The architecture of revolt: Part 1

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Photo credit: Abahlali baseMjondolo

South Africa is headed toward celebrating two decades of “FREEDOM”.

What have we got to show for it?

Most people will say that the freedom to vote, that came to many who had previously been denied, is something to be celebrated. However exercising a vote without full understanding of the process will set us back. Politicians will seduce the registered voter with promises, many of which will not be fulfilled. You will be told that once in every five years, South Africans vote for a Government of their choice (THIS IS NOT TOTALLY TRUE!). You are told and as it is displayed on many political party campaign posters; you are made to believe that you have the power to vote for a specific candidate to become president (THIS IS NOT TRUE!). The South African Constitution does not allow for registered voters to elect a President of the Republic during General National Elections; this is a previledge reserved for a few in the National Assembly. South Africans go to the polls to show support for a political party.

Paragraph 86 in Chapter 5 of the Constitution of the Republic (Act 108 of 1996) lays out the process of election of the President. The summary of which is that the President is elected by members of the National Assembly at its first sitting after General Elections. It is then the responsibility of the President to appoint a cabinet. That simply means that all Ministers including the Deputy President are a choice of one individual. When in anger and in protest, I have heard people complaining that they have voted for the President and his cabinet and now they demand that they should be accountable to them. What I believe and through what I have seen, the Government of South Africa is only “accountable” to a few in the National Assembly. It is this flaw in the electoral model that makes politicians feel that they can operate as they please without consequence because their fellow members in parliament will support and protect them.

Pre and post elections, I believe that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) should take full responsibility to educate the masses about their rights and the process of elections.

At some point in the past, a commission was setup to investigate another electoral model. Since the release of the report, I have read what most experts have had to say on the matter. Many believe that the current model is ideal for South Africa because the ordinary registered voter is not sofisticated enough to understand other models. These are people who have now decided that we lack the mental aptitude to make such “complex” decisions that pertain to our future. This is then supported by politicians and somehow we are not ever given an opportunity to make this decision by majority vote in a referendum.

Ignoring plebeians and always assuming that they will come out of slumber once every five years to support a few is not only dissapointing but also insulting. The concept of an alliance of unions with a political party that is represented in the majority, both in the National Assembly and also in Cabinet is also confusing. How do they reconcile their responsibilities to their members against the aspirations of a political party to win at the polls? It is again, my opinion that many union members will be sacrificed at times to advance political aspirations. Another trend has emerged since the massacre at Marikana; workers are now taking a stance against major unions because they feel ill-represented. These are the very people who are thought not-educated enough to understand complex electoral models. They are now taking decisions that will shake unions at their foundations.

First it is asserted that South Africans should portray interest in the country and recently there is talk of active citizenry toward 2030. This call is however frustrated by actions of politicians sidelining ordinary people and treating them with contempt. Lest they learn from our friends in the north of us, an “Arab Spring” might just be headed our way. Our loyalty is not their right!

Our President has requested that people should stop speaking I’ll of South Africa; to which I implore him to keep that ammunition out of reach.

–Thurston Sebotsane (Inspirational Speaker & Life Coach)–

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Africa in the palm of his hand

Africa in Nelson Mandela's hand printAfrica awoke to news of the imminent release of Nelson Mandela from prison on 11 February 1990 (which was meant to be his home for life).

I remember those days fondly when people spilled over onto the streets to celebrate. I suppose these were the same scenes in Africa and the world. There were emotive chants and singing. They filled the streets and danced. I stood meters away from a man performing stunts with his car. He performed ‘doughnuts’ all the while hanging out the window of his car.

My ignorance was immediately apparent; Many people knew about Nelson Mandela. Africa celebrated the man. I was still wet behind the ears relating to any matters of politics. In fact, I had only read a few articles about the man who soon would be loved by the world. More for what he was yet to do rather than for what he had already been punished.

