Kalagadi Manganese chairperson Daphne Mashile-Nkosi won the ‘CEO of the Year’ award at the Africa CEO Forum hosted in Switzerland, an honour that identifies companies and individuals whose strategies contributed to Africa’s economic ascendance.

Africa CEO Forum chairperson Amir Ben Yahmed said Mashile-Nkosi stands alone as a successful, entrepreneurial black woman in the male-dominated mining sector, making her an ideal candidate for the award.

Mashile-Nkosi, who heads the giant manganese ore project Kalagadi Manganese in the Northern Cape, said at the awards ceremony that the honour “goes far beyond the recognition of business success, as it is coupled with my commitment to social upliftment and environmental responsibility. It also acknowledges that an African woman can make her mark in the historically male-dominated mining industry.

“The mining industry has not been an easy road, especially for a black woman, but I have persevered and succeeded in surmounting the many obstacles that have been placed in my path. Where there is no pain, there is no gain.”

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