14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, November 1 2017 | NEW ERA Popya with Shaleen Manhire Nullens Young Zimbabwean woman who became a successful serial entrepreneur Zimbabwean Shaleen Manhire Nullens is now a successful serial entrepreneur. (Photo courtesy of Shaleen Manhire Nullens) Shaleen Manhire Nullens has been working since she was 14, beginning a long road that now sees her reach her potential as a successful serial entrepreneur. for her father’s Zimbabwe- moved up to the role of typist, then to his personal assistant by the time she But it was a family setback that caused her to think about entrepreneurship. Her father became ill and his business began to falter, and while his hospital bills were mounting, his company’s revenue was dropping. The family sold off all of their cars, and wiped out their savings. Eventually, Nullens one company, becoming a serial entrepreneur. Among her companies are C o n q u e r e d Events, Conquered TV, and L’eau Choisie, a bottled still water brand, both based in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Choisie, is very successful. It is in a sector that is growing. In fact, according to one recent survey the bottled water market in South Africa is expected to grow 7.01 percent by revenue during the period Nullens tells AFKInsider how her childhood helped her become a successful serial entrepreneur. My husband, who wasn’t my husband then, was working and we also got a bit of funds coming through business, L’eau Choisie, and get it started. There were a lot of challenges that we faced, and, of course, finance one. It takes a lot of money to be able to start such a business. We didn’t get a loan from the bank because a lot of things were asked, security, etc., which wasn’t the right time. I had to go [and] negotiate with the supplier and, mind you, we had no track record with them. All of that was a huge challenge for us to be able to conquer, start a business and move forward. One of the lessons I learned was don’t put all your eggs in one basket. For example, my dad and I were always counting on the family business because that’s all we had and that’s all that was looking after everyone. Everything was perfect; no one thought that something wrong could happen, that our life could literally change. So, don’t take things for granted, there always is room for change. Anything could happen. The best thing that I like about entrepreneurship is to be able to implement the ideas that you have in your mind. You have something, if you are innovative enough, of course, an idea that you think could make the business better, and you need to be able to implement it. Unlike corporate, where you’d have to go through stages and you’d have to be believed in to take your idea. With this, you is you. In Zimbabwe, there is a march for women. The economy itself doesn’t even have anything to support anyone. M entioning women is a totally different story. But, from the South African point of view, there is support; women are in entrepreneurship, which is fair enough. Well, with the mineral water business, to be able to stand out from competitors is a bit tricky because operating in a country like Zimbabwe – price is everything. My goals for 2018 are to grow the businesses I have currently. We want to buy two more businesses next year, so that’s the goal. Not to grow too fast but to keep an eye out for opportunities, anything that we could get into, we’re always on the lookout for how we could grow our portfolio. I started when I was planning my own wedding, it was quite fun. I didn’t I decided to do it myself. While doing it, it was so that I wouldn’t mind doing this. A couple of months later, we started Conquered Events. We started off with a big wedding – we are talking about 300 people did. It was a big challenge but it was very successful. My dad said I have to work every day after school. I didn’t like it but he wouldn’t have it any other impressed him. He started taking me to presentations and meetings. He asked me to silently observe and learn. I hunted and got a new of the few clients that remained at my dad’s company. We didn’t have any machinery; we did everything manually. We didn’t even have a machine Windhoek Partnerships with development stakeholders, including the youth and academia, are crucial to eradicate poverty, save the planet and ensure prosperity for all. “We challenge [the youth] to be the generation that creates a fairer world; a world with a healthy and educated population and where poverty is a thing of the past. We challenge you to unite for development,” says the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho. In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations, the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) hosted an exhibition for learners aimed at encouraging the youth to use their voices to bring about positive change in line with national, regional and international development agendas. The exhibition, held under the theme, “United with UN Namibia for sustainable development” took place last week at the UN House in Klein Windhoek. Demonstrating the innovation and drive of a younger generation, the marimba band from Sunshine Private School performed an original piece