.

who are accountable and responsible for

Clear and regular communication within

to the same calendar.

and with your clients/customers makes

The difference between being

and any changes you may have to make

The person who is accountable has to make

have a negative impact on your business’

i.e. team leader/manager and the person

valuable asset your business owns.

to make sure this happens i.e. the team

STEP FOUR: IT’S A GREEN – GOAL ACHIEVED!

Your success or failure will depend to

Once you have achieved your goal,

and how they are managed. The most

communicated with you clients, then it is

that they owe their achievement to the

lead into the next cycle. This is the time to

with. Your business culture should reflect

rewarded for timeous completion.

part of the entire team’s work ethic the

This project may have been a stand-

idea into a reality, make sure all the

are listed on the calendar. The people

the delivery dates must all have access

BY WHEN

an important part of building a positive

teams, within the business as a whole

sure that everyone is on the same page -

accountable and responsible:

to deal with risks and threats will not

sure that the goals/objectives are achieved

reputation. And reputation is the most

who is responsible actually does the work

a large part on the team you choose

delivered what you planned and

successful business owners are clear

time for the project to close – and perhaps

people they have surrounded themselves

ensure that your team is celebrated and

your values and if you ensure this is

achievement of goals will reflect this.

alone goal for you to achieve or it may

Examples of values include:

project – both scenarios will, however

have been a step in a larger, ongoing require the next and final step.

Integrity Honesty Transparency

STEP FIVE: LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD – REVIEW AND EVALUATION

Communication

Reviewing and evaluation should be done

Respect

Depending on the size of your big idea,

the team/s should meet regularly to check if they are on schedule or falling behind.

Regular meetings will help make sure that risks and/or threats are identified before

they become a major problem in achieving

The final part of the plan must be

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the final goal. The team leaders must also

meet regularly with you so that you can be sure the risks/threats are being managed. Also so that you can communicate clearly any changes that may have to be made

by the whole team so that lessons may be

learned for future projects. This will include

looking at: what worked well, what could be improved on and what to do differently in

terms of individual and team performance, budget, timeframe, marketing, resource

allocation, reporting and response time to any red flags during the project. The final

document should be saved along with the project plan so that for your next project

you will be able to see immediately what worked and what did not.

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A HOLISTIC VIEW

ON MONEY MANAGEMENT

for female entrepreneurs By Fiona Wakelin You’ve chosen the path of most

resistance for the risk of the highest reward. You’ve decided to venture out and start your own business. Entrepreneurship is challenging

because it forces an individual to

face the truth about their core beliefs, abilities and potential. It stretches them to grow, as the ultimate

success of the business is directly

tied to the evolution of the business owner. What many entrepreneurs don’t realise is that their personal

finance habits will show up in their

business. There isn’t a magic switch that turns off your mindset about

money when you are actively at work on your business.

PERSONAL FINANCE MANAGEMENT MIRRORS YOUR BUSINESS FINANCES

INCREASE YOUR LEVEL OF SELF-AWARENESS

Be prepared to face potential financial

your relationship with money

blindspots that might jeopardise your business. A case study that we use in our training is an example of a

female entrepreneur who relegated the

managing of her finances, both personal and business, to her husband.

It was a viable business and had

potential but the avoidant approach

of the business owner hampered the

business from reaching sustainability. Eventually they got an accountant to

help out, but it was too late. She was passionate about her business but eventually was forced to close.

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Adopting a holistic approach to will help you break free from

potentially limiting mindsets. Do you really believe that you are

worthy of success? Do you have

a scarcity or abundance mindset? What do you believe about rich

people? If you harbour a core belief that rich people are greedy and

selfish and that poor people are

hardworking and noble, then you

will subconsciously sabotage your efforts at exceeding your current

financial level. You will not be able to charge what you’re worth if you don’t believe in your value.


A HO L I S T I C V I EW O N MO N EY MA N A GEMEN T FO R FEMA L E EN T R EP RE NE U RS

on time or when there are delays in

They are motivated by change, crave

ADOPT A CONTINUOUS LEARNING APPROACH TO BUILDING FINANCIAL WISDOM

subvert the status quo in order to meet

to invest their money, even though they

DETERMINE YOUR PRIMARY DRIVER Entrepreneurs are a different breed.

new customers signing up.

• Stay away from debt as much as

a challenge, they thrive in crisis. They

Studies show that women are less likely

gaps in the market that they’ve identified.

often make wiser investment choices

While there are many models of financial success, the one that gets the most airplay is the “billionaire” archetype.

What is your vision for your business? Are you subconsciously comparing your first 1 000 days to the lifetime achievement of your rolemodels?

As you craft your financial goals for your

business, check in with a business coach or peer around setting targets that are

the right fit for you. What does success look like for you? Will it mean creating a business that you will be able to sell one day, so that you can pursue other passions that might involve art, family or travel? Or will you build a business

around your lifestyle, that enables you

to choose the clients that you work for – and also how much time you decide to dedicate to your business?

than men. Choose to become a lifelong

student of how money works – because then you can make it work for your business.

possible:

It can be tempting to take up a

business loan to get you started, or

to tide you over during a tough spot, but make sure you evaluate the real

cost of the loan over time. Not being bogged down by anxiety around

debt repayments will free you up to focus growing your business!

Here are some practical tips: • Separate your personal finance from your business finance:

Have separate accounts for your business from day one. Funnel

• Develop multiple streams of income: Don’t be afraid to leverage other skills sets to make money while you are pitching your proposals

to new clients. Brainstorm all the

all business payments into the

designated account and pay all business expenses from there

as well. It is too easy to conflate

personal and business finances if

everything goes into one account.

ways that you can earn money with your current business products, as well as your range of skills sets. Can you offer your serves as a

consultant that will help to build

a monthly retainer? If the recent COVID-19 crisis has taught us

• Keep personal expenses to a bare minimum:

anything, it is to never make the

to develop than you anticipate, and

single source of income.

Your business idea will take longer

income will start out at a lower level

that you might have planned for. You will be paying yourself last, so be

prepared to cut down your personal

expenses to the bare minimum while you are getting the business off the ground.

“What does success look like for you?”

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mistake again of relying on a

• Automate as much as possible: There are amazing online tools that will help you make money management easier for your

business. Explore what’s available

and keep tweaking until you find the tools that work for you.

• Build an emergency fund for your business:

• Keep an eye on the money:

Make sure that you schedule time in

Try to save up at least three to

six months of expenses that will

help you keep things afloat when

customer payments don’t come in

your calendar every week or month to revise the budget, review the

income pipeline and track expenses. The buck stops with you!

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NISSI HUMAN CAPITAL SOLUTIONS

DRIVING TRANSFORMATION Nomihlali Ntsunguzi is the founder and director of Nissi Human Capital Solutions. She is an experienced HR executive with outstanding leadership and business skills in mining, public service as well as the construction and steel industries. In 20 years of HR experience, Nomihlali climbed the corporate ladder with grit and

determination. As a result, she transformed these industries, and she holds a lot of insight into what organizations need to thrive and succeed in the fast paced society we live in today. Nomihlali has become a thought leader within the field of HR which has garnered her the opportunity to sit in the Aveng Trident Steel Holdings Board and Remcomeetings. She is currently a non executive board member at Icebolethu Group as well as Camelia Holdings Foundation.

NOMIHALI NTSUNGUZI CEO

Nomihlali’s exceptional portfolio speaks volumes and she credited her success to simple self- belief. With this belief she founded NISSI

Human Capital Solutions,where she prides herself and her company on driving transformation in businesses through organisational design, culture change, talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, succession planning and employee development strategies.

ACCREDITATIONS: • MCom degree in Business Management - University of Johannesburg • Honours degree in Industrial Psychology, UNISA • Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management, Rhodes University • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Rhodes University • Certificate in Strategic HR Leadership, Stellenbosch Business School • ICF qualification as a life and team coach

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. B E FEARLESS – THE BUSINESS WORLD REQUIRES BOLDNESS, SEE EVERY CHALLENGE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVEAL THE GREAT QUALITIES AND STRENGTH GOD HAS GIVEN YOU. 2. G RAB EACH OPP ORTUNITY – OVER DELIVER SUCH THAT YOU WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON THE CLIENT THINKS OF EVERY TIME THEY ARE FACED WITH A CHALLENGE 3. B ELIEVE IN YOURSELF – THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE NOT WINNING. THIS IS WHERE YOUR BELIEF IN YOURSELF, PURPOSE AND GOALS COME IN. 4. K NOW YOUR WORTH – KNOW YOUR WORTH SUCH THAT YOU WILL NEGOTIATE WHAT WORKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS BOTH IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM. 5. C OMPETE AT THE RIGHT LEVEL – AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, YOU ARE THE SPECIALIST IN WHAT YOU DO! YOU ARE THE CEO AND THE IMAGE OF YOUR BUSINESS, COMMUNICATE AND CARRY YOURSELF AS SUCH. NO ONE OR NO COMPANY IS BIG ENOUGH TO GET YOU OUT OF THE GAME.

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N I S S I HUMA N C A PI TA L SOLU TI ONS

COMPANY INFORMATION By collaborating closely with clients, NISSI (founded in July 2013) develops and delivers sustainable solutions that address the evolving needs of your business. Partnering with you for every step of your journey, we help you attain success while ensuring the highest levels of integrity, performance and excellence. Utilising preventative and corrective techniques, our custom-made Human Capital solutions address the pain points associated with personnel performance, policies and procedures. NISSI is passionate about your business and motivating and equipping remote workers with tools that strike a balance between work and life. Put simply, as a thought leader and trusted guide, we have a solution for every challenge you face.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES (PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN): NISSI is 100% female owned. The nature of our business led to adopting an operating model that allows us to have associations, collaborations and joint ventures with reputable consultancies which are mostly black female owned.

NISSI also employs female contract employees in the PR and Marketing, Recruitment/Executive Search as well as a few in the OD consulting functions. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: NISSI has formed strategic partnerships with a few reputable consultancies in the HR and business consulting space, with the aim of delivering the best solutions to our clients. The founder has also agreed to work with the Institute of People Management with the aim of adding value to the Human Resources Profession and Employment policies. In August 2020, a webinar conducted between NISSI and IPM was the number 2 trending topic in South Africa. This collaboration shed llight on the changing workforce profile and what that meant for the conditions of employment. EMPOWERMENT-RELATED CSI INITIATIVES/PROGRAMMES • The Clothing Bank (2015 – 2017) - focusing on empowering women from humble backgrounds. Provided coaching on how to succeed as

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entrepreneurs, as well as life coaching on the challenges they faced in their home and community environments. • Coaching – coaching of women who have just assumed executive positions or those aspiring to be. • NISSI currently does pro bono coaching for young girls on which courses to enroll for at tertiary institutions/ which careers to pursue so as to be relevant in the new world of work. STRATEGIES EMPLOYED BY NISSI TO ENSURE FEMALE EMPOWERMENT NISSI ensures to procure services from black female owned businesses as we aim to see other female owned businesses thrive. We also aim to maintain over 50% female employees as our organisation grows. In addition, we are looking to develop new strategic partnerships that allow us to serve women in the Eastern Cape communities that are less privileged to provide women with education they need to empower themselves and become self-sufficient. Consequently, we have identified Nathaniel Pamla Secondary School in Peddie, the beacon of hope for maths and science students in the area, as a school to start supporting. This is very important to us as we seek to ensure that women continue taking up space in leadership positions so as to provide more opportunities to the next generation.

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical and Postal address: Cnr Leslie & William Nicol, 128 Leslie Road Spaces, Building 2 Design Quarter, Fourways 2191 Telephone: +27 78 851 8967 Email: info@nissisolutions.co.za Website: https://nissisolutions.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/NissiBSolutions Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ nissihumancapital

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EN EL G R EEN POW E R

A DV E RTO R I A L

ENEL GREEN POWER EMPOWERS SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN Leading renewable energy company, Enel Green Power RSA, acknowledges the value of empowering women. It employs several women in top-level positions and participated in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards in 2020. Lena Chirwa, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Enel Green Power RSA, talks about empowering women in the workplace.

“To empower women is to expose them to opportunities and nurture their talent. At Enel Green Power, I’ve worked with CEOs who have mentored me. I have never felt that my being a woman posed an obstacle to my development in the company.”

Lena Chirwa joined Enel Green Power RSA as a lawyer in 2014. At the time, Enel Green Power RSA employed only around eight people. Now, the company employs over 170 staff, and 45% of these are women. Lena’s legal team has grown to include four lawyers, all of whom are women.

certain way. Men and women should rather be recognised for their talent.”

“In the lifecycle of any project at Enel, our legal department is involved from beginning to end,” she explains. “I consider it to be a culture of ongoing learning, because not one project is the same, making it a dynamic and diverse environment to work in.” Prior to Enel, Lena worked at financial institutions in the capital projects and infrastructure sector. Then around 2011, an opportunity arose in the renewable energy sector. “I knew that it was a sector I wanted to be involved in”. In relation to Enel, she says, “I like that the company employs several women in key roles in the renewable energy sector. This shows that it’s possible for women to be successful in this sector.”

Lena believes that we should be mindful of making comparisons between men and women. “That promotes stereotypes and creates an expectation that women are a

“I say this often to my team: Speak up, share your opinions – they matter! Even small changes count, and for there to be change, we need to be honest and speak up, and participate in creating environments where inclusion is standard,” she concludes.

