Namatirai Zinyohwera

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Namatirai Zinyohwera

I co-founded Primetree Mobile Technologies (PTY) with Professor Dick Ngambi from the University of Cape Town. This established the foundations of Open Tree Learning, a social credit system which will advent digitisation of the commons and move third world countries towards a new socioeconomic balance.

This product is an Afrocentric cultural export, underpinned by the Ubuthu Philosophy i.e. “I am because you are.” It embraces the idea that humans cannot exist in isolation. We depend on connection, community, and caring-simply, we cannot be without each other.

This philosophy requires a conscious shift in how we think about ourselves and others, especially at a time when our communities are shaped by various socioeconomic divides.

As individuals, we are equipped with different talents and strengths which are open to sharing. Though it is natural for us to want to use these for our own self-progression and success, if we use these qualities to better our community, we reap both personal and societal benefits.

We do not have to sacrifice personal success for the community’s success, but we must strike a balance between the two. This is where OPTLE bridges the divide/commons by providing a social credit system that merits or demerits peer reviewed everyday actions and decisions of individuals.

In this inaugural session of the Business Leaders in Africa Summit, I will be kickstarting our campaign to raise awareness for the digitisation of Ubuntu. We look forward to support from both private and public sector funding to be able to research and develop OPTLE into reality.

Lets connect on LinkedIn.

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