ShapeShifter

Digital innovation for Africa! Meet the CEO of Joburg's Tshimologong Precinct...

The ultimate intention of Tshimologong is to create world-class technology… As Africans, we need to go beyond being consumers…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

...We want the great techies and help them commercialise…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

Named after the Setswana word for "new beginnings", the Tshimologong Precinct is a collaborative working environment aiming to connect like-minded people so as to enhance digital innovation and entrepreneurship.

It is situated in Braamfontein (Johannesburg).

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Tshimologong Precinct CEO Lesley Donna Williams for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Donna Williams has almost two decades of experience in the so-called “Impact Economy”.

She founded Impact Hub Johannesburg in 2010, the first one in Africa and now one of over 100 Impact Hubs in major cities around the world.

Impact Hub is a co-working space and accelerator for social innovation and profitable social ventures.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

Impact Hub is alive, and well…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

IBM wants to interact with what’s happening in the city… They bring the tech and they bring [supercomputer] Watson… It’s one of the most accessible research labs they have in the world.

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

South Africa has sufficient infrastructure to connect with First World Markets, but we have enough problems to connect with the rest of the developing world.

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

There’s a shortage of 30 000 animators, globally.

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

I encourage my team to have side gigs… We have exit points in our incubator… Fail fast, and go get yourself a job…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

Click here (then “like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


This article first appeared on 702 : Digital innovation for Africa! Meet the CEO of Joburg's Tshimologong Precinct...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Meet the brave Basani Maluleke, CEO at 'new and improved' African Bank

Meet the brave Basani Maluleke, CEO at 'new and improved' African Bank

Bruce Whitfield interviews Maluleke – the first black woman to lead a South African bank.

Proudly South African Sxollie cider is winning awards, conquering the world

Proudly South African Sxollie cider is winning awards, conquering the world

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sxollie cofounder Karol Ostaszewski for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Meet Inga Atelier's Inga Gubeka (one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs)

Meet Inga Atelier's Inga Gubeka (one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs)

Refilwe Moloto interviews Gubeka, a design guru Forbes reckons is one of Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

Love gin? Meet Lucy Beard, co-owner of Cape Town’s first artisanal distillery

Love gin? Meet Lucy Beard, co-owner of Cape Town’s first artisanal distillery

She quit law, and London... Now she's the co-owner of Hope on Hopkins. The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Beard.

Great coffee, but at what cost? How Jonathan Robinson aims to end exploitation…

Great coffee, but at what cost? How Jonathan Robinson aims to end exploitation…

Arabile Gumede interviews the founder of Bean There Coffee Company, South Africa's first roaster of certified fair trade coffee.

How ‘Hippo Roller’ eased a burden and became a phenomenon

How ‘Hippo Roller’ eased a burden and became a phenomenon

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Hippo Water Roller Project CEO Grant Gibbs.

Popular articles
[LISTEN]Tempers flare as Eusebius grills SABC's Maroleng about hiring and firing

[LISTEN]Tempers flare as Eusebius grills SABC's Maroleng about hiring and firing

Embattled public broadcaster's new COO, Chris Maroleng tries to defend SABC about Sakina Kamwendo incident.

'White South Africans learning an African language would show respect'

'White South Africans learning an African language would show respect'

A video of a white man speaking fluent TshiVenda went viral, but languages expert Dr Dowling says most black people speak English.

Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero

Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero

Government has put plans in place to prevent the Misverstand Dam from running dry in a week's time.

What Hashim Amla's fascinating story illuminates about South African society

What Hashim Amla's fascinating story illuminates about South African society

Writer Niren Tolsi says SA cricketer Hashim Amla is the living embodiment of a nation trying to express itself while healing.

Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

She faces ongoing complaints from rivals about having an "unfair advantage" on the track, but how fair is this proposed IAAF rule?

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Wattapac is a water-saving bladder and pump designed to help plumbers save as much as 1 000 litres of water a day.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)