It is not uncommon to hear business people in South Africa ask what they can do to deal with the myriad of deep and structural challenges that plague this beautiful land.
The answer is simple. Strive to own a small part of something extraordinary rather than own a large part of something ordinary. We can no longer afford to sit on our capital and skills – by investing in people and restoring dignity, we will set in motion the tiny interventions that exponentially trigger fundamental change.
This is not about adopting a charity mind set, nor is it about becoming a socialist country. Responsible capitalism has all the tools to fundamentally change society. By investing in our staff and our immediate communities, cumulatively the impact can be profound.
For this change to stand a chance, businesses need to invest in opportunity and potential. Right now, near Umtata is a proof of concept that could drive de-urbanisation and provide an alternative for employment creation. A village of people, that are being taught farming and related business skills, use their mobile phones to trade among themselves using their very own, unique cryptocurrency.
Imagine the South African-born doctor Ariel Lashanksy and Roi Abraham, who developed the concept with