BOOK REVIEW: No smoke and mirrors as business chief recounts a painful past
Black leaders get undermined in SA and that’s the issue Bonang Mohale explores in this book on lessons learnt
“If business genuinely cares about this country, its peoples and its future, it will recognise that you cannot take a person who has been hobbled in chains for decades out of his chains, line him up at the start of a race and expect him to compete against athletes who have been running free and think that you have been fair.”
This is how, Bonang Mohale, born in Etwatwa, Benoni and CEO of Business Leadership SA (BLSA) relates how he is contributing positively for the benefit of country and its people, and to reverse his painful experience under apartheid. Rather than resorting to the familiar tricks of autobiography-lite, Mohale has shaped a richly imagined, tremendously moving piece of work and, in his own words, “a simple collection and documentation of what I have learned over the course of my business, leadership and personal journey to date”. The book’s genius is not to explain but to share the experiences that shaped his life. Its title is drawn from the Lift as You Rise ...