Clem Sunter, scenario planner and author, says that because of South Africa’s consolidated economy, we don’t have enough space for entrepreneurs. He elaborates on how space should be made for a new generation of entrepreneurs in South Africa.
Although demographically Indians and Chinese are included with coloureds and blacks, in this column I focus on both black and coloured tech entrepreneurs, and will refer to them as ‘black tech entrepreneurs’. This is not a racial issue, but mostly because it’s this particular black group that come from a historically disadvantaged background, where being able to use a computer, let alone own one, was just a dream.
Research suggests that time (sleep and meditation) can help you make better business decisions, even tapping into your creative side, according to Colette Symanowitz. As a business leader, often you’re faced with complex, high-impact situations that call for big decisions. Do you make your decisions immediately, or give yourself time to weigh up all the options?
One of the biggest challenges facing South Africa at the moment is the question of how to foster an entrepreneurial culture amongst the youth. Unfortunately much of the teaching that takes place in schools and support initiatives is very theoretical in nature and doesn’t capture the realities of being an entrepreneur.