Ithuba, Re­ge­nesys to help up­lift SA women

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES & NEWS - Sandile Mchunu

NA­TIONAL lottery op­er­a­tor, Ithuba, has joined forces with Re­ge­nesys Busi­ness School in an at­tempt to up­lift women in the re­tail in­dus­try.

Ithuba said on Fri­day that 18 of their top per­form­ing fe­male na­tional lottery re­tail­ers were be­ing equipped with knowl­edge that would turn them into skilled pro­fi­cient busi­ness­women. Many of Ithuba’s top per­form­ing re­tail­ers were bud­ding en­trepreneurs and busi­ness own­ers who had a bold vi­sion.

The re­tail­ers come from very di­verse back­grounds with vary­ing lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ithuba’s head of hu­man re­sources and en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment, Joy Diphok­wana, said: “Our en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme is aimed at trans­fer­ring skills as well as nur­tur­ing the sus­tain­able growth of small busi­nesses. The prin­ci­ples which un­der­pin the Ithuba busi­ness are syn­ony­mous with the work ethic up­held by its re­tailer part­ners – val­ues that pitch ex­cel­lence, hard work and a cus­tomer-ori­en­tated mind­set as its suc­cess pil­lars.”

Re­ge­nesys has part­nered with Ithuba, through its cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ment pro­gramme, in this ini­tia­tive to de­velop a qual­ity one-week pro­gramme that will em­power the re­tail­ers with crit­i­cal busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and re­tail man­age­ment ex­per­tise.

Se­lec­tion

The na­tion­wide se­lec­tion of these 18 par­tic­i­pants is mod­elled around a pro­gramme that will en­able the pro­vi­sion of fu­ture fi­nance and mar­ket­ing sup­port in­clud­ing help in busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity. The pro­gramme’s ob­jec­tive is to teach en­trepreneurs how to build a sus­tain­able busi­ness that will grow and gen­er­ate jobs.

The par­tic­i­pants in­clude Ithuba’s top per­form­ing re­tailer, Shahn Jef­fries from Taronga Mo­tors, Cape Town.

Jef­fries said that be­fore she launched into the world of busi­ness she was very com­fort­able in her 24-year cor­po­rate job. “Never in my life would I have imag­ined to ex­cel in one of the big­gest yet re­ward­ing risks of my life. I am proud of the suc­cess I have made.”

Ithuba said it was aware of the im­pact busi­nesses had in driv­ing a more in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able growth for the coun­try’s econ­omy.

This was why the op­er­a­tor is com­mit­ted about im­prov­ing and grow­ing de­vel­op­ment by in­clud­ing small busi­nesses and im­pact­ing com­mu­ni­ties in its value chain strat­egy.

Ithuba chief ex­ec­u­tive Char­maine Mabuza said: “This pro­gramme is very close to my heart as it shows Ithuba’s com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing women in busi­ness and up­skilling them to claim a mean­ing­ful space within the South African econ­omy.”

Re­ge­nesys Busi­ness School Dean, Dr Penny Law, said the com­pany be­lieved that nur­tur­ing fu­ture busi­ness lead­ers was vi­tal for the growth of our coun­try.

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