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Luxury meets empowerment, FARMERS WEEKLY

Luxury meets empowerment, FARMERS WEEKLY, Page 32

Luxury meets empowerment The saga in which empowerment funds were used for a luxury boutique is stirring up emotions.

The news of the National Empowerment Fund's (NEF) R34,1 million loan to a luxury clothing store in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, called Luminance, has emotions running high. I have a great deal of respect for Khanyi Dhlomo as a businesswoman and leader. She has worked hard to get where she is and has earned her stripes. There is nothing wrong with people like her receiving a boost to advance their businesses. However, I believe a clear line has to be drawn between empowerment and enrichment.


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