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BSTEP (Black, Science, Technology and Engineering Professionals) is a non-profit advocacy organisation with the aim of advancing black excellence in Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation

The future of brand communication in a self-actualised economy of 2050

Towards the end of the year last year, I was invited to be a panellist at the Global Work Tech Scenarios 2050 South Africa Conference. At first, I was nervous to share my thoughts as I was not sure how they would be received, and I was not so sure about how my expertise in the field of marketing and communications would fit in the context of the fu...
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There is no need to close Science Councils that don''t deliver

A recent article (The Conversation 11 th February 2019) by David Walwyn, Professor of Technology Management at the University of Pretoria (UP), and Laurens Cloete, a PhD candidate at UP, deserves attention by those who can ill-afford the closure of Science Councils at this point of our transformation. We are supportive of open debates; however, it ...
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Knowledge Economy – Our responsibility for the future of South Africa

By Tshetlhe Litheko Friday, September 23, 2016 An outstanding debate in the South African narrative and perhaps one that would take us a few decades to table as a debate is, "What should be the economic priority for the South Africa?" As permeations goes, two ideas have surfaced, and have become a point of debate in our political discourse. Firstly...
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Just how much of the economy is black owned?

By Tshetlhe Litheko Sunday, October 30, 2016 I have stayed away from writing on the state of inequality in South Africa for some time due to five fundamental reasons. Firstly any article highlighting the extent to which challenges exist, should also be followed by an attempt to solve those challenges. Secondly the extent to which the socio-economic...
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Black Agency: Ernest Cole a hero from Mamelodi

   By Tshetlhe Litheko Saturday, February 18, 2017 Heroism is hard to deny, and not all black history can be dismissed as socialist or ANC connected. My home town of Mamelodi boasts of many heroes across decades and levels of notoriety. The current African soccer champions league champs, Sundowns have become perhaps the modern day perform...
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Introspection: The demands of our shared future

"How shall Integrity face oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, and self-defence before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the ...
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