Sir Richard Branson apologises for posting a ‘discriminatory’ photo during launch

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson has apologized over a photo he posted in twitter during the launch of his new Branson Centre of entrepreneurship in South Africa.

The british business magnate tweeted a photo that presumed only whites attended the launch.

In the photo Sir Richard said: “Wonderful to be in South Africa to help launch the new Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. We aim to become the heart of entrepreneurship for Southern Africa.”

This followed a number of critics in twitter including South Africa’s fashion designer Thula Sindi who said; where did you find so many white people in South Africa?

The photo Sir Richard tweeted.

Afterwards Virgins Spokesmsn apologized saying the image in Sir Richard’s photo did not reflect the diverse makeup of attendees at the event.

 “The tweet linked to a blog about the launch of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship South Africa, which assists aspiring entrepreneurs of all backgrounds with the skills, opportunities and inspiration they need to succeed.

“We apologize for the poorly chosen image, but would like to emphasize that this does not reflect the diverse makeup of attendees.

“As the video, other social posts and other images of the event show, many of the diverse group of Branson Centre entrepreneurs, trustees and team were present and the image attached to that particular tweet should have reflected this too.” The Virgin Spokesman said.

Sir Richard who is 69 years old is known as a business man, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s which controls more than 400 companies in various fields.

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