Reflection: A crisis call to “act and adapt”…

Reflection: A crisis call to “act and adapt”…

__”We’re living on this planet as if we had somewhere else to go”…

As some of you know, I was recently appointed to serve on the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) co-chaired by former UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, Bill Gates and the CEO of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva. Next week the Commission will hold high-level events during “Climate Week” at the UN General Assembly. They are also launching a Year of Action, starting… now! Here’s where you come in, as entrepreneurs and fellow citizens of Planet Earth.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the launch in New York, but want to alert all of you on this platform to take urgent note, as I am. As everyone here knows, every crisis must be met with a #SolutionMindset. In this case, the crisis includes the impact in recent years of higher temperatures, rising seas, fiercer storms, more unpredictable rainfall, and more acidic oceans.

You might have seen that the Commission released an excellent report a few weeks ago called “Adapt Now! A Global Call For Leadership On Climate Resilience” that received a lot of attention in the media, especially the part of their cost-benefit analysis that said:

__“Adaptation can deliver high rates of return, bringing multiple benefits to people and the economy. Our research finds that investing $1.8 trillion globally in five areas from 2020 to 2030 could generate $7.1 trillion in total net benefits”.

Wow! Please take time to read the report and tell me what you think, especially looking at these urgent challenges as an entrepreneur: https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation/report.

Now some of you might be wondering exactly what “adaptation” means in this context?

“A young woman in Bangladesh hears a siren of an incoming typhoon and moves her family to safety. A farmer in Zimbabwe uses a new variety of maize that is more resistant to drought. In Denmark, engineers redesign city streets to make them less prone to flooding. A business executive in Indonesia uses data and maps on water risk to inform his investments. An urban planner in Colombia paints roofs white to deflect dangerous heat”.

That’s what we mean by adaptation (from the report). In some places like my home Zimbabwe, we call it “Making a plan”!

Why is this important? According to the report’s analysis:

# 500 million people working on small farms, mainly in developing countries, may be exposed to increasing changes in variability and extremes in temperature and precipitation.

# Without adaptation, climate change may depress growth in global agriculture yields by up to 30 percent by 2050.

# Higher average food prices alone, even ignoring the effects of variability, may make 50 million more people food-insecure in a warmer world.

# The number of people living in extremely water scarce conditions (where they experience water scarcity at least 1 time per month) could grow from 1.9 billion in the 2010s to over 5 billion in 2050.

# Rising seas and greater storm surges could force hundreds of millions of people from their homes in coastal cities, with a total cost to coastal urban areas of more than $1 trillion each year by 2050.

Now rather than cause panic and despair with analysis like this, the Commission is proposing concrete strategies to help lessen the impact of the changing climate ASAP. These include:

# Strengthen early warning systems.

# Make new infrastructure (such as roads, bridges, dams and homes) more resilient.

# Improve dryland agriculture crop production (like drought resistant seeds).

# Protect mangroves (helps communities facing dangerous floods).

# Make water resources management more resilient.

As I said to a panel at the AGRF in Accra, Ghana a few weeks ago, I first heard about “climate change” long before scientists gave it that name. Where? From smallholder farmers in Mali, who told my dear friend Kofi Annan and me about the impact of unpredictable weather on their ability to grow food and feed their families. We were speaking to these farmers right there in their fields. It was a very moving experience.

No one needed to show a long report about climate change to these smallholder farmers! They were already living it.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”…

What are you going to do? With who can you share this report? This time, let’s not just talk!

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#AdaptOurWorld ! (This is our official handle. Do your part to help us launch the Year of Action this week). Students across the world this week were making their voices heard!

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.

33 Replies to “Reflection: A crisis call to “act and adapt”…”

  1. Afterthought 2.

    “Adaptation can provide a triple dividend: it avoids economic losses, brings positive gains, and delivers additional social and environmental benefits.”

    Entrepreneurs: do you agree? What do you see? Have you already come up with “adaptations” in your own communities? Right where you are, you know a lot! Please help us help others. The Year of Action starts today!

