Thursday, 30 August 2007

Black like you

Surely you are wondering what is "black like me."

This was one among the interesting articles i read in one of the South African financial Magazine - Fin Week.

This is one of the most successful financial magazines that exist in South Africa and provides depth analysis on economic, social, technological and political analysis from locally and Internationally.

"Black like me" is an article which looked on 'why black foreigners take advantages created by Black Economic Empowerement and the South Africans don't

It can not be desputed but possible on the the reasons why such things are happening is either black South Africans are not taking the advantage of such opportunities at their disposal and or are not aware that such opportunities do exist for them - especially those women in rural areas where there's a high rate of illeteracy

Also the article goes further that black foreign nationals are increasingly occupying higher positions in SA's private sector than locals, especially in the financial services sector where many are particvipants in major black economic emppowerment transaction.

It can not be argues that some of these African nationals are educated hence their occupance on higher financial sector - but so are the South Africans.

Maybe it's time we re-redefined what is South African and previously disadvantaged group(s).

1 comment: said...

After careful thought about the topic, I can say that black South Africans / previously disadvantaged peoples of South Africa, are partly to blame for this socio- economic issue.

My reasoning is based on what I have seen and experienced in my industry (I am a web/graphic designer by the way).

I think black people as a whole suffer from severe egotism which invariably stunts their paths to success. You know that African adage that goes something like "you are a prince when you are at your father's home"- well that is what is defeating black South Africans. By virtue of being in your homeland one assumes that it should all come to them in a platter regardless of circumstance.
It is an enormous chip on the shoulder that we all suffer from- as long as we believe we the sole rightful owners of "the homestead."

Don't get me wrong here, what I am saying is that it is all about ethics and principle and how much s**t you can take from those with power. Most non south africans that I know have been through worse and they are willing to put in extra effort when needs be and most of are grateful of an opportunity to improve upon themselves.

It is a lesson that South Africans are yet to learn- and trust me the rich black South Africans know this very well. As long as we walk with a chip on our shoulders about how "special" we are- we will continue losing out to expatriates- non-black ones as well.

The same goes with white South Africans as well, African history has proved it. As long as they keep assuming that they are the sole keepers of wealth, they will lose out as well. We are seeing a process of integration and I think we should become humbled by it, get more proactive and bring in more to the table than just our egos