This article delves into the intricate world of gift-giving within the context of blesser-blessee relationships in South Africa, where affluent individuals provide financial support to their younger counterparts in return for favours, most often of a sexual kind. Examining the multifaceted nature of these transactions, the article explores the implications of such relationships on the emotional well-being, ethical considerations, and power dynamics of those involved. From imaginary and symbolic gifts to the controversial "envelope practices" we scrutinise the various dimensions of gift-giving in these relationships. Additionally, the article addresses the darker aspects of these dynamics, including issues of exploitation, vulnerability, and societal stigma. While recognizing the desire for intimacy among individuals, especially younger and less mature participants, the article emphasizes the importance of understanding the nuanced complexities of gift-giving within these relationships. The fraud diamond theory is explored as a foundation for the integration of practices like blesser-blessee behaviours within organisational activities, highlighting the role of social norms in shaping acceptable behavior. Ethical leadership is underscored as crucial for maintaining integrity within organisations, emphasising the importance of leaders in mediating uncertainty and promoting virtues such as humanity. Additionally, Lacan's theory is introduced, suggesting that communication is inherently flawed and that the unique context of the blesser-blessee phenomenon in South Africa may pose challenges for understanding. Ultimately, the article calls for a critical examination of the ethical implications and advocates for comprehensive education and support systems to navigate the challenges associated with intimacy, power imbalances, and financial transactions in such relationships.
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