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South Africa’s Entertainment Industry Mogul, Mr Frank Mohapi, Recognized as a Shining Light by the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) Selection Committee

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Mr. Frank Mohapi

Brian Kazungu, 02/05/2021

South Africa’s Entertainment Industry mogul and Sky Rink Studio Pty Limited, Executive Chairman, Mr. Frank Mohapi, has been recognized as a shining light in the African continent by the Banking on Africa’s Future initiative which will induct him tomorrow, the 3rd of May 2021.

BOAF, an 1873 Network initiative will induct him as one of the 10 000 Points of Light which refers to individuals who are recognized as shining examples in their respective communities and industries because of the great work they do to raise the continent’s flag high.

The induction ceremony, a collaborative initiative of BOAF, Connections2Communities (C2C) and the Africa Heritage Society will be held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg at 6pm in the evening.

Mr. Mohapi, leads SKS, an entertainment business which is situated on 2 400m² facility that offers six studios, ranging in size from a 240m² space to two studios, separated by an acoustic door divider, giving a combined space of 1 000m².

The Sky Rink Studio ecosystem houses film and television production houses are situated under one roof where content creators can walk in with storylines and walk out seeing them given life in the form of quality TV dramas and talk shows, sports and music shows.

SKS is well equipped to produce world-class dramas, sitcoms, telenovelas, news features, talk shows, sports and advertising productions and it is a one-stop shop which exhaustively for any producer’s needs such as live schedule, hosting channels and on site live-streaming.

It has fully equipped production offices with 10 post-production suites plus make-up rooms as well as waiting rooms, both private and communal.

The Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10,000 Points of Light (POL) Selection Committee found it fit to appreciate and celebrate the great work that some dedicated people in Africa, like Mr Mohapi are doing to bring light to what others are regarding as a dark continent.

BOAF is an initiative of the 1873 Network, a member-based not-for-profit organization established in South Africa, founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors.

Mr. Singh, Director of BOAF -10,000 POL initiative said that the effort put forward by Mr Mohapi is a bright light that gives a beautiful picture which reveals the uncelebrated beauty of Africa.

He added that Africa is in desperate need for investments such as the Sky Rink Studios and as such, the more BOAF spreads the news of such great actors like Mohapi, many actors in the continent will be inspired to rise up and act thus positively transforming the continent.

The idea behind Sky Rink Studios in Johannesburg’s Central Business District was conceived and given life through the meeting of the minds between a Communications and PR Specialist, Mr Mohape, Producer, Marvin Mathibe as well as IT and Media Enthusiast, Miles Britton-Masekela

Such a meeting of the minds enabled the access to financial assistance from finance institutions like the IDC and the NEF, by our inductee to help his producer friend, Marvin Mathibe to secure a studio for filming.

The lack of proper studios especially for filming in Johannesburg is what activated the decision to build a bank of hope in the entertainment industry which would be inclusive and ready to serve the creatives.

These 3 actors went on to negotiate with Transnet for a 2 000-seater ballroom but they were rather offered a disused ice rink.

I believe in the principle and the Mr Singh, the BOAF Points of Light Director who owns The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton said that his business was created on the same principle of “go big or go home” plus a CAN DO approach just like in the Sky Rink Studios journey.

“Sometimes when I speak about BOAF, it is not easy for many people to see that that outcomes can be accelerated when one can bank on others. It is true that the trio was able to bank on Transnet, a state owned entity, who offered the floor and other support.

I had the privilege to take Mr. Mawere to the facilities two weeks ago. He was as impressed as anyone would be by the studios that are surrounded by several control and sound rooms. Each studio is kitted out with LED lighting, high-definition facilities and three cameras.

I believe that the BOAF idea with 10,000 candles as subjects for a new form of story-telling uniquely compliments the idea of a bank of content production in this continent.

The fact that SKS, a highway that can accommodate a diversity of producers, is designed and operated as platform or uber-like business, which also allows members of BOAF and others to use these facilities for the generation and broadcasting of content to a world without borders.

It is indeed a bank of hope in Johanneburg and bringing life back to the City Centre is an initiative that speaks to the spirit of BOAF and the location allows for easy access for extras (additional people brought in on a temporary basis for crowd scenes).”

