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‘Men in the Making’ initiative

Sage Pastel participated in the ‘Men in the Making’ initiative  by hosting 10 matric learners from Minerva High School in Alexandra Township.

The aim of the initiative is to help raise responsible young men as well as to build and restore the confidence of male school learners in South Africa by developing their understanding of business in our country.

Career advice, mentorship, guidance and support were the order of the day, with the boys visiting various departments, exposing them to different career paths within the business. They were very enthusiastic and curious during all presentations and were highly motivated and inspired by Sage Pastel Accounting’s MD, Steven Cohen’s presentation – “Leadership Journey in Business”.

The boys described Sage Pastel as the “coolest” company, with some indicating they would like to be hired by the company in the near future.

We would like to thank Sage Pastel BEE123 for embracing the ‘Men in the Making’ initiative and the Human Resource and Marketing departments for their support.

The initiative is sponsored by Tracker and endorsed by the Department of Education.

The sales team from Softline Pastel donated their time and year end function money to donate 1800 meals to Stop Hunger Now! The team will go out with volunteers over the next months to help with the distribution of their donated food parcels and see first-hand what difference their donation will make.

Men in the Making

What is the initiative “Men in the Making”?

The Men in the Making initiative was launched on the 25th of March 2009 and immediately gained support and endorsement from the Department of Basic Education, for which we are eternally grateful. The Department saw this initiative to be in line with their Girl Education Movement (GEM) and  Boy Education Movement School programmes; the (BEM)in particular.

The concept was derived from the realisation that the boy‐child in South Africa is calling out or attention, help, recognition and acknowledgement as he grapples with the challenges of life and the suppression that he sometimes experiences as more and more focus and glamour is placed on girl children.

Softline Pastel Accounting supports “Men in the Making”- Pastel Accounting  hosted 11 boys from Parktown Boys’ High School as part of the Men in the Making initiative, sponsored by Tracker. Men in the Making strives to build and restore the confidence of male school learners in South Africa by developing their understanding of business in our country.

In the boy’s own words…

“Steven Cohen is the coolest MD I have ever met”,

” the Pastel Culture is amazing”

And the greatest quote from one of the boys was “I would love to work here one day”.

From these quotes you can clearly see from these men in the making, they truly enjoyed spending the day with us at Pastel.We would like to thank BEE123 for embracing the men in the making initiative and the Human Resource department for support this course.  

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Afrika Tikkun

Softline’s goal as a partner with Afrika Tikkun is that an investment in education today will empower the youth of our country to aspire towards uplifting themselves, as well as their broader communities, in the future.


Afrika Tikkun was founded in 1994.  Afrika Tikkun works in some of the most impoverished communities in South Africa to fulfil their mission of uplifting and empowering disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children, thereby developing the communities and addressing the urgent need to alleviate poverty in the townships. Afrika Tikkun has become a leader in community development in South Africa.  Afrika Tikkun actively seeks partnerships with other NGO’s, government and the private sector, thereby optimizing their impact.


At Softline we believe that the corporate sector has an obligation to handle the skills shortage responsibly and, in line with this, invest in development and mentorship programs which can turn mediocre skills into valuable assets.

Life College is a not-for-profit extracurricular institution which focuses on developing emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship and leadership in South Africa’s youth, specifically targeting secondary level learners. Life College delivers engaging, innovative and effective life skills programmes that teach students to think differently, improve their readiness for life and instil a champion mentality.

Life College promotes the development of entrepreneurial skills amongst their students, via an annual competition called The Life College Xchange. The Xchange provides an environment in which future entrepreneurs can meet and listen to the wisdom of successful business people who generously contribute their time to the initiative.

It is truly rewarding for me to be involved with such an astute project and to hear students describe their interactions with successful industry leaders as unforgettable and life-changing,” – Ivan Epstein

Visit www.lifecollege.org.za