Edi­tor’s Note

There is just so much that is hap­pen­ing in the town­ships as peo­ple are build­ing their busi­nesses and sharp­en­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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It has been an un­be­liev­able jour­ney for the iLo­cal mag­a­zine and team as we now are in our third is­sue. In the close of last year with our sec­ond is­sue we en­tered into an agree­ment with PressReade­r to flight the mag­a­zine. It was an ex­cit­ing time and a won­der­ful Christ­mas present to us and our read­ers that the mag­a­zine was now ac­ces­si­ble at in­ter­na­tional plat­forms. Some­one once said “ideas are worth noth­ing un­less backed up by ac­tion”. And this is how iLo­cal mag­a­zine came to be­ing, as an idea we birthed with my wife whilst in the East­ern Cape. On mov­ing to Cape Town I found some­thing about this place and its sur­round­ings that made the idea even more ap­peal­ing. There is just so much that is hap­pen­ing in the town­ships as peo­ple are build­ing their busi­nesses and sharp­en­ing their crafts. The town­ships are be­com­ing a se­ri­ous eco­nomic hub that re­quires pro­mo­tion hence iLo­cal has made them a fo­cus area. There are amaz­ing things that are done by our peo­ple for their peo­ple in a bid to im­prove lives. There is arts, craft and en­trepreneur­ship which must be sup­ported es­pe­cially by gov­ern­ment. If gov­ern­ment talks of stim­u­lat­ing the econ­omy places like Langa, Khayelit­sha, Gugulethu to men­tion a few are where the in­vest­ment should go. That way the pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged who are al­ready hard at work can be moved for­ward and as­sisted to cre­ate more jobs within these lo­cal­i­ties. It can­not be about the ur­ban spa­ces only oth­er­wise we will never trans­form our town­ships and bring them to a level sim­i­lar to the cities. De­spite more than twenty years of democ­racy our peo­ple are found in these places and there­fore their lives must be en­hanced right where they are.

I would that you sup­port the iLo­cal

mag­a­zine as sto­ries of our peo­ple are told and pro­moted to mo­ti­vate oth­ers to pur­sue their dreams. The iLo­cal team, few as they are and with limited re­sources re­lent­lessly seeks these sto­ries so that we can bring them to you and we can all take pride in these ef­forts and achieve­ments.

A big thank you to the iLo­cal Team and our read­ers.

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