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January 01 2008

Prince Cedza Dlamini Elected to Serve on Operation HOPE's South Africa Guateng Board



 United Nations MDGs Activist and Humanitarian Supports Banking on Our Future Initiative to Bring Dignity and Self-Sufficiency to Africa’s Youth and Women




Cape town, South Africa — July 2, 2008 – U.S. based NGO, Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today noted humanitarian, Prince Cedza Dlamini, grandson of former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela and King Sobhuza II of Swaziland, will join HOPE’s South Africa Guateng Board. Prince Cedza Dlamini, who also heads up a youth leadership organization, the Ubuntu Institute, will become the region’s newest Silver Rights Ambassador for HOPE. Through his work with the United Nations to advance the Millennium Development Goals, the Prince hopes to empower underserved communities throughout the country.

“As our ‘Silver Rights Movement’ for financial literacy and dignity continues to grow, Prince Dlamini’s support will undoubtedly strengthen the established Banking on Our Future program, as well as other relationships as we look to expand in other townships,” said John Hope Bryant , founder, chairman and CEO of HOPE.

Aimed at fostering financial self-sufficiency and entrepreneurialism in South African youth, Banking on Our Future South Africa (BOOFSA) is committed to educating 50,000 young people by the year 2012. Since its June 2007 launch, HOPE has secured 70 volunteers to teach the curriculum, with 3271 students at seven area schools having already participated in the program.

“I am excited about this opportunity. John Hope Bryant is a good friend and Operation Hope will bring in much needed education to the youth on financial literacy. In a country with unemployment rates of up to 32%-in South Africa-young people need the skills and motivation that Operation Hope provides to build a sustainable economy,” said Prince Dlamini, whose work includes building stronger ties between the US and South Africa. Committed to the building of SA, he also serves as a Director on the Board of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA).

HOPE’s Board is comprised of some of the world’s most powerful financial executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists; Prince Dlamini will play a key role in the organization’s mission to eradicate poverty and promote dignity. Collectively, HOPE boards represent over 90 key public, private and community leaders from the markets served, and play an essential role providing insight and guidance to the organization’s direction.

Members also serving on the Guateng Board include: Thierry Tanoh, Board Chairman Director, International Finance Corporation (IFC); Mampe Ntsedi, L&E Skills Development Programme, Nelson Mandela Children ' s Fund; Donna Oosthuyse, Chief Operating Officer, Citigroup; and Zoleka Skweyiya, Public Affairs Officer Citigroup.