The first democratic elections ushered in a new era and I was old enough to cast a vote. I do not know what or how I had expected to feel. I let go of the ballot and it dropped into the box. I turned to look around and people were all smiles; I supposed I had contributed to making history. I had made something of the greatest sacrifice made by the few who had sacrificed for so many.

Africa and the world waited to see what would happen. All the while at home, some were filled with hope and joy while others retreated to their bunkers to a life of canned food, cured meats and fear.

Today, South Africa and indeed many around the world celebrate 94 years of Nelson Mandela. We call him Tata (Dad) and indeed we can be forgiven to lay claim to him in this way. Through him, activities of the African National Congress (ANC) and the fight for freedom have been personified. When we celebrate Nelson Mandela, we should not forget all those who served with him; all those who mentored him; all those who inspired him and he had aspired to emulate.

Nelson Mandela enjoyed painting. Was this somehow prophetic of the amount of work and expectations placed upon his broad shoulders? Could he really carry the aspirations of Africa and the world? Could he emerge as an example for his fellow states-men?

The idea of hand prints however intrigued him and he began to make several images. Only later did an assistant point out the iconic image inside the right hand print of the painting. In the center of Mandela’s right palm shows a clear silhouette of the African continent.” Nelson Mandela has Africa in the palm of his hand.

Africa and the world will decide; is he equal to the task? You will be the judge!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NELSON MANDELA!

Thurston Sebotsane — Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach

Positivity

Positivity resides in a place where negativity is born – Thurston Sebotsane.

Positivity - Smiley faces

People are more inclined to self inflicted ’emotional’ punishment. We walk around with our lips sweeping the floor and feeling sorry for things we either can or cannot control. We mope and we whine. We sigh and hope that others have solutions to our moods. We get irritable when those around us do not display a smidgen of empathy. Positivity is within grasp.

How did we ever get to this place of ’emotional self torment’?

In this place where happiness comes to be buried, we have solutions to reverse negativity and to preserve a positive mind-set.

People have tendencies of making mountains from molehills. I have shared about the value to Recycle Memories in my older posts. Visit the link and bathe yourself in the knowledge that you deserve better.

The development of a positive mind is no longer a foreign concept. In the last five years I have read and studied the mind and how it works. I have researched what experts have had to say on the subject. This has lead me to believe that we are in control of our emotions. We are much stronger than how we seem.

The biggest choice to be made is first in believing, then making that conscious decision to be positive. We have many examples to draw from; these are all around us. We have experienced happiness and positivity, repeated many times in life. Yet,  when presented with minor challenges we get disparaged then withdrawn.

I encourage you to learn visualisation and meditation. You will reap the benefits of continued positivity and you will know how to reverse the adverse effects of negativity.

“Creative visualization is a way of using your mind to get what you want out of life. Believe it or not, everyone uses it subconciously. For instance, people who subconciously tell themselves that they are unlucky, unloved, unattractive, etc, actually make those things realities for themselves. On the other hand, people who think they are fortunate, cherished, beautiful, etc. also make these things happen.”

Positivity and happiness are within grasp.

Thurston Sebotsane – Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach

Respect

RESPECT IS THE WORD, Treat others well..

Respect by Aretha Franklin: “What you want Baby I got, What you need you know I got it, All I’m asking, Is for a little respect when you come home.”

Respect

The dictionary defines respect as; “to show consideration for; treat courteously or kindly”

In recent weeks South Africans and the world at large have been inundated by news of the spear. This artwork, by Brett Murray, has spiked water cooler, church and stokvel debates. It has also been taken to courts and had attorneys melting down in public.

All this got me thinking about how different our world would be if we treated each other with respect. I decided this has to start with me.

For once I paused to think before I forwarded the spear to my friends. If this is humiliating and disrespectful for someone who is old enough to be my grandfather or husband in this regard, how am I contributing to their humiliation by forwarding same to my friends? Will I be showing consideration to the individual depicted in the spear? If not, what value am I adding to the recipients life?

