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Wiseman Nkuhlu Calls for Black Management to be Less Complacent at the Lot Ndlovu Lecture

Wiseman NkuhluWiseman Nkuhlu delivered the annual Lot Ndlovu Lecture in Johannesburg recently.

Ndlovu, who passed away in 2013, was the CEO of Peoples Bank – a division of the Nedbank Group – and President of the Black Management Forum from 1995 to 1999.

Nkuhlu, who was the first black African to qualify as a chartered accountant in South Africa, served as the National President of the Black Management Forum for two terms in the 1990s. He is now Chancellor of the University of Pretoria.

In his lecture, Nkuhlu said he believes black South Africans have become complacent about transformation in business, adding that Ndlovu’s legacy should not be forgotten.

He also referred to the example of China and the leadership of Mao Zedong, saying: “The Chinese never abandoned their heritage in favour of foreign ideas.”

“Today, as we think about Lot Ndlovu’s legacy, we have to think about whether we are transformed or not.”

He also asked: “Are you a transformative leader? … Interrogate yourself honestly and see what you can do at a personal level.”

But SA’s leaders do not need to try and solve all its problems and should focus on one issue at a time, he said.

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