In many sectors, women are excluded, particularly in top management. “There should not be any question about whether women can do the job,” she says. “Hire talented women or develop the women already in your organisation.” When it comes to being inspired and staying motivated about women’s empowerment, Lena points to the successes of her team and the confidence they have acquired over the years in their work. Many women in the workplace feel discouraged because they’re not seeing significant changes in the empowerment of women. Lena spoke about this at the Standard Bank Top Women Conference, saying that sometimes change doesn’t happen on a grand scale, but that often, small changes have the greatest impact.

LENA CHIRWA

HEAD OF LEGAL & CORPORATE AFFAIRS - ENEL GREEN POWER RSA

CONTACT DETAILS: Physical Address: 102 Rivonia Road Tower 2 EY Building, Johannesburg Telephone: +27 10 344 0200 | Email: communications.egprsa@enel.com Website: https://www.enelgreenpower.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/enelgreenpower Facebook: https://it-it.facebook.com/enelgreenpower.world/ Linkedin: https://it.linkedin.com/company/enel_green_power/ S TA N D A R D B A N K TO P WO M EN L EAD ER S 199


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IN V E S TI N G I N THE F U TU R E Hantie Plomp is the founder and Managing Director of Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions. She is a pioneer in the Environmental Industry with over 25 years’ experience in the sector and has held top managerial positions in both the mining and the built environment industries, prior to starting the company. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.” (https://www.un.org/ sustainabledevelopment/sustainabledevelopment-goals/). Integration of the environmental, social and economic aspects to the benefits of stakeholders has become key business drivers and is vital to long term success. Our name represents the company’s vision and values. The three fours denote that the universe was created by God and is representative of the four directions: north, east, south and west and the four elements namely air, fire, water and earth. The number four has many attributes which include loyalty, ethics, honesty, wisdom, unity, ability, responsibility and self-discipline through work and service. It symbolises the principle of practically transforming ideas into viable solutions through diligent work. Four is also indicative of order and management, energy, harmony and co-operation.

The company is a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor. We are 100% women owned, 51% black female owned and 51% youth owned with women comprising 70% of our workforce. We invest in the technical as well as soft skills of our employees with a view to establishing a firm foundation for career advancement in the sustainability sector. We are inspired to make a positive difference from the way we operate our business to the work we perform with our clients. Triplo4, in partnering with our clients in their quest for sustainable development, environmental regulatory compliance and business sustainability, proudly assists clients in finding innovative and sustainable solutions for their projects and businesses. It is demanding, complex and perplexing to achieve sustainability in an ever growing and changing regulatory and socio-economic environment. What our clients really value is how we work – we are ethical, go the extra mile and ensure excellence in a friendly and helpful manner. It is our sincere ambition to help clients succeed and make their lives easier.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Phone: 032 946 3213

Email: info@triplo4.com

Website: www.triplo4.com

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The Triplo4 team is professionally registered and we are members of SACNASP and EAPASA. The company is ISO 14001 and 9001 certified and a member of leading environmental institutions and organisations such as the IWMSA, WISA, GBCSA. The Triplo4 team’s experience, underpinned by years in a corporate and consulting environment, enables us to provide a broad spectrum of solutions to both public and private clients. Our extensive range of offerings include: • Environmental authorisations, licenses and permits • Auditing • Compliance monitoring • Water management • Biodiversity assessment • Waste management • Carbon reporting and climate change • Maritime and oceans economy • Green building’s management • Sustainability and integrated reporting • Environmental management systems • Corporate social responsibility and investment projects • Environmental training and awareness • Greenenergy


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O U R TOP WOMEN NTOM B I M TH EMB U: Which woman on a local, national and global level, inspires you? South Africa’s top entrepreneur, Connie Furguson. She is more than just a pretty face. What inspired me

the most about her is that instead of relying on her good looks, she used her brains to build an empire. She shelved many achievements, including being voted South Africa’s ten most beautiful women by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1993, and she is her own boss. She is always professional and humble and her character is all about supporting women and helping others. She’s a businesswoman, actress, wife, mother and grandmother. Connie is a game changer who has proved that great determination and focus on your goals will boost success beyond boundaries.

M E L I S S A G O PAUL: Which women on a local, national and global scale, inspire you? Nationally, Barbara Creecy, South Africa’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, inspires me. She is actively involved in environmental decision-making in terms of economic, social and political constructs. Globally, I’d have to say Vandana Shiva, who is the Indian scholar and ecofeminist advocating the rights of women within the agricultural sector in India. Then, locally, I’d say Anita Padayachee, who is my mother. She has taught me to be fearless in this world and that every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

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What role do you and the women of your generation play in women equality? This starts at home. Our home is based on a 50/50

principle: there are no gender based tasks at home, and we all share responsibilities. A lot of my female friends and I participate in ‘Women Equality/Empowerment’ Campaigns. Our family and friends also donate and give their time to some hospices for abused children and women, and also homes housing female children.

C HEN READ: What is the biggest challenge facing the younger generation of women looking to follow in this space? One of the biggest challenges in our industry is the complexity of the nature of work and keeping abreast with the everchanging legislation. As women, we sometimes deal with assumptions and misconceptions regarding our level of competency to understand and deal with technical information. Women need to be resilient and learn continuously to stay ahead of the game. I believe that women come with sensitive and compassionate views, which can lend creativity and innovation to the problemsolving approach.

Which women inspire you in your profession? Without a doubt, our MD, Mrs. Hantie Plomp. She is an incredible leader

and supportive boss who has mentored many young women to be successful, sustainable thinkers, within the science field.

NERI TA S EWNAT H : What is the biggest challenge facing the younger generation of women looking to follow in this space? The main challenge would be working in a male-dominated field and having to prove that we deserve a seat at the table.

HANT I E P LO MP : What does Women’s Day 2020 mean to you? I believe that 2019 and 2020 have been challenging years for most people, especially business owners. With that as background, I would like to encourage all women to ‘show their grit’ and be tenacious in their efforts in moving forward and finding solutions - clarify your vision and pursue a great destiny. Remember that family, friends and business relationships are paramount to continued success, and, above all, believe in God He is your Shepherd, Rescuer, Comforter, Healer, Encourager, Provider and Sustainer.

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ILLOVO SUGAR SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY INFORMATION Illovo Sugar South Africa is a whollyowned subsidiary of Illovo Group, Africa’s biggest sugar producer which has extensive agricultural and manufacturing operations in six countries. Situated in KwaZulu-Natal, Illovo SA

MAMONGAE MAHLARE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Global experience in general management, commercial, operational and engineering roles qualified Mamongae Mahlare to assume leadership of Illovo Sugar South Africa three years ago. With an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc Chemical Engineering degree from Wits University, she has previously held senior management positions at SABMiller Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa as well as with Coca Cola Bottling South Africa. A strong believer in the role of business as an active participant in delivering on the social and economic development agendas of the country, she is committed to building the rural economy by leveraging Illovo’s value chain and capabilities to unlock enterprise development in the rural areas we operate in and consequently contributing to growing the number and the quality of livelihoods. Her growth plans for Illovo Sugar South Africa include investing in enhancing our competitiveness across the value chain, investing in our human capital and building robustness and resilience into the business platform. Diversification into new revenue streams within agri-processing are also opportunities under development.

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employs 3 000 permanent and nonpermanent people. It has four agricultural estates; three sugar factories; one refinery; a state-of-the-art warehouse; three wholly-owned downstream plants and 50% share in a distillery. Its operations include the cultivation of sugar cane and production of raw, brown, and refined sugar, syrup, together with the downstream products of furfural and its derivatives, ethyl alcohol and lactulose. Illovo SA sugar markets are largely domestic, with sales into the world raw sugar market. Downstream products are primarily export-focused. Recognised as Illovo’s first presence in KwaZulu-Natal in 1891, Illovo SA today is an invested, long-term contributor to South Africa’s economy, committed to partnering for the continuing transformation of its agricultural and sugar production sectors. Illovo SA is a significant contributor to South Africa’s economy. The company plays an important societal role, supporting significant direct and indirect employment in rural areas through its value chain, providing financial support, technical assistance and capacity building to smallholder farmers, and supporting the South African government’s development and land reform agenda.

Illovo SA is also a significant producer of renewable energy and continues to reduce its environmental impact. Illovo SA is conscious of the need to progress Black Economic Empowerment and has adopted an integrated approach which encompasses meaningful and

sustainable participation of Black people at all operations of the company, and promotes participation of Black people and communities in the sugar business. A formal company policy is in place to promote preferential procurement and outsourcing to Black enterprises and service providers. The programme for the sale of Illovo cane farms to Black farmers, which commenced in the 1996/97 financial year, has resulted in the percentage of company cane land which has now been made available to Black people rising to 50.1%. The company has structures to assist both small and medium-scale growers with their farming activities through the provision of a range of services designed around improving the efficiency of their operations. The sale of the Gledhow and Umfolozi sugar operations to BEE companies provides direct and meaningful BEE participation in the South African sugar milling industry. • In 2016/17, Illovo SA’s total economic impact – including direct, indirect and induced impacts – is estimated at ZAR 9.6-billion. This includes ZAR 1.4-billion in direct impacts (gross value added), and the remainder via multiplier effects within the supply chain and wider economy.


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• Illovo SA’s total direct tax payments in 2016/17 amounted to ZAR 82.5-million, while indirect taxes totalling ZAR 174.2-million were collected on behalf of the government. Illovo SA also made payments of ZAR 4.2-billion to South African suppliers, and made capital investments of ZAR 149-million. • Illovo is estimated to support at least 25,330 jobs in South Africa. For each of Illovo’s 3,500 direct employees in South Africa. Illovo SA paid ZAR 871-million in salaries, wages and benefits to employees in 2016/17. • Illovo SA’s community investments totalled ZAR 0.8-million in 2016/17. The majority of this money is spent on capacity building projects and support for education, but it also includes healthcare and infrastructure among other investments. • In partnership with National Treasury through the Jobs Fund, we have initiated a project to develop up to 3 000 hectares of small-scale grower cane land around all the areas within which we operate in KZN resulting in the creation of 1 188 new jobs and the training of 1 630 people. • As part of our Corporate Social Investment initiatives, we invested close to ZAR 20-million in education projects over the past seven years. • All employees and their families can access healthcare services though Illovo SA clinics and medical aid benefits. Furthermore, Illovo SA seeks to actively address HIV in the region through a wellness programme. •

At least 75% of Illovo SA’s energy consumption is provided from renewable sources, primarily bagasse. The company has made significant investments in energy efficiency, including particularly the Coal and Energy Savings Project at Sezela.

• In 2016/17, 53% of water withdrawals was recycled and returned to source.

BUSINESS PROFILE • Situated in the KwaZulu-Natal • Over 1940 permanent employed with 1400 seasonal agricultural workers at peak periods • Four agricultural estates; three sugar factories; one refinery; three whollyowned downstream plants; 50% share in a distillery • 30% investment in a further sugar factory and refinery • Produces raw, brown and refined sugar, syrup, and downstream products • Internal electricity generation from renewable resources • Supporting and procuring cane from 4163 private growers of which 3738 are small growers producing approximately 465 000 tons of cane per year • The company annually produces more than 550 000 tons of raw and refined sugar from 4.8 million tons of sugar cane cultivated by independent growers, together with a small tonnage of cane produced by Illovo’s own agricultural operations. • Illovo SA is a B-BBEE Level 1 contributor

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last three years, from 33% to 38%. Such efforts have enabled the company to retain its B-BBEE Level 1 rating over the last two years, and increase the overall percentage of female equity from 20% to 26% over the last five years. Firmly believing in making future leaders out of today’s children, the company has invested in education-linked CSI programmes. To date we have donated 150 libraries to 25 schools in rural KZN communities as part of the Love to Read campaign. Research has shown that access to libraries improves learner performance and increases their chances of success. Through the Back-to-School campaign, Illovo Sugar SA has donated school shoes, hand sanitisation stations and stationery packs worth more than ZAR 345 000 to nine disadvantaged schools around our sites. GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STATISTICAL OVERVIEW Percentage of female shareholders: >50.1% female shareholding Percentage of female staff members: 25.1% - 50% female staff

GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT (CSI) Over the last five years our gender equity has improved by 6% across all levels as a result of implementing affirmative action measure to transform our work environment to be suitable to attract and retain female employees. This has also been supported by offering structured development programmes such as executive coaching and engineer-in-training programmes to ensure that all our leaders are equipped with the right skills for success in their roles. In the manufacturing environment, we have increased our female engineers-in-training over the

CONTACT DETAILS: Commercial Director: Mduduzi Nkala HR Director: Celeste Mdletshe

Physical Address: 1 Nokwe Avenue, Ridgeside, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

Postal Address: PO Box 194, Durban, 4000 Tel: +27 31 508 4300

Fax: +27 31 508 4493

Email: websa@illovo.co.za

Website: https://www.illovosugarafrica.com/

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REACT24 BUILDING A FUTURE FOR WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION React24 is a national site services company rendering planned and reactive services to facilities management organisations, parastatals, insurance houses and private individuals. It offers its clients a turnkey solution with all built trades under one roof.

