Stokvel en­ter­tain­ment ideas

Vin­cent Phahlane looks at ways stokvels can keep mem­bers en­ter­tained

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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.

PAM­PER YOUR­SELVES

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

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