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Category: 2019 News

Reflections and Intentions

By Rivonia Pillay

Hey there!

Thank you for taking time out to follow our journey. This is a bitter sweet newsletter for me. It marks the end of my term as the Curator of Tshwane Hub but it also marks an exciting new chapter for the hub, under the immensely capable hands of Malilomo Nkhabu.

It’s been an incredible year for the hub. We built relationships with the City of Tshwane (watch this space), ran the #SavingSimba sessions teaching kids about Climate Action & #VoiceForThePlanet at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, concluded our third annual Financial Literacy Project, and broke ground on the upgrade of the water and sanitation facilities at Phateng Secondary School.

SHAPE Africa 2019 – Nairobi Kenya. Wow, what a brilliant experience! We can’t thank the Nairobi Hub enough for the enlightening sessions and the many opportunities to dance!

We have a whopping 13 new Shapers joining Tshwane Hub, the biggest recruitment in the history of Tshwane Hub! A big thank you to the recruitment team and a big warm welcome to the new recruits. We look forward to working together!

In light of the title, now that we’ve reflected, here are some intentions for the term ahead. We intend to grow our impact through more projects, nurture the partnerships we’ve established, work with the City to provide more youth voices in decision making, and advocate louder for youth issues.

A few words from the Outgoing Curatorship:

“It’s been great working alongside Riv and Steph this past coming year. Wishing the new curatorship every success”- Shamiso Kumbirai

“The foundation is laid, the course set – now I can’t wait to watch the new curatorship sail forward and take the Hub to new heights”- Stephanie Craig

And finally, it has been my honour to serve in the 2018-2019 Curatorship with Shams and Steph. I’m excited to support the new Curatorship in another year of #ShapingTshwane!

Tshwane Shapers spreading some love at Siyadinga Community Child Care 2019

On Saturday the 30 March, the Tshwane Shapers spent the morning in Mamelodi, playing games and getting sugar a rush with the kids. Every year the shapers take time to visit the centre, spread some love and interact with the care givers and centre manager to understand the dynamics that exist and where support is need.

The Tshwane Hub has partnered with the centre for the past 5 years. The centre supports close to 500 kids in total with 100 kids coming through daily for homework assistance and food. For some the meal served at the centre is the only meal they receive in a day.

Billy Vilakazi, who is the centre manger refers to it as a drop- in centre as the kids do not stay there but come for refuge and support. The kids get to interact and play with other kids, they are fed and over and above that there are social work resources on the premises to support the kids holistically.

This centre has been a haven for the kids. However recently the centre has been experiencing vandalism and crime from the new informal settlement dwellers that have recently joined the community. The centre structure has been broken down and this has exposed the centre and kids to danger. There have been some discussions with the members from the informal settlement to sensitize them about the work that is happening at Siyadinga, more work and community cooperation is still need in order to secure the premises.

The centre is currently under resourced and in need of support. We ask that if you know someone who can support, please reach out to the Tshwane Global Shapers via Thembile Ndlovu on thembile@tshwanehub.com and/or Rivonia Pillay on rivonia@tshwanehub.com.

Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans Call for Nomination


Call for nominations for the annual Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans is officially open. The list recognises and profiles exceptional under-35s who stand out from the pack and have shown themselves to be leaders.

The Tshwane Hub has had Shapers profiled on the list. These include:

  1. Vukosi Marivate
  2. Lebogang Mahlare
  3. Shiluba Mawela
  4. Neliswa Fente

To nominate your outstanding under-35 visit: https://mg.co.za/200young Nominations close on 15 April

Shaping the Future of Work – Take the Survey!

In October last year a group of Global Shapers around the world took it upon themselves to drive initiative around gathering insights on what’s becoming a key topic of discussion, being the future of work .

This project seeks to understand the perspective and needs of young people about the future of work, to get discussions started around this topic, work towards identifying roadmap for each region on how FOW will evolve, followed by an action plan/report for each region through community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for volunteers.

