BBC welcomes the Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla matter


The Black Business Council has noted and welcomed yesterday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court on the Nkandla matter.




BBC CEO's Statement on Student Protest



Mr. Mohale Ralebitso, CEO of the Black Business Council (BBC), calls on the government and the private sector to work together in engaging the jusfiable concerns of protesting students countrywide. The students, of various backgrounds and ages, have come together to register their dissatisfaction with the status quo which requires leadership in the land to be willing to be held to account, collectively, not in camps pointing fingers.”


Black Industrialists Development Programme




The discrimination and exclusion of Black people from the mainstream economy as a result of apartheid legislation continues to plague our socio-economic landscape. South Africa is a country endowed with large natural and mineral resources that can support various industries, especially in the manufacturing sector. However, despite this competitive advantage, the majority of black businesses are excluded from this participation resulting in unacceptably low involvement of black-owned enterprises from the manufacturing sector. As part of its strategy to transform the economy, the South African government has identified black industrialists as vital protagonists for black economic empowerment, job creation, enterprise and industrial development.

National Conversation On Work Ethic



National Conversation On Work Ethic is a Black Business Council initiative that seeks to encourage the country to adopt the concept of work as an imperative towards self-reliance, self-determination and success. The programme involves engaging civil society and the business community in robust conversations aimed at unleashing ideas that will enhance a positive disposition towards work.



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The Black Business Council (BBC) has emphasised the importance of a strong specific voice of black business in South Africa to advance the agenda of transformation. This follows the organisation’s round table discussion with the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies in Johannesburg last night.

The BBC has been holding high-level roundtable meetings with strategic departments to lobby government on policy advocacy in order to accelerate the participation of black South Africans in the mainstream economy and to develop initiatives and programmes like the Black Industrialist Programme to enable economic growth and inclusivity.

general, Minister Davies said that economic transformation depended on two inter-connected themes. These are the radical change of the productive base of the South African economy, and the challenge of changing the patterns of participation in the economy, drawing from the skills capacity and entrepreneurial spirit of the whole of the population of the country.

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Consultative Workshop

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Black Business Council will be hosting a gala dinner on the 26th June 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre where the Honourable Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, will speak about “Creating Sustainable SMME’s – Working Towards an Industrialised Economy” as the keynote speaker. An initiative which is underpinned by the systematic and deliberate mind-set change where people adopt a different attitude towards manufacturing and are encouraged to participate in programmes that will increase their involvement in industrial development activity





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The BBC Consultative Conference is an event conceptualised to broaden the conversation on the role of black business in implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) and removing mainstream economy barriers to entry. The conference seeks to amplify the message that the NDP and more importantly South Africa’s economic growth depends largely on harnessing the potential presented by the development of Black industrialists..


Topic One: The serious challenges placed by the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework in implementation of set-asides in the public sector
Topic Two: The National Empowerment Fund’s (NEF) role in in supporting the funding of
Topic Three: Economic rebalancing to address goals of a developmental state WHY GET INVOLVED.

About the BBC

The Black Business Council was born on September 2011 out of the Black Business Summit where over 20 black business and professional organizations met to chart the way forward in our quest to enhance economic transformation.


The Black Business Council is the overarching collective of national organizations representing professional and business formations.


Our purpose is to lobby government on policy advocacy in order to accelerate the participation of black South Africans in the mainstream economy.


Our Vision


As the Black Business Council, we foresee an inclusive and expanding economy that generates income streams for the majority of South Africa’s citizens.


Our Mission


We commit ourselves to represent the interests of black business in the economy. In order to achieve this, it is necessary for us to unite all affiliates behind a common purpose, and implement programs of action that position black business at the centre of economic growth and participation.

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    The Boabab tree is a symbol of great strength, reaching heights of up to 30 mitres and with a diameter of up to 11 mitres. The Black Business Council is an organisation that continues to grow from strength to strength in its endeavour to support black business.

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    Carbon dating indicates that the Boabab tree can live up to 3000 years old. The Black Business Council aims live on and grow for many generations to come.

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    The spreading branches of the Boabab look like roots reaching for the sky. Our organisation prides itself on its achievements, yet continues reach for greater heights.

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    The Baobab tree can create its own ecosystem, as it supports the life of countless creatures. Similarly, our organisation aims to become the most important support structure for black industrialists in South Africa.

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    The trunk of the Boabab tree can store up to 100 000 litres of water to endure harsh drought conditions. The Black Business Council aims to endure tough economic circumstances through a strong member base.

Our Leadership

Mohale M. Ralebitso
Chief Executive Officer


Mohale has excelled as an entrepreneur and is a seasoned transformational business leader. He was the Executive Chairman of FCB SA having previously worked at Old Mutual Emerging markets as Marketing Communications and Corporate Affairs Director on the Old Mutual Emerging Markets Exco with responsibility for brand, marketing, customer segmentation and customer value propositions design [CVPs] and market engagement across SA, Africa, Colombia, Mexico and India and China. Before then He was the Managing Executive for Absa Private Bank, a multi-billion rand AUM business and served as a member of the Absa Retail Bank Exco and Absa Wealth Steering Committee.

Xolani Qubeka


Secretary General


Mr Xolani Qubeka is an accomplished business man, having taken on senior positions in the country’s top companies and organisations. To highlight these, his profile includes previous directorships at MTN and the Gauteng Economic Development Agency.


Currently, Mr Qubeka serves as a Non-Executive Director at Pamodzi Investment Holdings, is the Chairman of Pambi Trust and Small Business Council Working Group. Mr Qubeka is also the owner of Qubelisa Enterprise Empowerment and Training.


Portfolio Committees

Corporate Services


The Corporate Services Division houses the Legal, Finance, Human Resources and Administrative functions of the Black Business Council. The key service offered by this division is the facilitation of access to finance for our members.

This much needed finance is accessed through our relationship with the DFIs, namely SEFA, IDC, NEF, DBSA and the DTI. Furthermore, this division works to develop its members through exposure to various economic opportunities locally.

Office Bearers

Our leadership consists largely of the council's founding members.

These are experienced entrepreneurs and business people who have been, and continue to serve at the helm of successful national and multinational organisations.

They have been tasked with the responsibility of formulating strategies to provide oversight in relation to identified core delivery areas.

The Black Business Council boasts a strong set of corporate partners representing key sectors in South Africa’s economy.

Our partners represent industries suce as energy, construction, financial services and media.

Our Partners

Our programs aim are aimed at developing our current member base, as well as to create a valuable platform for them to interact with each other

The networking opportunities created by our programs have helped initiate sustainable partnerships within our member base.

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Contact Us

BBC Head Office

35 Ferguson Road
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T: +27 11 728 3336
F: +27 11 728 0331