Savannah Maziya
South Africa
Savannah Maziya
  • CEO, Bunengi Holdings; Chair, Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa (Infrastructure, Mining)
Born February 1968. B.A., Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts; MBA, De Montfort University, U.K.
“South Africa has been very, very advanced in insisting on women being on boards and actually penalizing companies that don’t have that diversity, and penalizing them financially.”

Summary

Maziya discusses her wide-ranging career, including as CEO of the African Broadcast Network and later as an executive in infrastructure and mining concerns. She explains how the end of Apartheid in South Africa has enabled great business opportunities for those who had been previously excluded. Maziya also discusses her advocacy of girls’ STEM education.

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Maziya discusses her wide-ranging career, including as CEO of the African Broadcast Network and later as an executive in infrastructure and mining concerns. She explains how the end of Apartheid in South Africa has enabled great business opportunities for those who had been previously excluded. Maziya also discusses her advocacy of girls’ STEM education.
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Savannah Maziya, the founder of South Africa-based Bunengi Holdings, a project development, management and investment company that operates across Africa in infrastructure, natural resources and financial services, recounts how her involvement in the mining industry naturally led to involvement in both infrastructure and agriculture as the business needed to supply logistics as well as food for its workers.


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Savannah Maziya, head of Bunengi Holdings, a South African infrastructure business, explains how the post-Apartheid government of South Africa opened up many opportunities for entrepreneurship to previously excluded groups, including women, and how these policies can provide a good model for other countries.



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Savannah Maziya, head of South African-based Bunengi Holdings and Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa, describes the high-risk, high-reward nature of investing in Africa in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, and consumer goods.


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Additional Resources

Additional Resources

  • Tarun Khanna, Krishna G. Palepu, and Jayant Sinha, “Strategies That Fit Emerging Markets” [HBR article].
  • Leadership Q&A with Savannah Maziya, a blog by Simphiwe Mbonambi
  • "Resource Nationalism: South Africa's President Tells ANC to Go Beyond Mines Nationalisation Debate," Metal Bulletin Weekly, June 29, 2012.
  • "Top Players Lock Horns over New Deal in Mining," Business Day (South Africa), March 2, 2007.
  • "South Africa: Black-Owned Akani Buys 15 Percent Stake in WBHO," All Africa, September 13, 2006
  • Video file of this interview available at Baker Library Historical Collections, histcollref@hbs.edu. Harvard ID holders can access the full-length video above.

Interview Citation Format

"Interview with Savannah Maziya, interviewed by Emmanuel Akyeamgpong, April 17, 2015, Creating Emerging Markets Project, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, http://www.hbs.edu/creating-emerging-markets/."