COMPANY INFORMATION

CELESTE MARGO LE ROUX CEO AND CO-FOUNDER

Celeste Margo Le Roux is the vibrant and fearless CEO of React24. As an ambassador for transformation, she recently opened the first black woman-owned CETA Accredited Plumbing Training College. She is passionate about changing the narrative for women in construction, and this year, at its inaugural awards ceremony, won the ERWIC (Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction) CIDB Awards for Woman Mentor of the Year and 3rd place for Woman Contractor of the Year. In a volatile economy and in the midst of a pandemic, Celeste was announced the winner of the Standard Bank Top Women Entrepreneur award as well. She recently walked away with Property Point Best Performing Business – Cape Town and Best Performing Business – National. This year has been a busy year, as she completed her PGDip in Management Practice. She is a fearless, transformational leader who inspires those she works with, and has the ability to pivot during uncertain times.

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BUSINESS SECTOR: Construction: building trades, plumbing, electrical, flood restoration and water extraction, retail shop installations, short term insurance claims; specialised services such as architecture and interior design.

MEMBERSHIPS: • CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) • PIRB (Plumbing Industry Registration Board) • IOPSA (Institute of Plumbing South Africa) • National Contract Cleaners Association • Civils Engineering Council • Building Industrial Bargaining Council

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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: • React Training College • Property Point (a Growth Point initiative) • Retool

Cape Town, Gauteng, Port Elizabeth, North West Province

ANNUAL TURNOVER: R20 – 30 Million

YEAR FOUNDED: 2003 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: +/- 100

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES IN UNCERTAIN, CHALLENGING TIMES. 2. LEVERAGE THE POWER OF COLLABORATION WITH EMPLOYEES. 3. BE VIGOROUS IN CREATING QUALITY FOR CLIENTS. 4. ENCOURAGE FEEDBACK FROM ALL STAKEHOLDERS. 5. HAVE A GROWTH MINDSET TO CONTINUALLY GROW AND DEVELOP.


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business nationally. This fosters a healthy relationship with the communities. These initiatives and programmes also support those who are in dire need of food and other support.

Seniors annual lunch

GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT (CSI) I am a firm believer in a “fair exchange” between employee and employer. Transparency, credibility and integrity are the cornerstone of any relationship. My human capital (staff) is paramount to my business model and developing such human capital with education is a priority. I am an ambassador of transformation and changing the narrative within the South African Built Environment and Construction Industry. I champion real, genuine, and sustainable life changing results in whatever we do. React24 was selected to be a participant on the Property Point ED Programme (Enterprise Development Programme). This has given my business access to training, development and support programmes for all my staff, but more particularly that of my female staff. I am passionate in transforming the lives of my female staff. Between 2018 and 2019, I recently selected particular staff members whom I earmarked as potential leaders within my business. I enrolled them on the AMI Programme. (African Management Institute). The rewards and value in developing my staff can be seen daily. EMPOWERMENT POLICIES CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES: We currently facilitate Internal Training Workshops for our female staff. I am

constantly ensuring regular training and upskilling of my female staff members. Recent workshops held from 2019 to 2020, include the internal standards and procedures throughout all departments, workflow with development, SAGE accounting workshops, and our health and safety training. The aforementioned training has added value not only to React24, but more so to the intrinsic personal development of my female staff. EMPOWERMENT-RELATED CSI INITIATIVES/PROGRAMMES YOUR ORGANISATION IS CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTING: React24 champions a number of internal CSI campaigns throughout the year. It’s at the heartbeat and ethos that we give back to the communities we engage with. 2020 brought about its own challenges with the

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP EMPOWERMENT/ CSI STRATEGIES THAT HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL? React24 encourages its staff and stakeholders to support and get involved with our CSIs. We have previously supported schools, churches and underprivileged communities. The React24 sister company and CETA accredited artisan training school is developing skills of previously disadvantaged individuals, and equipping them with a trades and skills for a lifetime. This has been so rewarding to see.

GENDER EMPOWERMENT: STATISTICAL OVERVIEW PERCENTAGE OF FEMALE SHAREHOLDERS: >50.1% female shareholding PERCENTAGE OF FEMALE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS/SENIOR MANAGEMENT: >50.1% female executive directors PERCENTAGE OF FEMALE STAFF MEMBERS (OVERALL IN COMPANY): 25.1%-50% female staff

COVID-19 pandemic, but we still ensured our active support and contributions with the following CSIs: • St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School • Oude Molen Village • Every Nation Church • Seniors annual lunch • Victory Ministries – Christmas gifts for kids WHY ARE THESE INITIATIVES/ PROGRAMMES NEEDED? WHO BENEFITS? It’s vitally important to give back to the communities in which we operate as a

CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: Unit E3-E4, Millenium Business Park, Parow Industria Postal address: 1348 Durbanville Telephone: 0860 111 162 Email: celeste@react24.co.za Website: www.react24.co.za Twitter: react24 Facebook: react24

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DRILLING DEEP AND BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS INTERVIEW WITH LINDIWE NAKEDI FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, GUBHANI EXPLORATION MC MINING. The company seamlessly carried out drilling in the greenfield stages of the

project, which is located in an environmentally sensitive area in Mapungubwe, Limpopo.

Founded in 2008, Gubhani is a 100% black female-owned, surface exploration drilling company - a well-rounded service provider that understands and meets client service and compliance requirements. The company distinguishes itself through outstanding technical geological knowledge and understanding as well as excellent core recovery; it strives to provide its clients with the best information possible and boasts an average core recovery of 95%. As a woman-owned entity, Gubhani Exploration was born out of the need to fill the gap in core mining services in a male-dominated industry as a woman owned entity, and to bring about an element of transformation for the working environments of people employed in the environment. Our vision is embedded in excellence and making a difference in the lives of our employees. Most importantly, we are invested in becoming an innovative explorationdrilling partner in the mining industry. ACHIEVEMENTS: Gubhani successfully completed a largediameter bulk-sampling drilling project for coal exploration, development and mining company Coal of Africa - now

Gubhani was also responsible for geotech drilling at diversified mining and minerals company, African Rainbow Minerals’ Nkomati Nickel Mine, in the Machadodorp area of the Mpumalanga region. We have managed to drill for small and major companies such as De Beers, Exxaro and South32 (South African Energy Coal). In 2018 Lindi Nakedi was selected as one of Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by WIM UK. Lindi also served as Chairperson of Women in Mining South Africa (WIMSA)

for the 2017 and 2018 term. WIMSA is an advocacy group for the rights of women in the mining sector. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES: I am a very spiritual person, and one important purpose I believe in is the support of ministries I grew up in. I support them so that they can carry out all the community work they do for the youth, elderly and widowed. We have established an NPO, which is an arts extra mural activities school, mainly for children based in townships who are not exposed to activities such as dance and music. GENDER POLICIES: We choose to develop female talent in this industry which has often not given opportunities to women. We engage service providers which are womenowned entities in order to either partner with, or source services or equipment from them.

FIVE TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN BUSINESS 1. ALWAYS HAVE AT LEAST A THREE MONTH’S CONTINGENCY SAVINGS ACCOUNT 2. HAVE HONEST AND TRANSPARENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR SUPPLIERS BECAUSE THEY WILL SUPPORT YOU IF FACED WITH CHALLENGES. 3. NETWORKING IS KEY BECAUSE PEOPLE YOU KNOW CAN EITHER GIVE YOU BUSINESS OR DIRECT YOU TO PLACES WHERE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES 4. MARKET YOUR BUSINESS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN - ALWAYS PUT SEEDS IN THE GROUND 5. DIVERSIFY IN ORDER TO HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE MONEY

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“OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS NOT THAT WE ARE INADEQUATE. OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS THAT WE ARE POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE” – MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

HOW HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED GENDER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE? As a female owner of a business that has historically been accepted as a ‘man’s job’, I’ve made it my responsibility to be a visible part of operations that add value, in order to change male perceptions in the workplace about what women can and cannot do.

I have made it a mandate of mine to take on female talent and, hopefully, teach them about drilling and the opportunities that are available in this type of business. HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED? As we move into what now seems to be a ‘hybrid work environment’, combination teams will require different types of techniques to ensure productivity and performance – this takes into

ORGANISATION? I believe that without gender empowerment my organisation would not ‘traditionally’ have been given an opportunity, especially since most organisations would cite experience and capacity as reasons for not engaging us on projects as contractors. However, because there was a requirement to give women-owned entities opportunities, that was truly an opportunity to get my company’s foot in the door. This did not mean that we could slack - quite the opposite instead, we had the responsibility to prove ourselves and cement ourselves as valuable service providers. We also carry the reputation of every other woman who then has to be considered for work or business opportunities, based on our success or failure.

consideration both remote and officebased teams. Leaders need to be easily adaptable to change and have empathy for employees who have to learn to adapt to these many changes, as well. Leaders also need to be solutions-driven and have the ability to integrate technology and people skills to get the most out of their respective teams.

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These women have focus and don’t stop until they achieve their missions. They are relentless even in the face of opposition and adversity.

CREATE MORE BUSINESS? Most social media platforms (SMPs) are not used by our prospective clients, but I have found LinkedIn to be the ideal platform for engaging with potential clients on other fundamental issues, as well as keeping up-to-date with industry news and happenings. In addition, when relationships form via LinkedIn, and values and ideals are shared between community members, people tend to end up working together and new business opportunities arise.

WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY? I am inspired by a number of female leaders from different industry sectors. I am most inspired by their selflessness, their willingness to teach and empower others, and their passion and drive for what they do. Women like Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, Georgette B. Sakyi-Addo, Tebogo Mosito, represent these qualities, to name but a few.

CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: +27 11 913 8024 Email: info@gubhani.co.za Website: https://www.gubhani.co.za/

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HerMajesty Projects is a South African based private equity company holding various businesses under its umbrella. Established in 2018 by founder and CEO Happy Simelane, it currently has three main operating companies with services ranging from property development, business coaching and a future clothing-line will be added to the list. Companies under HerMajesty Projects HerMajesty Properties Her Majesty Foundation Happy Simelane (Brand)


DOWNTOWN MUSIC HUB

PROVIDING QUALITY RECORDINGS THAT ARE CELEBRATED GLOBALLY

MPUME MABUZA CEO

DTMH is proud to be associated with legendary artists and bands who recorded their music at the Downtown Studios over the years: Stimela Joseph Shabalala & Ladysmith Black Mambazo Lucky Dube Soul Brothers Mbongeni Ngema Hugh Masekela Thandiswa Mazwai Winnie Mashaba Soweto Gospel Choir Wouter Kellerman Kwesta

Nadia Nakai Areece & the Wrecking Crew Nasty C Black Coffee Sjava Emtee Tiwa Savage Micasa Da L.E.S Babes Wodumo Big Zulu Harrisson Crump

Over and above music, there are other creative products produced and recorded at DTMH. These include the following film projects: • Bacardi House Party Sessions • Lockdown Drama Series • Lebo Mathosa Movie • Hustle • The Bridge • Back To The City 3rd Stage • Top Billing musician episodes And the following TV Advertisements: • KFC with Stogie T & Touchline • MTN with Bucie & Professor • Cell C with Babes Wodumo • Puma shoot with Nasty C Some of the top quality products recorded at the Hub have been awarded at the Grammys, SA Hip Hop, the SAMA’s as well as Metro Awards.

Downtown Music Hub (DTMH) is, among other things, a landmark recording facility located in the heart of Johannesburg, with more than 40 years of rich history and top charting records. Downtown Studios has been offering artists a truly inspirational and openly creative space for decades. After a make-over in 2015, this queen of the local sound scene continues to provide studio time to aspiring and established artists alike; with quality sound derived from world-class equipment, awardwinning engineering and a historically unmatched studio experience.

DTMH is, however, more than just a recording studio facility, but a fullyfledged community centre aimed at equipping industry role-players with necessary skills for long-term success in their field, stage events that enable today’s music entrepreneurs to connect and collaborate, while preserving South African’s rich musical journey for future generations through its in-house public museum. The Hub was established through key support from the Department of Arts and Culture with the view of developing the South African independent music sector and to contribute to local content production. The music industry is one of the biggest sectors within the broader creative industry, however, it continues to be plagued by a number of challenges that render the growth of local music producers impotent. As a result the Downtown Music Hub was initiated as part of the transformation agenda to capacitate the sector through production of quality content that will be ready for broadcast on a number of platforms both locally and internationally, but most important, to promote local ownership of the content produced.

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THE AIMS OF THE HUB ARE: • Cutting-edge recording facilities for preand post-production of music, film and other creative products so as to facilitate a conducive environment for production of high quality products for local consumption and for export to international markets • A platform for publishers in the music industry to practice their craft and network in an environment where their works are

protected and the requisite benefits accrue to them.

• Contributing meaningfully towards to the drive to prioritise indigenous music and the playing of local content in the various broadcasting, media and other facilities thus ensuring that livelihoods of local musicians are secure • Creation of empowerment projects and programmes, with requisite partners, in order to facilitate human capital development and skills upliftment for roleplayers in the industry value chain, thus enhancing entrepreneurship, sustainable professionalism resulting in economic empowerment • Collection, preservation and promotion of South African music heritage • Form part of a creative precinct, in the heart of Jo’burg, intertwining music, film, crafts, design and other, as well as connecting the Hub to other vibrant attractions such as Maboneng, Gandhi Square, Newtown and The Market Theatre. • Embrace and use technology as a driver and enabler for industry growth and development • Undertake research on various aspects of the music industry • Provision of cutting edge recording technology and equipment to support communities in the SAD region In achieving all the above, DTMH partners with like-minded local and international organisations in both the public and private sectors.


