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Bonang Mohale, in reflecting on his tenure as CEO of Business Leadership SA (BLSA), is wont to quote Nicky Oppenheimer: "A company can, when powered by beliefs and principles, be a positive agent of change, in a way which good governments welcome and bad governments fear." So what did the former Shell SA chair feel he got right?

We moved our total number of CEOs from 53 to 86 and our cash reserves are in excess of R60m from inheriting an organisation that posted a R2m loss. One of my key performance indicators was to go and recruit a high-calibre team, and I have an amazing team. The second objective was go and find a competent successor, which I did. That’s why I’m now handing over...

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