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NAFCOC FLEXES ITS MUSCLES WITH A SUCCESSFUL HOLDING OF MASSIVE BI-ANNUAL SUMMIT
Story as reported by N.R. Ndlovu (BBSCT) - Editor, NAFSEC News
There were widely-reported, and rather unfortunate, deadly tornadoes that descended upon the Free State in June. But there was one of a totally different kind that hit the Bloemfontein Central Protea Hotel on the penultimate weekend of June 2012, AD - The ever-growing, HUGE, small-business juggernaut called NAFCOC was in town, and wow of wows did it arrive in style! The dynamic President Lawrence Mavundla (pictured left, top picture) and the ever clear-headed and focused Deputy Mr Sonyosi Skhosana (pictured on the left, middle) and their executive sure know how to make a statement, and make a statement they did!
Any detractors and critics and foes had better seek shelter from this tornado, for it is not going to be easily derailed or sabotaged at this rate. As the visibly-confident and characteristically vibrant and energetic Mavundla so eloquently and boldly put it, NAFCOC was taking back its pride, regaining its dignity and a word for devious enemies, they must not forget to count two when they count him, for he has God by his side.
The theme for the summit was a very apt “Towards the achievement of real Economic Freedom and Job-creation in South Africa”. Apart from the normal business of business, with commissions being set up and resolutions taken on thorny issues that need attention, there were two major roarings by the federation, and both of them in no uncertain ways declaring arrival, presenting a pose of strength and flexing of muscles that would scare even Mr fearless Chuck Norris himself.
Firstly, there was the glitzy official launch of the new Investment arm called Silver Vanity (will try and corner the President or Deputy to get some background on the name for you, off the top of my head the Silver Vanity I know is a legendary winning Arabian Stallion). It effectively replaces the beleaguered NAFHOLD and was described by the visibly pleased and happy Deputy President Skhosana as the result of lessons learnt and mistakes noted. President Mavundla mentioned how even though it was only being launched then, it had been operating already, boasting a healthy portfolio of prized and innovative property investments country-wide, some of which he mentioned.
Then secondly there was the official introduction (and vice versa) of the Black Business Council, through its Honourable President, Mr Ndaba Ntsele (pictured left, bottom picture) to the Federation’s delegates who were drawn from all corners and all sectors of the country. He spoke of how it is time to think big, to believe in yourself as a black person, to pool together and form big corporates and to chase those tenders and not be ashamed to be called a tenderpreneur.
After the dust has settled and when all is said and done, one thing is for sure, NAFCOC is, like a resilient and completely unstoppable majestic African Martial Eagle, soaring on to to greater heights, and the mice and small game better be mindful of its watchful gaze. If ever there is a vehicle for true economic transformation for small business, predominantly black at that, if ever there is a single organization that can do the most in the endeavour to deliver our people to the promised land of true black economic empowerment, then NAFCOC it is. Through its wisely sectorized, nation-wide footprint, it is our biggest apolitical hope for the future, and its phenomenal growth was succinctly summed-up by President Mavundla when he remarked how they used to BEG people to come to the summit and the conferences, now they have to LIMIT people who can attend. The future looks bright indeed......