This is a huge congratulatory post for the Footprint team.

You guys have really outdone yourselves, today we found out that our total number of learners that we have trained has just hit 42,647… That’s such an incredible achievement, that means 42,647 South Africans have a greater understanding of how to manage their finances better and 42,647 South Africans are more empowered because of us and our wonderful clients that we work with.

Hip Hip Hooray!!!

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This post was written by Clayton on May 30, 2011

One of Footprint’s star-trainers, Tshepo Malibe, has left his own footprints and, by extension, those of Footprint in the memory of a small rural community of Verena in Mpumalanga.

You see! Tshepo is one of those Footprint trainers who not only see their work in the community as something that must be done on behalf of a client, but also sees it as an opportunity to contribute to community upliftment.

On the 24th of March 2011, I had the privilege of representing Footprint in what I thought was going to be a small, certificate- handing ceremony in Verena. At least, that’s what I expected when I left Johannesburg that morning! To my surprise! I arrived to a full house of close to 500 jubilant ABET and other skills development graduates who came from far and wide to celebrate the important milestones in their lives.

I arrived to a festive and colourful mood, with groups of Ndebele women performers, dressed in their beautiful traditional gears ululating and singing; “My mother was illiterate, My father was illiterate, that’s why I am an ABET Learner!” For a moment there I thought I had come to a wrong function as I could not recognise anyone there. To set my confused mind at rest, a friendly usher gave me a warm handshake and guided me to the VIP table nearby. I was calmed by the sight of our star-trainer, Tshepo’s broad smile and hand-shake. Then I knew I was at the right function.

I was still confused about what was happening! Again, our dear Tshepo, perhaps sensing my discomfort, whispered in my ear that I should not worry as he will explain everything to me. In time, he did explain to me.

You see, our dear Tshepo, like a true Footprinter, has established a relationship with various ABET Centre managers in the greater Kwa-Mhlanga/Kwaggafontein area, through which he recruits learners for his Community Financial Literacy training. In return, he helps the ABET Centres with essentials such as stationary and other consumables. There is also a mutual referral system between the ABET Centres and Tshepo, where ABET Centres refer their learners to Tshepo’s training sessions and Tshepo also refer his learners, who can benefit from ABET training to these ABET Centres.

It turns out that some of these ABET learners have not only graduated from the ABET centres, but have also moved on to receive skills as plumbers, carpenters, electricians etc. So, the celebrations for the day were to celebrate all of the above achievements and more! It was also about the fact that these learners, who have just acquired skills as plumbers and electricians, were also given Financial Literacy training by Tshepo! How appropriate?

So, the certificate-handing function was a joint effort by Footprint, the ABET Centres and the Mpumalanga Regional Training Trust- an agency of the Mpumalanga Department of Education tasked with skills training – to award and honour these learners for the triple-achievement of graduating as ABET Learners, as trades persons and for having gone through our own financial literacy training.

To crown a colourful and eventful day, my turn came to play chancellor for the day, by handing out these sought-after financial literacy certificates to happy learners. So, thanks to Tshepo, not only has Footprint become a household name in Verena, but I got to become ‘Mr. Chancellor’, even if it’s just for a day!

Bravo Tshepo! You have made us all proud!.

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This post was written by TP on April 4, 2011

Jules rocks the Sunday Times.

Yesterday Jules’ new article appeared in the Careers section of the Sunday Times Newspaper.  She talks about Footprint, how it started and what the future holds for the company.  With a bright time ahead of us, this interesting article chats about some of the challenges and soloutions involving Footprint.


To read the PDF article, simply click here.

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This post was written by Clayton on September 16, 2010

Hello Hello,

Two Hello’s, simply because it’s my second introduction to the same family, maybe different households, but the same family.

It was March, 2 years ago, when I wrote my first introductory Avo blog - introducing myself to my new family (Avocado Vision).

Indeed since arriving at Avo, I have been stretched, loved and challenged. The result - a young woman who has a better understanding of her strengths, thresholds and possibly even my life purpose. This learning converted to the evolution of my next life within the Avo family - Key Account Manager for Footprint.

What does that mean for me? Most importantly, it means I have strong permission to use my FUTURIST strength - which means I am constantly inspired by the future… what could be… not settling for today’s woes and challenges, but constantly looking for a better tomorrow.

In a nutshell, that is what Footprint means to me. As Account Manager, Ambassador and Activator of Footprint projects, it gives me great pleasure to dedicate every day to finding new ways of using this incredible vehicle to bring messages to, educate, and up-skill the people of South Africa. I’m helping them make better decisions in their lives, for their families and taking power of their future.