  2. Afterthought 3.

    “Food security is massively threatened by climate change, as are the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of farmers and their families. The Commission calls for a large-scale, international mobilization over the coming decade to deliver improved incomes, ecologically sustainable food systems, and resilience for 300 million small-scale food producers. This goal requires sharp increases in agricultural research and a step change in access to innovations, finance, and information for small-scale producers…”

    My friend Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, is one of my fellow commissioners on the Global Commission on Adaptation. (You might not know she won the Africa Food Prize a few years ago and is a top global expert in this field).

    I think many of you agripreneurs out there will want to check out Page 60 of the report where it outlines an “Action Track” on Food Security, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods which is something we have been working on together at AGRA over the years. There are also other Action Tracks you may want to check out. (I know some of you already have your #SolutionMindset hard at work on this).

  3. Answer to this question:

    # Oh Mr President!

    Almost 20 years ago when I lived in South Africa, there was a huge conference attended by many heads of state and government.

    One evening I was invited to attend a meeting with the President of a beautiful country.

    It was a real honor for me, because I did not get such invitations in those days!

    He began our conversation very well, and told me how much he admired my business acumen.
    Then he said “I think you can offer real competition in our market. So I have decided to give you a license. I have the power.”

    I was surprised because I had never applied for a license in that country.

    To get a license just like that!
    Oh wow!
    This was just the break for me!

    As we spoke, he had with him a gentleman, whom he said was an experienced and highly respected local businessman.
    “I want you to work with this guy, and you should have the license very quickly.”
    And with that our meeting ended. It was polite, cordial, and business like.

    Later I met with the guy assigned to help me with the details. As we got down to detail, I realized that this guy was related to the big boss. He did not even disguise it, and made it clear that he is the one who had told the President about me:

    “I can get anything I want. Tell me what you want in the license, and it’s done. I’m your partner,” he boasted.

    What would you have done, at this point?

    Post your view.

    My Answer:

    I’m actually very proud of the way most of you answered this question!

    Without telling the businessman why, I asked for another meeting with the President.
    I then told him that I had reviewed the situation with my colleagues, and we were not in a position to accept his kind offer.
    I did not give any reason, and I tried my best not to offend him. I expressed gratitude and went my way after a few pleasantries.

    I did not feel I had lost an opportunity at all, because there never was one in the first place.

  4. #How to respond to a crisis and also protect the planet!

    Some of you will remember a few months back when our network in Zimbabwe suffered a catastrophic failure because of power cuts that are lasting up to 20 hours a day.
    We have over 2500 base stations, as well as what we call Switching Centers, which must all be kept operating 24/7, at 99% availability.
    Running all these systems on diesel generators is not only extremely expensive, but burning diesel is a major source of carbon emissions which are causing climate change.

    After reviewing the position, we decided to take a very audacious solution:
    Build the first cell phone network in the world that is run 100% on Off Grid Solar Energy. We approached a company called Tesla in the US, to partner with us in developing a solution.
    Yes!
    As I speak hundreds of base stations are now running on a renewable energy solution. We are adding dozens of new sites every single week!
    Within the next six months, there will be no base station which goes down because of power problems.

  5. #Can you build a business based on Climate Adaptation?

    Here is an example of how I have been responding:

    As many of you know [by now] a good entrepreneur does not just observe and comment on a problem, you must seek solutions that are sustainable:

    I have been involved in this #Climate Change Challenge for more than 15 years now!
    It was only inevitable that I would try to see how I can #EntrepreneurIt!

    #1. Distributed Power Africa, is one of the businesses I have developed in this space. It is one of our fastest growing businesses, and is currently doing projects right across Africa.
    Please visit our website if you want to learn more:

    http://dpaafrica.com/

    #Entrepreneurs don’t just talk about problems they see, but they look for solutions.

  6. Blessing Machiya Shumbakadzi

    Strive Masiyiwa your forward planning never ceases to amaze me! DPA is becoming a market leader now. Every time I see one more big company here setting up their solar plant I can’t help but appreciate how this idea came about at just the right time. My prayer in my business is that I get the same foresight that has made so many products under the Cassava umbrella become market leaders in their chosen fields.

