Each year, as South Africa reaches the 27th of April, we reflect on how we define what it means to be free. It isn’t a unique take or a controversial statement to say that in large parts of South Africa, deep social and economic inequality continues to impact the majority of the country. The systemic political inequality under apartheid has not ended, but instead it has been replaced by South Africa’s deep socio-economic divide.
This divide has the potential to increase in The Digital Age as the rich enjoy the ability to access new and emerging technologies. In the Digital Age, it is imperative that true innovation is as accessible as possible as to prevent further embedding of social inequality. Technological progress is less significant if it doesn’t allow the upliftment of the most vulnerable of people.
However, if we innovate and create new thought paradigms and technologies that are fundamentally uplifting, then we have the potential to completely transform the world. With this digital approach we can create abundance and freedom.
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