The Grootbos Foundation launched an Entrepreneurship programme for high schools in the Overstrand last week in partnership with Absa and the Overstrand Municipality’s Local Economic Development Department (LED). This forms part of the Foundation’s Siyakhula “Careers, Employability and Enterprise” programme which encourages young people to start their own businesses and improve their lives in areas such as personal agency, communication, teamwork, financial literacy and employment skills.
The Entrepreneurship programme kicked off with an “Unlocking Youth Potential” workshop hosted by Absa employee volunteers on Monday 6th October at Qhayiya High in Zwelihle for 98 Grade 10-12 learners. This served as an introduction to entrepreneurship and business opportunities.
The Entrepreneurship programme continued with a select group of 15 students from Qhayiya attending a 3 day camp during the school holidays, sponsored by LED. The camp highlighted important elements and qualities an entrepreneur should utilize in order to start and grow their own business in the South African environment – learning from many practical examples and inspiring speakers. Running from the 8th of October through to the 10th of October at De Uijlenes Farm outside Gansbaai, the students participated in board games, group, individual and sporting activities which allowed for learners to apply what they were taught in a practical manner.
Mr. Xolile Kosi, Manager for LED, held a motivational talk at the camp inspiring the learners and congratulating them on being chosen to partake in the camp. The learners were also treated by Absa employee volunteers who spoke on best practices and good habits in relation to saving money and obtaining business funding.
This programme will be offered to all high schools in the Overstrand, and the further opportunities for collaboration and follow-up workshops will be announced. Young leaders and entrepreneurs will be connected with local business mentors in the community. For more information about the project or to volunteer as a mentor, please contact the Grootbos Foundation 028-3848044 / firstname.lastname@example.org.