Please join me in this quest to bring back the old school respect by doing to others as we will them to do to us. So what if someone decides to act like a clown? We have to respect the fact that we cannot control how other people act but we can control how we react to others’ actions. Everybody knows of that annoying sibling, friend or colleague that deserves to be knocked upside their head but I urge you to change that situation by accepting that; being “unique” is an option available to all of us and other people decide to jump in head first.

After all, things that we find annoying in others might be because they are a reflection of who we are.

Looking back at all the years during which I had access to electronic media, I am shamed by the amount of nonsense I have shared with my family, friends and colleagues. Well not anymore! I decided to share things that are of value and might help people deal with real issues rather than jokes that result in momentary laughter.

I never understood why Aretha was asking for just a little respect. I have grown to realise that if we treat people with respect regardless of who they are or their station in life, there will be less need for expensive lawyers. Going to the constitutional court to establish and argue our rights in dealing with each other as human beings will be an exception rather than the norm.

It might take some time to achieve what I am suggesting here today, but it is a journey worth taking and it begins with the first step, which in this case will be self-restraint and discipline. However, it will not always be easy to keep quiet and respect somebody’s idiocy as their democratic and constitutional right. But if we borrow from Michael Jackson (Man in a mirror), we will surely get it right. For he said; “If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place, Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make That . . .Change!”

— Lorraine Sebotsane (Guest blogger)

Be your biggest fan

“Love yourself and live for what you believe in.” – Thurston Sebotsane.

I am your biggest fan“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there. Quote by John Kotter (Harvard Business School Professor).

We are in an era where there are a lot of complaints but not as many solutions for redress. The expectation is that Government should be the proverbial silver bullet to sort all our woes. Like in the quote above, and also following in the famous words of Mahatma Gandhi; Be the change you would like to see in the world”. I have therefore decided to stand-up to be the activation agent of such.

I am a proud South African interested in making a difference in the lives of other citizens of our beautiful country and also for myself. I have therefore seen this opportunity as ripe to visit decision makers, township communities, businesses and schools around the country to jog them into considering change for an ideal future for all.

The first step is always the most difficult and accepting the reality that I will not be able to act in solitary is also a very important initial milestone.

To just sit back and expect that people will automatically come to your aid when you are not willing to do that yourself will not result in anything positive.

When I started THE POWER OF ONE tour, I was still a novice motorcycle driver with only three months experience. I was not willing to allow this minor matter to stand in the way. Firstly before I could go out to convince people that I could do what I was planning, I had to fully believe in it. I started talking about it to anyone who would listen and it soon became part of my daily activities; with that, my passion for the initiative grew by the day.

I believed fully that no one else could do it better than me. So I started selling myself as the brand that would be able to deliver this critical message to those that needed it the most.

Being your biggest fan does not imply that you should be naive and arrogant; you should also expect that NOT everyone you encounter will be receptive to your message. It is said that, ‘fore-warned is fore-armed’. If you expect some resistance to your good deeds, preparation will help you tackle them better.

How is it that people can see when you are happy, sad, angry, proud, tired or excited? You do not have to proclaim your mood each time it changes but somehow it manages to come across to those around you. In the same manner, if you become your biggest fan and you love what you do, this will show also.

I have been in meetings with a variety of people, all with different experiences, responsibilities and backgrounds; when I start talking about THE POWER OF ONE and what I intend achieving through it I get the same reaction. They all claim to witness my passion about what I intend achieving and some go as far as offering to help my cause.

I emphasize again that, if you truly believe in yourself and you show passion for what you are about; you are already achieving your goals.

 

  • Thurston Sebotsane (Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach)

Language and learning

I was watching an advertisement on television about a specific comapany. A gentleman, in a bar, is speaking about company products and how best they can serve all clients. In the background the bar attendant (or should I say mixologist; for that is what they prefer to be called these days) is busy serving drinks. One moment he is in shot, the next his back is turned to the camera. At the end of the advert; the gentleman narrator brings our attention to the number of times the bar attendant’s uniform had changed. To this he says that the uniform had changed four times since the start of the advert. Now I understand that for uniform to change four times; there must be five outfits in total. This is logic derived from understanding language.

