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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.

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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. 

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.


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

Tshwane Hub Global Shaper is Awarded Best Young Achiever’s Award

Zamantungwa Khumalo was awarded the Best Young Achiever’s Award in the Premier’s Special Award Category by the Premier of Gauteng David Makhura, during this year’s Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Awards.

 The Premier’s Special Award Category is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated acts of selflessness to uphold transformation, development and growth. Recipecients in this category were not by nominations, but chosen by the Premier.