ABOUT THE GROUP
NIKA strives to impact the future of South Africa through Christian Education. NIKA is both a conduit and an ignition - an ignition to ignite and inspire companies to transform their business focus toward lifelong social impact; and a conduit through which companies can become part in this great work that is at hand in our beautiful country with its valuable people. All this occurs from the basis of genuine generosity.
1. STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: GENEROSITY OUT OF GRATITUDE
At NIKA, we’re endeavouring to be good and faithful stewards of all God gave us. Finances, intellectual capacities and opportunities - all these gifts were freely granted and entrusted to us by God. Through His grace, vigour and hard work, we’re often blessed with prosperity and abundance. Such blessings were never intended for enrichment and/or empowerment of a selfish/exclusive intent, but rather to share fairly with the community and continually seek and implement ways to change society for the better.
2. SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTMENT THROUGH GENEROSITY
Companies looking to increase their Social Impact Investment will find a proper value proposition in NIKA. By making NIKA a shareholder (i.e. the “black shareholder”) of the company, the company receives the opportunity to be part of effecting a sustainable change in Education in South Africa. In return, the company will reap the favourable black-ownership-associated-benefits toward achieving its BBBEE strategy – NIKA is Broad Based Black Ownership Scheme. NIKA’s value proposition is therefore to provide a channel, bridge or conduit for companies to be generous with commercial ownership, out of a desire to impact the future of South Africa through education.
3. CHARITY & PHILANTHROPY: STRIKING A BALANCE
NIKA believes in a kind of giving that balances charity and philanthropy – charity being helping the needy, philanthropy addressing the root causes. Therefore, we try to address immediate need/suffering, but also strive address the root causes and enable by creating paths and ways towards opportunity and a better future.
ORGANISATIONS THAT BENEFIT
NIKA makes funding allocations to selected schools, NPOs and NGOs who share to educate children and simultaneously build them as valuable persons and leaders, by teaching them biblical principles. We provide in immediate need as best we can, but we also come together and pray to God for wisdom and guidance - we apply our hearts and minds towards finding sustainable solutions and/or innovative plans to create a better future for these children, parents and educators. At present, the two main beneficiaries are Schools of Hope and OakTree Christian Schools.
1. SCHOOLS OF HOPE
In 2015, NIKA began supporting a church community namely Zama Zama in the West of Pretoria. Located in a squattercamp, poverty and unemployment are everyday realities. The community of Pretoria West / Zama Zama is now the very first school in Schools of Hope, where schools, nurseries and aftercare organisations with a Christian foundation endeavour to improve the lives of underprivileged children and community by giving them a future through good education and sound biblical principles.
2. OAKTREE SCHOOLS
NIKA has come to support OakTree Christian Schools, to action our vision to enable and equip educational organisations to enhance, grow and multiply impact and efforts. As part of OakTree Development Solutions, OakTree Christian Schools aims to position itself as schools that are private, but not exclusive; financially sustainable, but not commercially driven. A sound, viable Christian Education Model has been developed, where sustainability is achieved through commercial viability.
NIKA originated through generosity. A handful of like-minded and like-hearted businessmen felt a strong unction to operate as faithful stewards of that which God had entrusted to them.
They felt that together, they’ll be able to have a much greater impact, understanding that their collaborative wisdom and efforts far surpasses individual capabilities and the usual thinking around CSI initiatives. Thus, the idea to create NIKA originated around 2013 and in 2014, NIKA was registered as both an Non-Profit-Company and a Broad Based Black Ownership Scheme. The founding contributors were Wasteplan, Infotech (through Mergon) and Business Print.
Thus, the founding contributors specifically gave a portion of shares to God via NIKA CAPITAL. With the help of their trusted advisors Almero Strauss and John Jones, NIKA was structured to best utilise the opportunities that BBBEE provide for businesses to make a kingdom impact. NIKA CAPITAL now operates as a vehicle for Kingdom strategy for business, where business strategy and BBBEE strategy aligns herewith, so that a collective Kingdom mandate can be achieved.
The directors comprise of Bertie Lourens (Managing Director), June Matlala, Edgar Sishi, Heinrich Venter and Lesego Serolong. Almero Strauss plays an advisory role - Broad Based Black Ownership Scheme, with John Jones acting as independent chairman.
For the past 14 years, Bertie has been the Managing Director of Wasteplan, a national on-site waste management company specialising in recycling and reducing waste to landfill.
June has been a director on the Board for Wasteplan Holdings, a contributing founder of NIKA, since 2014 and Chairs the Social & Ethics Committee. NIKA is privileged to have someone with as rich and experience and alive a passion for social upliftment on board.
Lesego is an internationally-inspired social entrepreneur. She is CEO and founder of Bokamoso Impact, a social enterprise solely dedicated to uplifting remote underdeveloped areas of South Africa through innovative agricultural solutions to poverty.
Edgar Sishi is an economist and public finance specialist. In 2016 he was appointed senior advisor to the Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund. Edgar holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of London. He lives in Washington DC.
Heinrich is one of the founding contributors and directors of NIKA. Heinrich currently lives in Sydney Australia and works as the Head of Partner Program of an Australian listed company called Urbanise. He continues to serve as a director of NIKA, and live out his passion of seeing business impact lives.