An­cient prin­ci­ples, New Econ­omy

Grocott's Mail - - ECONOMIX - By ANITA DYWABA AND NYASHA CHIZANGA

Busi­ness­man Thabo Mahlobo held a book tour at Rhodes Univer­sity on Satur­day 30 Septem­ber. The main aim of the book tour was to pro­mote his book and busi­ness en­trepreneur­ship among the youth of Gra­ham­stown.

The multi-tal­ented Thabo Mahlobo is an au­thor and blog­ger, ca­reer coach, and re­la­tion­ship and mar­riage coach. As the founder of the New Econ­omy In­sti­tute and co-founder of Mahlobo Foun­da­tion, his mis­sion is “to cul­ti­vate a strong en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit among young peo­ple”. His be­lief is that the only way to solve some of the coun­try’s prob­lems, es­pe­cially un­em­ploy­ment and strikes, is by em­pow­er­ing peo­ple.

He en­cour­ages young peo­ple to be­come en­trepreneurs, as he be­lieves each and ev­ery per­son has the abil­ity to do some­thing for them­selves.

Mahlobo chose Gra­ham­stown to launch his project be­cause he saw an emerg­ing op­por­tu­nity in en­trepreneur­ship.

Jerry Malete, en­tre­pre­neur and co-founder of the Lethul­wazi Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­gramme, ex­plained why the tour chose Rhodes as its base.

He be­lieves that the only way to trans­form Gra­hams- town is through en­trepreneur­ship and that the town is ready for trans­for­ma­tion: “A wise man once said that when the stu­dents are ready, the teacher will come.

If you are a teacher and you go to class to teach and stu­dents fail, it is not that the teacher is not do­ing the job but it is that the stu­dents were not ready,” Malete said.

The first edi­tion of Mahlobo’s book, The New Econ­omy, was re­leased in 2016 in Par­lia­ment.

The book was re­vised and a sec­ond edi­tion was re­leased this year.

The book in­fuses bib­li­cal prin­ci­ples into everyday busi- ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mahlobo analy­ses chal­lenges in the econ­omy and pro­vides pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to these prob­lems.

The book brings an­cient hope to the mod­ern econ­omy. Mahlobo’s view is that it does not mat­ter whether the econ­omy is com­mu­nist or cap­i­tal­ist – ev­ery­thing de­pends on God’s agenda for the Earth.

Karisma, a student from Rhodes Univer­sity who at­tended the event, said she found it in­ter­est­ing and eye­open­ing.

“For me I have never thought about in­cor­po­rat­ing God in busi­ness and en­trepreneur­ship,” she said.

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