Zodwa Manase receives Knighthood from the French Republic
On 23 March 2009 businesswoman Zodwa Manase was awarded a knighthood in the French National Order of Merit. Ms Manase was appointed chairperson of Total South Africa in 2006 and a member of the Saxon Group, a group of South African businesswomen formed by Min Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Finance, in the same year at the Johannesburg hotel of the same name.
Zodwa Manase is a chartered accountant and started her own firm of auditors, Manase and Associates, in 1996. She is also on the board of the State Information and Technology Agency (SITA), the South African Reserve Bank and The International Marketing Council (IMC).