At the very moment I started thinking about learners at schools and how they find some subjects, particularly mathematics, challenging. I then linked the understanding of English to the extent of failure in the subject. When asked; “After four outfit changes, add four more. How many outfits would you have in total?“. I suppose some will arrive at eight because lack of logic and understanding of language. They fail at understanding that one has to start with something (an outfit) before change can be effected. For this very reason; many learners get left behind.

And if this was not enough; the command of English by educators leaves far too little to be desired. I still feel that the quality of English that I speak and what I write still require improvement and yet I have heard those that have been entrusted with young minds, hacking at it all in the name of teaching. The lack of respect of the command of language is a seed in impressionable minds that will grow into a harvest of failure.

moth·er tongue

  The language first learnt by a person; native language.
Quality formative tutoring in any language is essential to mental growth and development. Many people speak greatly of Mother Tongue learning at school. I understand the importance of this and I also understand (from the dictionary meaning) that this is not necessarily one’s own native language. This can be any language taught to children before the age of five. Children have receptive minds and are able to learn and differentiate many languages at once. Languages that get offered prominence in the early years, become Mother Tongue. When I was still a child, my parents spoke to me more in English than in any of the duo of their native languages. My Mother Tongue then became English. I speak and think in English and I find that I also express myself better in that too. Should I wish to learn a new subject, English will serve me best.
This takes me back to the classroom; an educator that delivers lessons in ailing English will harm a lot more than do good. I suppose the best way forward in improving learning at schools is to introduce quality in the primary stages. Pre-School learning and teaching should be best used to develop Mother Tongue that will then be used at school level for teaching purposes. South Africa is unique in that we have eleven official languages and it has become widely assepted to use English as a bridge in communication. English is used a lot more also at schools, universities, colleges and also in the work place. Angry striking workers will also use English to relay their message when interviewed.
Based on this, is it therefore not beneficial to elevate English to Mother Tongue status, Pre-Schooling, in order to improve the quality of learning and teaching?
–Thurston Sebotsane (Inspirational Speaker & Life Coach).

Students and spending

According to reseach conducted by UNISA, South African Students spend about R28.5 billion per anum.

In this research, they UNISA idetified ‘15 Things you didnt know about student spending‘. The highest ranking one of these, in my opinion, deals with the perception that students are not equal. According to the research; ‘There is no such thing as an average student‘.

It has been found that a student will spend about R2968.00 per month and the bulk of this goes to luxury items; i.e Eating out, Clothing and footwear, Entertainment, Alcohol and Airtime. In most cases, saving is not a priority and this is mainly true about all those who get given an allowance by their parents. Again, in comparison, a few will actually engage in casual work to augment their ‘income’. On the imbalance of spending; it was found that ‘Guys are spending 15% more than girls‘. To impress; guys buy stuff for girls.

Ethnic backgrounds also play a role in the structure of spending. Black students spend more on groceries and fashion; Indian students on entertainment and jewelry; Coloured students spend more on fashion than any other ethnic group; White students spend more on petrol and alcohol.

As is my nature; I often wonder how the South African Economy would be improved by a shift in mindset and also in the culture of conspicuous consumption that has its beginnings in the youth. We have more students at Universities and colleges than what the economy can churn out in jobs. A new community of job creators rather than job seekers needs to be created.

In the ‘Knowledge Brief Compendium‘ of November 2011 by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA); it is reported that 52.1% of those who participated in the YouthBuild project are looking to enter the work space as employees. The reality of this is that more opportunities of employment need to be created because our economy at present cannot accommodate all job seekers.

The very youth as identified in the UNISA report with their rampant spending need to change their ways. They need now to start considering spending their money on their development. They need to develop a vision of a future where their planning will yield much needed results.

The golden question is this; “What are you going to do when corporate South Africa cannot provide further jobs?

