VOLUME TEN   NOVEMBER 2017

One Race,
the Human Race, Now

Wright’s new book is on its way and should be in the book shops by end of November in time for  Christmas.

A massive number of books are flooding our bookshops on the doom and gloom of our economy, predictions of a failed state, free fall, etc.

One Race, the Human Race, Now! takes a different perspective. Written in two parts, it covers the following: 

Part One’s focus is: Let’s get the relationships right and all else will follow. It can only happen by embracing the ideal of “One Race, the Human Race....” with the challenge being in the Now. Where are we in the world today? Some in depth information in our human history to help us with ..where are we going as a nation and a world? 

Part Two focuses on the importance of management practice and its role in transformation. The majority of South Africans under the old apartheid government were denied participation in what was changing the world – the concept of management practice. Good, functional, achieving organisations do not just happen....especially not by simply owning assets; it needs the enterprise of Practising Managers.

The target market of this book is as it says on the cover:

“A must read for all those wanting to make a difference; essential for political leaders and aspiring business executives.”

The timing of Wright’s book could not be better, the world economy is on a sounder footing and our traditional trading partners are growing. It is only a matter of time before we are up there as well. South Africans have a history of economic growth, having tasted these fruits – no government must stand in the way of the economy rising....and therefore transformation. 


Part One


“Let Us Complete The Revolution” was the title of Professor Malikane’s article in the media. The article coincided with his appointment as an Adviser to the new Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba.

In a quote from this article Professor Malikane says:

The fight against white monopoly capital and its black allies is an integral part of the struggle to consummate the national democratic revolution.”

Neil Wright counters this notion by arguing that the real end to the revolution is the acceptance of One Race, the Human Race, Now – and this achieved without the racial cleansing through using legislation – or even worse.

His book takes us into the real world in which we currently live; he talks about South Africa’s “isolationist mentality”.  To quote:

This isolationism has historically caused us to be left behind in trends and developments … and so it was with apartheid, racial discrimination and the like – the rest of the world had already scrapped this thinking some 50 years before South Africa.

Not surprising then, that other ideological narratives seem to resonate strongly in South Africa … long after they have reached their sell-by date elsewhere.  The grand narrative of a workers’ revolution, the takeover of the means of production by the workers, for instance … an old communist doctrine. We talk of white minority/monopoly capital when capital is totally colour blind … and should be welcome from wherever it comes, because it benefits all.”

Chapter 1, titled “Humanity’s Advance and Nelson Mandela’s Contribution” is a refreshing reminder of what an enlightening strategist Mandela was, not just for South Africa, but in the world. The author quotes Barack Obama’s words at Nelson Mandela’s commemoration service:

He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.  It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailer as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth.  He changed laws, but also hearts.”

Chapter 3 is devoted to Thomas Friedman’s latest book, Thank You for Being Late. The book is an update of the global village we live in. The following quote from Friedman’s book puts one in the picture, especially for those who thought globalisation was waning:

“The resulting flows of information and knowledge are making the world not only interconnected and hyperconnected but interdependent – everyone everywhere is now vulnerable to action of anyone anywhere.”

This chapter is very informative for South Africans, including on the new era of education that uses the new technology of artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent assistance (IA). Embracing diversity is another area South Africa must not lose sight of, to quote:

“The evidence is mounting that geographical openness and cultural diversity and tolerance are not by-products but key drivers of economic progress.”

To move away from our obsession with race, the author’s quest is for South Africans as a Nation to concentrate rather on the rich aspects of our diverse cultures, not just black and white. So let us nurture and cherish the cultural groupings of the Khoi, the Pedi, Sotho, Venda etc.  Mother-tongue language is important, and so are customs; through interest and support of this diversity we create self-esteem and overcome the humiliation of the past.

Part One is also focused on the economy. Annual GDP must grow 4 times its present value, in order to bring up the quality of life for all South Africans. The first step is to achieve $20 000 GDP per capita annual income. This means massively expanding the economy. Wright has interesting chapters on this that discuss Drivers in the economy as well as self-induced brakes on the economy. The economy is key to transformation, and the author has listed key figures to watch, appropriately named South Africa’s economic dashboard.  

Chapter 5, headed “Land Reform and Modern Realities”, is a comprehensive update of this thorny area. It transpires that University of the Western Cape, has done extensive research into all areas of the Land question. The South African Institute of Race Relations has also produced a report. And Max du Preez, too, has written on this subject. These reports, discussed in this chapter, give a very different picture to the one our politicians would have us believe.

In Chapter 9, headed “Development of Common Goals”, Wright discusses at length that for SA to sustain its economic growth levels and GDP per capita at $20 000 a year, SA needs to take Africa with it. It is a return to the African Renaissance concept of Thabo Mbeki. SA would simply be swamped by immigration if the SA economy took off and our neighbours remained mired in poor growth and dysfunctional governments. Wright believes our starting point is for SADC to join with us as part of BRICS.


Part Two


The second part of this book constitutes twelve chapters focused on growing the economy once we have One Race, the Human Race in place. The practice of management is what is needed.  A comprehensive account of this is given in “The Practice of Management” and “The Effective Manager”.

The author also introduces in Part 2 the concept of Dualism, since a sense of dualism for managers is helpful … there are always two sides to a question, and placing oneself in another person’s shoes is often essential in the practice of management.

The chapters that follow are some of the foundations of management; they are inspiring and informative and include marketing, leadership, coaching and instinctual leadership, execution, compliance, harmony in the workplace and structure and strategy.


Best wishes for a Merry Christmas  


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