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November 09 2015

Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant Visits South Africa to Expand Programs to Empower South African Youth and Families and Engage South Africa's Leadership in the HOPE Global Forums

Silver Rights" philanthropist and entrepreneur to visit Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria

LOS ANGELES, November 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of the growing need for education and expanding job opportunities, Operation HOPE Founder and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, John Hope Bryant, will be in South Africa from November 9-15 to meet with key corporate leaders and government officials to discuss financial literacy, dignity and its effect on impoverished communities and the economy.

Mr. Bryant, who also serves on President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, will visit economic centers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria to further Operation HOPE programs that encourage economic inclusion and financial dignity. He will also discuss the work being done by Operation HOPE and his newest book, "How The Poor Can Save Capitalism," and meet with key media outlets. Additionally, Mr. Bryant is sharing his vision around financial inclusion for the upcoming HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting being held in Atlanta, Georgia on January 13-15, 2016.

Also travelling with Mr. Bryant from Operation HOPE is Mary H. Ehrsam, the President of the Global Youth Empowerment Group and Zviko Mudimu, South Africa Managing Director.

The agenda for John Hope Bryant's travel is as follows:

Monday, November 9th | Cape Town

John Hope Bryant lands in Cape Town

Tuesday, November 10th | Cape Town

Meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Meeting with the Chief Risk Officer of Capitec Bank

Meeting with the Association of Savings and Investments in South Africa (ASISA)

Flight to Johannesburg

Wednesday, November 11th | Johannesburg

Attend the Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) Meeting with CEOs and representatives from all of the banks

Thursday, November 12th | Johannesburg

Meeting with the Peace Corps South Africa

Meeting with the Australian High Commission

Meeting with the Financial Services Board

Friday, November 13th | Johannesburg

Media interviews

Wildlife appreciation and observation

Saturday, November 14th | Johannesburg

HOPE Business in a Box Academy Capstone Event

  • This event will celebrate the successful conclusion of the inaugural HBIABA in South Africa. It will include speeches from key stakeholders, a video of HBIABA and participant stories. In addition, 2016 partnerships will be announced. The main event will be pitching an event for businesses that won at a school level.
  • Judges for the event will include:  John Hope Bryant, Michael Griffin (CEO of, and Key C-Suite Leaders

Flight leaving Johannesburg to Cape Town

SPECIAL NOTE:  Interviews or appearances must be pre-arranged through media contact, South Africa.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.
The mission of Operation HOPE is to expand economic opportunity in communities around the globe through financial education and empowerment. For more than 20 years, Operation HOPE has empowered underserved communities using financial literacy and educational tools to create financial dignity. Through four core portfolios, HOPE has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.5 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. It is currently focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its "silver rights" mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.

About Banking on Our Future, South Africa
In 2007, through the support of Gauteng Education MEC Angelina Motshekga and Western Cape Education MEC with Minister of Education Cameron Dugmore, Operation HOPE launched its youth empowerment initiative, Banking on Our Future. Since then HOPE has received support and funding from Citi, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Peace Corps South Africa and JP Morgan Chase, among others to recruit, train and mobilize more than 300 local professional HOPE Corps volunteers to teach over 60,000 South African youth and young adults financial literacy, dignity and entrepreneurship in South Africa. Visit for more information.