But when you live in a place where many people lack basic services, such as electricity and toilets, it’s even harder.
These are the obstacles facing new business owners in South Africa’s townships — sprawling communities designated for nonwhites during apartheid. Apartheid may be history, but two decades into democracy, townships remain overwhelmingly disadvantaged.
Internet service and office space are difficult to come by. There are few sources of investment from within the community, and if you manage to interest a potential funder who is an outsider, you have to hope you can manage to travel to a meeting.
Despite these obstacles, entrepreneurs across the country’s townships are forging ahead. And while starting a business in a township remains difficult, it may be getting a little easier — in large part to a growing company called Hubspace. Cropping up in cities around the world, communal offices like Hubspace offer small businesses a place to work — and network — with other entrepreneurs.
just got back from first viewing of hamlet at the barbican… and wow. quite seriously; wow. there are so many things about this rich and sometimes unexpected spectacle that just blew me away.
right from the innovative opening scene which (after a restart due to one of 2 technical issues on the night and during which some people took sneaky photos; seriously not cool) immediately allowed benedict to do what he does best: make us feel. his skills are such that the discombobulation of seeing him act in the flesh dissipates very quickly as he and the production draws you in.
the set design is sprawling and baroque-like, and there is a wonderful peter greenaway-like symbolism in the way the set evolves throughout the play. it’s both baroque and ascetic.
the cast was good; some were were a tiny bit disappointing but some were great: kobna and anastasia were especially outstanding. karl johnson was compelling and poignant as always and the music of jon hopkins whom i adore was effective although i yearned for more.
but benedict. was both surprising and utterly consistent in his range and power to drive a story. his hamlet - without giving too much away - was particularly infantile. and funny. but increasingly as his situation becomes more dire, BC shifts from comic to incredible emotional range with the same alacrity and speed as a porsche going from 0 to 100. at times he seems to almost shimmer with self-doubt and inaction; and then he is a maelstrom of rage and frustration and futility. as he has proven on film, he can move seamlessly amongst an ensemble cast and then consume your focus as the story’s heart. having gingerbatch back with a cascade of curls kinda helped too ;-) but his three hour performance is a tour de force; with so many different layers.
our cumbertribe sincerely hope as things are tweaked during the previews that some major changes are made to allow a truly carthartic and tragic ending. but one thing we all sincerely hope is not altered is the sheer depth and breadth of benedict’s performance. it’s astounding. :-)