24 September, 2013 - Posted by Admin in Blog
Today, Tuesday, 24th September, will mean a lot of things to many South Africans:
- Some of us will appreciate Heritage Day solely for providing us with an awesome long weekend to catch up on sleep, homework, movies, as well as, spending quality time with our friends and family.
It is the last public holiday until December, after all, *gulp*;
- Some of us will affectionately refer to this day as “National Braai Day” and will spend most of it dishing up mouth-watering marinated steaks, boerwors and chicken, grilled to perfection, to all those brave enough to sample your braai-ing skills; and
- Lastly, the majority of us will try and spend the day combining both the above activities to actively celebrating the diverse and impressive cultural heritage that has earned us the title of, “The Rainbow Nation”.
There are so many ways to mark the day, from hanging out with friends who are not from the same background as you; or preparing and eating a traditional dish from one of South Africa’s diverse cultures, that is not your own.
Personally, this public holiday is one of our favourite. It is a great reminder of what makes us inherently “us”; of the many cultures and traditions that ultimately came together and influenced who we all are today.
It’s a day that reminds us not only to embrace each other’s differences, but to explore and experience a culture or tradition that is different to what we know:
Tolerance | Understanding | Unity
Happy Heritage Day!
Let us know what the day means to YOU and how you’ll be spending it
18 September, 2013 - Posted by Admin in Blog
Today is enke: Make Your Mark’s 4th anniversary and we are feeling quite nostalgic about how far we’ve come over the last few years! We asked enke CEO and co-founder Pip (Wheaton) to reflect on this day, four years ago, which she happily shared with us below:
Message from Pip:
Four years ago today (at around 10:30am), Tom (Walsh) and I traveled to OR Tambo airport to be reunited with Kat (Maunders) after 6 weeks scattered across the globe. Which makes today the official fourth birthday of what was to become enke: Make Your Mark. It was the first day that we really started putting in place the foundations.
So to mark the occasion I went through my old emails and found myself laughing out loud at our excitement in those early days. I also found myself filled with incredibly gratitude for the two people who I started this journey with. So, while there have been many people who have been part of getting us to where we are, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the people I started this crazy journey with. A love letter to my two co-founders:
To the wonderful, ever-crazy, Tom and Kat,
I’m not sure if you remember those first hot days in Johannesburg. We’d had 6 restless weeks all off doing our own thing and had all been counting down until we were back into the same place. I remember the Skype calls, battling the time difference, looking out over Sydney Harbour, knowing that I was putting in place the plans that would take me away from the city I love. I remember the constant stream of emails between the three of us in the lead up to arrival, which are now hilarious to re-read. Looking back through them, I found the most wonderful rants on top-down vs. bottom up development, comics we sent each other about flow-charts and serious plans for the future. My favourite is probably Tom saying that he’d die a happy man, simply because I was advocating a particularly geeky team management tool.
And then, finally we were all here. And it was hot.
We had some pretty heated conversations during those first few days, trying to get clarity of what on earth this crazy thing we were doing actually was. Locked in an empty classroom in Monash South Africa’s C Building (playing with their awesome new smart boards…) we started to make this whole “enke” thing take shape. In hindsight, we’d all committed to something without really knowing what we were getting ourselves in for. For Kat and I, we’d jumped on planes without really even knowing each other. I’m glad we had no idea what we were getting ourselves in for or else perhaps we wouldn’t have done it?
Going through emails from that time, I found my “farewell to Australia” email – entitled “An exciting (ad)venture”. The paragraph that jumped out at me was this:
Why are we doing all of this? We believe that young people are the key to making change in this world but that as individuals our power is limited. Connecting and supporting young people is to let them have a voice, to let them have their say about the future of their world. With enke we want to give young people the courage and passion needed to make a difference, and to let them join with other young people who are doing it too.
I miss you both terribly. But the reason that we started this? Well, it’s still what keeps me motivated. We might have changed how we talk about it but the passion remains the same.
Thank you so much for being crazy enough to start this, for being naive enough to not realise it should have been impossible, and for being the fantastic support since you left. The past four years have been extraordinary.
With all the love in the world,
16 September, 2013 - Posted by Admin in events
enke: Make Your Mark would like to invite YOU to our inaugural enke: State of the Nation Dialogue Session on Saturday 28 September 2013. Panelists at the event will include Amukelani Mayimele, Ayabonga Cawe, Calvin Makhubela, Khadija Patel and Lesley Masibi – dynamic young people with a shared vision for a brighter future for South Africa.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to engage and interact with these five inspirational individuals as they discuss issues, matters and themes that are currently influencing young South Africans, guided by the key question:
“What is the current state of the nation
and how does it impact young South Africans, today?”
To secure your spot, please register by sending an email to more [at] enke [dot] co [dot] za with the subject title “enke: State of The Nation Dialogue Session” by 5:00pm on Thursday 26 September 2013. Space is limited, so don’t delay!
Date: Saturday 28 September 2013
Time: 1:45pm – 4:00pm
Venue: 7th Floor Heerengracht Building, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, JHB
Entry requirements: Be 18 – 35 years of age with a passion for making a difference and social change.
Amukelani Mayimele: She is the founder of youth led development agency Zayrah, an organisation that seeks to alleviate poverty and motivate and inspire Africans. Amukelani ‘s passion lies in post-conflict reconstruction, as well as providing African solutions to the African people.
Ayabonga Cawe: He is Chairman of the Young Economists for Africa, a youth initiative aimed at offering alternative approaches in economic policy on the African continent. Calvin is also a poet and a writer and has written regularly for online youth platforms on a range of social and economic issues.
Calvin Makhubela: He is the founding member of Tosaca Rising, an organisation seeking to promote the culture and mind-set of entrepreneurship within the foundational stages of education. Calvin considers entrepreneurship as one of the primary ways in which to alleviate poverty and youth unemployment in the world.
Khadija Patel: She is a journalist and columnist with The Daily Maverick, an online South African publication. An English and Arabic graduate, Khadija specializes in writing about international relations, human rights, women and politics, with a shifting focus from South Africa to Africa, to the rest of the world.
Lesley Masibi: He established the Lesley Masibi Leadership Foundation which is aimed at developing leadership skills amongst young people and providing tools that will assist them to become effective leaders . Lesley is also a chemical engineering graduate, as well as the winner of the first season of the SABC1 reality competition One Day Leader.
11 September, 2013 - Posted by Admin in Blog
We hosted our very long overdue office warming party at the enke offices, this past Friday 6th September 2013. The enke team has grown dramatically over the past 18 months and that resulted in us out-growing our cozy office on the 4th Floor of the Heerengracht Building and moving to a more spacious (but just as cozy) office on the 7th Floor of the Heerengracht Building in Braamfontein.
It may have taken us all of five months to actually throw our party, but we definitely made up for it by having lots of fun!
A big “thank you” goes out to everyone who came through to celebrate our not-so-new place with us.
We definitely felt the love