Office of the Premier 2022/06/08 - 22:00
Young people must seize opportunities created by government to start their businesses and create a better life for themselves and their fellow compatriots, says Premier David Makhura.
Makhura met with young people at Gold Reef City Hotel who have established successful businesses at a Youth Dialogue hosted by the Gauteng Department of Social Development.
The dialogue forms part of the Sustainable Livelihoods and Youth Development programme aimed at empowering youth with information on various skills and development opportunities.
In his address, Makhura said the Township Economic Development Act, will assist young entrepreneurs to register their businesses and open doors to funding.
"The Township Development Act is meant for entrepreneurs who have experienced many challenges. We must help, especially the youth, with funding through the Gauteng Enterprise Propellor."
Samuel Ndlovu (37) from Alexandra is one of the young people who took advantage of the opportunities offered by government when he underwent business training at Ikusasa Lethu Centre for Excellence.
"I had an idea to start an online medication delivery service for patients who would otherwise struggle to get their prescriptions due to ill health."
After losing his mother, Samuel had a hard time moving which drove him to drugs.
"Using drugs made me forget about my dreams, even though I knew I was a natural entrepreneur. I heard about Ikusasa Lethu. I registered and received training in their entrepreneurial skills programme."
Samuel credited the program for teaching him how to structure a business plan, operate, and register his business.
He hit a setback during the lockdown and had to go back to the drawing board to help fund his business. He got a job as a driver to help fund his business.
Fast forward to now, he employs two students to do the deliveries. He is also developing an app that he hopes will attract more customers to sign up for his services.
"My business is youth-driven, and all my employees are students. I hope to employ more young people as I am familiar with their struggles," he added.
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