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Financial Literacy 2019 – That’s a wrap!

By Sethu Tshabalala

On Saturday the 8th of June 2019 the Tshwane Hub successfully completed the 3rd annual session of Financial Literacy at Phateng High School in Mamelodi. The purpose of this project is to educate grade 8s and 9s basic business and accounting principles and to provide them with funding to run their own small-scale businesses within the school for a few weeks.

Success Factors

This year we saw many successes as a hub in the growth of the project.  It was the first year we were able to secure external funding from our key sponsor Nedbank Group. We had the privilege of being sponsored by Debonairs at the last session with pizza meals for all students and staff.  It was the first year we were able to double the first intake session from 50 students to above 100 students. This was due largely thanks to the school staff who successfully promoted the project at school: fellow Global Shaper Arnold Maudi, Miss AK Dilebo and Mr Mohlala, principal of the school.

We interesting new businesses such as a car wash business for teachers and a sandwich and coffee breakfast businesses which catered to the needs of learners who need breakfast when the school starts. In the end however, it was a traditional student business which one the contest: Marvellous Cookies: Kgotlelelo Mathebula; Thabiso Ledwaba; Tlotlego Dhulaza. This team attributed their success to working consistently as a team throughout each of the three weeks of the selling period.

Lessons Learnt

As a hub we also built on our learning. We saw that teams who had better work relationships and team accountability made more money. Perhaps the greatest lesson for all teams was the importance of being able to cost their product accurately as those who struggled to generate a profit often did so not due to a lack of sales volumes but due to lower pricing than the cost of their products.

Last but not least, as a result of our presentation of the project at SHAPE Africa in Nairobi Kenya, the Tshwane hub was able to host a knowledge sharing session after the conference with hubs from Kampala, Joburg and Bujumbura to help them consider their own potential rollout of this project.

Round of Applause

Thank you so much to Nedbank Group, Debonairs Banbury Crossing, Arnold Maudi, AK Dilebo and Mr Mohlala as well as all staff at Phateng who support this project annually, the Financial Literacy working group, former Curators: Rivonia Pillay, Shamiso Kumbirai, Thembile Ndlovu as well as all the Tshwane hub members who participated in the execution of the project in 2019.

It has been an incredible privilege to lead this project under the guidance of the Tshwane Hub. I look forward to watching it grow from strength to strength as I hand over to a new incoming Global Shaper for the next season.

As a hub we are truly passionate about education and young people. As members of the Global Shaper Community in Tshwane, our endeavour will always be to shape our community for the better.

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!

SHAPE Africa 2019

By Sethu Tshabalala

Just over two months ago, some members of the Tshwane Hub (Rivonia Pillay, Shamiso Kumbirai, Niel Wyma, Kathleen Godfrey) and I were in Nairobi, Kenya with the Global Shaper Community at the annual #SHAPEAfrica2019 conference where African hubs from over 150 countries gathered to discuss the future of youth in Africa.

The conference was focused on two main themes: The Future of Work & Education and Facilitating Mobility & Connectivity across Africa.

On our first day, we had the privilege of being at the United Nations where received a warm welcome by the Deputy President of Kenya H.E Dr William Samoei Ruto. The agenda included sessions on how to better align the needs of the jobs market with the curricula of the future and critical questions on: how can we deliver quality education in Africa while still reaching the last mile? And how do we address Africa’s infrastructural challenges to unlock the full extent of   technology’s potential in the delivery of education?

On our second day, we kick started the session at a team building exercise using marshmallows and spaghetti with some hip hop in play, which truly made the conference feel more like a good time spent with friends.  We then we dove deep into the future of mobility in Africa. We went into breakout sessions discussing advancing free movement across Africa including as well as the potential impact of African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA).

Later in the day, a select group of hubs had the opportunity to present to delegates projects which they have successfully implemented and how other hubs can implementation these projects serve the needs of their own communities across Africa. I was privileged to present on behalf of the Tshwane Hub the work we are doing in teaching Financial Literacy in Mamelodi, a project we have been running for the past three years.

This was my first SHAPE Africa conference and it made me realise just how large, connected and powerful the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Community is.

As a Shaper and a young South African, the greatest element of the entire experience was being surrounded by people from all over the continent who brought new ideas to what it means to be a social change agent. This continues to fuel my passion for social impact and my belief that the work of building better communities in many ways begins at an individual level.

#Kenya #ShapeAfrica2019 #GlobalShaperCommunity #SocialChange #WEF #TshwaneHub

Nontuthuzelo & the Soshanguve North Youth Empowerment Programme

The Soshanguve North Connect project is based in Soshanguve, a township in the north of Tshwane; it is a programme that works with young people in the local high schools and focuses on empowerment, mentorship, life and leadership skills. Various tools are employed to engage the learners mainly from Amogelang Secondary School as well as Thakgalang Secondary School.

