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The truth is that record has since been replaced by the CD, followed by MP3, IPod, Cell phone and now cloud streaming. These ‘golden oldies’ are still a smash hit today inspite of device, age, gender, race or religion, and no matter what date it is, a Futurologist will repeat these hit tracks.

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If you follow me on social media, you will know that I make a point of visiting all of South Africas Provinces each year. On my ‘pilgrimage’ I chat to as many people as I possibly can. Cashiers, people on farms, the lady at the toll gate or a drag queen at a show. I find these chats are my single greatest source of authentic information. Those added with the 18+ subjects I study, all the news reports, articles and books I read, and the videos and interviews I do, I really do believe I am someone who knows a little bit about a lot of things, and that my dear Change Champion in this day and age is far better than knowing a lot about just one thing or being an expert on a single topic only.

I want to share some influences I believe will set the trajectory of business and our society in the coming months. There are well over 50 I could mention, but I will limit this article to just a few because Google says the ideal article cannot have more than 3000 words. I am sure ChatGPT would concur. Every influence that follows is a certainty. None of them have an equal or greater apposing force, therefore their trajectory will remain on course.

Our Blue Marble and Global influences.

Climate Change or Global Warming is the number one concern, and rightfully so. It is of a magnitude few can fathom. Home, office and community all need to play a part mitigating this epic threat to life as we know it. 

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Educating and action within the next 14-15 years is imperative. Failure to do so will leave our children and their children resenting our generation more than all the accumulative hate from every war, slavery and all the racism and poverty in our history. I am not being dramatic, that is how bad it can become. New legislations, ‘just transitions’, loans, and a plethora of other factors need to be closely observed. Next to Climate Change, the biggest concern has to be cybercrime and e-safety. These two are greatly misunderstood and drastically underprepared for. There are over 4.8 billion people connected to the internet today. Balancing access to the ‘e-world’ and all its benefits with e-rights and e-privacy is an ambitious objective and if not done correctly poses tremendous risk of digital inequality and abuse. This particular affair is unravelling right now and only a few have the slightest idea on who is actually controlling our e-selves. NLP, biometrics, the IWF, OSTIA and CCDH are just a few things to Google and keep an eye on.


Global fear, ignorance and absurdity are all primary components in a massive problem which I call ‘Sheepism’. This is the reason humanity is slow to act and effect positive change. Herd mentality is a by-product of our government, social, political, economic structures and the general media.

The outcome is a ‘mathematical’ certainty when there are far too many people to sustain, everyone drawing from a finite source, and using them in an unsustainable way, controlled by a few rich and powerful. It can only result in a massive war for resources.

In this war, it is probable the rich will get richer and the poorer subjected to additional controls. If control is not ‘managed’ there will be a total collapse of society in a ‘great reset’. Many economists and capitalists will argue this outcome is improbable and offer several reasons why. People will debate what favours their wishes. I am not sure I want a great reset, but I do believe it is inevitable, and part of humanity’s natural societal evolution. My advice is to keep an eye on those who ‘manage control’.

When will this happen? It could be next month or in 30 years’ time! It all depends on the levels of ego, desperation and anger. Anything could push us over the edge and we need to keep our eye on global trade policies, the fragmentation of the world economy, treasury banks unwinding their balance sheets, inflation, economic slowdowns, global debt (which by the way is now over $300 trillion), religious tensions, or any one of the plethora of other things. The ‘great reset’ will happen in ‘pockets’ across the globe, slowly and then all at once.


To war is to be human. War for resources, energy, security, water, food, technology and economic and political dominance is on the horizon. Not even education will be spared from this dilemma and will become a casualty. I am certain that the United States of America, India, China, Russia, the West, Easts, and Europe will all have big parts to play, while Africa, South America and Australia will wear the shoes of observers, underdogs and unfortunates. The North and South Pole will chill off at a distance.

It is anyone’s guess what nation will become the epicentre for WW3. It could be from a continuation or escalated war in Ukraine, or it could be Armenia and Azerbaijan, or Iran, perhaps Haiti. It could be Taiwan or Ethiopia. Even the smallest straw could break the camel’s back. Other than when, the question is will it be nuclear, biological or chemical. One thing that is for certain is it will also be fought digitally.

Humanity will not wipe itself out. The effects of WW3 will result in an ethical and social reset, after a period of great hardship, suffering and loss across the entire Globe. I do believe this will happen in my lifetime and the continent of Africa is likely to see some of the greatest harm. I would be pleased to be wrong, but using children as human shields and the abuse of digital superiority are just a few things I am anticipating.


IoT, i4.0, gadgets, Metaverse, an unprecedented boom in everything E that manages interaction, information and computation. Billions of devices, a digital inequality divide, cryptocurrencies, Web3, trillions of dollars invested, e-law, e-compliance, e-behaviour, e-freedoms and e-censorship, technology into living things and vice versa. Its mind blowing sci-fi stuff but some of this has already started to happen. Did you know there is already an internet for animals?

The i-Revolution will happen simultaneously with trends like automation, a massive shift in the job market, fundamental changes to decade old methods of retail, trade, commercial practices and marketing techniques. How to find clients and conduct trade in the coming years will not resemble the old methods in any way. Businesses must keep an eye on telecommunication and media companies who have a dominance because they will influence business just as much as government.

The Gig, Circular and Subscription economy will obliviate many jobs we once thought we had to go to school for. Education will be fundamentally reformed and any country that fails to act now will seal the fate of its citizens who won’t be able to survive in the Future World. Access to the internet, uncensored information and global collaborations will be imperative.

The ethical business and consumer, shift to cleaner sources of energy and fuel, aging populations and the ‘Space Race’ are all on my ‘global radar’.

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Zuma once said the continent of Africa is the biggest on earth. Well, I don’t know if I agree with that, but it has the greatest untapped potential. Unfortunately it is also subject to the biggest risk to abuse from both within and outside our borders. The telecommunications market will be one of the most contested sectors when it comes to trying to take advantage of the massive communications gap in Africa.

In other areas of trade and development, there will be a scuffle, sell outs, buy ins, loans, and many deals done under the banners of nicely labelled and wholesome projects which pose the danger of being wolves in sheep’s clothing. For example, the decision by European States to replace Russian oil and gas with alternative suppliers will offer only a short-to medium-term boost for businesses in Africa, but as quickly as they needed us, they could drop us (once their crisis has ended) and then impose their principles, on those and other raw materials for reasons like their SDG Goals.

A similar scenario might roll out for our mines, with an increase demand for copper, cobalt, diamonds, manganese, nickel, platinum, palladium, gold, iron ore, tungsten, uranium, vanadium and zinc, all raw materials Africa can offer.

As investment arrives on local soil, we will see a hastened improvement in infrastructure and employment. Unfortunately speed is less important than momentum for an economy. We have all seen those ghost towns after a mine shuts down, or know of those once ‘all good to do plans’ by investors to continue to support and maintain a community, and then overnight they disappear! If you don’t understand the level of the threat here, I implore you to Google two things: ‘towns abandoned by businesses and ‘towns abandoned by international investors in Africa’. There is plenty of hit and run evidence.

Africa needs to maintain its own momentum and this requires local leadership that understands re-investment and controlling the conditions of trade is the difference between a quick buck or long term wealth.

Many African currencies lost substantial value against the US dollar during 2022, and it is expected that the exchange rate weakness will continue into 2023. What is important is keeping money and value in circulation within Africa, be it in brick and mortar, skills, produce or infrastructure. Whatever we spend on, it must be local, and shift us in the direction of independence. I am excited to see the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and South Africa’s large Redstone concentrated solar power plant come online soon. If Africa can succeed with interstate trade, cut out red tape, and stop supporting an enabling environment for kickbacks and corruption only good things can happen.

On the move.

The ‘great migration and immigration’ will in part be egged on by Climate Change and extreme weather forces, but also trends like urbanization and automation.

