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Students wonder whether the elections will even have an impact on their woes

Political expert Ralph Mathekga says he struggles to find evidence where political parties specifically focus on the plight of students in the country

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As political parties are approaching the end of their rallies heading towards elections next week, students are still not confident about whether the elections will have an impact on their struggles.

48 political parties will take to the streets campaigning in a bid to appeal for more votes, this coming 2019 elections.

According to the Citizen, political expert Ralph Mathekga said he struggled to find evidence where political parties highlighted in their manifestos how they aim at tackling student issues.

Taking that black people have evolved in South Africa but political parties have over the years failed to understand that and instead continued to treat issues related to the black people by still focusing on the older identities of black people which were primarily based on class.

“I am not aware of any party focusing on smaller groups, but you do see students being represented, like what you see in the student command of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

“However, even with this I don’t see a sustained focus on students and I think the message gets swallowed with the bigger message for the nation,” said Mathekga.

Wits student activist Kamohelo Chauke expressed confidence in the Economic Freedom Fighters stating that this stands as the only political party that can answer to the plight of students struggling in tertiary institutions across the country.

“The political space is a walking contradiction,” Mbali Mashaba said.

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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.

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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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