The relationship with the schools stemmed from engagement with the City of Tshwane which had previously identified schools through which it advanced the Sustainability agenda; thereafter, the local councilor connected us to the principals of the schools in question. After further conversation with the principals, it was made clear that learners in the school face a myriad of social challenges, one of which is a lack of support in dealing with these struggles. A programme was then developed to create solutions and to respond in a way that is accommodating to all the learners in the schools given their age groups and performance levels in certain subjects.

This engagement ranges from book clubs, job shadow days, career days, one-on-one mentorship, tutoring and weekly meetings at school and on Saturdays with a wide network of young people in other schools in the Tshwane area; these meetings focus on the empowerment of the learners in leadership and taking ownership of their spaces, whether their school, homes or greater community. There are various mentors from diverse backgrounds who participate on these projects and volunteer their time. The objective is to have young people who are actively engaged within their communities but are also socially conscious while also performing well in their school work.

The learners also have various opportunities of advancement open to them where they get to attend conferences and leadership camps to aid in the advancement of their growth. This also provides them the opportunity to engage with learners from other schools in Tshwane and across South Africa. Amogelang has seen a change in the final matric results because of the engagement with the youth collective and the mentorship programmes – with an improvement of the matric pass rate and level of quality passes. The school is yielding learners who are not only socially conscious but are also in a better position to maturely navigate a new environment when they begin to study in university or pursue entrepreneurial endeavours. The mentorship continues post-matric as well as the learners require. They are also encouraged to pay it forward by mentoring the next intake of learners in their school.

I serve as the coordinator along with some friends and colleagues – we initiated the conversation with the municipality as well as with the principals to propose this engagement the schools. We also serve the community by engaging with the parents of the learners involved and assist them where we can in providing social assistance to them as well. Anyone who would like to participate in this programme can get in touch with Nontuthuzelo Nikiwe via the Tshwane Hub. Other ways to get involved is to donate unused books, learning materials and even clothing to be donated to the learners and their families if one cannot give of their time.

Zama Joins Ministerial Task Team on 4IR

Zamantungwa Khumalo was recently appointed by Dr Nalendi Pandor to the Ministerial task team on the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The task team has been established to advise the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology on how to manage the threats and opportunities posed by the fourth industrial revolution.

Arnold Helps Revive Sports in Mamelodi Schools

During the period of 10 April -29 May, Arnold gathered a team of 8 volunteer teachers from the 20 secondary schools  in the  Mamelodi region to address the absence of soccer and netball at their high schools.

Through the support of the Department of Education and high school principals, Arnold lead the team  in successfully organizing both a soccer and netball league tournament, despite having no funding. It was the first time in a decade that such a tournament took place, allowing for learners in  the region to become legible for participation at district and provincial level.

The pilot tournament was a success and the first of many more to come. The youth got engaged positively outside the classroom and had fun overall, which is essential in the ongoing fight against drugs in the community.

Going forward, they hope to host more tournaments with the backing of local sponsors and brands, and are looking for assistance with logistics such as catering, medals, trophies and qualified match officials.

Rego & the Switch Social Entrepreneurs Programme

By Regomoditswe Teke

Activate Change Drivers! is a youth leadership programme/ a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Its main objective is to equip South Africa youth with necessary skills and resources to be innovative active citizens, influencing and provoking positive change for the global good. They provide a platform for young people to network, connect and impact with a common goal. 

It is an environment that nurtures social, economic and political forces for community development, this entry-tier course helps participants take their leadership skills to the next level. Activate Change Drivers has over 2500 trainted young people with 3230 active members, 39 business owners and a record of 87% engagement between activators. 

One of their on-going projects is the Switch Social Entrepreneurs Programme, an incubator for start-ups and initiatives. The programme is eligible to 60 young people who have completed the Activate Change Drivers programme. It is an all cost covered 11-month course for aspiring entrepreneurs that supports Activators with their businesses or start-ups. 

The programme runs over two series workshops, the first one took place in Bloemfontein on 01 April 2019, mainly focusing on the impact and relevance. Their main key focus is; basic research, building a business model, tips on pitching, and digital media management skills. This takes place in 6 selected cities across the country, determined after the application process.

The last leg of the programme will end with a 2-day national seminar in Johannesburg and one entrepreneur will win a 10-day entrepreneurial safari trip to India. 

#ShaperProfile – Regomoditswe Teke

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

I am a dream chaser, liker of things, but besides that, I am a co-founder of an non-profit organisation called Mmabontle Foundation, where we equip high school learners with leadership skills, empower youth, and assist them in realising their potential. We are individuals that seek to grow and make positive social change. I’m also an Activate Change Driver, which is a network of youth that are change makers within their communities.

