Women Entrepreneurial Skills Not Fully Supported

While on a work assignment to administer monitoring and evaluation questionnaires on the progress of the SADC protocol on gender and development in Midvaal one of Gauteng’s town I was disappointed to see the struggles of local women entrepreneurship. It made me realise that entrepreneurship policies are not fully gender responsive.

Fellowship Aims at Grade 12 Learners

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is sponsoring a fellowship programme for the first time to Namibian Grade 12 pupils and first-year university students.

The application states that aimed at building entrepreneurship within young people, the foundation wants to identify, educate and equip ‘demographically diverse individuals who have the potential to excel and make a significant future impact as high impact responsible entrepreneurs’.

The True Value of Homegrown Entrepreneurs

This past month has been an insightful journey here at The RealStart Trust, starting with the first phase of our Entrepreneurship Programme. It’s great to get the theory down, but as all well know, the real learning starts when you get practical.

Walking with the students as they critically engage with perceptions around their own skills and dreams, business and the opportunities in their communities, has not only brought some valuable insight to the table, but also raised interesting questions.

Gbaffou Likens Xenophobia to Apartheid

The African Diaspora Forum has compared xenophobia to apartheid.

The Forum’s chairperson, Marc Gbaffou, points out that, “If people are being chased and burnt because of their origins, means we are facing a huge challenge.”

Gbaffou says that migrants in South Africa are not here to take away the wealth of this country, also appealing to locals to rather allow foreign nationals doing business here to share business ideas with them.

Small Business Minister Taken to Task

The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship says the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has been taken to task for not engaging with relevant experts in a sector that is at a critical low point in South Africa.

The centre’s director, Dr Michael Herrington, states that the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) shows that during the past 14 years, between six and 10 percent of the adult population in South Africa were in the process or considering starting a business.

NGO Slams Hotel for Mocking the Poor

The United Kingdom-based Winnie Mabaso Foundation, which works with impoverished children in South Africa, has joined a growing chorus of international disdain against Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa in Bloemfontein, which has been luring wealthy guests with the promise of an ‘experience of a lifetime’.

In an open letter this week, Lisa Ashton, who founded the Foundation with late Johannesburg charity worker, Winnie Mabaso, lambasted Emoya for the ‘obscene experience’ it offers.

Teachers Recommend Youth Empowerment

Teachers attending the upgrading seminar on enterprises in Angola have recommended a major stimulus in regard to entrepreneurial activities, with a view to create more jobs for young people.

According to the final communiqué of the meeting, the teachers highlight the importance of training on entrepreneurial activities as a tool that can guarantee the acquisition of competences, capacities and experiences in generating small and big businesses.

enke: Make Your Mark: Finance and Administration Manager

enke: Make Your Mark is a youth development organisation that inspires and supports young South Africans who are taking action on the most urgent social issues.
enke: Make Your Mark empowers young leaders to make their mark on their community, their country and their world. enke participants develop as socially conscious global citizens and initiate their own community-based development projects, creating change on the issues they care about most.

enke: Make Your Mark seeks to appoint a Finance and Administration Manager, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Gordhan Encourages Entrepreneurship

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says even though the government is trying everything in its power to create jobs, it is impossible for government to employ everyone.
Speaking at the Forum, the minister urged all South African citizens to work together in improving the state of the country’s economy, he further encouraged people to start their own businesses.
He denies any suggestions that his tough measures against ministers’ wasteful expenditure has got anything to do with the upcoming 2014 national elections.

Unemployment Talks Dominate One Young World Summit

Youth unemployment, entrepreneurship and HIV/AIDs dominated discussions at the One Young World conference which took place from the 2-5 October 2013 in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Barclays Bank chief executive officer Anthony Jenkins, says the world faces a lot of challenges and that businesses and politicians should come up with best practices to help society.  Jenkins added … “the youth will have to be brave and tackle unemployment, but responsibility cannot only be left to them.”


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