The South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) was very pleased to attend the Khulisa Global Mentorship Movement (KGMM) Presentation on 1 November which was kindly hosted by Old Mututal.

This exciting new initiative by Khulisa Social Solutions, a very successful South African social change NGO with a strong presence in the UK, allows global South Africans to become mentors to individuals from disadvantaged communities in South Africa. Khulisa’s approach focuses on providing the support network which so many people do not have in their lives, and which is essential to overcome challenges of poverty and difficult family conditions which perpetuate the cycle and leave many trapped. By the wonders of technology, a person in London can sign up, and after a screening process, be matched to an individual in South Africa to whom they provide advice, support and most importantly a person who will listen to their story. Only 2 to 3 hours a month is needed.

The evening itself was energetic, informative and fun. The wonderful Pumela Salela of Brand South Africa provided a warm welcome and the inspirational founder of Khulisa, Lesleyann van Selm told the audience about her beginnings and how Khulisa has managed to achieve the success and multiple awards its has. The iconic PJ Powers who is the global ambassador for the KGMMt proved she is the perfect person for the role and delighted and inspired the audience with her story and how she first burst onto the scene in South African music by doing a show to 30,000 people in Soweto during the 80s in South Africa, a tremendous feat for many reasons. The story of her journey and her amazing energy delighted everyone, and we were even treated to an impromtu rendition of Jabulani and Shosholoza.

It was a fantastic evening to launch a truly amazing initiative which can directly change the lives of many who face enormous challenges to build a better life for themselves and their family.

For more information on how to get involved and/or how to donate please visit Khulisa’s website at the below link:
http://khulisa.org.za/

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