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Khulisa iBiznis with SAICA Enterprise Development and The Hope Factory invite township entrepreneurs to apply for the KHULISA IBIZNIS FUNDING ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME!

Statistics reveal that five out of seven of South Africa’s new small businesses fail within the first year. Among the reasons for this high failure rate is that many individuals have limited education and training in basic financial literacy and financial management to make a business successful.

Without adequate financial knowledge, reaching the level where a business is both profitable and sustainable is near impossible. It means that business owners cannot devise proper plans that include budgets and timelines, battle to attract the right investors and adequate funding, cannot appropriately cost their products and/or services, and often do not comply with the rules and requirements of regulatory authorities such as SARS and CIPC. Unless someone helps them navigate these matters, most SMMEs
  SAICA Enterprise Development has partnered with our Tshwane Hub’s incoming vice-curator and his team at RR Creative Solutions to help solve this.

SAICA Enterprise Development and The Hope Factory have contracted RR Creative Solutions to build a recruitment strategy of finding black and youth-owned SMMEs based e-Kasi. These SMMEs should be operating in Soweto, Kathorus (Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus) or Tembisa to qualify for the Programme.

This opportunity will assist qualifying applicants to easily navigate their way to be one step closer to being exposed to ama-investor! Selected applicants stand a chance to get exposed to financial and accounting support, business support and investor funding to help grow their businesses.

Programme Details:
The recruitment of SMMEs will happen in 3 townships: Soweto, Tembisa and Kathorus (Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus).
Who qualifies:
SMMEs whose owners and directors are:
1). Aged: 18-35
2). Black South Africans with a minimum holding of 51% black-ownership of the business
3). Operating in one of the 3 selected townships for a minimum of 2 years
Qualifying SMME Owners must have the following available:
1). BBBEE Certification 
2). Valid CIPC documentation
3). SARS Tax Clearance Certificate 

Join Lerato Selialia and his team, SAICA ED and The Hope Factory in their quest to find and develop township-based SMMEs and prepare them for ama-investor.

How you can get involved:
Spread the word about this opportunity! More especially to SMME owners operating from Soweto, Tembisa and Kathorus!

How to SMME Owners can apply:
1). Online application: Access the Khulisa iBiznis application form clicking here:
2). Closing date for Application: 10 August 2019
3). For more info, contact: 011 479 0605 or

Sani4Schools – Project Update!

We’re happy to announce that Phateng now has fully functional water and sanitation facilities! 

Our Sani4Schools projected successfully helped to repair all 48 non-functional toilets as well as water leaks and broken taps within the school. This means that the school now meets the UN standard of 1 toilet for every 30 learners. Before the upgrades the baseline was 1 toilet to every 75 learners with male and female learners often having to share the same facilities as there were only 16 operational toilets. These upgrades will ensure that toilet waiting time for learners will be improved, water will be better conserved due to fixed leaks and the right to human dignity of children at Phateng Secondary by giving them access to proper and working sanitation facilities will be upheld. 

With infrastructure upgrades of this nature upkeep and maintenance are critical to ensure the sustainability of the facilities upgraded. Tshwane Hub will now be working closely with school staff and learners to ensure this is done. We will work closely with the school to develop a maintenance and cleaning schedule that will see the good conditions of the toilets prevail. Most importantly, the Tshwane Hub will now implement a WaSH Ambassador programme which will encourage the learners to take ownership of their upgraded facilities and be educated on the importance of water conservation, health and hygiene. Stay tuned for more updates! 

#ShaperProfile – Niel Wyma

  • Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

I am a Principal at Awethu Project Capital where I am in charge of Investment and Capital Raising functions. As a specialist SMME private equity firm, we invest in, transform, support and grow the best small businesses and their world class management teams across South Africa.

  • How long have you been a hub member? :

I joined the Hub in February 2017.

