Definition of entrepreneuse: a woman entrepreneur
Yes, there is a dedicated word for a female entrepreneur! Let’s carry it with the grandeur it suggests!
A very clear message that most pro-women initiatives are simply about equality.
UNICEF says gender equality “means that women and men, and girls and boys, enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections. It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they be treated exactly alike.”
When I voice women’s rights I’m often belittled as a feminist or I’m being accused of being against men.
It is astounding how some men appear to be fearful of women excluding them and how guilty some women seem to feel when they support other women – not excluding men, but not making the whole shebang about them either.
There seems to be an underlying resistance to give more power to women.
But women are not asking for more power.
Women are asking for equal power.
And in order to get to an equal balance with men, women still need more support from both sides:
Surprisingly, there are three countries with a higher femicide rate than South Africa. Honduras, by a wide margin, has the dishonour of being the worst place in the world for the murder of women – their femicide rate stands at a despicable 32.7 – more than double that of its nearest competitor, Jamaica (15.5).
Our neighbours in Lesotho complete the top three, recording a rate of 15.4 murdered women out of every 100 000 citizens. South Africa is fourth – according to the WHO – and Guinea-Bissau completes the top five with 11.1
South Africa’s legal definition of rape is broad. It includes the oral, anal or vaginal penetration of a person (male or female) with a genital organ, anal or vaginal penetration with any object and the penetration of a person’s mouth with the genital organs of an animal.
The police recorded 41,583 rapes in 2018/19, up from 40,035 rapes in 2017/18. This means an average of 114 rapes were recorded by the police each day.
The rape rate increased from 70.5 in 2017/18 to 72.1 in 2018/19.
The Cape Cultural Collective (CCC) started rather informally in the second half of 2007 when a few musicians and poets, with vague notions of developing a progressive cultural space, met on the occasional Monday evening for some impromptu performances at a noisy Irish pub in the City.
In 2008, the group migrated to the District Six Museum and this is where CCC began to take shape, hosting a series of exciting monthly cultural programmes with music, poetry, dance and drama. Early successes included a growing relationship with the museum, the birth of the CCC resident band JAHM and the bringing together of a group who came to be known as the ‘CCC poets’.
The process was driven by a core team who shared common ideals. The CCC developed a focus as a non-racial, non-sexist, inter-generational cultural movement promoting social activism and change and reflecting on history and memory.
The CCC has assembled a 14 person ensemble that will present a powerful combination of music, poetry and dance. The members of the ensemble come from many parts of Cape Town and uniquely render all their songs in the Cape’s main languages – English, Xhosa and Afrikaans.
The ensemble sings popular and traditional songs and collaborate with some of the Mother City’s top poets, dancers and musicians. The CCC uses the medium of the arts to unite people and communities and promote youth development.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to see Chad Saaiman live in an intimate cosy venue, surrounded by friendly likeminded people, spiced up with treats of amazing art and yummy Cape Malay snacks.
AfricaCom is the world’s largest African Telecoms, Media & Technology Industries event running for the 21st time this year.
I was lucky to nearly attend half of the AfricaCom events, lucky, because AfricaCom offers invaluable networking opportunties.
Just check out my LinkedIn profile: many of my connections I established at AfricaCom.
Also this year’s AfricaCom event is packed with networking and learning opportunities:
Headliners: AfricaCom will present a series of top talks from some of the world’s leading experts in their field. The content is free to all registered visitors and should not be missed. The programme kicks off at 09H00 on Tuesday and will be held in Auditorium 2 in CTICC 1.
Hear from the likes of: Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO MTN; Olabiyi Durojaiye, Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission; Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, Republic of Ghana; Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Special Advisor, Smart Africa, Former Minister, Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Government of Rwanda; Herman Singh, Group Chief Digital Officer, MTN; Mohamed Dabbour, CEO, Africa, Millicom; Babak Fouladi, Group Chief Technology & Information Systems Officer, MTN; Siyabonga Mahlangu, Group Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, Telkom; Nicholas Naidu, Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom and Francis Mumbi, Innovation Lead, Stanbic Bank.
Premium Conference tracks: There are a number of in-depth and highly pertinent keynote presentations, panel discussions and meet & greet sessions this year. Make sure you have your delegate or VIP pass to gain entry into these critical conversations, shaping Africa’s digital future.
Technology Arena: Housed here is the AHUB (with an exceptional line-up of panellists and discussions); Africa Video Forum, an array of cutting edge exhibitors; the AfricaCom 2020 – the centre of conversation and informative presentations and of course; the AfricaCom 2020 bar – happy hour from 16H00.