How long have you been a hub member?

A year and 3 months.

Why did you join the hub?

Transfer and learn new skills and be part of a community of young people with the same vision as mine.

What is your vision for South Africa?

 °A safe country for women and children.

°A society envisioned on the constitution.

° Opportunities that equip young people with skills that enable them to be employable.

° A South African that ensures young people get quality education.

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

Funda Nathi Reading programme. We collect reading books and donate to primary schools.

Words to live by:

“If not now, when?”

Working Towards a Just City – a dialogue to unpack the vision for inclusive housing in Johannesburg

By Nahungu Lionjanga

On November 8, 2018, I attended a dialogue hosted by The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation to unpack and broaden discussions around the policies and concept of inclusive housing. In addition to this, the Mandela Initiative (MI) report was launched, which was the outcome of a six year long Think Tank aimed to identify the extent and reasons for the persistence of the seemingly systematic triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Through engagements with various communities, the 32-member Think Tank identified possible reasons for the disparity between the post-1994 “policy ambitions” and the lived realities of the majority of South Africans on the ground, and provided recommendations on how to narrow this gap by “eliminating poverty and reducing inequality”. The outcome of this exercise is a beautifully compiled report, intermittently decorated with compelling photography from some of the best visual storytellers in the country. Their art depicts the difficult spaces and circumstances occupied and endured by the urban poor. The final MI report can be found here:

The inclusive housing dialogue kicked off with a panel discussion facilitated by Sumaya Hendricks. The knowledge-rich panellists were Meshack van Wyk (the MMC for housing in the City of Johannesburg), Nomzamo Zondo (Director of Litigation at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute SA), and Margot Rubin (Wits University & NRF Research Chair – Spatial analysis and Planning). Margot profoundly and poetically defined a Just City as one that “gives its citizens the ability to aspire”. This triggered in me the saddening thought that poverty and inequality rob its victims of the ability to aspire for anything beyond their basic rights: a roof over their heads, sufficient food, water, and mere human dignity.

South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world with an income Gini coefficient of roughly 0.7 and a far more heart-wrenching wealth Gini coefficient of 0.90 – 0.95. In 2015, 30.4 million South Africans (55% of the population) lived below the upper bound poverty line of R992 per person per month. According to Nomzamo, if a person earns less than R3200 per month in Johannesburg, he/she cannot live anywhere legally. She went on to say that when we speak of inclusive housing, there are two crucial considerations to be made: 1. Ensure that the urban poor who are already accommodated in the inner city remain there, and 2. Who else are we including and in what order? She maintains, and I strongly agree, that we cannot provide for the poor by taking away from the poor. Margot reinforced the importance of thinking beyond inclusive housing to inclusive development, ensuring that we provide an enabling environment for the poor in all respects – affordable and accessible public transport, access to basic services, employment opportunities and so forth. The growing need to deconstruct the silos in which we operate, particularly when addressing multi-dimensional issues such as poverty and inequality, is not a foreign notion and it is often reiterated in spaces such as these; I think it is about time we start seeing more collaborative approaches and reaping their rewards. The MMC, as a government official, ordinarily received some of the most challenging questions in the room, however, he acknowledged that policy implementation needs to be improved and our policies need to be more people-centred.

I appreciate the work being done, not only by organisations but also by communities and the people on the ground committed to bettering their communities. The principle of “sweat equity” was raised, which suggests that the direct involvement by community members in projects that uplift their communities provides them with an imperative sense of ownership and belonging. The Nelson Mandela Foundation continues to do an excellent job at creating safe spaces for necessary dialogue. Through thought-provoking discussions, such platforms provide us with unfiltered exposure to the harsh realities of some of the most vulnerable members of our society. These are the reminders we all need that we can, in fact we must all act, in any capacity, to contribute towards bettering the lives of the poor and reinstating to them what is rightfully theirs: the ability to aspire.

#ShaperProfile – Nontuthuzelo Nikiwe

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

Social Investment Analyst at Tshikululu Social Investments

How long have you been a hub member?

6 Months

Why did you join the hub?

I wanted to join a forum that was diverse but also run and managed by young people to help bring me a better understanding of the issues we face as young people in South Africa but also to be a part of the solution.

 What is your vision for South Africa?

Young people employed and being the people who bring a change to the state of poverty within our country, able to start businesses with enough support and funding both from government and the private sector.

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

Working with a few high schools on Life Skills programmes, focusing on addressing various psycho-social challenges the learners face in their communities.

Words to live by:

Knowledge brings freedom

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