MUCH WORK NEEDED TO CREATE EQUALITY IN SA
Your cover story ‘Boer’ billion- aires (3 October edition) makes for some interesting reading almost 20 years after the dawn of democratic rule in South Africa. The article contradicts the widely-held belief in the new SA, that the white male Afrikaner species is being discriminated against and persecuted, as it benefited more than any other in apartheid SA and it continues to do so in democratic SA.
The positive is that almost all those featured “Boer billionaires” are game-changers and innovators in their industries and have built empires beyond the borders of SA. At least the dawn of democracy has opened doors for all South Africans to be globally competitive and the Boers have clearly taken full advantage of the open market.
On the other hand, it’s quite clear that the inequalities of the past will haunt us for a long time to come. It’s incumbent upon the Government to create a nurturing environment in which budding entrepreneurs can thrive. It’s no accident that the Bro Broederbond brigade has pro produced 10 billionaires during d 20 years of democ democratic rule. BEE will f fail if its sole aim is to create an elite cliqu clique of wealthy indivi dividuals. More focus on empowering the pre previously disenfra franchised will go a long way towards r redressing the inequ qualities of the past.