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Category: 2018 news

Watch this space….Tshwane Hub starts to code!

Tshwane Hub has started its very own coding branch this year led by our shaper, Thembiso Magajana. The hub partnered with Primestars SA to host an introduction to coding workshop for learners. The workshop covered 2 coding languages, HTML and CSS, and concluded with a practical at the end.

The practical required the teams to build a website for their businesses. The theme of the workshop was ‘Technology… the Super Power behind the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs.’ By the looks of it we’re going to be growing in strengths in this new branch of the hub.

Looking forward to big things in 2019!

Tshwane Hub goes to TedXPretoria

On 17th November 2018, Tshwane Hub was excited to form part of the TedXPretoria team. We’ve been looking to partner and work with more local teams in the city and this partnership was a great start.

The TedXPretoria team put together an inspiring event bringing together inquiring minds from all over Tshwane. The theme this year was #IAm and engaged with ideas around the education system, how we can all live forever, aquaponics and blockchain to name a few. There were also amazing performances by local musicians Thembani Ketse, Kirsten Dey and Anga Mamfanya.

Shapers from the Tshwane Hub were there to help set up the event the day before and on the day. Tshwane Hub was also able to invite two of the students who were winners in our Financial Literacy program to attend the event. The girls were well inspired and gravitated towards talks about feminism and tech.

It has been exciting to bring these different impact areas together, as part of the hub’s mission to see and #ShapeTshwane more holistically. We’re looking forward to growing this partnership with TedxPretoria in the next year and for more engagements with the wider Tshwane community! Thank you to the TedXPretoria team for allowing us to be part of the event and for an inspiring experience.

Tshwane Hub visits Ya Bana Village

On the 10th and 11th of November Tshwane Hub Shapers ran a 2-day literacy workshop at Ya Bana Village. The weekend was eye-opening for Tshwane Hub Shapers. We saw first-hand how much progress the kids could make with dedicated reading time but more than that we got a lesson in what makes a community.

“Ya Bana means “for the children”. The Village is an ambitious project aimed at providing vulnerable and orphaned children with permanent housing in a family environment where trained house mothers offer love and structure. The Village believes that in order for children to become balanced and productive citizens of society, they need holistic care. Our programs focus on the physical, emotional, educational, spiritual and cultural needs of the child.”

The Village has many facets to it. Each of the Foster Care Homes house a housemother and 6-8 children. The Early Learning Centre is used for early learning development for toddlers from Ya Bana and the surrounding community. The Youth Living Centre ensures that no one gets left behind. “Children who reaches the age of 18 have to leave the houses and are then enrolled in this program. The young person enters into a contract where they will be able to learn a skill or where further education will be provided.” The Community Hall serves as a central place for the entire community, not just the village, and also functions as a catering facility for functions.

The village also provides accommodation to people outside the community as part of their income stream. You can stay at the beautiful village, witness the great work they do and contribute to the community.

We toured the village and saw the dedication and love that is poured into every aspect, from the photos on the walls to the way the kids care for each other in a moment of need. It is place that exudes warmth and provides an opportunity for children who would otherwise have no clear shot at a bright future.

For more information on the village and ways to get involved check out their website here:

People, Place and Purpose – Rivonia Goes to the Global Shapers Annual Summit in Geneva

This past August I had the honour of representing Tshwane Hub at the newly renamed Global Shapers Annual Summit, previously Annual Curators Summit. This year the summit included not only the curators from hubs around the world but also the winners of the Shape Your City challenge and with Shaper Advisory Council. When I think about my time at the Summit it always comes down to 3 things; People, Place and Purpose.

People. Becoming a Global Shaper at the Tshwane Hub gave me a home at a time when things were considerably uncertain for me. It gave me a place to work with people who understood the urgency I felt to make a positive difference in South Africa. It gave me a place to grow, not only in my skillset but also in my own form of leadership. Going to Geneva expanded that tenfold. Being around people from all over the world with the same drive but with different approaches reminded me how powerful the Shaper community is and how, if used effectively, can create cumulative positive change around the world. Shapers were honest, vulnerable and powerful, and throughout the exercises and sessions the learning increased as the bonding did. As African Curators we’ve started discussions around how we as young leaders can start holding our leadership accountable and how we can take the lead on shaping our narrative. Exciting projects to come. And as it should always be, with the intensity came the crazy fun. We danced up storms to each other’s music, chatted away into the early hours of the morning and randomly joined the locals for an evening salsa session in a gazebo. Time with shapers never disappoints!

Place. The summit afforded me the opportunity to be in some of the most powerful spaces in the world. Walking along the corridors with a fellow South African shaper I had an incredible moment when I spotted a photo of Tata Madiba with a World Economic Forum badge around his neck, the same kind that I was wearing. If I could tell the young girl from Chatsworth, who would always find her name linking her to the country’s history, that one day you would be sharing places that our freedom fighters did, she’d probably never believe it. Being able to visit the United Nations was something else I could never quite utter into existence and again, through this experience I got to walk the floors where so many important decisions were made. The final thing was being at the right place at the right time. This year, the summit had its first LGBTQ+ inclusion session and I was privileged to be part of it. After the honest discussion we were able to start planting the seeds of ideas around collaborating to improve inclusion and to help each other with the progressions of LGBTQ+ rights. Watch this space!

Purpose. The summit reminded me that I joined and continue to remain in the Shaper community because it encompasses people and a place that gives me a home to fulfil the purpose I feel in fighting for rights and improving the world for everyone in it. The summit revolved around #BuildingAMovement and what that looks like for us around the world. Besides the separate battles we all choose to take on in our lifetimes, the summit reminded us that as the global shaper community part of the strategy to build a movement and live our purpose is to 1. enable young people to self-organise for impact and 2. amplify the youth voice. These two sentiments are what I will take with me in each of my activities as a Shaper moving forward.

Shapers Summit was an amazing experience that really opened my eyes to the incredible diversity, creativity and impact that’s taking place through the community around the world. Please take advantage of every opportunity to experience the shaper community on a global level!

The Hub Officially has PBO status!

Hip Hip Horrrraayyy!

After months and months of tireless effort and persistence from some of our super star shapers, the Tshwane Hub is FINALLY a registered PBO!

It’s a big deal for us because it means that any donations made to the Hub will be tax exempt!

This will help us raise more funds to keeping doing impactful community based projects. So really, it’s a win for everyone!


Recruitment Drive of The Quarter

It was that time of the year again where we hunted for awesome change makers to form part of Tshwane Hub! We are happy to announce that we have successfully selected four new Shapers who have been assigned to their first set of projects for the year. Welcome to Kealeboga, Onida, Regomoditswe and Thembiso! 

We look forward to Shaping with you.

Day of A Tshwane Shaper

We at the Tshwane hub are excited to announce that we will be starting the year with some new blood, energy and activities! To kick-start the year with a bang, we had our Shapers take part in #DayOfATshwaneShaper

#DayOfATshwaneShaper was a social media campaign run over a month to showcase some of the interesting activities our Global Shapers get up to on a daily! It was evident that Tshwane Hub shapers clearly live their best lives while making impacts that matters in the lives of individuals and the communities in large. Google #DayOfATshwaneShaper to see for yourself!