Thulasizwe Mbele. PHOTO: Supplied
JOHANNESBURG - Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) announced on Tuesday the appointment of marketing guru Thulasizwe Mbele as its new head of strategy with immediate effect.

This comes as BLSA's new leadership team continues to take shape  following the appointment of Bonang Mohale as chief executive in June, and Themba Maseko as communications director in August.

Mohale said that the  appointment of head of strategy had been critical to sharpen the implementation of BLSA's recently launched contract and integrity pledge.

"In Thulasizwe Mbele, we have someone who brings drive, passion and energy to that process," Mohale said.

Mbele joins BLSA after a stint as chief operations officer at Grocat BV/ TDM Petroleum, part of the Afgri Group. Prior to that, he was business opportunity manager at Shell South Africa from 2015 to February this year and before that, he was Business Projects Executive from July 2010, also at Shell SA.

Mbele's fuel industry career, which started in 2000, has also taken him to Chevron SA and Caltex Oil SA.

Mbele holds a bachelor of social sciences degree in Marketing and Economics, economics honours, a post graduate diploma in business management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mbele said: "It is a great pleasure to join a progressive organisation like Business Leadership South Africa that actively seeks to create a more inclusive, transformative and empowering South Africa. I have been encouraged by the vocal, participative voice of BLSA in the challenges faced by our country."

BLSA represents 80 of South Africa’s largest businesses and multinational companies. 

The organisation recently launched an Integrity Pledge through which it aims to create jobs, develop black executive leadership and combat public and private sector corruption.

Last week, BLSA suspended the membership of embattled audit firm KPMG SA pending the outcome of an independent investigation into the organisation’s involvement in conduct related to “state capture” in South Africa.