Rising Sun Newspapers and SANZAF are well known for their community contributions. They have played, and continue to play, a significant role in the lives of community members. The two organisations are collaborating with a common goal; to better the lives of communities.
SANZAF welcomed the Rising Sun as a CSI Partner on their Micro Traders Programme. The Programme serves to empower micro traders through the collection and resale of good quality used clothing.
SANZAF said the Micro Traders programme was established in Johannesburg in 2016 to enable unemployed individuals to earn an income and to develop practical experience in informal trade. It began with five unemployed individuals who had no means of generating an income for themselves and their families. The traders purchased bags of second-hand clothing from SANZAF for a minimal fee and then sold the clothing.
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The idea is that through the programme, the poor will regain their dignity, develop experiential business knowledge and be motivated to start their own businesses. The programme currently supports 35 traders and has collected and distributed over 21 tons of clothing. Once the individual has developed enough experience through the programme, he or she is encouraged to start his/her own business.
Since the programme’s inception, Many traders go on to start their own businesses as well as work for large companies.
Raj Maharaj, Lenasia Rising Sun, Branch Manager said, “It is a great honour for us to partner with a reputed organisation like Sanzaf, which serves needy and destitute South Africans. The common aim of the two organisations is to uplift the lives of community members for a better tomorrow.”
Maharaj added, “The Rising Sun Community Newspapers in Gauteng, together with Sanzaf, has the pleasure of launching this new partnership, which will kick off in Gauteng and hopefully spread to other provinces over time. The programme was initiated by Sanzaf to eliminate the long queues of destitute people at various cultural organisation centres. Since the inception of the programme, the number of new local entrepreneurs has grown and there has been a noticeable decrease in destitute people waiting for a handout at some centres”.
Maharaj said, “On behalf of Sanzaf and The Rising Sun Community Newspapers, I humbly request our readers to participate in this programme by dropping off their old clothes which should be in good condition to the Sanzaf office on Mint Road in Fordsburg, Trade Route, SANZAF offices or at the Rising Sun offices situated at 164 Rose Avenue, Extension 3, Lenasia.