Give me this Mountain

I was inspired by a leader recently. This is his story.

He was born into oppression. He grew up very poor in a hard-working family. His father was a labourer and his mother kept the house and ministered to her community. He did not have access to great schooling. He dropped out of school early to take a labourer job to help the family with money.

He slowly moved through the ranks and became something of a labour leader among his peers. Then, the year he turned 38, something happened, a massive regime change. The labour party overthrew the bourgeoise ruling elite in a miraculous turn around. This was followed by two challenging years as this labour party struggled to figure out how to rule a population.

After these two years, he was commissioned with the other leaders to investigate the possibility for this country to establish themselves as a well-run, wealthy nation. Despite the potential and capacity of such a grand initiative, most of the task team were despondent. It was too mammoth a task. The challenges were insurmountable. Unemployment was high, education was poor, healthcare was non-existent. Economic activity was under pressure This leader, along with one other man on the task team adopted a different posture. A posture of faith. They acknowledged the challenges, but they also knew that this whole revolution was empowered by God. He had gotten them this far. Surely, He would empower them to complete the work.

Alas, fear crept in. The population got word of the despondence of the leadership. Despite the pleadings and speeches of this leader and his supporter, politics had taken over. For the next forty years, the labour party hobbled along on crutches. The country survived, but only barely. They remained a third world economy. They could not really take care of the people. They suffered from pandemics, wars, drought, poverty and all the other social ills. They endured uprisings, strikes, and protests.

Finally, forty years later, the country again reaches the crossroad they were at before. This time, before a task team was even sent to explore the possibilities, this leader, now 85, spoke up. With the same faith he had 40 years earlier he addressed parliament.

“Give me the hill country!” he said. The thing that scares you most. The thing you do not know how to address. The challenge that trips you up and keeps us from the prosperity we are capable of, do not fret. I have had faith for 40 years. I am still as strong as I was that day. I will conquer it. Just let us go!

This leader is Caleb of Judah! But he is also you, and me, and every learner that we serve at POPUP. He is every representative in our government, every businessman, every volunteer, every social impact partner. For every one of us, this story highlights two things:

  1. The delays, suffering, poverty, and pain that come because of fearful leadership.
  2. The victory that comes through the faith of one leader.

Caleb took the hill country. A place of giants to whom “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” *

It takes one City Changer to shift the narrative. You are our Caleb!

Give me this mountain! #beone


Call to Action

Follow our social channels (link FB, LinkedIn & IG) and subscribe to our Newsletter (

Want to get involved in social impact initiatives, get in touch with us here ([email protected])

* Numbers 13:33

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkedin
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

Home-Based Care

REQUIREMENT: ABET Level 4, Mathematical Literacy NQF Level 1 

ABOUT: The Home-Based Care skills programme enables the learners to perform basic first aid and implement primary health care and frail care 

5 Weeks theoretical training at a POPUP centre, 
Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 15:00 
12 Weeks practical training at a clinic 
(Night/Day Duty – Weekdays/Holidays/Weekends) 

Hospitality Services

The Hospitality skills programme provides the learner with the skills needed to become an assistant chef and a food server assistant. These skills will empower the learner to work in any restaurant establishment, or even to start their own catering company/restaurant. 

REQUIREMENT: Minimum of NQF Level 2 literacy and numeracy 
16 weeks (Including Work Integrated Learning) 

Early Childhood Development

The ECD qualification will enable recipients to facilitate the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to cultural and individual needs (including special needs), and enable them to provide quality early childhood development services for children in a variety of contexts, including community-based services, ECD centres, at home and in institutions 

REQUIREMENT: English Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 

Workshops of one week (5 days) per month, with compulsory attendance per programme. Practical experience at an ECD centre under supervision of a qualified (level 4 or higher) ECD practitioner as mentor 

Computer & Office Admin

The Computer and Office Administration skills programme provides learners with the skills required to be involved in the administration function in any organisation or business 

REQUIREMENT: Meeting minimum literacy requirements 
PROGRAMME DURATION 11 Weeks theoretical training at a POPUP centre,  

Monday to Friday 08:00 -15:00 
1 – 3 Weeks practical training in the business environment 

Adult Education Training

The AET skills programme is the foundation training for all learners who do not meet the minimum requirements for the accredited skills programmes of their choice and to ensure that they are ready for any skills programme. In addition, learners that already qualify to do a skills programme may also utilise the AET programme to improve their English and Mathematics while 
waiting for placement in another skills programme. 


REQUIREMENT: Meeting minimum literacy requirements 
PROGRAMME DURATION3 Months, Monday to Friday 08:00 – 15:00 

Quality Staff

POPUP also offers its skills training to corporate clients that want to up-skill their employees.

We provide training solutions such as Adult Education and Training, Occupational Health and Safety, Life skills, Workplace Readiness and a variety of soft skills to suit the requirements of the corporate environment.

Learnerships & Host Employment

Your company can get involved in furthering the practical skills of our POPUP learners.

Essentially the learner would work within your workplace environment at no cost to your organisation besides the workspace and equipment required to complete day to day tasks, while they gain useful work experience.

Enterprise Development

We train new entrepreneurs in developing their own businesses through an Enterprise Development programme that includes both theoretical & practical training. Many of our skills programmes have an entrepreneurial focus.

You can obtain the full benefit of claiming points for ED through:

Capital outlay

Supporting entrepreneurs in training and mentorship

Involving entrepreneurs as suppliers of your business

Preferential rates and supply chain support

Tax Benefits

98% of the beneficiaries are designated groups.

Claim your financial or “donation in kind” contribution as a deduction on your income tax. 

POPUP provides a Tax Certificate to you.

B-BEEE Scoring

POPUP is a B-BEEE level 1 contributor and is a value-adding organisation.

Benefits include an additional 15 points on your B-BBEE scorecard.

POPUP is a credible and accountable organisation with good corporate governance systems.

POPUP is aligned with the National Development Plan (NDP).

Obtain maximum SED, ESD and Skills Development points for your B-BBEE scorecard.

POPUP will be able to present skills training to your lower level employees at your company premises at times and intervals suitable to your needs.  Our Personal Growth and Life Skills Programme, AET (previously ABET) and Basic Computer Training will develop and empower your staff as part of your annual Skills Plan. Obtain B-BBEE scorecard and tax benefits for Skills Development and claim your contribution back from the Skills Fund.  POPUP will measure the outcome and ensure ROI to you as a company.


Select a POPUP Location:
Select a POPUP Location:
Select a Category:
Select a Category:

In cases of the wrong amount typed in by the donor, POPUP will refund the donor to the full amount deducting the banking cost incurred to POPUP within 30 days.


SnapScan is an app that lets you pay with your phone quickly, easily, and safely. Your SnapScan app uses your phone’s camera to scan a SnapCode (a unique QR code).