Name: German Jacobs
Province: Northern Cape
German Jacobs from the Northern Cape describes himself as a person who loves seeing other people grow.
What are you championing in your community?
Youth development through Education and Social Entrepreneurship
How are you driving change in your community?
I am involved in a project call operation 100% Paballelo High where I basically tutor Grade 12 leaners in Accounting. I am also running my own company called Gla Business Consultants. I have managed to register 50 companies so far and a couple of NPCs. I am also involved in a group call K6 where we run different programs in our community. K6 members are all Activators from Upington
How has ACTIVATE! and the network supported you in driving change?
It has helped me connect with a lot of other Activators from Upington as I didn’t know most of them prior to becoming part of the network. I also managed to collaborate with an Activator from Mpumalanga and today I am proud to say we own a company together. I also help other Activators to register their NPCs and companies after being introduced to the network and help share my field of interest.
The Bus Journey
Why have you decided to be part of the Bus Journey?
I believe me being part of the journey will help share my story and represent the Northern Cape with the hopes to get more people involved in my project and get more people from the Northern Cape to become Aactivactivators.
What are you hoping to take out of the Bus Journey?
An amazing story profiling Activators and a new learning experience. I want to find out how Activators cope and deal with the pressure of juggling between their prospective projects and personal life. Most importantly I’m hoping to take experience our of the journey which I share with my fellow Activators.
What are you most looking forward to on the Bus Journey?
Amazing conversations with Activators
In an ideal world, who would you like to engage in conversation with on The Journey? Why?
Someone like Dj Sbu because he is honestly someone young people could learn from. One of the key factors in society that leads to negative challenges faced by young people are unemployment and with his social entrepreneur and leadership skills we can learn a lot.
What are your plans for next year?
My Plan is to operate my two companies on a full time bases and open my own office in the CBD. I will also be involved with the K6 NGO. The NGO is in the registration phase and will be run by six Activators from Upington.
How will you be involving the network in your plans?
I am hoping to sponsor at least five Activators with fees to attend the Community Development course offered by the network next year. I have already shared the idea at module 3 so next year I want to execute it.