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OUR VISION: “Centre of music excellence” OUR MISSION: To be South Africa’s centre of music excellence by providing access to recording facilities and commercialise recording content. OUR VALUES: Excellence – We take pride in what we do. Respect – We deliver on our commitments with utmost respect towards one another and our stakeholders. Honesty – We remain truthful to our course. Teamwork – We conduct ourselves in a

manner that is service excellence orientated. PRODUCTS: DTMH’s products include state-of-theart recording studios; spacious rehearsal studios, where many SA’s legendary artists sharpened their craft in order to deliver a top-notch performance; Hub tours; a public museum and gallery; and spacious facilities for live events and creative projects STAKEHOLDERS Being an NPC, established for the positive transformation of the music industry, DTMH operates in partnership with all its stakeholders. These include clients, tenants, service providers, investors, employees, board members, and the community, all of whom have influence over, and an interest in the DTMH. • Our clients are made up of artists, composers and record labels. • Our tenants represent a variety of roleplayers within the music industry value chain, who lease premises within the DTMH’s five storey building. • Our suppliers and service providers • Our internal stakeholders include employees, freelancers and interns. • Our board members exercise oversight and provide direction to DTMH. • Investors or funders provide DTMH with necessary financial resources to fulfil its mandate. • Our community refers to music industry roleplayers in the City, province, country and the region to whom DTMH is accountable to.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME: As part of its aim of providing and enhancing critical skills within the local music industry, the Hub has partnered with local music schools for their internship programmes. Over the years, our sound engineering interns have had the rare privilege of gaining technical experience in recording, mixing and mastering through DTMH’s award-winning and experienced freelance engineers, within a studio environment of international standards. THE FUTURE OF DTMH • Digital Music Platform – to enable creators, artists and composers to sell their music or art locally and internationally (among other things), while ensuring retaining ownership and bulk of the proceeds. • Joburg’s Creative Corridor – With Joburg’s vibrant attractions including Maboneng, Gandhi Square, Newtown, Market Theatre and others located nearby, the Hub has the opportunity to participate in the vision of a creative and a tourism precinct in the heart of the city. • Music Academy – The Hub aims to constructively contribute towards the upliftment of professional skills of artists, producers, writers, engineers, and many others within the music industry value chain. For this and all our major projects, DTMH wishes to collaborate with like-

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CONTACT INFORMATION Physical address: 62 Goud Street (Corner Fox St.) Johannesburg Telephone: (011) 334-7230 Email: info@dtmh.co.za Website: https://dtmh.co.za/

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Founder I Orgella Group

Emma Dicks

Jerusha Govender

CEO I Ditsogo Projects

Thembiso Magajana

Yolandi Schoeman

Founder & CEO I Social Coding

Zipho Sikhakhane

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Nonkululeko Gobodo

Managing Director I The Business Development Agency

Tebogo Mosito

Owner, Founder & Managing Director | Data Innovator

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Cindy Pearl Maphumulo

Co-Founder & Director I Code Space

CEO I Nkululeko Leadership Consulting

Matsi Modise

Vice Chairperson I SiMODiSA

Zanele Diniso

Founder I Baopod

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Regina Honu

Founder I Soronko Solutions, Ghana


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Aspire Engineers

Tara Fela-Durotoye

Founder I House of Tara, Nigeria

Tanya van Lill

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Entertainer I Princess of Africa Foundation

MEC for Economic, Development, Tourism & Environmental affairs KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau

Divine Ndhlukula

CEO I SAVCA

Nureshka Viranna

Founder and Managing Director | SECURICO

Co-founder and Director I ShopLi Projects

Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana

Dolly Mokgatle

Executive Director I Peotona

Denic Cabinets

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UKZN PhD Student | Astrophysics & Cosmology Research Unit

Zeenat Ghoor (Karrim)

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Cindy Pearl Maphumulo

Dipuo Phakati

Managing Director I The Business Development Agency

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Co - founder I Sahel Consulting, Nigeria

Nothemba Mxenge

CEO | Denic Cabinets

Isis Nyongo

Advisor I Bliss Africa Group, Kenya American

Founder | Epiphany Coaching

Dr Adriana Marais

Scientist, Founder I Human Project

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Nomusa Dube-Ncube

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Claudine Hingston

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Wendy Dobson

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Olusola “Sola” Adejoke David-Borha

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Sasha Vieira Head of Incubator, Standard Bank Mozambique

Naledi Mashego Founder and Managing Director | Cherry Republik

Mushfiqoh Samsodien Business Director | Aspire Solutions

Anne Juuko Managing Director & CEO | Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited

Mike Steyn Business Director | Aspire Solutions

Faith Khanyile CEO and founding member | WDB Investment Holdings

Purna Sen Gobal and independent expert on violence against women and human rights

Sim Tshabalala Group Chief Executive | Standard Bank Group

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Charlotte D Blignaut Evolutionary Strategy Coach, Founder | Your Hidden Genius Natalie Jollivet Independent Project Manager | Vaxowave Hlamalani Huhlwane Technology Thought leader Peter Rix Co-Founder & Executive Director | Vaxowave Nomonde White-Ndlovu Technology executive @ current head of Governance & Reporting | Absa’s, Engineering Services Kamogelo Pakgadi WITS Dr Saundarya Rajesh Social entrepreneur and FounderPresident of Avtar, India


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Veronica Motloutsi

Kobus Maree

Founder I Smart Digital

Managing Director ISavino Del Bene

Liz King

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Deidre Mitchell

Busi Selesho

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CEO | IST Solutions (Money Coach)

Prathna Singh

Zandile Mkwanazi

Siphumelele Nhlapo

Mohammed Akoojee

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Mpumi Zikalala

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Theo Pouroullis

CEO I Manhattan Corp

Sobantu Tilayi

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Videsha Proothveerajh

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Kutoane Kutoane CEO I ECIC

Maredi Thema

CEO I Maredi Technologies


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Through Khosi’s leadership, Zimasa Travel won the award for Best Performing SMME for SAICA, was a part of the J.P. Morgan Flagship programme 2018, won the Special MEC Award at Provincial Lilizela Awards 2018 and was a ETEYA Provincial Finalist in the Lilizela Awards 2018.

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COMPANIES The central focus of Top Women in Business and Government is gender empowerment in the workplace. In order to determine the ranking of the top 100 gender empowered companies in South Africa, organisations are evaluated according to a set of criteria which can be broadly grouped into employment and control criteria on the one hand, and policy criteria on the other. Within the former group, organisations are measured in terms of the extent to which women are represented within employment; as well as management and ownership. This includes whether the organisation has a female CEO, MD or chairperson; and the proportion of women within overall employment, and among executive directors, management and senior management. The proportion of female ownership is another criterion within this group. The second set of criteria reflects organisations’ commitment to gender equality and empowerment, as is evidenced by the existing nature of company policies. The establishment of written policies that are specifically women-focused and designed to encourage the retention of women in the workplace; as well as corporate social investment (CSI) expenditures that hone in on the development of women, represent a critical set of criteria within the policy sphere. This data is rigorously researched and analysed over a period of one year. Based on the above criteria, the following are the 100 most gender empowered companies in South Africa.

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TO P 10 0 C OMPA NI ES

CO M PA N I ES & S E C TO R S AIRLINES & AIRPORTS , AIR CHARTER

EDUCATION & BUSINESS TRAINING

• Airports Company South Africa (SOC) Limited

• Curro Holdings Limited

• Comair Limited

• Primeserv Group Limited

ASSET MANAGERS

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

• Coronation Fund Managers Limited

• Actom (Pty) Ltd

• Sygnia Limited

• South Ocean Holdings Limited

BEVERAGES - DISTILLERS & VINTNERS

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

• Distell Limited

• Etion Limited

BROADCASTING CONTRACTORS

EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES

• South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited

• Adcorp Holdings Limited

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS • Superway Construction (Pty) Ltd

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES • Metrofile Holding Limited

CHEMICALS - SPECIALITY • AECI Limited

COLLEGES • Boland Tvet College

• DAV Professional Placement Group • Express Employment Professionals (Pty) Ltd • Isilumko Staffing (Pty) Ltd • Workforce Holdings Limited

ENGINEERING - GENERAL • Andrologix (Pty) Ltd

FARMING • RCL Foods Limited

FOOD & DRUG RETAILERS

COMPUTER HARDWARE

• Pick ‘n Pay Holdings Limited

• Dell Computers (Pty) Ltd

• Shoprite Holdings Limited

COMPUTER SERVICES

• Woolworths Holdings Limited

• 3DR Holdings (Pty) Ltd

GENERAL MINING

• Mustek Limited

• South32 Limited

• T-Systems SA (Pty) Ltd

DIAMOND • De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited

HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANISATIONS • Netcare Limited

HOLDING COMPANIES

DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIES

• Aveng Africa Limited

• Diversified Industries

• EOH Holdings Limiited

• African Rainbow Minerals Limited

• Spur Corporation Limited

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LAW SERVICES • Adams & Adams • Cheadle Thompson & Haysom Inc • Legal Aid South Africa

LEISURE FACILITIES • Aquila Projects (Pty) Ltd

LIFE ASSURANCE • Assupol Life limited • AVBOB Mutual Assurance Society • Old Mutual Life Assurance Company South Africa Limited

HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT & LONG TERM CARE

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES & BODIES

• Life Healthcare Group Holdings Limited

• City of Johannesburg Property Company (SOC) Limited

• Medi-Clinic Southern Africa Limited

HOTELS • City Lodge Hotels Limited • Sun International Management Limited • Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited

INSURANCE • Santam Limited

INSURANCE BROKERS • Outsurance Insurance Company Limited

INSURANCE NON-LIFE • Old Mutual Insure Limited

INVESTMENT COMPANIES • Growthpoint Properties Limited • Hosken Consolidated Investment • Investec Limited • JSE Limited • PSG Group Limited • Sanlam Limited

INVESTMENT ENTITIES • WDB Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

INVESTMENT HOLDING COMPANIES • AfroCentric Group

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MEDIA AGENCIES • Ogilvy & Mather South Africa

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES • Transnet National Ports Authority of South Africa

OTHER FINANCIAL • FindBond Group Limited


TO P 10 0 C OMPA NI ES

REAL ESTATE HOLDING & DEVELOPMENT • Vukile Property Fund Limited

RETAILERS - HARDLINES • Introstat (Pty) Ltd

RETAILER - SOFT GOODS • Mr Price Group Limited • TFG Limited • Truworths International Limited

SHIPPING & PORTS • Grindrod Limited

SOFTWARE OTHER MINERALS , EXTRACTORS & PRODUCTION

• SAP South Africa (Pty)Ltd

• Kumba Iron Ore Limited

STEEL

PACKAGING • Mpact Operations (Pty) Ltd

PAPER • Mondi Limited

PERSONAL PRODUCTS • Revlon South Africa (Pty) Ltd • Unilever South Africa (Pty) Ltd

PERSONAL PRODUCTS

• Merafe Resources Limited

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS • Telkom SOC Limited • Vodacom Limited

TOURISM BODIES • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (Pty) Ltd

WIRELESS TELECOM SERVICES • MTN Group SA

• Avroy Shlain (Pty) Ltd

PHARMECEUTICALS • Adcock Ingram Limited • Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited

PLATINUM MINING • Northam Platinum Limited

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES • Gautrain Management Agency • Ithala Development Corporation

PUBLISHING, PRINTING & REPRODUCTION • African Media Entertainment Limited

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TO P WO M EN

IND EX 2021 RESOURCES MINING COAL

MCMining Limited

Assore Limited

CHEMICALS & ADVANCED MATERIALS

Black Royalty Minerals

Innovative Water Care South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Petmin (Pty) Ltd

Lumoss Mouldings (Pty) Ltd

Stenda Trading

CHEMICALS & SPECIALITY

Londani Coal (Pty) Ltd

AECI Limited

Makoya Supply Chain Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Buckman Laboratories (Pty) Ltd

Wescoal Holdings Limited

Budget Insurance Brokers (Pty) Ltd FFS Refiners (Pty) Ltd

GOLD MINING

Permoseal (Pty) Ltd

AngloGold Ashanti Limited

SAFIC (Pty) Ltd

DRD Gold Limited

Sasol Limited

Gold Fields Limited Harmony Gold

PLATINUM Impala Platinum Holdings Limited

DIAMOND Ekapa Mining (Pty) Ltd De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited

OIL & GAS

OIL GAS & INTEGRATED

Astron Energy Cape Town Refinery Engen Petroleum Limited KZN Oils (Pty) Ltd The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (Pty) Ltd Total South Africa (Pty) Ltd

OTHER MINERAL EXTRACTORS &

Transnet Pipelines

MINES

WOA Fuels & Oils

Foskor (Pty) Ltd

Richards Bay Minerals (Pty) Ltd Women of Africa Fuels & Oils cc

BUILDERS MERCHANTS

Brakkefontein Clay Products (Pty) Ltd

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS Adriya Sports and Fencing cc Afrimat Limited Amabamba Fencing (Pty) Ltd Atlas Copco SA (Pty) Ltd Builders Warehouse, Builders Express, Builders Trade Depot

