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ICT opportunities for youth and small businesses
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has encouraged small businesses to explore opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to promote social improvement and economic growth.

In an address delivered by Government Communications and Information System Acting Director-General Phumla Williams on behalf of Dlodlo, she said there were still parts of the country where people remained unconnected, underserved and under-serviced in ICT including broadcasting.

Williams was speaking at the three-day South Regional Business Fair which took place at uMlazi’s
KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre taxi rank from 23 to 25 June. Under the theme: “Radical Transformation and its Implication for Small Businesses in Townships,” she said: “Before 1994, the total television coverage in the country was 60 percent. Since the democratic government took over, we have increased this to about 93 percent of the population.” However, Williams added that just over 80 percent of mobile phone repair outlets and internet cafes were not owned by township entrepreneurs and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs).

Williams added that technology has the potential to improve people’s lives, foster economic growth and create opportunities for individuals, companies and nations globally. Government provides support especially to youth that want to build careers as entrepreneurs through the Industrial Development Corporation, National Youth Development Agency and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency. “R2.7 billion has been set aside by these agencies for the next five years for young people to take up opportunities in business.”

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