“Barloworld is helping to build SA’s future.”
As the proud parent of two children –one who works as a chartered accountant and the other as a chemical engineer- Anil Baliram is passionate about South Africa’s future.
A future, he believes, which belongs to today’s youth.
“We need to ensure that young people in this country are given the support they need to fulfil their potential” says Baliram, Sales Manager for Diesel Electric (Natal) (Pty) Ltd.
“And most importantly, we need to give them a strong sense of vision.”
Baliram says that after attending its supplier development workshop held recently in Durban, he is convinced that Barloworld shares his passion for South Africa’s future. It is that concern, he says, which clearly underlies Barloworld’s strategic focus on black empowerment.
“I’ve really got to give tremendous credit to Barloworld for organising this workshop,” says Baliram. “It covered all of the major relevant issues surrounding B-BBEE and transformation, and how they impact us as suppliers.”
“Our future as a sustainable business depends upon our meeting this challenge head-on.”
The Diesel Electric Group is a network of independently-owned Bosch contract partners which supplies parts, equipment and components to the automotive industry. Diesel Electric (Natal) (Pty) Ltd is a regional affiliate servicing Barloworld within Durban, Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.
Spurred on by the insights that he gleaned from the Durban workshop, Baliram says that he’ll be encouraging his colleagues to make transformation a priority within their business operations.
“Currently, we don’t have any transformation policies within the company” he admits. “And this is a challenge –not only for our company, but for many others within our industry.”
He credits one of the workshop panellists, Matthew Govender, for inspiring him to embrace that challenge. Barloworld Siyakhula’s Managing Director, Govender emphasized the importance of personal change as an element of the transformation process.
“I was really struck by that message” says Baliram. “If I’m going to help create the future that I want to see, I’m going to have to take personal responsibility.”
“I, myself, will have to be part of that change.”