BP Southern Africa Appoints First Black Female CEO

Updated on 29 August 2017

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Today's Top Entrepreneurship and Business Stories (29 August)BP Southern Africa (BPSA) on Monday appointed chartered accountant, Priscillah Mabelane, as its new chief executive.

Mabelane is the first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multi-national company, marking a significant milestone in the organisation and industry’s transformation journey.

She will take the helm on 1 September, exactly six years after joining the organisation in 2011 as chief financial officer (CFO).

BPSA said Mabelane has more than 20 years of service in a number of key leadership positions and she brings a “wealth of world-class experience and expertise” to her new role as chief executive.

Prior to joining BP, Mabelane held various executive roles in a number of large South African companies.

She worked at Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) as CFO, Ernst & Young where she was a tax director, and at Eskom where she held various roles in finance, tax and general management.

BPSA chairperson, Thandi Orleyn, thanked outgoing chief executive, Daniel Odogwu, who was at the helm for three and a half years, and welcomed Mabelane.

“Given her proven track record in her previous executive roles, we are confident that Priscillah will be a strong leader for our business, especially as we continue to explore new areas of growth and development,” Orleyn said. (via African News Agency)

Newly Launched SAB Lerumo Programme To Help Black Women Owned Businesses Gain Market Access

SAB celebrated the women who are part of the newly developed SAB Lerumo Supplier Development programme with a business brunch event yesterday.

The initiative is targeted at black woman owned companies who are struggling to break through the barriers and improve their market access capabilities.

The programme intends to impart core skills to the women to enable them to improve their market access opportunities and to better manoeuvre a large corporate with a complex procurement structure.

Twenty-three entrepreneurs were selected on their capabilities and potential to thrive under a targeted growth focused intervention.

“SAB Lerumo draws on a history of development excellence and leverages off industry thought leadership, diverse networks of business coaches, and experienced industry partnerships that culminate in years of expertise that serves to enrich the entrepreneurship journey at SAB.

“We view SAB Lerumo as the catalyst for real and genuine conversations among South African female entrepreneurs – a place where colleagues can speak about their failures in an honest way,” says Doreen Kosi, Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs, SAB and AB InBev.

SAB Lerumo is structured into nine ‘Masterclasses’ that run over three months, based on topics including B2B selling, human rights and labour standards, supply chain, marketing, funding and pitching.

The women entrepreneurs are:

  • Jacqueline Naidu – Gripglo Industrial is a retailer of mechanical and electronic components, high quality ranges of tools, hardware and related products to the manufacturing, packaging and construction sectors.
  • Kelebogile Makhafola – Maruapula Brand is a marketing and communications strategy consultancy.
  • Lerato Nakedi – Purple Esther’s core business is health and safety, and is a reseller, distributor and supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) and corporate wear.
  • Mags Shivanda – Digital Shero is a part of the modern age of digital advertising, providing innovative digital solutions, convenience and service excellence to both small and big brands.
  • Mahlape Nyakane – MSI Solutions is a strategic business partner for all recruitment and technology training needs.
  • Makhanana Nkosi – Molibiz (Pty) Ltd is an award winning creative advertising agency.
  • Marcia Simelane – Marcia Simelane is known as the” The Iron Lady” as she is the owner of Alurcia Aluminium and Glass.
  • Mavis Mhlanga – Bakwena Ke Bao is a transport strategy and advisory management company that offers services relating to compliance, safety and risk management in the transport sector.
  • Millicent Nyembe – Nyembe Waste Management (Pty) Ltd deals with crime scene cleaning and transportation of health care risk waste from various generators to registered health care risk waste incinerators.
  • Mimi Thabethe – Gina Global is a strategic communications and digital marketing consultancy that provides niche brand consultancy services.
  • Nerisha Pramlall – Esspak Packaging CC are manufacturers and distributors of recyclable and environmental friendly polypropylene and poly-woven bags.
  •  Noxolo Tiisetso Skosana – Lotjhani Branding, provides the following services: brand research, social media, content generation, copywriting, brand strategy, graphic design as well as web development and design.
  • Premila Shunmugam – Silver Touch Events and Travel specialises in managing large national and international conferences, incentive trips, congresses, gala functions, launches, year-end celebrations, team building events, sports events and more.
  • Rabia Naicker – High End Promos is a below the line marketing agency that suppliers bespoke branded merchandise.
  • Thuli Radebe – Eyam Projects provides experiential events management services to corporate and government stakeholders.
  • Tina Maseko – Chikadzi is a proudly South African consumer market research company, which provides actionable market research solutions.
  • Veronica King – Emuthini Consulting specialises in cultivating human growth and development and offers a range of services that include leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team development.
  • Xolisile Koanait – Clear Path, provides architectural drawings, interior designing, property maintenance, construction and professional project management for all building types from concept planning to completion.
  • Yasmine Kazadi – Mercatique Consulting is a 100% black woman owned, event management and marketing firm.
  • Yolanda Ngqokombe – Refreshe Promotions was established to deal with current gaps such as ineffective customer engagement in the marketing and promotional sectors.

Metrofile Gets Green Light For R75mln Acquisition Of Tidy Files

Records and information management firm, Metrofile Holdings, announced on Monday that the Competition Commission had approved its 100 percent acquisition of Tidy Files, a provider of end-to-end document management and storage solutions in Southern Africa.

Tidy Files is renowned for the design, supply and implementation of paper-based and electronic document and records management solutions.

Metrofile said the R75 million acquisition, which was initially announced in June subject to approval, has been funded with cash resources and is official as of 1 August.

Metrofile group chief executive, Pfungwa Serima, said in a statement that the acquisition was aligned with the company’s strategic growth objective.

“Through the acquisition of Tidy Files, Metrofile can complement and expand its client service offering across Africa and the Middle East, providing an even more complete range of filing and archiving solutions across all industries,” Pfungwa said.

Tidy Files chief executive, Gavin Leonard, said that the timing was right for the acquisition.

“We have grown the business into a recognised leader with the support and backing of private equity firm Spirit Capital for the last ten years,” Leonard said.

“Time to expand and launch a new growth trajectory was imminent, so the Metrofile acquisition was positively received and is an exciting new period for the company.” (via African News Agency)

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