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Making an impact to the unemployed youth of South Africa

South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, with young people being the most affected. In a bid to address this challenge, Wozza Airtime partnered with T3 Telecoms SA and the Trust Blu Foundation to launch the EMPLOY SOUTH-AFRICA project. The aim of the project is to provide young up-and-coming entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, tools, and funding requirements to start and manage their own ICT distribution and delivery businesses in both the formal and informal sectors.

Overcoming Challenges and Developing Partnerships for Rapid Expansion

Wozza Airtime faced some challenges in its early days. The company realized that more time was needed to educate and upskill South African riders about the opportunity and program offered, and the earning capability for these riders once onboarded. To address this, Wozza Airtime partnered with a host of SETAs to ensure the future sustainability of the South African rider intake and address the challenges mentioned above.

As part of its commitment to addressing the end-to-end servicing component, Wozza Airtime partnered with Mobile Macs, a company that has been servicing the market for eight years. This partnership has resulted in the creation of a Joint Venture (JV), which allows for rapid expansion of unemployed South African riders. The JV combines the Wozza Airtime employment program with the end-to-end service model provided by Mobile Macs, providing a full turnkey program that offers employment, upskilling, asset service component, and the ability to earn additional commission from the products and services offered by Wozza through its digital platform.

Creating Jobs and New Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Growth

The Wozza program has created more jobs within the servicing and warehousing divisions nationally to ensure upskilling and continuity for the program from a servicing aspect. Before the partnership, Wozza Airtime onboarded a total of 25 riders to the program. With the new JV, the confirmed number of riders going through the training program and qualifying to be onboarded is estimated to be around 100 riders up until May 2023. The company is budgeting to accommodate and roll out a minimum of 80 to 100 South African riders per month for the next fiscal year.

The EMPLOY SOUTH-AFRICA (ESA) project has the potential to create a significant impact on the South African economy by providing employment opportunities, upskilling, and creating new entrepreneurs. Wozza Airtime’s commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the South African rider landscape is commendable and a step towards creating a sustainable future for the country’s youth.

Once integrated into the mainstream economy, the ESA program will equip individuals with necessary skills, tools, and ongoing support to become successful entrepreneurs. The Trust Blu Foundation’s project will have a significant social impact by bridging the digital divide in South Africa.

The project will allow for the following in terms of the social impact factor:

  • Bridge the digital divide in South Africa.
  • Enable over 4,000 individuals to join the mainstream economy, ensuring sustainable income generation and the ability to inspire others in their communities.
  • Improve education and internet access for individuals and households by offering affordable data products directly to households.
  • Uplift communities through job creation.
  • Create opportunities for ongoing income generation through the provision of products, without requiring further funding.