Johannesburg, 16 November 2018 – As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Experian teamed up with Rhiza Babuyile and Township Fleva – two organisations responsible for supporting township communities – to assist entrepreneurs in transforming their innovative ideas into thriving businesses.
The annual event ‘Tshogo’, which took place in Tembisa yesterday (Thursday, 15 November), is the culmination of roadshows in Gauteng’s populated townships, such as Diepsloot and Orange Farm. These involved up-and-coming start-ups pitching their business ideas to a panel of experienced judges, including Simon Rudman, Social Innovation Lead at Experian SA.
Twenty winners received funding to the combined value of R280 000 to kickstart their business venture, while our others received marketing packages to equip them – and their ventures - further.
“Throughout the competition we were greatly inspired by each and every one of the entrants. There is definitely no scarcity of bright ideas,” says Rudman. “By keeping our entrepreneurs top of mind and providing continuing support, we can grow the township economy for the greater good of the country.”
Experian is pleased to support Rhiza Babuyile, by providing the JoZi Business Hub participants with career counselling as well as credit and financial education aimed at empowering and equipping entrepreneurs with the financial know-how to manage and grow their business and to make smart credit decisions.
“We believe data has the power to transform lives and societies for the better and our corporate social responsibility programmes pioneer how we use our business skills, products and services to promote financial education, financial inclusion and support small business entrepreneurs.
“These engagements also provide a great opportunity for us to include the entrepreneurs in our solution development process. Their feedback is invaluable in helping to shape products which will hopefully contribute to their success”, adds Rudman.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to live and drive economic growth. The JoZI Business Hub’s Tshogo roadshow could not be a better example of this in action.
ABOUT RHIZA BABUYILE
Rhiza Babuyile is a non-profit organisation that strives to holistically develop previously disadvantaged township communities, currently operating in Diepsloot, Orange Farm , Lethabong in Free State and Fisantekraal in the Western Cape. The focus is on four pillars which are Early Childhood Development, Access to Primary Health Care for Mother and Child, Skills Development and lastly Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development.
“This model is not only self-sustaining, but it also allows us to expand and reach out to more and more youths in the area,” says Meulenberg. “Our vision is to replicate the business hub in many parts of the country, which will allow us to have a greater impact in improving the socio-economic state of our nation and not only the township.”
Rhiza Babuyile’s team is driven by the slogan "Developing lives is our DNA", and they are passionate about what they do. “Our former legendary President Nelson Mandela once said, ‘It always seems impossible until it's done’, and these words have echoed in us, inspiring us to keep going and never give up on the future our previously disadvantaged communities can have,” says Meulenberg. “We're building our nation, one individual at a time.”
To find out more, visit www.rhizababuyile.org.za
Prepared by Meropa Communications on behalf of Experian SA
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