From idea to reality

Shell LiveWIRE is run in partnership in South Africa with Raizcorp - an African business incubator.

The programme focuses on training and equipping young people with entrepreneurial skills to help address high levels of youth unemployment.

Thabitha was one of the 2016 Shell LiveWIRE finalists. Over the past 12 months, the programme has equipped her with the business skills needed to analyse market demands, follow a customer-centric approach, and grow her business.

And now Thabie Mobile Spa has been added to the wellness programmes that Shell provides as part of its benefits programmes for employees in South Africa, bringing Thabie Mobile Spa directly into Shell’s supply chain.

Benefits for the community

Thabie Mobile Spa is now a growing and profitable business, employing several people and bringing benefits to the local community and wider.

“The programme is not just about me” says Thabitha. “It is also beneficial for the people in my community. In order to grow a strong team, I intend to pass on the business skills and customer experience knowledge that I gain from LiveWIRE to my employees.”

Ntobeko Mogadime, Social Investment Manager at Shell South Africa agrees, “Thabitha’s success story is one of many entrepreneurial endeavours that have been facilitated since Shell Livewire started.”

“We believe that the programme’s ongoing success will continue to contribute to the creation of a strong culture of small and medium-sized businesses and in this way, play a role in reducing youth unemployment in South Africa.”