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MEDIA RELEASE: ABUTI RAMS CONSULTANCY SET TO LAUNCH A ROAD SAFETY PROGRAMME

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Abuti Rams Consultancy​ (ARC) in partnership with Transport Education Training Authority​ (TETA) will implement Tsogo Road Safety Programme​ with 600 participants in 4 provinces (Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape) in the South Africa. The aim of the 4-month programme is to address the minimal road safety knowledge and explore the best practices amongst youth which increases their vulnerability towards road fatalities but also expose them to the opportunities within the road transport sector.

Principal to the implementation of Tsogo Road Safety Programme is the mass public awareness and participation within road safety and transport sector. This will be done in a form of capacity building workshops within 4 provinces in South African rural and township communities. The key objectives of the programme are to:
– Increase awareness on road safety and road transport sector amongst the youth;
– Conscientise and expose out-of-school youth to internship and graduate opportunities within the road transport sector; and
– Capacitate SMMEs with relevant skills within the road transport sector to participate meaningfully in the local economic growth.

Below are the dates of the first phase of the programme:
– Northern Cape (Galeshewe in Kimberly) – 24 & 25 July 2018
– Mpumalanga (Carolina at Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality) – 1 & 2 August 2018
– Gauteng (City of Tshwane at Bronkhorstspruit) – 7 & 8 August 2018
– Limpopo (Polokwane) – 14 & 15 August 2018

Some of the stakeholders supporting the programme include Road Accident Fund​ (RAF), Rtia-Aarto​ and Cross Border Road Transport Agency​ (C-BRTA).

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For Enquiries
Thabang Ramoroka
Abuti Rams Consultancy
+27 12 771 4705
media@abutirams.co.za
@MyTsogo

Nkateko Masinga joins Young African Leaders Initiative

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On the 20 June 2018, Nkateko Masinga went to the United States of America (USA), taking part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders,  the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was initiated by former President of the the United States, Barack Obama in 2013.

Nkateko will be studying Civic Leadership at Wagner College in New York for the first six weeks of her fellowship, which will be followed by a Summit in Washington DC where she will meet and network with other young leaders from Africa as well as the United States.

Wagner College is a private, national liberal arts college in the New York City borough of Staten Island, New York, United States. Founded in 1883 and with a current enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Wagner is known for its academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. The college is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nkateko will be honing her skills at an institution with a rich history and a commitment to the arts as well as civic engagement, two things she is passionate about. She hopes to return with knowledge that will be beneficial to the organisations she is affiliated with, particularly with regard to expanding the corporate social responsibility divisions of such organisations.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

In 2018, the Fellowship will provide up to 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home. Institutes focus on leadership and skills development in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management.

Chairman speaks at Africa Day Celebration in Pretoria

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On the 31st of May 2018, the National Library of South Africa in collaboration with the African Union hosted an Africa Day Dialogue with colleagues from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. The programme was aimed at revisiting AU’s 2063 Agenda looking at it from varying aspects.

The chairman made the following opening remarks whilst sitting at the panel:
“It is rather sad and unfortunate that the same AU which we are about to unpack its agenda and relevance will only have 35% of youth and 50% of women by the year 2025. Today we sit in a country whose population is 70% youth, however the government departments is 90% old. What about now? Why not clean up AU now? What’s stopping us now? Where do we expect to find fresh ideas to solve the emerging challenges can come with industry 4.0? Anyways, let us not even touch the 4th Industrial Revolution because we are 20 years behind. The first world countries are already in the 5th Industrial Revolution yet we expect old men and women to understand and catch up with the rest of world.”

Amongst the panelists were members from academia, African Renaissance Institute, Business and South African Government who were contributing towards the discussion to find amicable solutions for the challenges facing the continent. One of the challenges identified by Mr Ramoroka was that of lack of political.

“We must understand that one of the biggest problem facing the lack of youth development in our continent is lack of political will and leaders who are not innovative enough to create an enabling environment for youth to thrive with their skills, talents and qualifications. Each year we graduate more than 10 thousands, however, these young people cannot be placed anywhere.  And NO, our biggest problem is not employability but lack of innovation from our leaders to create an enabling environment for jobs and functioning economies in Africa.” he emphasised.

“What we lack as African youth is collaboration. A challenge that I might be having in South Africa, there’s someone in Kenya who has found a working solution for it. With technology, we are able to tumble down the borders and collaborate on projects that can change lives and help put food on the table for millions of our people.” he added.

ARC appoints two new directors

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Abuti Rams Consultancy (ARC) wishes to announce the appointment of two new directors Ms Nkateko Masinga and Ms Tshegofatso Ramothibe. The two directors officially joined the firm on Friday 25 May 2018 with a purpose of growing the its vision and take it to greater heights.

“After numerous applications and interviews with incredible applicants as well as insightful deliberations and consultations with business leaders and experts, I am excited to have the chosen the best leaders who will be joining me and the ARC team as we embark on a journey of igniting human potential. What’s more exciting is that they are both young ladies who have massive passion of development and empowerment of others.”, said Mr Thabang Ramoroka, Chief Executive of ARC.

The two directors joins the founder and CEO, Mr Thabang Ramoroka to lead the firm. Ms Masinga takes a role of products development whereas Ms Ramothibe will head  the overall operations of the company. Both ladies have impeccable experience in both business the corporate sector having worked on some of the local and global initiatives across industries.

“I believe that with their skills, qualifications and experience, the firm will grow to even greater frontiers and tap into the untapped industries in the South African business landscape. Abuti Rams Consultancy will continue to grow and we believe that it has the right cohort to do great in the future. We wish them well on this journey”, the CEO added.

