As we approach Heritage Day on Tuesday 24th September, Nobuhle Zwane, Argility’s Human Capital Manager explains how Argility is working to Build a Legacy for Future Generations.
Instead of looking to the past this Heritage Day, we at Argility feel that SA organisations should be planning for the future.
Heritage Day gives all South Africans an opportunity to celebrate their history and cultural heritage, the day also offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on the legacy they will leave their descendants. For us, the Argility Technology Group team, it is more about focusing on building a positive, empowering culture for young South Africans. Something that future generations will be able to celebrate as their shared heritage.
It is our vision to build the heritage of generations to come and to achieve this the first step is to start with investment in the youth of our great country.
We believe that the future depends on helping SA’s youth to become the best that they can be. This is why our corporate social investments focus heavily on education and youth development. We also do not believe in an approach of throwing money at development efforts and walking away – this can all too often be a method used in corporate South Africa. Argility does it differently – our staff – from the executive level down – roll up their sleeves and engage actively with our CSI projects and their beneficiaries.
Our current two youth development projects that we have engaged with are: Ikageng Itireleng and Releasing Eagles.
Ikageng Itireleng, an NPO in Orlando West, Soweto, which cares for and supports over 800 orphaned, vulnerable children and youth in the community. Ikageng’s prevention and therapy programmes, individual and family interventions, group work sessions, seminars and structured meetings aims at collective empowerment and facilitating processes that help the poor, vulnerable and marginalised to regain control over their lives.
Releasing Eagles, supported by Argility, strives to raise the level of consciousness among the youth around their purpose in life and their impact on their world. Releasing Eagles creates platforms and environments where the potential of young leaders is incubated and nurtured through strategic mentoring partnerships and with youth workshops, staged in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Programmes such as these don’t simply offer short-term assistance – they actively work to change and empower young people to improve their lives. We believe that if all of corporate South Africa started focusing on initiatives that deliver sustainable impacts that truly empower our youth, we would go a long way towards achieving our country’s development goals.
The African proverb “It takes a Village to raise a Child” could not be more true. The Argility community has embraced this philosophy and on this coming Heritage Day we ask other organisations to do the same.
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Nobuhle Zwane – Human Capital Manager, Argility Technology Group