BACK­LASH AT BRAN­SON’S SOUTH AFRICAN GAFFE

Scottish Daily Mail - - City & Finance -

SIR Richard Bran­son has apol­o­gised after a photo (pic­tured) he used to show off the launch of his new en­tre­pre­neur cen­tre in South Africa did not in­clude a sin­gle black per­son.

The bil­lion­aire, who said he hoped the cen­tre in Johannesbu­rg would be­come the ‘heart of en­trepreneur­ship in South Africa’, came un­der fire after post­ing the pic­ture on Twit­ter.

South African fash­ion de­signer Thula Sindi said: ‘Where did you find so many white peo­ple in South Africa? That must have taken an hon­est ef­fort for (sic) ex­clude the vast ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion which is just as skilled and tal­ented.’

South Africa’s pop­u­la­tion of al­most 58m is al­most 80pc black African. Bran­son apol­o­gised for the photo, which was later deleted.

The Vir­gin Group founder said on Twit­ter: ‘The Bran­son Cen­tre of En­trepreneur­ship is for all South Africans but yes­ter­day’s choice of a photo clearly lacked di­ver­sity. Apolo­gies. I hope you will take a look at my blog which does far bet­ter jus­tice to the amaz­ing work of the cen­tre.’

Oth­ers pointed out that a se­ries of pho­tos on his blog to mark the launch of the cen­tre were ‘more di­verse’.

Vir­gin Group said the image in the tweet did not re­flect the ‘di­verse make-up’ of guests at the event at his wine es­tate near Cape Town.

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