Zimbabwe’s Magara Among Forbes Most Powerful Men In Africa

South Africa-based Zimbabwean executive Ben Magara is among The Forbes 10 Most Powerful Men In Africa 2014 list compiled by Farai Gundan.

Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin. - FORBES

Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin. – FORBES

Magara is the Chief Executive Officer of Lonmin, the world’s third-largest platinum mining company.

Forbes profiles him as follows:

Magara is tasked with improving industrial relations and guiding the platinum miner’s turnaround strategy after strikes last year triggered violence which killed 46 people including 34 strikers shot dead by police in a single day at its Marikana mine. With a mining career that spans 26 years, Magara was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Coal South Africa responsible for Anglo American total coal business in South Africa and revenues of around USD $2 billion. Magara, who speaks seven languages, has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.

Also on that list are:

  • Komla DumorGhana, Lead Presenter on “Focus On Africa” and BBC World News’ European morning segment
  • Simdul Shagaya, Nigeria – Tech Entrepreneur and Founder of Konga.com and DealDey.com
  • Amadou Mahtar Ba, Senegal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the African Media Initiative
  • Mamadou Toure, Cameroon, Founder and Executive Director of Africa 2.0
  • Ashish Thakkar, Uganda, Founder and Managing Director of Mara Group, Mara Foundation and Mara Online
  • Kola Karim, Nigeria, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Shoreline Energy International
  • Mohammed Dewji, Tanzania, Group Chief Executive Officer of Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited
  • Chinedu Echeruo, Nigeria, Tech Entrepreneur & Founder of Hopstop.com and Tripology.com
  • January Makamba, Tanzania, Deputy Minister of Communication, Science & Technology and Member of Parliament

The list celebrates men who are carving names for themselves and shaping their communities.

Source: Forbes.com