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UWC Council Chair Appointed Global Employer Spokesperson

UWC congratulates Council Chair on his appointment as Global Employer Spokesperson by the International Organisation of Employers

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) congratulates local business leader - and UWC’s own Chairperson of Council - Mthunzi Mdwaba, on his appointment as Global Employer Spokesperson for the International Organisation of Employers (IOE).

“I am very honoured and humbled to serve and see this as Africa’s victory and look forward to serving the world, assisted by an amazing team,” Mdwaba said.

Mdwaba, who is currently the Vice President of the IOE for Africa, was appointed at the international forum by consensus at its Management Board meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland on 23 March 2017. He assumes his new role in June 2017.

The IOE is the largest network representing the private sector in the world, with membership comprised of more than 155 business and employer organisations from 143 countries. It is the recognised voice of business in social and labour policy debate in international forums such as the United Nations, the G20 and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) - a leading force in shaping the international environment for business on labour market standards for nearly a century.

IOE’s work centres on supporting its more than 40 African members to enhance public private dialogue and sustain the positive developments witnessed to date. Mdwaba’s appointment was welcomed as a positive sign for the continent.

“BUSA extends its sincere congratulations to Mthunzi on this historic appointment,” said Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) President, Jabu Mabuza. “He brings a wealth of experience in representing organised business at a business level, and has the energy and forward-looking orientation to spearhead the global business voice in the IOE and at the ILO.”

The South African Deputy Minister of Labour, Patekile Holomisa, welcomed Mdwaba’s appointment as great news for the country as a whole.

“As the Ministry and Department of Labour we are delighted to have one of our own holding such an important position in the international world of work purely on the basis of merit. Mr Mdwaba's elevation to the position attests to the long-held view that South Africa is on the right path in the promotion of the all-important principle of Social Dialogue. We are ready to give all the support he will need.”

Mthunzi Mdwaba is CEO of TZoro IBC, has built his career as an entrepreneur, deal-maker and negotiator. Born in the rural village of Coville-Herschel in the Eastern Cape, Mdwaba is the proud father of three children, Mlungisi (a UWC alum), Litha and Nina, as well as a grandfather to Keiko. He is a very keen cyclist who has been involved in the sport for the last 15 years, and who travels with his bicycle all over the world where possible.