The latest social media phenomenon in South Africa is a Facebook page started just over a month ago which now has 750 000 followers! It’s a collective of positive sentiments about South Africa from people of all walks of life. Now it looks set to play a role in job creation and stimulating the economy. A positive step in any one’s books!
See the announcement below:
“#IMSTAYING 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮 𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗺𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗠𝗘 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿.
In order to do this, the newly formed NGO has a three-prong approach; National events, Crowdfunding and Merchandising. All funds raised will be used to implement business initiatives in the micro and SME space to open their doors, scale their business or create collaborative opportunities to work together. Naturally a small percentage of funds raised will be used on operational costs.
“It was imperative that we partnered with a reputable company that is totally transparent and properly geared towards helping us achieve our objectives. Donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy was the obvious choice for us given their profile and the fact that I have personally worked with them before to help raise funds. Their level of care and professionalism has always stood out” says Petzer.
As #ImStaying has become a collective movement of the people, any public funds collected will be put to poll on the #ImStaying Facebook Group page and members will be asked to vote via an online poll as to where the funds are allocated. This action in itself becomes the collective’s decision and will certainly be a game-changer in the NGO space.”
An innovative approach to assisting business initiatives. Let’s hope they succeed as this kind of intervention can only assist in driving the economy.