    My reply,
    DPA is busy installing solar solutions in countries in almost 20 countries. Our largest projects are actually in South Africa, were we have projects that are upto 40 MW [enough to power Vic Falls, Livingstone, and Hwange put together].

    Our partner Electricite De France is one of the largest power providers in the world.

  7. #Pause:

    Although DPA is the fastest growing business in our group today, my start in the solar business was actually very humble:
    I started a company called Solarway, which sold solar lanterns for children to do homework.
    Later I sold the business to management. It is still there!
    As I got more knowledgeable I began to build solar systems for homes, and base stations.
    Today?
    We have one of the hottest investments in Africa.

    It’s not about how big you can start!

  8. Christian Val Iloanaeke writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa Very profound, sir. The way you tackle anything that looks like corruption baffles me. I wish everyone is like you!

    My reply,

    Let me tell you my secret [keep it just between the two of us]:

    When I first became a Believer, my Pastor told me these words:

    “God is looking for people He can entrust as stewards for a lot of wealth.
    If you want the job, then you will have to PROVE that you can be trusted, according to His principles. That means you have to shun all forms of corruption, with everything you have.

    Your true value in the Kingdom is equal to the level of your temptation.”
    ~Tom Deuschle.

    From that day on, I saw every attempt to entice me with any form of corruption as a threat to my stewardship.

    This job is available to you too, if you want it. But you have to be prepared to pay the price:
    #Shun corruption.
    It is going to be a hard and painful road for you, with many disappointments, and anguished nights, but if you succeed, it will be eternal for you.

    Let’s step up our fight against corruption.

  9. Lanre Sidiq Amir Snr writes,

    THIS SOUNDS NIGERIAN TO ME. That kind of recklessness reeks of us but if not Nigerian then I have to admit gladly that Nigeria has improved after all just like all the noise we hear

    My reply,
    This incident had nothing to do with Nigeria.
    I did not mention which country it was because I was trying to avoid exactly what you have done:
    Simply point fingers.
    I’m teaching deep principles to entrepreneurs that will help us cut out corruption.
    Like in any class, let’s focus and pay attention.

  10. Muhammed Hussein Daou writes,

    Why don’t you join the fight on the cause of the climate changes? We don’t need to adapt to the spoils caused by the mighty industries, it is not for us to fight by adapting rather by them changing their systems. You can’t destroy nature and tell us to adapt to it.

    My reply,
    We have to do both!
    You have made an erroneous assumption that this is all I’m doing.
    What I do, I do voluntarily.

    Although I’m not offended, I can tell you that the way you wrote to me is actually offensive.
    I’m just like you, a citizen of the globe. I don’t work for you, so you can’t address me with “why don’t you”:
    You could have said “why don’t WE”, that way you also become part of the solution. Don’t make others accountable to you through a bad attitude.
    Our anger about what others do to create this mess, is not going to solve anything. We need to help those who are being affected right now, just as we fight to end the problem.

  11. #The Plastic mess!

    Plastic is a beautiful invention:
    Everyday we use it for so many different things!
    It is strong, flexible, hygienic, and beautiful to look at.
    Within 5 minutes of getting up, you have already used something made with plastic, or including plastic.

    It is also very DURABLE, and that is where the problem lies:
    It is too durable!
    When we throw away something made of plastic it does not rot, or dissolve. It is in our environment for decades!

    Now the world is being choked by the mess created by plastic!

    Garbage from plastic is an absolute disaster for the planet.
    The battle over plastic waste is now as important as the battle against smoking!

    #Lets fight plastic waste!
    Now you are an entrepreneur, and you do things differently, right?
    What an opportunity for you!
    Seize it before someone else does!

  12. #ShoutOut To Francis, AGAIN!