The Connectivity Hall: Located as normal in CTICC 1, is where you’ll discover the companies who are the backbone of Africa’s connected communications – the nuts and bolts that make it all happen.
AFest: AfricaCom’s official launch party, will take place at Shimmy Beach on Tuesday 13th November. With a great line-up of entertainment, this is the place for fun as well as important networking.
AfricaCom Awards: The awards will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Notification of winners will be distributed post the event so as not to spoil the news. The after party, however, is free to attend to all registered parties.
AfricaCom is an excellent event to gain insights and information, but importantly, it is also a key networking opportunity to make new contacts, conclude business and plan for the future.
I can’t wait to meet all my AfricaCom buddies again! If you’d like to connect with me at AfricaCom, register for a FREE visitor pass.
Already entering the Castle of Good Hope greeted us with a problem.
The exhibition we wanted to see was advertised as free, but not considering that the Castle of Good Hope was actually not free.
Subsequently, by the power of the people, the Castle of Good Hope was today free.
So we went in and as the receptionist wanted to explain how to go, I waved a don’t worry, we’ll find it, – I didn’t want to bother him too much.
He said it’s difficult to find and he was right, because 2 hours later we had seen everything of the Castle and more, but not that exhibition.
So just when he was about to lock up, I did ask him to show us and he walked all the way.
And it was a way! At some point I simply uttered a baffled ‘wow’ and he laughed: You would’ve never gone this way!
We turned right at the stables and when I thought: Can we go inside? We walked around them to the right, into a narrow alley way that was all yellow and just when you thought you’d get sucked up into the narrow yellow pinpoint flow we turned left into a dingy dodgy side room that resembled an old wine cellar and on the shabby strippy walls hang some pictures.
In the middle of all: Some broken furniture.
The receptionist apologises: We had some high profile visitors here today and for it they had to clean up this rubbish. Looks like they just dumped it in here.
Here was where this exhibition was supposed to take place.
There was another room, but the door was slammed shut without a door knob to open it.
The receptionist mumbles that he needs to go get the door knob and shuffles off.
We’re left alone in this dungeon very much resembling the torture chamber we had just visited around the corner.
Time to look at the art, because the photographic portraits were simply amazing.
Wearing dark clothing in front of a dark background with the light source coming from the top, the portraits look like they emerged out of the dark, creating a contrast stark silhouette and focusing clearly on only the essential, – that person in the picture.
Good thing we’ve seen it, bizarre thing it was so abandoned.
The setting was strangely fitting, it actually worked to have the broken furniture slayed against the art, a violent act frozen in time, just what this exhibition is about.
I had only heard about it on the radio and was lucky enough to catch where and when it would take place. So on a Saturday morning I made my way over to Oude Molen in the hope to find the class.
Organised by the Yes We Can Sport & Jazz Foundation they had a great gym facility and quite a big group of women battling it out. Some of the women were devoted regulars, who had attended all the classes already offered, and helped teaching others to defend themselves.
I had taken part in self defence classes also in Germany, but yet again, I would soon learn that South Africa is of a different calibre:
Whereas in Germany the key to the self-defence class was to learn that there’s always a way to free yourself from the attacker, that was it, as it was assumed once free you can run away.
However, in South Africa, that is not enough: While we also learned that no matter what debacle you’re in, you can always fight back your attacker, here it doesn’t stop with running away:
The risk that your assailant will attack you again is too high. So we went a step further and also learned how to hurt people. Because in South Africa, fending someone off won’t help: You also have to incapacitate them before running away.
Will I ever ‘get used’ to the high crime rate in South Africa? Where when your home got burgled the police tells you to be more vigilant? Or where the police is not even reachable and all you get on the emergency number is that ‘our agents are busy right now’?
Here in South Africa us women have to overcome our own caring nature and learn how to injure others physically, so that when the assault happens, we are prepared.
Well then, if that’s what it takes, let’s get training:
While the radio was talking about the Jazz Masters Tribute at the Artscape Theatre Centre, just around the corner at the Arena a very different kind of event took place.
The real deal
But that was not apparent to me at first, because I was late: I had booked the ticket over 3 months ago and the time had changed. This meant I entered the performance with very little context: My knowledge about it had fainted to ‘something to do with prisoners’, and because I had missed the introduction, that was all I was left with.
So I just opened up all my senses to make sense of what was unfolding on stage.
Two things sprung out at me after only a short while:
– The performance was highly emotionally charged.
– The acting was somewhat unprofessional but in a very human way.
