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Use skills to start businesses – official

The Coordinator of Youth Entrepreneurship Accelerator Programme (YEAP), Kagiso Habangana has implored Ralekgetho youth not to be afraid to share their business ideas with others.

Mr Habangana said this at a YEAP workshop organised by the Office of the Member of Parliament for Moshupa-Manyana at Ralekgetho recently.

The purpose of the workshop was to equip the youth, seeking to venture into business in the constituency, with basic skills.

Mr Habangana shared that there was fear among both young and old entrepreneurs that their business ideas  might be stolen if shared with others.

“An idea is a starting point. It is a seed of a good startup, which requires execution and tireless hard work that includes learning and getting feedback,” he said.

He acknowledged that the youth in the constituency had a lot of ideas,  but the main challenge to executing them was the COVID-19 pandemic.

He advised the youth not to despair, as the pandemic had affected the entire universe, more especially the unemployed youth.

Mr Habangana encouraged them to utilise the skills attained from the workshop to kick start their businesses.

“We assure you of our valued and timely support as you begin your journey to venture into your desired businesses,” he said.

He noted that, after the workshop, they would further provide linkages, mentorship and a platform for the group in Ralekgetho to engage with each other on matters dealing with their businesses.

Mr Habangana said the aim was also to assist the youth with formation of companies up to the actual kick starting of the businesses.

He also advised them not to just venture into the business because they were unemployed, as they were more likely to quit immediately they found employment.

“You need to introspect, find out what you really want to do before venturing into business,” he stressed. In his welcome remarks, Senior Administration Officer at Moshupa/Manyana Constituency Office, Mr Ronald Lekokoma said the office had a lot planned for the youth in the constituency. He noted that more could already have been done, had it not been for the major setbacks brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He shared that Ralekgetho was the seventh ward that they had visited so far, as far as the YEAP programmes was concerned.

He said the office was committed to providing support to the youth who are keen to venture into business, to empower them to then create employment. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Thuso Kgakatsi

Location : Kanye

Event : Workshop

Date : Oct 26 Mon,2020

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