Leaders need to be in the know
THE DYING days of 2016 gave us the spectacle of the SABC being humbled by its so-called leaders, and put out of its misery by a parliamentary inquisition.
The good members left first. The last to leave was a professor who, by his own admission, did not know anything about what was happening. The “know-nothings” were being led by the nose, by a narcissistic knowit-all.
How is it possible that the public sector and governmental institutions appear to be led by such ineffectual leaders? They are seat warmers and salary spongers; while the private sector seems to have the cream of the crop. The private sector has a good spread of the colour spectrum. In contrast, the public sector appears monochrome.
Many black people have gained leadership roles in various enterprises of the public sector. They’re there because they were chosen on merit for their know-how and abilities.
With proven credentials, their responsibilities were given to them by responsible leaders in these companies – not by irresponsible and uneducated juniors. Some have even chosen the path of entrepreneurship. Yet these dedicated pioneers, who have learnt to think beyond their historical boundaries, are sarcastically called “coconuts” by some as well as “clever blacks”.
They are referred to by these names because, deep inside, they have a sense of knowing – they have knowledge. They know what they’re doing. They know the social and political terrain, and the difference between right and wrong.
Cases of corruption in this sector would soon be detected and appropriate action taken internally. Blacks and whites work in harmony in most instances. In this melting pot, the best leaders, irrespective of colour, will rise to the surface.
On the flipside, many of the leadership roles in the government and the public sector appear to have been manned by people who seem to know little.
The perception is they have been placed there by uneducated juniors. One suspects these “chosen puppets” must be less clever than the puppet master. That dubious qualifications breed doubtful qualifiers.
It takes a proper leader to recognise proper leadership qualities.
We hope and trust that in 2017, our president will have a change of vision.
May he do something completely different this year – choose SABC board members from the “clever-black” section of society, choose a “coconut” or two. They can be black on the outside, if needs be. But let them have some knowledge about how the SABC is supposed to work.
Zuma’s New Year resolution should be to stop his puppet show and try something new. He could consider the unthinkable – choose one or two knowledgeable white people.
How’s that for a challenge? The ability to think outside the box should put a shine on a very dull image.
My advice: don’t cut off the “KNOWs” to spite the face of South Africa. Brackendowns, Alberton