If I remember correctly it was around September 2009 when I had this idea about having public transport information available on mobile phones. This is how the story unfolded..
I had promised my wife and our 3 boys (there were still 3 of them at the time) that I would take them to a very popular mall in Cape Town for the day. That particular day, as fate (lets call it fate for now) would have it, I had car problems and didn’t really want to go anymore but I had made a promise to my family was forced to follow through or I would never have heard the end of it. So I checked the airtime balance on my mobile phone and luckily I had enough credit to contact the call center to find out what time there would be a bus. I got the info and we made our way to the bus stop.
The time came and went by and the bus did not turn up. So, there I was thinking: “Did I get the correct information?”, “Is the bus delayed?” “Maybe the bus was cancelled…”. We stood at the bus stop and didn’t know what to think. I didn’t have enough credit on my mobile to make another call to find out whether the bus was still on it’s way or not. While standing there a thought crossed my mind: “What if I could access this information from my mobile phone?”. That is where it all started for LetzGo! With a simple thought of how I could address a problem that many other people were facing on a daily basis. It took endless hours of research of what was already out there and many more hours lost in thought about how this could work.
Finally, after quite a few years, there was good news for me! In 2012, RLabs ran an incubation program for social entrepreneurs and LetzGo! was accepted into the program. Read more here…
I knew that the idea I had would work but I had no idea how hard it would be to turn this simple idea into a business. I learnt that if you have a dream you need to keep working at it until you have achieved it. I know that there is still a lot of work ahead of me to make LetzGo! a success but I’m gonna see this one through to the end.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confuscious
Khoisan Chemicals is a family run business with its office in Viking Park, Epping Industria.
The Legacy Legends had the awesome opportunity to visit a pure family run business. There is a saying that goes around and says:
don’t do business with family.
Today that statement was proven to be untrue. Today the Legends got to learn about the value of running a family business and got to witness how a business should run like a well oiled machine.
We also got to learn a little bit of history about the First Nation People of South Africa from Commisioner Henry Cornett of the Corporate House of the Khoisan People. Mr Cornett is also the head of this family run business. Commisioner Cornett says about his children:
They work with me in the business not for me.
Today The 1% Club are hosting the worlds largest co-creation event ever. 8 Cities across the globe come together and work on each others cases to come up with fresh innovative ways to overcome challenges.
Rlabs are joining the event via livestream from their offices in Cape Town. The team are excited to be part of this event and are looking forward co-creating with people from across the globe. The theme for todays event is “Run With The Cheetahs”.
Mulo project finally kicked off today. After the presenation done by Emmanuella and Sylvia of Politeknico di Milan the group of senior citizens were ver excited about he project they heard so much about.
The maiden voyage then happened with 2 of the senior citizens. Everybody as excited to see the vehicle and already had lots of suggestions. Another first for RLabs and Impac Direct.
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This morning 12 more people enrolled at the RLabs Academy, this time for the 12 week Software & Mobile Development course that will run every Wednesday from 9am till 12pm. The course will be facilitated by Munier Parker, Researcher & Developer at Mxit Lifestyle. Munier comes with a wealth of experience in software development. He is currently doing research that involves leveraging techniques that use expert knowledge to enable novices to create menu-based cellular applications. Read more about this here…
All the RLabs staff are attending the training and make up the bulk of the class with another member from the community also making use of this opportunity. Everyone attending the class had a chance to introduce themselves and briefly state what the expectations are for the course. First session will start on 09 March in the Rlabs Creative Space.