iLocal

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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