Busa leaders kicked out of summit - report

2011-09-07 09:45

Johannesburg - Business Unity SA (Busa) CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni and president Futhi Mtoba were asked to leave the Black Business Summit, according to a report on Wednesday.

Majokweni, who took up her position last week, called Tuesday's incident "most unfortunate", according to Business Day.

"The reasons given were that Busa would be discussed and therefore our presence as Busa would be inappropriate," she reportedly said.

The two-day summit was called after the Black Management Forum withdrew from chief business lobby group Busa in July, saying Busa's structure was fundamentally flawed, with the voice of black business "permanently outnumbered and suppressed".

"I don't know why they rocked up," Bafana Ndendwa, vice-president of the Confederation of Black Business Organisations, which convened the summit in Johannesburg, told Business Day.

"If they were in the room, we would not have a chance for a natural discussion. It's awkward for the people discussing, and for the people being discussed."

He said Busa had been invited by mistake, but the invitation was later withdrawn.

According to Business Day, Busa said the confederation had revoked its invitation in a letter dated September 3, which it only saw on Monday.

Majokweni attended as a guest of summit co-host the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce, and Mtoba was there through the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of SA.

President Jacob Zuma addressed the summit on Tuesday, calling for delegates to put the interests of South Africa first.

"We trust that you will have fruitful deliberations and will put the interests of the country first above all else," he said.

Zuma told the summit that unity in business was important to the government.

"The unity of the business sector is paramount in ensuring the achievement of the transformation goals. As government, we need a unified and united business voice to work with."

He urged delegates to "find one another".

"The time to differ I think is gone, it's now time to find one another."

Zuma said he had tried to meet Busa.

"I intended to see Business Unity South Africa last month... but they were not available at the time."

On Tuesday, Majokweni said in a statement: "Busa was not at the summit, but we are currently liaising with the presidency to find out more details around that." 

  • Green Oaks - 2011-09-07 09:55

    What if we called a "White Business Summit". Would it be seen as racist ?

      Badballie - 2011-09-07 13:34

      unfortunately yes it will, in terms of the "New World Order" being born white is the worst racist offense you can commit, everything else is downhill from there

  • Green Oaks - 2011-09-07 09:57

    What if we called a "White Business Summit" Would it be seen as racist ?

  • Uzziel - 2011-09-07 10:02

    Very sad situation. According to the Black Business Summit it is only "democratic" if they have the majority... No points for you guys for supporting business unity in South Africa.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-07 10:04

    BMF is a joke

  • Cathryn Reece - 2011-09-07 10:21


  • IC1 - 2011-09-07 10:30

    BMF is pathetic

  • IC1 - 2011-09-07 10:39


  • Johan - 2011-09-07 10:43

    President Jacob Zuma called for delegates to "put the interests of South Africa first" - do what I say, not what I do....

  • I have a big one - 2011-09-07 10:50

    Imagine the accusations of racism and marginalisation if the reverse had happened...

  • roboman1 - 2011-09-07 10:51

    The BMF is not for unity, they want autocratic control, from all I hear. Also, it is time for these organisations to stop being so racist. BMF? Hello, how racist is that. And also, after 17 years it is now time to stop blaming racism and get on with the job, tell people to get off their butts and work. (irrelevant of the colour of the butt!)

      Badballie - 2011-09-07 13:33

      unfortunately internationally white are being sidelined by non white immigrants with the full support of the governments of those countries. The white elitists seems to be trying to make the middle (which is now almost completely gone) and lower class population pay for the sins of the leaders. Unfortunately big business is also guilty of promoting the immigration of non whites as an effective tool for securing cheap labor and increasing profits at the expense of their own people.

      Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-08 15:56

      I've been saying the same for a while. This is retributive punishment to make up for the compromises when the new constitution was drafted. The current progressive ANC leadership want money. And power to sustain the money. The leaders are not interested in serving, no. They want to 'eat'. So there, if you can't kill the whites, kill them ideologically (SABC), then economically (BEE), politically (one party state) and at the end they will 'mop up' the rest (kill the whites and plunder) in a revolutionary coup de'tat when the youth start eating the leaders and the ANC have to propose the 'real problem' of SA's poverty. The moment you realise you are collectively indescriminately being punished for being white you will either make a plan to leave the country or strive for sovereign separate development inside SA.

      Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-08 16:00

      Roboman, don't kid yourself. It's a war. If it's not waged on the farm, it is waged in the marketplace through BBBEE and legislation. If it's not there it is waged through parastatals and the judiciary, which is now being transformed. Soon the constitution will be rewritten and then it is really downhill from there.

  • Nuck Choris - 2011-09-07 11:05

    It surely should be illegal to have a "Confederation of Black Business Organisations". If I am a white business leader am I allowed to join....doubt it. Like wise there should be no white business forum allowed (not that there is one). These blacks show their true racist attitude just in the organisations they keep.

