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Dr Tshepo Motsepe to address SmartStart Conference and Award Ceremony

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First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe will tomorrow, Saturday, 23 November 2019, deliver the keynote address at the SmartStart Annual Conference and Award Ceremony which will be held at the  Saint George Hotel and Conference Centre in Irene, Centurion.

SmartStart is a national early learning social franchise dedicated to expanding access to affordable quality early learning, particularly for children in impoverished communities. This is achieved through a network of unemployed women and men who are recruited, screened, trained and supported to set up micro-enterprises in their communities.

SmartStart supports its franchisees through a national coaching network, with business skills and training courses to build sustainable livelihoods through the franchise.

Dr Motsepe is Chairperson of African Self Help Trust (ASHA), a non-profit organisation which provides early childhood development support programmes for home-based crèches in disadvantaged communities. Dr Motsepe will be the guest of honour at SmartStart’s celebration of setting up more than 6 000 early learning micro enterprises in South Africa since 2015.

The conference will celebrate milestones, inspire and re-connect a movement of early learning practitioners in the SmartStart franchise network across South Africa.

Members of the media are invited as follows:
Saturday, 23 November 2019
Time: 10h00
Venue: Saint George Hotel and Conference Centre.
58 Goede Hoop Ave, Doornkloof, Pretoria, 0132 

Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
Media RSVPs: Nangamso Gxaba on 072 321 6355

Issued by: The Presidency