JOHANNESBURG- Last week, the Black Management Forum (BMF) hosted its Annual Corporate Update Gala Dinner to celebrate its existence under the theme: Ethical Leadership as a Catalyst for Transformation and Inclusive Economic Growth.
The keynote address was delivered by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan. “The process of transformation is not easy; it is a contested terrain. Transformation requires leaders to take a stand at the frontline of the contest,” said Gordhan in a speech.
In his welcoming remarks, BMF President Mncane Mthunzi stressed the importance of ethical leadership especially at this current stage in our country.
“We need ethical leadership to be anchored in transformation and in unlocking inclusivity to drive a growing economy. We need a leadership that protects the dignity of all its people, including those that with it. We need a leadership that loves its people and that puts them first,” he said.
The main sponsors of the BMF, 3Sixty Financial Services Group Chief Executive Officer, Khandani Msibi and Standard Bank Group Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala also addressed the guests.
They spoke to the theme as well as the relevance of their relationship and partnership with the BMF. The BMF Managing Director, Thabile Wonci presented the corporate update.
The corporate update is a channel used by the organisation to share its’ highlights, progress and work completed in the previous financial year.
The update is also a platform for corporate sponsors and members to see where their financial and non-financial support and partnership have gone to.
Alongside the corporate update, the BMF bestowed the BMF Black Excellence Leadership Awards on South Africans whom it recognises for their business acumen and outstanding leadership and professionalism in their respective industries.
The recipients of the 2018 BMF Black Excellence Leadership Awards were Deputy Auditor-General, Tsakani Ratsela, Economic Freedom Fighter National Chairperson, Adv Dali Mpofu and retired Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke.
According to BMF, Ratsela received the award for being a visionary leader, a transformation agent and personifying excellence.
“Her commitment to ethics and good governance resonates with the BMF’s position on corporate governance and ethics,” said the organisation in a statement.
In addition, “Adv Dali Mpofu was bestowed the award as his excellence matches the BMF’s expectation of black leaders. He was recognised for being a consistent professional and for the embodiment of excellence in the legal fraternity,” explained BMF.
Former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke received the BMF’s highest honour, the BMF Presidential Award. The BMF honoured Justice Moseneke for his accomplished career.
“His professional conduct, thorough execution of his responsibilities and his dedication to serving South Africa’s democracy in a variety of ways have been a source of inspiration to the BMF, many black professionals and the rest of society.
“The BMF is proud to be associated with the awardees who committed their unwavering support to the organisation as the BMF continues to advocate for socio-economic transformation and the development of managerial leadership,” according to the organisation.