More than three million South Africans aged between 15 and 24 are neither employed nor pursuing higher education.
Energetics SA, the renewable energy arm of CHS Eco Technologies, which was established by Leon Badenhorst in 2005, has just launched a Non-Profit Organisation, Cups for Life, an empowerment programme for dynamic, mostly young, South Africans. The programme aims to identify, train and empower potential entrepreneurs who cannot find work or who struggle to get into the employment market.
Within a year, if they successfully complete the training, the trailer will become theirs. It will operate on a full franchise principle where the owner will work for him/herself. Each franchisee will appoint at least two assistants, who will be paid from the earnings of the franchise. The franchisee will also pay 10% of the earnings into the programme and must be willing to pass the training they have received on to new candidates, thus “paying it forward”.
The programme will also assist in additional job creation as it requires about ten workers to create a trailer from start to finish.
Cups for Life will approach companies to advertise their business on these trailers, and, in so doing, create a snowball effect by helping to build the next trailers.
Marlene Robson, CEO of Energetics SA, says, “Cups for Life calls on South Africans to support this worthy cause. Wherever you spot this bright yellow trailer, buy a cup of superior quality coffee, and know you are supporting someone who is taking responsibility for his or her future and is willing to work hard for it.”
She adds, “Statistics South Africa has released figures that paint a bleak picture for young South Africans. Their Quarterly Labour Force Survey Q2: 2017 reveals the following:
“Young people aged 15-24 remain vulnerable in the labour market with an unemployment rate of almost 56% and absorption rate of 12%. Among those in this age group, 32,2% are not in employment, education or training. This is approximately 3,3 million young people aged 15-24 who are idle.”
According to Statistics SA’s second quarter unemployment numbers, the country has shed 113 000 jobs over that period.
Energetics SA is run by three directors with not only a passion for green energy, but also an immense passion for South Africa and its next generation.
In May 2017, Energetics SA was approached by Bruce Anderson to fit a generator in his coffee trailer. Bruce was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1982, which left him with the use of only one arm and he needed a solution to this problem.
True to form, having successfully developed and designed turnkey solutions to renewable energy challenges as a team, Josias Kearney, one of the Energetics SA engineers, suggested a renewable energy system which rendered a generator redundant. Renewable energy is also noise free while it provides electricity to Bruce’s trailer without the need for any additional power sources.
After successfully assisting Bruce, Marlene Robson came up with the idea to help other South Africans in a similar way, and, in August 2017, Cups for Life was established.