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Bheki Dlamini
 
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A symbol of failure!

07 June 2014, 05:00
No matter how much effort I put into something, I will always be considered with a certain level of scepticism by, unfortunately, all racial groups, including my own.
 
I blame it on this notion of self-entitlement that drives people to shout, “I AM BLACK,” when applying for a job, or when it suits them, and screaming racism when racially classified in any another situation.
 
Don’t get me wrong; I am content with the resistance that I get when I pitch to a potential client, it makes me more resilient. Just two days ago, I had a meeting to get some clarity on a problem I wanted to solve for a regional company, a solution that is hinged on performance and would cost them nothing in upfront fees. For an obvious reason, I was given a lecture on how the whole evaluation process works, as though that was my first time.
 
This just got me even more determined.
 
You see, I don’t need anyone to do me a favour because of the colour of my skin. I am capable of opening my own doors, thank you. I just find it appalling that some people believe that my “success” might have to do with some scheme, political affiliation, fronting or some other sinister act. The fact that I could have done it all by myself is just far-fetched. 
 
“Some” of these laws passed aren’t really helping with empowerment. They are merely hindering innovation by promoting a sense of self-entitlement. People tend to turn these same opportunities into get-rich-quick schemes and in the process tainting all of us. No one tries harder any more. If there’s another empowerment law that needs to be passed it should make education compulsory.
 
I want to get into the boardroom and present my creativity without being questioned on the legitimacy of my idea.
 
Following my interview on Kaya FM last week, about 10% of the calls I received were more interested on whose idea it was to start with programming training bootcamps and not on the actual programme, and after having clearly indicated, during the interview, that I took the risk, alone.
 
I am an individual and should be treated as such. I have a different vision and different values. The colour of my skin doesn’t shape my capabilities in anyway.
 
To some brothers and sisters, your laziness, your unwillingness to try hard is affecting me and everyone else in this country, and hindering progress in the process. Tomorrow you will be protesting against inequality, lack of services, blaming the “capital”- whatever that means - when instead of doing something you simply loaf around.
 
Who am I kidding? The people I am directing this message to don’t read!
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