The World Cup will be over in 4 weeks and then what? 16


We have had this dream about the World Cup. As is the nature of people it stops at the “World Cup.” We have lived the dream for four years now. Even I watched soccer with my family as the spirit was in the air, and I am not a sport watching person.I like to enjoy the day when the sun is up.

My question what now? The tourists will go home soon [well in a few weeks time] I experienced tourists while riding my horse on Sunday by being waved at madly by total strangers. I must admit a lot of people with flags on their cars all greeted as well which is unusual. [Must maybe hand a flag on my horse in support]. Was quite refreshing see smiling people who obviously had not seen the sun in a while enjoying what we take so much for granted.

So what are we doing after the world cup?

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Mentor for small business, [Previous clients ABSA] Workshop facilitator for entrepreneurs previous clients, Enablis, FNB, SEDA, Rise Mnanzi as coach, workshop facilitator, mentor and judge, Enterprise Support, Microsoft Bizspark and Traction [Martin Feinstein.] Author 24 Hour survival guide for small business. Admin at Charter Academy focusing on NQF Real Estate and allied learning in the Financial sector both aligned and non aligned courses.


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16 thoughts on “The World Cup will be over in 4 weeks and then what?

  • Mthoko A. Sibanda

    Gavin, the comments are not from “somewhere,” as you put it, they are from me, already written on another platform before you wrote our own blog post on the same topic. Copying and pasting from my own blog article written before this one is tantamount to me saying that my piece is are not worth “the ink in which it is written.” The idea was for people to refer to my blog piece then use that as reference material and a legitmate source for further ideas to use in this discussion (cross referencing). I am still going to interact and make new comments on this discussion, I am not turning my back on it. I just will not copy and paste my original article and relegate it to a blog comment on someone else’s blog.

  • Gavin Tonks Post author

    Hi Mthokozisi
    I am truly sorry you think this way and cannot take the time to add comments here of relevance but expect us to read pages somewhere else. I also am saddened to hear that you feel we will judge you because you think.You of course are welcome to your opinion and actions, but you leave the discussion lessened by you inability to act and provide value.

  • Gavin Tonks Post author

    Hi Vusumzi
    While i whole heartedly agree with you Malema outbreaks scotched a very big investment deal for me, with his land grab and we want a Zimbabwe clone here. They quietly rode off into the sunset.The project would create 3200 new jobs.

    However what has happened to our innovative culture.the taxi industry may be the bane of our lives but it was a inspired entrepreneurial answer to the lack of transport infrastructure. My point is we are not idiots we have resources, yet we all wait around for the few government contracts.

    Do we not have more going for us that we can engage in something more that the world wants from us.Where is the next level Vuzavela that can blow a tune? This instrument has been on every blog in the world but no one is engineering a new version. I mean African people designed the marimba, their is the icarina and then the dreadful bluuurat from the Vuzavela.

    The entire current entrepreneurial spirit is based on “dead man shoes” [the person above you dies or moves on and you fill his shoes].
    We start with house cleaning, sell zimbas start a shabeen get shut down as it is too noisy and then open a phone kiosk.
    In India entire towns are converted to manufacturing products for the world markets. The one town was so successful with metal work government built a railway line to ship their products out. They now generate US$500 million a month.

    We cannot get complacent and really have to get up and running now.

  • Mthoko A. Sibanda

    Hi Gavin, the my article is too long for me to paste here (after reading comments could have carried on here) and besides it will still be a referral because I will be pasting as already is on my blog site. Pasting will also create an illusion that I am thinking of these ideas for the first time when I am not. No problem however, the thread can do without this particular input.Thanks

  • Gavin Tonks Post author

    Hi Mthokozisi, as much as I appreciate you have posted information elsewhere in the spirit of the thread copy and paste the information here please. i for one do not do referral threads.
    The thread is here and it is a conversation so please add to the conversation here.
    Thanks

  • Gavin Tonks Post author

    I am glad this topic is generating interest as it is also clearly highlighting the challenges we face
    1 – expectation that government creates to small business about business opportunity which are inevitably unsustainable
    2 – The need to replace outdated and used by equipment and infrastructure that is almost 40 years past their replacement date.
    3 – the need for skills as so many people have left our shores for better opportunity
    4 – open a food place a street away for when people sell out and a mobile beer truck for dry mouth fans
    5 – we also need to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and find ways to open oppertunity

  • Frikkie van Tonder

    The World Cup offered a nice change to the morbid chasing after money. It has done a lot to lift the spirits of every person in the country. Making money may be slow at the moment but a well deserved change of pace. The reality however is that we have to put bread on our tables. I sincerely hope that companies will resume their zeal to have their employees trained soon after the soccer event. This is a good opportunity for companies to review their training plans and to ensure that the right people get the right kind of training. Looking forward to the training rush after the soccer!

