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All posts by Barry Dwolatzky

Barry Dwolatzky
Professor Barry Dwolatzky is director of Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and the founder of Tshimologong Innovation Hub.
  • So what kind of entrepreneurship is South Africa really trying to promote?

    Backing high tech innovative entrepreneurship is the only way forward for our country, but requires commitment from the private sector and skills development “Entrepreneurship” is on everyone’s agenda. Primary schools are running entrepreneurship days, while companies run hackathons and challenges to find and support budding entrepreneurs. Summing up its key priorities, after the recent ANC National Policy Conference, the organisation’s treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize set as a priority, the development of “entrepreneurial skills” among all South Africans as a way of stimulating what it calls “radical economic development”. While this growing interest in entrepreneurship is very encouraging, we need to be cautious not...

  • Innovation, tech transfer can help South Africa to address triple challenges

    The news in South Africa, and in many other countries, is currently filled with stories of power battles, conflict and corruption -- when we should rather be debating the triple challenge of alleviating poverty, reducing inequality and creating jobs. The future of South Africa, and much of the developing world, depends on the extent to which political and economic leaders are able to find ways of solving these three critical challenges. At the heart of any solution is finding ways to encourage economic growth. The growth rate of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) has, over recent years, hovered stubbornly around one...

  • To succeed, help foster tech startups, Brics nations must work from bottom up

    Many have asked if the association between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa has any real significance. Will it benefit the economies of member countries and citizens? The short answer is simply that it's still too early to tell. Brics currently operates at two levels. Viewed from the top down, the work of Brics is carried out at an annual summit attended by heads of state, senior ministers and officials. Decisions that have been made at these summits include a proposal for the construction of an optical fibre submarine telecommunications cable system, linking all Brics countries (agreed in India in 2012) and establishing a...