When two equally intelligent, experienced, reliable employees compete for the same position, gaining power, reputation, and a higher salary, the one who has taken initiative to learn English writing probably will win the promotion. Many business leaders readily admit that originality and initiative help workers advance, but the ability to express ideas clearly in English writing truly distinguishes an employee. Although English writing is slightly more difficult than spoken English, modern technology and constant practice help second language learners quickly build skill with English writing. In addition, experienced teachers readily point out that second language learners need not suffer as they learn English writing. Nothing has more reflective influence on English writing than reading; therefore, reading wonderful and intelligent books creates the most influential impact on language acquisition. The mastery of English writing ultimately empowers once disadvantaged South Africans to create a literature all their own.