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Our people: Songo Didiza

Songo Didiza is a Consultant with Black Lite Consulting having joined in June 2010.  Songo’s previous work includes 2 years with The IQ Business Group. Over the last 2 years she has gained  invaluable experience working on various projects within the financial services sector.

Songo’s BEE advisory experience includes co-authoring the Vision 2020  report on the 11 major sectors of the economy for the National Empowerment Fund (NEF). She was responsible for researching and interviewing various industry leaders on the key challenges facing their sectors from a transformation perspective.  The report will form the basis for a review of the BBBEE Codes and will be presented to the Presidents Advisory Council on BBBEE.

Songo’s consulting experience includes managing the B-BBEE Verification process for the following clients:

Xstrata Alloys – Supporting the client through the B-BBEE verification process for various mining operations.  Development of an Enterprise Development strategy to maximise points against the BEE scorecard.

Absa Capital – Support on the client’s B-BBEE verification process and the development of strategies for Enterprise Development, Preferential Procurement as well as Human Resource Development.

Sasol South Africa – Developing an  Enterprise Development Strategy  for the group and recommendations of new investment focus areas.

During her time at The IQ Business Group Songo consulted primarily in Financial Services with exposure to the following client projects:

ABSA Retail AIRB Model Implementation project

Nedbank Group Technology (GT) Fixed Asset Verification project

Standard  Bank Africa Card Reconciliations project ( Namibian Merchants Reconciliation)

Her multiple-role based exposure has  created and developed her style of systematic and logical thinking. She has come to rely on the latter to become a proactive self starter. Additionally, her strong analytical skills allow her to pay attention to detail.

Songo has very strong interpersonal skills and communicates clearly and confidently with people from all walks of life.  She is passionate about making a difference to the lives of ordinary South Africans and this motivated her to join black lite consulting.

Songo has a B. Economic Science degree (Maths , Applied Maths & Economics) from Wits University.  She is also a former recipient of the  prestigious Carnegie Scholarship for Women (Carnegie Corporation of New York).

Songo is an avid musician who enjoys experimenting with various musical instruments, especially the guitar and drums. She is also a proud member of Greenpeace International.

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