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Herman Mashaba’s New Book, Capitalist Crusader, is About to Hit the Shelves

Capitalist CrusaderFollowing on from the bestselling Black Like You, Herman Mashaba presents Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth, deftly combining biography, politics and business with a view to changing South Africa’s fortunes:

“When I had to give up my university studies 34 years ago I was so angry that I wanted to leave South Africa, get military training and an AK-47, and come back to kill evil white people … I’m just as angry now as I feel my economic freedom is under threat, but I’m staying to fight for what I believe in.”

When Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s president in 1994, Herman Mashaba thought his struggle for personal and economic freedom was over, the battle won. 21 years later, he has had to question that assumption as his freedoms are eroded and economic controls tighten. Mashaba, a selfmade entrepreneur who started his business Black Like Me in the dark days of apartheid, is committed to freeing South Africans from poverty.

As a successful business person, Mashaba says he can no longer be silent on the state of the South African economy. In Capitalist Crusader he outlines his quest for economic freedom for all South Africans – through a firm commitment to capitalist principles. He describes the changes in his political affiliations and maps out the route South Africa needs to follow to escape entrenched unemployment, poverty and inequality.

“After reading Black Like You … I appeal to the government to save taxpayers’ money and stop writing more reports and instead study Herman Mashaba’s autobiography.” – Moeletsi Mbeki

“This man is a patriot! Instead of sitting quietly in his corner and enjoying the fruits of his hard-earned success, he comes out fighting in this book. Fighting for us to be a winning nation! Read this book and be riveted. Be ready to be challenged. Be ready to be knocked out of your comfort zone.”Phinda M Madi, Professor Emeritus, Rhodes University

“Based on impeccable economic and statistical research and historical analysis, it is a brilliantly written blueprint for freedom and prosperity for the people of South Africa. It is also a personal message of a deeply concerned South African based on his personal experience as a citizen, entrepreneur and educator. It is a momentous contribution to the ongoing search for solutions for the most important economic and social problems of South Africa.”Yuri N Maltsev, Professor of Economics, Carthage College, USA

“Herman Mashaba has established significant credibility as a single-minded and successful entrepreneur. This hard-hitting book focuses on very important issues and makes a significant contribution to the discussion about South Africa’s future. I hope many take the time to read this penetrating analysis and think through its conclusions and implications, and respond to the call for action.”Nicholas Binedell, Professor and Founding Director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science

About the authors

Herman Mashaba is a Non-Executive Director of Black Like Me (Pty) Ltd, which he co-founded in 1985. He is Executive Chairman of Lephatsi Investments (Pty) Ltd, Leswikeng Group of Companies and Phatsima Group of Companies and holds several other directorships. In 2004, Mashaba won the FMF’s Free Market Award for his exceptional contribution to the cause of economic freedom.

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