Imagine 10,000 Africans coming together as a crowd or bank to purchase the rights to this studio so that it can be a platform to produce our content to the world at this defining moment in the history of Africa. What a different would US$500 per year per person to make this happen?” Mr Singh suggested.

Management Consultant, as well as C2C, AHS and BOAF member, Ms. Janice Greaver celebrated Mr Mohapi’s recognition and induction by saying: “I have been working on a business case for the BOAF-10,000 Points of Light  and thus the addition of SKS to our portfolio of assets available to makes this project unmistakable realizable.

Our target of 10,000 Points of Light is a modest goal because Africa’s population of over 1 billion people is too large to fathom, but I believe that with a minimum of 10,000 light bearers, the dream of owning our own vehicles to produce, distribute and store content is within reach.

It takes an individual like Mr Mohapi to see the vision but it requires multitudes to deliver the promise since volume matters and scale delivers value. It is better for me to be a grain in sand that a solo grain.’ Janice explained.

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

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Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) Honors Digital Media Specialist and News Publisher, Mr Rajesh Devjee for Connecting Africa with the Rest of the World

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Brian Kazungu, 05/05/2021

The 1873 Network, through its Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) project in partnership with Connections2Communities and Africa Heritage Society has honored, Digital Media Specialist and News Publisher, Mr Rajesh Devjee by inducting him into the 10 000 Points of Light Hall of Fame.

A member-based non-profit organization, 1873 Network was founded and established in South Africa in order to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in the African continent based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors.

Its 10 000 Points of Light initiative is aimed at identifying and honoring 10 000 individuals in Africa who are recognized as shining examples in their respective communities and industries because of the great work they do to raise the African continent’s flag high

Mr Devjee who is the Chairman and CEO of the SA-INDIA Magazine and DISCOVER247, a global digital corporate directory, is being honored for providing media and digital solutions for SMEs and big Corporations in South Africa and many other countries across the world.

His well-read SA-INDIA magazine which has been in the market for almost two decades in print form is now being adapted into the digital format in response to its global demand especially for people who want to keep abreast with events in Africa, India and many other continents.

The SA-INDIA magazine has over the years managed to connect many Indians in the diaspora especially business people, celebrities and tourists with opportunities and real time events that are happening in Africa and in India.

A Visionary Entrepreneur, Socialite, Influencer and Humanitarian, Rajesh is well known for his creativity, drive and leadership skills which is credited for great results in corporate circles and thus helping businesses to have good returns on investment.

Rajesh is also actively engaged in UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) media engagements as well as in the Priyanka’s Chopras “Girl Rising Foundation.

The induction ceremony for the 10 000 Points of Light members including Rajesh was held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT in Sandton, Johannesburg, where many game changers were acknowledged for their outstanding work in their different respective industries.

Banking on Africa’s Future, Director of Programs, Mr. Jagjit Singh said that Rajesh’s induction into the 10 000 Points of Light of Hall Fame is in recognition of his brilliant ideas and positive actions that helps to transform Africa into a progressive, prosperous and inclusive continent.

He added that “Mr Devjee has a track record of creating opportunities for others and has a passion for developing this continent. The business solutions and platforms that he has created helps people to look at Africa and its citizens with respect.”

While commenting on Rajesh’s recognition and induction, Africa Heritage Chairman, Mr Mutumwa Mawere said “Anyone who strives to ensure that Africa regains its glory despite his/her racial, academic and cultural background is a Point of Light that makes the continent to shine bright.

Such people deserve to be acknowledged, to be celebrated and to be promoted so that the rest of the African population can be inspired to take action that advances the interests of this great continent.

Rajesh has been such a person and thus our unanimous decision to induct him in the 10 Points of Light Hall of Fame.”

On the same occasion, Management Consultant, Ms. Janice Greaver said “to have people from the African continent who come up with such innovative business solutions such as DISCOVER247 which connects businesses to businesses and yet at the same time promoting easy engagement with clients is revolutionary.

If you check on the DISCOVER247 business directory, you see businesses and professionals from all over the world and yet the brains behind it is one of us, a person who calls Africa his home. That on its own is enough inspiration to the youngsters in our communities.

