Not too Late for ANC to Listen to Sage Advice

2016-09-09 20:11

As things are now, ANC needs sage advice. Perhaps such sage advice can be obtained in the autobiography book of Sam Motsuenyane called A Testament of Hope. Sam Motsuenyane, is the former ANC Member of Parliament and past Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Notably Sam Motsuenyane is known for the creation of NAFCOC and later African Bank. Sam Motsuenyane was the President of NAFCOC for 24 years. Soon after he left NAFCOC, the organization that he gave his entire life for began its decline to the point where now is continually tethering on the brink of collapse and implosion with hardly no relevance in the lives of people.

NAFCOC in its peak was a mighty empire with its headquarters lying on a 13 hectre land it had bought in Soshanguve. Its power reached in every facet of life in the country, it affected both black and white business.

NAFCOC also owned Management and Leadership Development Centre. The Management and Leadership Development Centre was called the Black Business School and  sometimes referred to as the Black Wealth Academy. It was a massive business institution lying adjacent to the head office, fully equipped with state of the art technology, laboratories, training rooms, computer centre and a vibrant business library.

Beyond that, NAFCOC also had the African Bank rising and beaming in leaps and bounds making its mark toe to toe with white monopoly capital.

NAFCOC was the largest black business organization in the world. That was a remarkable achievement considering that all these were done during the heavy yoke of apartheid. Sam Motsuenyane's great leadership ability held NAFCOC together. Sam Motsuenyane worked for the people instead of  retreating into the small joys of personal goals and narcissism. He embraced a greater mission in life. He transcended himself and embraced a nobler cause of being service for others. he used his education not to enrich himself but his people. He sought ways how he can the conditions of his people.

But soon he vacated the position of President the organization cannibalized itself. There was such a scramble for positions and those fights and battles sapped the strength of the organization.

Sam Motsuenyane attributes the fall of NAFCOC to a diseases he coins as positionis. Here is what he says about positionis disease: This incurable cancer which I have on numerous occasions warned NAFCOC members about, had indeed invaded the organization. When positionis sets in is that people who are highly incompetent get elected into positions of leadership and this results in the fall of the organization.

Sam Motsuenyane is an American trained Agricultural scientist. He knows about the tsetse flies and how they have retarded Africa's economic growth. So positionis can be likened to the tsetse flies. Postionis kills an organization like tsetse flies kills African livestock. In fact some economists has declared that for Africa to develop, first the continent must completely get rid of the tsetse flies. Tsetse flies  survives by sucking blood. Positionis disease as discovered by Sam Motsuenyane also sucks the blood of organizations - and causes its fall and implosion.

Sam Motsuenyane lived a simple life, he was the man of the people, with commitment to service to his people. In his retirement he still believes that the most important thing is not money but the dignity of the human person. Today people instead of giving themselves to others they wrapped themselves with ill gotten money and luxury. These people do not seek ways to uplift people’s down trodden conditions, to serve them but they pile more suffering. Apparently, nobody told them that it is better to give than to receive, to serve people rather than exploit them for their own selfish corrupt narcissistic ways. Love and serve people rather than betray and abuse them.

"The work that my colleagues and I did for NAFCOC during the 24 years of my presidency was not for personal gain. It was, for the most part, a personal sacrifice and was not done to generate wealth for any individual member. It did, however, enrich us tremendously with knowledge. We built NAFCOC primarily on sacrifice and it is important that our children do not forget where we come from". -  Sam Motsuenyane – Testament of Hope

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