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Threads Stitched By Standard Bank: The Business Of Fashion Accelerator Programme

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The global Fashion industry today is worth 3 trillion USD however, Sub-Sahara Africa accounts for only 1% of that.

Of all the potential obstacles to growing this market in South Africa, it seems creative talent and exposure are the least of what hinders upcoming fashion brands from thriving on the international scene, access to finance even less. There is a definite need for teaching the business of fashion – fashion entrepreneurs need to be supported in professionalizing their enterprises and running a truly profitable business.

There is real opportunity to take South Africa’s up-and-coming fashion designers and turn them into powerful fashion CEO’s. Given the appropriate support, these fashion entrepreneurs could be running profitable businesses capable of competing on the international apparel scene, creating jobs, and having an impact on the South African economy.That’s why purpose-driven marketing agency NONZēRO partnered with Standard Bank to create: the Business of Fashion accelerator programme “Threads – stitched by Standard Bank”:

What Standard Bank is looking to do is support the entrepreneurs’ creativity with the crucial business know-how, mentorship and support that’ll propel the business to the point where they’re experiencing real growth, and running like professional outfits. The partnership with Standard Bank is a key to delivering on this goal. In order to supplement the programme with an academic backbone, the team partnered with the e4 Impact Foundation, an initiative of the Universita Cattolico of Milan focussing on impact entrepreneurship. Together they created a 12-week curriculum that focuses on the business operations of a fashion enterprise: From financing and retaining employees, to lean manufacturing and eCommerce, as well as specialized procurement methods and marketing.

The programme is open to all fashion entrepreneurs with existing business operating in South Africa, and is taught simultaneously from four regional classroom hubs: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. The programme takes place two evenings per week for a 12-week duration. The participants will also be taken on action learning field trips across South Africa designed to showcase best practices’ across the country in various fields.

Working together with the Standard Bank Incubator and a strong eco-system of partners in business (including Mercedes-Benz), government and civil society, the programme calls upon the expertise of some of South Africa’s top business minds and thought leaders as programme teachers. The programme uses real-life case studies and experiential learning exercises to reinforce the academic learnership of the programme with practical industry insights.

At the end of the programme, the participants will be invited to present their new business model in a business case presentation to a panel of judges, and the winning participant will be taken on an international trade trip to Europe. The key focus of this trade trip is a meeting with a high-impact private distribution network enabling the participant to liaise with and present their business/products to wholesale buyers and retailers, as well as attending trade fairs.

The winning participant will receive an SME start-up pack courtesy of Standard Bank, will become a Mercedes Benz brand ambassador and drive the brand new vehicle for a 12 month period, as well as benefit from continued mentorship by the Threads team.

To participate in the Threads programme, interested entrepreneurs can apply online, via Threads website, (Open to entrepreneurs with an existing business in operation in South Africa for at least one year). The application process opens on 11th September, 2017 for a one-month period, ending on 11 October, 2017.



The Ndere Coupe Beautifully Captured At Ndere Cultural Centre in Uganda


On his recent trip to Uganda, American photographer Nadere Johnson captured dancers and performers at Ndere Cultural Centre. I absolutely love the way these dancers look in their traditional clothes and for some reason they have my heart singing songs I have never heard before yet they feel so right and so familiar. So in Spirit of Heritage Month commencing in South Africa tomorrow I would love to celebrate The Ndere Troupe. They look very beautiful in their traditional regalia and this makes me proud to be African.

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The Ndere cultural troupe is very diverse and it was founded to instill a sense of  pride towards cultural practices and to bring together the rural and the urban. Aaaah this pictures are really breath-taking and are adding and fueling my strong desire to visit East Africa.The Ndere Troupe can perform folk dances and songs from any part of Uganda.

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Africa Reign: Aisha And Aminah



Aisha and Aminah were born in Uganda’s Eastern District of Iganga in 1988 .Aminah currently  works as a freelance photographer and Aisha  currently work as lead photographer for Uganda’s number one sports website  and their love for African culture has got them to photograph traditional weddings which are very colourful  in the ‘Pearl of Africa’. Aminah has been to Zimbabwe but didn’t go Bungee jumping at Victoria Falls because it’s something she’d love to do with Aisha.

I love travelling and meeting new people, I dream of traveling to at least 30 of the 54 African countries.I believe that whenever someone goes to a new place, it’s not about staying in the five star hotels but to get out of the comfort zone and get to interact with the people in the particular place.Each country is different as regards customs and culture. My commonest phrase is, “Travel is the best form of education.”- Aisha

On building the “African Dream”the twins agree that we as the youth should work together and share positive stories about countries. We as the youth should support each other and help each other achieve our dreams. When the African youth becomes part of the solution and the change that is happening now then we can definitely help portray Africa as the continent were dreams can be achieved and an individual’s full potential can be maximized.

I don’t not think the youth is motivated enough to help develop Africa. The youth have not fully embraced their cultures and always want to welcome Western ideas with many still opting to leave the continent to in search of greener pastures. Many decide not to return because they don’t believe there’s much they can do for Africa as individuals- Aminah

Aminah believes journalism has a personal responsibility of selling Africa to the World, they have to do that  through telling the stories about Africa that are not often told by foreign media. A single African story has been told and that’s a story on AIDS, poverty, crime, genocide, malnutrition and so many more. There are African countries have rebuilt themselves after the problems they have faced and that is something that should not go unnoticed . A good example is Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide.

In my words (my quote)

When they say you can’t, they have no clue how bad you want it. The limits they set for themselves are the same limits they set for you.

Devote your energy to bettering yourself and reaching your dreams, let the result of the work SHOUT your answer to all who say you can’t- Aisha

To see more of the twins work:

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