Kumba Iron Ore Limited Palabora Copper (Pty) Ltd

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

BASIC INDUSTRIES CHEMICALS

Consolidated Infrastructure Group Limited Dekro Paints (Pty) Ltd DPI Plastics (Pty) Ltd

CHEMICALS & COMMODITIES

Haw & Inglis (Pty) Ltd

Air Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Isizwe Glass & Aluminium cc

GENERAL MINING

ICI Dulux (Pty) Ltd

Karebo Group Limited

African Rainbow Minerals Limited

Kansai Plascon Africa (Pty) Ltd

Lafarge Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Anglo American GSS

Servochem (Pty) Ltd

Malaka Supplies cc

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Murray & Roberts Peri Formwork Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd PG Bison Pretoria Portland Cement Company Limited (PPC) Sephaku Cement (Pty) Ltd

OTHER MANUFACTURING OTHER MANUFACTURING Acoustex (Pty) Ltd

Aluvin (Pty) Ltd

Tshitshirisang Construction & Projects

Amc Classic (Pty) Ltd

Wahl Industries (Pty) Ltd

Aqua-loc South Africa (Pty) Ltd Artistic Wood Carvers and Turners

HOUSE BUILDING

(Pty) Ltd

Alro Automation Cc

AVI Products (Pty) Ltd

Mathote Modula Building Systems (Pty) Ltd

Bata South Africa

Uvuko Civils Maintenance & Construction cc

BIC South Africa (Pty) Ltd Blenrite Chemicals (Pty) Ltd

OTHER CONSTRUCTION

Botselo Mills (Pty) Ltd

Boitshoko Road Surfacing and Civil Works cc

Brilliant Brading

Bombela Concession Company (Pty) Ltd

Darling Romery

Dithaba Construction (Pty) Ltd

Denel PMP

Kopano Ke Lesedi

Doubell Machines & Equipment

M3 Construction Projects (Pty) Ltd

First National Battery

Mazor Group Limited

GEA Refrigeration Africa (Pty) Ltd

MRW Projects cc

Lion Match Products (Pty) Ltd Melco Conveyer Equipment Modart (Pty) Ltd

HEAVY CONSTRUCTION African National Cranes cc Aveng Limited Boshard Construction (Pty) Ltd CV Projects SA ELB Equipment (Pty) Ltd Gubhani Exploration Hilti South Africa (Pty) Ltd Imbani Projects (Pty) Ltd Ruwacon (Pty) Ltd SMEC South Africa (Pty) Ltd The Power Group of Companies (Pty) Ltd WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd

B & E International (Pty) Ltd Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd South African Mint Company RF Limited

AEL Mining Services (Pty) Ltd

Silica Quartz (Pty) Ltd

Power Construction (Pty) Ltd

NON-FERROUS METALS

GENERAL INDUSTRIALS AEROSPACE & DEFENCE DEFENCE

Advanced Technologies & Engineering Company (Pty) Ltd Aerosud Holdings Imperial Armour cc

DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIALS DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIALS

Barloworld Limited Chep SA Curro Holdings Limited Firefly Investments 42 cc Hitech-Gregfor (Pty) Ltd Imperial Holdings Limited Kap Industrial Holdings Limited The Bidvest Group Limited

Permoseal (Pty) Ltd Polychem Replacement Parts cc Prowalco (Pty) Ltd Trailtech WTVL cc Zodiac Pool Care South Africa (Pty) Ltd

STEEL & OTHER METALS

ELECTRONIC & ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd Black Lite Energy (Pty) Ltd CBI-Electric: low voltage

IRON & STEEL

Colcab (Pty) Ltd

Decoma Services CC

Edison Power Electrical (Pty) Ltd

Macsteel Services Centres SA (Pty) Ltd

Enzani Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Merafe Resources Limited

Idube Electrical (Pty) Ltd

Nedsteel (Pty) Ltd

Mandlakazi Electrical Technologies (Pty) Ltd

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South Ocean Holdings Limited

Lindumn Tool Works (Pty) Ltd

Voltex (Pty) Ltd

Mercury Engineering Co (Pty) Ltd

Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA)

Salchain (Pty) Ltd

CONSULTING ENGINEERING

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ABB South Africa (Pty) Ltd

ENGINEERING & GENERAL

Aspire Consulting

Aberdare Cables (Pty) Ltd

Actus Integrated Management (Pty) Ltd

Bergstan South Africa Consulting and

Alaris Holdings Limited

Aveng Water

Development Engineers (Pty) Ltd

Allied Technologies Limited

Den Engineering (Pty) Ltd

Bigen Africa Services (Pty) Ltd

Autocon Systems CC

Dibama Supplies cc

BVI Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd

Conlog

Dupleix Liquid Meters

Geosure (Pty) Ltd

Dartcom (Pty) Ltd

Eyethu Engineers (Pty) Ltd

MPA Consulting Engineers

Deebar Mining and Industrial Supplies cc

Florofix Trading Trust

Nolitha (Pty) Ltd

Enzani Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Handel Street Upholsterers & Motor Trimming

Rendeals Four Consulting (Pty)

(Pty) Ltd

SCIP Engineering Group (Pty) Ltd

(Pty) Ltd

Howden Donkin (Pty) Ltd

Mariswe (Pty) Ltd

K.H. Distributors cc

Manitou Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

Kolok (a division of Bidvest paper plus)

Max Scott Engineering Sales cc

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa

Mintek - Small Scale Mining & Benefication

Instrument Transformer Technologies

(Pty) Ltd

Division

Nashua Kopano

The South African Institute of Electrical

ENGINEERING & MACHINERY

Valve Specialists CC

Engineering

Zungu Elgin Engineering Innovations Pty Ltd

CYCLICAL CONSUMER GOODS AUTOMOTIVE & PARTS AUTOMOBILES

Bentley and Lamborghini South Africa (Pty) Ltd

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES & TRUCKS

BMW Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Centurion Truck and Bus (Pty) Ltd

Fiat & Chrysler South Africa (Pty) Ltd

East Coast Forklifts (Pty) Ltd

Motus Corp Pty Ltd Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd

ENGINEERING & CONTRACTORS

Volkswagen SA

Barloworld Equipment Enviroware Construction (Pty) Ltd Ernest Lowe (division of Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd) Ithuba Industries Lennings Rail Services (Pty) Ltd Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

AUTO PARTS Aunde South Africa (Pty) Ltd Autozone Bearing Lynk Bellville Glass Centre Deutz Dieselpower (a division of Hudaco Trading

(Pty) Ltd

(Pty) Ltd)

Pentafloor Group of Companies

E-Z-GO Golfcarts South Africa (Pty) Limited

Tenova Pyromet (Pty) Ltd

Midvaal Motor Engineers and Auto Services cc

ENGINEERING FABRICATORS

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Kaap Agri Bedryf Limited

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES & CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

RCL Foods Limited

Defy Appliances (Pty) Ltd

Senwes Limited

Ellies Holdings Limited

Tswellapele Plants cc t/a Plantwise

Home of Living Brands (Pty) Ltd Homechoice Holdings Limited

FISHING Amawandle Hake (Pty) Ltd

OTHER TEXTILES & LEATHER GOODS

Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd

Berg Clothing cc

Komicx Products (Pty) Ltd

Colibri Towelling (Pty) Ltd

Oceana Group Limited

Korteks Textiles Africa (Pty) Ltd

TYRES & RUBBER

Premier Fishing SA (Pty) Ltd

Presles (Pty) Ltd

Continental Tyre South Africa (Pty) Ltd

FOOD PROCESSORS

Michelin Tyre Company SA (Pty) Ltd

Astral Operations Limited

VEHICLE DISTRIBUTION AAD Truck and Bus (Pty) Ltd Eastvaal Motors (Pty) Ltd Salvage Management & Disposal (Pty) Ltd

HOUSEHOLD GOODS & TEXTILES CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR

BEVERAGES

Aqua Air Africa (Pty) Namaqua Wines (Pty) Ltd Orange River Cellars Co-op South African Distilleries and Wines Swartland Wynkelder (Pty) Ltd

SOFT DRINKS

HI-TEC Sports Distributors (Pty) Ltd

Appletiser SA (Pty) Ltd

House of Monatic (Pty) Ltd

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa

Keedo International (Pty) Ltd

The Beverage Company (Pty) Ltd

MSA Africa (Pty) Ltd

Puma Sports Distribution (Pty) Ltd Sweet-Orr & Lybro (Pty) Ltd

Danone Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Excellent Meat Corporation (Pty) Ltd Faircape Dairies (Pty) Ltd Illovo Sugar (Pty) Ltd Imana Foods SA (Pty) Ltd In2food Group (Pty) Ltd Kellogg’s South Africa Langeberg & Ashton Foods (Pty) Ltd McCain Foods South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Frams Footwear

PBM Group

Ciro Beverage Solutions (Pty) Ltd

BEVERAGES & DISTILLERS & VINTNERS

Bolton Footwear (Pty) Ltd

Nike South Africa (Pty) Ltd

AVI Limited

NON-CYCLICAL CONSUMER GOODS

FOOD PRODUCERS & PROCESSORS FARMING

Afgri Operations Limited

Montagu Foods Parmalat SA (Pty) Ltd Premier FMCG (Pty) Ltd Rhodes Food Group (Pty) Ltd Tetra Pak Tiger Brands Limited

HEALTH

HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANISATIONS

Bekto Fresh Produce cc

Afrocentric Health

FURNISHINGS & FLOOR COVERINGS

County Fair Foods

BSN Medical (Pty) Ltd

Alpine Lounge

Crookes Brothers Limited

Discovery Health (Pty) Ltd

Dynamic Flooring cc

Denny Mushrooms (Pty) Ltd

Discovery Limited

Floorworx Africa (Pty) Ltd

Heidel Eggs

Medscheme Holdings (Pty) Ltd

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Momentum Health

Corruseal Corrugated KZN (Pty) Ltd

POLMED

Future Packaging & Machinery (Pty) Ltd

Sechaba Medical Solutions

Golden Era Group of Companies (Pty) Ltd

Workforce Healthcare (Pty) Ltd

Lufil Packaging (Pty) Ltd Mpact Limited

HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT & LONG-TERM CARE Community Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd Kaelo Life Healthcare Group Holdings Maponya 911 EMS Marie Stopes South Africa NGO Medi-Clinic Southern Africa Melomed Hospital Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Natal Box Factory cc Pride-Pak Packaging (Pty) Ltd Safepak (Pty) Ltd

PERSONAL CARE & HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

Bliss Brands (Pty) Ltd

Netcare Limited

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Arjohuntleigh South Africa (Pty) Ltd Neomedic (Pty) Ltd NTP Radioisotopes SOC Limited Orthopaedic Textiles The Dental Warehouse (Pty) Ltd

OTHER HEALTHCARE AfroCentric Investment Corporation Limited Be Safe Paramedical cc Dr Langa Kgolane Medical Spa Lancet Laboratories (Pty) Ltd MSHEQ Health & Safety Consultants Pharma Dynamics (Pty) Ltd Respiratory Care Africa (Pty) Ltd South African National Blood Services (SANBS)

Loock Pharmaceuticals

PERSONAL PRODUCTS

Mediscor PBM (Pty) Ltd

African Extracts Rooibos

Novartis South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Amka Products (Pty) Ltd

Vital Health Foods (Pty) Ltd

Annique Health and Beauty Avon Justine South Africa (Pty) Ltd

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Avroy Shlain (Pty) Ltd

The Scientific Group (Pty) Ltd

Black Like Me (Pty) Ltd Green Logik SA Imbalie Beauty Limited Kimberly-Clark South Africa (Pty) Ltd

PACKAGING

Afripack (Pty) Ltd Astrapak Limited ALPA South Africa

TOBACCO TOBACCO

British American Tobacco SA

Quality Products (Pty) Ltd Revlon South Africa (Pty) Ltd Unilever South Africa ( Pty) Ltd

PHARMACEUTICALS & BIOTECHNOLOGY PHARMACEUTICALS

Adcock Ingram Limited

PACKAGING

Genop Healthcare (Pty) Ltd

Ascendis Health Limited Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited AstraZeneca Boehringer Ingelheim South Africa

CYCLICAL SERVICES HIRING SUPPLY

EVENTS & CATERING EQUIPMENT RENTAL

A-Z Vending Solutions Pty Ltd Neon Hive Management The Event Production Company (Pty) Ltd

ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT RENTAL CCTV Security Surveillance Gauteng (Pty) Ltd

(Pty) Ltd

Gearhouse South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Clicks Group Limited

Media Film Service (Pty) Ltd

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GENERAL RETAILERS SHOPPING CENTRES

Eastgate Shopping Centre Gateway Theatre of Shopping

TFG Limited

HSE Solutions

Truworths International Limited

The Cold Chain (Pty) Ltd Imperial Fast & Fresh (Pty) Ltd

TRADE

Intombi Promotional Gifts cc

IMPORT & EXPORT

Irizar Southern Africa (Pty) Limited

Allscan Trading

Kolok (a division of Bidvest Paper Plus)

