Local businesses get training

2019-03-26 06:01
Yolanda Valentine, Michelle Orris, Sharron Brink, Shereen Matthews.

Yolanda Valentine, Michelle Orris, Sharron Brink, Shereen Matthews.

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Angels Resource Centre in Fish Hoek started their Big Shake-up New Venture Creation programme in the area this month, focusing on training and mentoring sustainable businesses in Ocean View and Masiphumelele.

Angels Resource Centre is a registered non-profit organisation that invites companies to invest their Enterprise Development (ED), socio-economic development (SED) or Corporate Social Investment (CSI) funds towards the programmes.

The SETA-accredited programme is sponsored by Greenhouse Foundation, an NPC developed to support business development from SMMEs to corporates.

The Big Shake-up (TBSU) programme aims to turn entrepreneurs into enablers and potential employers in their communities by teaching them sustainable business practices and entrepreneurial skills.

Charlotte Thornton from Angels Resource Centre says: “We provide business skills training, mentoring, and incubation with a unique focus on rural and survivalist entrepreneurs. The idea was how to get into a community and shake things up hence the name,” she says.

Four recruits, Yolanda Valentine, Michelle Orris, Sharron Brink and Shereen Matthews joined Angels’ CEO, Lizelle Coombs at their Town Square head office to begin a six-month journey, starting with monthly full-day Business Skills training and half-day Hive Mind mentoring sessions. Currently, the participants’ business interests range from starting a safe house to owning a coffee shop.

Yolanda Valentine of False Bay Trading Lekkerwater Road, was part of the training. She runs the recycling centre which she took over from her parents who have done it for over two decades.

She says: “My first Business Skills training session at Angels was life-changing. I will definitely implement those skills in my business.”

Valentine’s business offers a buy-back system. She says: “Anybody interested can exchange their recycle items for cash. I have trained quite a few people in Masiphumelele in recycling – and the education still continues! Once I have a vehicle, my goal is to target Red Hill.”

In a previous interview with People’s Post, (Waste, your gold mine, 12 February) a passionate Valentine said she was looking forward to the training and for her recycling is a big thing. “If there is one thing that hit me was the fact that litter, especially in landfills fills long after we die. This must cause a concern. This must get us worried and look at ways how we can turn this around. This is why I have become a preacher when it comes to recycling. If we continue like this, we are destroying the environment. When I’m in my area I clean around. Talk to people about recycling because we all have to be on board for this to work,” she said at the time.

Angels is currently running a fundraising effort through BackABuddy to purchase a car and baler in order to cut costs for Valentine. By not having to pay for recycling companies to pick up recycling material that Valentine collects, she is able to pay a higher price to those who collect recycling from the streets.

Thornton says the car and the baler will go a long way for Valentine. “She will be able to go into the community and pick up bags for recycling, hence cutting a lot of costs for everyone. Also, the baler will help her compress the cans and bottles meaning she can fit more into her bakkie,” she says.

Coombs, who joined the community clean-up in Masi in January, realised the extent of the need. She says: “We are so excited to be starting on this journey in the Southern Peninsula and are committed to planting the seeds for change and growth in our local communities.”

V For more information, contact Charlotte Thornton on 0861 111 950 or email angels@angelsinc.co.za

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