Families will move to seek out safer places to live and better opportunities for education, work, liberties and freedoms. Africans have spent decades sharing their displeasure of people from other continents, and rightfully so, but it is safe to say there have been just as many conflicts, if not more in the last few decades, between Africans only. Xenophobia and Racism are incredibly harmful forces.

Pain has to be felt and people need to be able to express themselves. Millions in Africa live with residual hurt and damages from decades of abuse which came in a variety of sorts. The recourse has sometimes turned into retribution and this is unfortunately energy utilized in a futile manner.

Africans need to be able to share Africa, while insisting on reciprocated respect and returns from the Global market. We must do this without demanding anything more from our children, and avoid at all costs any expectation that they carry baggage we brought home from the past. We need to understand their load is going to be much heavier than our own, and they will need to face challenges we cannot begin to imagine, and certainly never yet experienced in humanities history. The new Africa must become independent of the past, self-sufficient, no longer reliant on Super Powers.

Running on empty.

Hungry and thirsty people will run into the tens of millions. With a population of 1.22 billion, Africa is home today to roughly every sixth person in the World. Many malnourished. It is predicted by 2050 half of the World’s population is expected to be concentrated in only nine countries, with five of those in sub-Saharan Africa!

Domestic price pressures, Climate Change, global food security concerns, agricultural shock (caused by geopolitical conflicts), high prices for farm inputs (especially fuel and fertilisers) are all red flags to keep an eye on. Water scarcity in Africa is predicted to reach dangerously high levels by 2025, precipitated for reasons already alluded to in this article, and the issue further compounded by a population boom.


Around 41% of Africans are online, and like the rest of the world we need to learn good E-behaviour. E-behaviour is something that needs to mature at the office, home and schools, because the ramifications on how we conduct ourselves online has far reaching implications. Fake News is one problem, but only the tip of a mammoth iceberg. The implementation and uptake of big data tech, AI, e-privacy and the rolling out of e-law regulations, blockchain, and many other things most of us have never heard of like SKAdNetwork, or other things reduced to a few letters but mean important things like AI TRISM, will all put Africans at a handicap because just about every one of these ‘things’ are ‘controlled’ from outside of our continent and with little to no regard for our social, cultural or political circumstances.

In the next few years we will be able to track carbon footprints almost in real time, see a shift to cleaner fuels like hydrogen, and energies like solar and hydro, experience a huge change to retail and manufacturing. The physical landscape will also change, our architecture, roads, ports, airports, shopping centres, homes and offices. Africa is going to have a youthful population, see many Countries deregulate substances, debt and loans blossom like weeds, massive changes will roll out in the health sector and drastic weather changes will batter us while seasonal creep slides along messing up our crops.

Zoning in on home.

South Africa displays the characteristics of so many debauched things: Failed State, Gangster State, Nanny State. I could go on and on but I would drive myself into depression. There are a few ‘Guards’ which have prevented us from becoming a Collapsed State. The renewal of SARS, the robust financial sector and our Auditor General are holding us together. 

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The Judiciary and the office of the Public Protector were others I had on this shortlist, but I have removed for reasons to be unpacked in another article.

If SARS is unable to collect enough tax from its dwindling tax base to fund the inordinate amount of work required to fix South Africa, service our loans and educate and medicate our citizens, it will all fall apart. Until the current ruling party are removed our trajectory will not change at the pace we need it to. The ANC under ‘Cyril’s long game’ will be remembered by me as the ‘too little too late government’, and Cyril is probably the last President we will see from the ANC for some time.

It is sad how far the ANC has fallen, but allegiance to any political party can become counter constructive, with South Africa being a prime example.

After the next elections South Africa will move into an era of coalition’s and turmoil, which will eventually end with three or four equally (more or less) sized parties (and several many smaller ones and Independents) in Parliament. Thankfully this is what is needed and will ensure oversight that redirects money away from government employees and back to service delivery for all South Africans. The sooner we realize it’s more important to have a Parliament that represents everyone than a political party, the better for all.