We would like to get your help in finding out, what is the future of work you would like to see please complete this survey : https://shapingthefutureofwork.com/english-survey .

For more information, visit:  www.shapingthefutureofwork.com .

Moving Cities, Maintaining Impact


Author: Bongiwe Beja

Bongiwe Beja, affectionately known as Bongi, is the outgoing Curator of the Cape Town Hub and has recently moved to the Gauteng Region in the first quarter of 2019. Bongi has moved to take on a role at the Youth Employment Service (YES) as the Youth Stream Lead.

The YES initiative was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in March last year and was established as a partnership between government, the private sector and other social partners to address the most pressing socio-economic challenges in the country, particularly poverty and unemployment among the youth[1].

Bongi’s move to YES and to the Gauteng province has meant that she also transitions out of the Cape Town Hub and has chosen to join the Tshwane Hub in the Gauteng region.

Why the Tshwane Hub?

The answer is that Bongi believes that there is an alignment of vision and purpose between her main goals and core passion and that of the hub. Bongi is most passionate about development of communities, the country and ultimately the African Continent.

Having completed her Masters in Development Finance, Bongi seeks to use conventional economics and finance tools in emerging markets and loves to work particularly with rural and township markets. Tshwane Hub has a similar focus and runs several projects in the townships of the Tshwane region including their financial literacy programs for youth in Tshwane and their Sani4Schools project which seeks to address the upgrade of the water and sanitation infrastructure at Phateng Secondary School in the township of Mamelodi.[2]

Bongi’s recent role as General Manager of Silulo Ulutho Technologies (a social enterprise led by a Schwab Social Entrepreneur) and also playing a leadership role in the Cape Town hub project called LadiesInTech will allow Bongi to add value in the Tshwane Hub’s broader digital skills strategy.

Bongi has moved cities but she aims to maintain impact by plugging into the projects of the Tshwane Hub and playing her part in Shaping Tshwane and Shaping Africa.


[1] https://www.fin24.com/Economy/ramaphosa-launches-yes-initiative-to-address-youth-unemployment-20180327

[2] http://tshwanehub.com/projects/2018-projects/

[3] http://tshwanehub.com/projects/2018-projects/project-tshwanegirlscode/

2019/2020 Curatorship Election Results! Make your Mark!

In March, the Tshwane Hub held elections for the 2019/2020 Curatorship. It was hotly contested and exciting to see our members taking up leadership opportunities.

The Elections Committee (Nkateko, Mlungisi, Shamiso, Stephanie and Rivonia)  tallied the votes and we are proud to announce that our leadership positions for the 2019-2020 Curatorship are as follows:

Curator – Malilomo Nkhabu
Incoming Curator – Lerato Selialia
Media Director – Kathleen Godfrey 

Congratulations to all of you! We wish you a successful term and are excited to see you take the hub to new heights!

As a hub, we have exercised our right to vote we’re excited our newly elected leadership. Our country will hold national elections in May and we are hopeful that you will make your voice count.

Make sure you are correctly registered and go out on the day to make your mark – remember, you can’t complain about the democracy if you don’t participate in electing our leaders!

Tshwane Hub ladies attend SADC Industrialisation Workshop

Four Tshwane Hub Shapers attended a workshop hosted by the World Economic Forum on Accelerating the Industrialisation Agenda in SADC. The purpose of the workshop was to explore ways that governments, businesses, academia and communities can collaborate to accelerate the sub-regional industrialisation agendas in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The session was split into five task forces: institutions, investment, industry and innovation; each theme being discussed in relation to industrialisation. Each task force was led by a moderator with the purpose of brainstorming and discussing ideas with the objective of identifying areas for acceleration of  the SADC Industrialisation Agenda.


A common theme that came out of each task force was the importance of education and skills development to ensure the youth is equipped for the fourth industrialisation and others to come. In addition to the Global Shapers; the workshop drew in heads of Government Departments / Agencies, Business Experts, Heads of relevant Departments of Regional and International Organisations; Local and International Investors, Young Global Leaders, Social Entrepreneurs, Academics and Think Tanks.