I am so excited to witness such greatness in my lifetime and for that, I would like to congratulate and wish Rajesh all the best in his quest to promote the African continent through his great ideas and good deeds.

As a business consultant, I recommend entrepreneurs to make use of such platforms such as DISCOVER247 and to promote their products in the SA-INDIA magazine because of the global reach which creates a lot of opportunities for African businesses to many other parts of the world.” Janice explained.

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Martial Arts Supremo and Shotokan Karate-Do International South Africa (SKISA) President, Mr Sonny Pillay Recognized among Africa’s Beacons of Hope

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Brian Kazungu, 04/05/2021

South African based, Mr Sonny Pillay, a martial arts supremo and President of the Shotokan Karate-do International South Africa (SKISA) has been recognized by the 1873 Network’s Banking on Africa’s Future as a shining light and a beacon of hope for the continent.

1873 Network, a member-based non-profit organization established in South Africa which is founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors

Banking on Africa’s Future awarded the Karate Chief Instructor with a Certificate of Induction into the 10 000 Points of Light of Hall Fame in recognition of his brilliant ideas and positive actions that helps to transform Africa into a progressive, prosperous and inclusive continent.

The 10 000 Points of Light which refers to individuals who are recognized as shining examples in their respective communities and industries because of the great work they do to raise the continent’s flag high

Mr. Pillay will be formally inducted among the 10 000 Points of Light on Friday, the 7th of May at an exclusive dinner organized on his behalf by Banking On Africa’s Future (BOAF) in collaboration with Connections2Communities (C2C) and Africa Heritage Society at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The veteran and award winning Karataker, Mr Pillay is the President of Karate South Africa (KSA) and Commonwealth Karate Federation (CKF) as well as an executive member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) Technical Commission (one of eleven from around the World).

BOAF is an initiative of the 1873 Network, a member-based not-for-profit organization established in South Africa, founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors.

Mr. Singh, Director of BOAF -10,000 POL initiative said: “I called Mr. Pillay to inform him of BOAF’s unanimous decision to nominate and induct him into the 10,000 Point of Light – Hall of Fame and was elated to hear his acceptance.

It gave him great pleasure to see Mr. Pillay accepting the nomination and recognition of being regarded as a shining light and a beacon of hope for the continent.

Mr. Pillay believes that the self-defense sport that has been part of his life for a long time should be incorporated into the African education system as part of the drive towards the Africa that we deserve and that is required to deliver a better promise of life.

Karate is a necessary vehicle to address the socio-economic challenges that Africa faces.

On the 2nd of February 2021, he was re-elected with an overwhelming majority for a successive third term as President of KSA with a record turnout of 28 Regions and 8 Provinces.

“Mr. Pillay’s life is rich and pregnant with constructive, positive, inspiring, pathfinding, illuminating, and forward leaning ideas and actions that have helped and continue to shine in the arena of the ideal of active citizenship.

The Africa I Want is incomplete without the stories of people like him and as such, I have no hesitation to regard him as my role model and as such a source of inspiration.

Notwithstanding, the fact that he is a dinsquished African who has received a myriad of awards, he humbly accepted our award and to let his light shine together with other African actors in this exciting building of community power initiative.” Singh said.

In acknowledging the recognition for induction to a family of people who are inspiring Africa towards greatness and putting the continent on the limelight, Mr Pillay said: “It is my singular honor and privilege to humbly accept this award on behalf of the KSA family and my personal behalf.

I am eternally grateful to my good friend, Mr. JJ Singh, for this gesture and this speaks volumes on what I have cherished and practiced during my journey of life. When you choose to serve humanity, others notice.

I am also grateful for the karate community for giving me the opportunity to serve.”

A representative from iniAfrica News, the Banking on Africa’s Future media partner said besides contributing to the news content in the media industry, inspiring stories and achievents of people like Mr. Pillay is the right ingredient which Africa needs in order to redefine its image:

“We’re extremely proud of Mr. Pillay’s role and contribution to the karate fraternity. As a person from Africa, his victories and achievements always puts the continent in the path of regaining its long lost gory.

