Diarise the date: 29-30 June 2021 

Venue: The Hatchery, a beautiful venue on the banks of the Amatikulu Lagoon (1 hour north of Durban) 

The Unearthed Academy will be hosting our first gathering of the year with our Unearthed Community Leaders Program participants. This represents a brilliant opportunity to meet our entrepreneurs, network and find opportunities ..... there are always opportunities. 

The day's program will include: 

29 June 2021

09h00-10h00 Registrations and Welcome

10h00-11h30: Mini-Workshop Session, Getting your community involved. Sakhamuzi Mhlongo, Chairman, Zululand Birding Route, Environmental Education Specialist - Department Education, Freelance Nature Guide and advisor to the Nyoni Traditional Council. Sakhamuzi will unpack the benefits of involving your community in your business and strategies for working with your community. 

11h30-12h00: Tea Break 

12h00-13h00: Social Media Essentials. Using Social Media to change your business. 

13h00-14h00: Lunch 

14h00-14h30: Junior Gabela, runner up the Enterprise Ilembe Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Junior unpacks his business and how he grew his business with zero capital and a big vision. 

14h30-15h30: Mini-Workshop Session, selling your services or products online

15h30-16h00: Tea Break 

16h00-18h0: Breakaway Sessions (customer service) | (dealing with community challenges) | (reimagining your future and keeping the vision) 

30 June 2021

06h00-09h00: Guided walks and canoeing on the Amatikulu Estuary 

09h00-10h00: Breakfast 

10h00-13h00: Breakaway Sessions 

For businesses (large and small) this also represents an opportunity to learn more about making sure your social investment budget makes the individual impact you want, a chance for our Careers in Conservation and Unearthed Social Enterprise students to meet a variety of people doing great things and potentially create valuable mutually beneficial relationships with our community-based entrepreneurs, design projects together, brainstorming, engaging, networking .....and of course getting creative and daydreaming while drifting down the river on a canoe ..... is always a winner.