The year is inching forward and I am not sure how many of us are still keeping their thumbs on their new year’s resolution so far. How many boxes can you think of with great satisfaction and pat yourself on the back and say, ‘yes I have done it’?
As we get deeper into the year, there is a silent call for things to work for the good of many in politics, business and social life of the our citizenry and this call is getting louder and louder with each day. The right thing to do is to smell the coffee and do something tangible or risk the consequences.
Reading the book by Bill Clinton the former USA president: Back to work: Why we need Smart Government for a Strong Economy, got me thinking. For a start, here is the man once ensconced in the famous White House presiding over the world’s powerful nation, surrounded by the sharpest brains as his advisors but left with mission unaccomplished. After reading the book, I even thought his next project should be entitled: Back to Developing Africa: Why we need Europe to for a strong Africa - not as a market for their goods but in earnest as a redress for all the vagaries of decades of colonialism and suppression some of which will keep on rankling in our lives for years to come.
Be that as it may, Back to Work is a must-read by all in key positions as there are key lessons we can adapt to our own context. It is a clearly penned book indicative of the soberness that dawns in when one leaves a clear guide to help them not repeat the same mistakes over and over again. World over and in Africa in particular, the need for strong government to develop economies cannot be overemphasised as this provides essential ingredients for economic growth, job creation and sustainable development.
In the same vein, listening to Dr Reuel Khoza - the astute businessman, academic and the current chairperson of Nedbank, among the many hats he wears - affirmed the need for Africa and its respective members to develop working models to make capitalism deliver. In his speech, he did not mince his words that we need to make capitalism work for Africa. A look at China, for example, despite being a communist state, is evidence that they have made capitalism work more than the capitalists themselves.
Khoza strongly emphasises the need to create our models around Ubuntu, if we are to get somewhere in developing our economies.
The current protest on the Wall Street is a side effect of capitalism delivering a still born. His (Khoza) book Attuned Leadership: African Humanism as Compass is indeed a handbook to guide any caring leader to do what is right in whatever sphere they find themselves in.
As a developing economy, we need to have young women and men who are fully inspired to move this country forward and upward by continuously scoring for genuine business opportunities. The times we are living in need people to think outside the box; literary meaning, taking your head off and raking the brains until an idea or more comes out. We can learn a thing or two from creative artists in the advertising industry on that one.
How They Started Global Brands, shows that age or gender has nothing to do with entrepreneurship; some started while in their 50s. Reference has been made over and over again about Dr Franz Indongo - if only we could have more of such personalities, we would be geared for a better Namibia. Our neighbour, South Africa in its darkest hour, produces Natie Kirsh, Raymond Ackerman, Donald Gordon. So Namibia, too, can provide the potentials we have in this country and the important thing is to get started.
Unfortunately, fear is paralysing and suffocating many dreams and ideas. Thinking and talking about problems endlessly clogs the mind and stunts creativity. We should, therefore, go beyond this barrier and Namibia is waiting for you; you are the next big thing.
Good luck till next time.