Abuti Rams Consultancy (ARC) in partnership with the Standard Bank Incubator and Geekulcha will host an ICT Youth Bootcamp during the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) for rural and township SMMEs on 15 November 2017 at the SB Incubator in Rosebank. The objective of the Bootcamp is to provide a platform for A-Level influencers within the South African ICT industry, government and its agencies, youth ICT innovators, young professionals and youth-owned SMMEs to explore through discussions and workshops strategic ways on how they can grow their brands through digital platforms to compete both locally and globally.
The Bootcamp will also serve as an official launch of digiTAAL – a training programme to support SMMEs in townships and rural areas who have minimal ICT Skills. The 6-month programme is a five-phased ICT intervention to combat the day-to-day business challenges that SMMEs face. This includes ICT Youth Bootcamps, ICT Skills Pre-Assessment, Capacity Building Workshops, Ongoing Online Mentorship Programme, Progress Check Workshops and the ICT Skills Post-Assessment.
The carefully selected 150 SMMEs and professionals will benefit from the various highly relevant, multi-focused presentations, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops and opportunities to network with policy makers and thought leaders with the ICT industry.
The ICT Youth Bootcamp key pillars of discussion include workshops and presentations on:
- Skills Development: e-business, e-literacy, e-practitioner and e-government-user skills development;
- International best practice exchange: African countries’ ICT success stories;
- The 4th Industrial Revolution in the South African context and the role ICT Youth SMMEs need to play;
- ICT SMMEs Business Opportunities and process plans to support SMMEs; and
- Cyber Security threats and solutions.
Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) Honourable Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will deliver a keynote address at the Bootcamp. Workshops will be conducted by our partners which include: MTN Business, CSIR, AD Dynamo, Standard Bank, NEMISA, Geekulcha, IBM, Microsoft, DTPS.
Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Time: 8:00am – 5pm
Venue: Standard Bank Incubator, Rosebank
Phone: 012 771 4705
It is with great honour to announce that one of our own leaders Mr Tshepang Pule better known by thousands as Pule Sir who joined a Brits North West community station – Madibeng FM as both content producer and presenter for “The Early Birds” show from 3-6 in the morning.
It was 2013 when I told Mr Pule that he has an incredible voice for radio and that his talent and passion to inspire and inform definitely belongs on the radio waves. Pule Sir never took that for granted, he worked hard to better his craft and today we celebrate his achievement with him. This is the beginning of many opportunities in the media space.
I have had the pleasure of working Pule on the #BeyondInspiration project and launched it in 2015. The book has been touching thousands of lives across the country. He is one of the most trustworthy, effective, dedicated, very punctual and efficient leaders I’ve ever worked with.
You can agree with me that media is one of the important sectors of the society that influences opinions and shapes views of the masses. Thus, we need powerful and influential young people who are going to bring back the dignity and pride of out beautiful country with excellency.
This year is a year of maximisation and as a growing movement, we are excited to see one of our own taking over in the media space. Our leaders not only preach excellency, but they also lead by example.
As Pule Sir adds yet another title in his profile, we take pride in the work he has done for the movement over the years. The daily inspirational content we receive on our social media platforms and our newsletters are results of his hard work.
We trust that God is lifting him up to greater heights.
Don’t forget to tune into to Madibeng fm 105.3 or visit www.madibengfm.co.za to listen online.
– Abuti Rams
#Maximise2017 #TheMoveIsOn #AgentsOfChange
The system was designed in such way that we no longer see buying things cash as wise. There’s a credit culture it has created. A culture of having without owning. A culture of borrowing without wanting to borrow. We’re locked up for life. If you think about it, you’ll realise how inhuman this system is.
Look around you. If walls could speak they’ll tell you how the system destroyed family (especially the black family). The family unit has been crushed because the system demands blood, sweat and tears. It needs us to work for credit. Since when was it correct for us to get excited when we qualify for credit? What went wrong?
The system mocks and discards those who can afford to purchase without using credit. It romentise credit and protects those who qualify until they are unable to feed it.
It almost seems and feels weird for one not to be in debt. We have normalised what is abnormal. We aren’t afraid to swim in a pool of debt. Sadly, our wealth creation is in the intensive care unit (ICU) surviving on oxygen drips yet we preach “economic freedom in our lifetime.” We March to banks on Monday for the Apartheid money “they owe our government” and then run to them to get credit on Tuesday morning. We’re trapped in the system.
“Come on in and get a discount when you join us.” – the famous line said by those who are also trapped in the system. The most disturbing reality is that we are beginning to believe in this fable. It’s a hoax! It’s a trap. It’s all lies. Oh, I forgot that we know all that. We know it all. We know that we are captured and “mara re tla reng.”
On the 16th of February 2017, Abuti Rams will be on The 1873 FM (www.the1873fm.com) to speak about his entrepreneurial journey as well as his work in the youth development space.
Date: Thursday 16 February 2017
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Show / Program: Prime Time Express
Presented By: Noma and Ntshireletja
Feature: Entrepreneur of the Week
Abuti Rams has been nominated for the South African Men Awards. To vote for Abuti Rams, simply SMS ‘YouthGP Thabang Ramoroka‘ to 34818. No free SMS apply. SMS cost R2. Terms and Conditions apply.
About SA Men Awards
The majority of South Africa’s human capital being men, is engrossed in correctional services, accused of moral degradation and frequently labeled as incompetent agents of society; due gender based violence, child abuse, corruption and other forms of social insecurities. In retrospect, gratitude ought to be dedicated to South African men who have recognized the value of good character above reputable achievements; men who have triumphed mediocrity for the betterment of their communities. The Department of Social Development in partnership with various stakeholders in the private sector, non-profit organizations as well as non-state actors; proudly presents the South African Men of the Year Awards with aim of acknowledging honourable men who are preserving human dignity, alleviating poverty and advocates of positive transformation in their domains.
In addition to the above, the awards are regarded as a Legacy project with a going concern; that will encourage communities to identify role models who have produced tangible developments and projected a moral-standing that is worth noting. The SA Men of the Year Awards should not only be viewed in the lens of rhapsody and as a celebratory event; however it is a project aimed at restoring the identity of South African men, incubating developmental programs in the communities of all provinces to build and encourage vulnerable individuals and to raise a credible morale amongst men in society. The Awards are an annual and national campaign that will serve as a continuous collaborative, between the Gauteng Department of Social Development, other government constituencies and the non- profit organizational sector.
About Abuti Rams
Thabang “Abuti Rams” Ramoroka is a thought leader, digital communications strategist, author, managing director of Biz M8 Communications and CEO of Agape Youth Movement NPC. Abuti Rams has worked with individuals and groups across all markets including teachers, students, young adults, community, political and even religious leaders assisting and guiding them to greater levels of achievement, fulfillment and empowerment in all aspects of their lives. Added to his many roles, Abuti Rams contributes on public youth development dialogues and debates covering topics such as youth entrepreneurship, social transformation and social media having been featured on numerous international and local media platforms.