As Dave Liddell points out: South Africa needs innovative ICT solutions if we want to be competitive in a global market that seeks the smartest workforce.

A smart workforce today needs quality information and connectivity. Fortunately, many South Africans who can't afford PCs can already use their cellphones to access the net. This might be the key.

There are certain facts about cellular usage in Africa that astound me - like how cellphone airtime is being used as interest-free currency in Kenya. This is what makes us African - we make a plan!

I look forward to seeing heavily criticized applications like Mxit becoming potent educational content delivery platforms in South Africa... never mind the $100 laptop - our kids will have a powerful, user-friendly mobile computer with internet access in their pocket first!

We need to use what we have rather than looking to emulate the solutions that apply to the first world. Necessity is the mother of innovation.
KhayelitshaWithin SA's townships lies one of the 12 best business opportunities in the world.
Companies, such as the Khayelitsha Cookie Co. and MonkeyBiz, are making use of the idle but trainable talent we have in the townships to manufacture world class products.

Ceteris Paribus, a Khayelitsha Cookie has a distinct advantage over other cookies because it has an an uplifting story as the "free prize inside".

"When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity".-John F. Kennedy
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AuthorDave Duarte
Salum Nzobonantuma is a car guard in Camps Bay. He's from Burundi, a small warn-torn country in Central Africa.
Salum

We got the chance to talk about two weeks ago, and he told me about his life & how he came to South Africa.

He could see I was inspired, so he asked if I could write this story for him (because he wanted to share it with other people).

The result was excellent. Salum showed the document to his usual clients, and had his highest income week ever! Even better, previously aloof patrons are talking with him and he feels more respected (and more hopeful about his prospects).

Two lessons:

1. Stories sell.

2. Respect and skills go alot further in uplifting people than does money.

Think about it: When did you last come up with a good story? Isn't it time you did?
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AuthorDave Duarte