THABILE WONCI (35)

Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

MD: Black Man­age­ment Fo­rum (BMF), Jo­han­nes­burg

Wonci’s al­ways wanted to serve his peo­ple and his coun­try, so his ap­point­ment to his cur­rent po­si­tion in Jan­uary this year was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to do just that. “This isn’t a job – it’s a call­ing,” he avers.

It’s also an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge.

He’s de­ter­mined to en­trench an en­vi­ron­ment that’s “con­ducive to re­sults” and his pri­mary fo­cus at present is on in­ter­ro­gat­ing the BMF’s cor­po­rate cul­ture and DNA. At the same time, he’s in­volved in align­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s value propo­si­tion with mem­bers’ ex­pec­ta­tions and im­ple­ment­ing rel­e­vant pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives – lofty goals in­deed, and Wonci’s ap­proach to achiev­ing them re­quires him to be present and avail­able to all em­ploy­ees.

This, he be­lieves, is the se­cret to suc­cess, be­cause “cul­ture is an en­abler for de­liv­er­ing re­sults”. “Where there’s dy­namic and pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween staff mem­bers and the cor­po­rate cul­ture, and ev­ery­one’s ap­prised of the pre­vail­ing chal­lenges, peo­ple are mo­ti­vated to be part of the so­lu­tion,” he says.

That so­lu­tion, he adds, is a BMF which is the lead­ing voice on is­sues of so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion. Ul­ti­mately, his aim is to pro­vide as­sis­tance to black busi­ness-own­ers – par­tic­u­larly women, the youth the dis­abled – so that they can par­tic­i­pate in the main­stream econ­omy.

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