Africa, We Want To Grow Together

Africa, we want to grow together!

This is a loud cry, and I hear it get louder and louder each day. Having watched the TEDTalk by Siyanda Mohutsiwa (a few times now I must add), I get that much more excited that we will not only keep saying it, we will do something about it. Those of us that dare to dream about the inclusive growth that this continent desires at its heart, will get there.

I am the first to correct people to the reality that Africa is one massive continent, where the culture from Cape Town to Lusaka can have glaringly obvious differences (never mind Cape to Cairo). I am also very much a believer that as Africans, something does make us one. It’s the Pan African dream! Who can forget Thabo Mbeki reciting, “I’m An African“?. It intimidates some, while it also excites the rest of us.

I work for a bank, which is moving forward, on purpose… Africa is our home, we drive her growth. It is not just a cheesy line for me, it is something I buy into and want to be a part of.

“My dream is that young Africans begin to realise that the entire continent is our canvas, is our home” ~ Siyanda Mohutsiwa.

Draw your own conclusions, and watch this TEDTalk by Siyanda. Africa is still a good story, and she makes a compelling argument to support that!

Snow In The Cape?

It’s March, and on Easter Sunday, we already have snow spotted in the Western Cape, according to this article from Louzel Lombard. Matroosberg welcomed the fluff of snow.

I’m just glad we have bought our winter wood already. It arrived on Thursday.

The rain poured heavily, and the winds were wild in Cape Town yesterday. Autumn is really here, and the rain is really welcome, particularly for my lawn. The grass has suffered severely from us (the house of H), sticking to the water restrictions, thrust upon us by the municipality.

This view this morning, gives you a sense of whether it’s my imagination at work, or whether it is indeed the end of summer.

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Businesses Need To Show They Care

I guess the word authenticity comes to mind. More and more we say that businesses need to show their human side. Businesses need to show their customers they really care.

This can only be done through people, so… Michelle Cuthbert asks Is Your Business Taking The “Social” Out Of Media?

Personally, I think business has a long way to go in learning to be transparent when dealing with customers. The fear of making the business vulnerable still outweighs the desire to get it right for most people in leadership positions in businesses. It’s a long road ahead.

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Zootropolis, Dare To Dream

Imagine a world, where humans never happened. Zootropolis or Zootopia, is a city just like that! It’s a modern, civilised city, where the animals are anthropomorphic. Yes, that’s a big word, and I had to look it up. Given the world we are living in today, this movie is to the point and particularly appropriate. You will most certainly get something out of it.

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It’s Getting More Expensive For All Of Us

South Africans, on hearing that inflation had risen to 7% in February, can suddenly make sense of why interest rates were further increased by the South African Reserve Bank last week Thursday.

It’s getting dark in here, and a little bit colder,

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and I mean that literally as we seasonally are in Autumn. Our days will get shorter in terms of light of day available and we will certainly bid farewell to the heat we have complained about, the dry heat which has also hurt our crop… That brings us back to the inflation story.

It is getting more expensive for all of us. Yes, as trivial as the cup of coffee costs going up internationally as per the commodities index measured by Bloomberg. But that is the least of our worries.

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Rating South Africa

“…ultimately, this means that the collective gains in prosperity which we as a nation have achieved are at risk of being eroded” ~ South African Reserve Bank

This statement was made in the context of economic headwinds and not factoring the political agenda changing significantly in shape. As nervous as I am about the crossroads South Africa is at, I am excited!

We have the risk of a ratings downgrade yes, but we also need to continue the path we are on of saving the day, in action and not just promises. This will demonstrate to ourselves, the world, including the international credit ratings agencies, that we are worth our weight in gold.

This really is a country alive with possibilities! There is a crisis we can turn into an opportunity here…

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Hello World!

Welcome to The House Of H, thanks to the power of WordPress. This might just be the shortest post I will put out there. The purpose was to have the first post, that’s why. Let’s just say that this site is work in progress, as I work on the platform, understand the tools and tinker with the look and feel.

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I am new to WordPress, but I have been blogging since 2011. I guess the writing was on the wall for me, when I wrote My Space, My Blog not so long ago. It’s time for me to invest a little more of myself into this media world, where the appetite to write and sell the negative, clouds the faith, love and hope some of us would prefer to hang on to.