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Ministries join hands to empower youth

 The Ministries of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) and Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) have joined hands to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people.

To this end, the two ministries recently held a youth entrepreneurship and skills development workshop in Mochudi.

When officially opening the event on September 11, Kgatleng District MYSC coordinator, Mr Kagiso Mapotu said the workshop was meant to address ways the youth can empower themselves, which will translate into a remedy to the challenges they face.

He encouraged the youth to stop undermining themselves and rather understand that entrepreneurship requires no qualifications, but passion and patience for the desired business to succeed.

Mr Mapotu stressed the need to understand that not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur, but others are meant to be teachers as they have the skills to teach about business, but lack the skills to act on their teachings.

He said going into business is a risk as one ‘gambles’ with money with no guarantee that the business will take off.

He said business required commitment and determination as one had to sacrifice some of their daily routines to focus on the business.

The MITI youth officer, Ms Ntebogang Mokgatlhe said her ministry aimed at availing business opportunities for young people through its different parastatals and departments.

She said the workshop provided an opportunity for the youth to find business ideas and where to start as well as how to better existing brands.

Further, Ms Mokgatlhe said youth were given treated favourably in the business sector, such as being given first preference when it comes to tenders.

She thus encouraged them to get more involved in programmes that could help them start their own businesses and visit parastatals and other organisations to gain more insight on what is on offer.

She also urged them to work hard to achieve their goals and stop being too dependent on government and parents.

Kgosi Phemelo Pilane thanked the youth for attending the workshop in large numbers and encouraged them to get more information to use to start their own projects.

He advised the youth to encourage one another to do their best and work collaborate rather than work individually. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Miranda Mapotsane

Location : MOCHUDI

Event : Skills development worksho

Date : Sep 12 Wed,2018

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