Director: BLSA

Q: How do you think business can best help grow the economy in SA?

A: “We have to encourage entrepreneurship that is imaginative, bold and ethical.”

Jabulane (Jabu) Mabuza is the chairman of Telkom SA SOC Limited. He is widely recognised as a successful entrepreneur. He is retired from the position of group chief executive of Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd, and as deputy chairman of Tsogo Sun Holdings. Jabu is the current chairman of the Casino Association of South Africa (CASA), president of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), executive chairman of Sphere Holdings, leader of the CEO Initiative, and recently appointed chairman of the Africa portion of the merged Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller. Appointed as chairman of the Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on 20 October 2016.

Jabu has held a number of directorships within the Southern Sun and Tsogo Sun Groups. He has served on the board of South African Tourism for nine years and as its chairman for six years ending May 2012.

He also served on the board of University of South Africa School of Business Leadership (SBL) and was country advisor to the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). He has been recently appointed member and patron of the South Africa Day initiative (Citizens in Partnership with Government “CPG”).

Jabu has presented several papers in Southern Africa, the United Kingdom, United States of America and Europe on black economic empowerment investment in South Africa, small and medium enterprise development and the role of business in transition.

Outside of South Africa,, he has served on the boards of Tanzania Breweries Ltd (TBL), and Castle Brewing Company in Kenya. He recently retired as board member from the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in Washington DC, and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in England as an executive committee member. Appointed to the Concordia Leadership Council – USA. He is also the chairman of the Regional Business Council for World Economic Forum (WEF).

Some of the Awards received include:

  • The South African Minister of Tourism presented Jabu with the Lifetime Achiever Award –The Lilizela Tourism Award –  for his exceptional contribution to the tourism sector on 12 September 2013.

  • On 17 October 2015 he received the Business Leader of the Year Award at the South African of the Year (SATY Awards).