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South Africa: Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe on Launch of Centre for Entrepreneurship in Butterworth
Source: Issued by: Department of Trade and Industry
Source Date: Monday, October 21, 2013
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 21, 2013

“As you may be aware, attempts have been made in recent years to provide entrepreneurship development support in a more coherent and comprehensive way. It is particularly in the light of the catalyst role it plays that the centre can develop local communities. The centre will continue to grow in serving entrepreneurs in this area, and serve as a hub for information and training,” she added.
According to Thabethe, a seed funding of R3 million was allocated towards the setting up of the first phase of the centre.
“With the allocated funds the institution needs to ensure they establish a functional system and that they also set-up a monitoring and evaluation system,” she said.
Thabethe added that the dti was also partnering with the University of Johannesburg to offer capacity building training for the lecturers and that the institution will also be expected to come up with a selection criteria to identify potential candidates.
“Once all systems have been set-up, we will move into the second phase which will involve training. We are going to be linking with an incubation programme to support potential entrepreneurs and we will also link them with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) for training,” she explained.
CfE Director, Mr Jomo Jacobs added that the centre will be a valuable addition to the institution’s already formidable curriculum on agro-processing studies.
“The practical studies that we will be offering will go a long way in addressing the skills shortage and lack of work experience that sees most of our unemployed and graduates struggle to secure jobs. We pledge to grow this centre into a pioneer institution in agro-processing studies,” he said.
Thabethe highlighted that the main thrust to fostering entrepreneurship within the education system was to raise the realisation and acceptance of business formation as a realistic and profitable option.
“It is against this backdrop that efforts are being made to address entrepreneurship development and ensure that education is driven in such a way that business ventures can become a choice rather than a last resort for students. Investments geared towards developing entrepreneurship should lead students on a path to self-sufficiency for them to become productive citizens,” she concluded.
Executive Mayor of Mnquma Local Municipality, Councillor Mntuwoxolo Ganjana and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe unveiling the Centre for Entreneurship at the King Hintsa FET in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.
Sidwell Medupe, Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: 012 394 1650
Cell: 079 492 1774
E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.za
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