"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible" - Frank Zappa

September 19th, 2011

My Response to Koos Bekker’s Stance on Innovation in South Africa

Over the weekend I read an article which covered Koos Bekker’s recent talk at the Highway Africa conference, in Cape Town, where he spoke about how internet innovation is failing in Africa and Europe.

Now before I carry on, I’d like to reiterate the definition of innovation I subscribe to, which can be found in a recent post where I share my thoughts on innovation in South Africa. I would also like to mention that I think Koos is probably one of the few high profile executives in South Africa that “get” this space. One just needs to look at the Naspers tech investment portfolio to understand that.