By Dudu Msomi
"A statement from the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) in response to the controversy that has arisen around them providing a R34 million loan to Ndalo Luxury Ventures for a luxury boutique, Luminance, co-owned by Khanyi Dhlomo says: “As a long-standing champion of black economic empowerment and the emancipation of women in South Africa, the CEO of the NEF, Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa, enjoys professional and social acquaintance with many other professionals, black and white, including entrepreneurs across many sectors of the economy”.
As leaders, we are told that networking is a critical leadership skill. We then network to grow our connections so that they can assist us in achieving our goals - as business and public sector leaders and entrepreneurs.
What is that the fine line between helping others, doing your job and being corrupt? Come and engage on the tensions and contradictions of networking and good corporate governance. Wondering what the Hullabaloo is about with regards to the NEF/Ndalo Luxury Ventures transaction? Do you agree with the allegations that have been made by some that Khanyi Dhlomo used her political and business clout to get the loan? Have you already come to the hasty conclusion and indictment of the CEO of NEF, Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa of corruptive practices? What subtleties and complexities have you encountered in your role? These complex issues form the crux of the strategic networking conversations that the seminar, Friday, 30 August 2013 is about!
The objective of the Leadership & Governance Seminar is not share techniques and to talk about the art of networking. Nor is it to delve into the legitimacy of the concerns and accusations that have dogged NEF/Ndalo Luxury Ventures transaction. The controversy, undoubtedly, captures the essence of the complexities that the seminar aims to explore so that you are informed and are aware of the Upside & Downside of Strategic Networking. Ethical dilemmas arise every day in life and in business, even when there is no impropriety, the perception of impropriety can arise. Join us for this seminar designed to offer unforgettable, reality-based experiences that are tailored to engage, to challenge and to profoundly inspire. It is aimed to engage managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in thought-provoking discussions from dynamic, experienced and stimulating speakers. Busara Leadership Partners believes in seminars that provide knowledge and wisdom rooted in real-life scenarios, dilemmas and challenges that prepare managers, leaders and entrepreneurs before they need them. When you do, it is too late!
Leadership & Governance Seminar
Date: 30 August 2013
Time: 7:30 – 13:30
Venue: The Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton