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  • 13 Jul 2019 08:58 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    We are very pleased to inform you that the new management committee of Kakehashi Africa in South Africa has been decided. The members are:

    Country Manager:

    • Bennitta Senyatsi

    Deputy Country Manager:

    • Sellina Makgopela
    Stakeholder Managers
    • Tumelo Mothapo
    • Mariam January
    • Lindiwe Hayo
    • Mandla Mabunda

    Strategic Manager:

    • Tamara Soo

    Marketing Manager:

    • Warren Langa

    Communication Manager:

    • Manganye Martin Lesole

    The new team would like to thank everyone who participated in the election process.

    Kind regards,

    The Executive Management

  • 15 Jun 2019 16:12 | Mo. Farid (Administrator)

    Are you ready to join Kakehashi Africa top management team?

    This is an excellent opportunity to join the Kakehashi Africa top management team. Kakehashi Africa is now registered as an official organization and currently in a massive growth stage. Joining Kakehashi Africa now will allow you to be an important pillar in creating the strongest and most effective African-Japanese business network. Kakehashi Africa now is hiring a managerial team to create and lead several teams that can boost the Kakehashi Africa brand to a global level.

    Available Positions

    • Marketing Manager
    • Legal Manager
    • Value Creation Manager
    • IT Manager
    • Knowledge Manager
    • Member Welfare Manager
    • Member Recruitment Manager
    • Public Affairs Manager
    • Chapter Coordinator 

    To read more about the positions and to apply, kindly visit https://kakehashiafrica.com/vacancies

    We understand that some of the positions have high level requirements. We do not expect an applicant to meet all the requirements. However, we are looking for applicants who meet the most requirements. Therefore, please do not allow the high requirements to discourage you from submitting your application.

    Deadline: Friday, June 21st, at 23:59 CAT / Saturday, June 22nd, at 06:59 JST. 

    Looking forward for your applications and to start working with you soon!

    Yours Sincerely,

    KA Executive Management

  • 7 Jun 2019 12:30 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    Dear Japan Chapter Members,

    It's almost weekend. Hang in there.

    While you do so, I would like to take the opportunity to happily inform you that the new Japan Chapter Coordinator and Deputy Japan Chapter Coordinator have been decided.

    It's my pleasure to congratulate Jonpaul Opara Nnamdi and Enora Le Borgne.

    Based on my interaction with them thus far, along with the new branch managers across Japan's regions, it is clear that the Japan Chapter has been blessed with very talented and energetic leadership. The rest of the Executive is looking forward to working with them, learning from them and excited to see what impact they will be making in their term of office.

    However, they can only be as good as you enable them to be. So please join and support their initiatives. We are all because of each other.

    がんばりましょう!

    Kind regards,

    Nico de Wet

    Chief Executive Officer


    It is my honour to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the appointments that the Deputy President and I have submitted to it for the positions of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). I would therefore like to congratulate the following applicants.

    COO: Ahmed Sakr

    Deputy COO: Ahmed Osman

    CFO: Weldon Siele

    Deputy CFO: Patrick Githongo 

    Honestly, we were deeply impressed by the calibre of the applicants who have applied for these positions. As a result, we had to invest a substantive amount of time conducting and debriefing multiple rounds of interviews.

    The decisions were not easy, but I believe with these appointments we have managed to bring in new blood, with extensive professional experience outside the organisation, as well as retaining members who have track records inside KA, understanding the internal dynamics and challenges facing the organisation.

    We will now schedule a workshop with these new officers to finalise the structure and positions for the rest of the Executive Management. We hope to announce the opening of applications for these positions by early next week.

    Thank you for your patience! We really want to make sure we have the best possible team to take Kakehashi Africa as far as possible forward in this new term. Please bear with the process a little bit longer.

    よろしくおねがいいたします!

  • 5 Jun 2019 12:35 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    It is my honour to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the appointments that the Deputy President and I have submitted to them for the positions of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). I would therefore like to to congratulate the following applicants on being appointed to these positions:

    COO: Ahmed Sakr

    Deputy COO: Ahmed Osman

    CFO: Weldon Siele

    Deputy CFO: Patrick Githongo 

    Honestly, we were deeply impressed by the calibre of the applicants who have applied. As a result, we had to invest a substantive amount of time conducting and debriefing multiple rounds of interviews.

    The decisions were not easy, but I believe with these appointments we have managed to bring in new blood, with extensive and impressive professional experience outside the organisation, as well as retaining members who have track records inside KA, understanding the internal dynamics and challenges facing the organisation.

    We will now schedule a workshop with these new officers to finalise the structure and positions for the rest of the Executive Management. We hope to announce the opening of applications for these positions by early next week.

    Thank you for your patience! We really want to make sure we have the best possible team to take Kakehashi Africa as far as possible forward in this new term. Please bear with the process a little bit longer.

    よろしくおねがいいたします!

    Kind regards,

    Nico de Wet
    Chief Executive Officer


    It is my honour to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the appointments that the Deputy President and I have submitted to it for the positions of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). I would therefore like to congratulate the following applicants.

