Kubheka leaves a proud signature on RBM

2012-11-26 00:00

ONE of Richards Bay Mineral’s longest-serving employees and its first black general manager is retiring after 27 years of service to the multi-national miner.

Community and Corporate Relations general manager (CCR), Jabu Kubheka, will officially leave RBM, which is wholly owned by Rio Tinto, at the end of November.

“RBM changed my life. I experienced going overseas and I was a guinea pig as the first black manager and first black general manager.

I went through this challenging journey successfully and with my life still intact. Two of my predecessors suffered strokes and did not make it to the finishing line,” said Kubheka.

Born near Newcastle he said the communities in and around Richards Bay are lucky to have a generous and committed company like RBM which has operated in the region for 36 years.

As a young black professional, Kubheka found employment with RBM shortly after the apartheid National Party finalised the Wiehahn Commission around 1979. The commission recognised black trade unions as employee representatives and urged businesses to employee more black people.

“Large corporates were recruiting young graduates and that was when I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I am proud to have worked for a solid, sustainable and progressive business like RBM, proud of the contributions made and the milestones achieved, proud for the footprint made and legacy left behind and proud of my personal signature I have signed through this journey. My personal image and reputation was never separated from that of RBM.

“I am happy that I have reached this stage of retirement with an unblemished record of service.

“No one doubted my undivided loyalty and commitment to RBM,” said Kubheka.

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