#CreatePreneurAfrica- Cape Towns Jody van Heerden, a catalyst building a diverse nation

Jody van Heerden's core passion is for socio-economic transformation through development. His universe calling was the creation of pathways for emancipation from mental poverty. This he knew was rooted in personal living and working spaces.

"The courage to actually start and then follow through. Most people have the right concept and talent but can't handle the knocks and sacrifices that come along with this entrepreneurial journey" Jody van Heerden

His CAD4ALL  initiative was an upliftment of society in all sectors and a pathway was needed to empower communities through skill building initiatives. This was his calling after a decade of experience in various related industries, including architects, engineers and construction companies, all over South Africa.

My belief is to start at grassroots and invest in the youth, utilise innovative social mechanisms, remove barriers of entry and eliminate failure to transition. This is my catalyst to build on our diverse nation                                              Jody Van Heerden

 

He is the founder of the most innovative socio-economic initiatives and nonprofit organizations like the South Africa Futsal Federation, striving in the continuance of positive social contributions.

The ultimate CAD4ALL solution, an accredited training provider offers a range of training products, software & corporate solutions.

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Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Jody van Heerden,  eliminating failure and entry barriers with tools of social mechanisms

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Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

My true passion is to assist people to find and unearth their talent and assist in finding their calling in life.  This is not only fulfilling but it breaks the chains of mental poverty and limitation in thinking for everyone’s benefit.  Too many dreams are unsatiable and many struggle to fulfill their life purpose.

My belief is to start at grassroots and invest in the youth, utilise innovative social mechanisms, remove barriers of entry and eliminate failure to transition. This is my catalyst to build on our diverse nation.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

From a young age, there was an entrepreneurial spirit burning inside of me. From the age of 14 I was selling soccer boots and bulk foil that I purchased from my dad’s employers at a markup, and at a later stage I was playing around with my knowledge of technical drawings to draft minor house plans in my community.

This was a pivotal point of who I was growing up and it created a pathway that was laid all those years ago to hustle and challenge my complacency at all times. I never expected the magnitude of what would transpire.

Honestly, I guess that is the beauty of following your dream and allowing life’s recourses, and this is a testament to what actually spirals and develops from hard work, resilience, and sacrifice.

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The courage to actually start and then follow through. Most people have the right concept and talent but can’t handle the knocks and sacrifices that come along with this entrepreneurial journey.

It is important to keep enduring, evolve, constantly learn, and then the breakthrough will come. Challenges will never end it is part of the cycle of life, but I maintain to my philosophy of how you respond in the situation that counts the most.

I am at content as I know that we have no control over what the future holds but we will continue to strive to meet the objective irrespective. This subconsciously builds tenacity and endurance as coping mechanisms for the unmapped journey ahead.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I grew up on the Cape flats and as  I referred to earlier, poverty is a mindset. You need to show people that your talent can feed and excel you.  Where I come from you either achieve or fall into the circle of poverty and gangsterism, I had no choice and I refused to have an excuse as an option. My best weapon to change my circumstances in socially accepted terms of “make it” I had to educate myself beyond normal schooling. I was constantly trying to discover my niche and capitalize on my potential.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

At 14 I was walking on soccer fields selling soccer boots at an affordable price….. I purchased the boots who never made the quality line and sold it at soccer fields. My dad worked for a company who supplied the large retailers with foil

I started selling 20m rolls to mothers in the neighborhood and at companies instead of the 3m rolls they were always purchased at the stores, my quality was better, reusable, affordable and more sustainable.

The local cafes were furious with foil sales being down but I felt I was offering a solution to mothers and making profits became a thrill.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My spouse and 3 kids are my pillars, I draw loads of my strength from them, I was never told to give up on my dreams or seek employment for stability instead Lisa joined forces and got stuck in on growing our businesses and we continued this through various difficult stages. My 3  kids, loyal staff and family is where one must always center your energy and strength from.

I am blessed with a wife and 3 kids and me my inspiration is to live for them. I have staff members who are growing with the company, this inspires me to know our business can change the lives of others for the better too.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

After success it is man’s mistake to marvel at himself, I get bored quickly and love new challenges and don’t want to become dormant or complacent, I need to be busy all the time hence we own multiple businesses although CAD4ALL Career & Design College is the catalyst of all our business interests.