It dawned on me that this might be the real deal: That these were real offenders, sharing their own personal story through a platform provided to them as part of their rehabilitation: the theatre.
And indeed: During interval lovely Janine next to me explained these were all real prisoners currently in jail and pointed out the guards on duty, who I had not seen in the darkness and now noticed were many.
Watching the next performance I realised that the provided context made little difference: I was just as much taken on a rollercoaster of emotions from laughing and crying, to cheering and applauding profound truths.
The audience was moved and responsive, from secretly wiping tears away to snapping fingers in agreement.
And that is really what we learned that night: A glimpse into the human side of offenders, past stereotypes and prejudices. Raw and real. Touching to the core.
These are real people who deserve real chances.
How can we help?
This was the question circling our minds, as this had been the last performance of this year’s group and it meant for everyone: ‘back to normal’, but what is ‘normal’ in these circumstances.
A discussion opened up in the theatre and continued in even more depth in the women’s bathroom resulting in these suggestions:
– Don’t judge.
– Share the message.
– Provide space for theatre and rehearsal.
– Support outreach programmes for offenders.
– Bring more outreach programmes to prisons.
Driving home they announced on the radio that after the interval they’d get back to the Jazz Masters concert at the Artscape. I had just left and already this was how everything went back to ‘normal’ for me.
This just shows that theatre works as a crime prevention intervention. And why not? Why do we pay actors millions of bucks for faking it when we could use a fraction of the money to upskill people who can tell the real story?
So support future productions of The Making of a Criminal:
Cape Town for free: At the Grand Public Opening of Zeitz MOCAA entry was free for the long heritage weekend.
If you hadn’t snatched up complimentary tickets online you could still get them at the museum on the day.
Queuing wasn’t bad: It went quick and was well managed. We spent the time waiting productively by browsing through the brochure about the Grand Opening Weekend.
While I had difficulties reading out aloud some of the extravagant wording it gave a good overview and interpretation of the gallery exhibitions.
The museum alone is worth a visit: The atrium shows the architectural craftsmanship that turned an industrial building into an art piece itself:
The silos are carved out half way in at various heights, revealing the skeleton of the construction, forming an organic bulb, with honeycomb sockets for elevators and staircase.
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Walking through the different sections of MOCAA reminds of the Tate Modern, where you are taken from experience to experience.
But in the end what we are looking at is art, which is subject to subjectivity – you might like it or not.
From comparing MOCAA with a colonialist cathedral dazzling the illiterate with trophies to temporarily mistaking a lost ticket for an art piece’s most important museum label,
from parents’ speechlessness to children feeling at home amongst the art,
from ushers’ personal account to the curator’s contextual explanation as he mingled informally with the visitors:
The contemporary art is stimulating, triggering a reaction which turns into interaction and conversation.
The space is open and intimate enough to allow for spontaneous comment and individual reflection; it’s a bit like you can feel the art.
A copywriter needs to become an expert in any given field in a very short time.
Can you write about technical equipment? No? Well you better learn quickly, because the copy must sound like it was written by a professional in the industry.
You might get a brief, but this is only a summary. For the nitty-gritty authentic stuff, you have to do your research and catch up quickly.
Are you a wordsmith?
And with that I don’t mean are you creative, but do you understand the concept of language, and are you excelling at grammar and spelling.
I’ve worked in agencies where copywriters had to be proofread, because they didn’t even master their own language.
That is like wanting to design jewellery without understanding the materials and processes: It doesn’t work. And eventually, it’ll fail. This is the reason why there’s so much bad copy with even worse spelling errors out there.
Can you get to the point?
The attention span of consumers is shortening and so is the copy. Can you describe the purpose of that product in one sentence, or one word? This is essential to stay on topic.
The best copy is still a fail if it doesn’t achieve the goal it was written for.
Are you an empath?
If you’re an ego-driven narcissist, you might fit in well in the advertising world, but your calling should not be on the creative side.
The copy you write, no matter how commercially driven, needs to connect with the reader. And enough to grasp and hold their attention.
Can you be a translator?
The client talks in industry slang, the agency talks in industry slang, the techie guys speak in industry slang. But the consumer doesn’t understand any of that, and you need to translate. Depending on who the end-consumer is, you might need to translate into their specific choice of tone and words, too.
Translators even have a specific word for that: Localisation – when you adapt the copy for the market, not just the language.
Are you a creative?
Can you come up with a clever idea or a funny joke, at the snap of a finger?
There are ways to spur your creativity, and good agencies will inspire, train and incentivise you.
But when it comes down to it, it’s just you and the blank screen.
Can you perform under pressure?
