Press Release 27 March 2020
Covid-19 #LockDownSA – Entrepreneurs Respond to Support Our Presidents’ Call to Action through Collaborative Movement #ECAfrica
In response to the President’s call to unite during the #21DaysLockDown, Entrepreneur Connect Africa #ECAfrica, a movement of South African SMMEs and Entrepreneurs are stepping-up and stepping-in to help solve the challenges we face during this period and beyond.
A digital disruptor, #ECAfrica -Entrepreneur Connect Africa- was launched as a social media hashtag five years ago. Using digital spaces, the platform creates a movement and ecosystem, consciously aligned, to promote and scale African Businesses. Technology is an enabler and people are the creators, to realise a highly futuristic vision where more women enter and succeed as economic contributors. The growth of this movement has been phenomenal and evidence of the movement’s work was and is still evident in projects such as Bring back our girls; fees must fall and No to Xenophobia to mention a few.
As a network, ECAfrica is coming together to create support for distressed #SMMEs and Entrepreneurs as our skill sets traverse across all sectors and collectively we can help by using technology to solve problems through networking; job creation; skills development and at the same time building social cohesion.
“The campaign we put together is a response to appeal to South Africa for help to keep us in business by buying our services and products and re-think their buying patterns.” says Vanessa Perumal, Managing Director of JT Communication Solutions and architect of the #ECAfrica movement. Perumal continues, “Through the collective strength of our network, #ECAfrica is also creating a support structure to offer a short term, humane response to help desperate entrepreneurs with Food, Medical, and Data Vouchers.”
The #ECAfrica network is for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs and together considers how we can create support for distressed #SMMEs and Entrepreneurs, to heed the call to action to support our country at its most vulnerable.
“Essentially we wanted to make sure we support a campaign that falls within the rules of the Governments National #LockDownSA call to action and looking at how we can offer meaningful support. We are calling for support in two ways. If you are an entrepreneur and highly vulnerable, please send your details and if you can contribute to the campaign, we would like to hear from you,” says OS Holdings CEO, Nomsa Nteleko, who is part of the #ECAfrica movement.
The pandemic is causing global stresses on markets and even causing the crashing of some market sectors and forcing businesses to rethink their operations during our #21daysofLockDownSA. We intend to demonstrate product and service readiness to support SOE, private and public sectors with business solutions. Says Irisha Luhanga of Redefine Human Capital ‘Over the next #21DaysLockDownSA the #ECAfricaNetwork will be sharing and also offering Business Master Classes, offering Legal Advise, Coaching, LinkedIn Live, Instagram, Stories, What’s app, Blogs, one-on-one sessions, Zoom hangouts etc.
To get in touch with the #ECAfrica network to offer/ receive support, please email email@example.com or send a WhatsApp to 0730825490
For media enquiries, interview requests or access to high res pictures please contact JT Comms on 011 788 7632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of the #ECAfrica network – www.jtcomms.co.za
Note to Editor
ECAfrica100 stands for Entrepreneur Connect Africa and was launched as an online conversation and has scaled to a growing movement.
It’s a pioneering movement using digital as a transforming disruption to profile business stories and connect networks to new markets
ECAfrica is powered by JT Communication Solutions and looking for partners who can invest, support, resource, fund the operational costs and help scale the platform
The key players in this organic movement of the #ECAfrica network comprise of companies operating in diverse sectors of the economy such as: Ricinz Consulting – Consultancy Services; Redefine Human Capital – HR; Deshun Deysel & Associates – Coaching & Performance Management; Nihka Technology Group – ITC; Harem Clothing – Design & Fashion; OS Holdings – IT & DBMS; Ndlovukazi OnlineMedia – Media; JT Communication Solutions – Communication, PR and Content creation; Content Connect – Mobile Audio Visual Distribution, Aurora Life Coaching and Mentoring – Soft Skills, Change Agility – HR & Business ; Tropics Magazine – Fashion & Social, LuxuryXclusives/Luxury Media Africa – Luxury Brands; Mani Shaikjee and Associates – Legal & Risk, Native Rhythms – Music amongst many others.
In 2018 #ECAfrica celebrated 100 entrepreneurs through profiling master classes and continues to provide platforms for dialogue and knowledge sharing such as the #ECAfrica Table of Ideas.
About JT Communication Solutions
Architects of the movement, JT Comms is a 21st century Pan African Integrated Communication Solutions Agency offering bespoke solutions to clients on the continent and internationally. The agency’s expertise is decoding African economies to business. We simplify the complexities of the African business environment through content.
Defying the odds and challenging the status quo is a defining trait that runs in the DNA of a company steeped in pioneering disruptive solutions. Resolute from inception JT Communication Solutions continue to amplify and do what it takes to correct the African narrative through entrepreneurship and business profiling. www.jtcomms.co.za