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January 01 2008

Operation HOPE Celebrates Landmark Agreement With South Africa's MEC Angelina Motshekga to Advance Global Silver Rights Movement

Guateng Member for Executive Council of Education Aims to Empower
South Africans Through Financial Literacy Initiatives

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-- February 8, 2008---Today Operation HOPE (HOPE) celebrates a partnership with South Africa's Guateng Member for Executive Council of Education (MEC) Angelina Motshekga, and the results of the 2007 pilot programme in the province. As the US based non-profit seeks to expand the number of youth and women from 1,000 to 5,000 in 2008, this increased governmental support will strengthen Banking on Our Future, South Africa (BOOFSA).

Having first become active in the struggle against apartheid, Angelina Motshekga was appointed as MEC for Social Services and Population Development in 2000. In 2004, she became MEC for Education. "Through dignity and self-reliance, BOOFSA de! velops character as well as providing a foundation for understanding the language of money," says Motshekga. "These two skills are imperative for navigating in today's economy, which makes the training received through this JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-- February 8, 2008---Today Operation HOPE (HOPE) celebrates a partnership with South Africa's Guateng Member for Executive Council of Education (MEC) Angelina Motshekga, and the results of the 2007 pilot programme in the province. As the US based non-profit seeks to expand the number of program so essential."

Aimed at fostering self-sufficiency, Operation HOPE of South Africa will provide financial literacy, dignity and entrepreneurship education to 5,000 Gauteng and Western Cape Province learners in 2008, and 50,000 South African youth and women by 2012. Since its June 2007 launch, HOPE has secured 120 volunteers to teach the BOOFSA curriculum, with 1,471 students at five area schools having already participated in the program.

"As a result of our successful efforts, plans to open additional offices in Cape Town and Wellington are moving forward," says Mary Hagerty, Senior Vice-President, Global Chief of Financial Literacy. "We are excited and honored to be partner with the GDE to empower learners and women to take cont! rol of their financial future."