VUT ENTREPRENEURS SPEAK OUT
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VUT ENTREPRENEURS SPEAK OUT

Katlego Moshwane a motivational speaker

Qhawekazi Memani

On 1 November the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Young People Arise hosted an entrepreneurship seminar at the VUT Bodutu Art gallery.

The aim of the seminar was to share perspectives on entrepreneurship. It was a platform for information and idea sharing with a common goal of learning from each other, understanding entrepreneurship, innovation empowerment and, above all, to creative a culture of support  for other entrepreneurs.

One of the crucial topics of discussion was around the question of what students lack to become well established entrepreneurs.  Students said that the text books used do not put them in a position of being innovative. “The curriculum itself is wrong. It should resonate with the communities we come from. As a university of technology, innovation should be at the centre of everything. Entrepreneurship hubs should be incubated with the system and be made accessible to all students,” said Wisani Chauke.

The students acknowledged that they are a generation with a huge role to play and that it should be each and everyone’s responsibility to think of serving.

“Entrepreneurship is a need in the African continent. Each has to think and have a business to boost the country’s economy and improve their own well-being,” said one of the students.

Senior business advisor and representative of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Julia, said she would be willing to helping the students who want to venture into entrepreneurship.

The panel that was present then opened themselves up to questions and discussion.

After the discussions it was concluded that students need to think differently in terms of assisting each other. Collaborations and networks should be created for business and that the existing culture within VUT can be destroyed through students speaking and acting out of turn.

Ntokozo Tembe reminded everyone of Oliver Tambo’s famous quote: “Fight the system not the people.’’

Mr and Miss VUT

The event was also honoured by Mr and Miss VUT.

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