PRETORIA, South African Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has congratulated Priscillah Mabelane on her appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BP Southern Africa.

Mabelane’s appointment, effective from Sept 1, comes six years after she joined the oil major in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and then Operations Director for the United Kingdom.

“The appointment of Ms Mabelane comes at an opportune time when, as the department, we are focusing on the issues of transformation of the energy sector, as demonstrated by the recent ‘Women in Energ’y dialogue, complemented by the launch of the ‘Women in Energy Awards’,” said Kubayi.

Mabelane is the first black woman to reach the top position in the history of the country’s multinational oil companies.

“As she joins the ranks of South African women breaking barriers in all areas of society, Ms Priscillah Mabelane’s accomplishment as the first black woman CEO of one of the multinational oil majors is a significant achievement to be acknowledged,” said the Minister.

“I look forward to her interaction and contribution to the programmes that promote radical socio-economic transformation within the energy sector.”

Mabelane’s achievement, she added, should encourage others to follow in ensuring that the abundance of talent and capacity in this country does not remain hidden and is nourished.

“This achievement also marks a significant milestone for BPSA, which nurtured her development during her service as CFO and then Operations Director for BP in the UK. I take this opportunity to wish Ms Mabelane all the success in her new responsibility and assure her of my support as the Minister of Energy,” said Kubayi.


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