News — September 07, 2014
Luvuyo Rani of South Africa selected as one of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
For his extraordinary work providing access to technology, Luvuyo Rani of South Africa was named a 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.
Growing up in a small town in South Africa, Luvuyo Rani received an education in technical skills and business administration. After teaching accounting and entrepreneurship at the high school level, Rani decided to change his career path and focus on increasing access to technology in his hometown. He started by opening an Internet café that also offered computer training and IT support for local citizens. Rani believes that computers and the Internet offer people the priceless power of education and information.
Expanding his services from the Internet café to a full-scale business, Rani and his brother started Silulo Ulutho Technologies, selling refurbished computers, providing IT trainings and even assisting to write business profiles and plans for local businesses. His work addresses the IT skill gap faced in his community with a specific goal to reduce unemployment. In South Africa, the unemployment rate is 25%, but the smaller townships like Rani’s have a 50% unemployment rate, especially affecting the youth. Providing a solution to this challenge, Rani opened a school that provides computer training to the public open 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
The school has now been open for seven years and more than 20,000 students have completed the six-month training program. Upon graduation, more than 50% of Rani’s students have found employment. Rani places a high value on his services rather than his profit and provides payment plans for his programs, making them available to disadvantaged communities. His business and education programs continue to empower people to learn new skills and use them for increased communication, connection and employment. Responding to this important social need, Rani has opened the door to the world of technology for people and communities across South Africa.
JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.
These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2014 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2014 JCI TOYP Honorees on Friday, November 28 at the 2014 JCI World Congress in Leipzig, Germany.
About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a sustainable global impact.
Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.
Krissy Durant, Membership Services Director, JCI (Junior Chamber International)
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