Transnet Young Entrepreneurship Conference & Expo

By Drum Digital
29 October 2015

Approximately 250 young people from across all walks of life and different sectors of the economy flocked Kimberly for the Transnet Young Entrepreneurs Conference and Expo (YECE) on Wednesday.

The annual conference and expo is aimed at bringing young people together to discuss entrepreneurship, connect, motivate and inspire each other.

YECE features a variety of influential speakers, presenters and company founders who inspire and motive attendees with their experience and expertise, and an exhibition where entrepreneurs can showcase their products and services.

“The conference brings together different stakeholders under one roof in the quest to tackle young entrepreneurs issues as well as come up with practical solutions that they can implement immediately," said the Chief Events Organisor of M3 Marketing, Matefo M. Morakeng.

IMG_4101 Matefo M. Morakeng

The two-day event was held on 28-29 October at the Protea Hotel in Kimberly, Northern Cape, where the 41.5% unemployment rate amongst the youth is of a great concern.

Among the array of speakers and presenters was Mr Vijay Valla, director of The Department of Small Business Development’s Development Directorate. He engaged with young entrepreneurs about challenges facing young entrepreneurs in the Northern Cape, as well as available opportunities that young entrepreneurs can take advantage of. He discouraged tenderpreneurship because it distorts the procurement process that government uses as a way to create job opportunities for young people.

IMG_4104 Mr Vijay Valla with some of the delegates.

Thapelo Motaung, one of the benefactors of the programme exuded excitement when we asked him about the difference the conference has brought to his business since he exhibited. “The exposure has been good, with demand for our services growing and more clients being referred to us,” said the founder and MD of New minds Business Consulting.

IMG_4096 Thapelo Motaung

Lucky Jokozela, founder and owner of LFJ Style also applauds the programme for the opportunity granted to him to exhibit his clothes, which he says he’s so far gotten a few sales since the conference started.

IMG_4098 Lucky Jokozela

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