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“People are generating a profit by doing good in their communities” – Kerryn Krige on The Disruptors (Video)

The DisruptorsThe Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society by Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber tells the story of how social entrepreneurs are imagining a better way to a better world.

GIBS Business School has shared a video of the launch of The Disruptors on their YouTube channel in which Krige explains why she is so excited by this important study. The launch took place at the University of Johannesburg earlier this year.

“For the first time, we really have a full profile of what modern-day social entrepreneurship looks like in South Africa and the real breadth of activity that is happening in this space,” Krige says. “So, people are generating a profit by doing good in their communities.”

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Black tax and non-bloody racism: Eusebius McKaiser talks about his book Run Racist Run (Podcast)

Cover Reveal: The New Book from Eusebius McKaiser

 
If ever there was an important book to read to stay in tune with the spirit of the time, and what is going on in South Africa, it would be Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser.

Run Racist RunHe recently spoke to The Voice of the Cape’s Drivetime host Shafiq Morton (author of Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers) to introduce potential readers to this new work of non-fiction. “This certainly is a book that addresses all the issues that sometimes people are too scared to talk about – sometimes they might just whisper about them. In this particular book,” Morton says, “Eusebius gets in your head and scratches your eyeballs from behind.”

During the interview, McKaiser explains what sets his book apart from other books on racism and why he focuses on what he calls “non-bloody forms of racism”. He breaks down the concept referred to as “black tax” and explains why he does not believe in equal opportunity on principle.

McKaiser also addresses white liberals “who think that because they hate someone like Steve Hofmeyr that that means they are not capable of the spectrum of racist attitudes” and shares with Morton why he used Max du Preez as an example to illustrate his point. To end the conversation, McKaiser breaks down the matter of “literary apartheid” which blew up last year after an event moderated by him at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

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For a taste of Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism, read an excerpt from the first chapter:

 

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“You Can’t Focus on Reconciliation Without Focussing on Social Justice” – Jonathan Jansen (Video)

We Need to ActHow to Fix South Africa's SchoolsJonathan Jansen’s name has become synonymous with reconciliation because of efforts at the University of the Free State where he is vice-chancellor and rector.

Morning Live’s Ayanda-Allie Paine spoke to him at the launch of Reconciliation Month, which is celebrated in December, about the importance of reconciliation, race relations in South Africa and his hopes for the future of the country. He says one way in which the country can be truly reconciled is if South Africans can truly embrace one another’s memories, the good and the bad “and to try to figure out how we together, having been entangled in the past, can work together to solve the pressing problems of the present, whether it’s education or drought or problems of corruption”.

Jansen also talks about the “dream of 1994″ and the notion that the democratically elected government only put a band-aid over a gaping wound. He says it’s easy to say that now, as people have selective memories, and calls for people to realise that the only way forward for the country is to move together. “I’m very optimistic,” he says about the future of the country and reconciliation. He points out, however: “You can’t focus on reconciliation without focussing on social justice.”

Jansen is the author of We Need to Act and co-author of How to Fix South Africa’s Schools: Lessons from Schools that Work.

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Our Labour Laws Totally Ignore the 8.5 Million Unemployed South Africans – Herman Mashaba (Podcast)

Capitalist CrusaderBlack Like YouHerman Mashaba recently spoke on Talk Radio 702 about how stringent labour laws are hobbling small businesses in South Africa.

Mashaba’s new book, Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth, was released by Bookstorm this year. In this book, the author outlines his quest for economic freedom for all South Africans through a firm commitment to capitalist principles.

“One thing we shouldn’t ignore or take for granted is the role that labour plays in our country,” Mashaba says in the interview. “Labour is there to ensure that they protect vulnerable people.”

“You can’t pass laws that only favour a certain section of society.” Mashaba says that labour laws in our country strictly favour employed South Africans, “totally ignoring the eight and a half million unemployed South Africans”.