  • Chris Reay

    What we must apply our minds to is how to leverage the enthusiasm and new spirit that has emerged. The success of the specific infrastructural developments and improvements has identified that we can design and construct at the level of stadiums, roads and transport systems,so surely we can apply the same dedication to other constructs such as low cost housing, water and sewage management systems and electrical reticulation? We must develop a maintenance ethos to keep what we have built in good order or they will suffer the typical African-type degradation to disfunctional status.
    The World Cup was managed as a project in effect, and my concern is can the politicians, who will now get back into our lives after a thankful month without them, subject SA to their typical incompetence to plan and manage our country? Remember we spent some R40 billion on this and while a lot of that may have been diverted to questionable providers (viz the Carte Blanche item on the Nelspruit stadium), now that government is advising us it will spend R700 billion odd on infrastructure for the citizens over the next few yers (which has to include skills development), will we see any sort of World Cup type output here?
    If World Cup criminals can be arrested, tried and sentenced in a week, we must ask why for our own citizens that sort of efficient judicial process cannot be applied for the benefit of our own citizens instead of long, protracted periods and lost documents which seem to be the norm.
    Plans after World Cup? Get the message to the politicians: we want to see SA “business as usual” get the same action. Vote effectively, even if the message has to be sent via the Vuvuzela outside the municipal offices and parliament.

  • Gavin Tonks Post author

    You know guys I have worked in India, China, Uk and Ireland plus spent 9 days of hell in Sao Paolo. We underestimate what we have and are always waiting for “someone else” the lesson I learnt in India was create your own local economy and forget about outside investment first. All the outside investors take the outside profit as well.
    From China is economy of scale never be half pregnant either do it to take a chunk of the pie or go home. USA and China invest millions in business to take on the world, we do not even invest in a business to survive three months on a street corner.
    From UK bullshit everyone you have an economy and just lend everyone money and live off their sweat and toil.

    I estimate the world cup has cost South Africa at least R40 billion to host and if we do not gear to sales and follow up we will loose the cheapest international advertising we have ever had.

  • Pieter Staal

    As Moira says – keep the spirit up, keep it going. After 1994 we had a great spirit for a while – then slowly it lost its sparkle only to be rekindled today. Instead of breaking ourselves down as we so aptly do, let us rather build on what we have (not on what we dont have). We have some great infrastructure now and we have a certain amount of funds coming in so let us use it to our advantage. (Highly theoretical if one takes governments performance on these matters).
    If we can stand united under our flag for a month then surely this can be extended…..

  • Wayne Goddard

    It is disappointing, as you say “for 4 years” whenever our youths hear the word 2010, they have thought you’re talking about soccor; not their future, but a 4-year build up to 4 weeks of mindless TV viewing. Once the public realises that regular guys receive no real benefit from staring at an expensive fancy-dress party; they might realise what is really going on around us. Nothing much. So what are we doing after the world cup? More promises and more protests; we don’t have skills but at least we have the sunshine to fall back on ey?

  • Gavin Tonks Post author

    The housing issue is an interesting one as I have a new squatter camp in front of me. We have found it is a cheap “close to work” solution for people who cannot afford travel. It is also a place where many residents from other countries work hard to suspend the normal laws of the land providing a convenient and outside the law place to run illegal business.

    We need to look at affordable temporary accommodation as many people main residence is in rural areas. many people anything up to 60% reside in other countries. Shack farming is a reality with many shacks having another two which provide rental income between R200.00 and R600.00 a month.

    Many people have homes but rent them out to foreigners and live cheaply in the squatter camps. It is not always what it seems and large sums of money change hands. Plots cost from r600.00 to R3500.00 when people are moved ensuring the next level of residents a chance at a house.

    We have found many people actually have homes and the confusion between marriage and children s names creates opportunity for families to ammas a number of homes.

    We need to address the real reason affordable temporary accommodation that access work opportunity.

  • sylvia hammond

    Hi Gavin,
    Yes, I agree with you about what next. If we can do this, there’s absolutely no more excuse about why we can’t house our people adequately – and not in tin cans!
    On flags, every time I stand at my kitchen sink I can see a stream of flags flying past – can’t see most of the cars because they’re behind the fence – magnificent sight.