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In re­sponse to re­cent Fin­week ar­ti­cles around en­trepreneur­ship and en­trepreneur­ship fund­ing in South Africa (12 Septem­ber edi­tion) I’d like to com­ment:

Ear­lier this year the Youth Em­ploy­ment In­dex ( YEI) launched a laud­able ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age busi­nesses to em­ploy and de­velop young South Africans. While I ap­plaud their ob­jec­tive to raise aware­ness of the need to up­skill our ur youth, I would d ar­gue, too, that t a ded­i­cated fo- cus on nur­tur­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills is im­per­a­tive for the growth of our econ­omy and to fuel job cre­ation.

The most suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs are those h who are highly self-mo­ti­vated and able to ac­cept fail­ure. The prob­lem is that en­trepreneur­ship po­ten­tial too of­ten goes un­re­alised. This is partly be­cause our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem does not en­cour­age an

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