Seminar aims to get the youth involved in business

2013-05-29 00:00

PROMINENT Durban businesswoman Thandeka Nene will launch the Bonelena Business Seminar today in Pietermaritzburg.

This seminar will be rolled out to the various parts of uMgungundlovu District Municipality, but had to be launched in the capital city first, said Nene. She said the launch will be held at the Imperial Hotel and it was aimed at getting the youth more involved in business and understanding how various business entities work.

Nene, a former teacher for 10 years at Edendale Technical High School, is the sole proprietor of the Bonelena Construction Company.

“I established my construction company in 2005 and that is when I resigned from teaching to become a full-time businesswoman,” she said.

Nene said it was the challenges that she faced in the construction sector, as a woman in a world dominated by men, that gave birth to this idea of helping women and the youth by sharing her own experiences with them. “I have made mistakes in business, because I lacked some of the basics required to run a successful business,” she said.

Nene said a lot of young people have asked her to mentor them and that is why she has decided to conduct this seminar. “I feel it is important to educate the youth about business as early as high school so that they are able to choose their careers wisely,” said Nene.

She said there was no entrance fee for the seminar, because she wanted it to be accessible to everyone. Nene said the seminar is a good platform for networking. Business owners, municipal representatives, department representatives, banks and other organisations have been invited.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.

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