Malume invites youth to seminar

2016-09-15 06:00
 Malume Fundaytion founder Malume Bamana hosted the Samora Machel Business Seminar.  PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

Malume Fundaytion founder Malume Bamana hosted the Samora Machel Business Seminar. PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

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“We do not need to be oppressed or obstructed for us to get behind one another.”

This is the view of Thwalikhaya Bamana, founder of Malume Fundaytion who organised the Samora Machel Business Seminar over the weekend.

Bamana and members of his organisation hosted the free seminar for business people at the Sinoxolo Primary School.

He told City Vision their aim was to see local business people interacting and sharing valuable information.

“One can only grow from running their small business which turns in R100 a day by socialising with other business people, in an environment where contacts and experiences are shared and collaborations formed,” he said.

Bamana, who owns New Bright Construction and Weekend Lifestyle Events, believes that interaction with fellow movers and shakers is important for morale.

“We invited people that have successful businesses to come and share their experiences so that those new in the game can realise that it’s hard to start but they too can overcome and make success of their businesses,” he said.

One the most successful event organisers of recent times, spent some time to share his experience and philosophy at the seminar.

Tumelo Pudumo, founder of TP Marketing and Communications, looked back on the nine years in the industry with special interest on his early days when he struggled to get funding.

“I used to wonder why banks never wanted to give me a loan, and it took me a long time to realise that I had to have something to offer.

For them to give me money, I needed to show that I could make some money and that I had money in my account.

What we can learn from this is that it’s important that we don’t just keep wanting or begging, but we have to show that we can obtain our own before we ask for anything,” said Pudumo.

Another mover is co-founder Ayanda Cuba who runs a concept development company called ABCD Concepts.

He talked about the struggles that local entrepreneurs face especially when they begin to get their businesses noticed.

“Sometimes we forget that we are employees in our businesses.

When you get popular as a business owner as a result of your enterprise, we tend to then neglect the business and ride with the waves,” he told attendants.

Bamaza said that his foundation will continue to host free entry seminars to help struggling businesses.

He is hoping to rope in the banking industry to assist small businesses in saving as well as development agencies such as the NYDA.

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