    Francis Thomas Strive Masiyiwa Sir and my dad Strive thank you so much for inspiring us and challenging us to greater height . Speaking about MIT, I have a testimony. When I spoke about what I do in South Africa : Private Rural School model , you gave a #shoutout and advised me to open a school in my home area Lupane Zimbabwe. The idea scared me knowing the adject poverty in Lupane. You said my Team will get in touch my but look for them. In my search for your guys which went extremely well and All positive, I however had a Einstein ask me a Smart question, Sir what makes your school a Smart school??? So i went on my knees to the Smart God of the School and asked Lord what makes your school a Smart School, and i am glad to say that I went to find the SMARTNESS
    and lo and behold

    two weeks again The Nelson Mandela Digital Libraries Smart Screen , donated an online university funded by MIT, Harvard and University of German.And Sage Foundation and Joberg2c through Participate for Good have made this partnership ‘the African Future” possible. Through KHAN Academy our learners can access the best online courses in the world , from grade 0 all the way to university , its also a science Lab, curiosity stream, YouTube, google windows 10 , wikipedia and the learners through a Smartphone can login and compete with the best in the world. Our Lupane Kids although under trees with the advent of solar from Ugesi will be able to login and read any book and text book online and participate in the programme. The possibilities are amazing. Thank you Sir for inspiring me, thank you for having , brilliant staff to advise accordingly and thank for the MIT partnership. Our school is the second school to benefit from the : Long walk to Freedom in Africa , rewind 18 months ago there was no kings Harvest Academy but now we competing with the best in the World and Franchising the model. Your God has blessed you with the rare gift to inspire and bring hope. So proud of your work, and I know your blessing brings excellent Fruits. You said to Me its our Future, we have to do this , I am eternal greatful and will continue to learn and learn. I am now doing Coding through the system and waiting patiently to be certified so I can freelance for companies like Muzinda Hub. Africa you have been remembered by God its our TURN.

    My reply,
    “We must not tire to seek for opportunities to do good.”

  13. #A practical example of adaptation solution:

    When the Small Holder Farmers [SHF] in rural areas asked AGRA to look into the problem of poor and erratic rainfalls due to climatic changes,
    AGRA seed scientists in Africa got to work:
    #. They came up with improved seed varieties that could be grown which did not need as much water.
    #. They also developed commercial seeds for drought resistant crops, which the farmers could plant.

    We trained over 600 crop scientists at Masters and PhD levels, many of whom are now working on solving problems created by climate change.
    Almost all these scientists were trained at African universities.

  14. #Am I / you concerned enough to make a contribution through a solution; no matter how small?

    This is always the question to ask ourselves.

    Did you hear about the guy in Lagos Nigeria, who gives women money for school fees in exchange for the plastic bags they bring him?
    Now that is #Passion!
    It is people like him, who eventually get invited to play a bigger and bigger role in trying to solve this problem.

  15. Blessing Machiya Shumbakadzi
    Writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa solve the problem and then the money comes after

    My reply,
    It is not always about making money. This is too important.

    If you as an entrepreneur find a way to make money along the way; it is good, but this should not be your key motivation.

  16. Muhammed Hussein Daou writes,

    Sorry I sounded offensive, did not intend to do that. But you are not like me, your voice can b heard even in the white house. I appreciate u being able to communicate with us and I have been a follower on Facebook for a long time.
    I think climate change is not what we have to try to adapt to as much as we need a fight the source. This is not an avenue to make money but to stand with Humanity and protect nature. We can’t be planning to produce plastic rice to make us money in the future, rather let us fight to not loose what we have.

    My reply,
    I was not offended because I could understand your anger and frustration.
    Let me tell you something, 15 years ago, when I first learnt about Climate Change and it’s impact, I was really, really angry.
    I went to international conference, and tried to lobby as much as I could.
    I remember going to see an African leader at the time, who scorned and said “surely, you have better things to do with your time. Maybe you have too much money.”
    Today there is no African leader who talks like that!
    They know it is very serious. Why? Because people like me were campaigning to make them understand.
    But even if we stopped the rise in temperatures, the damage will not go away overnight, and people are suffering in their tens of millions already. This means we must take every effort to help them, even as we lobby hard.
    You must be part of it Muhammed:
    We need you on the front line, and not on the back row.
    Thank you for being part of our army on this battle.

