Council Member Profile: Mr. Mthunzi Mdwaba
Mr. Mdwaba was recently re-elected as one of the Vice Presidents at Unisectoral-Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), responsible for the Americas, and led the Business delegation into the UK as part of President Zuma’s party. He also led the discussions at the BRIC/IBSA in Brazil before SA was invited to join the BRIC countries.
Mr. Mdwaba was appointed a Governing Body member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2009 and served as advisor to the President of the International Organisation for Employers (IOE). In June of 2011, he was re-elected to the Governing Body representing business in the Southern African Development Community and participates in formulating policies that influence the world of work.
He has also been appointed to sit on the Board of the ILO training centre based in Turin and sits on the ILO Multinational Enterprise (MNE) Ad Hoc Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. He was appointed to lead the discussion on the Labour Administration and Inspectorate for Employers for the whole world at the June ILO Conference and was successfully completed and adopted by all Member States of the ILO.
Mr. Mdwaba has in the past served as Chairman of the BITF (Black Information Technology Forum), Chairman of the Transformation Policy (Transpol) at BUSA, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Young & Rubicam (Y&R), Non-Executive Chairman of Lithalelanga Technologies, a Director of M Squared Consulting and Collabrus (based in San Francisco, California) as well as a director of the Innovation Hub. In 2008, Mr. Mdwaba also consulted to Nestle SA and assisted with their transformation journey, resulting in the adoption and committal by over 40 Executives of a programme, named "Vision 2010."
He was a participant in drafting the ICT Charter as part of South Africa's Black Economic Empowerment Policies (known as BEE), which has recently been gazetted as a Code of Good Practice, and was IT Personality of the Year 2004, awarded by the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA).
Currently Mr. Mdwaba, in addition to being the Vice President of BUSA stands as President of the Confederation of Black Business Organisations (CBBO), Non-Executive Director and Shareholder of Ninam Properties, Non-Executive Director and shareholder of Media Edge and Nota Bene, Non-Executive Director and shareholder of Storage Technologies Services (Pty) Ltd as well as Non-Executive Chairman and Shareholder of Arbez Investment Holdings.
Mr. Mdwaba holds a BA, LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand.
In 2009, Mr. Mdwaba was awarded BBQ Businessman of the year Award as well as overall Platinum Businessman of the Year and Topco Black Businessman of the year by the Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Award.