9 December 2014
Khanyisile Kweyama is the newly appointed chief executive of Business Unity South Africa, the organisation that represents the interests of the country’s business community.
Kweyama is currently the executive director of Anglo American South Africa. Anglo has agreed to second her to BUSA for a two-year term with effect from 2 January 2015.
Kweyama brings with her a wealth of business experience gained across a number of sectors, said Busa president Jabu Mabuza.
“This will help us lead Busa in projecting a compelling voice for businesses in South Africa in the interests of our members,” he said. “I look forward to working with [Kweyama] and the board as we work collectively to help South Africa meet the objectives of the National Development Plan and to grow our economy to its fullest potential.”
Busa aims to ensure that organised business plays a constructive role, within the context of the South Africa’s economic growth, development and transformation goals, in achieving an environment in which businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive both nationally and internationally.
Kweyama said she was delighted to be taking up the role of Busa chief in what is “a most critical time for business and government to better understand each other and to work towards our common goals”.
She said that, given the right regulatory and fiscal parameters, businesses in South Africa were “a force that could be unlocked to make the investments necessary to grow, create jobs and deliver the economic upliftment that we all want for our country”.
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani thanked Kweyama for her work at the company during what had been “a challenging period for the mining industry”.
“Kweyama has the perfect blend of experience to lead Busa in its mission to serve the interests of the South African business community with a strong, yet fair voice,” he said.
Cas Coovadia, who was seconded to Busa as acting CEO by the Banking Association of South Africa (Basa), will step down on 12 December 2014. He will resume his position as managing director of Basa on a full-time basis.
SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov