Musa Capital is proud to participate in the annual national “Take A Girl Child To Work Day” campaign, first initiated by Cell C in 2003
In accordance with the Millennium Development Goals, the campaign aims to reduce the gender inequality gap that currently persists in the country. It creates a platform for the nation to dialogue about the needs of young girls in our society, and take a collective step in exposing girl learners to the various career opportunities and mentors available to them in the public and private sectors.
On May 29th, 2014 Musa Capital invited 10 learners from Mothotlung High School to participate in this campaign. Mothotlung High School is a public school that educates 1,200 students in a township near Brits. The school provides students with a free education and meals, as 70% of represented parents are unemployed. To the 10 learners who joined Musa Capital for the day, poverty and unemployment is a reality that few in their community seem to escape.
As a means to inspire the learners, Musa Capital took them through an integrated program that focused on Social investments, Proactivity and Career Planning. During a discussion with Musa Capital’s Executive Director, Richard Akwei, and Vice President, Rebone Mabusela, learners were exposed to Musa Capital’s investment strategy, learning about the various ways that private equity firms can provide both financial and technical assistance to businesses in Telecommunications, Financial Services, Mining and Mining Services, Retail and Consumer Goods, Construction, Agribusiness and Renewable Energy across sub-Saharan Africa.
The learners further engaged in a discussion about the various issues that face their community and the roles that they can play today in order to create sustainable social change. In an icebreaker activity intended to encourage the girl learners to articulate their dreams, Nthabiseng (a grade 12 learner), shared that she dreamt of “becoming a teacher, and helping orphaned children”. Following a game and discussion session on proactivity, career planning and collaboration hosted by Claudia Masemola, an intern at Musa Capital, Nthabiseng further indicated that she was inspired to start tutoring orphaned children in her community. She also planned to engage with her teachers to learn more about career opportunities. Her comment not only inspired her fellow classmates to think more deeply about their career plans, it also demonstrated the impact that mentorship can have on young girls in communities.
Having transferred our values of Excellence, Innovation and Social responsibility; Musa Capital encourages our girls to remain inspired and “Be the change they wish to see in the world”. (Ghandi)