A FORMER Bay songstress is climbing the corporate ladder one step at a time – and proving herself to be a serious businesswoman.
Buli G Ngomane, who won the corporate category of the Business Women’s Association’s regional awards recently, vacates her position as general manager: corporate affairs at Access Management – the stadium operator at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – next Friday.
Ngomane, who takes up another corporate position in Port Elizabeth – which will be announced only later this week – will continue to consult for Access Management until August 30.
“We were a very small team of eight when I started in January 2010. In the beginning we went through some challenging and exciting times,” Ngomane said.
“I took the job with the idealistic notion of serving my city – they asked me to assist them to do business here and I threw myself into it with passion.
“Now the team has expanded to about 55 people and we employ an additional 400 during game days.
“There has been a lot of planning and growth,” Ngomane said.
Ngomane, who is well known for presenting AlgoaFM’s lunchtime show for five years, has also worked as a DJ at Highveld Stereo, recorded a solo album and performed in theatre and music tribute productions.
Some of her other achievements include being chosen as one of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s top 40 under-40s for 2011 and making the cut for the Mail & Guardian’s 200 young South Africans in 2011.
Despite all her successes in the corporate and entertainment world, she sees herself “married with kids but still juggling an interesting career” in five years’ time.
Managing director of Access Management, Rian Oberholzer, said Ngomane had been “an integral part of the growth and development of Access and will certainly be missed”.
“We wish her well as she undertakes her new endeavour and trust that she will find whatever tasks await her as exciting and fulfilling as her time with us.
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have had Buli as an executive member of the Access team,” Oberholzer said.
The spokeswoman duties for the stadium operator will now be handled by Chantal du Pisani, the chief executive officer of Access Management.
Du Pisani was appointed CEO in February. Since 2010, she has worked as the general manager: operations and legal compliance at Access Management.
Born and educated in Port Elizabeth, Du Pisani had previously worked as a director in the consumer and corporate regulations division of the Department of Trade and Industry.