Department: National Office
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Webster Mfebe, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) since January 2013, has accumulated a wealth of management expertise during his 37-year career spanning the mining and construction industry; broadcasting; politics and running his own enterprise. He has addressed a variety of national and international conferences on political and economic issues.
Webster has considerable experience in stakeholder relations, having developed and implemented a stakeholder relations strategy during his tenure at the SABC Content Enterprises, and developed the SABC's Soccer World Cup 2010 Corporate Strategy - the implementation of which earned SABC a FIFA Award. Between June 2005 and October 2009, Webster was Head of SABC Sport, Head of the SABC 2010 project, and later became an Executive Manager–Stakeholder Relations: International and Local.
Prior to his appointment at the SABC, Webster was the Free State Government’s provincial minister responsible for Sport, Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, and occasionally acted as Premier between 1997 and 2004. During his tenure in the Free State, he, among other things, conceived of the now popular MACUFE Festival, which now has pride of place in our national arts calendar. He was also a council member of the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein and addressed some of its graduation ceremonies as a guest speaker.
Before joining the Free State Provincial Government, Webster was a member of parliament serving on various committees including portfolio committees on Communications, Mineral and Energy Affairs, and Trade and Industry between 1994 and 1997. Between 1994 and 1996, he also played an active role in the development of the country’s Bill of Rights, during which time in the Constitutional Assembly, he featured in the multi-party televised Constitutional Talk debates, moderated, among others, by Professor Dennis Davis (now high court judge). Whilst a Member of Parliament he was also speechwriter to the late struggle veteran Albertina Sisulu.
He was appointed by Basil Read as an Executive Director-Stakeholder Relations between October 2009 and March 2012, and also served as a non- executive director of TWP Projects (Pty Ltd), a resources company (now known as Worley Parsons). Prior to this appointment, Webster was the Managing Director of his own company, Phendula Consulting (Pty Ltd).
In January 2013, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and within 10 months of his appointment, he transformed the then seventy-four-year-old Employers’ Organisation (EO) into an inclusive organisation in terms of management and decision-making structures. In August 2013, he was appointed as a board member of the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) and currently chairs its Core Business Committee. In 2013, he initiated and led 7 JSE listed member construction companies into a major transformation initiative known as the Voluntary Rebuilding Programme (VRP), which was eventually signed into agreement between the said companies and the South African Government, in October 2016.
In July 2014, he was recognised and awarded by the Black Business Executive Circle (BBEC), the prestigious KAELO Award for being one of the thought leaders in business in South Africa. Most recently, he was awarded the Continental Titans: Building Nations award in the category Building and Construction South Africa by ceo Global. He holds diplomas in Human Resource Management and International Trade and is currently pursuing an MBA with Herriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom.
During the African Construction Awards in May 2018, he received an award for outstanding leadership in the transformation of the construction industry. May 2018 also saw him appointed as the Non-Executive Board Chair of the Eco-Industrial Solutions (Pty) Ltd [EIS] and Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (Pty) Ltd [LEIP] – the world’s first zero solid waste eco-industrial park.
As a strategist and human rights activist, he strongly believes in “infrastructure development with a human rights conscience”, placing emphasis on caring and sharing partnership-driven solutions that restore the dignity of citizens as beneficiaries of development, whilst creating shareholder value and good economic health of the country in an environmentally ethical and sustainable manner.