WHO WE ARE
The purpose of BBN is to lead and develop a business, public and youth partnership to pro-actively build the bridges nationwide of hope and scope to achieve an Inspired Destiny for South Africa. Our years of work in developing, testing, perfecting, gaining acceptance and endorsements for our work, has meant that we now have in place an all-South African plan to make our communities centres of employment creation, in which all can play a role, young to senior.
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), South Africa is the 8th highest unemployment country in the world and will slide to the 6th highest by 2020. The BBN Community Success Plan could not have arrived at a better time. We are now in the position to boldly claim that we have a Definite GOAL, Practical PLAN and an Urgent DEADLINE. The next five years is the window of opportunity for us as a nation to grab hold of our destiny, learn to embrace and shape our future as a demonstration of our resilience and resourcefulness to the world that we are a great nation and a great people.
At BBN – Building Bridges Nationwide
We believe that we must take up the challenge of unemployment as a matter of urgency. Fortunately, over a number of years we have been researching, developing, testing, perfecting and finally gaining acceptance and endorsements of an all-South African plan, one that now has a:
It was the words “Evil prevails when good men and women do nothing” that began the journey, over a number of years, to gain firsthand experience of the challenges facing our communities, in particular the challenges in our limited resourced (disadvantaged) communities. This necessitated asking questions and then finding solutions. Over the years we researched, developed, tested, perfected, gained acceptance and endorsements of our work.
Finally weaving together a plan that would create a business, public and youth partnership focused on developing and supporting our youth to become job creators instead of job seekers. One that had a clear vision, action mission and practical plans which would in time become a platform in which the whole community could effectively get involved at the level of their choice.
We added “YouthWorks”, as another dimension to our successful “Yes I Can – 5 Mountain Youth Entrepreneur Development Programme”. While the “Yes I Can” programme develops the strength of character and knowledge to become entrepreneurs, “YouthWorks” gives them an opportunity to manufacture and market their products to business and public supporters (growing marketplace) in support of our youth. In this way equipping our LearnerPreneurs to generate their own income.
During this period, special training courses, such as “Entrepreneurship in a HURRY!”, as part of BBN’s Future Smart and Future Ready programme was also developed and tested with excellent feedback. The purpose being to prepare, from young to senior, to become future smart and future ready, at the micro (me and my family) and macro (my community and my country) levels, as we take on the challenges facing South Africa including that of our Planet.
The year when everything came together, after years of focused work. In empowering our communities to become effective centres of employment creation, we introduced BBN EEE (Building Bridges Nationwide to develop an Emerging Entrepreneur Economy) expanded to become the BBN 5-Star Community Challenge plan. In reality, this means a business, public and youth partnership to make our communities effective centres of employment creation (5-Star Status).
Realising that the level of unemployment could rise in the next five years, we began preparing for the launch of SAVision2020 with a Definite GOAL, Practical PLAN and an Urgent DEADLINE. At the same time we developed SILT – Smart Impact Leadership Training and the BBN Ambassador Programme (community leadership) to effectively roll out the BBN Community Success Plan in their communities. More details in this website, our special BBN InfoAction Pack e-Book, BBN Presentations and BBN Network meetings.
It will become increasingly important for all South Africans to become informed as to the significant challenges we face, grow the level of concern to the point where there is a strong sense of urgency to do something directed towards achieving definite objectives, with a practical plan, that fuels the action required in which all can get involved, young to senior.
We believe we have such a plan which we have called the “BBN Community Success Plan or Methodology”. We invite you to participate at the level of your choice. In time we trust you will go even further and discover what it means to become the ‘Power of One’ and a significant person of influence.
ENDORSEMENT: I must admit that I found the concept of BBN revolutionary and daring but ingenious in its intent. Our subsequent meeting served to reinforce my preliminary view that the BBN Community Success Plan has tremendous potential to offer value to all the stakeholders (General Public, Business & the Youth) and therefore society at large. Louis Mukiraine CEO, Proficient Logic – Business Consultants