Locals taught business skills

2016-08-04 06:00
Luvuyo Rani, of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, Sande Yagraya, of NYDA, Nomalinge Siyothula, senior librarian, and Sandile Bukani, the librarian and event coordinator, during the Small Business and Career Workshop 2016, at Langa Library, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Luvuyo Rani, of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, Sande Yagraya, of NYDA, Nomalinge Siyothula, senior librarian, and Sandile Bukani, the librarian and event coordinator, during the Small Business and Career Workshop 2016, at Langa Library, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Langa Library was the venue for a presentation which equipped residents with the skills neded to start a new business.

The Small Business and Career Workshop was addressed by township business luminaries like Luvuyo Rani, co-founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies and Sande Yagraya, market linkages for National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

Sandile “Pinky” Bukani, a librarian at the library, said the reason for organising the event was that most residents do not usually attend events where such information is shared.

“Some do not have access to such events where the information is conveyed. Most are unemployed and are looking for ways of making a living. You also come to the library every day, because you need information,” Bukani said.

Yagraya said there are a number of residents who wished to start their own businesses, but they lacked information as to where to start.

She said NYDA has a skill development programme where they provided training about starting or running the business and also assisting learners to chose the right careers and also an economic development programme where they give a grant of up to R100 000 to start a business.

“We try to solve problems that you have. Financial freedom is critical so it is important that you chose the right career which will put you in good chances of getting a job. We also train you on how to conduct yourself during a job interview,” Yagraya said.

She also said they have a bursary programme called Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund which assist needy students.

It includes the paid up tuition from the first year till the last year of the course and also clothing, food and other necessity.

The requirements for the bursary include passing your subjects with 70 percent and above or having a record of being involved in community development projects.

Rani advised the potential entrepreneurs to know each and every department of their business.

“Business is not for sissies. Never underestimate your ideas. You must be hands on in your business.

Maths and English are key in terms of business. Small business produce good business owners do not take them for granted. I have learnt that I have to work hard to be successful.

I had no connections when I started the business. Success is not an easy thing, but anyone can succeed,” Rani said.

Sandile Kondlo, 32, of Sinako Creative Art, said the presentation was informative.

“I learnt how to go about in getting funding from NYDA, also how to become an entrepreneur and running your company. It was good,” Kondlo said.

Kondlo started the educational project, together with Ayanda (SURNAME), 25, which teaches art to primary schools in the area, recently.

He said they realised that learners were not exposed to art from the early age which made them to start the project.

“It is in our hearts to help children.

White people start teaching their children art from a young age while we as black community do not do that.

The library assists us a lot in the project,” he said.

They teach them fine art, print making and ceramics free of charge.

They select 10 learners from each primary school.

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