BEE token: I was taken for a ride

By Drum Digital
21 July 2010

HE WAS living the true Mzansi dream: after starting out as a labourer on a construction site he was now being asked to join the company’s board of directors.

The other directors shook his hand and slapped him on the back as they welcomed him into the club – it was just reward for all his years of hard work and loyalty, they said. As he made his way home that night he thought how he would finally be able to buy a bigger home for his family, put his children through university and help shape the future of this construction business.

Fast-forward five years and Calvin Sithole (47) is an angry, unemployed man who believes he was no more than a tool in a big corporate scam. He claims his white codirectors at PTH Construction Group used him to land Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contracts worth R100 million and left him with nothing.

He says they used him to make millions – and then left him with nothing. Now Calvin Sithole wants his former employers to pay up.

Read the full article in the DRUM of 29 July 2010

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