Category : Standard

01 Mar 2017

I am Linda Steenkamp

By: Candice Kern-Thomas The picture that emerged of black woman, Linda Steenkamp, being transported by white farmer Johan Erasmus in a cage on the back of his bakkie struck a deep cord in my being because at that moment I recognised myself as a black person and so many other black people in her. I envision Steenkamp as the cover girl of all that black people are perceived to be, of all that society would like us to believe we […]

30 Jan 2017

Transformation and Corruption are not Synonymous

By: Candice Kern-Thomas In response to questions asked in parliament recently, SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni said her position at SAA is being construed as corruption when in fact it is transformation. Corruption and transformation cannot be synonymous as this will not only derail efforts of establishing an equitable society which South Africa so desperately needs, but it also gives detractors of transformation a reason to find fault with the ideology, methodology and process of implementation. The best dictionary definition for […]

01 Dec 2016

Transformation can’t be Captured

By: Candice Kern-Thomas Delivering the memorial lecture of the life and times of Oliver Reginald Tambo Secretary General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe, mentioned that “it is wrong when the wealth of the country does not benefit black people in this country.” He was alluding to the State Capture report which was released recently by the Public Protector. Mentioning this is crucial in the face of challenges facing South Africa particularly relating to Transformation. Manatshe said that we cannot take […]

17 Nov 2016

The Hypocrisy of B-BBEE

By: Candice Kern-Thomas Year after year the Commission of Employment Equity (CEE) tells South Africans what they already know, that white men are in top management positions and black South Africans are lagging behind. There is truth in the statement, but a truth spoken without the will or power to change it does nothing for the situation. The absolute truth is that white men dominate in almost every sphere of senior and executive management across industries even in companies that […]

17 Oct 2016

Preaching to the Converted

By: Candice Kern-Thomas Transformation like racism is not a black problem but a white one. So why is it that when dialogue on transformation takes place it is black people talking to each other rather than black and white conversing in an attempt to find joint solutions. Recently the Black Business Council (BBC) hosted a conference to deliberate on South Africa’s corporate nemesis: Transformation. If one wanted to rev up the temperature in corporate circles in South Africa, the mere […]

17 Oct 2016

BEE fronting cases quick to hit commission Copy

THE Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (Broad-Based BEE) Commission established in April has already received about 100 complaints about fronting and other abuses, some of which commissioner Zodwa Ntuli has found “traumatising”. Most of the 95 complaints are from shareholders — most often employees — who were allocated significant shareholdings in order for the companies to achieve a high level of empowerment in terms of the codes of good practice. Subsequently, they were sidelined, denied access to financial information, not informed […]

15 Aug 2016

Melisiwe School Computer Lab Project

The Melisiwe School Computer Lab Project provides underprivileged schools with fully functional computer labs, helping thousands of learners access Computer Applications Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) as part of their school curriculum and improving their employability or preparation for tertiary education.

22 Jul 2016

Namedi Secondary School Learners receive some Madiba Magic

Learners from Namedi Secondary School in Diepkloof, Soweto will receive some Madiba Magic at the start of the new school term when they return to a brand new school computer lab. Mandela Day 2016 will open the door to learners who want to study Computer Application Technology (CAT) as part of their curriculum but due to infrastructure constraints were unable to. Namedi Secondary is one of thousands of disadvantaged schools who are unable to offer CAT as a subject but […]

02 Mar 2015

Mandela Day celebrations as disadvantaged learners receive IT and CAT infrastructure

Mandela Day 2016 not only marked the beginning of the third term of school for the learners at Chris Johan Botha Secondary (CJB) in Bosmont, Johannesburg, but also the introduction of a new subject to the schools’ curriculum. Learners from this school increased their chances of employability after matric when their school received a fully equipped computer lab. The lab is part of an initiative called the Melisizwe Computer Lab Project which sees big business partnering with schools by providing […]