Johannesburg - South Africa's biggest challenge was trying to forge unity, togetherness and purpose in the new dispensation, former minister and Old Mutual Group chairman Trevor Manuel said.
Manuel said the country has an identity issue that stems from the apartheid era. He said South Africa’s context of identity is espoused in the South African constitution and the Freedom Charter that goes beyond race, tribalism and ethnicity.
"If you understand identity within the context of non-racialism, you can understand why both the Employment Equity Act and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment are important to the development of everyone in this country," said Manuel.
He added that once you discover the real identity, the next step is to identify what one would like to achieve.
"As an achievement, most people will tell you they want lots of money. However, money is not an achievement but a means to what you would like to achieve. Mere accumulation of wealth cannot be an objective. There are a series of things that we have to do, and it involves ploughing back," said Manuel.