Welcome to the Southern Africa Chapter

Come and join a collaboration of companies working to impact the boards of listed companies to 30% minimum representation.

Southern Africa

Where We Are

About 30% club Southern Africa

The 30% Club Southern Africa was launched in 2014 by Business Engage Association NPC, a non-profit organisation driving gender mainstreaming in private sector. 

Our aim

To support the achievement of a minimum of 30% Gender Balance at all senior decision-making tables across Southern Africa, including Boards and c-Suite.

1

Activate

Activate senior leaders

Engage chairs and CEOs to drive change and support organisations in their diversity & inclusion endeavours, with a specific focus on gender.

2

Influence

Influence those with power to drive change

Influence at a national level on diversity related topics and working complementary to other national initiatives including Balance for Better Business, the State Boards Diversity Initiative.

3

Enable

Enabling future women leaders

Support the development of talent pipeline through mentoring, executive education scholarships and board-ready initiatives

Corporate Gender Intelligence. The aptitude of an organisation to acknowledge the business case for gender mainstreaming and the ability to acquire and apply the necessary knowledge, skills and processes to harness such qualities, with a balance of masculine and feminine perspectives in doing business, and the ability to apply this.

Colleen Larsen, Chief Executive Business Engage

Chapter progress

It is now four years since the JSE listed companies have been required to have a gender policy at board level. A number of years ago Deloitte published a report noting, paraphrasing, that on average it takes five years for an organisation to comply with legislation or regulation. We should therefore expect that the majority of the JSE companies would now be compliant to varying degrees and that the 30% target would be attainable in the next year or two.  

2016

progress

2018

2019

19%

2020

20%

2021

27%

Members

If your organisation’s Chair, CEO or equivalent is interested in becoming a member, please contact Colleen Larsen on colleen@businessengage.co.za for further information.

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Company Member name Job Title Chapter membership
A T Kearney Theo Sibiya Managing Director, Africa Southern Africa
Absa Group Wendy Lucas-Bull Chair Southern Africa
Accenture Ntombi Mhangwani Interactive Experience Architect & Lead Women’s Forum Southern Africa
AECI Mark Dytor CEO Southern Africa
Anglo American Nolitha Fakude Chairman Chair Southern Africa
AngloGold Ashanti Maria Ramos Chair Southern Africa
Ascendis Health Mark Sardi CEO Southern Africa
Aspen Holdings Lorraine Hill, Group Group Operating Officer Southern Africa
Astron Energy Thabiet Booley CEO Southern Africa
Aurex Constructors Stuart Kent Regional Executive Southern Africa

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Steering committee

The 30% Club Southern Africa is run by a Steering Committee that is made up of senior men and women who volunteer their time and skills.

Alaine Frank

Senior HR Manager; Pfizer South Africa

Steercom Member

Charmaine Houvet

Senior public Policy Director; Cisco

Steercom Member

Buhle Hanise

Deputy President, African Women Chartered Accountants

Steercom Member

Wendy Mahoney

Managing Director; Newmella holdings

305 Club Southern Africa, KZN Chair

Liesel Hollis

Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion; FNB and WesBank

Steercom Member

Karissa Govender

Head Talent Management; Webber Wentzel

Steercom Member

Thato Seloane

Diversity & Inclusion Lead; Vodacom

Steercom Member

Rose Mamabolo

Business Manager; WDB Investment Holdings

Steercom Member

Events

30% Club Southern Africa hosts an annual calendar of events including BoardWalks and LeadersWalks.

An annual study of the opportunities for gender balancing the boards of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Basis of the Research

This research focuses on:

If the board of JSE listed companies are adopting a board gender policy and whether they are reporting on such policy in terms of the JSE listing requirement item 3.84i (previously 3.84k and renumbered with effect from 19 June 2017) which states;

 “the board of directors or the nomination committee, as the case may be, must have a policy on the promotion of gender diversity at board level. The issuer must confirm this by reporting to shareholders in its annual report on how the board of directors or the nomination committee, as the case may be, have considered and applied the policy of gender diversity in the nomination and appointment of directors. If applicable, the board of directors or the nomination committee must further report progress in respect thereof on agreed voluntary targets.

It is now four years since the JSE listed companies have been required to have a gender policy at board level. A number of years ago Deloitte published a report noting, paraphrasing, that on average it takes five years for an organisation to comply with legislation or regulation. We should therefore expect that the majority of the JSE companies would now be compliant to varying degrees. 

As stated in previous reports this research is in response to the often-asked questions;

  • “What are the opportunities for women on boards in South Africa?”
  • “Why are there not more women on the boards of listed companies?”
  • “Are there enough women of the right calibre to fill board positions as they arise.”

This report has been compiled from information publicly available in the form of company Integrated Annual Reports for the e previous reporting periods :

A link to the report as at 31 December 2020 is https://www.businessengage.co.za/state-of-gender-on-jse-listed-boards/

The report for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 will be released on 28 October 2021.   the link to attend the event

https://youtu.be/BaT2Nlaj3IA

  

LeadersWalk 12 October 2021 09h00-11h00 with Cindy Norcott; Owner – Pro Appointments and ProTalent

https://www.businessengage.co.za/12-october-2021-virtual-leaderswalk/

 

BoardWalk 21 October 2021 09h00-10h00 CAT with Dr Hayley Haupt – The future of Hybrid work

https://www.businessengage.co.za/21-october-2021-virtual-board-walk/