Lecture marks 40 years for BMF

2016-05-18 06:00
AT the Black Management Forum’s (BMF) 40th unniversary lecture at the Sol Plaatje University are from the left Bonang Mohale (immediate past president of the BMF and better known in the country as the chairman of Shell Downstream South Africa), Dr Tshegofatso Gopane-Phiri (BMF in the Northern Cape) and Dumisani Mpafa (the present national deputy chairperson).                       Photo: Boipelo Mere

AT the Black Management Forum’s (BMF) 40th unniversary lecture at the Sol Plaatje University are from the left Bonang Mohale (immediate past president of the BMF and better known in the country as the chairman of Shell Downstream South Africa), Dr Tshegofatso Gopane-Phiri (BMF in the Northern Cape) and Dumisani Mpafa (the present national deputy chairperson). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE Northern Cape branch of the Black Management Forum (BMF) hosted a lecture to mark its 40th anniversary.

The lecture was given by Bonang Mohale, who is the immediate past president of the BMF and is better known in the country as the chairman of Shell Downstream South Africa.

The theme of the event, hosted at the Sol Plaatje University, was Transformational leadership and its role in economic sustainability.

The BMF was founded in 1979 as a vehicle for the development of black management and to fight for equal opportunities for all, particularly in multinational conglomerates.

Prior to the lecture, Dumisani Mpafa, the national deputy chairperson, listed the key achievements of the forum.

Among these were the EE Act, the BBBEE Act, the the re-establishment of the black business council, the formation of a black industrial programme and the establishment of the BBBEE commissioner.

Mpafa, like other speakers, urged the audience to consider joining the BMF.

Bonang Mohale told the audience that leadership was a higher order of management and that the higher order of service was selflessness, as opposed to selfishness.

“Place leadership at the centre of everything we do. All of us are leaders in context,” said Mohale. He named the example of a farmer who prepared soil for profitable yields.

“The farmer does not spend 80% of his time massaging individual seeds. He spends 80% of his time preparing the soil, tilling and fertilising it so that the seed should fall on fertile ground,” said Mohale.

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