–Thurston Sebotsane (Inspirational Speaker & Life Coach)

While it’s hot

I had just launched an initiative which I hoped will help inspire learners to think deeply about the future and their role in it. I aptly termed it ‘THE POWER OF ONE’ (I will not take credit for this phrase as it is not original; it has been used a lot on television and other media). The main objective of my initiative is to start something good and to move others to action. I am hoping the forward momentum will be so strong as to move other people to initiate similar projects to help others.

For the launch; I had decided to embark on a tour around all provinces of South Africa using a motorcycle. I had hoped to visit schools and township communities to spread word of my intended purpose. I succeeded at the level where I had pitched it and I am now able to do a bit more than on the maiden tour. I am hopeful that I will be able to grow more and to touch more lives in the process.

I have heard people say that Africans are the biggest recipients of charity; but not many of them are willing to do anything to raise the required funds or attention to mitigate effects of poverty. It is further asserted that Africans are quick to develop a culture of entitlement. This culture is counter-developmental and instead serves to further entrench feelings of helplessness and laziness. I am however cognitive of the fact that international aid ‘aimed at improving the lot of poverty stricken Africa’ instilled and entrenched this dependency that is quickly feeding on the marrow of helpless people on our continent.

Douglas Booth writes about the culture of entitlement in his book; “The race game: sport and politics in South Africa”. I am particularly captivated by an excerpt under; ‘Beyond Apartheid’, where he writes:

“A culture of entitlement adds another burden to reconciliation. In the struggle against apartheid every state institution lost its legitimacy. ‘The struggle’ dictated a strategy of noncollaboration with state institutions. As a result, rents and bills, including those for housing and domestic electricity, went unpaid. These strategies may have psychologically empowered the black underclass, allowing them to negate the conditions they held responsible for their plight, but they also created a peculiar set of expectations about entitlements under a postapartheid government: a black government would provide all services free. Paradoxically, the apartheid state’s failure to act against debtors reaffirmed these beliefs. Mandela has called for a moral crusade against the culture of entitlement, and community education programmes were initially successful. For example, a year after the launch of the masakhane (let’s build together) programme, the number of Sowetans refusing to pay their electricity bills declined from 80 per cent to 35 per cent, but the initital impetus has died and South Africa desperately needs a new moral order. Sadly, there is little evidence of this new order emerging among ordinary whites”.

From what Douglas Booth has written about, it is apparent that the culture of entitlement is ‘psychological’ and as a result it is possible for people to adopt a new mindset that serves to empower them to do better. I decided to break from the mould to help myself and others and possibly to become a mouthpiece for this new moral order; this change is long overdue.

I launched my tour and travelled around the country where I visited learners at different schools and people in township communities. I started talking about all our responsibilities; responsibilities to myself, responsibilities to my neighbours, responsibilities to my community and responsibilities to my country. I also wanted to impress upon them that this is a process we need to follow to leave a desirable and lasting legacy.

As I travelled, I was amazed by how many ideas came to me as I allowed my mind to absorb the unspoilt beauty of our country; the endless plains, the rolling hills and mountains. I let out a solitary chuckle from within the confines of my helmet as I remembered one comedian saying: “if you were to look closely into the horizon in the plains of South Africa, you would be able to see the back of your head”. The effect of his un-scientific statement was clear and I could see what message he wanted to share with his audience.

I originally wanted to compile a coffee table book with pictures from my tour; this idea was soon overtaken by something bigger as events started unfolding around me. The main reason why I had embarked on this journey was to inspire others to be better and in that I would also be helping myself.

The moment of my inspiration and change of mind regarding the form my publication was to take came as I was riding through Britstown; this is a small and pristine town in the Northern Cape Province. It is so small that had I blinked, I would have missed it. I stopped for fuel and enjoyed the serenity brought on by the surroundings. At that moment something came over me that if I were really religious (at that point) I would have said it was owed to some divine intervention.

