Johannesburg – Fin-Uwezo, a public awareness and engagement platform to be launched on 26 October 2019 at The Venue Melrose Arch, aims to make financial literacy learning a lifestyle. The event to follow from the Global Financial Inclusion Week, 21st to 25th October, is about helping people understand their finances, build their financial capability and wealth acumen in a relaxed setting.

Research shows major differences in the financial literacy of South Africans. The national average is at 48.4 % on a scale of 0 to 100. Below average financial literacy is found among black South Africans, women, youth, individuals with less than a high school education, and those with low income.

Against this backdrop, FIN-Uwezo offers a platform to equip individuals with financial literacy through moderated Fin-Talks, Fin-Connect and Fin-Lifestyle platforms. The Fin-Talk event will offer delegates financial education, highly interactive dialogue on personal finance and wealth management, access to financial experts, in-house psychosocial services, a free credit report and celebrity guest appearances.  

Fin-Talks are not your typical symposiums but a lifestyle experience that offers great networking opportunities and platforms to encourage conversations on finance, to ultimately shift the mind-set on how to build financial health and wealth across generations.

“Talking about issues of finance is not necessarily an easy or fun topic. We want to do something different and innovative, by incorporating fashion and lifestyle into our financial education events, says Sikhumbuzo Thabede, a Project Lead and co-founder of Fin-Uwezo. “We want to make it engaging and fun at the same time. Personal finance and wealth management should not be a taboo, but a lifestyle topic,” adds Thabede.

Some of the topics at the event will be: The state of financial literacy in South Africa; Beneficial and Sustainable use financial products and services; Access and usage of financial information; Credit and debt management; Rights, recourse and complaints handling process; How to fix personal finances (personal stories); How to create generational wealth; The evolution of stokvels; The do’s and don’ts of estate planning of and Attitudes, behavioural and cultural dynamics in relation to impactful use of financial products.

The day will start with a red carpet with the programme punctuated by a riveting performance by Brenda Mtambo, with guests having access to a cigar lounge and an open bar on the day. The dialogue will be moderated by the SABC’s Morning Live Anchor, Simphiwe Ncongwane and leading the discussions will be speakers such as Zareef Minty (Generational Wealth Education Founder), Ndiks Gatsheni (Ogatsheni Property Lifestyle), Slindile Thabede (Clinical Therapist), Noma Matjila (Liberty CSI Lead Specialist) etc.  “I think it is important that we make financial education attractive, and offer a space for people to grasp basic concepts on how to build generational wealth and we feel we can fill this gap,” says Portia Malatji a co-founder of Fin-Uwezo.

“Each delegate will get a free credit report and we are hoping that when we meet again around the same time next year, their credit scores would have improved as a result of the lessons learned from our Fin-Talk,” concludes Thabede.  

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