Stokvel entertainment ideas
Vincent Phahlane looks at ways stokvels can keep members entertained
GETTING entertainment for your stokvel doesn’t mean members should go all out and spend a lot of money. There are plenty of things that members can do to entertain themselves. Getting entertainment does not require money, but members need to think out the box and plan fun ways to enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.
Stokvel members work hard to keep the group active and what better way to show appreciation for their hard work and to get their minds off things than with a pamper session?
Thato Melato, the chairperson of Style Sisters stokvel from Pretoria, says most stokvels tend to forget that they sometimes need to keep things light whenever they have their meetings and to keep themselves entertained.
“They must not forget that stokvels are more of a social gathering than a business meeting.
"Stokvels should be like a family,” she says.
Thato says there are plenty of ideas stokvels can come up with to entertain themselves. “Our stokvel goes on vacation at the end of the year, where we get
pampered and tour the place we are visiting. We do this to get to know each other better," she says.
INVITE OTHER STOKVELS
Although financial wellness expert, Andile Fulane is not against yearend parties, he suggests that stokvels should rather use the money they would have used on the party on going on vacation or visiting other stokvels.
“Some people join a stokvel with the sole purpose of being able to afford a vacation. I believe that stokvels must travel and explore other stokvels so that they can empower and learn from each other. It can be beneficial to meet other stokvels that are determined to achieve the same goals as your stokvel,” he says. One of the ways to socialise with other stokvels is by hosting a stokvel workshop and inviting members of the community as well. This will market your stokvel and help to grow your membership.
HAVE FUN ACTIVITIES
Andiswa Hlatswayo from Real Divas stokvel, from Tsakane in the east of Joburg, says their stokvel entertains itself by learning new things and learning from each other. “We invite speakers such as financial advisors who advise members on how they can save and invest their money.
"We discuss our financial goals, and the speakers also educate us on possible investment opportunities and the potential risks of investing,” she says.
Andiswa says stokvel members can entertain themselves by challenging other stokvels to a cooking competition.
“Stokvels in the cooking challenge bring their most trusted recipes and put them up against each other to see which one is the best. Other stokvel members will be the judges of the cooking competition and there’s always a prize to be won and the winners will have bragging rights," she says. She adds that they also host sports events like soccer and netball tournaments and have fun activities for the community like a water slide. They also use this as a fundraising opportunity to help their community.
Stokvels are more of a social gathering than a business meeting
Stokvels do not have to spend a lot of money entertaining themselves. Members need to think out the box