RETAILERS - HARDLINES

A-Z Trading Corporation cc

Marsing & Co. Africa (Pty) Ltd

AJM Sales & Services cc

Atlas Fire Security (Fire Protection Equipment)

Natal Coastal Communications

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Broadway Sweets (Pty) Ltd

Page Automation

Bidvest Waltons (Pty) Ltd

Capespan South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Printacom (Pty) Ltd

Boxer Superstores Limited

Geodis (Pty) Ltd

SAPPI

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Cellucity (Pty) Ltd Combined Motor Holdings Limited

Pernod Ricard South Africa (Pty) Ltd Skills Train Distributors

Fig Technology (Pty) Ltd Forms Media Independent Africa (Pty) Ltd Introstat (Pty) Ltd Jenna Clifford Designs (Pty) Ltd LA Group (Pty) Limited Leitam Business Solutions Madiba Bay Datapower NEO Technologies (Pty) Ltd Ningi Envelopes & Stationers cc t/a Glenstat OK Furniture (a trading division of Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd) Seartec Trading (Pty) Ltd Tile Africa Tiletoria (Pty) Ltd Tracktone SA (Pty) Ltd Watkins Valeur Zamanguni Automation (Pty) Ltd

WHOLESALE

LEISURE, ENTERTAINMENT & HOTELS GAMING

Advance Seed (Pty) Ltd

Afrisun Gauteng (Pty) Ltd

Amway South Africa LLC

Emnotweni Casino (a division of Tsogo Sun

Discount Electrical Wholesale cc Edward Snell & Co. (Pty) Ltd Joburg Market (Pty) Ltd Kromco (Pty) Ltd Malls Tiles Distribution (Pty) Ltd Medis (Pty) Ltd Prime Fastener (Pty) Ltd Ranch Meat Centre (Pty) Ltd Tupperware Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd U & G Fabrics

Casinos (Pty) Ltd) Gold Circle (Pty) Ltd Gold Reef City Casino Grandwest Casino & Entertainment World KwaZulu-Natal Gaming & Betting Board Monte Casino (a divison of Tsogo Sun Casinos (Pty) Ltd Peermont Global (Pty) Ltd Phumelela Gaming & Leisure Limited Tsogo Sun Caledon (Pty) Ltd t/a The Caledon Casino Hotel and Spa Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited

DISTRIBUTORS

Zamani Holdings

Atlas Oil & Chemical Axiz (Pty) Ltd

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

RETAILERS & SOFT GOODS

Bearings International

South African Music Rights Organisation

Ackermans

Beswick Office Products (Pty) Ltd

Ster-Kinekor Theatre

Edcon Holdings

Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd

Levi Strauss South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Brutes Air Solutions (Pty) Ltd

HOTELS

Mr Price Group Limited

D & J Stationers cc

City Lodge Hotel Group

Pepstores (a division of Pepkor Retail Ltd)

Decoma Services cc

Coastlands Durban (Pty) Ltd

Queenspark (Pty) Ltd

Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Gemalto Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

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Legacy Hotels and Resorts (Pty) Ltd

Forever Resorts South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Limpopo Tourism & Parks

Sun International Management Limited

Mangwanani Group (Pty) Ltd

Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA)

Msinsi Holdings (SOC) Ltd

Northern Cape Tourism Authority

TRAVEL & RELATED SERVICES

Phumelela Gaming & Leisure Limited

South African Tourism

Association of South African Travel Agents

Planet Fitness Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (Pty) Ltd

Astra Travel (Pty) Ltd

Soweto Outdoors Adventures

Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal

Beachcomber Marketing (Pty) Ltd

The Big 5 Guest House

City of Choice Travel & Tours (Pty) Ltd

The Caledon Casino Hotel & Spa

SPORTS BODIES

Flight Centre SA (Pty) Ltd

Ushaka Marine World

Athletics South Africa

Gooderson Leisure Corporation Limited

RESTAURANTS & PUBS

Harvey World Travel Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

Cape Town Fish Market

MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHY

HRG Rennies Travel

Famous Brands Limited

Africa Business News (Pty) Ltd

Limpopo Tourism Agency

McDonald’s South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Africa on Air (Pty) Ltd

Sure Travel (Pty) Ltd

Primi World (Pty) Ltd

African Media Entertainment Limited

Thebe Tourism Group (Pty) Ltd

The Restaurant Association of SA

Downtown Music Hub

Thompsons Corporate Travel

Scooters Pizza (Pty) Ltd

East Coast Radio (Pty) Ltd

Travel With Flair (Pty) Ltd

Spur Corporation

Kagiso Media Limited

Flywell Travel Agencies Cape (Pty) Ltd

Zimasa Travel

BROADCASTING CONTRACTORS

Kaya FM (Pty) Ltd

TOURISM BODIES

Sentech (SOC) Limited

LEISURE FACILITIES

ATKV

South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited

ArtscapeTheatre Centre

Cape Town Tourism

Club Leisure Group (Pty) Ltd

Durban Tourism

Cullinan Holdings Limited

Gauteng Tourism Authority

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club

KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority

(SABC) Tswelopele Productions (Pty) Ltd Umoya Communications (Pty) Ltd Algoa FM YFM

CABLE & SATELLITE Multichoice South Africa (Pty) Ltd Supersport International (Pty) Ltd

MEDIA AGENCIES 360 Degrees Production House (Pty) Ltd A Plus Communications Ad Outpost (Pty) Ltd Africa Communications Media Group Alliance Media South Africa (Pty) Ltd Atmosphere Communications cc Bloom Marketing cc Colony HQ (Pty) Ltd

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Cortex Creative Centre (Pty) Ltd Creative Spark (Pty) Ltd

SUPPORT SERVICES

Sandton Convention Centre Tshwane Events Centre

CATERING SERVICES

De Facto Media & Marketing (Pty) Ltd

Air Chefs SOC Limited

Exp SA

Bidvest Catering Services

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

FCB South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Vulcan Catering Equipment (Pty) Ltd

Actuate Group (Pty) Ltd

Foxp2 (Pty) Ltd

Wembley Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd

AllaboutXpert (Pty) Ltd

Havas Johannesburg

Avocado Conference and Meeting Venue cc

HWB Communications (Pty) Ltd

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Baraka IT Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Initiative Media (Pty) Ltd

Compex

Fever Tree Consulting (Pty) Ltd

JCDecaux South Africa (Pty) Ltd

FM Solutions

Manto Management (Pty) Ltd

King James Advertising Cape Town (Pty) Ltd

Mmabatho Palms Hotel Casino & Convention

New Generation Management Consulting

Merafe Outdoor (Pty) Ltd

Resort (Mmabatho Palms)

Palmer Development Group (Pty) Ltd

Net#work BBDO (Pty) Ltd

Stadium Management South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Pinnacle Human Capital Consulting

Off Limit Communications CC

PRP Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Ogilvy & Mather South Africa

LEGAL SERVICES

Regenesys Business School

Saatchi & Saatchi (Pty) Ltd

Adams & Adams

Siyakha Implementation Partners (Pty) Ltd

SAIL Rights Commercialisation (Pty) Ltd

Adendorff Attorneys

Vuma Reputation Management

The Brand Union (Pty) Ltd

Cheadle Thompson and Haysom Inc

Work Dynamics (Pty) Ltd

The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town (Pty) Ltd

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc

The Riverbed Agency

Du Toit-Smuts & Partners Attorneys

VERIFICATION AGENCIES

Thirty Four Degrees South Marketing (Pty) Ltd

Garlicke & Bousefield Inc

Ardent Business Partners (Pty) Ltd

Wideopen Platform (Pty) Ltd

GildenhuysMalatji Incorporated

BEESA Business Services (Pty) Ltd

Legal Aid South Africa

Envision International

PUBLISHING, PRINTING & REPRODUCTION

Maponya Incorporated

Xcelerate Verification Agency (Pty) Ltd

Associated Media Publishing (Pty) Ltd

Maserumule Incorporated Attorneys Inc

Bidvest Paperplus (Pty) Ltd

Pule Incorporated

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES

Careerweb

Seymore du Toit & Basson Attorneys

A-Z Vending Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Colourtone Aries (Pty) Ltd

Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes Attorneys

Achievement Awards Group (Pty) Ltd

Fineline Print Solutions

TechFinLegal

Advance Call (Pty) Ltd

Hirt & Carter (Pty) Ltd

Venns Attorneys

Aegis Outsourcing South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Interactive Africa (Pty) Ltd

Webber Wentzel

Afrigis (Pty) Ltd

Juta and Company

Werksmans Incorporated

AIMS International

Lexis Nexis (Pty) Ltd

Woodehad Bigby Attorneys

Ask Afrika (Pty) Ltd

Media 24 Limited Naspers Limited

Automated Fuel Systems Group (Pty) Ltd

EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE FACILITIES

Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)

Cape Town International Convention Centre

AVTS Roadworthy Stations (Pty) Ltd

The Finishing Post (Pty) Ltd

Company (Pty) Ltd

BMI Research (Pty) Ltd

Trudon (Pty) Ltd

CSIR International Convention Centre

Bosasa Operations (Pty) Ltd

Uniprint (Pty) Ltd

Durban ICC SOC Limited

Citizen Surveys (Pty) Ltd

Universal Music (Pty) Ltd

Reed Exhibitions

COVA Advisory & Associates

Novus Holdings Limited

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CSG Holdings Limited

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

Asie Personnel cc

Digicall Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Transman (Pty) Ltd

Ayanda Mbanga Communications (Pty) Ltd

Forge Ahead (Pty) Ltd

Tsebang Inc Chartered Accountants & Auditors

Beyond Transform

Frost & Sullivan

Universal Mail Link (Pty) Ltd

Callforce Direct (Pty) Ltd

GEE Solutions

Upstage Productions cc

Adcorp BLU

Global Telesales (Pty) Ltd

Uwin Iwin Incentives (Pty) Ltd

DAV Professional Placement Group

Greymatter & Finch (Pty) Ltd

Vehicle Delivery Services (Pty) Ltd

Dynamic Labour Solutions (Pty) Ltd

ImproChem (Pty) Ltd

Vitrovian

E-Merge IT Recruitment CC

In The Vault 33 cc

Zevoli Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Express Employment Professionals SA (Pty) Ltd Fempower Personnel (Pty) Ltd

Indgro Holdings (Pty) Ltd IPES - Utility Management Services (Pty) Ltd

EDUCATION & BUSINESS TRAINING

Isilumko Staffing (Pty) Ltd

IPSOS

ADvTECH Limited

Kumusa Consulting

Kantar South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Amilak Training Centre

Labournet Central (Pty) Ltd

Khaya Energy (Pty) Ltd

Artisan Training Institute (Ati)

Liyema Consulting Human Capital

Knowledge Factory (Pty) Ltd

Bee Recruitment

Mandate Molefi Human Resource Consultants

LFP Training (Pty) Ltd

Bruniquel & Associates (Pty) Ltd

Masibambane Recruitment (Pty) Ltd

LRMG

Bytes People Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Mindcor (Pty) Ltd

MASA Risk Advisory Services

Connemara Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Mindworx Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Mazo Scan (Pty) Ltd Micromega Holdings Limited Mindcor (Pty) Ltd Nielsen South Africa (Pty) Ltd Nissi Human Capital Solutions Nlighten (Pty) Ltd Ntsikelelo Business Solutions OS Holdings Palesa Mbali Group Partners in Performance Purchasing Consortium Southern Africa Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) SA Commercial Sage South Africa (Pty) Ltd South African Qualifications Authority

Curro Holdings Educor Holdings Limited Enpower Training Services

Premium Personnel cc Quest Staffing Solutions Pro Appointments

Health Science Academy (Pty) Ltd Interactive Tutor (Pty) Ltd

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

JB Marks Education Trust

Collect-a-Can (Pty) Ltd

Lenmark Training & Development (Pty) Ltd

Nsovo Enviromental Consulting

Magethi Industrial Psychology Services

Reclite SA

PM Skillshouse L & D (Pty) Ltd

Tedcor (Pty) Ltd

Primeserv Group Limited

Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions

Procomp Computer Services t/a Mastergrade IT Professional Career Services (Pty) Ltd Tertiary School In Business Education

LAUNDRIES & CLEANERS First Garment Rental

The Voice Clinic (Pty) Ltd Vukani-Ubuntu Community Development Projects

CONTRACT CLEANERS & HYGIENE SERVICES

Tata Consultancy Services The Actuate Group (Pty) Ltd

EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES

African Corporate Cleaning (Pty) Ltd

The Event Production Company (Pty) Ltd

Adcorp Holdings Limited

Alair Conditioning

The Innovation Hub Management Company (Pty) Ltd

Affirmative Portfolios (Pty) Ltd

Bidvest Services (Pty) Ltd

The People Business Group (Pty) Ltd

Ashika Deepchund & Associates cc

Iwesco (Pty Ltd

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Immaculate Cleaning and Hygiene Services

