Signs of cracks at BLSA as Themba Maseko and other colleagues exit acrimoniously

30 Jul 2018

PBM

There seems to be serious cracks at Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) pointed out by the surfacing of a bitter goodbye letter to stakeholders from the organisation’s  Director of Communications, Themba Maseko.

The letter which has found its way into social media platforms suggests that Maseko’s exit is an abrupt and acrimonious one. This is clearly indicated in the following line from the letter: “For reasons inexplicable to me, I have learned that the BLSA Communications Unit was shut down on Friday, with everyone being let go immediately. I’m shocked and dismayed at this turn of events.”

Maseko, a former cabinet spokesperson and CEO of Government Communications Information Services (GCIS), joined BLSA in August last year. He shot to fame after making a public pronouncement about the interference of the Guptas in his job.

He joined the BLSA to form part of a remarkable beefing up of the organisation that represents the interests of big business. The organisation has staged a remarkable image revival under the leadership of former Black Management Forum (BMF) President Bonang Mohale. This included the roping in of former BMF President, Busi Mavuso, as COO. The Maseko exit suggests that all is not well.

PBM has confirmed the authenticity of the letter with two sources who are close to the situation.

PBM has confirmed the authenticity of the letter with two sources who are close to the situation.

Mohale suggested that there is nothing untoward with the shake up. He said Maseko had a one year contract with BLSA which was due to end on the 31st of July 2018. He added that the restructuring of the communication department is a normal activity of any organisation.

Here follows the full Maseko letter:

Some of you may know this already: my contract with BLSA comes to an end on July 31 2018, and, accordingly, I’m writing to inform you that henceforth I’ll not be communicating with you in this capacity.

This is the end of our formal relationship, but certainly no end of our friendship. I’m certain our paths will continue to cross.
For reasons inexplicable to me, I have learned that the BLSA Communications Unit was shut down on Friday, with everyone being let go off immediately. I’m shocked and dismayed at this turn of events.
I have been privileged to work with a professional team of communicators.  Despite the lack of resources, the Unit strove to provide the organization with excellent communication services.  I was therefore taken aback by this action.
I take the opportunity to thank you all for your kind professional co-operation and assistance over the past year.
I have found interactions with members of the BLSA Communications Forum extremely helpful, professional and characterized by integrity, honesty and mutual respect at all times. I hope this continues beyond this phase, and that there will be further communication about the future of the Forum from the BLSA Office.
As we open a new chapter, I assure you that you retain both my respect and support.
Sincerely
Themba Maseko
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