'They find it difficult to work with black people' - George Sebulela (BBC)

The Black Business Council (BBC) is quitting Business Unity South Africa (Busa), after 23 years of partnership and dialogue.

This follows an incident where BBC representatives were allegedly kicked out of a Nedlac meeting by a Busa delegation.

…They are finding it very difficult to work with black people…

George Sebulela, BBC

Busa has responded by saying that it is representative of businesses of all sizes, across all sectors at Nedlac.

It says it formally advised the BBC on 11 May 2017 of the termination of cooperation at Nedlac following the lapse of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Busa and the BBC.

The MoU enabled BBC representatives to participate at Nedlac through the Busa seat.

Busa differs with the BBC on key issues such as the impact of the downgrade and matters of monetary policy.

Some of the utterances they made [about the downgrade] are just not what we as business want to be associated with.

Jabu Mabuza, Busa

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed George Sebulela, Secretary General at the BBC and Jabu Mabuza, President of Business Unity South Africa.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

We can’t find each other…

George Sebulela, BBC

We’d like to stand on our own.

George Sebulela, BBC

Busa cannot represent our interests and Busa is not Nedlac.

George Sebulela, BBC

This is clearly regrettable.

Jabu Mabuza, Busa

He says we try to exclude black people from positions of power.

Jabu Mabuza, Busa

I’d rather have it [the voice of business in SA] diluted than conflicted.

Jabu Mabuza, Busa

If BBC doesn’t want to cooperate with Busa then so be it.

Jabu Mabuza, Busa

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