    COO: Ahmed Sakr

    Deputy COO: Ahmed Osman

    CFO: Weldon Siele

    Deputy CFO: Patrick Githongo 

    Honestly, we were deeply impressed by the calibre of the applicants who have applied for these positions. As a result, we had to invest a substantive amount of time conducting and debriefing multiple rounds of interviews.

    The decisions were not easy, but I believe with these appointments we have managed to bring in new blood, with extensive professional experience outside the organisation, as well as retaining members who have track records inside KA, understanding the internal dynamics and challenges facing the organisation.

    We will now schedule a workshop with these new officers to finalise the structure and positions for the rest of the Executive Management. We hope to announce the opening of applications for these positions by early next week.

    Thank you for your patience! We really want to make sure we have the best possible team to take Kakehashi Africa as far as possible forward in this new term. Please bear with the process a little bit longer.

    よろしくおねがいいたします!

  • 3 Jun 2019 20:05 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    We have very good news.

    We have received confirmation that our registration as an international NGO has been completed. Yup, it’s done! We are now a full, legal entity.


    We believe a celebration is in order :-)

  • 25 May 2019 19:59 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    Dear Kakehashi Africa Member,

    On behalf of Kakehashi Africa, I would like to wish you a happy Africa Day. As this year’s theme is “Healthy Lifestyle Prolongs Life,” please make sure to include some fruits in your feast :-)

    Since I believe there is a strong connection between the origin of Africa Day and the vision of Kakehashi Africa, I would like to use today as an opportunity, if I may, to reflect on our journey and share some thoughts on the way forward.

    Last weekend, I had the honour of being an observer at the Japan Chapter Succession Workshop. Tanaka-san, the director in charge of the ABE Initiative at JICE, was one of the speakers. She reminded us that it was a bit more than two years ago that ABE Initiative participants approached her with the idea of Kakehashi Africa.

    She shared with us that during her career at JICE she has often received proposals by the beneficiaries of Japan’s capacity building programmes for the creation of organisations of some sort. The proposals were always similar: Let’s create an alumni network through which the beneficiaries who have graduated from the programme could meet every once in a while, say hello, eat together and then return to their lives.

    The proposal for Kakehashi Africa, however, was something very different for her. It was the first time that beneficiaries wanted to create something more than an alumni organisation, an organisation that goes beyond self-profit to become an autonomous and active actor in regional development and relationship-building with Japan. She was deeply impressed by the philosophy that expressly underpinned this idea and that would serve as the guiding principle for the organisation, namely that of ubuntu, “I am because you are.”

    The idea of young Africans from across the continent committing in the spirit of ubuntu to selflessly hold hands to build something together to the benefit of Africa as a whole had the potential to be a game-changer for African development. It was for this reason that JICE decided to actively support the incubation of Kakehashi Africa and to this day continue to openly express its hope to JICA, MOFA, METI and other Japanese stakeholders that Kakehashi Africa will become the greatest proof that the ABE Initiative has made a significant and sustainable impact on Africa’s development.

    Today, as Kakehashi Africa is moving forward under a new governance structure, I hope we can rediscover the magic that brought not only JICE but all of us to Kakehashi Africa. Because there is no doubt about it. Kakehashi Africa holds world-changing promise indeed! As I wrote in my application for the position of CEO, Kakehashi Africa has the potential not only to be the most powerful network to catalyse partnerships between Africa and Japan, but also be a leader in strengthening relationships between Africans across the continent for a more integrated and synergetic Africa. This is the potential that has made many of us excited about Kakehashi Africa. In this sense, Kakehashi Africa can make a remarkable contribution to the objectives of the African Union and should, in fact, be an object of today’s Africa Day celebrations.

    That said, Kakehashi Africa still has a long journey ahead of it before becoming the organisation it can and should be. As someone who has been actively involved in the organisation since its formal inception, I am deeply aware of the many challenges that we have been facing and the frustrations that we have been causing in the ABE Initiative community. I know that many ABE Initiative participants have been sorely disappointed.

    However, I would like to humbly ask you to not lose faith. Growth pains are natural for most new organisations. In our case, one could argue that we had to deal with especially difficult circumstances. We are a deeply diverse group of people, spanning an enormous geographical area, with severely limited financial resources and only our free time after our academic, vocational and/or personal responsibilities to dedicate to the organisation. It should therefore perhaps be no surprise that our organisational development and ability to respond to challenges have been slow and sometimes off the mark.

    Nevertheless, in the last few months Kakehashi Africa has made significant progress. If you have not already, I would like to encourage you to look at the quarterly report of the previous interim executive management. I truly believe that our new governance structure and platforms give us a great chance to take Kakehashi Africa to the next level. As the new head of the Executive Management, I am fully committed to not only help maintain but also help boost this momentum.

    Once the COO and CFO positions in the new executive management have been filled, the new team will have a workshop on creating a concept plan for the new Executive Management’s term of office. We will share this plan with all Kakehashi Africa members for your critical feedback. We will then make adjustments and present the plan to the Board of Directors for their approval. Once approved, we will officially implement the plan. After every 3 months we will report back to you and the Board of Directors on our progress. If the Board of Directors are not happy, they can remove us from office.