about the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the proceedings, encouraging the audience to use their voices to bring the change they want to see and to achieve the 17 global goals. Learners and other invited guests had the opportunity to learn more about the UN’s work in Namibia and to interact with various programmes’ staff members. The exhibition also raised awareness of the United Nations Partnership Framework, a partnership framework between UN Namibia and the Namibian government. had to measure with our eyes. I then moved door to door at big shops and asked them to taste and stock my water. I named the companies Conquered Events and Conquered TV because I believe I have conquered even when the universe seemed to be against me. The business is a big money spinner that is helping us survive comfortably now. My advice to new entrepreneurs is be patient, nothing comes in quick or easy. As you move forward, look at those established in your industry and study and understand what they are doing. [If] they’re surely missing what the end client needs, try to identify that and provide that service so you stick out even from the ones that are established. – Excerpted from Africa. com Windhoek “Unity in Diversity” was the underlying theme when the Windhoek Central Seventh Adventist Church youth had a culture day last Saturday. More than 1 500 youth showcased their talents in cooking, singing and their respective traditional attires. emphasise among the church members the importance of culture, tribe or its cultural norms. Church elder, Sinvula Mudaveti, who organised the event, said it was high time the church appreciated all cultures. “We are not promoting something new here, our Lord and Saviour through the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:27 says all of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it, why then would we deliberately decide to divide ourselves because of culture,” said Mudaveti. But some members had different feelings about the event saying the church was now moving away from its beliefs. Postrick Likando said the event was promoting unity but cautious how it should do this. “Let me not be misquoted, I’m not saying it’s wrong. All I’m saying is where are we getting all these celebrations, we never celebrated culture in church, but nevertheless I’m glad it happened at least I now know how to make oshikundu and other kinds of food that my culture don’t do,” he stressed.
Wednesday, November 1 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 15 Okondjatu learners focused despite odd state of hostel Prize-giving… Okondjatu Combined School 2017 dux learner, Katrina Agarob, receving her prize from Revonia Kahivere, corporate social investment manager at FNB Namibia. Photos: Contributed Staff Reporter Windhoek The Namibian Mathematics Institute and FNB Namibia have launched the Omwaalu Mathematics Project. The Omwaalu set was developed to enable pre-primary and Grade 1 teachers to teach basic numerical concepts using a hands-on and fun approach. Through playing with different mathematical materials learners “discover” numerical concepts themselves and the typical fear for the subject is reduced. The teacher’s role is changed from the typical teaching “instructor” to teaching “facilitator”, enabling learners to experience mathematics as interesting and even “fun to learn”. Omwaalu mathematics project launched “We are donating an amount of N9,000 towards this worthy initiative which will ensure Staff Reporter Windhoek D conditions in the hostel of the Okondjatu Combined School, and even at home, learners at the school in the Okakarara Constituency remain focused and determined. “I remain focused on my goals and I don’t allow my circumstances to determine my future,” determines one of the shining stars at the school, for the past ten years and a very well-behaved young woman who is also always willing to assist other learners with their homework. Born in the small village of Okahitanda, Agarob started school in 2008 at the school. “Seeing the poverty at home really encouraged me to study very hard. Seeing how the The Omwaalu team… Hedwig Kauaria, Libertina #Neis, Sylvia Nguasena, Bianca Laksman, Frieda Gaingos, Selma Gawazas Rinouzeu Kaangandue, Kambangero Ndjavera, Josephine Tjijenda and Zebaldine Tjozongoro. Photos: Contributed that teachers receive training. Constant learning, listening, thinking, and envisioning from world is, how other people who lack education suffer, really motivates me to focus on my education,” says Agarob. She wants to be the most successful woman, a world developer, and her family’s breadwinner. “I also would like to see more cooperation between our community members and the corporate world to improve the lives of the poorest members in society,” Agarob appeals to the corporate world indirectly. But her appeal has not fallen on deaf ears with FNB Namibia recently giving ceremony at the school. “Not only have the Grade 10 results improved dramatically over the last three years, there has also been a decrease in pregnancy rates and an upsurge of positivity at the school among learners and teachers,” Revonia teachers and classmates will bring transformation to our communities, and bring the change