Suitcase: Always carry a book

The best advice I got was to always read. Reading during your spare time, in fact create time to read. Make time in your schedule for reading. You just make it because it is really important. It is a non-negotiable part of your life. Reading should not be done because you are bored and you…

Suitcase: Pack your laptop and phone

It used to be that during the farming and industrial revolution, the factors of production were land, labour, capital and enterprise. If you had land, access to labour and capital, you could enterprise. Today, in the post industrial revolution, the factors of production has shifted. Access to information, i.e data has become critical. Today, you…

Suitcase: Pack a mentor

Your cousin Lerato is leaving her job to start her entrepreneurship journey next year and she needs to know what she needs to pack in her suitcase on this entrepreneurship journey. As a first time entrepreneur, or a startup entrepreneur who has had a rough year, how do you prepare and plan for the following…

The Story of Thandi

In the prognosis of the National Development Plan released 7 years ago, the then Minister in the Presidency of South Africa responsible for Planning, Trevor Manual shared the story of Thandi. Thandi is a young African woman, 18 years old, passed grade 12 in 2010. She is part of a group of just under 1,4…

Measuring what matters and not easy

There are many metrics that are easy to measure: money, promotions, number of friends on Facebook etc., number of gym memberships, and, for every one of these, there are metrics that are hard to measure – success, impact, depth of relationships, fitness. I am reminded of Clay Christensen’s anecdote about parenting. While it was easy for…

Book Review: The Republic by Plato

The book is a dialogue among the students. The dialogue explores two central questions: The first question is “what is justice?”  Socrates addresses this question both in terms of political communities and in terms of the individual person or soul. He does this to address the second and driving question of the dialogue: “is the just…

Book Review: Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire was a Brazilian educator who wrote this revolutionary classic book during his first years of exile from Brazil and published it in 1968. The book was translated into English in 1970. It has been banned and blacklisted numerous times by different governments who find the book to be subversive and dangerous. The Pedagogy…

Small moments

There are so many magical small moments in a day. Waking up in the middle of the night and realising you have still got a couple of hours of sleep left. Snoozing that alarm once to get a precious few extra minutes of sleep. Managing to squeeze that little bit of toothbrush from the tube. Unexpectedly…