How the Rebooked App Presents SA College students Aid from Excessive Textbook Costs  

For hundreds of South African college college students, monetary challenges change into onerous decisions when they should purchase costly textbooks. Sacrifices, together with meals, should be made to get the specialised textbooks wanted to proceed learning.

For a pupil from Molteno within the Stormberg mountains, this widespread downside introduced a possibility that led her on to the 2022 MTN SA Girls in Digital Enterprise Problem finals. 

Ncubeko Noyila‘s hometown within the Japanese Cape is known for the rusks produced there. Now, it is usually often known as the place the place a younger girl with an inherent ability for IT has made life simpler for a technology of college college students. 

Already a serial entrepreneur testing enterprise alternatives accessible in Molteno, her transfer to the College of the Free State led to Noyila’s enterprise breakthrough – an app named Rebooked which addresses a obvious want in an educational setting the place most individuals can’t afford new books. 

In her first 12 months at college, Noyila’s early work on the Rebooked app was recognised and led to the provide of a spot in an MTN mentorship programme and her place a 12 months later within the MTN SA Girls in Digital Enterprise Problem. 

“It took a 12 months for Rebooked to be structured and one other 12 months to be developed. Luckily, I had entry to the MTN mentorship programme for steerage on the authorized and enterprise points that wanted consideration earlier than I might launch the app”, says Noyila. 

The Rebooked app connects sellers and consumers of second-hand books – providing a substitute for shopping for new tutorial books or prescribed textbooks at retail costs by means of restricted numbers of sellers. 

“Many people couldn’t purchase the books we wanted as a result of textbooks might price well-over R1000 ($56.82) so we needed to borrow and share books or spend numerous hours on the library to learn them. This clearly made learning and passing topics tough.” 

Whereas Rebooked was beforehand solely lively at sure occasions in the course of the 12 months as a result of it targeted solely on college books, the app has now developed to cater to all lovers of books – from members of e book golf equipment to these simply in search of one thing good to learn.  

The app is opening alternatives for something regarding books, says Noyila.

“I see Rebooked turning into a spot the place even aspiring authors can self-publish and market their e-books and conventional paperbacks, or for an area for internet hosting reside and digital seminars for future writers and established authors to speak about their work and encourage others”. 

To be added in 2023 is a characteristic that may allow folks to create books on the location.  

“The modifications are so thrilling, they’ve led to me having to reassess lots of the options, together with the fee mechanism. The preliminary thought was to supply college students an opportunity to attach with different college students and promote venues the place they may meet to do transactions for textbooks, however the security issues of this strategy has meant constructing secure on-line fee mechanisms into the app”. 

The revamped Rebooked app goes reside this month. 

The register portion of the ReBooked tab.

“I will likely be utilizing my R100,000 ($5681.51) prize cash to determine the Rebooked model by travelling to main campuses to market its options and advantages and launch campaigns and initiatives. The steadiness will likely be used to enhance the app and incorporate different options that may make it enticing to much more customers. Plans for a second app are additionally on the best way,” concludes Noyila. 

“Ncubeko Noyila is proof that your location, even when it’s a distant rural space, is not any barrier to constructing a future in IT,” says Angie Maloka, Senior Supervisor: Training & Neighborhood Programmes at MTN SA Basis.

“Her inquiring thoughts and the truth that she needed to discover ways to code earlier than engaged on Rebooked is testimony to her dedication to succeed. This has been one thing obvious in every of our ten successful ladies. “ 

“It’s gratifying that whereas she has carved a distinct segment within the IT world, she has additionally helped hundreds of different folks to review in the direction of their tutorial {qualifications}.” 

The MTN Girls in Digital Enterprise Problem types a part of the MTN Group’s dedication to creating ICT SMEs on the continent. It goals to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset by offering R1 million to 10 SMME candidates for working capital wants, enterprise growth, tangible property, mentorship, and advancing know-how/software program. 

The ReBooked promote tab.

“Our ten finalists, and recipients of R100 000 every, are examples of what could be achieved by ladies in a aggressive trade. We look ahead to listening to extra about them as they assist change the working face of the enterprise in South Africa,” concludes Maloka. 

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