PE student going to G20 Summit in China

2016-07-20 06:00
Co-founders of Anogona (Pty) Ltd, Amanda Hobana (left) and Ethu Ncanywa. Amanda has been chosen to represent SA at the G20 Summit in China.       Photo: SUPPLIED

Co-founders of Anogona (Pty) Ltd, Amanda Hobana (left) and Ethu Ncanywa. Amanda has been chosen to represent SA at the G20 Summit in China. Photo: SUPPLIED

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AMANDA Hobana, a 20-year-old third year BCom Accounting student at NMMU, has been chosen to represent South Africa at the 7th annual G20 Summit that will be held in Beijing, China, on August 8 and 9.

She is one of only 24 girls from across the globe chosen to attend the summit.

G20 provides a unique opportunity for young girls to shape the recommendations made to G20 leaders on how to increase Female Labour Force Participation, a key to economic growth, reducing poverty and increasing a country’s GDP.

“Post-Summit, we as delegates will help to contribute to the G20 Leaders’ commitment to creating 100 million jobs for women by 2025 by creating our own initiatives or helping to scale up existing initiatives to pay it forward,” said Hobana.

She is the co-founder of a local non-profit organisation called the Anogona (Pty) Ltd.

She started it in 2014 as the You Can Foundation with CEO Ethu Ncanywa, before changing the name in 2015 to Anogona, meaning ‘She Can’.

“Ethu and I met through the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF), and through the various activities that we did as part of the AGOF programme, we had to identify inefficiencies and come up with solutions to them. This is how the idea came about, and through our passion for women empowerment and our bigger vision for South Africa,” said Hobana.

The foundation aims to empower and mentor young girls from townships who have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful in putting their lives together.

“Anogona is a platform that is in direct response to the growing number of young girls who are either falling through the cracks at school or are seeking assistance in building a bright legacy for themselves,” she said.

The foundation covers a number of topics with the young women, including education, relationships, health and beauty and social challenges.

“It is through personal interaction that a sense of individual responsibility be re-established to give our girls the commitment to follow through on a path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment,” she adds.

They give presentations to their target age group at township schools where the girls have to fill out an application form and participate in an interview to join the programme.

Hobana entered for the G20 Summit after seeing an advert online.

“I wish to get exposure and take my place as a female leader through education, global experience and entrepreneurial training to increase Female Labour Force Participation in South Africa,” she said.

“I also wish to use this opportunity as a way of growing Anogona and attracting sponsors who will buy into this idea and help us reach more girls and grow into a global enterprise.”

This is Hobana’s first successful attempt at joining an international opportunity. She has previously entered for the G20 Summit as well and was unsuccessful.

“This is a big milestone in my life and I am very humbled to have been afforded this opportunity. I feel determined to make my fellow South African women proud, especially those who look up to me from the townships,” she said.


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