Have you ever thought about packing up the huge amount of stuff that you've hoarded over the few years that you've been in London, (even though you came over with just one bag) and making the great trek back to SA, but the thought of starting from scratch again scares the daylights out of you to the extent that as unhappy as you really are, you battle it out. For some of us London is absolutely awesome but there are some who miss SA way too much to be away any longer. Well here's a little something that will help make that return a whole lot easier, thanks to Homecoming Revolution… and its all happening this weekend.
Aaron Mokoena, The Bafana Bafana Captain, will address South Africans living in the UK at the Homecoming Revolution London Event on 21 March. This is a fantastic opportunity for Aaron to get South Africans in the UK to support their National Team and excited about the impending World Cup. He will also share his personal story and his pivotal role in making a contribution to creating a better South Africa. He recently launched the Aaron Mokoena Foundation in the UK. The inspiration for the Foundation is Aaron's desire to increase and improve opportunities for children and young people across South Africa using the power of football to impact on education, health and life opportunities.
Martine Schaffer, Managing Director of Homecoming Revolution said: “We are thrilled that Aaron is going to be sharing his story with the South Africans in the UK at our event. In this momentous World Cup year, Aaron is probably one of the most important people in South Africa right now. He also represents, that you can live elsewhere and still make a very significant contribution back to your home. He is definitely one of our modern day icons and we hope that after July he will have lead his team to victory. We are using the event to create excitement around the football and we can think of no-one more prevalent than the Bafana Bafana Captain.”
The event will be held on the 20th and 21st March 2010 at Kensington Olympia Conference Centre in London. The event is aimed at South Africans living in the UK and will give them the opportunity to meet directly with high profile employers who are searching for talent. It will also give them a chance to find about purchasing property, schooling and post graduate education, starting up businesses, setting up bank accounts, and immigration advice. The exhibition is supported by a speakers programme.
A selection of the companies that will be exhibiting for skills at the event include: First National Bank, Group 5, Edcon, Foschini, Nedbank Capital, Investec, CSIR and South African Breweries. They represent a broad cross section of skills across a variety of industry and should offer professionals a good variety of opportunities. Recruitment Agencies will also be attending. The Independent Schools Association of South Africa will be offering advice on schooling in South Africa and both Gordon Institute of Business Science and The University of Stellenbosch Business School will be showcasing their post-graduate studies, including MBA advice. Also plenty of advice on investing in property.
Other speakers will cover topics from business to education and include Professor Nick Binedell from Gordon Institute of Business and Professor Cheryl de la Rey the new Vice Chancellor of University of Pretoria.
Aaron Mokoena was called up at the age of seventeen to join the National Team Squad, following impressive form at Jomo Cosmos and Ajax Cape Town. He quickly moved to Europe when he played for Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam and Genk. He moved to the English Premier League and currently plays for Portsmouth. He will captain the South African Bafana Bafana Team for the World Cup and is the country’s most capped player.
The Homecoming Revolution is an independent non-profit organisation that encourages and helps South Africans around the world to return home. Founded in 2003 the organisation has played a key role in assisting and re-assuring South Africans on their journey home.
The Aaron Mokoena Foundation launched in the UK in February. Underpinning the Foundation's ethos is an understanding of the role football can play, not only in creating and improving the skills and performance of young players but also the key role football can play in a uniquely broader role in society by bringing communities together. In the year in which South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup, the Foundation will seek to work in partnership with a broad range of organisations, to shape, design and deliver a range of safe, stimulating and exciting opportunities targeting young people.
I'm gonna be heading down on Sunday to check it out so see you guys there!