1. This is
1. Why let’s go?
The young people of South Africa are the future of our country. There are
10,4 million between the ages of 15 and 24 years of age. Over ½ million
young people leave Grade 12. Every year.
We should invest in them and in their dreams.
For most of them though their dreams remain only dreams when they
wake up to their daily realities.
They live in an exciting world of dazzling technology and immense
exposure to potential success. A world made up of glowing promises
made by prominent leaders. But many are ill prepared due to poor
education and crumbling family structures. Many are surrounded by
alcohol and drug abuse, societies rife with violence and corruption.
These societies have a disregard for discipline and the rule of law. Sadly,
too many remain trapped in the cycle of poverty. The world that adults
are creating for them is not attractive. They will have to be part of
creating their own dreams.
Those young people who enter the world of work will face a significantly
different place to what they were prepared for. The ways that they will
have to compete with others will be tough. Intense. Relationships and
networks are the sources of success. Demands are unrelenting and the
pace is furious. Any sense of entitlement or social financial protection
rapidly evaporates and without a personal resilience to cope, a new risk
of hopelessness can emerge in their minds.
So what should be done?
Young people should be helped to discover and build their whole and
authentic selves; courageous and ready to take personal responsibility.
They should be prepared and equipped with the personal skills as the
sources of their success at work and in life.
This is what let’s go! does with young people.
We develop their ability to take risk, to be pro-active, to have the
courage to be innovative and creative, to take ownership of their own
development. They create a strong personal brand inspired by
self-confidence, individualism and a desire for greatness. They get the
knowledge about themselves to make the right choices.
2. They change their mind-sets to build a better future for themselves and
A big challenge for South African organisations is to participate
(meaning)fully in developing a sustainable and equitable society.
Corporate Social Investment is a mechanism through which
organisations can and should contribute to the development of
sustainable communities. They can build ‘social capital’ and help young
people to discover their future. let’s go! helps organisations to invest
with integrity in the self-development of young South Africans.
2. Who is Let’s Go! Development?
Let’s Go! Development (Pty) Ltd is a private company and a level 4
B-BBEE contributor. The key to our success lies in the fact that we
develop young people in collaboration with organisations and other
Investors, sponsors, suppliers, schools, universities, families, communities
and the government can fund, sponsor, and act as intermediaries to help
let’s go! reach young people.
The let’s go! self-development (SD) programme is an original, creative
and unique self-development experience created for and endorsed by
young people and as well as by several organisations.
Within the first six months of introducing the programme over 500
young people from rural and urban communities attended it. The impact
on them as evidenced by their feedback has been overwhelmingly
positive and validated the purpose of the programme.
The let’s go! SD programme takes a young person, irrespective of social
class, gender, racial or religious profile, on a journey of self-discovery
and self-development. Through engaging them with interactive
presentations, teaching, learning and personal activities they develop
new skills to master self-leadership and define their individuality.
let’s go! is for all young people and not only for youth leaders.
The knowledge and skills acquired can be applied immediately,
everywhere, and throughout their lives and can particularly help them to
deal with the challenges of life.
3. Our Strategic Objectives
The aspiration of Let’s Go! Development (Pty) Ltd is to positively impact
the lives of 1 million young people by 2020.
The strategic objectives of Let’s Go! Development (Pty) Ltd are to:
4. The let’s go! IDENTITY
The let’s go! dream is to create community wholeness by changing the
lives of our young people and let their excellence emerge.
Through the let’s go! programmes we empower young people by
awakening the latent potential and greatness within them and ignite
ripples of personal change and personal power. The young person will be
empowered to change communities through a journey of self-discovery
and by building self-esteem.
At let’s go! we care for every participant and hence will touch lives
responsibly and with compassion, get involved with and support young
people in need and treat them with respect.
The let’s go! programmes are original and ensures a fresh, creative and
unique experience for each participant. It stimulates thinking and
At let’s go! we celebrate the diversity of humanity with joy, energy and
passion in everything we do.
