LOOK BEYOND THE OLD BOYS’ NETWORK
I READ Michael Coulson’s column headlined “Frailty, thy name is woman” (5 April) with great interest – not just because of the views expressed with regard to Danisa Baloyi and her association with Fidentia but also his sentiments concerning empowerment.
Coulson’s statement that there aren’t enough credible empowerment partners around is a generalisation and simply not true. What SA is currently experiencing in empow- erment is a repetition of what’s largely driven business in the past – a brotherhood, comprising an old boys’ network and now, to a lesser extent, the addition of a select few women.
If you’re not part of that all-powerful network, your chances to succeed as a new kid on the block seem to be limited – regardless of genuine, well-deserved qualifications, a proven track record of achievement and an ability to add value to an organisation.
For empowerment to succeed and ultimately achieve its main objectives – namely, the transformation of the economy and ultimately financial freedom for the broader population – companies should embrace the worthy younger empowerment groupings, especially women, who do add value. Not just because of whom they know but rather for what they know.