‘Betting on a Darkie’ means putting all your chips on black

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‘Betting on a Darkie’ means putting all your chips on black

Mteto Nyati's autobiography is an inspiring read about leadership by the super-connected former boss of MTN

Phumla Mkize

You would be forgiven for thinking Mteto Nyati is name dropping in his autobiography, what with the foreword being written by former president Thabo Mbeki. Politicians and local and international business super-moguls are mentioned matter-of-factly as people who formed part of his life at one point or another.

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi, health minister Zweli Mkhize, former state security minister Siyabonga Cwele, businesswoman Judy Dlamini, ANC stalwart Frank Chikane, anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph, former chief justice Pius Langa, ANC activist Frances Baard, Transnet board chairperson Popo Molefe, politician Alan Boesak and former SA Revenue Services commissioner Oupa Magashula come up in the first 100 pages of the book, and it doesn’t stop there. 

But if you judge Nyati’s book Betting on a Darkie by his privileged upbringing, his influential connections, his political ties and circle of successful friends, you’ll miss the most important message...

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