THABILE WONCI (35)
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.