To this end, he saw talent identification at schools as a remedy and that this talent should be followed and thus eliminate the age reduction syndrome. Johnny, as early as 2007, had already theorised about an incorruptible process of irreversible recording and record-keeping process. In modern-day information technology language, it is called blockchain technology.
So I said to him, "Johnny, your idea is great, why don't we expand it to building capability amongst children to be competent in statistics. Thus the Soccer4Statistics was born in 2007 as a stasoccstics legacy. At the ISI in August 2009, we invited school children from around the world to witness the power of Soccer4Stats.
Fast-forward to 2010, Johnny had negotiated with Safa and different clubs and the likes of Lionel Messi, Ronaldo et al would have regaled our young minds with gamification.
Johnny, under the guidance of Hlabi, has developed a full journal article for publishing on his innovation for impact. Johnny is an innovator par excellence.
When the class of 1976 is asked to stand up and answer how they addressed the plight of our children's education, today Johnny, without any fear of contradiction, will be counted with his far-reaching innovation on blockchain and gamification.
Dr Lehohla is the former statistician-general of SA