BUSA President Sipho Pityana said: “I am at a loss for words. The passing of Jabu is tragic, devastating and a great loss for business and our country.
Jabu played a leading and pivotal role as a business leader with foresight and courage. He was a phenomenal human being and a gentle soul.
Jabu was a role model for all South Africans who aspire to make a difference. He lifted himself up by his bootstraps, moving from being a successful small entrepreneur to becoming my predecessor as president of Business Unity South Africa. Along the way, he became a powerhouse in the South African economy, occupying leadership positions in several South African corporates — including Tsogo Sun, where he was CEO, and SA Breweries – as well as in the public sector.
He will particularly be remembered for his courage during the State Capture era when, as president of BUSA, he often had to deliver very difficult messages to Government.
I will always regard Jabu as a true leader, a man of integrity, and someone who was never afraid to speak his mind. He will be sorely missed at a time when we need all hands-on deck to resolve the massive challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on business and society. He was a consummate gentleman, a courageous leader and a true South African.”
BUSA Deputy-President Martin Kingston said: “Ï am dumbfounded at the sad and tragic passing of a patriot and friend. Our country has lost a beautiful person and a great leader. We remember his lovely nature and his outstanding leadership, both in the private and public sectors!”
Cas Coovadia, BUSA CEO said: “Ï worked with Jabu when he was President of BUSA and co-Chair of the CEO Initiative. He had a character and personality that was contagious. He led with courage, honour, and honesty. He was a true patriot!”
BUSA stands with Jabu’s family in this terrible time. We cannot begin to imagine their pain and sorrow and we offer our support and wishes to help them through this painful period. We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences.
Sipho Mila Pityana
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