Like CAD4ALL and the South African Futsal federation which is an international affiliated member of the world governing body of Futsal

I am diverse in my thinking and tasks which I choose to undertake. I like to take on challenges that seem impossible to others and me at the same token test my competency and endurance.

 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Now that it was proven it can be done, drop your chains, old thinking, kick the box away and take on the journey. Shakespeare had a saying, “doubts are like traitors, it makes us lose the good we often might win by fear to attempt”.

This is true as doubt or fear will stop you from seizing opportunities.

 What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
  • Diversify, mold the life you want for yourself
  • Focus only on the rewards and what makes you thrive
  • Be prepared to learn with a team
  • Most of all do not be scared to put in the hard work.

#CreatePreneurAfrica, South Africa’s Soul Rhythm Singing Sensation, ‘Yolisa Dumez’

Welcome to the soul sounds of Yolisa Dumezweni. After working as a professional forensic analyst for a full year, she decided to follow her inspirational lifelong calling and seed a career in music.

Her passionate voice churns out rhythmic melodies of inspiration, hope and  unconditional love that reaches out with tunes depicting a world of possibilities where anything is possible!

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, rooted in a Xhosa ancestry,  her music-loving soul was captured at an early age. She was only four years old when she attentively listened to the tunes of Tracy Chapman and hummed along.

Early beginnings sparked off when she was discovered by a primary school teacher who invited her to sing at the school assembly.

Balancing career and family, the single mother moved to Melbourne in 2013 and pursued her studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia majoring in  Bachelor of Accounting. In 2018, after a year of working as a forensic analyst, she decided to pursue a musical career. And the year is rhythmically sparking off in soul sounds and she has upcoming performances with  David Marama!

 

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‘‘The challenges that I faced over the years have led my passion to share my stories and inspire all around me to be the best versions of themselves through the power of music’            Yolisa Dumez  

 

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Yolisa Dumez’ Soul sounds from South Africa

 

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Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

The process of becoming. I’ve had to learn, sometimes in painful ways, that “it is not about the destination, it is about the journey”.

When you are aligned to who you truly are, you are able to appreciate even the contrast you come across on your way to your dreams. My journey as a singer was always a difficult one, which is why it took me so many years to confidently step into my dreams without fear of being criticised.

And the thing that surprised me the most, is that the person who criticised me more than anyone, is me. I felt that my voice wasn’t sweet enough like the girls a sang with at church because mine was always characterized as husky.

But I’ve since learned to embrace the uniqueness of my voice, as I’ve learned over the years that the best songs have always been the songs that touched people to their core and made them feel unconditional love and passion. And that is my hope whenever I sing; that I touch someone enough to make them feel like anything is possible.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I started singing since I was a little girl. My mother loves telling the story of how at four years old, I would sit on the couch next to the record player, and listen attentively to Tracey Chapman’s songs.

But I didn’t know I could sing until I was 12 years old when I was “discovered” by one of my teachers in primary school, who fell in love with a poem I’d written for her class. She was also a pianist and asked me if I’d like to join her in singing a song in front of the whole school during an assembly. I agreed. And when the moment came, as I began to sing, I felt fear leave and something unexplainable but exhilarating come over me.

I guess you could say it’s a knowing I’ve always had, that whenever I stood in front of people, either to speak or sing I was connecting to my true self.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, and sharing experiences. I like to use music as a platform to tell my story in order to inspire and uplift others.

What drove you to make money from your passion? 

Shortly after I graduated in 2016, I was offered an opportunity to work at one of the Big 4 firms in Melbourne. It was an opportunity to work with the best of the best in the field, plus it looked good on my resume. I felt that I had a lot to prove at the time, but I also felt that the environment stifled my creativity and I was just going through the motions.

I knew very quickly that I had no desire to climb the corporate ladder. I believe that time is our most valuable asset, and should be spent doing the things that we love. Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Looking back now, I believe that if I had not worked in that corporate environment, I probably wouldn’t have found the courage to go after my dreams. Making that decision, gave me freedom, clarity and most importantly, I found true happiness.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The knowledge of a God who loves me so much, and has given me the tools to create my destiny. Because of this confidence I have, external expectations, fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of the power I know is working in me and for me. It’s unconditional love!

