UFS chancellor calls for more female executives

UFS Chancellor, Prof Bonang Mohale.

The Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof Bonang Mohale, has called for more women to be given executive positions in South African companies.

Prof Mohale was speaking at the 2022 Business Breakfast held at the President Hotel in Bloemfontein under the theme “Growing the Economy of the Free State in 2022 – A collaborative approach”.

Some of the dignitaries who attended the breakfast included Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, Free State MEC for Destea, Makalo Mohale, as well as other Free State government officials and business representatives.

According to Prof Mohale, only 4% black females hold senior positions in South Africa.  “I got appointed to the board of the Bidvest Group as the chairperson of 135 000 employees with 7 divisions which have recently been reduced to 6. For 32 years the company has only had one woman on the board with 30 men. I convinced the CEO to put her on 18 month programme to shadow the CEO. She later took over as the first African female CEO of the company,” said Prof Mohale.

He said that he had pushed for more black male and females in senior position throughout his carrier and called on other executives to follow suit.

Prof Mohale also called on parents to avoid pressurising their children to attend university, as some learners cannot showcase their practical skills because they are being forced to be intellectuals. “Parents should allow their children to attend TVET colleges, where they will be able to learn or improve their practical skills,” concluded Prof Mohale.

Kekeletso Mosebetsi