For Anglo SA it’s been a long walk to transformation
Six out of every 10 managers are historically disadvantaged South Africans but the corporate ladder still has a number of rungs on it that black executives have yet to reach
More than a decade ago, Norman Mbazima, Anglo American SA's deputy chairperson, sat in Anglo's ornate colonial-style boardroom at its head office in Marshalltown, meeting with Tony Trahar, the former chair. "He said: 'I want you to help us with our transformation journey that we are starting, and the reason I want you to help me is because you are black and most of my executives are white. Very good white people, but they are white'," said Mbazima. Mbazima, a Zambian, is one of the five black executive appointments that Anglo's executive committee and group management committee has made in its more than 100-year history after Lazarus Zim, Kuseni Dlamini, Godfrey Gomwe and Khanyisile Kweyama. Mbazima has been at the forefront of Anglo's empowerment journey. "I have plied my trade as a black guy doing transformation at Anglo American since that day. So those are my credentials and I am going to stick with them," he added. For his endeavours at transforming the company that has been at...