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Reach Out South Africa - Tembisa

#HEROES Enriching the community of Tembisa

Each generation faces challenges and tries to come up with solutions using the resources available.

With the state of youth unemployment recorded at its highest, 74.7%, a company Reach Out South Africa (ROSA) in Ivory Park, Tembisa is trying to enrich its community by finding new ways to create job opportunities. For themselves and other young people in their community. 

Reach Out South Africa Tembisa Shool

Pheta Lamola (22) and Malwandla Nkuna (23) started their business when they realised most matriculants in their community were struggling to apply to higher learning institutions online.

Most learners could not afford data to apply online or walk into the university of choice and apply physically, due to covid regulations. The two young men decided to help the learners with their applications at a fee of R50. While applying for the learners they realised the challenge is not just data, most learners did not know how to sign up for an email address. They also did not have enough information on the courses they wanted to follow. ROSA started setting up email accounts for the learners and in addition, they gave out a prospectus to help them make informed decisions in choosing courses. “When I applied to my university of choice I didn’t have access to any prospectus,” says Pheta.

“When we started the community, members thought we were a scam,” says Malwandle but as time went on ROSA got more customers who needed help. The company is growing and they hire a few people and volunteers from the community.

When the two young men started they wanted to enrich themselves and give back to their community.

When their company started making a profit, they decided to give back 90% of the profit by serving learners breakfast on their way to school.

Pheta and Malwandle are calling out to other South African businesses to also give back to their respective communities.

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