We Are the Ones We Need Sihle Bolani Xarra Books The subtitle to Sihle Bolani’s debut is The War on Black Professionals in Corporate South Africa. This made me think it would be a thoroughly researched book about the many issues that black professionals face in corporate SA. In addition to Bolani’s personal story, I expected to read about the personal stories of countless other black professionals. I expected a reading experience similar to Pumla Dineo Gqola’s Rape: A South African Nightmare or Jacob Dlamini’s Native Nostalgia, an intensely researched book that shows the links between theory and real-life experiences in order to highlight an issue that South Africans seem too ready to dismiss unless they have experienced it themselves. This is not what was delivered. Instead of Bolani giving us a broad overview of the systemic and structural racism that exists in corporate SA, she chose to show us how it manifested itself in her professional and personal life. There is nothing wrong...

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