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Video: Sam Motsuenyane Discusses the Origins of NAFCOC

A Testament of HopeSam Motsuenyane, author of A Testament of Hope: The Autobiography of Dr Sam Motsuenyane, spoke to African Entrepreneur TV about developments in the world of African business since the 1950s.

Motsuenyane, one of the founders of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC), explained the role that collective played in bringing people together and creating opportunities and employment.

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Video: Wiseman Nkuhlu Stresses the Importance of Small Businesses Like Epainette Mbeki’s

Wiseman NkuhluWiseman Nkuhlu spoke to Leanne Manas on Morning Live about the late Epainette Mbeki, the mother of former president Thabo Mbeki, who passed away on 7 June, 2014, at the age of 98.

Nkuhlu, whose life is documented in Luvuyo Wotshela’s new book, Wiseman Nkuhlu: a life of purpose, was economic advisor to Thabo Mbeki. As a former auditor and member of The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nkuhlu says he learnt how vital businesses like Ma-Mbeki’s were to poor communities.

“To me, the fact that she chose to live in a rural setting and work with rural women was really special,” Nkuhlu says. “Her presence and her style of humility enabled her to reach out to the people.”

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Sam Motsuenyane’s Papers on Nafcoc Being Used in Book on Organisation

A Testament of HopeDr Sam Motsuenyane was president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) in the 1970s and 80s and the papers he kept from that time are now being used by Kwandiwe Kondlo, who is writing a book on the history of the organisation.

Writing in City Press Dewald van Rensburg describes Motsuenyane as “legendary” and reports that Kondlo has compared his house to an archive of the organisation due to the amount of papers he kept. You can read more about Motsuenyane in his book, A Testament of Hope: The Autobiography of Dr Sam Motsuenyane.

Nafcoc’s 50 years are being reconstructed from archives at Unisa and Wits University – as well as papers kept by Nafcoc’s legendary president through the 1970s and 1980s, Dr Sam Motsuenyane, whose house basically also contains an archive, according to Kondlo.

Nafcoc has also commissioned a documentary film to coincide with the book.

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Ray Hartley Assesses the Growing Urban-rural Divide in South Africa

How to Fix South AfricaRay Hartley, editor of How to Fix South Africa: The country’s leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs, has written a column for Business Day about the evidence of the growing urban-rural divide, as demonstrated by the election results.

“The possibility that the major metropolitan areas of Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth will join Cape Town in falling under opposition control over the next decade is not far-fetched,” Hartley writes.

Last week’s elections show that SA is experiencing a growing urban-rural divide as the African National Congress (ANC) loses ground among the urban middle classes, making up for most of the losses with growing rural support.

The possibility that the major metropolitan areas of Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth will join Cape Town in falling under opposition control over the next decade is not far-fetched.

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Podcast: Ray Hartley Discusses the Sunday Times’ Election Poll in Light of the ANC’s Win

How to Fix South AfricaRay Hartley, Sunday Times Editor-At-Large and editor of How to Fix South Africa, was interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on Radio 702, following the recent national elections in which the ANC won the majority of votes.

They spoke about a poll conducted ahead of the elections in the Sunday Times, which came pretty close to predicting the outcome of the voting.

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Ray Hartley at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (16 – 18 May)

How to Fix South AfricaRay Hartley, editor of How to Fix South Africa: The country’s leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs, will be speaking at the 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival, which takes place from 16 to 18 May.

Hartley will be speaking about South Africa’s political leaders and discussing the issue of media freedom and the financial factors that threaten it.


Saturday 17 May

SA’s Political Leadership Quagmire
10 AM – 11 AM (New School Hall)
Ray Hartley asks Adam Habib (SA’s Suspended Revolution), Rhoda Kadalie (In Your Face) and Prince Mashele (The Fall of the ANC) if, in their opinion, our leaders are sinking or treading water to stay afloat.

Sunday 18 May

It’s News to Me
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Old School Hall)
Ray Hartley gathers with journalists Simon Pearson, Martin Welz and Janet Heard to talk about press freedom versus the exigencies of declining readership, cost cutting and challenging ownership.

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President Jacob Zuma Presents Sam Motsuenyane with Lifetime Achievement Award

A Testament of HopeSam Motsuenyane was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual Premier Business Awards recently.

Motsuenyane, former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC), founding chairman of the African Bank and author of A Testament of Hope: The Autobiography, was presented the award by President Jacob Zuma.

“I would like to express my appreciation of the award that has been bestowed on me tonight, an award I didn’t expect to receive,” said the 87-year-old.

“I want to thank government for the positive, economic black business policy that they brought into existence after taking over power. A lot of positive things have been done and achieved, but I must tell the President tonight that we still have a long way to go. We need to create as fast as we can a society of black entrepreneurs to participate in nation building,” said Motsuenyane.

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Ray Hartley Looks at Pravin Gordhan’s Efforts to Support Small Businesses

How to Fix South AfricaRay Hartley, author of How to Fix South Africa, recently visited a factory in Sandton where Sally Williams nougat is made.

In an article originally published in the Sunday Times: Business Times supplement, Hartley writes that, “the grind of machines at Sally Williams is a perfect microcosm of what’s happening to small businesses across the country”.

Hartley looks at the changes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is implementing to support small and medium enterprises with his budget speech pledge of an extra R6.5 billion, saying that it is debatable whether these efforts will be enough to fix the problems that small business owners are experiencing.

The Sally Williams website says “our nougat is made entirely by hand in small batches to guarantee the perfect nougat experience”.

That’s not entirely true. For one thing, perfection is hard to attain. For another, these days there are machines involved.

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Ray Hartley Commentates the Cricket Match That is Nkandla

How to Fix South AfricaIn a Business Day column published this morning Ray Hartley imagines the scandal over the money spent on Jacob Zuma’s personal residence, Nkandla, as a cricket match: “The fielding side is furious. Zuma has clearly been out on three occasions, but thanks to some strange decisions by the umpires, he remains at the crease. He’s not a walker, never has been.”

Hartley is the editor of How to Fix South Africa: The country’s leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs.

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We pick up the commentary after tea on day three…. Zuma is approaching his century and the controversy continues to mount here at Sahara Stadium.

The fielding side is furious. Zuma has clearly been out on three occasions, but thanks to some strange decisions by the umpires, he remains at the crease. He’s not a walker, never has been.

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Ray Hartley Looks Back at the End of Bophuthatswana

How to Fix South AfricaRay Hartley recalls the reintegration of Bophuthatswana into South Africa in 1994, and the “genuine sense of liberation in the air” that accompanied it.

Hartley, who had been sent to cover the event for the Sunday Times, refers specifically to the stand-off between Constand Viljoen’s “rag-tag army” and Bophuthatswana troops that resulted in the death of 30 civilians, and the execution of three members of the AWB, famously photographed by Cobus Bodenstein.

According to Hartley, because the homeland system was abolished the very next day, and “the Terre’Blanche bubble was burst”, the AWB members’ deaths are ethically debatable.

If there are any ethics professors out there, they might consider asking their students whether these killings were justified. They were cold-blooded, premeditated and clearly performed with intent. But there can be no gainsaying that the greater good was served. The effect was far-reaching. There and then, in the dust of Mmabatho, any threat of a right-wing rebellion against the new order came to an end.

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