There was not a cloud in the sky and the sun was about to set. The soft colours that can only be evoked by the advent of sunset seemed to envelope the vast expanse and made me feel really warm from within. I could not help but smile as I got excited by what seemed to me as a wonderful idea and I decided then that I would see the project to completion. I played around with titles in my head and this seemed to further fuel my determination to succeed at this also.

The moment of my short-lived celebrity, brought on by the colour of my skin and the fact that I was on a motorcycle laden with camping gear, soon ended as I rode out of Britstown. I stopped again soon after; took in more of the beauty and sated my lungs with the wonderful fresh air. This was as though I had wanted to take it all with me. I took out my notebook and started scribbling a few of these good ideas lest I forgot. This was just wonderful and it marked the beginning of what was to be a book.

I experienced a lot of good and bad, in a short space of time and at a certain point, I had thought that my tour would fail but I would not allow my dream to fade away so easily.

This book is a guide from my experiences to help others to believe in and to follow their dreams. I know that all our experiences are different but we all share a similar determination to triumph over adversity.

As I continued to ride, I went through rain, wind, sun, heat and cold; this was so reminiscent of how all our life experiences play out. We all get faced with difficulties at least once, we either emerge victorious or we choose to accept defeat as we go through different seasons of life.

I choose to do my best so I can succeed; it is really easy to give up and accept that you have failed. I find it really fulfilling to do my best and to succeed in the face of failure.

Remember to remain passionate about your ideas; the rest will become natural as you progress. Do not shelve your good ideas for later, they will not remain hot for long.

–Thurston Sebotsane (Inspirational Speaker & Life Coach)

Manage obstacles

‘No problem can be bigger than your determination to succeed’ — Thurston Sebotsane

A week before the launch of my tour on the 27th of September 2009; I got invited to a meeting in Sandton where I met Mr Collen Tshepiso Molefe who introduced himself as CEO of ‘Multimedia Communications’. He displayed excitement about THE POWER OF ONE initiative and pledged much needed sponsorship which included support for a further five years from the company’s CSI budget. This was clearly the backing that I had been looking for; I was now going to be able to reach my intended objectives.

The next day I got called to another meeting in the presence of the Financial Director where further details of the sponsorship got discussed and my banking details were requested for the transfer of funds. This all looked legitimate and with these promises I was ready to launch. I had been promised that the funds would reflect in my account by the 29th of September 2009.

To further fuel my determination, the management team from ‘Multimedia Communications’ attended the launch where Mr. Molefe again confirmed support for the initiative. I then launched and was on my way around the country.

When I got to Bloemfontein after having been to only two of the nine provinces, I had still not received the promised financial assistance from ‘Multimedia Communications’. I tried to reach Mr. Molefe on all the contact numbers he had given me; the phone would just ring but unlike before he would not accept any of my calls. At that point, it became clear that I had been used only for publicity and that none of the promised sponsorship funds would ever be deposited. I connected to the internet to try to confirm if ‘Multimedia Communications’ was a registered company; my search could not return a positive result. It seemed I had been caught in a hoax perpetrated my Mr. Molefe.

I now only had just enough money for fuel to get me back home. I was then faced with two options; ‘Quit and go home’ or ‘Rise to the challenge’. I decided on the latter, I started contacting people I know in an attempt to raise the required money to get me back on track. I only had a day and half from the Saturday afternoon to raise the required amount.

I had not embarked on the tour to fail, so I spent the weekend calling around to raise funds to enable me to continue. I contacted Richard Ho-Tong, Ongkgopotse Tabane and Prejelin Naggan; all of whom promised to come to my aid. Onkgopotse Tabane managed to get Sanele Nyoka to also pledge toward the tour. They promised to get some money to me by the Monday.

I woke up on Monday morning still faced with what-if scenarios: What if I fail, what if they do not deposit the money, What if I continue only to get stranded in the Northern Cape? What if… What if… What if… The thoughts were flooding my mind and they would not stop.

My determination to succeed was much stronger than all the scenarios. I packed my gear, strapped everything onto the motorcycle and navigated my way to Kimberly in the Northern Cape Province.