Listen to the podcast for Mashaba’s practical explanation of how “draconian pieces of legislation” are “annihilating” small businesses:

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“Children have the Power to Use Smartphones as Either Weapons or Tools” – Nikki Bush (Podcast)

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was recently featured on Redi Thlabi’s Talk Radio 702 show to give her considered opinion about children having cellphones.

“Cellphones are a concern for families, because the world is going mobile,” Bush says. “There are about a billion computers on the planet, but there are about six billion cellphones, and they are increasingly becoming smartphones.”

Almost all the children Bush meets in her talks have smartphones, or at least cellphones. “Children have the power to use these powerful devices as either weapons or tools,” she says, adding that it is imperative that parents equip their children to make good decisions in this respect.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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The James Patterson Approach to Non-fiction – Gareth Crocker Chats About His New Memoir, Ka-Boom

 

Gareth Crocker chats about the whys and hows of his new book, Ka-Boom, and shares an excerpt.

Ka-BoomCrocker is the author of a number of novels, most recently The Last Road Trip, but Ka-Boom is his first foray into non-fiction.

“With Ka-Boom, I’ve tried to write a book that will appeal to both avid readers and non-prolific readers alike,” he explains. “One of my concerns with the current book market is that there aren’t enough books that cater to an audience who just want to read something simple and funny and not have to work too hard.

“In a way it’s a James Patterson approach to non-fiction – direct and clipped storytelling without all the padding.”

Crocker describes Ka-Boom as a “comedy-based autobiography”, but says he believes many readers will recognise the experiences recounted in the book.

“Because nobody on the planet would be interested in reading a book about my life, Ka-Boom is, in fact, a story about so many of our lives. I’ve done my best to craft a kind of ‘communal biography’ for anyone who has fallen down, stood up, and clawed their way to 40. I hope it makes people laugh and reminisce about their lives.

“Did I mention that it would make a cracking Christmas present?”

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PART 1
The Blunder Years

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‘Gareth has such lovely hair.’

