Nyem­bezi first woman to chair Alexan­der Forbes

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - SIPHELELE DLUDLA Nonku­l­uleko Nyem­bezi

THE COM­MIS­SION for Gen­der Equal­ity (CGE) has con­grat­u­lated vet­eran busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive Nonku­l­uleko Nyem­bezi for be­ing ap­pointed as the first black woman chair­per­son of Alexan­der Forbes in its 82-year his­tory.

On Wed­nes­day the South African fi­nan­cial ser­vices group an­nounced Nyem­bezi’s ap­point­ment as the new in­de­pen­dent non-ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son with ef­fect from Jan­uary 1.

Nyem­bezi is presently the in­de­pen­dent non-ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son of the JSE.

She is also a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Old Mu­tual.

Nyem­bezi is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ichor Coal, an in­ter­na­tional min­ing com­pany op­er­at­ing in the ther­mal coal in­dus­try in South Africa.

The com­mis­sion said Nyem­bezi’s ap­point­ment, and those of oth­ers who were re­cently ap­pointed in di­verse fields in­clud­ing the bank­ing sec­tor, academia, the gov­ern­ment and the ju­di­ciary, would serve as an in­spi­ra­tion for other women, pro­vided that sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties were made avail­able by both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor.

“The Gen­der Com­mis­sion believes that through th­ese ground-break­ing ap­point­ments, th­ese women will use their po­si­tion to en­sure that gen­der-re­spon­sive bud­gets are made avail­able in or­der to pave the way for other women to be em­pow­ered and suc­ceed,” it said. “The CGE hopes that they will chan­nel most of their cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ments to co-op­er­a­tives, NGOs and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions that are woman run.” The gen­der com­mis­sion said it was of the view that women in lead­er­ship should also seek to up­lift fel­low women in both the in­for­mal sec­tor of the econ­omy and those who are trapped in ab­ject poverty, stay­ing in in­for­mal set­tle­ments.

The CGE said it would al­ways give the nec­es­sary ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment to cor­po­rate and other en­ti­ties to sus­tain the mo­men­tum to­wards gen­der trans­for­ma­tion and women’s em­pow­er­ment in South Africa.

“It is our be­lief that other women, par­tic­u­larly girl chil­dren, will look at the ap­point­ment of Ms Nyem­bezi and other women who have as­cended to po­si­tions of au­thor­ity not as a ful­fil­ment of a dream for them (alone), but a con­stant re­minder that they too can do just that, if not more.” – African News Agency

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