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Thami Mazwai: Black-owned Businesses Must Learn from “Vision” of Sam Motsuenyane and Nafcoc

A Legacy of PerseveranceA Testament of HopeIn a column for the Rand Daily Mail, Thami Mazwai, executive chairman of Mtiya Dynamics, praises the “vision and tenacity” of Sam Motsuenyane’s National Federated African Chambers of Commerce (Nafcoc).

In the piece, entitled “Blacks must stop relying on the state”, Mazwai points out that 40 percent of small businesses in Diepsloot are owned by foreigners, and insists that South Africans are too eager to sit back and wait for handouts.

Although he admits that Nafcoc is faced with problems in its current incarnation, Mazwai says the body is responsible for growing a culture of entrepreneurship.

[President Jacob] Zuma’s pain is understandable as he laments (his comments are edited): “(Black) South Africans have become dependent on the state. Foreigners come to SA, see opportunities and thrive.

“People wait for government. They are not used to standing up and doing things. Hence, foreigners have taken over the small businesses.”

Zuma must be applauded for such frankness. Whispers and comments about the entitlement syndrome in the black community are commonplace. Worse still, it is the small business associations in black communities that lead the chorus in calling on the government to do this and that. We sincerely need the vision and tenacity of Sam Motsuenyane’s National Federated African Chambers of Commerce (Nafcoc), which — under difficult circumstances — produced the Richard Maponyas of today.

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