Motivating future entrepreneurs
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Motivating future entrepreneurs

Ms Neo Motsoari, an alumnus of the VUT-Sasol Programme 2014; Dr Joseph Molete- Executive Director and Ms Masesebe Ramahuma, an alumnus of the VUT-Sasol Programme 2014

Selina Rapulane

On 26 May, the VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park held a seminar for all the VUT-Sasol students from Cohort one to six.  The purpose of this seminar was to compile an impact report for Sasol.

Mr Moeketsi Montshitsi: Programme Coordinator was the programme director of the day. He first gave fellow programme coordinator Ms Sylvia Radebe the opportunity to welcome the students and other attendees. She said she was honoured to be in the presence of her former students who had learned a lot from the entrepreneurship programme and who now have businesses of their own.

The second speaker was Dr Joseph Molete: Executive Director of the Science Park, who shared the aim of the day. Mr Walter van Pareen: Specialist Enterprise Incubation was the third speaker and his focus was on incubation programmes.

Later during the programmme, Ms Masesebe Ramahuma, an alumnus of the VUT-Sasol Programme 2014, shared her journey of entrepreneurship as motivation to the current students and as a token of appreciation to VUT and MerSETA.

“At first I felt like it was just another programme to add numbers to the VUT students until I realised the professionalism, dedication and efforts that were put in place for us to get the best qualified facilitator and lecturers,” said Ms Masesebe.

She mentioned that the most essential thing she had learned from the programme was the understanding of the dynamics of entrepreneurship, its challenges and also the power of positive networks.

She is currently working as the Deputy President of ASENTI and owns Nokakgolo Hygiene Services (Pty) Ltd. They supply cleaning services, cleaning materials and all things related to the hygiene industry. She also sells African-print clothing and beaded African accessories.

“It is really amazing to see students doing so well after the programme. I am impressed,” said Dr Molete.

Ms Radebe acknowledged everyone for attending.

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