One of the things that is most exciting to us is seeing how the BOAF platform is helping to bring individuals forward so that their life stories can be told as they happen. As a news platform, we are always excited and ready to be a conduit for the expression of Africa’s greatness as represented by people like Mr. Pillay. Said the iniAfrica representative.

Management Consultant, as well as C2C, AHS and BOAF member, Ms. Janice Greaver said: “Just like sporting excellence, building a better Africa is never easy but each candle despite its colour makes the room brighter and helps everyone to see better.

Having been introduced to Mr. Pillay’s background and accomplishments, I am encouraged to know that Africa has depth in diversity and I am inspired to see the 10 000 Points of Light project being successfully implemented through my active participation.

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

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Pym Tembo Raises the Accounting Profession’s Flag High as He Gets Inducted in the Banking on Africa’s Future’s Family of the Continent’s Torch Bearers

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Mr. Pym Tembo

Brian Kazungu, 04/05/2021

Accountant, Pym Tembo has raised the Accounting profession’s flag high by getting inducted in the Banking on Africa’s Future’s Family of the continent’s torch bearers, the 10 000 Points of Light Hall.

Tembo is the founder and CEO of PDT & Co. Certified Chartered Accountants & Tax Practitioners which is located on 74 Van Riebeeck Avenue, Edenvale, in South Africa’s Gauteng province – http://www.pdtco.co.za

1873 Network is a member-based non-profit organization established in South Africa which is founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors

Baking on Africa’s Future awarded the business man with a Certificate of Induction into the 10 000 Points of Light of Hall Fame in recognition of his brilliant ideas and positive actions that helps to transform Africa into a progressive, prosperous and inclusive continent.

The 10 000 Points of Light which refers to individuals who are recognized as shining examples in their respective communities and industries because of the great work they do to raise the continent’s flag high

The induction ceremony, which was a collaborative initiative between BOAF, Connections2Communities (C2C) and the Africa Heritage Society was held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg.

BOAF -10,000 POL Project Director, Mr. Singh described Tembo as a soldier who is hands-on and added that the mainstay of the 1873 Network is the belief that an individual is the driver of change and that the earth’s greatest treasures acquire value through the agency of human beings.

“It is always encouraging to see forward leaning people who when provoked, respond positively and can see opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible.” Mr Singh said.

Mr. Tembo said: “I am excited to be part of this family. I had no hesitation to be in the bus because I know that it is in my interests to broaden and deepen my reach.

I think it’s necessary to build greater capacity and sharing of skills. There are times we need not compete but unify in order to make a greater impact.

He further highlighted that setting up a network of professionals in the Accounting field helps to reduce client acquisition costs hungry for business and any network.

I see myself as BOAF and therefore being recognized today, the very same day that Mr. Mawere is launching his book, When Minds Meet, gives me a bridge to increase my network.

My firm is open for business and I hope that as a shining Points of Light, I will play my part to make sure that we reach the target sooner rather than later especially considering that membership to this prestigious network is only investment of only R1, 000 per year.

In the pursuit of my dreams, I have followed people like Mr. Mawere and I know that his LinkedIn community of 30,000 members which is three times bigger than the BOAF-POL target is a resource that I can also tap from.

I need to borrow some of Mr. Mawere’s contacts and it seems obvious that the only way to conveniently access his net worth is by converting myself from a connection to a community of shared values and opportunities.”

In celebrating the induction of an Accountant into the family of Africa’s torch bearers, Management Consultant and BOAF member, Ms. Janice Greaver said: “It was only yesterday that I was trying to imagine what it would take to ignite people to see value in the power of association.

I am only realizing that all this time I have been waiting for others to show me where the money is yet if I am a consultant as I am, I do not need to be reminded that I am in the peoples’ business and anytime I meet a new face, I automatically see a supplier or buyer of my value add.

Now I know where to go for my tax returns and corporate questions. I am happy to have another Chartered Accountant in my circle, thanks to the Banking On Africa’s Future – 10 000 Points Of Light initiative.”

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

Mobile#: +27 67 138 0593

Websites:        www.1873network.com

Follow us on Twitter:    @ahsociety, @1873Network, @C2C

Follow us on Facebook:    The Africa Heritage Society, C2C Initiative, BOAF

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