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Book extract: The delicate art of ‘Boardroom Dancing’


Book extract: The delicate art of ‘Boardroom Dancing’

‘The brokenness of the man who started out as a child who had done nothing worse than exist as the wrong colour’

Nolitha Fakude

‘Boardroom Dancing’ (Picador Africa, R290) is Nolitha Fakude’s memoir of her life as a business leader and advocate of transformation. A shopkeeper’s daughter in the Eastern Cape, she studied at the University of Fort Hare and then began as a graduate trainee at Woolworths. She has since worked in senior positions at Woolworths, Nedbank and Sasol. She has been MD and then chairperson of the Black Management Forum. Here is an extract:

It was a regular evening in early 2004 and I was busy preparing for a meeting the next day, enjoying the second wind I usually get in the stillness that comes after dinner, when my phone rang. It was my Aunt Zet.

‘Litha, do you have the TV on?’ she said, her voice full of excitement. ‘What’s this about?’ I asked, searching for the remote and switching on the TV...

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