When Anela Mahamba talks about her work to uplift her local community, her excitement and enthusiasm leave you in no doubt that she’ll succeed.
At 31, she’s still got the passion of youth, and she augments this with experience gained through running her own business to drive initiatives to promote self-sufficient communities.
Her company is Kore Business Solutions, which helps small and medium businesses by offering advice and training workshops on content creation, communication, ethical leadership, transformation, diversity and social impact. Her efforts have helped many small businesses get started, remain afloat and grow.
“What differentiates us is that we are a business driven by a moral compass, so our work is always based on having a social impact. We work with businesses that are ethical with forward-thinking leaders who share our values,” she says.
One of Kore’s clients was the Association of Christian Congregations of South Africa (Accsa), an organisation that runs multiple schemes to uplift township communities. Mahamba was so impressed by the organisation that she became more involved, and is now director of operations.
Accsa has been particularly active during the Covid pandemic with various schemes including serving meals seven days a week to vulnerable children and the elderly in the Motherwell community. “We provide resources where people can cook and this provides value for the community,” she says.
Another project involved the installation of a digital services portal in a Motherwell creche, giving youngsters access to e-learning opportunities. “It’s incredible to play a part in ensuring that early childhood development is accessible, even to the poorest in our communities. Being part of Accsa and a team that’s focused on making a positive impact through soup kitchens, providing clothing to the elderly and now moving into digital learning tools is very rewarding,” she says.
The latest initiative is a job portal to help people find employment, for which she has won the support of Discovery Health. Mahamba is now negotiating with training institutions to teach the youngsters soft skills, such as ethics, customer service and being a good team player. This will make them more employable. The first job seekers workshops were held in August.
“As a woman who grew up in a township and knows what it’s like to grow up in an environment with little to no resources, I know the need for young people to be given the tools for them to have an equal opportunity,” she says. “My ultimate goal is to see a transformed community where everyone is equipped and has resources.”
She believes she can help to achieve this by nurturing creative and responsible leaders who will encourage their communities to become self-sufficient and create jobs for each other. The high unemployment rate will never be solved by relying on traditional employers.
Mahamba is also an advisor for SME pitches at ABSA’s entrepreneurial centre in Gqeberha, which gives small businesses the tools to grow. In 2020, she was a guest speaker at the Nelson Mandela University Women in Entrepreneurship Series.
If we can create a generation of great ethical, accountable leaders we can build businesses that are responsible and value people more than profit and that look after people’s mental health.