Press Release: Book Launch



Xarra Books, in partnership with the Market Theatre, cordially invite you the launch of the book……

We Are the Ones We Need

Date: 6 December 2018

Time: 7 pm

Venue Market Theatre

Book Synopsis

Through its memoir-esque style, ‘We Are the Ones We Need’ delves into the challenges faced by black professionals in South Africa’s corporate environment. By sharing some of her own experiences from her years working within some of the country’s top companies, Ms Bolani focuses on themes that include structural racism in organisations and the role executives play in sustaining discriminatory practices; pay discrimination; the emotional and psychological trauma suffered by black professionals as a result of corporate abuse and the suppression of black talent, especially black women.

From the beginning of the book, Ms Bolani takes the reader on a journey that reveals her personal and professional background, her interactions with her colleagues and senior executives, as well as how her experiences impacted on her and her loved ones. She closes off the book by sharing some of her own suggestions on how we can begin to change corporate culture and its weaponisation against black professionals.

Sihle’s Bio

Sihle Bolani, is a strategist with over 15 years’ experience in Brand Communication, Internal Communication;

Employee Engagement, Public Relations, Writing and Reputation & Crisis Management.

Her book, titled: “We are the ones we need: The war on black professionals in corporate South Africa”, peels away the layers of race-related discrimination in the workplace, lending her voice to a territory many are afraid to enter.

Her professional experience has included work at some of South Africa’s top corporate organisations, some of which are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

In 2013, Ms. Bolani co-founded an initiative called The Leading Women Series which was a series of events that served to provide a platform for women to share knowledge, ideas, debate and define new ways of thinking,

collaborating and progressing in their personal and professional journeys to being leaders of the present and future.

In 2014, Ms. Bolani established Sihle Bolani Communications, a specialist Brand Communication consultancy, offering clients integrated communications solutions for business challenges and strategic objectives.

Ms. Bolani also collaborates with organisations to give talks/facilitate workshops on:

  • Bringing corporate transformation to life for long-term sustainability
  • Corporate Communication Strategies and Tactics
  • Internal communications and employee engagement
  • PR and Communications in 2018 and beyond
  • Managing your company’s reputation and future legacy
  • Leading with communications: The business of people

Ms. Bolani is passionate about issues pertaining to women and youth and works to continue finding ways to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives in any way she can.

This book can be purchased at Xarra bookstore in Midrand or online via Xarra Books website (www.xarrabooks.com). For further information and to RSVP, please contact us at +27 (0)11 312 7582 or email info@xarrabooks.com.

Released by Market Theatre Foundation Publicity Department

Lusanda Zokufa – Senior Publicist Market Theatre Foundation
011 832 1641 ext 123 or 072 367 7867