Betting on a Darkie - at a glance
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Mteto Nyati knew years ago as a schoolboy in Mthatha, working behind the counter at his mother’s trading store, that he wanted to fix and build things. After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering at Natal University, he turned down a Rhodes scholarship and headed for Johannesburg to take up a position at Afrox. He was the only black engineer and the sole advice he received from his superiors was ‘don’t mess up’. He didn’t. Today Nyati is one of South Africa’s top CEOs, having steered Microsoft South Africa and MTN South Africa out of troubled times. He is currently guiding the transition of Altron from a family business, started at the height of apartheid, into a highperforming international IT company with a social conscience.
Chapters in the book
A quick look at the book contents
Chapter 1: The Shopkeeper's Son
"Our character is not so much the product of race and hereditary as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits...
Chapter 2: Johannesburg 1986
"Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is within our power." - Benjamin Disraeli
Chapter 3: Choices and Consequences
"If you always do what you've done, you'll always get what you've always got." - Anonymous
Chapter 4: Into the Big Blue
...a position with IBM South Africa as Senior Client Relationship Representative for Manufacturing ...
Chapter 5: The Global Circle
"The road to success has many tempting parking places" - Steve Potter
Chapter 6: Yale World Fellow
...they are trailblazers: disruptive thinkers and bold, original voices in their fields...
Chapter 7: Windows into BEE
Well become every more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt the status quo like never before.
Chapter 8: Dead Man Walking
"union chants 'voetsek' to MTN execs" - Fin24Tech 20May 2015
"MTN strike turns chaotic" - moneyweb 29 May 2015
"MTN granted interdict against striking workers" - Biznews 13 June 2015
Chapter 9: eMpTyN
...leaders will be those who serve others, actively listen, and daily empower...
Chapter 10: Reboot
"We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us" - Ken Levine
Chapter 11: Mbazo
Execution - getting the task done, making it happen - is the most unappreciated skill
Chapter 12: Company and Country
"If we want a great nation, we have to change it ourselves." - Cory Booker, US Senator
Chapter 13: Betting on a Darkie
"We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." - Whoopi Goldberg
Reader’s Feedback It’s Positive & Great
Here's what others had to say about the book.
01. Xoliswa Kakana - CEO ICT-Works
Only got to sit and start reading last night...yho...'un-putdownable'... yherr Mteto Nyati ...So much inspiration.
02. Luvuyo Rani - CEO Lulutho
What great book to read, Mr Mteto Nyati you are my role model. I highly recommend that you get the book.
03. Dan Moyane - News Anchor eNCA
Wonderfully written open & honest account of an illustrious journey from rural Eastern Cape to the corporate world
04. Lincoln Mali -Experienced Banking Executive
Mteto Nyati’s personal and professional life story is inspiring, this book brings it to life for future generations to learn about humility, integrity, excellence, resilience and leadership.
05. Craig Jackson - Investment Manager at Investec Wealth & Investment
Thank you for taking the time to document and share your experiences. I am even more convinced, having read the book, that there are many lessons therein for all South Africans!
06.Jeanette Kruger - IBM Executive UK
It’s a bittersweet read. So far I’ve smiled, cried and laughed out loud
07. Antoinette Gervais van Staaden - BPO and IT Project Manager
Got my copy at King Shaka airport a week ago.... really enjoying the book.
08. Xabiso Matewu - Cisco Systems Engineer
Finished the book in one sitting. Definitely worth it!
09. Nana Phiri - Head Debt Financing at RMB
Got it & read it & finished it & loved it
10. Nick Binedell - Professor at GIBS Business School
Just finished reading, engaging, insightful and challenging. Most importantly a damn good read. Glad to have been a small part of the journey.
The Social World
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