Jul 09, 2012
Politically connected BEE players lose iconic status - reportBack
Africa|MTN|Africa|South Africa|Reputation Institute|Mining|Cyril Ramaphosa|Dominik Heil|Graham Mackay|Jacob Zuma|Kgalema Motlanthe|Mbhazima Shilowa|Patrice Motsepe|Saki Macozoma|Sifiso Dabengwa|Zwelinzima Vavi
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Black economic-empowerment (BEE) business leaders who succeeded in the past predominantly through political clout, rather than entrepreneurial initiative, were no longer regarded as iconic, a new study by the Reputation Institute South Africa has found.
The ratings of all those surveyed in terms of respondents’ emotional connections to leaders showed that mining magnate Patrice Motsepe achieved the highest score with 64.56.
In overall second place was Congress of South Africa Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi (61.17), followed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in third place with a rating of 59.93. MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa (59.38) and SAB Miller’s CEO Graham Mackay (59.31) took fourth and fifth places respectively.
Meanwhile BEE leaders Cyril Ramaphosa (55.54), Tokyo Sexwale (54.75) and Saki Macozoma (54.74) were placed 13th, 15th and 16th in the survey respectively.
With an average score of 49.4, politicians in South Africa performed better than other world political leaders, who scored 43.20 in a similar survey in 2011, while South African business CEOs, with an average score of 55.68, fared worse than the global average for business leaders of 59.80.
Heil said the Reputation Institute conducted the study to give an informed baseline to the debate about the kind of leadership that is needed in South Africa to achieve a shared vision for society.
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