Defining Moments: Experiences of Black Executives in South Africa's Workplace

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University of Natal Press, 2002 - Social Science - 212 pages
Black professionals in business have become an important grouping in South African society. But this is a relatively recent development. Defining Moments presents the stories of three decades of black executives, drawing on significant aspects of management theory and practice in the context of the changing socio-economic conditions that prevailed in each decade. The first generation of black professionals who braved the corporate world in the 1970s was handicapped by Bantu Education and apartheid legislation, but they were imbued with a vigorous culture of debate born of the struggle. During the 1980s they increased in numbers and included black females with qualifications in commerce and finance. The 1990's generation was supported by changes in the political landscape in South Africa which gave birth to the country's new democracy and universally admired Constitution. This book offers the experiences and attitudes of black executives of the past three decades to future generations and invites professionals to use this book as a tool to create a better understanding and bridge the gap between cultures.

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Wendy Luhabe was born and grew up in South Africa in the old Benoni Location. Her family was forcibly removed to Daveyton near Benoni before moving to Cradock when she was 11. One of the major influences in her youth was Matthew Goniwe who taught her maths and science at high school. After two years at Fort Hare University she moved to the University of Lesotho where she graduated with a BComm.. She has received various awards for her pioneering and leadership roles both in South Africa and internationally. She is married to Mbhazima Shilowa, the premier of Gauteng Province and has two sons

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