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Gender Commission Hails First Black Woman CEO for BP Southern Africa

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Gender Commission Hails First Black Woman CEO for BP Southern Africa

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to congratulate Ms Bafelelang Priscillah Mabelane, the first Black woman Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of British Petroleum Southern Africa. This appointment will serve as an inspiration for other women provided that similar opportunities are made available by more corporate entities to more experienced and capable women in South Africa.


The CGE is confident that Ms Mabelane’s business experience and leadership qualities, acquired from years of hard work with various companies including ACSA, Vodacom and BP Southern Africa, amongst others, will have prepared her thoroughly for this new and exciting challenge. The Commission, in its report on transformation in the private sector, has decried lack of gender transformation and the limited opportunities when it comes to women ascending to positions of power and influence in the corporate world. The Commission therefore hopes that Ms Mabelane’s appointment heralds a trend that will only intensify going forward rather than remain only an isolated incident.


The Gender Commission will always, if called upon, give the necessary advice and encouragement to corporate and other entities to sustain the momentum towards gender transformation and women’s empowerment in South Africa.

It is our belief that other women, in particularly girl children will look at this not as a fulfilment of a dream for Ms Mabelane but a constant reminder that they too can do just that, if not more. Косметика нового поколения от Макса Полякова




Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

Date:   30 August 2017

Contact Person: Javu Baloyi

Tel: 083 579 3306

The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.


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