Just a reminder to get your bookings in for:
Markets on 27 May a & 24 June Longbeach Mall can be booked here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvcpjUcjJaZY_tFfu25l_qkMmtIEIaaOZElVrBChhdk2OXvA/viewform
Youth day market at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 16 June (long weekend) can be booked here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSew4ZMdj1jCnX0M0nnnji5Q879Tn1WesLH3q3ldlOHCDPiuSw/viewform
Calling all performing arts kids! We have BUSKING SLOTS at the V&A Youth Day event on 16 June. To book your space please mail email@example.com or whatsapp 0833840590. I will need your name, age and a short clip of what you do. There is no fee.
Slots are limited so don’t delay.
Registration in different areas: We are now offering free workshops and markets to trade in Mitchell’s Plain and also launching in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Please register for Mitchell’s Plain here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHlBvU74–REuGejmoO5eCg89R8UEytUK5M3hHC81PHU4otw/viewform
Please register for Gauteng events here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHEbky-cjkLbANK2-rC33PMjRHWLcU1ISeBzXswZv5GUP95Q/viewform
Please register for Hillcrest, Kwa-Zulu Natal here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ4maFyYu4udRYbov6fEJFAlZeBNxrlVFrlycCAwGjNts9Wg/viewform
There will be free workshops in the holidays: 5 and 20 July Cape Town – Southern suburbs. Mid month in Mitchells Plain (details tbc) and via skype anywhere in the country on request. A group of 5 or more can initiate a workshop at any time. Modules available are: 1) Costing & Pricing
2) Marketing & Sales – Incl need identification, market research, 4P’s
3) Operational management – incl production, product optimisation, etc
4) Basic financial management – incl record keeping, capital investment, returns & profitability, depreciation
5) Online marketing & sales – get out of the sun, wind and rain!
All suitable for children from about 6 or 7 up to adults. Younger kids are welcome too although they won’t get quite as much out. Workshops are structured around a fun activity to keep it interesting and largely related to actual traders to keep it practical and real.
Workshops are free to traders, please mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
I’d dearly love to find some sponsorship so I can take a bit of time to refine, publish and write more.
I am really impressed with the progress I see in the traders, steadily increasing returns and refinements in products and marketing. The average net profit is around R300-R350 per stall with some still hitting the R1000 mark even in winter trading. Not bad for 2 hours of trading! This should be after they take their labour costs into consideration if they are applying my costing process. I am also super happy to see that traders are starting to get ingredients and materials sponsored or discounted. I encourage them to practice their negotiation skills on me when collecting “rent”. Rent is not compulsory but when I collect the accounting sheets after trading I do charge the regulars rent as it teaches the concept of overheads. There is a maximum of R50 and I always keep it below 20% of net profit. It is then up to the kids to haggle or barter and some are getting really good at this! While I am really proud to see them develop these skills, and love my bartered goodies, it leaves me in the red, so any donations are always welcome.
I am still on the hunt for young photographers and young reporters who would like to document our markets, awards and workshops. We now have pretty regular radio and TV slots and a great online reach so it has the potential to be a fabulous platform.
I would like to say a massive thank you to:
Longbeach Mall for hosting us, so great to be warm and dry in the winter months!
The V&A Waterfront for hosting us on Youth Day
Rotary for their ongoing support and encouragement
Cape Talk and Cape TV for their coverage
All the children and parents who lend a hand, particularly Robert, Connor, Gabriel, King, Benson and Leigh who help with tables, banners, lifting and so forth.
All the shoppers for their patronage and words of encouragement.
PMM is a safe space for children to learn and experiment. #Everyoneiswelcome
As always any suggestions, feedback, new venues and sponsorship are most welcome. I am in urgent need of volunteers to help with the outreach children, both one-off and regular monthly helpers. Drop me a line at email@example.com or 0833840590. Please remember to click “Follow” on this blog to receive updates and follow us on Facebook for more regular info as well as photos of events. P_lease note this is an “after hours” project to I can only respond in the evenings and weekends.