‘Don’t badmouth black progress’

2016-12-14 06:02
Attending the business conference were from the left Fezile Kies (entrepreneur), Heinrich Mathobela (Tsantsabane municipal manager), Maria Daniels (executive mayor of the Tsantsabane Municipality), Adv. Alister Rodger Davids (TBBC Chairperson), Cllr Estelle Poto and Patricia Witbooi (special advisor to the mayor).

Attending the business conference were from the left Fezile Kies (entrepreneur), Heinrich Mathobela (Tsantsabane municipal manager), Maria Daniels (executive mayor of the Tsantsabane Municipality), Adv. Alister Rodger Davids (TBBC Chairperson), Cllr Estelle Poto and Patricia Witbooi (special advisor to the mayor).

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“It cannot be right that we are silent about stubborn white mono-poly capital, yet we badmouth and shun black progress. While we as black aspirants tear one another down, there is a big silent dog in the room, this being white monopoly capital.”

Those were the strong words spoken by Adv. Alister Davids, the newly re-elected chairperson of the Tsantsabane Black Business Chamber (TBBC), when he condemned scheming amongst black entrepeneurs.

Davids gave an overview over the historic evolution and future of black business in the Tsantsabane Municipal Area during a business conference on Friday, 2 December, at the hall of the Blinkklip Secondary School.

“What do we say to our black youth, if black business remains divided – that it is okay for a white man to acquire vast wealth and that black prosperity is a swear word,” he said.

The well-attended event, under the theme “Creating a Patriotic Entrepreneurial Black Middle Class in the Tsantsabane Municipal Area”, follows the TBBC’s second elective annual general meeting in an effort to improve the development of the township’s economy.

The attendance of Maria Daniels, the executive mayor of Tsantsabane, who delivered a message of support to black entrepreneurs, and Heinrich Mathobela, the municipal manager, were noted.

Mathobela unpacked the Local Economic Development strategy of the Tsantsabane Municipality as hinging on seven pillars, which are institutional capacity, industrial development, enterprise development and support, development of the second economy, tourism development, utilities and skills development.

Elaborating further on the TBBC’s relationships with other business bodies, he warned of the existence of hyenas that are waiting for the TBBC to plough and fertilise the land, to nourish and care for the vineyard, only for them to appear when it is harvest time.

“We are proud to be an efficient and sustainable business chamber with a defined mandate and to measure success indicators,” he said.

“The TBBC is not totally against partnership with white business.

“We remain strong in our focus on building an ambitious black middle class and one particular way of doing this is to foster strategic relationships with white business.

“So, if a white business supports the idea of inclusive economic growth, we are ready to partner.”

Fezile Kies, the keynote speaker of the day, delivered a lecture on the conditions necessary for the building of a patriotic black middle class.

He ponted out that the role of the TBBC becomes that of soliciting the appetizers.

“The TBBC’s role, particularly in the context of Tsantsabane, is to understand the economy of the area, including the life cycle of the major economic role players, as to whether they will be in existence in the next 10 to 20 years.

“The TBBC should know and understand the volatility of commodity prices, that the reality of TBBC-aligned companies is that most, if not all, are still in their infancy stages and might be the first casualties in the event that commodity prices are subdued and negative. Over-dependence on mining might in the long term not be the best business strategy,” Kies said.

During the plenary session, ordinary members were allowed to forward motions that will be translated into formal resolutions to inform the 2017 programme of action of the TBBC.

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