In the agency world everything has to happen yesterday. There are real deadlines at stake, and they don’t just swoosh by, there are serious knock-on effects if you cause delay in the machinery of advertising production.
An easy way to tell if you excel under pressure: How did you do at your school exams? If you attended well-prepared or even if you just pitched up to somehow wing it, you probably have a great ‘I’m ready to tackle whatever comes my way’ attitude.
Can you distance yourself from your writing?
The client is always right. So if they make it sound like your grandma just got transported back into the medieval ages, then you have to let go.
Yes, that is the moment, when you’re no longer a writer, but are starting to turn into a media prostitute or short: media pro. 😉
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Make sure you stay in control of your content by publishing it on
Using any third party platform means you are subjected to their rules and could get your account deleted without much you can do about it. Having a home for your content establishes you as the first point of contact for your content. There are many free services for creating an online portfolio website to choose from.
His sensitivity towards people who ‘object’ the theory of evolution (I put this in quotation marks, as it is actually impossible to object a fact…) shows in his approach towards this much debated topic: Evolution theory versus Creation myth.
He suggests that the two don’t cancel each other out, addressing the issue that while science and the medical industry take evolution for granted, biology lecturers around South Africa still fail to teach the theory of evolution.
Final Challenge:Walking Together –
John concluded: “We cannot take responsibility for the whole system, neither should we try and find the ‘silver-bullet’. What is needed is a ‘game change’: We need to find a way to walk together.”
It is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.
Regardless how quickly blended learning is integrated in the education system, one thing is clear: With nowadays technology you can access any information online and teach yourself as much as you like.
The one thing you’d need to learn for that however, is how to learn.
As most of us learned in a traditional one-way instructive-only environment, we need to ask ourselves: How can we design teaching better, now that we have the opportunity to rethink education systems with the implementation of blended learning.
The Ranzani Egg Potjies are miniature versions of what is used to make the traditional South African “potjiekos”, literally meaning ‘small pot food’.
Have your Sunday breakfast egg with a dose of fun and a dash of colour. Alternatively use Ranzani Egg Potjies as pinch pots to serve salt and pepper in. They also work well as tea light candle holders.
Ranzani Egg Potjies bring South African flair to your kitchen table:
Modelled after the South African “potjie”, a three legged cast iron cooking pot
A fun way to serve soft- or hard-boiled eggs within their shell
Dual purpose: Use as pinch pots to serve sea salt or crushed peppercorns, or use as tea light candle holders
High quality porcelain guarantees durability and pure colour brilliancy
Handmade by local crafts people, making each Ranzani Egg Potjie unique
Service design is the premeditated design of customer experiences from beginning to end. It focuses on the interaction with customers, and will allow you to see ways of improving service and related customer experiences.
How can Service Design benefit your business or organisation?
Start seeing the Touchpoints, think of the memories you want to evoke:
Really understand the customer: What really counts, major preoccupations, worries and aspirations.
Understand customer pains, and make them easy.
Understand the emotional bond between the brand and customer.
Align the company actions to build emotional bonds
Form a holistic, human centered view of the customer experience.
Prototyping helps you to fail early, it’s about learning from your mistakes. Where failure is generally regarded as negative, prototyping ensures you fail forward.
But how do you prototype a service?
Understand your customer: Create persona profiles of your most active customers.
Put yourself into the customer’s shoes: Think of a great service experience. What made it great?
A smile: the human touch
Turning an order into a present: expectations met and exceeded
Clear information delivery: empowerment through transparency
Super fast transactions: speedy turnaround
Quick production line: no more waiting
Turning a complaint into a reward: appeasing disgruntled customers
Have a clear point of contact: one-stop-shop with all the answers
Model the situation in order to work out where you could change it, then test with real people how they interact in this space, change it and test again.
Make things tangible and visible:
Services are perceived not to be physically tangible but there are lots of ‘touching’ elements to it.
Put up a big board, use post-its, visualise the processes, take photos, watch.
Storyboard up your customer interaction, then play it through with the different personas, the different engagements that can happen.
Do role playing with staff, so they understand the customer’s point of view.
Find out what the people like about the process and strengthen on that.
So, what are the principles of service design?
Iteration: This is a constantly changing environment and you need to constantly adapt to it.
Analyse the status quo, does it work? If it doesn’t, iterate to the next best solution: Develop, implement, redevelop, reimplement.
‘Upcycle’: Never stay with the status quo, keep on iterating, never stop in the development, think in cycles.
Crowdsource: By canvassing a large crowd of people for ideas, skills, or participation, the quality of content and idea generation will be superior.
