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en­tre­pre­neur­ial mind­set.

I reg­u­larly visit the vil­lage where I ma­tric­u­lated in Ga-Phaahla in Lim­popo, and, each time I do, I am re­minded of the po­ten­tial for stimulation of en­tre­pre­neur­ial think­ing and ac­tiv­ity among the youth in this com­mu­nity to fos­ter the kind of in­no­va­tion that could see many so­cial chal­lenges ad­dressed. So­cial en­trepreneurs could play a key role in sup­ply­ing lo­cal pro­duce and spurring com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

We could de­bate whether en­trepreneurs are born or made, but the out­come wo would be of lit­tle rel­e­vance given that we can only harness en­trepren neurial p po­ten­tial by pro­vid­ing op­por­tun tu­ni­ties for ‘ dif dif­fer­ent thin think­ing’ to f lour lour­ish.

Ea Each year, in pa part­ner­ship with Ju­nior Achieve­ment South Africa ( JASA), In­vestec hosts a week-long workshop as part of the Ju­nior In­no­va­tors Com­pe­ti­tion. This joint ini­tia­tive fo­cuses on coach­ing Grade 10-12 learn­ers from par­tic­i­pat­ing schools across the coun­try on ba­sic busi­ness skills. In­no­va­tive ideas pre­sented by the stu­dents are ad­ju­di­cated and the win­ner re­ceives a con­tri­bu­tion of R60 000 to­wards their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

The project is an ex­am­ple of a plat­form ac­tively re­al­is­ing the po­ten­tial in­her­ent in young South Africans. To date, we have been over­whelmed by the cre­ativ­ity and ro­bust na­ture of ideas which the par­tic­i­pants of­fer. Take one of our 2012 Ju­nior In­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion f in­al­ists, for in­stance: Keith Mbaso from Eqin­isweni Sec­ondary school, who went on to en­ter and won, as part of a group, the SA HP global so­cial in­no­va­tion re­lay. His group’s win­ning idea was to con­vert ki­netic en­ergy from a play­ground to power house­holds near the play­ground and in so do­ing as­sist the com­mu­nity.

As a re­sult, I am con­fi­dent that among our youth there are po­ten­tial job creators as op­posed to job seek­ers. The chal­lenge is to en­sure that they have the con­fi­dence to suc­ceed. Head of Cor­po­rate So­cial In­vest­ment


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