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About Us

Student Village: Connecting futures

We know that both brands and youth have a brighter future when they work together – and that success is only real when everyone wins. This is what gets us out of bed every morning. Our deep commitment to connecting brands with youth and youth with brands creates continued vitality and sustained success – for everyone. By partnering with Student Village, we help you to understand, access, engage and develop with each other.

We call it connecting futures.

Meet some of our team

At Student Village, we get youth. We can reach youth. We know how to engage youth. We’re part of youth culture ourselves, and you can feel the young pulse beating throughout the company. This is who we are:

Ronen Aires

Ronen Aires

CEO

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Lunga Mgabadeli

Lunga Mgabadeli

Operations

Jono Dicks

Jono Dicks

Business Development

Coco Zwane

Coco Zwane

Account Director

Gabi Goldstein

Gabi Goldstein

Marketing
& Special Projects

Sam Perumal

Sam Perumal

Financial Manager

Nicole Hilton

Nicole Hilton

Bursary Manager

Tyson Molemela

Tyson Molemela

Head Creative

Ronen Aires

CEO

THE CHIEF

Jono Dicks

Business Development

CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER

Coco Zwane

Account Director

HEAD PREFECT

Gabi Goldstein

Marketing & Special Projects

THE G FORCE

Sam Perumal

Financial Manager

MONEY BAGS

Bonolo Ntamu

Digital Lead

SOCIAL BEE

Mosiuoa Thulo

Design Lead

DON CREATIVE

Student Village at a glance

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Social Media Following

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Campus Brand Managers

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Digital Influencers

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Youth Reach Across 70 Campuses

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Peer-to-peer Influencers

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Work Opportunities Created
+ Numerous local and global youth awards

At Student Village we’re all about connection

We started out as a website for students. Since then we have evolved well beyond that. Today, our services span youth insights, brand activation and bursary services. Our unique approach is based on the three ways we connect with youth:

1

Understand

When it comes to youth, we know what you need to know, who to speak to, and how to get your message across…

At Student Village, we get youth. We can reach youth. We know how to engage youth. We’re part of youth culture ourselves, and you can feel the young pulse beating throughout the company.

Our unique ability to connect is built on our unique ability to understand. Deep research and many years of cultivating relationships with high school learners, university students and young professionals have given us deep insight into:

  • What’s on the minds of youth today
  • Typical youth behaviours and habits
  • Trends and consumption patterns
  • Their current reality and future aspirations.

We provide our clients with rich, qualitative detail on what youth think, want and need – and how brands can reach them where they live, work, learn and play. Ultimately, our deep understanding of youth culture ensures we provide brands with the right guidelines and messaging to optimise their engagement.

2

Engage

We’ve been connecting youth and brands for more than 20 years.

Student Village specialises in creating youth-centred brand experiences that are meticulously crafted and flawlessly executed – that capture the imagination of youth and drive engagement with your brand.

Youth are a vital market for brands: impressionable, highly influential, and yet to establish brand loyalty. By helping you reach this market, you’ll be setting trends and habits that will last a lifetime. But youth are notoriously difficult to engage.

The key is authenticity. At Student Village, we speak a language that young people hear; we create content, provide opportunities, and deliver unforgettable brand experiences that meet the needs and match the interests of youth.

Our ability to connect is built on trust and real relationships. We provide a platform for brands to integrate into youth culture – to speak to youth on their terms, at their level, and meet their needs. And by genuinely engaging youth, we will ensure they engage with you.

Today our reach extends well beyond the campus, to schools, communities – and particularly social media, where we engage more than 250,000 followers on a daily basis. And through our digital activation channel you can reach students directly, without the need to be on campus.

Whether it’s driving awareness for a particular product or introducing a company’s graduate scheme to students, we know how to get youth buzzing.

Our ENGAGE services include:

  • Strategy & Creative
  • Concepts
  • Bursary Recruitment
  • Bursary Programme
  • Management
  • Graduate Programme
  • Positioning and
  • Marketing
  • Activations on and off campus
  • Digital Activation
  • Channel
  • Virtual Careers Fairs
  • Brand Influencers
  • Social Influencers
  • studentvillage.co.za
  • Social Media
3

Develop

Investing in youth. Uplifting lives. Building futures.

At Student Village, our main appeal to youth is that we offer real opportunities – access to bursaries, work experience, social events and great merchandise, all coordinated through our brand partners.

We’re not just a marketing agency. Youth development is in our DNA. Through bursary management and training, and targeted recruitment, we connect brands with great young talent. And through our content platform, we provide access to the knowledge and support that youth need to create a bright future.

With a variety of interactions, experiences and support, we have the potential to change the trajectory of, and positively influence, the lives of so many.

To date, we have helped more than 300,000 students from all backgrounds self-actualise and forge their careers.

Our DEVELOP services include:

  • Corporate bursary programmes (end-to-end management)
  • Self-development and EQ training
  • Mentorship
  • Bursary management software

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