  • Why did you join the hub? :

In short, I wanted to expand my network with more exceptional thinkers that are deeply committed to social progress – in whichever dimension they really cared about. Combining this with meaningful engagement with projects on the ground, and the ultimate oversight / exposure granted through the World Economic Forum made this a simple decision. I only realised after joining the Hub and attending Shape Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia late in 2017 just how amazing this international network of friends can be.

  •  What is your vision for South Africa? :

South Africa has exceptional people, companies and institutions. Having spent a year abroad amongst people from over 90 different nationalities, I realised that South Africans are simultaneously too modest about our actual achievements, and too complacent about the massive challenges that we still face.  My vision for South Africa is one that addresses both of these: one where we can solve global problems as well as our local economic growth challenges and transformation of the economy and then export these models proudly as global best practice – but then also to be really honest with ourselves on how we are letting down thousands of children through a dilapidated and failing education system, rampant corruption and largely ineffective public service – and immediately address them so these too can become future success stories.

  • Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub:

My job is largely social impact driven and this keeps me busy a good 60+ hours per week. I also try to participate actively in the Hub’s activities and in my school’s alumni community. The rest of my time I spend with family, friends, my two dogs and some good books – mostly non-fiction on social, economical and political matters. Long-term, I would like to get involved in research, teaching and public service.

  • Words to live by:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Rooseveldt

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: 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 : .

For more information, visit: .

#ShaperProfile – Thabiso Ncube

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

I am an assistant financial adviser. Passionate about youth development and talent development.

How long have you been a hub member? :

About 9 months.

Why did you join the hub? :

I joined Tshwane Hub because it was the next level to my commitment of engaging and impacting my immediate community. Being in the same space with ambitious change makers makes you realise that you definitely are making a change in the world.

What is your vision for South Africa? :

Over the years I have learnt that with a rich history, there is bound to be two extremes. Inequality, Employment, Education, Health care, Political stability, these are but a few areas we have seen extremes in. To progress as a country, we need to learn to accept our rich history, and start mending it together. It’s not just the job of the politicians, or the business sector, but us as individuals from the most remote area to the most affluent area to make that little contribution to progressing our country in the right direction, be it you a teacher or a farmer or even unemployed, let us make that little contribution. We all have a part to play to make South Africa a prosperous country in its wholeness.

Words to live by:

In three words I can sum up everything that I’ve learned about life: “It goes on.”

Accepting life for what it is, and letting it lead you will always bring you to a destination that you yourself could have never envisioned.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

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.




Project Love 2018

In line with the Hub’s annual tradition of sharing some love with those most in need, on the 5th May 2018, a group of Tshwane Shapers gathered at The Heartbeat Foundation in Mamelodi. Part of the Siyadinga Community Child Care Forum, Heartbeat is home to 150 orphans, providing them after school support and running feeding schemes.

Our aim was simple – to make sure the children felt loved and had an enjoyable morning. And fun and games there were! It was truly humbling to see how much joy some face paints, music and chairs can bring to the hearts of little ones – they ask nothing of us adults other than showing them genuine care and some undivided attention!

Despite the chilly weather, everyone was soon feeling warm after numerous rounds of dancing statues, wheelbarrow races, musical chairs, three-legged hops and egg-and-spoon relays. Music played all morning and we were taught some incredible new dance moves by children as young as four years old! Not to mention being introduced to our new hub anthem – Skorokoro. We were really impressed by the beautiful manners of the children who were so well-behaved during the whole morning, even when we brought out lunch for the hungry tummies!

It was such a privilege for us to be able to spend some time with these happy little people and we thank the staff members of Heartbeat for all the amazing work they do. We would encourage any individual or organization interested in working with them to contact us, as they are in need of several items for the center as well as financial support to continue providing a safe space for the vulnerable children of Mamelodi.

Having fun makes for hungry tummies

Musical chairs – a classic!

So much joy!

The team for the day

Who can resist a good, old-fashioned wheel barrow race?

Face-painting Fun!


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