CDM empowers youth on business

IN a move set to empower and enlighten young people about entrepreneurship, Capricorn District Municipality partnered with NYDA and the provincial government to roll out information sharing workshops on business development across the district. The sessions took place from 02 – 06 February 2015 in all its five local municipalities.
 The sessions, which began on Monday 02 February in Blouberg – were aimed at bringing together young people aged 18-35 to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship in them and give them knowledge on how to access funding, learnerships, bursaries and other forms of youth development support.

 The workshops were part of the significant strides and advances that CDM makes to fight against unemployment in the district, which is now 37%. The entrepreneurship programme benefited those with entrepreneurial spirit to start new ventures and apply entrepreneurial thinking by developing a balance of appropriate skills and emotional competencies.

 We knew they might have been concerned about funding but now, the municipality would link them up with funding institutions in order for them to access funding and be able get their businesses off the ground. And in the process, they will be able to have access to a range of advisory and support services, which was why the municipality had partnered with NYDA to facilitate the sessions.

“It is our fervent view as reflected in the 2030 Growth and Development Strategy that agriculture is a major contributor to job creation in the district and in the province. It is also principal source of income for many households and has led many of our people out of the morass of poverty. There is therefore potential for expansion in agriculture and agro-processing and there are many exciting prospects for investment in the sector. We have recently undertook a trip to India to learn about how they position agriculture as a growing sector for economic development”

 “We are saying this because we know that there are many men and women out there in our communities who aspire to become entrepreneurs. Yet they are sitting without information on how to define a business model for a start or how to access funding. Some passionately dream of having a decent job, running sustainable tourism enterprises and enjoying the economic freedom and benefits presented by our government. But some of these dreams are shattered because they do not have leverage to unlock mechanisms towards becoming better entrepreneurs”.

On Tuesday, the workshop will be held in Mankweng (Polokwane), and Lepelle-Nkumpi on Wednesday, Molemole on Thursday and conclude with Aganang on Friday.

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Mo Senyatsi
 Media Liaison Officer
 Capricorn District Municipality
 082 417 2759/  015-294 1245
 BBM 2ACB4A1A – Twitter @mo_cybrien
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