The Black Business Council (BBC) has elected a new executive led by prominent businessman Sandile Zungu, as President, and six other office bearers. Bridgette Radebe is featured as chairperson.
The Zungu/Radebe factor at the top can be seen as an interesting political balance with Zungu known to have been close to former President Jacob Zuma in the years gone by. The prominent businessman, Zungu, was once considered for the position of chief of staff in the formative years of the Zuma presidency.
And Radebe, a prominent businesswoman in her own right brings to the picture the Motsepe connection. She is the sister to mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and is married to ANC heavy weight Jeff Radebe who currently serves as the minister of energy. The latter connection is seen to be close to the Cyril Ramaphosa administration.
The full list of the new BBC office bearers is organised as follows:
- President: Sandile Zungu
- Vice President Business: Keith Thabo
- Vice President Professionals: Nkuli Mogopa
- Secretary General: Judy Nokwedi
- Treasurer General: Bonolo Ramokhele
- Chairperson: Bridgette Radebe
- Head of Policy: Tilson Manyoni
This leadership comes after the BBC was hobbled by by the Danisa Baloyi scandal. The BBC ejected Baloyi as its President after she was accused of misappropriating about R5 million in organisations monies donated by the Airports Company of SA (Acsa).
The BBC is positioned as an umbrella body for organised black business and professional bodies and exist alongside the Business Unity SA which is led by Jabu Mabuza and is castigated in BBC circles as representing the interest of white capital which is a matter of debate. BBC members include the Association of Black Accountants of South Africa, Association of Black Security and Investment Professionals, African Cooperatives for Hawkers and Informal Business, African Builders Association, Black Business Executive Circle, Black Lawyers Association, Black Management Forum, National African Federated Chamber of Commerce, Progressive Professionals Forum, South African Mining Development Association, South African National Taxi Council, South African Women Business Council of Cooperatives, South African Women In Construction etc.
The organisation recently appointed Kganki Matabane as its CE.