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Could Freelancing Cure Africa's Economic Woes?

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Freelancing Could Cure
Africa's Economic Woes
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OP-ED By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

Can Africa use lockdown to re-event its economies that will be based on giving, building and equality for all people?

As the old saying goes, "where there’s a problem there is a solution."

Even with the strict regulations like social distancing, wearing of masks and other forms of limiting the spread of the virus still in place, the spirit of turning big corporations and multinationals into servicing the public rather than being driven by self-interest profits, has become a real and of great necessity.

Although, it may take some time for Africa to better comprehend the damage or opportunities brought about by this global pandemic. But one thing for sure, is that life has very much turned around for many who have lost jobs, business decline or collapse and loved ones.

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A lot of the hazards emerging from lockdown on the African continent have also affected many countries all over the world.

While various economic experts have been warning that the shutting down of economics will do more damage than the virus itself. We ought to be inspired to find solutions for our current situation.

What could be very effective for us to do would be to evaluate the good that could have come from the lockdown and the bad that has come of it. And how could we as a continent find a way of promoting and focusing on the good and expand it.

For example, some people have remarked on how they got closer with their families as a result of lockdown.  How can good be shared to equip others?

Another positive from lockdown, was when I encountered people who started their own businesses to survive the lack of income.

From the South African government's side for example, the Covid relief fund and food parcels, with a possibility of a basic income grant on the cards, could make a world of difference. Even though not all people have received the grant and food parcels due to corruption and negligence mostly.

Last year, a news report noted that in America, the government is looking to create 1.6 million jobs through Childcare.

Can Africa follow suit? Why not?

What about Medicare? How more jobs can be created here?

That brings me to the question that is possibly becoming the most important issue like never before, health & wellness.  Exercising has never been such a necessity in the past 100 years, the way it should be during this pandemic.

Vaccines can make a meaningful contribution to the health of the people. Yet health & wellness through sports and other forms of exercise like walking longer and jogging stand to become game changers.

Healthcare is another platform for job creation, economic development and an increased life expectancy rate of a country.

Health is certainly wealth.

Sport should be seen as a necessity in growing the health status of a nation.

All sectors should be encouraged to make sport & exercise part of their lives.

Online learning seems to have taken on a new lease of life.

Certainly many businesses and online businesses have made use of lockdown.

These and other positive stories from lockdown should guide our steps as the world enters a new era.

The world is very much starting over again.

When communities, institutions, organizations, industries and sectors work together for the common good of building equality and a just society, change takes place.

At the most natural level the family unit has become the best vehicle of a brighter world.

With close knitted neighborhoods and communities working hand in hand, we can turn this 'would be tragedy' into the greatest turnaround story in history.

That brings me to the story of Dave Hodgson with a business empire worth over $300 million.  Hodgson also heads up Paladin Group, a conglomerate of 32 companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

At the request of his pastor, Hodgson started Kingdom Investors (KI), as market outreach from their local church.  KI has very little to do with the world of investment, but its main aim is to change the culture of business in Australia.

Hodgson for the past couple of years has been speaking to 30 - 40,000 business leaders in Australia and fast spreading across the globe.

His message is simple and straightforward, 'get rid of greed, fear and corruption in the marketplace, move away from a business culture driven by maximizing self-interest at the expense of others and establish a just economy based on sharing, caring and a goal of bettering everyone.

During this Covid lockdown, and its aftermath, the work of Hodgson must be a model that the world needs strive to use for the current era beyond.

Nelson Mandela had a point when he said, “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

And according to Lurn, the Freelance Economy is exploding and 21 Million American Freelancers make $75k or more a year.

"More than half of freelancers REFUSE to return to a traditional nine to five, regardless of the money offered." ~ Upwork's sixth annual "Freelancing in America" study.

Reason being, they can make great money and keep their freedom.

Robert Kiyosaki, an American entrepreneur and bestselling author has this to say, "The great pandemic has caused all sorts of problems for businesses and economies around the world.

It's made people realize how unstable and volatile certain industries are."

Kiyosaki says there is good news, though.

He says the pandemic has also been "proof" that some industries can survive and even thrive during a recession.

And one of those industries is getting commissions for selling other people’s products.

According to Kiyosaki, there are over 100,000+ companies willing to partner with you today, even if you don't have any experience.

Author's Bio:

Thandisizwe Mgudlwa - has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He is a multiple award winning journalist and Chairperson of Phandulwazi Educational & Development Centre in Langa, Cape Town. 

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