This magazine’s original product was there to build an interest in money, commerce and business
FOR THE PAST 72 hours I’ve been agonising about what to write in my first Editor’s Note to
Finweek’s readers. With so many major global stories about finance and the media industry, a big part of me wanted to write something deep and insightful about some of those issues and position myself as a thought leader here. However, my inspiration instead comes from somewhere else. Listening to the radio I heard a sports broadcaster announce Oscar Pistorius – “The Blade Runner” – had, at his last gasp attempt, run a time that would qualify him for the Olympic Games and one of the radio show hosts said how great it was to hear a story this country could be proud of.
Stop for a moment and consider that achievement. Through technology, innovation and a desire to achieve, Pistorius – and those who have supported him along the way – have proven so many people wrong and, quite frankly, he’s changed the world. It’s that sort of spirit we need to build on. When I was considering the position of Editor of Finweek, one of my mentors sent me an email asking me if I knew why the original F&T/Finance
Week/Finweek product was established. My first thought was there was a commercial case for a business magazine. However, it turns out the original product was there to take the (then Afrikaans) audience and build an interest in money, commerce and business – the same interest that’s seen some of the world’s biggest and best businesses built.
I look at the content of this week’s magazine and realise why we have such a role to play. Simon Dingle’s take on the FNB app, which is absolutely world-class; Greta Steyn’s commentary on the unions; Vic de Klerk’s creative takes on savings and investment; and Marc Hasenfuss and Shaun Harris giving some fascinating insight into what makes businesses tick.
For those who call the print media “dead”, please go back and look at the issues raised by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan last week with his address to the South African Savings Institute and then marry those up with some of the issues touched on in this week’s issue.
If we can harness the spirit with which the Oscar Pistorius story is built and stimulate that interest in innovation, then we’re on the right path.