Bridgette Radebe (born 26th February 1960 in South Africa) is a businessperson. She is the first black woman to be recognized as a mining entrepreneur.
She founded the Mmakau Mining Limited back in the 80s, she currently occupies the position of executive chairperson.
She boasts of over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Bridgette is the president of the SA Mining Development Association.
|Age||60 years old|
|Place of birth||Sounth Africa|
|Date of birth||26 February 1960|
|Family||Patrice Motsepo, Tshepo Motsepo|
|Education||University of Botswana (1973 – 1977)|
Bridgette Radebe is 60 years old, her birthday celebration comes up yearly on February 26th.
Bridgette pursued her higher academic career at the University of Botswana (from 1973 until 1977).
She was born into a ‘notable family’ in the South African business scene. Bridgette was welcomed into the family during the era of apartheid.
That time, blacks were not allowed to hold licenses and have rights to mining.
Her parents played notable roles in ‘fighting the oppressive rules’ against businesspersons. This also built “her spirit of economic activism”.
She holds the record as the first black SA female deep-level-hard rock mining entrepreneur. Her career in mining dates back to the 80s.
Bridgette Radebe is married to Jeffery Radebe. Her husband is a South African politician and Minister of Energy, he was appointed to serve in February 2018.
She is the sister of South African renowned businessman, Patrice Motsepo, and first lady of South Africa, Tshepo Motsepe.
As a couple, Bridgette and her husband have three (3) children namely Vukani, Malaika, and Mandisa Radebe.
Starting a career in mining was a record-breaking point for her. She started as a contract miner and eventually owned her mine and later founded her company ‘Mmakau Mining (pty) Limited’ in 1986.
The mining company was established with interests in gold, coal, and uranium. It also has interests in platinum, ferrochrome, and other exploration assets.
She is the current executive chairperson of Mmakau. Bridgette is a Member and occupies the position of the Office Bearer of the Black Business Council (BBC).
She is a member of the board of trustees of the New Africa Mining Fund, a company she founded.
Bridgette founded the SA Mining Development Association, where she serves as president.
She was the Vice-Chairman of the Minerals and Mining Development Board.
She is also a member of the Sappi Board and BRICS Business Council, 2019.
In 2008, she took home the ‘International Businessperson of the Year Award, Global Foundation for Democracy’.
Bridgette also received the Pioneer in Mining Award, SA Ministry of Minerals and Energy
She was awarded the ‘Mababongwe: Renaissance Woman Award, University Durban-Westville’.
In 2010, she received The Onkgopotse Tiro Excellence Awards, Limpopo University, 2010.
In 2011, Forbes mentioned Bridgette as ‘One of the Africa’s Richest Women’.
The next year, in 2012, Forbes mentioned her among the ‘Ten Female Millionaires to Watch in Africa’.
The same year, in 2012, Forbes mentioned her among the ‘Africa’s Most Richest Women Top 20’.
In 2018, she was nominated for the ‘African Business Woman of the Year, Global African Business Awards’.