After addressing learners at the second school in the province, I received a text message on my mobile phone from the bank; Mr. Ho-Tong had kept his promise. I was now equipped to continue my tour further south to Western Cape. Later on in the tour, the other pledges became real. THE POWER OF ONE was still on track.

At times you will be presented with situations that may make you feel like giving up. What will set you apart from the rest is the way in which you choose to rise to the challenge. With the help of Mr. Ongkgopotse JJ Tabane, Mr. Prejelin Naggan, Mr. Sanele Nyoka and Mr. Richard Ho-Tong, I managed to raise the required amount and I was able to continue on the tour.

I could have easily given up and accepted failure, but instead I decided to take the road less travelled, I took a chance and now I am reaping the rewards.

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough” — OG Mandino.

I was determined and I succeeded.

On my way to Western Cape Province after driving through Britstown in Nothern Cape Province, my mood was improved and the weather was agreeable. The sun was moments away from kissing the horizon and it had blanketed the land in soft colours. This is when the idea to write a book came to me. I had initially thought of a coffee table book but the concept of something more meaningful was much more exciting.

— Thurston Sebotsane (Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach)

Culture of entitlement

I am concerned about the level of failure of the majority of South African small businesses and also of professionals. I have travelled around the country and I have seen many instances where Government and private funders have invested money in aid of ‘good ideas’ and to date these companies are failing where others could not even launch.

I visited a fisheries project in Limpopo in 2009; they had been funded to the tune of about R2m through a grant, they have been given municipal land (the size of three football fields) with complete infrastructure and rental at about R500 a month. They have LED mentors on call and still they are not improving. There was concern at that time that they may have to halt operations. I was disappointed to learn that they are still blaming the provincial governement for lack of support.

This is but one of the many projects that I have seen fail all around the country. I know of people who have registered Close Corporations and are “WAITING” for government to “GIVE” them tenders. There is a culture of entitlement that is quite rife in society; it does not have space in the business world. Should this be allowed to fester, we will soon wake up to a welfare state. Should nothing be done about this, we will find five million people (just under 10% of all South Africans) being over-taxed to care for our growing population which has now gone north of fifty million. The lack of new and innovative business ideas from within our borders will choke current ventures and entry into the South African corporate space will become expensive and might deter foreign investment.

Over the last five years I have done a lot of pro-bono work around the country. Along the way I learnt what makes people do what they do and I got to understand what sets winners apart from losers. Through this and coupled with my research about the human mind; I have found a mix that I know when implemented can yield results.

I often say that the subconcious mind is like fertile soil. You will reap whatever you sow in it. Human beings are wired for success; depending on where we concentrate our energies, we will see benefits from our efforts. Negative people who believe that they can never achieve greatness will “succeed in failing”. I have developed programs and aproaches to helping people realise their inherent mechanisms to success. My approach will benefit individuals, groups, startup businesses and even executives in established concerns.

Using the mind has never been introduced at school as a subject; that is why, once in a while there emerges a maverick who turns the world on its head and becomes the script in business circles. There is no special magic that makes daring entrepreneurs successful in what they do. These are people who have developed an understanding of the mind and have learnt to use it to great effect. These results can be replicated and even improved upon by another positive minded person. We have seen how one person can run a successful enterprise and another might take over the same business and run it into the ground. So handouts are not the solution!

Fortunately developing a positive mindset can be learnt and negativity can be reversed. I have developed a program that will create an individual who understands success and knows how to achieve it. This is a programs that seeks to rid our society of the culture of entitlement.

Currently the National Planning Commission (NPC) has lauched vision 2030; successful implementation and realisation of objectives vests in the fruitful mind of what they have come to term the ‘Active Citizen’. This is one who will not wait for handouts but will go out to create opportunities on the platform that has been set by Government. I have the tools to help create the ‘Active Citizen’. Positive results are within grasp and interventions are available for all.

— Thurston Sebotsane (Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach)