Letters to the editor


Dear Vuk’uzenzele

My name is Oupa Nakana from Limpopo, I am 28-years old.

I run a nursery project in my community which has created five jobs for locals.

We would like our project to grow, we would like to plant more fruit trees and flowers. Please can you advise us on how we can grow our business and funding opportunities.

Kind Regards

Oupa Nakana


Dear Oupa

Thank you for your letter.

Makola empowers village through quality education

A young Limpopo man who never had access to information growing up is making every effort to prevent a similar fate for young people in his area. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Satsope George Makola of Bakoneng village in Limpopo has earned himself hero status in his community for making quality education accessible to learners within the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality. Makola is the founder of Lesedi Institute of Education and Development (LIED), an online learning hub he established in 2021 to help learners in his community with digital learning material and online classes.

From waste picker to job creator

One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure. This saying rings especially true for 34-year-old Thembani Xulu, the owner of Jiba’s Recycling, in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natala. Xulu started as a waste picker in 2014 and now has 16 employees in his business which services clients such as Mpact Recycling and Consol Glass. “When I started I was struggling. I had no funding… We started this business without capital.

Empowered youngster carving entrepreneurial path

Sihle Cele from Gamalakhe, in KwaZulu-Natal, was on the cusp of abandoning any hope of becoming a productive member of society when he was given a new lease on life. The opportunity came in the form of Serenity Hills, a sprawling residential eco-estate in Margate on the south coast of the province. The development overlooks  the Indian Ocean and is set amidst lush nature, rocky outcrops and rolling hills.

Small businesses offered an opportunity to Bounce-Back

If you are a small business or a household looking for ways of not experiencing load shedding perhaps the National Treasury’s Energy Bounce-Back (EBB) Loan Guarantee Scheme is an initiative that you have been looking for. The EBB aims to encourage the generation of power through rooftop solar. Those interested in the scheme have until 30 August 2024 to apply. The EBB will help small business and households ease the effects of load shedding. It will work through three mechanisms.

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