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.