  17. #Pause:
    The industries that are driving us to the brink on Climate Change may be in Michigan, Manchester and Munich, and now lately, Beijing and Mumbai, but let me tell you an #Inconvenient Truth:
    Of the 33 countries that are already being most affected by Climate Change, 27 are in Africa!
    These countries face severe water shortages, droughts, floods, food shortages. As a result conflicts, disease, and hunger are emerging.

  18. #Electric Vehicles:

    This is one of the coolest adaptation solutions that have emerged.

    Here are some cool facts:

    #1. Most industrialized countries, including China, as well as the EU, have announced that they will ban the sale of petrol and diesel engine cars from 2030.
    #2. The Chinese city of Shenzhen has more than 2m electric cars on its roads.
    #3. Most electric cars now have a range of more than 300km, after a charge which can be done at home using a normal electric socket.
    #4. Almost every major vehicle brand now has an electric version.
    Some companies like VW and Volvo have already announced plans to stop producing the diesel and petrol versions from 2025!

    #5. IF YOU BRING IN AN ELECTRIC CAR INTO ZIMBABWE FOR INSTANCE: IT WILL COST YOU 75% CHEAPER THAN ITS PETROL EQUIVALENT!

    Here are the maths:
    ~Duty on a car brought into Zimbabwe is 100%.
    ~Cost of an EV is 25% higher than its petrol equivalent.
    So it will cost you 75% less!
    Second hand EVs are ALREADY available in Japan, EU, and China.
    If you consider the cost of running and maintenance:
    You don’t buy petrol!
    An EV has fewer moving parts and therefore costs less to maintain!

    FINALLY:
    The entrepreneurial opportunities from EVs, as they emerge in Africa is going to be explosive!!!
    Just think about it!
    The problem for a lot of people is that they will want to see before they believe a possibility, and by then others have already enjoyed the first mover advantage!

    VW is planning to build an EV assembly plant in Rwanda.

    #Don’t say I did not warn you!

    There are entrepreneurs rushing to locate a position in anything from servicing, to distribution. Others want to produce batteries.

    What opportunities are you seeing?
    Don’t be so dumb as to write it here and give away your idea;
    just DO It!

  19. Blessing Machiya Shumbakadzi

    Writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa can we reverse this damage? Never ever imagined this much damage during our lifetime. Can we replant enough trees to repair what has been damaged already? Can we burn less? Use less plastic? What can we do?

    My reply,

    It is too late!
    We can only stop it from becoming an even worse disaster!
    Even then the chances are slim!

  20. #Beautiful, Beautiful Waste!

    There are two things you can be guaranteed that all humans do:

    #. They eat!
    #. They produce waste!

    If you ‘google’:
    “Which country produces the most waste per capita?”
    you will find that someone has already done a study, showing the waste produced by different countries.

    Handling waste is a huge global industry, and in places like Europe and the US, waste companies are listed on the Stock Exchange, and are worth billions!

    It’s also a very low entry [cost] business to get into.
    Let me tell you, it’s cheaper, smarter and more profitable that sending a Kombi [Keke, Matatu] to do 3 trips and spend the day parked.

    Then there is the bye products of waste:
    #Beautiful, beautiful waste!

    Waste vegetables, sadza, pap, cassava … can fuel Biogas generators to light up the city!

    Let me tell you, with 2bn people set to live in our cities within 25 years, waste business is second only to producing food!

    #Let’s go @Clean City!
    Onward to Africa!

  21. Rodwell writes,

    That is scary, but we cannot give up the idea of doing something about it. We still have to do our best, first through educating the young generation about the impact of their actions and how their future is doomed if they do not do something to do the right thing.

    My reply,
    Whilst I agree that we must educate the young generation, the greater urgency is not with the young generation, but the adult generation because we have to stop the damage NOW!

    Those of you who are educated should get deeply engaged in this dialogue about Climate Change:
    It is more complicated than simply planting trees [although that is important]:
    The more you understand the issues, the better you are to offer practical solutions for your local community and country.

