Established businessman opens up Lifestyle Franchise in Jane Furse

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The new Lifestyle store opened
for trading in early July, and the
official opening took place with key
dignitaries on 25 July 2014.
From humble beginnings…
Justice Lekwankwa has been an established
businessman in the Limpopo Province
for the past twenty years. He started out
from extremely humble beginnings as a
herdsman, and through his willingness,
drive and discipline, was able to rise above
his circumstances and become a respected
business and community leader. Lekwankwa
now has several ventures, including a bakery,
general dealership, tyre fitment centre,
building material supplier and a wholesale
maize depot as his core business.
The maize depot also offered groceries
as a sideline, which Lekwankwa has
now transformed into a fully fledged
supermarket under the Lifestyle brand.
“I chose the Lifestyle brand when I
attended the opening of Kgoales Lifestyle
Supermarket in the Mphahlele Village in
December. I decided I wanted to be part of
the Lifestyle Franchise as I was impressed
with the professional look of the store and
the pamphlets. I am very happy today and
look forward to the great partnership.”
Manny Gouveia, Franchise Manager for
the ICC Group, Franchise Division, enjoyed
another proud moment in Lifestyle’s
journey. “Lekwankwa approached me at the
beginning of the year and since then we
have been hard at work clearing the site
and transforming the space into a wellstocked, well-priced, professional looking
supermarket. We hope that Lifestyle Jane
Furse becomes the people’s shop of choice
for all items.”
The ICC Group were all in attendance
at the opening, having given support and
guidance to Lekwankwa since he decided
to take his store to the next level by joining
the Lifestyle fold. The Lifestyle Jane Furse
opening had an excellent turnout with
many members of the community of Jane
Furse enjoying the festivities of the day
together with the local radio station. Key
community leaders were also in attendance,
as well as members of the local business
forum and local society club, elders of the
church and suppliers such as Tiger Brands,
Premier Milling and Entyce Beverages.
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Gert Scheepers, ICC’s CEO, welcomes new Lifestyle Franchisee member Mr Justice Lekwankwa.
Established businessman opens up
Lifestyle Franchise in Jane Furse
Businessman Justice Lekwankwa elected to
become ICC’s latest Franchisee member,
opening up his Lifestyle Supermarket in the
town of Jane Furse in the Limpopo Province
Jane Furse is located in the Sekhukhune District Municipality
and has a population of 6 533. The town is surrounded by
the villages of Ga-Molepane, Ga-Moretsele, Madibong, Mamone,
Marulaneng, Mokwete and Riverside.
ICC’s next Young Community Shaper
Kefilwe Bopape was crowned as the next Young Community Shaper (YCS)
for 2014 and received a R60 000 cheque at a Gala Dinner
held at Monte Casino on the 29 July 2014.
This year’s awards were in honour of Nelson
Mandela whose spirit epitomises the essence
of the Young Community Shaper Awards. His
wise words: “Education is the most powerful
weapon which you can use to change the
world” were clearly echoed in each of the
nine YCS finalist’s projects. These individuals
realised they can make a difference in their
communities and selflessly seek to transfer
their skills and educate the youth through
various projects, for no financial gain.
The winner, Bopape (23), is based in
Hammanskraal in Gauteng and runs her
‘Life After Matric’ project. She saw her
community faced with unemployment,
teenage pregnancy and crime as a result of
dropping out of school and felt the need to
do her part in helping to educate the youth.
Her project is focused on assisting the
youth with training and specifically helps
them identify their talents and possible
career paths.
Most importantly, Bopape guides her
learners on various tertiary education
options and through the project, they are
able to attend open days and apply for
bursaries to their identified institutions.
“So far my project has helped over 20
students secure bursaries and move onto
studying careers at universities and higher
educational institutions. I know we are a
long way from where we want to be, but we
are determined and will continue to make a
difference, one learner at a time.”
The awards, now in their fourteenth year,
have over the years given youth such as
Bopape an opportunity to highlight their
projects to all the sponsors involved in
YCS. These individuals, who are selflessly
running these initiatives are then able to
gain valuable support needed to grow into
sustainable community projects that will
benefit more and more people.
Gert Scheepers, CEO of the ICC Group
congratulated the finalists, saying, “I am in
awe of these youth and the magnitude of
what they do for no financial reward. Every
year we find candidates from the rural
The annual
Young Community Shaper
awards, sponsored by
The Independent Cash
& Carry Group (ICC) and
SABC’s Shift programme,
seeks to identify,
acknowledge and celebrate
students that are actively
involved in developing,
building and empowering
their communities
areas that qualify for YCS and our wish is
for more and more youth to harness the
power of their dreams and help make a
better South Africa. I also want to thank our
Member companies and loyal suppliers who
contribute to this worthy cause.”
“I am overwhelmed with excitement at
winning this award,” says Bopape. “My next
step is to go back to my team so we can
put a plan and budget together to assist
next year’s grade 12 learners. We can help
them choose their preferred career paths
and guide them to the best educational
institutions to help them elevate their lives
and reach their full potential.”
The YCS runner up was Gauteng based
Motsamai Thaba who received a cheque
for R30 000 for his Spread the Love Project.
The remaining five finalists each received
a cheque for R10 000 to plough back into
their projects, ensuring they can grow and
make a difference in the lives they touch.
The sponsors were so impressed with
the calibre of finalists that they decided
to add another ten thousand rand to each
of the finalists’ winnings. The ICC Group
and member companies responsible for
making YCS possible are Bibi Cash & Carry,
Numain Distributors, Big Save, Savemore,
Pricechain, Overland Cash & Carry and
Raimondi’s Trading Company. Major other
sponsors that are involved include SABC,
Unilever, Rainbow, Premier Foods, Nestlé,
Tiger Brands, Entyce Beverages, Snackworks
and Colgate.
Gert Scheepers (back), CEO of the ICC group with the nine YCS finalists from left to right: Thembile Nqabeni, Neo Mokone, Mmathabo Taukobong,
Kefilwe Bopape (YCS 2014 Winner), Motsamai Thaba (YCS 2014 Runner Up), Ben Mabusela, Thato Leeuw, Selaelo Morukhuladi and Skhumbuzo
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