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Over 2000 bursaries go towards developing Gauteng’s Top learners

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The Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, and Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi expressed immense pride as they handed over 2000 bursaries to Gauteng’s Top Learner’s for the academic year of 2019.

The bursaries were awarded to top 3 performing learners from schools participating in the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), and Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) public ordinary schools.

“we believe with these investments the Gauteng province will be a province that takes care of its own children’, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said.

One of the biggest concerns with graduates and students has always been finding space within private sectors for skills training. This year we see the extended reach of the programmes, with placement of some graduates within the private sector.

This was achieved through private sector partners, such as Barloworld, Lazarus Motor Company, Scaw Metals Group, Eurospec Automotives, Muavha Auto Mechanics, Umfundiso and more.

Another issue of concern was governments support towards entrepreneurship, which Premier David Makhura highlighted as an important task that government is taking on.

He further stated the importance of having entrepreneurship as part of academic learning within higher education institutions, and having the necessary support from government to ensure that this fits in with the current economic status of the country.

” The focus is on areas called scarce skills areas to support our development mandate. The Gauteng’s development mandate focuses on the type of economy we want to build to ensure a capable developmental state”

Since the year 2014, the Gauteng Provincial Government has spent over a billion worth of investment on bursary packages.

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DUT collaborates with local schools to accelerate entrepreneurship

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The Durban University of Technology takes entrepreneurship to local schools, an initiative which aims to expose primary and high school learners to entrepreneurship at a very young age.

This collaboration is achieved through an Entrepreneurship Centre & Student Desk, Adopt a School Entrepreneurship training. An initiative which started on the 8th of October. Through this, studentpreneurs have been taking the initiative to mentor and transfer the necessary skills to the future entrepreneurs.

DUT’s hope is to see these collaborations create a space for students to broaden the available opportunities and their career options.

Creating innovative spaces where entrepreneurship is put at the forefront is key, especially at a young age when knowledge has the potential to manifest into opportunities.

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Interested in entreprenuership? join the national entrepreneurship week

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Entrepreneurship, a way to develop communities and ensure economic growth. There have been conversations around including it in the curriculum and for business institutions to put it at the forefront of learning.

The University of Johannesburg is calling on students to join the National Student Entrepreneurship week taking place on the 2-4 November.

This will be a virtual experience where the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Programme joins students to equip them for the future.

To join follow the link

Register on https://edhe.co.za/sew-2020/

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Making entrepreneurship a top career, key in higher education institutions

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Unemployment has led a lot youth to venture into entrepreneurship. This has created a lot of conversations around including entrepreneurship as part of the academic programmes in higher education institutions.


Every career or qualification has a potential to lead one to venture into entrepreneurship.


“Universities do not necessarily need separate courses on enterprise and entrepreneurship. Instead, entrepreneurship should be a lens through which we look at all education and the world of work”, said Ms Ceri Nursaw, the Chief Executive of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE).


Entrepreneurship and the contribution it can make towards development remained the highlight at the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla 2020.


What was taken into consideration was; How South Africa rates in terms of entrepreneurial attitudes, Framework factors that inhibit entrepreneurship in South Africa, How to ensure entrepreneurialism becomes part of people’s behavior, How to drive change in entrepreneurialism, and How to become an entrepreneur while still a student.


It was revealed that, South Africa has greater opportunities in terms of entrepreneurship surpassing the global average. It was also found that this is also accommodated by the rights skills. However, intentions to actually start a business are low which has resulted in fewer people entering the entrepreneurship space.


“The good news was that within South African culture, enterprise and entrepreneurship commands a very high status and is seen as a really good career choice. This isn’t a natural state for many countries and it’s a significant opportunity for South Africa,” said Nursaw.


Another factor looking into Framework factors that inhibit entrepreneurship in South Africa was that growth and development of entrepreneurship in South Africa red tape and bureaucracy, and insufficient government support affected people starting businesses. Easier to control and do something about, though, is the need for entrepreneurial education, both at secondary and post-secondary levels.


In closing Narsaw said institutions should have to have incubator facilities so students have community support. Equally important, however, “is creating a mindset that this isn’t unusual; that you can do it; it is part and parcel of how you will need to be in the future.”

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