This mag­a­zine’s orig­i­nal prod­uct was there to build an in­ter­est in money, com­merce and busi­ness

Finweek English Edition - - EDITOR’SNOTE - marca@fin­ MARC ASH­TON

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.

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