Bridgette Radebe

Founder, Executive Chairperson and CEO
Mmakau Mining

Radebe is the Executive Chairperson of Mmakau Mining, an Independent Non Executive Director of Sappi Limited, President of the South African Mining Development Association and New Africa Mining Fund Founder and Board Trustee.

Through her leadership, Mmakau’s prime focus is on investment in sustainable mining ventures through community-driven involvement, which provides for wealth creation through empowerment procurement practices, managed empowerment partnering and entrepreneur development. This Integrated Resource Management model has created the equity participation of many rural communities and has sustained the wealth creation process through public-private partnership models and policies.

Through her presidency of the South African Mining Development Association (South Africa’s largest Mining chamber), her pioneering models in creating sustainable mining communities and robust business and infrastructure development in rural areas, through integrated resources development programme, have alleviated poverty and restored the dignity of indigenous peoples; thereby addressing the “resource curse syndrome”. This model is being adopted and adapted by various resource-abundant countries and mining chambers.

She is the Founder and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Africa Mining Fund to aid junior mining companies, particularly empowerment companies, with finance and skills, and former Vice Chairman of the Minerals and Mining Development Board that advises the Minister of Minerals and Energy.

In her capacity as president of SAMDA, Bridgette was instrumental in the lobbying and design of the Minerals and Petroleum Development Bill, The Royalty Bill, and the Empowerment Mining Charter in partnership with the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Labour Unions, the Chamber of Mines and other stakeholders. In the mid-eighties she was the head of Public Affairs for the National Soccer League and contributed to the development of soccer in South Africa.

Radebe received an “International Businessperson of the Year Award” on May 2008 by the Global Foundation for Democracy.[1] This award recognizes businesspeople who have made a difference in the world of changing political and environmental landscapes.

She is a founding member and served as the first Chairperson of the International Women’s Forum South Africa, and has recently been nominated as one of the 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa by ‘Forbes’ Magazine. She often presents at Fortune Most 200 Powerful Women Conferences, and also serves on various boards including Sappi Limited, the biggest paper and pulp company in the world.

My Sessions

Welcome Address

The Apollo Room

The impact of Digital Currencies in Africa