‘I suppose the only way to tell you this, Mrs Crocker, is just to come out and say it,’ the educational psychologist announced, demonstrating her superpower for stating the obvious.
         Even at my tender age – and with all the emotional depth of a hamster – I sensed that what was to follow was not necessarily going to be magnificent for me.
         ‘And don’t get me wrong,’ she added. ‘I adore Gareth. He really is such a nice and energetic boy. So full of life.’ She then looked down at me and searched for something else kind to say. ‘And he has such lovely hair. The nicest hair, really.’
         I watched as my mother folded her arms. Hmmm. That was interesting. It didn’t feel cold to me.
         ‘You see, the thing is, I believe that Gareth would be better served by … uh … attending a school more equipped to deal with his … er … condition.’
         ‘I’m not following you,’ my mother replied, firm of both lip and tone. ‘What condition?’
         As usual, I was one step ahead of my mother and now understood precisely what this meeting was about. I obviously needed to be sent to a school for kids with remarkable hair. Oh what a relief. Sound the trumpets. Let loose the monkeys from their cages. I wasn’t in trouble after all.
         ‘Well, for a start, it’s his reading ability.’
         My mother leaned forward a touch. ‘What about it?’
         ‘Yes. Well … you see, that’s the thing. He doesn’t really have any.’
         I nodded at that. It was true enough. Nothing to be ashamed of. I had a great head of hair after all. That was the important thing here.
         ‘But he’s only been learning to read for a few months. Surely the children all progress at their own pace?’
         The psychologist considered her response, before deciding that her point would be better made with a demonstration. She turned to me and smiled.
         I smiled back, the way a lemming possibly grins at a cliff-edge, and ran a casual hand through the best hair in the room. Probably in any room.
         Dr Cruella then reached down for a stack of picture cards that sat, a tad coincidentally, on the table beside her. She lifted the top card and turned it towards me.
         ‘Gareth, can you tell me what this is?’
         I was met with a picture of a cat sitting down, underneath which was a short word.
         Well, it didn’t take a rocket scientist, did it? Particularly since we had two cats of our own and I often saw them sitting down.
         ‘Of course, Miss. The word is Cat.’ I then decided to show off a little. ‘Cats have paws and tails and like to climb trees. They also like to lick their bums.’
         In my peripheral vision, I noticed my mother bringing her hands up to her face. That’s odd, I thought. It seemed a little early for her to be so tired.
         ‘Let’s try another one, Gareth,’ she pressed on. ‘What is this word?’
         ‘Dog,’ I replied at once, before adding a useful nugget of information about Canis lupus familiaris. ‘Dogs like to lick their willies. I don’t think they can reach their bums.’
         My mother glanced up at the card and then returned her head to her hands.
         Only some time later would I be told that the cat was, in fact, sitting on a M-A-T. And the dog had a B-A-L-L in his mouth.
         ‘We believe Gareth suffers from a chronic learning disability and needs to be sent to a special school where he can one day be taught a trade, say.’
         ‘A trade?’
         ‘Yes, you know … like bricklaying or boilermaking (or stamplicking). Something where he can use his hands (or tongue).’
         My mother must’ve been really cold now because she was starting to shake.
         ‘A special school is really what he needs.’
         I considered this option. A special school. Hmmm. Yes, please. I’ll have some of that, thank you very much. A place where the young folk spend their days playing football and combing their remarkable hair.
         ‘He’s small for his age. And he’s a December baby,’ my mother whispered.
         Hold the phones. What was that supposed to mean? It sounded like she was making excuses for me. Weren’t Jesus and Father Christmas both born in December?
         The psychologist then reached forward and placed a hand on my mother’s arm. ‘I don’t think another year would’ve made any difference. We also think he should be on medication to help keep him focused. He’s a perfect candidate for Ritalin.’
         Oh sweet Mary in Heaven. I had no idea what this Ritalin business was, only that my mother thought very poorly of it. Very poorly indeed. Her face switched from concerned mother to rampant serial killer. It was as if she had swapped heads with Jeffrey Dahmer.
         If I’d had either the wherewithal or the common decency, I would’ve told Dr Cruella to leap up from her desk and to not spare the horses on her way out the office.
         ‘Let’s get something straight right now,’ Jeffrey D. snapped. ‘Gareth will never be on Ritalin. Do you understand me? Never!’
         ‘All I’m saying, Mrs Crocker–’
         ‘Get up, Gareth!’ she barked, frothing at the jowls. ‘We’re leaving.’
         You can do this to an adult? Wait until my mates found out!
         As I stood up to leave, a question occurred to me. ‘What’s a boilermaker, Miss? Does he have to sit in the roof all day waiting to make the hot bubbles for bath time?’
         She smiled back at me, but seemed to be sad somehow. She must not have known the answer. Because she didn’t answer.
         I think she was mesmerised by my hair.
         I could hardly blame her.

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Herman Mashaba: Away with the Red Tape That’s Destroying Small Businesses (Podcast)

Capitalist CrusaderBlack Like YouTalk Radio 702 recently featured Herman Mashaba on their Entrepreneurs Corner programme, where he chatted to Africa Melane about the state of entrepreneurship in South Africa.

In the interview, Melane asks the prominent businessperson and author of Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth and Black Like You about how much we should tips waiters, what sparked his interest in business and why he is so successful.

Mashaba attributes his success to the “entrepreneurial spirit” of the time when people were determined to free themselves from the barriers set up by the National Party and says he is “personally disappointed” at the state of entrepreneurship 21 years down the line.

One factor that hinders the growth of small businesses, Mashaba says, is the “legislative impediments” and governmental red tape that “punish and destroys small businesses”. “As a country we need new thinking,” he says, adding that sustainable employment depends on businesses to make money.

Mashaba says if he could give President Jacob Zuma any advice, it would be to deal with some of the aspects of our labour legislation that make it impossible for small businesses to operate. We also need a long-term strategy for education, he says.

