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SA's Dragon's Den instead of AA & BEE?

28 June 2012, 09:50

Most of us are probably all for new inventions and new ideas. Ideas that the watching public looking at on television, would be up for is a must no doubt,otherwise nobody would be interested in anything we can't relate to.

       Now that enough time had past to know that AA and BEE is not really the way forward in creating more jobs in South Africa for everyone, why don't the countries biggest and most successful business people from all walks of life host a television show like Dragon's Den to get new entrepreneurs from all races and skin colours to participate and compete with one another to secure the investment finance they need in such an endeavour and see what comes out of it?

    Society is full of entrepreneurs who have paid for their successes in life with broken families,wrecked marriages,ruined health,etc. We don't have to down that road.

     Albert Einstein once wrote:"Outwards success,possessions,publicity and luxury to me have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple life is best for everyone".Would you agree with Einstein on that?

       Of course it would take perseverance to go through with such a programme. Then again perseverance has become a rare commodity in our society. Most South Africans across the board,believes that success in life has more to do with being in the right place at the right time, than it has to do with persevering. Some think everything you want in life can be had with the most minimum of efforts. Then there are those who believe in the "whiz kid" entrepreneurship,where one makes  millions of rands straight out of school that got flamed by overnight successes as the way to go.

       South African society,like many others, that's obsessed with perception,it might look all too easy once you understand the tricks involved,has a bit of ability or got hit by a bolt of lightning from God to do something worthwhile in business.

        Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Unite School of Entrepreneurship in South Africa was set up in 2006 to drive job creation forward in South Africa. Its important to set worthwhile and attainable goals for ourselves. When we faced challenges that appears to defy all of our efforts to overcome them,then one thing we should never do is quit. Even if we do become incapable,overwhelmed, discouraged and depresses. If you'd identify what your goal in life is,then the next step would be how to go about reaching them.Worthwhile goals that is.

       Dragon Den do look for airtight business plans,so  would need guts to show off your business idea to the watching public. Many clever chocolate entrepreneurs like Nestlé,Suchard,Tobler, Lindt,Hershey,Kohler and Peter has made significant contributions to the chocolates industry by inventing newer and more efficient machinery and refining chocolate recipes,so why can't we do something similar?  

Desmond Tutu calls BEE a "powder keg because millions are living in dehumanising poverty... and that Black Economic Empowerment only serves an elite few".

Mangosuthu Buthelezi said:"the government's reckless implementation of the affirmative action policy is forcing many white people to leave the country, creating a skill shortage crisis..."

Black Economic Empowerment and  Affirmative Action sounds good on paper and was seen as the best step forward, given the country's history of deep-seated sense of inferiority and the disfiguring vestiges of Apartheid, still in the harsh realities of the real world AA & BEE comes across as too indiscreet,foolhardy,inattentive,inconsiderate,mindless, imprudent and venturesome. Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Actions has given rise to a new form of unhealthy racial attitudes in South Africa.

  References:   1.www.cbc.ca/dragonsden.   2.www.telegraph.co.uk › Finance › News by Sector › Support Services.   3.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Economic_Empowerment.

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