Print Page   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Register
News & Press: In the Press

Press Release: The BMF Commemorates its 40th Anniversary

30 May 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Iviwe Rwayi
Share |



(for immediate release)




26 May 2016


The Black Management Forum (BMF) is marking its 40th anniversary in 2016. The commemoration of this occasion will form part of the BMF’s Annual Corporate Update Dinner which will be held on Friday 10 June 2016 at Emperors Palace. The theme for the event “40 years of Changing the Transformation Landscape” will look at the significant role that the BMF has played in the quest for economic transformation, particularly in the workplace. Noting the fact that our country is celebrating 20 years of the establishment of the constitution, the BMF felt it befitting to invite Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, to deliver a keynote address at the Dinner.


Our theme for the Corporate Update Dinner is 40 Years of Changing the Transformation Landscape. The BMF is intentionally pausing and counting stock of its role in the transformation agenda of the country. Despite the many challenges facing the country, we have paused to reflect on a journey that has seen us grow as an organization, experiencing our own organizational transformation, to becoming the champion of transformation in the country. We are in a celebratory mind-set that emanates from deep within our consciences, resonating profoundly throughout our organization, that the BMF is central to the survival of the transformation agenda. Our theme is therefore self-reveling and not self-absorbing, because our core business as it were, is to clear the barriers put in place that hinder black advancement and justice.  


At 40 years, the BMF is SA’s oldest organization focused on the meaningful participation of black professionals in the workplace. The organization has over the past four decades contributed to the economic transformation landscape in the following ways, amongst other highlights:


•During its formative years, the BMF provided a pillar of support to black managers as well as tactics to survive a hostile workplace environment.


•The BMF conceived the ‘Basotho Hat’ formula in 1993– a blueprint on achieving transformation at workplace.


•The BMF was at the forefront in the development of the Employment Equity Act and Skills Development Act.


•In 1997, BMF took the resolution to establish the BEE Commission at its annual Conference in Stellenbosch which paved the way for the BBBEE Act.


The dinner will also provide guests with an opportunity to share in the presentation of the BMF Excellence Awards. The awards will be conferred on a few individuals who have demonstrated Black Excellence and outstanding leadership in our society. About 1000 guests are expected to attend the event.


Members of the media who would like to attend, should contact Kelebogile Machaka on 083 725 6547 or email



- ENDS -



About the Black Management Forum

The BMF has been in existence for 40 years and is a non-racial thought-leadership organisation with the main purpose of influencing socio-economic transformation in our country, in pursuit of socio-economic justice, fairness and equity.


The BMF stands for the development and empowerment of managerial leadership, primarily amongst black people, and the creation of managerial structures and processes that reflect the demographics, and values of the wider society.



For more information contact:


Kelebogile Machaka

083 725 6547