Black Lite Energy (Pty) Ltd

CAR HIRE

Masana Hygiene Services cc

Blue Falcon Aviation

Atlantic Car Hire cc

Mdito Business Enterprise

Boogertman & Partners (Pty) Ltd

Avis Budget Rent a Car

Neledzi Services (Pty) Ltd

Brinkman Ndayi McAll (BNM) cc

Europcar

Nozihle Cleaning Services

CME Metrology (Pty) Ltd

First Car Rental

Rentokil Initial (Pty) Ltd

GladAfrica Group (Pty) Ltd South Africa

Hertz Rent a Car

Servest

LDM Quantity Surveyors

Sakhumzi Car Rental (Pty) Ltd

Staza Cleaning Services cc

Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors

Springs Car Wholesalers (Pty) Ltd

SECURITY & ALARM SERVICES Bidvest Protea Coin (Pty) Ltd Command Security Services SA (Pty) Ltd EOH Intelligent Infrastructure (Pty) Ltd Excellerate Services (Pty) Ltd Khayalami Security cc Lady T Protection Services Monoceros Trading 135 cc

(Pty) Ltd

Woodford Car Hire

Nviro Tek Labs (Pty) Ltd Phenomenal Projects cc Search Specifics (Pty) Ltd

RAIL, ROAD & FREIGHT

Turner & Townsend (Pty) Ltd

Access World (Pty) Ltd

Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd

Algoa Bus Company (Pty) Ltd Antanma Transport (Pty) Ltd Aramex South Africa (Pty) Ltd

TRANSPORT

Bidvest SACD Freight

AIRLINES & AIRPORTS, AIR CHARTER

Bigfoot Express Freight (Pty) Ltd

Omega Risk Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited

C. Steinweg Logistics (Pty) Ltd

Reshebile Aviation & Protection Services

Airports Company South Africa (SOC) Limited

Charter International (Pty) Ltd t/a Pioneer

Riskcon Security Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Comair Limited

Freight

Smada Security Services (Pty) Ltd

Flysafair (Pty) Ltd

Commuter Transport Engineering (Pty) Ltd

O.R Tambo International

Concargo (Pty) Ltd

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

SA Airlink (SOC) Ltd

Dawn Wing (Pty) Ltd

Actus Integrated Management (Pty) Ltd

SAFAIR Operations (Pty) Ltd

DHL Express

All About Expert (Pty) Ltd

South African Airways (SAA)

Dynamic Express Services cc

Ardent Business Partners (Pty) Ltd

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

Expeditors International SA (Pty) Ltd

Bidvest Services

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Fedex Express

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HFR Schaefer Vervoer (Pty) Ltd Imperial Logistics SA Group (Pty) Ltd Intercape Ferreira Mainliner (Pty) Ltd Kintetsu World Express South Africa (Pty) Ltd Megafreight Services (Pty) Ltd Netstar (Pty) Ltd Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Santova Limited

NON-CYCLICAL SERVICES FOOD & DRUG RETAILERS FOOD & DRUG RETAILERS

(Pty) Ltd Transglobal Cargo (Pty) Ltd Transnet Freight Rail

Siza Bantu Plumbing Contractors cc Umgeni Water

Busy Corner Meat Wholesalers (Pty) Ltd Pick n Pay Stores Limited Shoprite Holdings Limited Spar Group Limited

ALTERNATIVE ELECTRICITY Matleng Energy Solutions S & P Power Units (Pty) Ltd

Woolworths Holdings Limited

FINANCIALS

The Laser Transport Group (Pty) Ltd TNT Express Worldwide (South Africa)

Rand Water

UTILITIES

POWER & WATER

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY & DISTRIBUTION

Transnet SOC Limited

City Power Johannesburg (Pty) Ltd

Twala Global Group

Enel Green Power

Universal Mail Link (Pty) Ltd

Eskom Holdings Limited

Xinergistix Management Services (Pty) Ltd

Ethekwini Municipality M-tech Industrial

SHIPPING & PORTS

South African Post Office

AMSOL (Pty) Ltd

The Windows cc

Berry & Donaldson (Pty) Ltd

BANKS BANKS

ABSA Bank LImited African Bank Investments Limited Albaraka Bank Limited Capitec Bank Limited Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Firstrand Bank Limited Grindrod Bank Limited Habib Bank AG Zurich Ltd South Africa Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Dormac

WATER SUPPLY & DISTRIBUTION

Grindrod

Amatola Water

SA Bulk Terminals (Pty) Ltd

GCS Water And Environment (Pty) Ltd

Sebenza Forwarding & Shipping (Pty) Ltd

Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency

Transnet National Port Authority of SA

Mhlathuze Water

Mercantile Bank Holdings Limited Nedbank Group Limited Standard Bank South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Ubank Limited

INSURANCE

INSURANCE BROKERS

Aon South Africa Pty ltd Indwe Risk Services (Pty) Ltd Legal Wise Lion of Africa Insurance Company Limited

INSURANCE NON-LIFE AIG South Africa Limited Assupol Life

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Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation

Growthpoint Properties Limited

Fortress Income Fund Limited

Imbewu Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd

Growthpoint Properties Limited

Investec Limited

Hyprop Investment Limited

MotoVantage (Pty) Ltd

JSE Limited

Maponya Group

Old Mutual Insure Limited

Kagiso Tiso Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Octodec Investment Limited

Regent Insurance Company Limited

Mahlako A Phahla Investments

Pareto Limited

Santam Limited

Maluleke Investments (Pty) Ltd

Redefine Properties Limited

The Hollard Insurance Company Ltd

Motseng Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

SA Corporate Real Estate Limited

Trustco Group International (Pty) Ltd

Novare Equity Partners (Pty) Ltd

Sothebys Realty

Zurich Insurance Company South Africa Limited

Pareto Limited

Thelma Properties

Prescient Limited

Transnet Property

of Africa Limited Miway Insurance Company

OTHER INSURANCE

Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings Limited

MUA Insurance Company Limited

Safika Holdings (Pty) Ltd

PROPERTY AGENCIES

Professional Provident Society Insurance

Sekunjalo Investment Limited

Broll Property Group (Pty) Ltd

Company Limited (PPS)

SHM Group of Companies

Dogon Group Properties (Pty) Ltd

Rand Mutual Assurance Company Limited

Tamela Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Pam Golding Properties (Pty) Ltd

Telesure Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

The Phembani Group (Pty) Ltd

RE/MAX of Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

LIFE ASSURANCE LIFE ASSURANCE

Thebe Investment Corporation (Pty) Ltd Transpaco Limited

SPECIALITY & OTHER FINANCE

WDB Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Clientèle Life (IFA Division) Liberty Group Limited

HOLDING COMPANIES

MMI Holdings Limited

Andulela Investment Holdings Limited

Nestlife Assurance Corporation Limited

Cartrack Holdings Limited

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company South Africa

Enviroserv Waste Management (Pty) Ltd

Limited

EOH Holdings Limited

Sanlam Limited

Excellerate Holdings (Pty) Ltd

INVESTMENT COMPANIES INVESTMENT COMPANIES

African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited AloeCAp (Pty) Ltd

ASSET MANAGERS ALCM Solutions African Dawn Capital Limited Allan Gray (Pty) Ltd Argon Asset Management (Pty) Ltd Blue Ink Investments

Hermajesty Projects

Coronation Fund Managers Limited

Industrial Commodities Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Delta Property Fund Limited

Quyn Group of Companies

Futuregrowth Asset Management (Pty) Ltd

Tarsus Secure Data (Pty) Ltd

REAL ESTATE

GoIndustry DoveBid Identity Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd JMBusha Asset Managers

Balondolozi Investment Services

REAL ESTATE HOLDING & DEVELOPMENT

Pragma Africa (Pty) Ltd

Bongani Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Adrenna Property Group Limited

Prescient Holdings (Pty)Ltd

Business Partners Limited

Aquila Projects (Pty) Ltd

PSG Group Limited

Gerber Goldschmidt Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd

Attacq Limited

Rentworks Africa (Pty) Ltd

Grand Parade Investments Limited

Eris Property Group (Pty) Ltd

Sygnia Limited

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CONSUMER FINANCE

BDO Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd

Rectron (Pty) Ltd

Cape Consumers (Pty) Ltd

Deloitte & Touche (Pty) Ltd

Tarsus Technology Group (Pty) Ltd

Compuscan Information Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Ernst & Young Advisory Service

Diners Club (SA) (Pty) Ltd

HOC Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA)

Lwandle Marketing and Advisory Services

Experian South Africa (Pty) Ltd

LX Financial Services (Pty) Ltd

Nedbank Card

Morar Incorporated

Wesbank

Nexia SAB&T Ngubane & Company Inc

INVESTMENT BANKS

Nkonki Incorporated

Citadel Investment Services Limited

PKF (PE) Inc

FNB Securities

PwC South Africa

Investec Bank Limited

SekelaXabiso (Pty) Ltd

MORTGAGE FINANCE Bond Choice (Pty) Ltd Ooba (Pty) Ltd

Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo (Pty) Ltd Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Towers Watson SA (Pty) Ltd Xabiso Chartered Accountants Inc

OTHER FINANCIAL

INVESTMENT ENTITIES

ABSA Capital

INVESTMENT ENTITIES

ABSA Technology Finance Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Aldes Business Brokers Franchise Africa (Pty) Ltd Bidvest Bank Ltd Conduit Capital Limited eBucks Edu-Loan (Pty) Ltd Efficient Group Limited Idwala Property Fund Infrastructure Finance Corporation Limited

Alcatel-Lucent South Africa (Pty) Ltd Allied Electronics Corporation Limited Link Africa (Pty) Ltd

COMPUTER SERVICES 3DR Holdings (Pty) Ltd A Solutions Adapt IT Holdings Limited Advancenet (Pty) Ltd Akhatech (Pty)Ltd APPSolve (Pty) Ltd Aptronics Group (Pty) Ltd Atio Cotporation (Pty) Ltd AYO Technology Solutions Limited BMI-Techknowledge Group (Pty) Ltd Business Connextion (Pty) Ltd

Kazi Capital

CA Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

KwaZulu-Natal Growth Fund Trust

CEOS Technologies

MSG Afrika Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

CHM Vuwani Computer Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Religare Noah (Pty) Ltd

Concilium Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Royal Bafokeng Administration

Cornastone Technology Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Strate (Pty) Ltd

DG Store (Sa) Pty Ltd

Vunani Property Fund

Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd First Technology National (Pty) Ltd Future Perfect Corporation cc

Kazang

Real People Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

2C Telecoms (Pty) Ltd

Limited (IDC)

Iquad Treasury Solutions

NMG Consultants and Actuaries (Pty) Ltd

TELECOMS EQUIPMENT

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Sasfin Premier Holdings

COMPUTER HARDWARE

TUHF Limited

Altech UEC (Pty) Ltd Compact Disc Technologies

Ikando Cc Integr8 IT (Pty) Ltd Jumpco (Pty) Ltd M4Jam South Africa Madiba Bay Datapower cc Mustek Limited

ACCOUNTING & CONSULTING

Dell Computer (Pty) Ltd

ASI Financial Services (Pty) Ltd

Lenovo South Africa

Nambiti Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Auditor-General South Africa

Mustek Limited

NEO Technologies (Pty) Ltd

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Telkom SA SOC Limited

WIRELESS TELECOM SERVICES Cell C (Pty) Ltd MTN Group Limited Vodacom Group Limited

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS Altron TMT SA Group (Pty) Ltd Blue Label Telecoms Limited Boniswa Corporate Solutions (Pty) Ltd Broadband Communications Technologies (Pty) Ltd Celcom Group (Pty) Ltd Flexiroam Africa Foneworx Holdings Limited Pink Elephant (Pty) Ltd

Blue Turtle Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Gijima

Praxis Computing (Pty) Ltd

Brandseye (Pty) Ltd

Huge Telecom (Pty) Ltd

Risc Technology Integration (Pty) Ltd

Chillisoft Solutions Services (Pty) Ltd

In2IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Sizwe Africa IT Group (Pty) Ltd

CRYPT IT Information Security

Jurumani Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Soma Solutions

Easypay (Pty) Ltd

Maredi Technologies

T-Systems SA (Pty) Ltd (TSSA)

Ke Concepts (Pty) Ltd

Multisource Telecoms (Pty) Ltd

Tarsus Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Meltwater

Stratitude

The IQ Business Group (Pty) Ltd

Novell South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Take Note IT

Vukani Technologies (Pty) Ltd

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Vox Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd

SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd

INTERNET

Saryx Engineering Group (Pty) Ltd

LOGISTIC SOLUTIONS

BCX Wireless Solutions

SilverBridge Holdings Limited

Ansana Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Commercezone (Pty) Ltd

Symplexity (Pty) Ltd

Apex Business Systems

I-Net BFA (Pty) Ltd

Troye Interactive Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Bakers Transport (Pty) Ltd

Internet Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Vaxowave

Covenant Logistics cc

MTN Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Zonke Tech

DLK Group (Pty) Ltd KSM Resources (Pty) Ltd

SOFTWARE AAM Geomatics (Pty) Ltd Accsolve (Pty) Ltd Aspire Solutions BBD Barone, Budge & Dominick (Pty) Ltd

TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

Mikvut Transport and Property Maintenance Nolitha TS (Pty)Ltd Railroad Containers

FIXED-LINE TELECOM SERVICES

Siyaduma Auto Ferries (Pty) Ltd

Neotel (Pty) Ltd

T-Marc Group

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PUBLIC SECTOR

Department of Arts and Culture- KwaZulu-Natal

GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS

Department of Community Safety - Gauteng

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

- Kwazulu-Natal

Department of Community Safety - Western Cape Department of Community Safety and Liaison

