Bonang Mohale: Trading a stethoscope for a suit

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Explore Bonang Mohale's impactful journey from township beginnings to corporate leadership, advocating change and economic transformation.

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At 62, Mohale has impacted on some of the biggest and wealthiest business corporations inHe has headed multinational companies like Shell South Africa, Swiss Re and Otis and served in numerous leadership positions in both the public and private sectors., an apex organisation where we have got 40 organisations and 27 companies.

“Katlehong is important to me because that was not only my home, but that is where I met my lifetime partner, Ms Susan.” “Most of the doctors who are my role models were from Katlehong and graduated from the University of Natal. Even that early on, I knew that I was just as good as the rest and I wanted to compete with absolutely the best. That’s why I went to Wits,” he said.

“I was quite intrigued about an African who’s so self-confident, factual and knowledgeable. I later learned he was a member of the Black Management Forum. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a manager. I still went back to Wits but I felt like I had seen the light and decided to join the pharmaceutical industry, where I spent 11 years. I initially worked for Pfizer then Merck Sharp & Dohme,” he said.

“In hindsight, we are the only African country that has become free and did not substantially increase the quality of education for our own people and change the ownership of the economy.”

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