230pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019
Nolitha Fakude was born in Cenyu, a small village in the Eastern Cape, and grew up as a shopkeeper's daughter. She studied at the University of Fort Hare and entered the workplace as a graduate trainee at Woolworths. She has worked in senior positions at major blue-chip companies, was Managing Director and then President of the Black Management Forum, and serves on numerous boards including the JSE Limited and Anglo American plc. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, she has spearheaded programmes that ensure that development of women and marginalised communities, and has a reputation as a corporate activist.
"Nolitha is an epitome of excellence, humility, kindness, caring, dedication, commitment, integrity and a value-based leader par excellence. Her unwavering dedication to economic transformation, driven by her own lived experience, has earned her the status of a trusted adviser to many CEOs and chairperson over the years. This is a must read for all who dream of making a difference and those who are trying to find their purpose. It is a call to action, an invite to the reader to engage in building a South Africa of their dreams." Futhi Mtoba, Chairperson of Deloitte Southern Africa
"Nolitha Fakude's story is a masterclass in how success might be achieved." Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, from her foreword