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Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

infoDev’s Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a biennial flagship event convening the global innovation and entrepreneurship community to exchange know-how, establish partnerships and develop innovative approaches. infoDev is a global partnership program in the World Bank Group. Its mission is to enable innovative entrepreneurship for sustainable, inclusive growth and employment in developing countries. The Global Forum was hosted by India in 2004 and 2006, Brazil in October 2009, and Finland in May 2011. The 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship which is hosted by the South African government (Department of Science and Technology) will be held in East London, South Africa, from 28 – 30 May, 2013.

The Global Forum attracts around 500 – 600 business incubator managers, policy-makers, SME entrepreneurs, financiers and development agencies from all continents for a unique south-south and north-south networking and knowledge-sharing experience. The Global Forum contributes to the “know-how” and the “know-who” in the global innovation and entrepreneurship community. Participants come to the event to be exposed to new business models, ideas and methodologies, as well as to meet people with similar interests in other countries and other industries and to explore partnerships and capacity-building opportunities.

South Africa presents a stimulating meeting place for stakeholders in the global and certainly African innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system. It has harnessed innovation as a cornerstone of its own transition to a knowledge-based economy and a resilient human society; it has ambitious national and regional innovation policies and inspiring inclusive innovation initiatives for social and human development, bringing together dynamic partners of the private and public sector.

The Global Forum website aims to keep readers up to date with all the local Southern African businesses that are empowering women to progress and entrepreneurship through innovative new technologies. Africa has gradually started catching up in the technology advancements enjoyed by larger first world countries. Countries like Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania and The Democratic Republic of Congo have joined in the drive to uplift and help with the technological advancement of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region. The introduction of government initiatives, specialized training seminars for startups and international bursaries has helped in the growth spurts seen in many areas. The Global Forum focuses on researching and showcasing businesses in the region that are making technological advancements as well as giving back to the communities that the rely on to keep the wheels of their companies turning. The Global Forum is thrilled to announce that it is finding more and more of these innovative companies embracing the local environment and thriving in it.

Southern Suburbs Psychologist’s Innovative Approach

Are you feeling tired all the time, low on energy and struggling to cope with ordinary day to day activities ? Its quite possible that you may be suffering from depression. There are many tell tale signs of depression that present themselves, here a just a few :

  • Increased Alcohol intake and behaving recklessly
  • Persistent negative or defeatist thinking
  • Feeling exhausted all the time for no apparent reason
  • A general feeling of overwhelm and helplessness
  • You may feel abnormally irritable and short tempered
  • You find yourself isolating from friends and family
  • Your appetite and sleeping patterns have changed noticably
  • You struggle to stay focused and complete ordinary tasks

It’s quite possible for many people to not realize that they are actually depressed until the depression reaches an overwhelming level, according to southern suburbs psychologist, Anita Prag. Anita is based in Bergvliet in the southern suburbs of Cape Town but has patients from Meadowridge, Constantia, Tokai, Diep River as well as many other suburbs in Cape Town.

The symptoms of depression vary from one person to another but the aforementioned ones are the most common. Recent statistics have shown that more than three hundred and forty million people worldwide have suffered from depression at some or other time in their lives. Untreated, people that suffer from depression can be at risk of committing suicide or harming themselves and others. Anita is an experienced and well qualified psychologist that has treated many patients struggling with depression during her time as a qualified clinical psychologist.

anita prag psychologist bergvliet

After completing her Masters Degree in Psychology at the Stellenbosch University, Anita served as a psychologist in DRC where she treated many soldiers struggling with depression and trauma related to conflict and stress experienced while fighting in the war torn country.

Anita went on to open her own private practice at 117 Main Rd, Bergvliet, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Anita treats patients of all ages from all walks of life, including children, adolescents and the elderly. She believes in a holistic approach to dealing with her patients. Not all patients are the same and therefore there is no hard and fast rule of how to deal with each person and their particular difficulties they may be experiencing in their lives. The most important thing is that the patient feels safe and trusting in the therapeutic environment. Without trust between the psychologist and the patient, there is not much hope of making progress. Anita first completes a thorough intake with each patient, making sure to record all relevant information concerning the patients history. Anita has experience in treating patients that are suffering from depression, anxiety, life difficulties relating to divorce or loss or the breakdown of interpersonal relationships. It is recommended that if you are a resident of the southern suburbs that you visit her website, http://www.anitaprag.co.za where there is some in depth information about her practice and the areas that she focuses on. Anita Prag is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is contracted to all Medical Aid schemes. Anita strives to provide a safe and contained environment where patients can learn about themselves, grow through their difficulties and learn new coping skills.

Ashanti Lodge on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

So we that the purpose of infoDev’s Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship,  is in convening the global innovation and entrepreneurship community to exchange know-how, establish partnerships and develop innovative approaches. infoDev is a global partnership program in the World Bank Group. Its mission is to enable innovative entrepreneurship for sustainable, inclusive growth and employment in developing countries.  Hosted by the South African government in East London in 2013,  over 550 business incubator managers, policy-makers, SME entrepreneurs, financiers and development agencies from all continents for a unique south-south and north-south networking and knowledge-sharing experience. The Global Forum provides a platform like no other for these parties to get to know each other.  Participants came to the event to be exposed to new business models, ideas and methodologies, as well as to meet people with similar interests in other countries and other industries and to explore partnerships and capacity-building opportunities. One such business enterprise that stood out from among the rest was Cape Town based outfit, Ashanti Lodge.

Ashanti Lodge bacpackers Cape Town

The Cape Town based holiday accommodation business, headed by Craig Jonstone and Lisa Krone, who co founded the business over twenty years ago, have proven themselves over and over again in their ability to keep innovating within the sector of tourism that has fallen upon them. Using their entrepreneurial skills, and innovative thinking , the couple from Ashanti Lodge has cemented themselves in as the authoritative brand when it comes to backpacking and looking for top quality board and lodgings within this framework. Ashanti Lodge  Backpackers in Gardens has an incredible Table Mountain view, Ashanti Gardens is one of the original Cape Town backpacker hostels that offer budget accommodation options in dormitories and private rooms.

In the adjacent side streets the Ashanti Gardens Backpackers, are Victorian guesthouses with beautiful en-suite rooms each with satellite tv, free wi-fi and self-catering kitchen. Secure and quiet and just a few minutes walking into Cape Town city centre.

Not more than a few kilometers away, is the Ashanti Lodge Backpackers Greenpoint. Within walking distance to Cape Town Stadium and the V&A Waterfront this is a newer, stylish, quieter private backpackers hostel which is also close to the city’s nightlife activities.

The Ashanti Lodge owners, Craig and Lisa, have used their unique entrepreneurial vision and innovative skills in creating such a successful business model that performs so well. It would not be successful, were it not for the endorsements received by all their clients and customers, many of whom regularly come back every year at the same time.  The Travel Centre located adjacent to the reception, allows a guest to book almost any kind of African adventure available, Skydiving, Surfing, Shark Cage Diving, Mountain biking, hiking etc etc. Most weekdays, the Overland trucks can be seen offloading tourists and collecting new ones to head off into Africa for another adventure with waterfalls lions ans Elephants.

If you’ve just arrived in Cape Town and you’re looking for the best backpackers Cape Town, then you have to go to Ashanti Lodge and see whats available you. If you don’t, you may be sorry later.