Cocreate: Lower your risk bycocreating and getting real results.
Cocreate solutions by involving your staff:
– Empower your staff to solve problems themselves, to make decisions. Otherwise they will not know what to do, this way you get their buy-in and strengthen loyalty and morale.
– Have people working as a team, not in competition to each other.
– Share values and believes, get staff to identify with your goals by being transparent and informative about them.
Cocreate with the customer:
– Do your home work: Research your customer preferences.
– Get customer feedback early. Allow easy feedback channels.
– Launch a beta version with an exclusive customer base. Involve them by gathering their comments, learn their opinions, take on their recommendations, ask them for solutions.
How do people from an industry that strives to push creativity to its max, turning ideas into innovation deal with policy making?
Here’s what I took away from the Design Policy Conference:
Design is in everything
Everything around us is designed. Often this only becomes apparent when we encounter design fails.
In the end, a well designed product means it was well thought through, taking into account every possible user and their specific needs.
Unfortunately in nowadays times of cheap Chinese products and rushed to launch apps, this gets all too often forgotten. Especially in industries that don’t think of themselves as creative, but stick to traditional conservatism.
What I learned: Get a designer’s input, it can offer a new perspective and solution.
Design centers around us humans
Ulrich Meyer-Höllings: “Designers and those that think like designers could be the perfect CEOs in businesses as designers have all of the skills required to survive and prosper in this turbulent environment. Industries that are struggling to survive like banks and media are now trying to learn new processes from designers such as understanding people and their behaviour. Designers can redefine the business landscape and inject a more people-centred view.”
What I learned: We are human by birth, but we are people by design. (Dale Dutton)
However, you can have the bestest policies, it still takes people to implement it. That’s why a solid Design Strategy is required to provide that plan to put things into action.
As Carlos Scheliga pointed out: Design Policies need to be a society decision, you need to have the engagement of the citizen. It needs to be a state policy, not a government policy. Shift the mindset: Design can improve all public services. The city is the natural environment of the human being. It’s our nature to be together.
He added: “People are mobilising, organising, conducting or exerting pressure for transformations. Depending on how this popular participation interacts with city administrations, it could represent a great opportunity to build the desired city. It is clear, therefore, that design policies can catalyse the improvement of urban space and should involve the participation of citizens.“
Design can’t collaborate too much
Once the goal is clear, it seems with design you can’t have enough input. As with techniques to stimulate creativity such as brainstorming: No idea is a bad idea. Any idea can spark off something great.
But how can the public truly be involved in the decision making process? As with all good ideas, solutions don’t have to be complicated: One good example are the WDC stickers, which rate whatever people think is design.
What I learned:
One of the key reasons policy making takes so long is because the parties involved don’t trust each other. Collaboration needs trust. Trust can be achieved through relationship, which can be formed through interaction, which can be sparked through experiences, which can happen at events such as the Design Policy Conference, for example: the War Horse performance.
Design is cool enough to make mistakes
Whereas people in the public services space fear failure, in design errors are forced out early to guarantee a fool-proof product through the process of prototyping. Other industries could implement similar techniques to gather real results quicker and find a sustainable solution faster.
What I learned: Policy making and business decisions could be improved by incorporating design thinking. (Richard Perez)
When it comes to finding a present for Mother’s Day I prefer something personalised, something that comes from the heart.
So I looked for inspiration and came across John Bauer’s exquisite ceramics. One of his signature artistries is to imprint fine lace and other knitted patterns into his porcelain.
As with all people who have found their true calling, John is thriving on exercising his talents. He has produced a many beautiful things. One very endearing one is a ceramic heart you can stick to the refrigerator.
I was fortunate enough to snatch one up, as I felt this makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift. The heart itself with its fragile delicateness of detailed designs is gift enough. But I wanted to personalise it.
John Bauer is also incorporating a special clay mixing technique that leaves lovely traces of colour in the pottery. This made my decision a tough one, but I chose to paint over it.
There is a simple enough dry brush painting technique that works especially well if the surface has a high contrast structure. And so the results were stunning: With very little effort the decorative reliefs sprung out and came to life.
Using different colour saturation and dryness, I created various looks on the different parts of the heart, exaggerating an in-depth, almost 3D appearance. This was fun! And it enabled me to give the heart for my mom a very personal touch.
As the heart is so light, I could post it like a normal letter. I can’t celebrate Mother’s Day with my mum in person, but now I can at least send a small token of my love instead.
If you’d like to learn how to dry brush or where to purchase John Bauer’s ceramic hearts, please contact me: TrulyJuly@web.de