Trailblazers: South Africa's Champions of Change

Trailblazers: South Africa's Champions of Change

by Empowerdex

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Trailblazers: South Africa's Champions of Change by Empowerdex

The authors, who represent Empowerdex (Economic Empowerment Rating Agency), have interviewed many of the top black leaders, executives and managers, for rare insight into their lives and achievements. Where did they get their first jobs? What personal philosophies motivate them?

Trailblazers is focused on the recent history of black business in South Africa and the secrets of the pioneers who made it, while also giving indications for further changes stemming from research and politics. The personal vision of those currently in power will shape the future of business, and the authors trust that their research and debate will inspire more young business people, whose talents are so badly needed to increase South Africa’s prosperity.

Empowerdex has identified the need for a new breed of business leadership in South Africa, one more involved with day-to-day decision-making. The authors discuss the context Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has created for powerful black business people, and give voice to the pioneers who can offer advice and vision to inspire younger aspiring executives. Their research shows the relationship between politics, business and the South African economy, as well as the facts and figures behind these powerful people and their companies. Trailblazers offers insight and knowledge of the current business environment and its potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770131101
Publisher: Double Storey Books
Publication date: 03/20/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Empowerdex is the brainchild of its founders and directors, Vuyo Jack and Chia-Chao Wu. Though the first deals concluded in the name of black economic empowerment were announced as early as the 1990's, before Empowerdex came into being, there was no independent means of verifying or measuring BEE initiatives or progress in South Africa.
Jack and Wu, both qualified CA's from the University of the Witwatersrand, met as undergraduate students at Wits University, when they were selected to represent South Africa at an international leadership conference in Cyprus, sponsored by Coopers & Lybrand. It was then that the idea to one day start a business was born. Before launching Empowerdex, Jack and Wu consulted with international credit rating agency Moodys, in London. From there, they developed Empowerdex's rating methodology, a pioneering concept at the time.

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