TenaCiTi Programme Celebrates First Graduation Ceremony

On 3 May 2017 Consul General Bonnie Horbach and her team celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of TenaCiTi graduates with partners CiTi headed up by Ian Merrington at the TenaCiTi Lab in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Three years ago, during 2013, Bonnie and her team from the Kingdom of the Netherlands Consulate General, launched their campaign #cocreateSA as their vision for diplomacy in South Africa. Their objectives were to engage with South Africans and to hear what challenges affected them – and where they wanted to see change. From this vision and after engaging with all community stakeholders #cocreateSA gave birth to the TenaCiTi programme.

By the end of the seven-month programme, the project’s aim was that:

  • the businesses involved would have implemented people management processes that create an environment where competent, motivated and engaged employees could thrive; and that
  • the  recruits involved would have grown from ‘young recruits-with-potential’ into indispensable team members

The graduation ceremony included dialogue between business owners, recruits and programme organizers and showed without a doubt that the recruits had grown into indispensable members of their business teams as well as of the local entrepreneurial community.

In addressing the recruits, Bonnie reminded the young entrepreneurs that there would no doubt be future failures, but that with all failures they had the option to #fallforward, to jump into the ocean of possibilities, to differentiate themselves, to create new demographics, and to join the conversation!

The TenaCiTi Programme’s second cohort of recruits have recently begun their program, and Bonnie and her team at the Consulate General look forward to celebrating their graduation as well as brainstorming with Ian and the programme facilitator Mignon Keyser as to the road ahead with a specific focus on the future sustainability of the programme.

For more information on the TenaCiTi programme, visit http://tenaciti.org.za

To view the graduation album, click here.

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