Tebele Makhetha PHOTO supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has appointed a black female attorney, Tebele Makhetha, as its director for policy and legislation effective from November 1 this year.

BLSA is the business body representing more than 70 of the country's largest companies and multinationals.

Makhetha will be responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and regulations, policy development, engagement with key partners, and helping shape BLSA's input in the development of important legislation.

BLSA chief executive Bonang Mohale said: "Miss Makhetha is here to keep us in line and sharpen our input into policy and legislation. In our recently unveiled Integrity Pledge our members undertake not to behave anti-competitively and to comply with all laws, as the representative body we have to lead by example."

Makhetha holds a Masters degree in Commercial Law and an LLB from Wits University. She also holds a certificate in prospecting and mining law and was admitted as an attorney in 2010.

She joins BLSA from Tabacks and Associates, whom she joined in July 2010 as an associate, and since July 2012, has been a director in their commercial law department. She cut her teeth in the legal profession as a candidate attorney at Werksman's Attorneys.

Makhetha said she was "truly honored" to be joining BLSA at this time in its journey.

"I hope to make my contribution and to learn from my esteemed colleagues, some of whose careers as advocates of transformation I have followed with admiration. I am looking forward to this challenge," Makhetha said.

In August this year, BLSA launched its "contract with South Africa" through which it pledged to invest in the economy to create jobs, support small business, help develop black leadership talent and crush corruption in the public and private sectors.

 - AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY