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From being a security guard to working as a clerk – Nkazimlo Magwaza

Dear Future Silulo Student

Firstly, I am a Unitra social science graduate and you must be wondering why did I enrol with Silulo Ulutho Technologies to study the End User Computer Course. The fact of the matter is not all graduates know how to use a computer. In varsity during my period we never had a computer course as a module in my degree, so I struggled to type assignments and to do research nevertheless I graduated. After graduation I did what was expected of me, moved to Cape Town to search for a job as a social worker, my family was happy to see me live as they knew that ubhuti uyosebenza.

To my surprise, I got in Cape Town and spent most of my days at a Silulo internet café in Phillipi, typing my cv, looking for jobs online and ignoring most phone calls from my sisters who were asking for money thinking ndiyaphange kuba ndise Kapa. Apparently, I was aiming too high in my job applications as they proved to be fruitless then I decided to apply for a security officer job and luckily I got the post. Tjoo being a security officer is hard, try to think of sleeping with your boots on and sleeping with your boots on literally. My job was to patrol around the beach at night, sometimes I would ask myself who would steal sea water and the beautiful scenery. The answer to that question made me quit my job as it was not fulfilling and I was a earning a penny. Read more

20 Steps to finding a new job

 Getting a  Job or Changing  a career is never easy, but it helps if you know where to start, who to target and how to succeed getting it.  We asked around for  expert advice on this issue and compiled the 20 Steps of How To Find a New Job or A  Job. Below is a list of things you need to do step by step.

Make the first move. 1 Identify a new direction. “Create a list of career options you think you’d really enjoy, not just the ones you think you can do. Don’t limit your thinking at this stage. If you really want to start your own business, put that on you list. Then research how others changed into these careers.

2 Think about things you’re good at. “Jobseekers who ask, ‘What can I do with my qualifications/experience?’ have it backwards,” says Tanya de Grunwald, founder of GraduateFog.co.uk. “A good job search should start with you, not your CV. Are you an ideas person? Do you have the gift of the gab? Are you good at explaining things to others? Most of us don’t think of ourselves as ‘talented’ – but look closer and you’ll find something to guide you towards the sort of jobs you’ll most enjoy.”

3 … then think about the skills you have picked up Read more

What do cashiers do and what qualifications do they have?

Cashiers work in a variety of places including supermarkets, retail stores, gas stations, movie theaters and restaurants. As a cashier you’ll probably use a cash register to ring people up, take their money and give them their change and a receipt. You might also have to wrap or bag their purchase. Cashiers sometimes handle returns and exchanges.

At the end of a shift, you’ll have to count the money in your cash register and compare it with the sales data in the computer. Be careful with your money – although you probably won’t get in trouble for occasionally being a few cents short, you could get fired if it happens too often.

Depending on where you work, you might have other responsibilities as well. If you’re a cashier at a supermarket, you might be asked to clean your area as well as return unwanted items to shelves. If you work at a convenience store, you might have to create money orders and sell lottery tickets.

Almost half of all cashiers work part time. Most cashiers are asked to work weekends, evenings and holidays.

What are the education requirements?

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Silulo Ulutho Technologies in partnership with Kovacs is giving away bursaries

Education is one of the most important resources we have available to us. However , regardless of how essential it is, it is not available to us all. Sometimes through different circumstances we are no longer able to receive the benefits that education provides. Many people and organizations attempt to change this by offering to take on some of the burden that comes with pursuing knowledge. We at Silulo are proud to say that through Kovacs we are now able to offer bursaries to people in order for them to come and study with us so that they may further their education and so improve their lives. This is a vital opportunity and we suggest everyone to take a hold of it and to apply. The details of the bursary are as follows:

Kovacs has 40 bursaries to be given to students for the 6 Month End User Computer Course in one of the below areas, meaning these bursaries can only be offered to those who can attend at branches in the following areas:

Students who qualify for bursaries will be put together in a class– possibly 2-4 pm, class but this has yet to be confirmed. In order to be eligible for the bursary one must complete the following qualifying criteria:

  • Over 18 years
  • Unemployed
  • Passed Grade 10
  •  Be a South African citizen/ have citizenship

Those who are eligible for the bursary and wish to apply must write a motivation letter as to why they should get the bursary. Only students who have made the cut will be eligible  to pay  the refundable R500 registration fee to Silulo Ulutho Technologies in order to secure their place in the class. The refundable registration fee must be paid after the application process has been done and the student has been approved and notified that they will be receiving the bursary.