Develop programmes and interventions that assist young people to
identify their potential, define their future and develop an
implementation roadmap. This should turn them into confident,
innovative, creative as well as bold and brave individuals.
Build partnerships with other community stakeholders such as
organisations, universities, schools and individual investors that have
a keen interest in the development of young people.
Develop a company that portrays a unique South African corporate
profile that positively contributes to the Black Empowerment
initiatives of our country.
3. 5. Making it happen
The funding client/corporate sponsor provides the money in the form of
sponsorships towards the delivery of the programme to the participant.
The let’s go! SD programme connects these two stakeholders.
The funding client can sponsor programmes within its organisation, a
selected community, school, college or a university of its choice.
let’s go! provides the training material, two qualified facilitators to
present the programme, and manages all the programme logistics.
6. How is let’s go! delivered?
The participant gets a comprehensive learning file, filled with activities
supported by an interactive website and social media. The classroom
facilitation is done at facilities chosen and funded by the sponsor and in
close proximity to the community from which the delegates are
The ideal size of a group is 30 - 40 participants. The target market is
grade 11 and 12 learners, university students and young people ready to
enter the world of work, as well as the young unemployed who could be
prepared for employment. The let’s go! SD programme is also ideal to
be included in an existing internship or learnership programme.
7. What do we promise and offer?
The unique attribute of the let’s go! SD programme is its
multi-dimensional value proposition - not only of its content, but also of
the initiative as a whole.
This is illustrated in the table below:
4. 8. Directors
Dr. René Uys (CEO and Director)
A Compassionate Academic, Executive, Consultant.
René is a renowned academic. She spent 24 years of her career in Higher Education.
Besides being a noted academic and researcher, she was also Dean of a very large
faculty and member of the executive team of the university as Executive Director:
Since leaving Higher Education she has been the co-owner with Harry van der
Merwe of thinking fusion, a consultancy firm specialising in leadership
development, self-development and team development amongst others. All
programmes, models and diagnostics presented and used by thinking fusion have
been designed and crafted by them. It is now a level 2 B-BBEE contributor, thinking
Her true passion has always been to positively touch the lives of others. This led to
her sponsoring the training of Nursery School teachers in neglected environments,
the establishment of a Mathematics and Science Centre where young people could
re-do grades 7 to 12 Mathematics and Science to gain university entrance, and
doing research on Disability. She was nominated as Woman of the year for 4
consecutive years for this community work. Her coaching of leaders and
community research work inspired her to craft the let’s go! programme. Under her
guidance, the aim is to positively impact the lives of a million young people through
this unique programme.
Me Motshoanetsi Lefoka (Director)
Executive, Engineer, Consultant, Community contributor
Motshoanetsi is known for her contribution as director of various Boards
including Executive Director and CEO of South African Post Office, Docex, Courier
Freight Group and Nuclear Energy Company of South Africa, Tyres 2000 and Toll
Global Forwarding. She is currently also Director of Kone Tyres (Pty) Ltd, owner of
MSDG Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd and Director of thinking fusion AFRICA.
She started her career as an Industrial Engineer, but soon progressed into
managerial roles both in the public and private sector. It culminated in her being the
Chief Executive Officer of SA Post Office. She was recognized for her exceptional
leadership by being awarded CEO of the Year by IPM in 2010.
Motshoanetsi shares her leadership, operational and general management
experience freely with those less fortunate to her. She is actively involved in the
upliftment of schools in her community and provides personal bursaries to young
people to obtain both matric and tertiary qualifications. Her involvement in let’s go!
is anchored in her care for young people of South Africa and her dream to uplift as
many young people as possible.
Dr René Uys: CEO and Director
Cell: +27 82 888 9702
Motshoanetsi Lefoka: Director
Cell: +27 73 634 4098
Tel: +27 11 955 1003
Heritage Office Park
Block B – Number 4
1 Voortrekker Road
Mindalore North, 1739
Gauteng, South Africa
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