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The desire to leave a legacy that will inspire many generations to come.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Nothing at all.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

One of my favourite quotes from Joseph Campbell , “Follow your bliss….”. Meaning, do only things that make you happy. And contrary to popular belief, the path to your desires is meant to be easy, because it’s who you are to your core. When you get on the path, things will fall into place and opportunities will come.

 

 

The Soul of Township Tours in South Africa

The Tales of South African Townships

Township in South Africa reflects the celebration of joy in human rights, freedom, justice and reconciliation. From the experience of shebeens to visits with sangomas.

A township visit is an emotional and unique sensory experience that is abuzz with the vivid social culture. Each township tells a story of its own about how it was established, the struggle through the years of apartheid and the current age it has evolved into.

South African townships have an irresistible soul and vibe that will welcome you and give you the experience of a lifetime!

Alex  –  “Township of Rhythm”

Alexandra Township -Gauteng

Alexandra is affectionately known as ‘Alex’, it is  Gauteng’s oldest township. Initially, it was established as a residential area. This was in 1905 by a white farmer. He aimed for a white suburb and named it after his wife. In 1912 it was transformed into a native township. Black people were allowed land ownership.

In 1913 the land act dissolved land ownership rights by blacks. Alexandra continues in migration as it was close in proximity to the employment opportunities in Johannesburg.

‘Alex’ has an interesting and turbulent and past, a fascinating present, and a very promising future.  It also has it’s own community radio and TV station.

Alex is the hub of culture, root culture is rhythm and vibe.  Alex has been home to luminaries like Hugh Masekela, a renowned jazz maestro as well as Nelson Mandela.

Popular culture like theaters in the townships was a dynamic force which gave life and hopes to the people, it’s a dynamic force that gave hope.

A township tour will give assess to the best shebeens in where you can quench your thirst on the tradition umqombothi, an African beer that is home-brewed, and taste amazing local delicacies.

You can also stock up on arts and crafts from street vendors, curios and explore the world colorful traditional medicine world.

The outdoor markets, the St Hulbert Catholic church, Mandela Yard Precinct and traditional healers create a fascinating new and old blend making Alex a fascinating township tour.

A Visit to  the iconic township of Soweto

Soweto is the fifth most popular destination for overseas visitors to the Gauteng province. It’s ‘Jozi’s’ tourism drawcard.  And one of the biggest attractions is the Mandela Museum, in Vilakazi Street.  The former four-roomed home of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a deeply moving experience, that reminds us of our past, and gives us hope for the future.

The Hector Pieterson Memorial is three blocks from where 13-year-old Hector was shot and died on 16 June 1976, the day when students in Soweto marched against the repressive imposition of  the Afrikaans language in schools

Soweto tours start with,  Hector Pieterson Museum and the Regina Mundi church.No trip to Soweto in Johannesburg is complete without a visit to Regina Mundi, the largest Catholic Church in the most popular Soweto.

It’s been a spiritual haven for thousands of Sowetans, it has also played a pivotal role in the township’s history of resistance against apartheid.

The Ubuntu Kraal is a collection of straw-roofed rondavels that form a homestead, popular as a wedding and conference venue.

Many will also be interested in the Soweto  Festival. The Soweto Festival is held annually

Soweto Festival

The venue is the magnificent Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, the site of the signing of the historic Freedom Charter by anti-apartheid organizations in 1955.

This is the ideal place for the people of Soweto to congregate over Heritage weekend as the Square is a national monument.

The Soweto Festival centers around an exhibition and day-long entertainment events.

 The  capturing visit to Katlehong

Katlehong

The Katlehong township area smoldered with political tension in the early 1990s and the name was associated with violent protests and a low-level civil war amongst factions.

This, however, is a thing of the past and in some way seems to make the Art Centre even more of an achievement for being there. Some of the most exquisite examples of ethnic artwork are housed here and the center seems to have been as influenced by the emotional turmoil of the township as its inhabitants once were.

 

Welcome to motherland Africa! Welcome to South Africa!