    So please be assured, the pressure to perform is there!

    However, the success of Kakehashi Africa cannot rest on any particular individual or even a small group of individuals’ shoulders. We can only be successful if the entire member base takes ownership of the organisation and consistently tend to the responsibilities that come along with that ownership. As our organisational philosophy states, I am because you are.

    In the last quarterly report, we have listed 11 ways to contribute to Kakehashi Africa. Please read through them again. But I specifically would like to kindly encourage you to apply for management/committee positions as they open up on all organisational levels in the coming weeks. The more people there are who are willing to pull up their sleeves, the easier it will be for any individual to balance his/her responsibilities in Kakehashi Africa with his/her other responsibilities in life.

    I also want to remind you that the applications for the COO and CFO positions will close today (May 25) at 23:59 Central African Time and tomorrow (May 26) at 06:59 Japan Standard Time. Please read here for more information.

    I have used enough of your precious celebration time today. I apologise. But I am looking very much forward to working side-by-side with all of you. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your Africa Day! Just please remember those fruit...

    I love you all.

    Kind regards,

    Nico de Wet
    Chief Executive Officer


  • 20 May 2019 20:56 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    I would like to introduce myself. I am Nico de Wet, the newly appointed CEO of Kakehashi Africa. I hope this message finds you very well!

    I am deeply honoured by the trust the Board of Directors has given me and the Deputy President Mohamed Farid to build on the work of our predecessors. However, frankly speaking, the task in front of us is huge and we will not succeed without a dedicated, pro-active, skilled and experienced team.

    Therefore, as my first act as CEO, I would like to announce that applications are now open for the positions of Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

    The COO is the main officer responsible for the implementation of the overall plan for the Executive Management. This responsibility includes:

    • Creating portfolios in the Executive Management.
    • Appointing officers to these portfolios.
    • Supervising the daily operations of the organisation.
    • Creating operational reports.

    Please find the application form here.

    The CFO is the main officer responsible for the finances of Kakehashi Africa. This responsibility includes:

    • Maintaining financial transactions or activities of the organisation.
    • Maintaining all books of accounts and accurate records of the organisation’s transactions.
    • Draft budgets and compile financial reports.
    • Coordinate internal and external audits.

    Please find the application form here.

    Applications for both positions will close on Saturday, May 25, at 23:59 CAT / Sunday, May 26, at 06:59 JST.

    Just a friendly head's up to all applicants: The Deputy President and I may consider doing an interview with you. If so, interviews may be scheduled on very short notice and take place on Sunday (May 26) afternoon CAT / evening JST. Your cooperation will be much appreciated.

    We will submit our preferred candidates to the Board by the end of the weekend for their approval. If all goes well, we will have a workshop with the new COO and CFO on the weekend of June 1st to design the rest of the executive management structure. We are aiming to open applications for the portfolio positions on June 3.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email.

    I am looking very much forward to embark on this new chapter in Kakehashi Africa side-by-side with all of you!

    Kind regards,

    Nico de Wet

  • 19 May 2019 23:47 | Sati Arthur (Administrator)

    Konnichiwa,

    On behalf of the Board and members of our network organization, join me in congratulating Mr. Nico De Wet on his appointment as CEO.

    He will be supported in this role by Mr. Mohamed Farid as Deputy President. They are both competent and qualified and the board believes they make a great team in forging a greater and sustainable business relationship between Japan and Africa through our organization.

    We wish both of them well in moving us forward to the future that we all need for Kakehashi Africa.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Sati Arthur

    Chairperson, Board of Directors

  • 15 May 2019 10:37 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    The second round of the elections for the Central Africa Chapter has provided a candidate with a simple majority, namely Junior NZELENGENGE TAMBIKI. That brings an end to the elections of the Board of Directors.

    The Directors for the Kakehashi Africa Board 2019-2020 are the following persons:

    • Northern African Chapter: Waleed Mahrous
    • Western African Chapter: Abdon Dominique Koko
    • Central African Chapter: Junior Nzelengenge Tambiki
    • Eastern African Chapter: Sati Arthur
    • Southern African Chapter: Thabiso Seno
    • Japan Chapter: Eric Ghislain Noutcha Fosso

    For your interest, you can view the details of the elections results on the election page.

    The Board will now initiate the process of appointing the CEO. Since the elections are completed, we would like to announce that the Electoral Commission stands dissolved.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the elections, either by running for it or by voting. To all the candidates we would like to extend a special thanks. We truly appreciate your time and effort! Even if you have not been elected, we would like to encourage you to please remain involved, as we need everyone’s effort to take Kakehashi Africa forward.

    Kind regards,

    The Electoral Commission


  • 12 May 2019 10:05 | Nico de Wet (Administrator)

    For your information, all the applications for the CEO position have been uploaded to the Appointments page in the members portal. Members can view the backgrounds, vision/objectives and plans of candidates on the page.

    Once the election for the Central Africa Chapter position on the Board of Directors has been completed, the Board of Directors will convene to appoint the CEO.

    Kind regards,

    The Electoral Commission

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