Ladies, we bring an essence to business that men could never explore, not because they don’t care but because they miss the gene. The ability to care about employees, the environment and the communities we operate in is innate in women. It is our most natural gift and we need to harness it to change business or capitalism fundamentally. The fact that we are still faced with a strike affecting both owners and employees in the platinum belt in South Africa is indicative that old-cowboy-style capitalism doesn’t care much for people and this is un-African.
Doing business the African way
It is time for multinationals to realise that in the new South Africa, you have to contour your business to fit the environment you operate in. I will risk it and say that if our strike infested industries placed people before profits, strikes would significantly decrease. If we tied this to a substantial paradigm shift in the role of unions, we might actually bring our growth rate back to what it should be. However, it will take women to bring about this swing. Where are the female voices urging negotiators to get back to the boardroom table so our children can have food on their table?
People before profit
We will only change the status quo when we break the cycle of old capitalism. The next generation of entrepreneurs needs to have a deep and innate focus on people, the environment and the communities we operate in, over profits. However, right now women already have this gene so allow us the space to turn things around. I’m not asking for permission, simply stating fact.
About the author: Antoinette Prophy is an entrepreneur by DNA. Passionate Afro-Optimist. Golfer. Realist. Always enjoy a good laugh. Love a good book. Antoinette is also the founder of Afrofusion Advertising. Follow her on Twitter at @AntoProphy.