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Monday, 12 February 2018 11:02

EThekwini partners with private sector to boost youth-owned businesses

ETHEKWINI Municipality is moving forward with various programmes to drive radical economic transformation, one being strengthening public private partnerships to accelerate service delivery and inculcate an entrepreneurship culture.

A programme was held on 16 January at the John Makhathini Multi Media Centre in Lamontville. It saw 20 aspiring young entrepreneurs participate in the first week of the 10 month I-AM-PRENEUR incubation course.

The programme, which is a public-private partnership between the Municipality and Sasol, began last year. It started with a weeklong training course for approximately 100 youth from 13 to 17 November 2017. Thereafter, 20 aspiring entrepreneurs who displayed a passion for business were selected for the next stage of the programme.

The first phase of the 10 month journey comprises of theory, which has already proved beneficial to participants who praised the programme and the impact it will have on their lives and businesses.

Nonku Mthembu from the City’s Business Support Department said the 20 businesses that will be established at the end of the course will be showcased free of charge during the 2018 Durban Business Fair exhibition which attracts key players in the world of business to further profile their emerging business.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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