We were taught that Africa isn't poor, it’s just poorly managed – Bonang Mohale

In the profile interview, CEO at the Business Leadership South Africa Bonang Mohale chats about his upbringing, and the impact of Apartheid on the progression of black people.

Mohale says that’s his wife saved him from himself.

On the 24th of August this year, we’ll be happily married for 37 glorious years he adds.

Mohale says that when he lost his father at the age of 17, he was dead set on taking care of his mother and three younger siblings.

He adds that when he decided to become a medical rep, he came in with a bone-deep resistance, and thought process that black people were just as good as the rest of the world.

After spending four years at Wits Medical School, Bonang Mohale received Business and Management experience by spending more than ten years in the pharmaceutical industry.

In 1994, he joined Sandoz Products (Pty) Limited (now Novartis) as head of Public Affairs and Communications Department, and as a member of the Exco.

Mme Phemelo, you know I'm a product of many inputs. One of them was the realisation - when I went to Wits - that it's a white University.

Bonang Mohale, CEO at the Business Leadership South Africa

I thought that I was as good as the best, and I wanted to go compete with white people.

Bonang Mohale, CEO at the Business Leadership South Africa

Mohale says that his principal was truly unbelievable because he was an amazing administrator, disciplinary and like a good parent, he loved a lot but expected a lot.

I grew up in the presence of dignified greatness, and I’ve seen a pool of black excellence.

Bonang Mohale, CEO at the Business Leadership South Africa

He adds that his principal taught them that Africa is not a poor continent, it’s just poorly managed.

He instilled a sense of pride, self-worth and responsibly to be African says Mohale.

Bonang Mohale currently holds the position of CEO at Business Leadership South Africa.

In June 2017, he was elected VP Upstream and Chairman of Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Limited where he was responsible for the oil, chemical, aviation, marine and lubricants of global businesses.

In December 2008, Mohale spent 6 years as the CEO of Drake & Scull FM SA (PTY) Ltd, an integrated Facilities Management company owned by the Tsebo Outsourcing Group.

Click on the link below to part one of the interview…

Click on the link below to part two of the interview…


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