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Business Unity South Africa appoints Khanyisile Kweyama as CEO

Business Unity South Africa (“BUSA”) announces the appointment of Khanyisile Kweyama, Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa, as CEO. Anglo American has agreed to second Ms Kweyama to BUSA, for a two year term, with effect 2 January 2015.

Jabu Mabuza, President of BUSA, welcomed the appointment, commenting: “Khanyisile Kweyama brings her wealth of business experience gained across a number of sectors and will help us lead BUSA in projecting a compelling voice for businesses in South Africa in the interests of our members. I am grateful to Anglo American for agreeing to second Khanyisile to us for a minimum of two years and I look forward to working with her and the board as we work collectively to help South Africa meet the objectives of the National Development Plan and to grow our economy to its fullest potential.”

Khanyisile Kweyama said: “I am delighted to be taking up the role of CEO of BUSA in what is a most critical time for business and government to better understand each other and to work towards our common goals. Given the right regulatory and fiscal parameters, businesses in South Africa are the force that can be unlocked to make the investments necessary to grow, to create jobs and to deliver the economic upliftment that we all want for our country.”

Cas Coovadia, who was seconded by Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) to BUSA as Acting CEO, at the request of the BUSA Board, will step down on 12th December 2014, having completed the responsibilities he undertook. He will resume his position as MD of BASA on a full-time basis.

Mr Mabuza expressed his gratitude to Mr Coovadia for the strong role he played during the transition.

Notes to editors:

 

Khanyisile Kweyama has been the Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa since 2012, prior to which she served as Executive Head of Human Resources at Anglo American Platinum. Khanyisile is also Vice President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum, Kumba Iron Ore and Telkom. During her career, Khanyisile has held a number of executive roles at Barloworld, Altech and BMW South Africa and was appointed by the South African Minister of Labour to serve as a business representative on the Commission for Employment Equity.

 

About Business Unity South Africa

BUSA is a confederation of business organisations including chambers of commerce and industry, professional associations, corporate associations and unisectoral organisations. It represents South African business on macro-economic and high-level issues that affect it at the national and international levels. BUSA’s function is to ensure that business plays a constructive role in the country’s economic growth, development and transformation and to create an environment in which businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive.

 

Issued on behalf of BUSA by Brunswick South Africa

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