Things are a little discouraging in South Africa right now, as loadshedding continues to create interruption, interest rate escalating and with unemployment still on the rise, it does feel as though the news seems to be more negative than positive most days.
“I’m no Pollyanna, or blind optimist, for those who don’t know the film,” says Angie Lanham-Love, CEO of Lanham-Love Consulting, a 73.57% Black Owned Level 2 BEE Exempt Micro Enterprise based in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. “South Africa has some genuine problems, such as our high unemployment and lack of skilled labour, that need to be effectively addressed if we are to achieve our potential. But I, and the team at Lanham-Love Consulting, are determined to be a part of the solution. And to encourage others to do the same.”
“Part of the solution is to develop the youth of South Africa into the leaders of South Africa,” says Lanham-Love. “Through our affiliate The LLC Academy, which we opened in 2016 we offer a number of programmes that are focused extensively on leadership development. We sincerely believe in the power of education to uplift and develop the individual, who in turn goes onto to contribute to the upliftment and development of those immediately surround them, and so on and so on, like a positive pebble being dropped in a pond.”
“This ripple effect is the heart and soul of what we call The South African Project,” says Lanham-Love. “This project is about investing in the future of South Africa – and that future is entirely dependent on our young people. By directly contributing to the education of our youth, we equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to be future innovative business creators and leaders, community leaders who get things done, and effective contributors to the overall wealth and prosperity of South Africa as a whole.”
“The overwhelming majority of South Africans want this country to be a safe, happy place in which to raise their children,” says Lanham-Love. “If the majority of us want the same thing, isn’t it about time to work together to achieve that end? Through public-private partnerships, through businesses contributing to communities, through all of us recognising that, by working together, there is so much more that we can achieve to make this country a better place for all.
“There is a wonderful quote from Booker T. Washington that states, ‘if you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else,’” says Lanham-Love. “Myself, and my colleagues at Lanham-Love Consulting, are determined to lift up as many people as we can.”
If you, too, are a believer in the future of South Africa, and want to join us in contributing effectively to The South African Project, speak to our team of B-BBEE advisors today. Lanham-Love Consulting is more that equipped to start you on your journey to investing in our future leaders.