Nolitha Fakude is the Chairman of Anglo American’s Management Board in South Africa as well as the Group Director responsible for South Africa on Anglo American plc’s Group Management Committee (GMC). Nolitha sits on the Anglo American Platinum Board as a Non-Executive Director and previously served on the Board of Anglo American plc from 2017 to 2019. Nolitha brings to Anglo American significant management experience gained in various functional leadership roles across the oil and energy, chemicals, financial services and retail industries.
Nolitha has worked in and held senior executive positions in various industries and sectors including Retail, Financial Services, Mining and Oil and Gas. Until 2016, Nolitha served as an Executive Director at Sasol Limited and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategy and Sustainability.
Nolitha was the President of the Black Management Forum (BMF) from 2003 to 2006 and its Managing Director between 2000 and 2003. She now serves as a member of the Council of Elders, and is a respected authority on transformation and empowerment in South Africa.
Current Nolitha serves as the President of the Minerals Council of South Africa (MINCOSA), Non-Executive Director of the JSE Limited and Vice President of the International Woman’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA). She is a Patron of Guild Cottage home for girls.
Her previous board roles include serving as Deputy Chair and Lead Independent Director of Datacentrix Holdings Limited, Chairperson of Sasol Mining and as a Non-Executive Director of Harmony Gold Mines, Woolworths Holdings and Discovery Holdings, amongst others.
Her accolades include: The 2004 Most Influential Businesswoman by Financial Mail, Impala Platinum Young Entrepreneur Award and the National Honor by the Golden Key Society of the University of Johannesburg.
Nolitha has led from the front and has not been shy to tackle the tough issues that the mining sector and Minerals Council have to deal with. She is playing a pathfinding leadership role in encouraging structural reform in government to unlock the real inclusive growth potential of the mining sector.
Nolitha is an author of a book titled, “Boardroom Dancing – Transformation stories from a Corporate Activist”, published in 2019.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Fort Hare and completed the Senior Executive Programme at Harvard Business School in the United States.