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Youth inspired to be entrepreneurs
​ABOUT 100 local youth were inspired to establish their businesses following a two-day “Start-up and go Youth Seminar” held at King Zwelithini Stadium in uMlazi from 23 to 24 June.

The seminar, which was hosted in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) was part of the South Regional Business Fair aimed at introducing an entrepreneurship culture to high school learners and unemployed youth. Programme Manager from the Municipality’s Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, Nonkululeko Mthembu said statistics show that eThekwini’s population is dominated by young people which is why the City hosted a separate empowerment session for the youth.

Mthembu said the two-day programme was a success as they attracted profound speakers and stakeholders to equip the youth with entrepreneurial skills and key information about grants and funding. “We also did a presentation on the support we offer for entrepreneurs to start-businesses which ranges from business plan compiling, incubation and various trainings.” She said business has emerged in many research findings as the highest solution of curbing unemployment and poverty.

“With the month of June being Youth Month, we saw the need to empower our youth through entrepreneurship and we were pleased to listen to promising business ideas presented by some of our youth during the seminar,” she said.

Mthembu said following this seminar, eThekwini Municipality will continue to provide mentorship to the youth who aspire to be entrepreneurs. “It is important to teach our future leaders about entrepreneurship at an early stage so that they also contribute to the economic growth of our country,” she added.

Faneka Mdlalose from NYDA said they want to see young people dominating in the world of entrepreneurship. Lulama Makhathini, an upand-coming entrepreneur who attended the seminar said she gained crucial knowledge which she will use to market her business.

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