Dene Botha, the MD of Pride Factor, will donate a bursary that a needy student can use to study courses on their state-of-the-art Online Academy on behalf of every person who votes for him in Avance Media’s 100 Most Influential Young South Africans of 2019 rankings.
Recently recognised as one of 10 candidates in the Social Enterprise and Philanthropy category of the prestigious nationwide rankings, Botha is leveraging the publicity surrounding award to benefit knowledge-hungry young South Africans who cannot afford access to the life-changing lessons offered by the academy.
The ‘bursary for a vote’ campaign has already generated plenty of attention with Botha interviewed on popular blog, MyCityByNight, radio stations 2OceansVibe and Radio 2000 and he will be appearing live on national broadcaster eNCA at 18h00 on Saturday 1 February.
“In the spirit of philanthropy, and because I’m cheeky and don’t mind asking for help, we at Pride Factor will gift a bursary valued at R799 to a student on our waiting list for every vote I receive in the 100 Most Influential Young South Africans poll,” said Botha. “We currently have well over one thousand teenagers and young adults who have applied for bursaries for the Online Academy. So you can make a difference to a young person’s life by simply completing an online vote.”
The voting process is easy to complete:
2) Select Dene Botha in the category of “Social Enterprise & Philanthropy” (you can vote in other categories, however this is not essential)
3) Click Submit and then take a screenshot of the vote confirmation message and send it via email to email@example.com – or send it to Pride Factor on social media – links below (you may vote more than once)
Pride Factor will send a small gift to each voter / donor who provides their email address and contact one of the students on their waiting list with the great news that they have been awarded a bursary by a philanthropic citizen.
Botha founded the Pride Factor Life Skills Academy in Cape Town during 2014 to inspire and guide teenagers and young adults on how to overcome the problem of unemployment and its associated poverty and inequality. To date the company has interacted with more than 57,000 young people at over 125 live events and reached hundreds of thousands more via mainstream and social media.
Pride Factor runs inspirational live events under its Inspired Youth brand at schools, universities and expos in South Africa and under the Empowered Youth banner at colleges in the United Kingdom. The ever expanding curriculum on the Online Academy platform provides digital courses in life-skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and more.
The 100 Most Influential Young South Africans list is curated by Ghana based Avance Media and PR who have published similar rankings to highlight the work of outstanding young people in seven African countries. The honourees cut across diverse sectors with the inspiring young change-makers and leaders making great strides as entrepreneurs, entertainers, activists, media personalities, social entrepreneurs, public servants and politicians.
Previous winners of the South African rankings include international TV celebrity Trevor Noah and world champion athlete Caster Semenya.
The 2019 poll features 54 women and 46 men and pits Botha against the likes of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, Brent Lindeque (Good News Guy), Chad le Clos (swimmer) and Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi.
Avance ranks the honourees within their categories, and in the Top 100, through a voting process that determines the number one Most Influential Young South African.
To vote for Dene Botha see the voting process above. Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday 5 February.