As a branch having the largest membership and being located in the economic hub of Southern Africa, ABASA Johannesburg has taken a proactive step to develop leadership potential of the black accountants with the intention of extending the intervention to the other branches in South Africa. On the evening of 28 November 2007, we successfully launched the ABASA Leadership Program, formerly known as the Mentorship Program. Dr. Mathews Phosa, prominent businessman and member of the Treasurer of the African National Congress (“ANC”), was the key note speaker for the launch.
The vision for the ABASA Leadership Programme is;
“To have a community where every black accountant takes the lead and actively drives sustainable change in his or her sphere of influence for the betterment of others in Southern Africa”
To achieve this audacious vision, soon to be qualified Chartered Accountants are paired up with high profile, passionate and experienced executives from various business and professional backgrounds to serve as mentors for a period not more than twelve calendar months.
The ALP programme has two aspects to it that are outside the mentor/mentor sessions and they are detailed below.
The purpose for the Leadership Dialogues is to provide a platform for leaders in business, politics and academia to engage in robust dialogues with the general ABASA members, mentees, mentors and the general public on a specific current affairs or leadership issue. It is often based on a panel of speakers and open floor discussions.
- Peer Mentorship sessions or Leadership Development Sessions
These are closed sessions for mentees only. They are aimed at equipping mentees on the subject of leadership and emphasises the importance of taking a lead in every situation and actively driving sustainable change for the betterment of others in Southern Africa. In these sessions, mentees are expected to report on some deliverables and if there are any specific deliverables that should be brought the mentors attention, the mentors are notified accordingly.
Previous ALP Mentors
We are humbled by the number and quality of mentors that have come forward to voluntarily give their time in nurturing talented accountants and prospective leaders. Some of the previous mentors on the Program, to mention but a few, include:
- Prof. Gill Marcus (Governor of the Reserve Bank);
- Sandile Zungu (Chairman of ZICO and director of many companies);
- Mr. Moses Kgosana (CEO of KPMG and past ABASA National President);
- Lwazi Bam (CEO of Deloitte Africa and past ABASA National President);
- Professor Ben Marx (University of Johannesburg);
- Mr Bernard Swanepoel (Former CEO of Harmony and Co-founder of To-The-Point);
- Judge Thabani Jali (Chairman PriceWaterhouseCoopers);
- Nonkululeko Gobodo (Chair of SizweNtsalubaGobodo);
- Andile Khumalo (CEO of MSG and current ABASA National President)
- Penny Tlhabi (Director at Discovery Health);
- Victor Sekese (CEO of Sizwentsaluba);
- Victor Songelwa (CFO of Mandela Children’s Fund) and many others
Previous ALP Guest Speakers
We are humbled by the number and quality of speakers that have come forward to voluntarily give their time in nurturing talented accountants and prospective leaders. Some of the previous speakers on the Programme, to mention but a few, include:
- Brian Molefe (CEO of Transnet);
- Raymond Ackerman (Former Chairman of Pick n Pay);
- Gloria Serobe (CEO of Wiphold);
- Nthobie Angel (Chairman of Kagiso Tiso Holding);
- Somadoda Fikeni (Political Analyst);
- Bobby Godsell (Retired Businessman & NPC Member) and many others.
- Chris Hart (Chief Economist: Investment Solutions)
- Andile Mngxitama (founder and editor in chief of the New Frank Talk)
- Lindiwe Mazibuko (Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance)
- Joel Netshitenzhe (Member of the National Planning Commission)
- Professor Steven Friedman (Political analyst)
- Dr Reuel Khoza (Chairman of Nedbank)
- Ndaba Ntsele (Chief Executive Officer – Pamodzi)