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES & BODIES

Department of Community Safety and Transport

City of Joburg Property Company (Pty) Ltd

- North West

Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd

Department of Community Safety, Security

Eastern Cape Gambling & Betting Board East London Industrial Development Zone (Pty) Ltd

Johannesburg Development Agency (Pty) Ltd Johannesburg Housing Company NPS Johannesburg Roads Agency (Pty) Ltd

and Liaison - Mpumalanga Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Eastern Cape Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Free State Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Gauteng

Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone

Department of Co-Operative Governance

Mandela Bay Development Agency

and Traditional Affairs - KwaZulu-Natal

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

Department of Co-Operative Governance

Ntinga O.R. Tambo Development Agency

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

Department Agriculture and Rural Development North West Department of Agriculture - Free State Department of Agriculture - Limpopo Department of Agriculture - Western Cape Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - Free State Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - Gauteng

Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Limpopo Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Development- North West Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development- Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration - Mpumalanga

and Traditional Affairs - Mpumalanga Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Northern Cape Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-Operative Governance, Human

Department of Economic Development & Tourism - KwaZulu-Natal

Department of Economic Development & Tourism and Environmental Affairs - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs - Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism - Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism - Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism - Northern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism - Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism - Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic, Small business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs - Free State Department of Education - Eastern Cape

Settlement and Traditional Affairs - Limpopo

Department of Education - Free State

Department of Co-Operative Governance, Human

Department of Education - Gauteng

Settlement and Traditional Affairs - Northern Cape Department of Co-Operative Governance, Traditional Affairs & Human Settlements - Free State Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport - Western Cape Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs

Department of Education - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education - Limpopo Department of Education - Mpumalanga Department of Education - North West Department of Education - Western Cape

- North West

Department of Education and Sport Development

Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation

- North West

- Mpumalanga

Department of e-Government - Gauteng

Department of Economic Development - Northern Cape Department of Economic Development - Gauteng Department of Economic Development - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs - Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development & Planning - Gauteng

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Department of Environment and Nature Conservation - Northern Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning - Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Nature Conservation - Northern Cape Department of Finance - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Finance - Mpumalanga


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Department of Finance - Northern Cape

Department of Provincial Planning and Treasury

Department of Finance - Western Cape

Department of Provincial Treasury - Free State

- See Western Cape Provincial Treasury Department of Health - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health - Mpumalanga

Department of Provincial Treasury - Limpopo Department of Public Safety - North West Department of Public Safety, Security and Liaison

Department of Health - North West

- Limpopo

Department of Health - Northern Cape

Department of Public Works - Eastern Cape

Department of Health - Western Cape

Department of Public Works and Roads - Limpopo

Department of Health & Social Development

Department of Public Works and Roads - North West

Department of Health and Social Development

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure

- North West

Department of Public Works and Rural

Department of Housing - Eastern Cape

Development - Free State

Department of Human Settlements - Eastern Cape

Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport

Department of Human Settlements - Gauteng Department of Human Settlements - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements - Mpumalanga

- Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation - Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation - Gauteng Department of Tourism - Northern Cape Department of Transport - Eastern Cape Department of Transport - KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport - Limpopo

- Limpopo

Department of Human Settlements - Free State

Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation

Department of Transport and Safety - Eastern Cape Department of Transport and Public Works

- Mpumalanga

- Western Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison - Northern Cape

Department of Roads and Public Works

Department of Treasury - Eastern Cape

- Northern Cape Department of Roads and Transport - Gauteng Department of Rural Development and Agrarian

Department of Treasury - Gauteng Department of Treasury - KwaZulu-Natal

Reform - Eastern Cape

Department of Treasury - Mpumalanga

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

Department of Treasury - Western Cape

Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural

Department - Police, Roads and Transport

Development - North West

Department - Human Settlements-KwaZulu Natal

Department of Safety and Liaison - Eastern Cape

Department of Education - Northern Cape

Department of Safety and Liaison - Limpopo

Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlement

Settlement - North West

Department of Social Development - Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature

Department of Local Government and Traditional

Department of Social Development - Free State

Gauteng Provincial Legislature

Affairs - KwaZulu-Natal

Department of Social Development - Gauteng

Department of Human Settlements, Safety and

Department of Local Government and Traditional

Department of Social Development - Limpopo

Department of Human Settlements - Western Cape Department of Infrastructure Development - Gauteng Department of Local Government- Western Cape Department of Local Government and Housing - Gauteng Department of Local Government and Human

Affairs - Northern West Department of Local Government and Housing - Limpopo

Department of Social Development - Mpumalanga Department of Social Development - North West

Department of Local Government and Traditional

Department of Social Development - Northern Cape

Affairs - Eastern Cape

Department of Social Development - Western Cape

Department of Police, Roads and Transport

Department of Social Development of South Africa

- Free State

Department of Social Services and Population

Department of Provincial Legislature - Free State

Development - Northern Cape

Department of Provincial Legislature - Limpopo

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture - Limpopo

Department of Provincial Legislature - Mpumalanga

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture - North West

Department of Provincial Legislature

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture

- Northern Cape

Liaison - North West Office of the Premier - Eastern Cape Office of the Premier - Free State Office of the Premier - Gauteng Office of the Premier - KwaZulu-Natal Office of the Premier - Limpopo Office of the Premier - Mpumalanga Office of the Premier - North West Office of the Premier - Northern Cape Office of the Premier - Western Cape Western Cape Provincial Treasury (WCPT)

- Northern Cape

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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Trade and Investment Limpopo

Department of Public Enterprises

Agribusiness Development Agency - KwaZulu

Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)

Department of Public Service and Administration

Natal

Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board

Department of Public Works

AsgiSA Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd

Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion

Department of Rural Development and \

Agency (WESGRO)

Land Reform

Blue IQ Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd CapeNature Casidra SOC Limited

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Department of Science and Technology Department of Small Business Development

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

Department of Social Development

Civilian Secretariat for Police

Department of Social Development

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Department of State Security

Public Works

Department of Arts and Culture

Department of Tourism

Eastern Cape Development Corporation

Department of Basic Education

Department of Tourism South Africa

Eastern Cape Gambling & Betting Board

Department of Basic Education

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Free State Development Corporation

Department of Communications

Department of Traditional Affairs

Free State Gambling and Racing Board

Department of Cooperative Governance

Department of Transport

and Traditional Affairs

Department of Unemployed Insurance fund

Department of Correctional Services

Department of Water and Environmental Affairs

Department of Defence

Department of Water and Sanitation

Department Of Defence And Military Veterans

Department of Women

Department of Economic Development

Department: Office of the Chief Justice

Department of Economic Development, Tourism

Department: South African Police Services

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - North West

Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs - Mpumalanga Eastern Cape Department of Roads and

Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) Gauteng Enterprise Propellar (GEP) Gauteng Gambling Board Gautrain Management Agency Housing Development Agency Invest North West South Africa Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo Johannesburg Roads Agency SOC Ltd Kwa-Zulu Natal Gambling and Betting Board KZN Growth Fund Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA) Limpopo Economic Development Enterprise Mandela Bay Development Agency Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA)

and Environmental Affairs Department of Energy Department of Environmental Affairs

System (GCIS) Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD)

Department of Health

Ingonyama Trust Board

Department of Higher Education and Training

National Library of South Africa

(DHET) Department of Home Affairs Department of Human Settlements Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)

North West Development Corporation

Department of Justice and Constitutional

North West Housing Corporation

Government Communication and Information

Department of Health

National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa

North West Gambling Board

Economic Development Department

Development Department of Labour

North West Provincial Legislature

Department of Mineral Resources

Roads Agency Limpopo (Pty) Ltd

Department of Performance and Evaluation

St Joseph’s Care and Support Trust

Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Trade and Investment Kwa-Zulu Natal

Department of Public Enterprises

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National School of Government National Treasury Presidency Ministry for National Planning Commission Presidency Ministry for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Proudly South African Safety and Security Sector Education & Training Authority (SASSETA) South African Police Service (SAPS) South African Revenue Service (SARS) Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA)


I NDEX

Statistics South Africa Statsoft Southern Africa Analytics (Pty) Ltd The Presidency Ugu South Coast Tourism

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES Agrement SA (Pty) Ltd Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Brand South Africa Central Energy Fund (SOC) Ltd Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) Construction Industry Development Board Council for Geoscience Council for Medical Schemes Council for Scientific & Industrial Research - CSIR Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (Ltd)

Financial and Fiscal Commission Financial Services Board (FSB) Freedom Park Trust Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) Government Pension Administration Agency Health Professions Council of South Africa Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Independent Development Trust Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa - ITAC Ithemba Labs Land Claims Court (LCC) Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Medical Research Council

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Mintek - Small Scale Mining & Benefication Division

Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)

SETAS

National Agricultural Marketing Council

Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SOC) Ltd

Agricultural Sector Education Training Authority

National Arts Council of South Africa (NACSA)

South African Astronomical Observatory (Pty) Ltd

National Consumer Commission (The)

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

National Council of Provinces (NCOP)

South African Cities Network

National Development Agency (NDA)

South African Council for Educators (SACE)

National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)

South African Forestry Company Ltd (Safcol)

National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa

South African Library for the Blind

(NEMISA)

South African Local Government Association

National Empowerment Fund National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)

(SALGA) South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) South African Medical Research Council

National Film & Video Foundation National Heritage Council of South Africa National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences National Institute for Occupational Health National Library of South Africa National Lotteries Board

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) South African Nuclear Energy Corporation(NECSA) South African Special Risk Insurance Association

(AgriSETA) Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) Chemical Industries Education and Training Authorities (CHIETA) Construction, Education and Training Authority (CETA) Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and

Sport Education and Training Authority - CATHSSETA

Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDPSETA)

Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA)

Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector

Education and Training Authority (FPMSETA) Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry Sector Education and Training Authority (FOODBEV)

(Sasria SOC Limited)

FASSET

South African Special Risk Insurance Association

Forest Industries Education and Training Authority

National Lotteries Commission

(SASRIA)

(FIETA)

National Office of Public Service Commission

South African Weather Service (SAWS)

Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training

National School Of Government

State Information Technology Agency (Pty) Ltd

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

(SITA)

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

Technology & Human Resources for Industry

Northern Flagship Institution Pan South African Language Board (PANSALB) Petroleum Agency SA (Pty) Ltd Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) Productivity SA Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Public Protector South Africa Public Service Commission Railway Safety Regulator Sasria SOC Ltd SITA (Pty) Ltd (State Information Technology Agency)

Programmes (THRIP) The Competition Commission The Competition Tribunal The Estate Agency Affairs Board The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) The Road Traffic Management Corporation The South African Marketing Council The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (NECSA) Town Development Building and Construction Agency

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Authority (HWSETA)

Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA)

Local Government Sector Education Training Authority (LGSETA)

Manufacturing, Engineering and Related

Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA)

Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership & Governance

Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging SETA (MAPPP SETA) Mining Qualifications Authority Safety and Security, Sector Education & Training Authority (SASSETA)

Services Sector Education Training Authority (SERVICES SETA)

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)


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Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)

Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Wholesale and Retail Sector Education Training

Independent Examination Board

North West University

Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union - Imatu

University of Cape Town

Mimi Women

University of Johannesburg

CHAPTER 9 INSTITUTIONS

National Arts Council of South Africa

University of Limpopo

Commission for Gender Equality

National Association for the Advancement

University of Mpumalanga

South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)

of Colored People

University of Pretoria

National Association of Child Care Workers

University of South Africa (UNISA)

National Gambling Board

University of Stellenbosch

National Home Builders Registration Council

University of the Free State

National Small Business Chamber

University of Witwatersrand

Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Authority (W&RSETA)

NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS SECTION 21 FOUNDATIONS

Dell Development Fund Good Work Foundation National Film and Video Foundation National Research Foundation Road Accident Fund Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) Telkom Foundation The Unlimited Child Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation (TMF) Vodacom Foundation Zenex Foundation

Center Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development

Henley Business School

Ntataise ECD Network

IMM Graduate School of Marketing

Ombudsman for Banking Services

Milpark Business School (Pty) Ltd

Potatoes SA Public Servants Association of South Africa Seda Ethekwini

Africa Bio

Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa

Regent Business School UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)

Siyabonga Africa

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

Sonke Gender Justice Network

University of South Africa Graduate School

South African Association of Veterinary Technologists

of Business Leadership (UNISA SBL)

South African Institute for Entrepreneurship

Wits Business School

South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners - SAIBPP

COLLEGES

South African Institute of Race Relations

COMPANIES & ORGANISATIONS (SECTION 21)

GRADUATE SCHOOLS

AAA School of Advertising

South African Property Owners Association

Africa Skills Training College

The Institute Of Bankers In South Africa

Boland Tvet College

Tshimologo Executive Group

College of Cape Town

World Wildlife Fund South Africa

Ekurhuleni East TVET College

(BHF)

Elangeni TVET College

Business Against Crime South Africa

EPT Aviation Training

Business Unity South Africa Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry Catholic Welfare and Development

Gert Sibande TVET College

EDUCATION

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

Henley Management College Intec College South Africa

UNIVERSITIES

International Colleges Group (Pty) Ltd

Centre For Early Childhood Development Npc

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Concrete Institute

Durban University of Technology

(MANCOSA)

Cotlands

Foundation for Professional Development

Motheo TVET College

Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau

Monash South Africa Limited

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

Management College of Southern Africa

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