Its an incredible gift for me to continue what I call my Ambassadorial Journey, which started in Umtata, Transkei… I began as an ambassador for my family and my school, when I moved to out of home at the age of 13 to pursue a modelling career in Johannesburg. Then I became an ambassador for the youth of South Africa when I won Miss Teen South Africa, then my ambassadorial roles took me forward to the World Economic Forum and Fairplay For Africa (HIV Campaign all over Africa). Now, Footprint - I literally represent the future of South Africa, ensuring that I share the capabilities of Footprint to empower those less fortunate and take our country to the next level, to a level of individual independence and empowerment.

According to Marcus Buckingham, author of Now Discover Your Strengths, the other part of the FUTURISTIC person, is the ability to lift the spirits of other people, as they often look to you to paint a picture that lifts their sights and therefore their spirits. I plan to practise this skill and share it with the whole of Africa by using this phenomenal organisation called Footprint, as we “build Africa, one person at a time”!

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This post was written by Clayton on July 27, 2010

I’m proud to announce that we have just broken the           20 000 barrier! 

20 609 people across SA trained in basic Financial literacy skills by Footprint over the past 18 months!!!!! 

Footprint team… all over SA….take a bow!!!

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This post was written by Clayton on June 24, 2010

Breaking news!!!! I’m really excited to announce that our FEF project was presented to parliament last Thursday by the MD of the Postbank, amid great accolades and applause!

As of yesterday our trainers had trained 8 349 people across South Africa on our basic financial literacy programme Money fo’ Sho’ within the scope of this particular project. I’m really proud of my team that has been working on this project. Both the HO logistics team, and the trainers in the field have been working their butts off to make this thing fly like a bird. Just for this project we have started 12 new micro-enterprises with our field trainers who are learning how to run training businesses in rural and semi-urban communities.

People are changing their lives all over this project, and I’m excited to have that recognized by parliament. It feels like we’re one step closer to being able to make a significant impact in the South African landscape.

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This post was written by Clayton on March 26, 2010

I continue to be humbled by the work we’re doing out there.  Today I heard 3 stories with exactly the same theme, happening on just 1 day:

3 of our trainers across the country received excited phone calls from their learners: each call described how the learner had taken the certificate along to a job interview, and were successful in landing a job – two at the local banks, and one at the local toll road company!

Although the certificates don’t actually serve as a qualification, they are testimony to the keenness of people who will willingly give up a day to learn more about managing their own finances more effectively. The training also allowed them to talk more confidently about issues that, in the past, were just too overwhelming to address.

It’s an exciting, if unintended benefit of the work.  We’re still contributing to building South Africa, one person at a time!

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This post was written by Jules on March 5, 2010

BEE has incredible opportunities in this country and in your business, but only if it’s being used effectively.

So how exactly does one use it effectively you ask?  BEE doesn’t have to have the negative connotations that it has been given, Jules chats about this in today’s Star Workplace.

Read the scanned version here for more information.

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This post was written by Clayton on February 24, 2010

This is a blog of bliss!

Today I want to share with you all some amazing news, so far our Footprint Team has trained over 9800 people!  What an amazing accomplishment, especially since Footprint is so young. This number will simply keep on growing, in a week or two we will hit over 10000…  This means 10000 lives changed in a significant way, If you just think about how many people these 10000 have told and shared their education with, the number could be exponentially more.

Well done Footprint Team, we are all so incredibly proud of you all!

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This post was written by Clayton on February 12, 2010

Well, I just teared up. We sent one of our Footprint training mentors, Jill Wellbeloved, out into the field in Bronkhorstspruit to do some interviews and write an article about the entrepreneurial spirit of one of our trainers, Tshepo Malibe.

Shew! She brought back such a touching article that gave us exactly the feelgood fix we all chase in Footprint, and I wanted to share some poignant extracts from Jill’s article…

Tshepo said that learning to be a financial literacy trainer had “changed my life”. Now after having trained 379 learners he says “To see other people changing is a wonderful thing - especially that everything revolves around money. You can see it in their eyes during the workshop - a light goes on! As a trainer I feel as if I’m contributing to the community and making a difference. This work also helps my entrepreneurial spirit, not only by seeing training as a business, but I am now seeing opportunities all around me. Kwaggafontein is growing and I can be part of that.”


Annah was really excited that she had attended the course before Christmas. “I spent wisely this Christmas. This course helped me make my Christmas grocery list. I worked out my budget and looked at my needs and wants, so was able to see what was important and what was not. I stuck to my list so didn’t spend money on unimportant things. This made me happy.”


Grace … added, “Tshepo managed to be patient with us older people when trying to teach us. This is unusual for young people who are always impatient. And because of this, I have managed to save for school fees for my young ones this year. I didn’t punch my money away in December and so I can pay for school fees. So my young ones also benefited from the workshop.” 

And then…

Busisiwe grabbed Tshepo’s attention and told him, “You must get the young people to come to your workshop. If I had known this information when I was young I would have been a rich woman now!”

You see, this is the kind of thing we dreamed of when Footprint was conceived in our hearts – helping South Africans become empowered, one person at a time.

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This post was written by Clayton on January 18, 2010