      Badballie - 2011-09-07 13:26

      Time to start actively promoting our own here, lets start a white business forum? it doesn't matter whether the state considers it legal or not, we as citizens have an irrefutable right to associate with anyone we please and they definitely cannot criminalize a non registered entity, we can wall it the white businessmen's network

      Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-08 15:50

      Then, Badballie, for that matter, why not form a separate white government somewhere in SA and associate ourselves with our own culture? Blacks are doing it, so should we.

  • blondetopaz - 2011-09-07 11:08

    "President Jacob Zuma addressed the summit on Tuesday, calling for delegates to put the interests of South Africa first." Does that include you sir? difficult for others to do this, if our leaders put THEIR interest first and only appear to be concerned with lining their own pockets.

  • Goose - 2011-09-07 11:26

    "The time to differ I think is gone, it's now time to find one another." I think the black management forum is doing everything it can to AVOID finding BUSA! I find it coming how black high level folks in business and government are always speaking such high-faluted English on the podium, yet the moment they step off it, they do exactly the opposite of what they were just saying! It seems common among black Africans.

  • dilligaf - 2011-09-07 11:30

    Interesting that the article "Zuma: Black people have no opportunities" on News24 was closed to comments after 12 comments and 1 hour. With credit to branden.hart.... referring to the "rich list".... "The list shows 18 black people, with wealth of more than R100 million each, making it to the top 100. Number two on the top 100 is mining magnate Patrice Motsepe with wealth of R14.25 billion as at the end of March 2009. He is followed by Housing and Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale (number 16 overall) with R1.2 billion and Cyril Ramaphosa at 17, with R988 million. The other black people in the top 100 are Phuthuma Nhleko (27), Sipho Nkosi (29), Lazarus Zim (30), Saki Macozoma (38), Zweli Mntambo (39), Peter Malungani (43), Marcel Golding (42), Regi Moonsamy (61), Nkululeko Sowazi (65), Gary Morolo (67), Mikki Xayiya (68), Mzolisi Diliza (72), Sifiso Dabengwa (78), Dalikhaya Zihlangu (80), and Robert Gumede (84)." This is ONLY based on publicly accessible information, and is generally limited to known holdings in listed companies. It does not include private companies, partnerships, trusts and other entity holdings. So let's talk about "putting the interests of the country first"......

      Badballie - 2011-09-07 13:24

      Zuma's education or should we say lack thereof is shining through again, Mr. Zuma the reason the majority of prisoners are black is because the majority of the population is black you dimwit, its called the law of averages. Unfortunately for you though the Black culture is glaringly visible in international communities where even if the black population is a minority, the blacks are still a majority in the prison system. So tell me is that because of white interference or is it just because blacks are find a life of crime easier than earning a living??

      sibusiso.mpofu1 - 2011-09-07 16:47

      The Rich List u say! There are more richer black South Africans that your list mention! Why is Malema on that list coz some time ago it was reported he made about R140m in govt tenders? Kanti, nikhuluma ngobani kule list yenu???

  • gcr - 2011-09-07 12:24

    The BMF are a curious bunch, but then maybe that should be be expected with a racist like Manyi as chairman/president whatever he calls himself these days. The BMF withdrew from BUSA because they couldn't influence their views and candidate in the elections. There arguement was that as minorities they had insufficient influence and wanted more. Strange how in this context the minority wants all the influence yet in the political landscape the minority is ignored. Can't help but feel that these organisations like black lawyers association and other similar like structured entities are nothing other than out and out racists if they have to have their own little coven

  • Badballie - 2011-09-07 13:20

    The elite looking after their own as usual, I will be starting a white businessmen forum soon, to deal with the stead loss of income and increasing costs of doing business in a country that actively punishes the white business owner. Last resort will be to move my entire operation to a friendlier African state and channel income through a foreign registered holding company

      Netherlander - 2011-09-07 16:42

      What a RACIST ORGANISATION!!!!! Why would anyone in their right minds WANT to join such a RACIST ORGANISATION?????? When will this whole BLACK vs WHITE thing END??? Are you lot not South Africans??

      Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-08 15:47

      Thanks for saying what I have known for a while - that White's are now punished informally via legislation and social labelling.

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-08 16:07

    Business is an idea brought to Africa from the West. There is in reality no real Black business in SA. It all piggybacks off the work of structures that have been put in place by Apartheid. Black business have not contributed to any development or innovation. It is what you call a reactive endeavour with the means of taking, not contributing. Black business then is nothing else but opportunistic appropriation of white wealth facilitated by legislation, retributive sentiment based on feelings of entitlement and African Marxist socialist ideals in action.

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