Students will be paid back the registration fee, on completion of the course, in the form of a 50- hour internet voucher. The closing date is the 4 August 2017 Applications can be dropped at the above stores or via emails: •

  • Dunoon and Phillipi – maxwell.miselo@gmail.com 081 498 4053
  • Blue Downs – mazetrani@gmail.com 083 871 9511 •
  • Delft – elerk@silulo.com 078 190 7401

For any queries, contact us through the Silulo Ulutho Technologies Facebook page.

 

Looking forward to the next six months of greatness!

Interview with Bulelwa Mpotololo ( End Use Computer Course student, Phillipi Village branch).

As a young and ambitious student in an emerging country, I’m eager to begin my journey to fulfill my goals with Silulo Ulutho Technologies. I’ve been looking forward to finally starting with my studies and moving forward in my life.

This is a once in a lifetime experience and I’m glad to be doing it with Silulo Ulutho. One of the most exciting moments of my life was when I got to touch a mouse for the first time. It was so interesting to see the mouse move on the screen while I was moving it on the desk. Technology is advancing so quickly that it’s amazing what we can do with it.

Learning to use word was one of my favourite things as it was so cool to find a new way of writing and knowing that the writing gets saved on the computer without being written with a pen and paper. All the cool ways of styles and fonts and also being able to change the colour of the words was so interesting and new to me that was like experiencing a new world.

I’m keen to start learning about PowerPoint so that I’ll be able to start doing presentations for work which will help my further my career. It’s nice that I can work and study at the same time. The great thing about studying with Silulo Ulutho is that you can see the results of your studies and use the things you learn immediately.

Top 5 things you should do after graduating

You just spent six MONTHS  getting your certificate and now the reality of being a graduate is setting in. Not only do you have to find a job, promotion but you have to figure out how to manage your finances, develop professional connections, and so much more.

That’s why I’m listing my top five things to do after graduation so that you feel as prepared as you possibly can to take on all these new life obstacles.

1. Join a young professionals meet up or a social media group in your area 

Here, you’ll find like-minded individuals who are around the same age as you. It’s a great networking opportunity to see if anyone is hiring, get a feel for where the best jobs are, and to bounce ideas off of people who have walked the same path you’re on.

2. Give your CV  a solid makeover

Let’s be honest – the CV you created in high school could probably use some help. One of the biggest mistakes that recent grads make on CV’s is not tailoring it to the job they are applying for. Instead, they make one blanket resume, send it to employers, and expect to hear a response.

Although that might work for some jobs, the reality is that the market is changing and employers want to see specifically why you are a good fit for the job. Yes, tailoring your resume is going to take extra time, but it’s also going to give you a better chance of getting hired.

3. Weigh your options carefully

It’s normal for recent college grads to want to jump on the first offer they receive because it means money in the bank and not being unemployed.

But I want you to think for a second – Is this position really the one you want? Is it going to help you meet all of your necessities? Is it going to help you get new skills? All of these questions are important to ask yourself before you say “yes” to an employment offer.

4. Apply to all at least 5  jobs every week only if you  are unemlpoyed

If you didn’t have a job lined up when you graduated from college, then it’s time to start hitting the job search boards. Remember, you’ll want to send a tailored resume and cover letter to each job that you apply for. Since this takes extra time, I encourage you to aim at applying for at least one job each day of the work week.

You can always visit our blog to find out where and how to apply for jobs

5. Write down short and long term goals

Be clear with where you’d like to be in six months, one year, and five years. Do you want to have a job in six months or get a promotion in a year? Write that down.

So many people have their goals floating around in their heads but they fail to write them down. I don’t know about you, but I feel much more motivated to do something when I’m looking at it every day.

Don’t be afraid to hold yourself accountable. If the goals change, so be it! But don’t lose sight of what you’re working toward…

Bonus Points:

Ask a for promotion

Once you have a better understanding of your own motivation, you can find a tactful way to request your promotion.

Study Further

Do another course that complements the course you graduated in. Please check what  courses we currently offer to avoid boredom.

 

If you find this helpful please email marketingwc@silulo.com or like it on our  Facebook page.

 

The Entrepreneurship Business Network Breakfast was a huge success….

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to attend and another huge thank you to our sponsor KGA Life Limited, Speakers, Partners, Delegates – without all of you, this event would just not have been possible.

In 2017,  Silulo Ulutho Foundation launched the first installment of Entrepreneurship Business Network Breakfast series , to create a discussion and a platform which supports an enabling environment for township aspiring start-ups to grow as successful entrepreneurs, to be economically and socially empowered, and to learn from various experiences and challenges across borders.

Outstanding entrepreneurs from various industries  candidly shared words, wisdom and stories of the experiences they have undergone in their professional and entrepreneurial journeys, the hard won lessons and the truth about the business world that not many people will tell you. Our young and emerging entrepreneurs who massively attended were highly inspired and motivated. The speakers included Professor Michael Morris from Entrepreneurship and Empowerment South Africa, Neil Pursey of Webgrowth Academy , Darlene Menzies of SMeasy , Luvuyo Rani founder of Silulo Ulutho Foundation, Buchule Sibaca from SMTAX , Tanya Mtthews and Luyanda Ndudula of Daisy Solutions.

Professor Michael Morris (on the picture) made it clear that here is no future of South Africa without Entrepreneurship and  that entrepreneurs are not born, they are made. “Entrepreneurship is a process, if you see it as a process it, can be broken into steps, it can be managed, and anyone can learn it and without “discipline” you will fail as an entrepreneur” he says.

In his speech he mentioned that there are 6 critical things that entrepreneurs were overlooking.

1. Separate personal  life from the business
2.  Numbers, record everything. What do you do with those number?
3. Leverage resources surrounding
4. Most business don’t know how to sell or prospect, they need to sell everyday
5.Pricing (Find a way of justifying high prices)
6. Standardized, run a business like it is a franchise (standardize every process)

 

A critical reflection on what is needed to accelerate sustainable development led to the joint agreement that all entrepreneurs should really put their money where their mouths are and start investing in each other and be proactive in promoting the culture of mentorship and entrepreneurship to boost the township economy and alleviate poverty.

To make the sessions more effective with programmes that have a direct effective approach to issues faced by aspiring entrepreneurs and more hands-on than theory, we are introducing the exhibition area which is made up of high quality, outstanding and impactful businesses who have made great strides in their respected fields.

Join us on the 14th of July 2017 at the Komani Town Hall, Queenstown for a day of entrepreneurship empowerment, capacity development and dialogue on the opportunities, gaps and solutions for enhancing economic transformation and development agendas that put entrepreneurship at the centre of  South Africa’s economic growth and development.

You can participate in this event as a Sponsor, Partner, Speaker, Exhibitor, Delegate or Visitor.

Luvuyo Rani – “What business has taught me…….”

WORK LIFE ‘What I learnt in  business’

The eldest of four boys, LUVUYO RANI (41) was born in the Eastern Cape and educated at Kwa-Komani High School in Queenstown. After a short career in teaching, he went into business with his brother to create Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a company servicing the burgeoning internet needs of township communities. From humble beginnings, the business has grown exponentially, garnering Luvuyo numerous local and international awards. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World by the prestigious NGO Junior Chamber International, and recently picked up a coveted award for social entrepreneurship from the World Economic Forum. Luvuyo, who lives with his wife Zanele in Cape Town, tells BRONWEN BOWMER his story…

‘Business is exciting,’ says internet whizz Luvuyo, who worked his way out of poverty.

’My father worked as a nurse, but his passion was rugby. He was one of the best, people said. Much to his dismay, I was much more into Latin American dancing. My mother was a domestic worker who also ran a shebeen from our sitting room. I now realise my journey of entrepreneurship began with her. More than anything, I learnt resilience. Black entrepreneurs weren’t free then [during apartheid], so there were many raids and my mother was often arrested. But she kept going. I don’t think I’d be where I am today if it weren’t for those difficult years.