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Susie Casenove Discusses Her Childhood Love for Wild Places in Africa, and How She Made that Her Career

Legendary Safari GuidesSusie Cazenove, author of Legendary Safari Guides, was recently interviewed by Scott Ramsay for Traveller24 about her book and the travelling that inspired it.

In the interview, Cazenove speaks about a memory of the ecstatic feeling she had as a teenager coming home from boarding school in Switzerland. She says “that feeling has never gone away”.

Cazenove goes on to list some of her favourite places to first, some memorable wildlife sightings and share her opinion on wildlife preservation on this continent.

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What does African wilderness and wildlife mean to you, personally?

“I love the landscape, the excitement and diversity of the wildlife, never knowing what you will see next.

“It could be a pack of wild dogs waking around 5 o’clock in the afternoon greeting each other and heading of for the hunt, or elephants drinking in the evening light where each family waits patiently for its turn to be in the water, or the whoop of a hyena and the roar of a lion in the night.

“I like sleeping in a tent listening to the dry leaves crunching under the feet of something walking by and waking with the dawn chorus.

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“Black Like Herman: SA’s Hair to the Throne” – Herman Mashaba Chats to Ruda Landman (Video)

Black Like YouCapitalist CrusaderRuda Landman, best known for her 19-year stint as anchor on the current affairs programme Carte Blanche, recently interviewed Herman Mashaba – author of Black Like You and most recently Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth – for BrightRock’s Change Exchange.

During the interview, titled “Black Like Herman: SA’s Hair to the Throne”, Mashaba looks over his life, sharing his thoughts on business, family and change in general. He remembers the day tragedy struck, when his factory burnt to the ground in 1993, and offers a valuable lesson he learnt during that time:

“I learned the lesson of not really taking things for granted and really always be proactive in life”.

Watch the interview to find out more about one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs and biggest change agents:

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Read the transcript of the interview on Change Exchange:

R: Hello, and a very warm welcome, once again to the Change Exchange. Our guest today, Herman Mashaba, and you will hear all about him if you don’t know it yet in the next half hour. Herman, thank you very much for your time, thank you for visiting.
H: Wonderful to be here.
R: I said to you before I am going to walk you through your life and we’re going to look at Change Moments, at moments of decision throughout. First one that struck me when I was looking at your history is that you went to the University of the North, and then it was closed down in 1980 because of the political unrest. And then you didn’t go back. Why?
H: What happened was the university closed down one morning at six o’clock surrounded by the army and we were given six hours to leave. And I think about a month or so when we were called back, took a conscious decision not to go back. At the time, I was really very angry, and realised going back to an institution I was not going to really achieve much. And I thought focusing on trying to leave the country, going for military training would really be a quicker way of facilitating our liberation, and I was unfortunate that, at a contacts level, they never really came to the party to take me out of the country.
R: I don’t think it was unfortunate? I think we are so fortunate that you stayed.
H: I don’t know, I think the old man upstairs must have had another agenda for me and I ended up not actually leaving.

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Allon Raiz: Knowing that I am Responsible for My Success or Failure in My Business is Pivotal (Video)

Lose the Business PlanWhat to do When You Want to Give UpAllon Raiz, author of Lose the Business Plan: What They Don’t Teach You About Being an Entrepreneur and co-author of What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times, was recently interviewed by Moneyweb for their Business Leadership series.

In the interview, Raiz speaks about his first business, and how much time and work it took until he was finally successful in business. He says, “To come to the conclusion that you are responsible for your own success or failure was probably the most pivotal moment in my entrepreneurial career.”

Raiz says that many people picture individuals like Mandela and Ghandi when they think about leadership. Compared to that model of leadership, he says, “I feel like an imposter”. He goes on look at what leadership is, and how he has reconciled himself to the idea of himself as a leader.

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If you’re in a time-crunch, watch this interview snippet, in which Raiz shares his opinion of the vast opportunities available in South Africa:

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  • What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times by Allon Raiz and Trevor Waller
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