New BP Southern Africa (BPSA) CEO, Priscillah Mabelane (Pic supplied: Meropa)

JOHANNESBURG - The Minister of Energy, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi on Wednesday congratulated the first black female on her appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of multi-national oil industry, BP Southern Africa.

Priscillah Mabelane has been appointed with effect of September 1, after joining the organisation in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and then Operations Director, United Kingdom. Kubayi said the appointment of  Mabelane’s comes at an opportune time where as the department they were focusing on the issues of the transformation of the energy sector, as demonstrated by the recent Women in Energy dialogue, complemented by the launch of the Women in Energy Awards.

“I look forward to her interaction and contribution to the programmes that promote radical socio-economic transformation within the energy sector”.

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“As she joins the ranks of South African women breaking barriers in all areas of society, Priscillah Mabelane’s accomplishment as the first black woman CEO of one of the multi-national oil majors is a significant achievement to be acknowledged,” said Kubayi. Kubayi said this should encourage others to follow in ensuring that the abundance of talent and capacity in this country doesn’t remain hidden but nourished. This achievement also marks a significant milestone for BPSA, which nurtured her development during her service as CFO and then Operations Director for BP in the UK.

“I take this opportunity to wish Ms Mabelane all the success in her new responsibility and assure her of my support as the Minister of Energy,” said Kubayi.