Chairman of ARF to speak at the 4th African Leadership Awards and Nation Building Series

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Chairman of the Abuti Rams Foundation (ARF), Mr Thabang Ramoroka will speak at the 4th African Leadership Awards and Nation Building Series to be held on Friday 18th May and Saturday 19th May 2018 at the Human rights Hall, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The chairman will speak on the second plenary session focusing on  Youth in Africa, Development & Agenda 2063. These are part of the discussions around the celebrations of Africa Month (May).

Keynote Address by Deputy Minister – Hon. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

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SPEAKING NOTES FOR THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POSTAL SERVICES, MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS AT THE ICT YOUTH BOOTCAMP
15 NOVEMBER 2017
The 4th Industrial Revolution in the South African context and the role ICT Youth SMMEs need to play
 
Programme Director,
Leadership of Abuti Rams Consultancy
Distinguished guests,
Members of the media,
 
I extend warm greetings to you this morning.
 
It is indeed a pleasure to be in the presence of young people, captains of the ICT industry, who are congregated during this Global Entrepreneurship Week, to explore ways on how to grow your respective brands through digital platforms; and compete both locally and globally.
 
Programme Director,
The era of the 4th Industrial Revolution is dominated by trends related to mobile technologies, cloud computing, smart connected devices, cyber physical systems and robotic technology; amongst many others.
 
It has seen the emergence of new energy supplies and technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), advanced manufacturing and 3D printing and artificial intelligence (IA).
 
The 4th Industrial Revolution presents opportunities to developing countries has the potential to raise global income levels, thereby improving the quality of life for people and opening up new markets due to improved technological innovation and.
 
As we move towards this industrial revolution, it is imperative to note that new technologies and digital platforms will increasingly enable citizens to engage with government by voicing their opinions in a coordinated manner, which will circumvent the supervision of public authorities.
 
The 4th Industrial Revolution will profoundly impact the nature of national and international security, affecting both the probability and nature of cyberspace and cyber-warfare.
 
In terms of business, it will invariably force big companies to re-examine the way that they conduct business by aligning with local innovators.
 
For communities, the 4th Industrial Revolution will not only change what society and people are used to doing daily but also of who they are; challenging cultural practices and traditions.
 
Inevitably, people will be required to have new sets of skills to access employment opportunities and career advancement.
 
Distinguished guests,
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has been tasked to facilitate a country approach on the 4th Industrial Revolution with all the relevant stakeholders.
 
In this respect, government has prioritised the development of SMMEs as a crucial milestone for employment, wealth creation, development of innovations and contribution to economy. This is supported by legislative and policy frameworks that support the development of SMMEs and cooperatives.
 
This includes, amongst others, the National Small Business Act which provides an overall legislative framework on the development of SMMEs across various sectors of the economy.
 
Programme Director,
My Department has further developed the National ICT Integrated White Paper Policy, which provides the new policy framework for the ICT sector and specifically addresses barriers to entry for SMMEs to participate in the sector. This policy was approved by Cabinet in September 2016.
 
On the 1st November 2017, Cabinet also approved the ICT SMME Development Strategy, which is a sector specific intervention to address challenges facing SMMEs operating in the ICT sector.
 
The strategy proposes interventions to accelerate the development and growth of small enterprises in the ICT sector, whilst facilitating an increase in the levels of uptake and usage of ICTs by the general small business sector.
 
These interventions include, opening up of both the telecommunications and IT sectors for SMMEs to effectively participate and compete on providing ICT services.
 
Ladies and gentlemen,
My department, through partnerships with relevant key stakeholders, will also focus more on relevant skills development initiatives to respond to the 4th Industrial Revolution opportunities.
 
Such identified skills include: ICT and e-literacy, software and applications development, e-commerce, cloud computing, website development and web hosting, business and financial management skills.
 
We have also committed to forge partnerships with municipalities and key stakeholders to establish ICT Hubs in townships to support rural enterprises. This is in appreciating the need to decentralise services so as to benefit all citizens of the country.
 
However, as we forge ahead on this quest, it is worth noting that government continues to experience challenges in the rollout of SMME development programmes due to a lack of an integrated national database of SMMEs in the ICT sector.
 
There are many SMME groups including associations which are currently fragmented and are at various levels of development. The Department has responded to this challenge by creating a single integrated database of all SMMEs in the ICT sector so as to enable harmonisation and coordination of ICT SMME initiatives.
 
These are some of the interventions introduced by the ICT SMME Development Strategy, which aims to support start-up ICT enterprises, strengthen existing enterprises and extend support to potentially viable SMMEs.
 
I therefore urge you to read this important ICT Sector SMME Development Strategy.
 
As we embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution, we need to move towards diversified economies driven by productivity. Our economy need to develop more tech-savvy entrepreneurs who will be able to respond to technological developments as introduced by the 4th Industrial Revolution.
 
It is important to also leverage on opportunities presented by this technological revolution to address the socio-economic challenges that South Africa is facing. As entrepreneurs, let us remember that our primary motive is to solve problems in our community. As ICT entrepreneurs, let our drive be to use ICT technologies to provide solutions to our people through innovation.
 
With this being said, allow me to conclude by congratulating the programme organisers – Abuti Rams Consultancy – as this Bootcamp further serves as the official launch of digiTAAL – a training programme to support SMMEs in townships and rural areas who have minimal ICT Skills.
 
Let us continue to use ICT technologies to create jobs and reduce poverty in our country, and further improve and strengthen our township economy through innovative means.
 
I thank you.

ICT Youth Bootcamp

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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.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Time: 8:00am – 5pm

Venue: Standard Bank Incubator, Rosebank

Email: events@abutirams.co.za

Phone: 012 771 4705

Registration: http://www.abutirams.co.za/event/ict-youth-bootcamp/

Abuti Rams congratulates Pule Sir on his new appointment

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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 State of Credit Capture – Secure in Credit Comfort

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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.”