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Development of black managers crucial to growth of South African economy

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by Sandile Gwala, Executive Director at Deloitte South Africa

The development of black managerial talent and leadership for both the public and private sectors is crucial to the growth of the South Africa economy and future entrepreneurs. Thus the opportunity to become a knowledge partner to the learning day at this year’s Black Management Forum Conference was one we took up without hesitation.

Skills development forms part of the Deloitte ethos and has seen the firm being recognised by industry bodies such as the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of SA (ABASA) as a leading producer of black chartered accountants for many years in a row.  We believe in producing skills for the firm’s own talent pool and for the broader economy – because we have to play our part in developing skills for South Africa.

The Deloitte corporate social investment budget is solely focused on supporting skills development initiatives. In addition to our CSI budget, Deloitte also spends in excess of R20 million a year on tertiary education bursaries. Our alumni also sit at the upper echelons of the auditing and other professional services organisations – the auditor general, parastatals and parts of the private sector.

It is at the back of this passionate commitment to skills development that we found the call by the President of the BMF, Bonang Mohale, to reconfigure its annual conference and incorporate a learning day as a timely and important call.

Some of the BMF managers are destined to be top global industrialists, top executives in multinationals, leading CEOs of JSE listed entities as well as senior managers and directors in government and state owned enterprises.

We believe managers will be more impactful when they are instinctly aware of the social challenges around their organisations, know how to use data better in their environment, are more informed on how they can govern responsibly in their organisations, and have more insight on how they can protect their organisations data from various types of risks.

Empowering black managers with broader managerial expertise and social awareness will advance transformation and enable them to remain transformation agents themselves and not miss opportunities provided by their own managerial positions.

At the conference, the break-away groups will learn and explore three topics in line with the theme of  Can Good Governance Increase Trust: Data Analytics; Cyber Crime and effective managers who advance good governance. We will present our content in an interactive manner based on practical examples.

There will also be a plenary panel of captains of industry, including a JSE Non-executive director, the public protector, an official in the Office of the President’s planning and monitoring and evaluation departments and other state-owned-company CEOs who have successfully driven governance turnaround journeys.

Deloitte has had a corporate membership with the Black Management Forum (BMF) for decades and always looks forward to its annual conference and corporate update dinner. The Deloitte association with the BMF was also cemented by their long standing advisor and associate, the late Lot Maduke Ndlovu, who was the former MD and president of the BMF.

If you are interested in attending the Black Management Forum Conference, click here to register on the BMF website. We will also be providing updates from the conference on social media. You can monitor updates on the 23rd October on Twitter by following the #BMFConf2013 hashtag or @DavidGrahamSA on Twitter.

 

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