Education for World Change

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Our Head of STEM, Rumbi Maisva, chats about a subject close to her heart – Education. She developed a system with the aim of providing a low-cost E-Learning System for African communities in underprivileged communities, called The eRumbric Ubuntu Collaborative Learning System.

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The  project was previously said to work on the “Speak to Prof Ron System” on MXit that provides learners with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) related assistance. The proposed solution was to create an automated system that provides automated responses to learners’ questions where these questions were previously answered and reside in the database of the new system, while allowing learners to post new questions to the administrator.

The motivation for this project was to be actively  part of the solution that helps put education in the hands of children who are struggling and for them to get that support outside of school teachers where they do not get special attention.

This system was entered it into the Ericsson Innovation Awards and the Project was chosen into the Top 50.
The project was also entered into the Internet of Things Student Project Competition at the 7th ITEE International Conference and won third Prize.

Rumbi has since made progressive changes to the project so that it may be sustainable and widely used on popular platforms such as WhatsApp.

We are so proud of your ongoing work! Should anyone wish to assist in the work please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Congrats to our Director!

Congratulations are in order! Sam Gqomo, Director of Womandla, has been selected to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this November.

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Here she will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with youth around the world.

World Youth Forum is a platform built by promising youth. It sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony, and progress to the entire world. It engages youth from around the globe in an enriching set-up, allowing them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential figures.

The forum is a chance for one to engage with top policymakers, network with promising youth from the region and the world that are determined to make our world a better place for everyone.

All the best Sam! We are so proud of you!

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Womandla Launch

We were excited to officially launch Womandla last month. Our team put together such a great event which spoke of our vision, mission and objectives.

We had Vuyo Matu, MD of Voice of Africa Global Media, as our Guest Speaker. She spoke of Spiritual Intelligence being an imperative for business. She went in depth on owning our future and being responsible for the Africa we want to see.

After her enthralling speech, we had a panel discussion with accomplished ladies about opportunities for Africans in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We are busy planning our mentorship programme for next year, and speaking to stakeholders and investors about the future of Womandla.

If you were at the event, you would know that we are in a season of birthing new things!

Thank you to Cape Town TV for covering the event.

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The other side of Womandla

Written by Rumbi “Askana” Tendaupenyu

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When Sam asked me to write an opinion piece on “womxn development,” every fibre in my feminist-Afripreneur-being hurled itself at the opportunity. Yet, a week later, with no content to submit, I had writer’s block, (the phenomenon of when your imaginary friends temporarily excommunicate you).

I condemned the notion that after building a career around developing womxn, my imaginary friends and I had absolutely nothing to say on the topic. I started to relive the past few years and I remembered the frustration I felt at not having been adequately prepared for, or at the very least warned of, the other side of “womandla.”

Standard disclaimer: My intention is not to discourage nor to undermine; as the work of every soul that has come before me in this movement is the reason I am able to put the proverbial pen to paper so freely. I aim to simply inform, as knowledge makes for informed decision making and a better exercise of power.

In the process of assisting to unleash the force to be reckoned with that is womxn, in others and from within myself, I discovered the good, the bad and the ugly of the development world. Below are 9 things they don’t tell you about the world of womxn development.

NB: Solutions to the below are dependent on one’s grit, social leverage, network and creativity. However, one cannot implement solutions to problems they are not aware of.

1. This is not a Liverpool fan club; you will walk alone. Everyone wants to use the hashtag #thefutureisfemale, yet very few are prepared to do what it takes to ensure that future. Thus, you may find yourself implementing initiatives in parts of the world you did not know existed, and probably without a project team.

2. Womxn don’t only require development between 9 and 5 with a break at 1 for lunch. There are times when you will work the same hours as the Mckinsey kids but for a fraction of the pay.

3. Be prepared to sacrifice. When your heart burns with an intense desire to create value and effect impactful change, it triggers the same delusional pleasure centre in your brain as love. This means that you will make decisions that put your needs and wants last because what you are trying to accomplish is bigger than you. Your relationships, health, and finances will suffer.

4. You can’t eat passion. Very rarely will you find yourself disliking whatever it is that you are doing to develop womxn. Problem is, no matter how much enjoyment you derive from it this, more likely than not, is not the path to your financial freedom.

5. Even womxn can be trash. You will encounter womxn who purport to stand for the very progressive and inclusive things you are working towards. They may even be in positions of power or influence. The coldest realisation is that they will in some way fail to support, inform, enable, protect, empower, recognise and include you.

6. Shape up or ship out. Many spaces take a traditional approach to development and challenging the modus operandi is not welcome. The unfortunate result is that talent retention is low and talent turnover is high. The upside is that you constantly get to meet and work with new people.

7. The development world is not easily accessible to everyone. Having your heart in the right place is not enough. Much like academia, you need an impressive track record to be afforded an opportunity to lend a helping hand and make a change.

