The Ambassador bestowed the award of "Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur" upon Ms Monhla Hlahla [fr]
On 5 August 2014, the French ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Elisabeth Barbier, awarded a local business woman the Honour Legion Award at the French residence.
The Honour Legion Award celebrates the efforts accomplished by distinguished individuals, irrespective of sex, social background and nationality. Ms Monhla Hlahla was elected to receive this award for her impressive career as a business woman and her role as a leading model for the future generations. She is a great example of South African women to highlight for Women’s month.
Ms Hlahla is a highly respected business leader and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experiences and skills in infrastructure development and operation, as well as a strong track record in development finance and municipal infrastructure development.
She studied in the US and also graduated in Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the INSEAD business school campus in France.
She is well-known as the former CEO of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), a position she occupied for 10 years from 2001 to 2011. She successfully led the transformation of South Africa’s main airports.
She is currently serving as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa and is also a non-executive director of Liberty Holdings and Stanlib.
In a heartfelt speech, Ms Hlahla mentioned her support to Wheelchair Tennis South Africa, sharing how proud she is of these sportsmen and women.
Ms Hlahla is a recipient of several business leadership awards, especially during her tenure at ACSA. In 2005, she received the Business Women Association’s (BWA) Business Woman of the Year award and the Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Magazines’ Woman of the Year award.
Read the Ambassador’s speech