Developing African Technical Management in Southern Africa’s Mining Industry

Conventional Western approaches to developing indigenous black African management potential have frequently been insufficient, inadequate or inappropriate. Technology and technical management still tends to be associated with foreigners and whites. This is particularly so in erstwhile white-dominated southern Africa, and especially South Africa. The production of a new generation of managers and leaders has become a top priority in South Africa, notably in the mining industry. There are African precedents and lessons from which South Africa might learn, such as the scheme the author ran for Rio Tinto from 1982 to 1994. Designed as a short cut for the process of black enablement, the scheme produced remarkable results for the mining industries of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. The scheme is a proven way to unlock African management and leadership potential through the dynamic of cross-cultural experience. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: Developing African Technical Management in Southern Africa’s Mining Industry
Author: Lawley, Jonathan
Year: 2003
Periodical: South African Journal of International Affairs
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 81-93
Language: English
Geographic terms: Southern Africa
South Africa
External link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220460309545411
Abstract: Conventional Western approaches to developing indigenous black African management potential have frequently been insufficient, inadequate or inappropriate. Technology and technical management still tends to be associated with foreigners and whites. This is particularly so in erstwhile white-dominated southern Africa, and especially South Africa. The production of a new generation of managers and leaders has become a top priority in South Africa, notably in the mining industry. There are African precedents and lessons from which South Africa might learn, such as the scheme the author ran for Rio Tinto from 1982 to 1994. Designed as a short cut for the process of black enablement, the scheme produced remarkable results for the mining industries of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. The scheme is a proven way to unlock African management and leadership potential through the dynamic of cross-cultural experience. [ASC Leiden abstract]