BACKLASH AT BRANSON’S SOUTH AFRICAN GAFFE
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.