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.