Stanchart Raises Funds For Futuremakers

Mpho Masupe. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Mpho Masupe. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Standard Chartered Botswana employees have embarked on a fundraising effort for the recently launched Futuremakers initiative.

The initiative’s goal is to raise $50 million through fundraising and bank-matching between 2019 and 2023 to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow.

Futuremakers initiative is the bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality and seeks to promote greater economic inclusion for young people in communities across the globe.

The programme supports disadvantaged young people from low-income households, particularly girls and people with visual impairments, to take part in programmes focused on education, employability and entrepreneurship.


In August this year, the bank through Futuremakers donated $50,000 (P 550,000) to Young Africa Botswana (YAB) to run the tailor-designed Futuremakers programme.

On Tuesday last week about 17 employees began a 400-km cycle challenge from Gaborone to Johannesburg to raise funds for charity under the bank’s Futuremakers initiative. 

The 17 cyclists hail from the bank’s offices in Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Zambia collectively known as the Southern Africa cluster.

The bank’s CEO, Mpho Masupe commended the commitment shown by the team noting that they merged their passion for cycling and desire to make a contribution to Futuremakers.

“We are very proud of the ingenuity shown by this team and their desire to find their own unique way to contribute to Futuremakers.

This is not simply a few days away from the office for the cyclists – they are giving themselves a very real challenge against the elements, their own fitness and to work together as a team.

Their organisation and commitment is commendable,” he said.

The riders have been fundraising in both their personal and collective capacity with pledges made on completion of their ride. The team arrived in Johannesburg on Friday.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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