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DBF Youth Summit a success

The Youth Business Connect dialogue, held on 25 September, was a resounding success which saw young people posing impressive questions to the panel.

During the youth dialogue themed ‘Integrate to Innovate: Not All is Lost’, Themba Nkosi, property entrepreneur and music producer popularly known as DJ Euphonik, Mandisa Mpeko of Global Shapers, actress and entrepreneur Phindile Gwala as well as Carol Bouwer, TV producer and businesswoman delivered on the City’s vision of encouraging an innovative future generation.

Gwala said the pandemic presented her with a chance to explore gaps in the market and saw her branch out by opening a transport business. Bouwer applauded the City for organising such platforms to develop youth in business and the business community at large. She said youth must always be ready to innovate and treat every circumstance as an opportunity. She also urged young people to learn as much as they can to stay informed and be ahead of the curve and to be quick to embrace technology.

“It’s true, knowledge is power and can open many doors,” she said. DJ Euphonik said diversifying his business interests helped him survive the lockdown period. “Young people, you must read to stay informed so that you know what is on demand and expand. Once your business takes off, look for other opportunities in order to have different streams of income.”

Mpeko advised young people to be open to collaborations and investments in order to grow. She advised the youth to be true to themselves as the first step to success is hard work.

“Good things do not fall from the tree. It takes hard work and dedication.” The youth seminar was the final engagement of the weeklong Durban Business Fair empowerment sessions which saw emerging and established business people engage in robust dialogue around innovation and the rapidly changing business landscape as a result of Covid-19 as well as innovative marketing solutions.

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