  22. Goodluck Ojusin writes,

    Nature is beautiful. Africa do not take climate change seriously.
    The government has it’s role to play likewise we young innovations entrepreneurs. We could come out with a solution and I do believe the government will find interest.
    I’m reflecting on a project; “Riverbanks Protectors”.
    Contributions to our society should always be a top priority.

    My reply,
    One line in your comment caught my attention:

    “I’m reflecting on a project; “Riverbanks Protectors”.
    This is much more profound than many people realize:

    #1. Most of the plastic waste [YES, THAT LITTLE PLASTIC WRAPPER YOU THREW ON THE GROUND OR OUT THE WINDOW] makes its way into streams and rivers, having first been an ugly mess on the river banks.
    #2. It either stays in the river and collects to damage that river system, or is washed into the Oceans where it accumulates with the careless papers of another 2bn citizens, and soon starts to affect the entire global ecosystem.

    We have to educate our fellow citizens to understand that when they carelessly throw anything away, they are killing the planet.

    We need guys like you to develop community “Sasai groups on Planet Actions” [we don’t do WhatsApp here, because we have our own].

  23. #Something Spiritual on Climate Change:

    One time I was having a very passionate discussion with a colleague from the global business community, when he suddenly asked this question:

    “Your passion on this subject is almost spiritual; is there anything in the Holy book of yours that actually suggests God cares about the earth itself?”

    Oh l loved that question!
    But for now I will give two examples:

    #1. The Bible story of Noah amongst other things is intended to show us how important it was for God to protect animals from extinction. God could have opted to simply save Noah and his family then create new animals, but He instead chose an approach which made man responsible for saving every species of the earth.
    There is nothing to suggest that He suddenly decided that animals don’t matter any more and we can drive them to extinction! Or shoot them for sport, or to make a quick buck!

    #2. In his vision of the end of time, The Apostle John, overhears a conversation in Heaven in which the Heavenly elders declare that God is about to also “destroy those who have been destroying the earth”. There is a specific crime [or sin, if you like] which is reserved for people who willfully destroy the earth, and contribute to its decline!
    …deep appeal!

    My friend, a billionaire businessman, sent me an email later and asked for copies of the references I had used. He had actually never read the Bible, and was totally convicted.

  24. Destiny Nathaniel Destiny writes,

    It is resilient to note that you are making a good effort in educating so many of us on this. How can I contribute without human resources.

    My reply,
    Find a Climate Change Action Group in your local community. And if there isn’t one, create one!
    You can go online and study the subject.
    You have the most important resources necessary:
    #Your mind, #your time, # Your Knowledge #your passion to Act!

    The rest are quite secondary!

  25. #ShoutOut of the Day!

    Rachael Mwikali writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa We KIBWEZI WELL WISHERS are paying school fees by buying tree seedlings from women and youth.We encourage them to collect seeds ..both exotic and indingineous..do a nursery then we buy the trees and donate to schools, churches and community as a whole..
    #ReImagineRural
    #Environment

    My reply,
    This is beautiful!
    This is #ReImagineRural!

    The other day another Kenyan entrepreneur told me about a project in which he donates Avocado seedlings to schools, which they use to plant as a hedge. He then buys the avocado from them, snd exports them to China, which is looking for 600 m Avocados a year from Kenya!
    Kenyans are amazing entrepreneurs!
    I never go there and not leave inspired by what someone is doing!

  26. Samuel Aboagye writes,

    Do you have an office in Ghana?. I’ll love to work there. I am a big bus driver..

    My reply,
    I want to make you an entrepreneur, who can start and run your own business, and employ others. I don’t want to make you an employee but an employer!

  27. #Sasai Breaking News!

    Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram are now accessible through Sasai Explore.

    This means that anyone can now access this platform through Sasai App.

    6 months from now …wait and see!

    If you have already downloaded Sasai App, I suggest that you update as we are now on the 7th Update. Facebook is now the first icon on Sasai Explore.

  28. #Sasai App in African languages:
    Update!

