Johann Redelinghuys writes in “Blacks and the boardroom” (22 February) that “... board appointments aren’t just a numbers game or a colour coding exercise ...”
Unfortunately that’s precisely what the entire transformation exercise has degenerated into – and not only in respect of boardrooms. At all three levels of Government, in company management structures, in the civil service, on the factory floor, in procurement, in the issuing of mining/prospecting rights and, not least, in the composition of our sports teams, the numbers game is being applied indiscriminately – no pun intended – regardless of the consequences.
Who can deny, for example, that our squad for the upcoming cricket World Cup would have been stronger had the CEO of Cricket SA not promised his political masters that at least seven “players of colour” would be selected. The same scenario will undoubtedly play itself out before the rugby World Cup later this year.
Until this numbers game ceases and we become a meritocracy, we’ll continue to perform below our potential in all aspects of our national life.