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Nolitha Fakude

Nolitha Fakude


Nolitha Fakude is the Chairman of Anglo American’s Management Board in South Africa and sits on the Anglo American Platinum Board as a Non-Executive Director. Previously, Nolitha served on the Board of Anglo American plc from 2017 to 2019.

Nolitha is also currently serving as President of the Minerals Council South Africa (MINCOSA), Non-Executive Director of the JSE Limited and President of the International Woman’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA). She is as well the Patron of Guild Cottage home for girls.

Nolitha has worked in and held senior executive positions in various industries and sectors including Retail, Financial Services, Mining and Oil and Gas. Until 2016, Nolitha served as an Executive Director and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategy and Sustainability at Sasol Limited. Her previous board roles include serving as Chairperson of Sasol Mining, Deputy Chair and Lead Independent Director of Datacentrix Holdings Limited and as a Non-Executive Director of Harmony Gold Mines, Woolworths Holdings and Discovery Bank Holdings, amongst others.

Nolitha was also the President of the Black Management Forum (BMF) from 2003 to 2006 and its Managing Director between 2000 and 2003.

Her accolades include: The 2004 Most Influential Businesswoman by Financial Mail, Impala Platinum Young Entrepreneur Award, the National Honor by the Golden Key Society of the University of Johannesburg and the 2023 Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award.

Nolitha has led from the front and has not been shy to tackle the tough issues that business has to deal with including policy reform to enable inclusive economic growth.

Nolitha is an author of a book titled, “Boardroom Dancing – Transformation stories from a Corporate Activist”, published in 2019.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Fort Hare and completed the Senior Executive Programme at Harvard Business School in the United States.