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Meet Bonang Mohale

Bonang is the former Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and author of the bestseller, “Lift As You Rise”. He is now an independent non-executive director at Bidvest.

Until June 2017 he was Chairman of the boards of Shell South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Ltd; Shell South Africa Refinery (Pty) Ltd and South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF). Until the end of 2008, he spent 6 years as the CEO of Drake & Scull FM SA where he was also a member of the Exco. Prior to that he was CE, Shared Services and associated companies of Sanlam; a member of the Exco; alternate director of the Sanlam Limited main board; chairman of the board of TASC; a director of Innofin; Gensec Property Services and Fundamo. Until 2002, he was the CE, Corporate Marketing, Sanlam.

His former Chairmanships include, among others: Marketing Association of SA ; Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) ; Sedibeng Primary Health Care Management Committee ; Heart Foundation (Gauteng) ; Black Management Forum – Johannesburg Branch Awards and recognitions include: CEO Magazine Country and Regional Winner of “The Titans Building the Nation Award” ; SAFMA Award for FM Personality of the Year ; The Logistics Achiever Award by 10 Industry Associated Organisations for the Outstanding Achievement in Logistics in Inventory Management at IALCH ; 96% rating by COHSASA for the Effective Management of a Clinical Facility at IALCH; Most Transformed Supplier – Standard Bank.

Milestones & Achievements

Bonang’s post-graduate business education includes:

1999 July Passed Chartered Marketer [CM (SA)] Board Exams at the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM)
1999 May United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Executive Programme at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
1999 April Total Quality Management – (including TPM, QCPC, RRCA, MFA, MP, Passport, etc.) at ITO University in Madrid, Spain
1997 International Programme in Management (OTIS`Making Magic Work) at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland
1997 Director Development Programme through Carl Duisberg Gesellenschaft on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
1996 Finance for Non-Financial managers in Paris, France
1993 Eighteen months post-graduate advanced diploma in Marketing Management with the title of his dissertation being “The Future of Health Care in South Africa: Implications for Marketing in The Pharmaceutical Industry” (IMM).
1991 Three year Diploma in Marketing Management (IMM)
1989 Basics of Pharmacology at Wits Medical School (TPS)
1986 Certificate in Marketing and Sales Management with distinction and a merit award (DMS)

In recognition of his achievements, Bonang was awarded:

  • “The Momentum Friendship Blazer” in recognition for being the ‘first RSA Nation Building Champion’.
  • He was the winner of both the ‘Country’ (RSA) & ‘SADC Regional’ “TITANS – BUILDING THE NATION” CEO Magazine Awards.
  • He was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council.
  • He was awarded the IPM CEO of the Year – 2012
  • He has been named South African Facilities Management Association’s ‘Personality of the Year and the Black Management Forum’s Manager of the Year and he received the Presidential Award for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals”.



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