Wits University Economics student Rohan John has become the latest name associated with the illustrious list of individuals in Generational Wealth Education (GWE) – a program offered free of charge by experts – which provides business insight to the fledgling SMME (small, medium and micro enterprise ), students and people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
Since its launch, the GWE has helped hundreds of people across the country – in an effort to bridge the gap between formal business education and empower the less fortunate with essential business skills – especially those with the potential to run profitable ventures but lacked the money. to enroll in business schools.
The GWE is an online platform to teach financial skills, business acumen, branding and marketing skills – a one-stop shop, which will reach a target of 150 schools in all nine provinces starting next month this year.
John, who will engage with college students, students and communities, is committed to “inspiring people to realize their vision.”
The 18-year-old entrepreneur who recently launched “FirstCine” – which is fueling a high-tech revolution in the film industry in Africa and the world – has emphasized that “the right mentors are needed to help build the right mindset change”.
“I am fortunate to have had mentors who have been with me on this journey before and built successful businesses from it.
“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have great mentors for the growth of curiosity and self-development,” he said.
GWE chief marketing officer Lesego Motala, said it was “of utmost importance that the tour has a dynamic young person – under the age of 19 – who will talk to students.
“They need someone they can interact with directly,” Motala said.
He added: “We are very proud of Rohan – a perfect example of what a young ambitious African entrepreneur should be.”
John will share insights on his journey to starting his first business.
The first-year Wits student majoring in Computational and Applied Maths will take time off from college “to help plow my knowledge back to people who need it.”
John, a Trinityhouse High School student who earned four honors in 2021, began school outreach when he was in grade 10.
“That was when a group of fellow students coached and supervised students from a disadvantaged school in the area.
“Shortly after that, I became one of the leaders of the committee,” said John.
He explains: “The participation council only started in my school year.
“The issue of diversity and inclusion of all used to be very difficult to tackle and the mantle of leadership rested on me.
“Throughout the year, we would drive larger inclusion initiatives.
“I have been playing the violin since I was 11 years old – one of my favorite and most passionate skills.
“Since getting a grade on my grade 6 practical exam, it remains one of my most passionate hobbies and skills.”
John said he believed in “keeping my mind and body active and fit, that’s why I love working out – training mentally and physically”.
“I love sitting down to a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle – hitting the weights and working out.
“Keeping your mind and body sharp is the key to harmonious ability.”
Traveling the world at a young age has given him “a clear and realistic view of life – showing me how each country has its own pros and cons”.
“Travel made me realize that the possibilities are endless, wherever you are in the world.
“I am driven and extremely motivated.
“I will not stand by and let everyone do the work for me.
“I’m a fighter in life and won’t give in to whatever comes my way – I’m looking forward to the whole campaign,” said John.