A major risk is if voters continue to stay at home, or there is a rigging of the votes. Both these concerns are well within the realm of probability and we must be extra vigilant of these threats.

South Africa has a political problem, which is the foundation to just about every single other major problem: the electricity crisis, housing, unemployment, transnet, corruption, education, health, infrastructure, public transport, financial inequality and so forth and so on. Voters who have voted for a majority party that puts their needs and that of their party first, and those who have not voted at all, and every good person who has stopped fighting abuse of tax and liberties are all responsible for enabling ‘this situation’. ‘Business’ has been especially complacent. Labour unions, the CCMA, NCC, SAPS and Crime Intelligence, are just five of the many other influences in South Africa I could mentioned that we need to keep an eye on.

With so many ‘inquiries’ and ‘committees’ taking too long to investigate and not enough people held accountable, trust has been diminished. Over time, we have become despondent. Thousands of people rely on employment by the State and millions on State handouts. The culture today is to demand government maintain our continued dependency on them, and hope they will resolve the issues at hand. The answer is not with Government, but with you and I. I have scenario planned just about every problem and in every instance the path to the most efficient resolution is to bypass government entirely and endorse business and communities.

For success, each home and business needs a Change Champion, who mobilizes their community and uses civil and where necessary legal action to reduce State interference or any other bureaucratic red tape.

The number one priority has to be education. If we can ‘fix’ education and ensure we have a ‘re-education’ system in place very soon, it means the next generation of matrics and those still in the job market then will all be ready for the future, automation, Global Warming, the metaverse, and sustainable and ethical living and business. That generation will be able to juggle multiple types of careers and many will be entrepreneurs. Employment will drop to insignificant levels. Social and economic inequality will be mitigated and racism will diminish. There will be less crime. Less abuse and corruption. There will be fewer SOEs (failed or otherwise). We will take care of our environment and continue to plan for our future.

Our children will never propose to spend 22 million on a flag or 1 billion on a sports team from another land.

My solution might sound simple. I can assure you it’s not. It comprises of many smaller decisions made each day, over a number of years, by each and every single one of us. But, it is technically achievable, and the best path that also offers the highest chance of success in the least amount of time. Some of us will even still be alive to see this new and wonderful reality.

With that said, let me raise a red flag. Its human nature not to support something you don’t benefit from, or will be around to enjoy. In other words, some of the ‘oldies’ pose a risk to the change we need today. Voters consider this human factor, and when you vote, do it for someone you know will be around to experience the results or at the very least fighting hard for their childrens future.

The number one priority has to be education. If we can ‘fix’ education and ensure we have a ‘re-education’ system in place very soon, it means the next generation of matrics and those still in the job market then will all be ready for the future, automation, Global Warming, the metaverse, and sustainable and ethical living and business. That generation will be able to juggle multiple types of careers and many will be entrepreneurs. Employment will drop to insignificant levels. Social and economic inequality will be mitigated and racism will diminish. There will be less crime. Less abuse and corruption. There will be fewer SOEs (failed or otherwise). We will take care of our environment and continue to plan for our future.


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Futurologists have work in the present, because of problems society didn’t plan for in the past. I would like to end this article with a plea, a new ‘song request’ one might say. Each and every single one of us needs to identify influences at home, at business and in our community that threaten the moral and sustainable compass that direct humanity. Don’t ignore them. Pick one. Propose a solution and lead by example. That is what being a Future Thinker is all about.

Track End.

Who is Jean-Pierre Murray-Kline?

Jean-Pierre is a South African Serial Entrepreneur, Published Author and Change Champion who has worked in over 300 types of industries in some capacity or another. His own online businesses have generated millions of Rands and involved sectors including Law, Web & App Development, Events & Entertainment, Property, Technical Services, Media and Tourism.
He has travelled to over 50 cities World-Wide, and is extremely active as a Business and Environmental Technologist.
Jean-Pierre is often asked to be a Guest Speaker on any variety of the many subjects he continuously studies and writes about. 


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