8. Some do it for the “-gram.” In the story of championing womxn development, plenty of decisions will be based on how the optics play out in favour of the protagonist. Even if it is to the detriment of their beneficiaries.

9. Failure is not an option. Your work tangibly and measurably changes lives. Any underperformance on your part may disfigure or dismember womxn’s businesses and families.

There is an African proverb that says “not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.” By this token, my wish for those in the development world is for this kind of information to be passed down through cohorts of changemakers, with the same resolve that our grandparents had in telling us of the tortoise and the hare before towering wood-fired flames. If not for the improvement of the industry, then for the empowerment of womxn in their decision making.

Womandla Launch Event

We’re so EXCITED to officially launch the Womandla Foundation this Heritage Month.

We chose this month specifically because Womandla exists to shape the mind of the African Woman.

Our Guest Speaker will be Vuyokazi Matu, TV Presenter and the MD Voice of Africa Global Media.

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We also have a panel discussion with incredibly successful powerhouses, speaking on Opportunities For African Women in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The event is by invitation only, however leeway to media representatives and bloggers will be made.

Please contact our Events and Publicity Manager, Liziwe: lksegano@gmail.com should you wish to come on board as Media Partner.

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KRYSTAL KLEAR VISIONS for women, by women

We speak to the Vanessa Masilo, a visionary, dreamer, and ambitious founder and CEO of KRYSTAL KLEAR VISIONS. She describes herself a focused individual who knew what she wanted from an early age and decided that one day she would build an empire and make a difference in society.

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Vanessa Masilo, a young black female entrepreneur, youth activist, philanthropist and
motivational speaker born and bred in Parys, Free State moved to Vanderbijlpark at the age of 17 where she studied Chartered Accountancy and later changed to Management Accounting at the North west University Vaal Triangle Campus. She proceeded to work in an upscale environment, assuring client delight on an asset management project which launched her as a professional in private sector and landed her a job at one of the biggest ICT Companies in Africa,EOH.  A year after joining EOH Vanessa felt she had gained all the necessary experience she needed as she had worked on various projects including Revenue Management, Business Planning and Consolidating, Credit Control and had also served on the CAB (Change AdvisoryBoard) of one of the major clients of EOH at the time.
Passionate about business and youth development, the move from corporate was a natural fit. She was courageous enough to resign and leave her comfort zone in private sector to pursue business. Her company which was registered in 2013 while she was a student then became fully operational in 2015 after she resigned. She focused on growing the business and building solidrelationships while also pursing her passion in the Philanthropy space. She established KVF (KLEAR VISIONS FOUNDATION) which is an NPC primarily focusing on women and children empowerment, skills development, moral regeneration, education and training to name a few.
Chairing and running this foundation Vanessa has made tremendous progress and has managed to change lives and also position herself as a young woman the youth can relate to, admire, look up to and run to for mentorship and guidance.

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Entering into the BRICS space was a bold move and she has never looked back. She was selected as one of the young, progressive entrepreneurs in the Free State and was sent to India to go represent South Africa at the BRICS YOUTH SUMMIT 2016, Vanessa is now part of the BRICS YOUTH NETWORK/PROGRAM and advocates for youth empowerment and inclusion within the BRICS Nations, focusing mainly on Entrepreneurship and Skills Development, Youth Volunteerism, Social Inclusion, Youth in Governance and Intra BRICS exchange programs and trade.
She serves on a number boards as an executive director namely: SAYEF (South African Youth Entrepreneurship Fund), YBT (Youth Business Transformation) and PELA (Peo Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy).
Vanessa is now spearheading the Sanitary Towels Project in the country and is one of the first black female manufacturers in the country. The project aims to assist disadvantaged school girls and ensure that school absenteeism due to lack of sanitary towels is a thing of the past.

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Despite having been blessed with great success at a tender age Vanessa Masilo believes that her career as an entrepreneur and social and political activist has just began. She hopes to one day grow her businesses in to a multibillion dollar empire with a global footprint. Whilst engaging in activism at both a continental and global level. She believes just as Napoleon Hill aptly put it that “there are no limitations to the mind except those it acknowledges”.

Her journey is to empower and emancipate young black women in South Africa and the African continent at large. Through entrepreneurship I will continue empowering other women and doing it at a very practical level like absorbing them into employment, upskilling and developing them, mentoring, exposing them to opportunities. I plan on doing roadshows, extensive marketing, partnering with other NPCs, NPOs, and NGOs who are also distributing Sanitary Towels in our schools and communities. I also plan on working with government, they have the capacity and a partnership with them would help us make a sustainable, impactful change.

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WOMANDLA X STER KINEKOR WINNERS

WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!

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Congrats to Xiane Francis and Lindiswa Nxesi! You have won DOUBLE TICKETS to The Spy who dumped me movie at ANY Ster Kinekor nationwide!

Please fill in the form and send us your email address and phone number and we’ll contact you!

Happy Women’s Month!

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