MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN 2015/16

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CASE IN POINT | NDA

In many respects good leadership is about creating opportunities for those that need to follow in your footsteps. Dr Vuyelwa Nhlapo, Chief Executive Officer of the National Development Agency believes that providing opportunities which are aligned with the overall objectives of the organisation, is an ideal way to ensure those around you are constantly being developed.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CASE IN POINT | Mabatho Events

In business circles, partners come and go. Sometimes, the longest that entities can stay together is a couple of months, or a year at most. However, the relationship between CEO Communications and Mabatho Events and Promotions has defied the odds and, in 2015, enters its fourth consecutive year in existence. In all the years since 2012, Mabatho Events and Promotions has never disappointed but has offered top-notch professional services, says Annelize Wepener, chief executive of CEO Communications.

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CASE IN POINT | Air Mauritius

It is a wonderful thing to encounter a business executive who recognises that the small efforts we all make each day add up to something significant. The British novelist Emily Dickinson once said: “If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.” 

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CASE IN POINT | KPMG

Africa has had many despots in the past. Some are still around today. What is significant and encouraging, are signs that business leadership in Africa is maturing. Not in the sense of reaching advanced years - although many government leaders have enviable longevity - but in terms of displaying the leadership skills that will enable African leaders to compete globally against their counterparts. For too long, African leaders have been deemed inferior or less relevant. 

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CASE IN POINT | CEOS Technologies

Continental and regional winner for 2014 in the ICT sector of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and brand ambassador for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, Ann Kleynhans knows what it’s like to start right at the bottom and work your way to the top.

 

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CASE IN POINT | Westcon

So what does a company need to do in order to be positioned as one of Southern Africa’s biggest value-added distributors of technology and converged communications solutions? We talk to WestconGroup Southern Africa’s top female leadership to unravel the mechanics behind the company’s success. We discuss how recent investments have given the group a further foothold in geographies in Africa. The company has an ethos of “value-added” services. This, and their high performance culture are among the reasons for WestconGroup’s success.

 

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CASE IN POINT | merSETA

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) was established in the year 2000. Their focus is on metal and engineering, auto manufacturing, motor retail and component manufacturing, tyre manufacturing, and plastics industries. In total merSETA is comprised of approximately 44 000 companies, with a workforce of about 600 000. At the helm of it all is Dr Raymond Patel, who has been the CEO since 2006..

 

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CASE IN POINT | SEFA

Seeking finance for a small-business proposal is enough to send the bravest soul into flights of self-doubt. Even the most well-formulated business plan has holes in it. It is the job of the financier to ask the sort of questions that transform a well-formulated business plan into the lining of the budgie cage. “You need to do more market research,” the financier says, the steely rims of their accountant glasses glinting in reinforcement of their point.

 

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CASE IN POINT | VisaRequest

People being people, are not always patient when faced with a situation where they need their travel documents in a hurry. On the other hand, the customer is always right… Well, most of the time. Established in South Africa in 2007, VisaRequest has assisted more than 12 000 travellers in acquiring over 30 000 visas over the past seven years. The visa-acquisition company serves travel agents and private individuals.

 

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CASE IN POINT | WDB

Zanele Mbeki started the WDB [Women’s Development Bank] in 1991 to alleviate poverty and empower the marginalised poor. The women of the WDB Trust and WBD Investment Holdings have seen how countless African lives have been impacted and changed by the WDB. Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, non-executive chairperson of WDBIH and the Deputy Chair of WDB Trust, Faith Khanyile, non-executive director and Chief Executive Officer of WDBIH and WDB Trust CEO, Tania Slabbert, share their experience with the company as well as the achievements and future projections of WDB.

 

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