IWF member profile

Khanyisile Kweyama

Khanyisile Kweyama

Business Unity South Africa BUSA (CEO)

Khanyisile assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) in January 2015. She aims to position BUSA as a fully representative apex business organisation that contributes to a transforming and growing economy. Her vision is to ensure that organised business plays a constructive role, within the context of the country’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.

She was the first woman to hold the position of executive director at Anglo American in South Africa, and she is a member of the Anglo American group executive committee. Ms Kweyama was appointed as Chairperson of the Anglo American Zimele Board. She also serves on the boards of Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo American Platinum, Telkom South Africa, International Geological Congress, Sentebale, Defence Force Liaison Council, Business Leadership South Africa and Keymix Investments.

Prior to this, Khanyisile was executive head of human resources at Anglo American’s Platinum business where she was successful in building a cohesive management team, driving performance and improving relationships with unions. She has also been elected as the vice president of the South African Chamber of Mines.

Born in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, Khanyisile started her university education at Fort Hare University, and in 1984, joined the ANC in Swaziland. She settled in the USA where she worked closely with the ANC office in Washington DC while studying for a BS Administration qualification. She returned to South Africa in 1991 when the ANC was unbanned and worked for the Consultative Business Movement (CBM) as part of its CODESA secretariat.

An accomplished business woman, she set up her own consulting companies – Nokusa Communications and Promotions, and a Human Resources Consultancy, KTK HR Solutions.

Khanyisile has gained extensive managerial experience working for various reputable organisations, such as BMW, Altech and Barloworld.

She has served as a non-executive director at various companies including the boards of Sovereign Foods Ltd, IAC and Key Mix Investments, and currently serves on the boards of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and Telkom.

Her HR experience, especially around transformation, helped as she served as a member of the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE), a Section 9 body established to advise the Minister of Labour. Khanyisile also served on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) board.

Khanyisile was recently honoured the Most Influential Women in Mining in Africa by CEO Communications, and has been listed as one of the Top 100 women to watch in the FTSE 100 companies 2014 report.

Khanyisile is also a trustee of the Sentebale Trust – founded by Prince Harry of the UK and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho which works with vulnerable children.

She holds a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters Degree in Management from the Wits Business School, and also completed various executive development programmes with GIBS and other institutions.