envisioned by our government’s Vision 2030 and Harambee Prosperity Plan – which FNB Namibia is committed to,” Abuid Tjikusere, branch manager of FNB Namibia Gobabis, says. Mathematics is a hierarchical subject i.e. each year builds on the mastery of concepts in previous years. That is why the mastering of basic mathematics concepts in importance. Without this crucial mathematics foundation laid have very little chance to succeed in later years. That is why a mathematical set like the Omwaalu is so important! The Omwaalu set consists of the following: corporate social investment encouraging learners to remain focused and to use education to overcome adversary. The FNB Namibia Holdings Foundation Trust supported the school with N,000 towards a study skills workshop for Grade 10, youth workshop for Grade 6 and for the, sports day and academic awards. This is the second year in a row that FNB Namibia has lent this helping hand. Altogether 30 boys and 30 girls took part in the 2017 Youth Development Workshop on July 28 at the school premises, while communal farms were spoilt on that Saturday. The rural school was established in 1970 with about 1,120 learners and is situated in Okondjatu, Okakarara Constituency. The Omwaalu Board covering various topics like colour, shapes, measurement, days of the week, months of the year, position in space, etc. On the one side is a chalkboard for practising writing skills; Omwaalu play cards teaching number concepts and used for playing number games; Play money for teaching money calculations and problem solving; A number board teaching number concepts using counters (bottle tops); A set of coloured mathematical shapes for teaching colour, shapes and space concepts; An easy to follow teachers’ guide providing clear teaching instructions as well as important background educational number theory. echter, Leff are 2017 BizzKids Staff Reporter Windhoek Sixteen-year-old Florian Fechter who traded as “vetstert.com”, won age category in the Bank Windhoek A passionate sheep farmer from southern Namibia, Fechter’s business idea is based on selling lamb on the internet. “Lambs are displayed on the website and customers can select their preferred one. For example, there is a contract for lambs between one and four months old. After signing of contracts, the customer will pay a monthly fee. When the lamb is ready to be slaughtered, contact is made with the customer and the carcass will be delivered to them,” says Fechter. Thirteen-year-old Hendrie Leff, from Gobabis, won in the junior category. His business idea is based on recycling wastepaper and traded as Paper Homemade Briquettes. “I was not happy with the state of pollution in my town and came up with this solution,” said Leff. With the help of his father, he collected wastepaper around the town. After that he invented a machine that compressed the papers into cubes. “With this, one can save on buying expensive charcoal or gas,” said Leef. The two machines with a manual on how to build it, were also for sale. “I participated in a science fair some time back in Windhoek and did not win. But this time around I can go back home and to my school feeling very proud of my achievement. I would like to say thank you to my family, school and most importantly, opportunity,” says Leef. Market took place over the weekend at Maerua Mall shopping centre in Windhoek, where young promising Namibian entrepreneurs traded their products, skills and services. They were competing in this Competition. The competition was divided into two different categories. Scholars between the ages of 8 to 13 years competed against each other old formed the second category. Competition is an entrepreneurial competition designed to help scholars established eight years ago and is a platform created for scholars across Namibia, between the ages of 8 together and compete by selling and promoting their business ideas, products, services and skills. Below is the full list of winners: Category 8 to 13 years: First Place; Hendrie Leff (13) from Ben van der Walt Primary School, Gobabis. He won N,000 for himself and N,000 for his school. Second Place: Daniel James (10), Ajê Engelbrecht (11) and Christian Engelbrecht (9) trading as Juice It Fruit Juice from Omeya Private School, Windhoek. They won N,000. Third Place: Nourhan Elshewikhy (9) trading as A Bag of Cookies from Van Rhyn Primary School, Windhoek. She won N,000. Top young entrepreneurs… This year’s BizzKids winner in the 14-18 age category, Florian Fechter (16) from Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) and winner in the 8-13 years category Hendrie Leff (13) from Ben van der Walt Primary School in Gobabis. Photos: Contributed First Place: Florian Fechter (16) trading as vetstert.com from Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), Windhoek. He won N,000 for himself and N,000 for his school. Second Place: Patrick Beggs (16) trading as Bottle A Meal from Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), Windhoek. He won N$ 5000. Third Place (joint): Luka Serrer (16) trading as Luka’s Sweet Sins from St Paul’s College, Windhoek. He won N,000. Ruan du Toit (18) and Ettiene du Toit (16) trading as Braai Nation, from Windhoek High School, Windhoek. They won N,000.