Seeing things work motivates Petri Redelinghuys, founder of the local business platform Say Siyabonga. It was created to save local businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic by buying and selling vouchers for goods and services from them.
Say Siyabonga is morphing into a multi-vendor platform, because that is what the businesses that have signed up for it are using it for. Supporting small businesses inspires Redelinghuys. He is encouraged by the way people are embracing the change foisted on them by a global disaster, and creating opportunities from that change.
What surprises Redelinghuys every day is the good nature of people, and how no matter how tough things get or how desperate they might seem, people look out for each other, stick together and care. Redelinghuys enjoys the idea of community. More and more, the world is changing and people are becoming more aware of the effect they have on it. “If businesses, which are ultimately made up of people, focus on how they can improve the lives of the communities around them, we are in for a very exciting future,” he says.
Organisations today need to add real tangible value to the people that are using their products or services or risk not surviving.
“When the business prospers, the community prospers. When community prospers, the business prospers,” he says.
As for his proudest moment, Redelinghuys is still working for it. Redelinghuys hopes to build an organisation that measurably improves the lives of everyone involved with or connected to it.
Watch this space.