BMF’s withdrawal ‘unnecessary’

2011-07-06 11:42

The Black Management Forum’s (BMF) decision to withdraw its membership from Business Unity SA (Busa) was unfortunate and unnecessary, the business advocacy grouping said today.

“It is always regrettable if our membership cannot reach common ground amongst themselves, but where this occurs it requires commitment from all parties to overcome,” Busa said in a statement.

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 10 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 CEO, were examples of “how far behind Busa is on embracing transformation and good governance”, the BMF said.

Busa said today that it was committed to non-racialism and transforming society.

“Backed by a solid and expanding membership base, our efforts in this regard will continue to strengthen, as it has over the years of our existence, since our establishment.”

Busa said it was continuously improving its structure and the way it operated and interacted with its members and would continue with its advocacy and representational role in areas such as economic growth and job creation.

Busa was formed in 2003 when the Black Business Council and Business South Africa united.

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