    The Sasai Language groups are doing an extraordinary job!
    Most of the work has been done by friends on this platform, supported by Muzinda Hub!

    We are planning to release 250 languages in batches of 25, every month.
    The first batch which is done, will be ready about 15th October.

    I’m not aware if anyone has ever done this before?
    __A Digital App available in 250 African languages!
    Let me know if you know any.

  29. Ahmed Gtk writes,

    Wow……..A great improvement by the Sasai team……
    Just Updated
    but chief i want to ask this:
    why did Sasai include a fellow messaging app in its platform?
    what is the strategy?
    because if Facebook or Instagram are present on Sasai, would it not divert people from using Sasai to chat or Advertise their businesses?

    #Inquiry mind
    #Fast follower.

    My reply,
    You ask questions as an entrepreneur. I like that!
    The answer lies understanding our strategic vision, and how we understand the opportunity:

    #1. Sasai is not a messaging App, although it includes a messaging functionality!
    #2. Sasai is not a Remittance platform, although it includes a Remittance functionality!
    #3. Sasai is not an Online eCommerce Platform, although it integrates and brings to one place all the eCommerce platforms [locally and globally]:
    It is like an Online Shopping Mall, where you can go shopping anywhere in the world, and buy anything, and have it delivered.

    Sasai compliments all those other platforms!

    Let’s have this conversation again in six months to a year, because that is how long it will take to “download the vision” I have in my spirit!

    Just look how long it took me to download the vision of Vaya Africa.

  30. #Can you “download” and execute on a vision!

    12 months ago, we unveiled Vaya Africa. We chose to do it in our Zimbabwe market, even though we have a Pan African vision for it!
    We launched a Car Ride Hailing service. I remember some of the media reports at the time, “Econet launches an Uber type service”. It appeared to be a @Fast Follow of Uber.
    But we had a vision for something totally different.
    Over the 12 months, that one service has gradually become over 17 different services!
    The business has now been divided into three companies:

    #. Vaya Mobility:
    Which looks into different ways to move people.
    It also looks at how to make transportation of people more efficient and sustainable.

    #. Vaya Logistics:
    Which looks at different ways to move goods.
    #. Vaya Clean City:
    Which creates a digital platform for waste collection, and management. It also does water delivery to people’s homes [the same homes where we collect waste].

    If you have been following the development of Vaya Africa, through its website, and updates on its App, you will find that it has grown into a business with almost 800,000 customers.

    It’s not an “Uber look alike”:
    We took the principle, and continue to apply it to our own situations on the ground in Africa,

    We have been perfecting both the #Product, and the #Process.
    Our #People have become world Class!

    Once we were satisfied that it works well in Zimbabwe [a market we understand], we began to slowly enter other markets.
    We do not always enter markets with a Big Bang. Sometimes you go in quietly. Vaya is working on initiatives in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Togo, SA, Kenya!

    #Lessons:
    #1. You must have a vision where you want to take something.
    #2. You must have a disciplined approach to introduction.
    #3. Always start in a market where you have distinct advantages.

    Now go study the Vaya Africa website, and App, as an entrepreneur.
    Sit with a note book and see what else you can learn.

    You should be following developments in businesses, around the world, the same way you follow a football club!

  31. #Reflection:

    The best definition of the word “meek” I have ever seen is:

    “Power under restraint”.

    Being meek has nothing to do with being weak.

    Perhaps you might want to consider those human qualities that make you want to be described by others as meek.

  32. Austin writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa I just did a quick search in the bible version of my online dictionary and found:

    “Meekness” is a humble attitude that expresses itself in the patient endurance of offenses. “Gentleness” is a practical synonym. It implies mercy and self-restraint. Meekness is not weakness. Sometimes we confuse the two. But the difference between a meek person and a weak person is this: a weak person can’t do anything. A meek person, on the other hand, can do something but chooses not to.

    My reply,
    Fantastic response!

    “A meek person is someone who can respond, often with devastating and lasting implications, but chooses not to..”

    The most powerful people I have ever met, were also the most meek. I have never considered powerful, anyone who was of meek.

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