Luck and Economic Development

I've been hard at work, tweaking and manipulating my business model so that it becomes as commercially successful as it is socially successful. But how does your LUCK change when you are without work, without food and living in less than desirable circumstances? Is it just LUCK?

We all know that there are far more poor people living in South Africa than there are rich people. In my belief and generalising somewhat, many of our social problems stem not from racism or apartheid or government greed and negligence but from POVERTY and having nothing to do with your day.

I believe there is a disconnect between people that have lived in a 1st-World SA (myself included) and people who have lived in a  3rd-World SA. The poor think the rich were just lucky and spoiled and the rich try not think to much about the poor. Perhaps that's why our rich government members only allocate 5% to Socio Economic Development on the BEE scorecard? The poor majority where the most assistance is required gets the least spend. 

In my experience with Scully Scooters and the hundreds of people that have come through our classrooms, it is obvious that we 1st-world people assume so much. So much in terms of:

* what people understand when their first language is not English.

* expecting so much from people that have had awful education.

* the disbelief we show when someone from the above categories 'just don't get it'.

It is from here that everything you try to move forward with may fail, unless there is true understanding of what the starting point is. 

With around 50 Million people living in SA and only around 5 Million tax payers how will South Africa prosper. It's like asking parents to support a family of 10 children! Not a feasible prospect.

We have to get the poor people doing something that will get them contributing to our economy or all the hope and luck in the world won't help us.   

I am a true believer that if we look at how the points are scored on the BBBEE score card, we do the measurement the wrong way around. New or old codes our big attention should be on the poor. SED first and Ownership last. SED is not paining an NGO's classroom, it's developing someone that is supported by the social sector so they can contribute to the Economy. To do this we must create lucky spaces. A lucky space is where through Location, Understanding, Communication, Knowledge and You, opportunities are realised and purpose returns. 

I consider Scully Scooters a LUCKY SPACE and I think we need many, many more LUCKY SPACES. Not places where the poor are 'grateful' for their handouts but placed that are filled with LUCK, purpose and prosperity.