In 1991, my mother started going to the Pentecostal church in Queenstown. After that there was much more hope in our family. We became a family that believes God has a plan for us. To start with, I just went along with her, but then felt in my spirit this was something I needed to be involved in. We came from poverty, but our foundation was strong so we were able to survive. I was a good boy, disciplined and well dressed. As the first-born, I was involved with family affairs and soon realised that I could combat poverty through education. So in 1994 I passed grade 12 very well, with a university exemption.

My father didn’t have much, but gave me R500 for my bus ticket to go and study in Cape Town. I wanted to study political science, but the University of the Western Cape was so busy with protests that I couldn’t get into that department. Instead, I completed a bridging course in commerce, accounting and economics at Cape Tech that led to a BTech in Education. My teachers saw I was smart and offered me assistant jobs that helped pay for my studies. This was incredibly helpful as my father tragically died in an accident around this time. I studied by day and worked at night, including a job at the V&A Waterfront providing information. I had to wear this long shirt, shorts and takkies [sports shoes], and girls used to come up and laugh at me!

‘the bug had bitten’

Not long after graduating, I applied for a teaching post in Khayelitsha township and went there to teach accounting, business economics and entrepreneurship. I taught for three years and it was one of the best times of my life. Then a cousin of mine started selling vetkoek [fried buns] outside the school gates and at break time, I would go and help her. I got into trouble with the principal, but the entrepreneurial bug had bitten. After work, my youngest brother Lonwabo and I had long discussions about what we could do to make more money. We considered all sorts of options, from township tours to phone services and even sold diapers at one stage, but our stock was stolen so we gave that up.

In 2004, I resigned as a teacher to sell refurbished computers with Lonwabo. He had a paid job fixing phones, so he borrowed R10 000 from the bank and bought four refurbished computers. We sold these out of the boot of my Corsa Lite to Khayelitsha teachers who needed them for the admin generated by the new outcome-based education. People thought I was crazy to quit my job, but we persisted, getting groups of six teachers together in stokvels [savings clubs] to buy a computer a month. Our profit was R400 per computer. But it cost us to have the computers repaired or serviced, so we invited our friend Sigqibo Phangabantu to take care of that side of things.

The name of our company, Silulo, comes from the first syllables of each of our three names.
Soon we saw the computers standing unused in the teachers’ homes! We realised that if the teachers came to us, we could teach them to use them. In 2006 we opened an internet café, convincing a tenant at Khayelitsha Mall to rent out part of his phone shop to us. Our supplier loaned us 10 computers and we planned to repay R10 000 monthly until we had paid off the computers. The first month, we made R250 and our expenses were R12 000! Our cheques were bouncing and people were angry with us, but we knew this was a great opportunity and refused to give up. People were coming into the shop, asking for assistance with their CVs and other simple computer issues: in those days, many didn’t know the difference between fax and email. We realised the need for training in the ICT sector was great, and started courses for the whole community.
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Building a sustainable South Africa through entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship Business Network Breakfast (EBNB) is the brainchild of Silulo Ulutho Foundation, a non profit organisation focusing on developing and empowering small to medium enterprises, startup companies, entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs through outreach programmes and initiatives.

5.4 million South Africans's are unemployed*. Entrepreneurs and small businesses have the potential to recast this stark reality. According to statistics South Africa, small businesses currently contribute nearly 50% to our gross domestic product and offer more than 50% of employment opportunities. We can't rely on government projects to do this alone, SiluloUlutho Foundation has recognised the need to build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, hence we have launched the series of entrepreneurship business network breakfasts that will be hosted around the country.

 

The plattform that we are creating consists of industry role players each playing a unique role in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The EBNB will inspire authentic tales from the trenches and leave you inspired to start something (your own business). Tactical, hands on training will be heard from industry experts at our breakfast.

To attend the first instalment of EBNB please book your ticket online or RSVP by email andy@silulo.com or call 071 099 7901. The event will take place at the Isivivane Centre in Khayelitsha on the 24th of June.

Behind The Story: Watch this video and see how Silul Ulutho Technologies is transforming the township economy through ICT

Watch this video and be inspired by how Silulu Ulutho Technolgies is addressing the Information and Communication Technology gap in our Townships with the aim of reducing the unemployment rate, empowering the society through education, skills and training, bringing resources closer to you.

 

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