BMF leaving Busa ‘exposes fallacy’

2011-07-06 15:06

The withdrawal of the Black Management Forum (BMF) from business advocacy grouping Busa exposes the fallacy of “rainbow-ism” and non-racialism in South Africa, the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) said today.

“It is refreshing to note [the] BMF has realised it was assimilated into white business culture dominant in Busa,” Azapo spokesperson Gaontebale Nodoba said in a statement.

“The truth is BMF was never integrated into Busa.”

The BMF withdrew from Busa on Monday. The decision was made at a board meeting on June 25, because of the around 50 organisations making up Busa, only ten votes went to black business, the BMF said.

Busa’s recent comments on labour-law reforms, labour brokers and its stance on good governance in the process to appoint its new chief executive, were examples of “how far behind Busa is on embracing transformation and good governance”, the BMF said.

Busa said today that the BMF’s withdrawal was unfortunate and unnecessary.

Azapo would like to caution organisations such as BMF to be careful of capitalist influence, Nodoba said.

In future, the BMF should enter into principled mergers with other like-minded organisations and ensure the agenda was a progressive one.

“[The] BMF should be commended for their brave action against assimilation,” he said.

“[It] should remain proud and independent and pursue its mission, i.e. producing black managers of our economy.”

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