Vo­ca­tional stud­ies hold great value says busi­ness­man

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

ESHOWE busi­ness­man Sbu­siso Zulu wants to en­cour­ages the youth, es­pe­cially those who can­not fur­ther their stud­ies at univer­sity, to stick to vo­ca­tional stud­ies which will equip them with vi­tal skills.

‘These days there are few job op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able, so the youth should fo­cus on en­tre­pre­neur­ial op­por­tu­ni­ties, thereby also cre­at­ing jobs for oth­ers.

‘The ma­jor­ity of young peo­ple pre­fer to go to univer­sity and for­get that TVET col­leges can equally change their lives, as long as they choose the cor­rect ca­reer paths,’ says Zulu.

He is a prod­uct of a FET College where he en­rolled for stud­ies in re­frig­er­a­tion and air con­di­tion­ing, and to­day owns his own com­pany with 12 full­time em­ploy­ees.

‘I am not just an em­ployer, but I also im­part skills to my work­ers to en­sure that if some­thing hap­pens to my busi­ness, they will be able to stand on their own.

‘Most peo­ple com­plain about the lack of fi­nance to start up a busi­ness, but as­pi­rant en­trepreneurs must re­alise that no one will in­vest in a busi­ness run by some­one who doesn’t have the skills to make a suc­cess of it.’

Zulu says he learnt the value of sav­ing at a young age be­cause he grew up in a poor fam­ily.

‘Sav­ing is a pri­or­ity with me, even to­day. We need to teach our chil­dren the cul­ture of sav­ing so they will grow up with that in mind.’

Zulu chal­lenged the youth to fol­low their hearts and dream and not nec­es­sar­ily con­form to what oth­ers are do­ing.

Suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man Sibu­siso Zulu

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