Creative minds awarded

2015-09-09 06:00
FROM the left, are Lerato Mosoeu, Nomhle Klaas (Absa), Saria Tjuka, Tina Frans, Dolla Mushamba, Jerome Crowder (Absa), Charmaine Mandu, Ameri Skogo and their educator Winnifred Booysen.
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FROM the left, are Lerato Mosoeu, Nomhle Klaas (Absa), Saria Tjuka, Tina Frans, Dolla Mushamba, Jerome Crowder (Absa), Charmaine Mandu, Ameri Skogo and their educator Winnifred Booysen. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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MORE young entrepreneurs from !Xhunkwesa Combined school in Platfontein were awarded for their creativity in making beads.

A team of five gr.11 girls from the school were crowned overall winners for their entrepreneurial skills during the Absa School Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony at the Teachers’ Centre in Kimberley. They won the award for starting their own business, called San Smart World. The school team participated in a challenge to generate ideas and to compile a business plan for the best idea that they had selected.

At least ten schools in the province participated in the programme, which saw !Xhunkwesa, Tlhomelang/Floors High and Homevale High emerge as winners.

The programme, sponsored by Absa in association with the South African Institute for Entrepreneurship (SAIE) and the Department of Education, was launched in October 2014 in five provinces: Eastern Cape, North West, Free State, Northern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.

It equipped Saria Tjuka, Tina Frans, Dolla Mushamba, Charmaine Mandu and Ameri Skogo with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills and exposed them to role models that might help them build their self-confidence.

Skogo revealed that the price of R2 500 that they won would be used to expand their business of beads accessories by buying more material.

Nomhle Klaas from Absa emphasised that the programme was launched after the realisation that not all learners might be interested or could afford to go to tertiary institutions after matriculating.

“Not all of you will be interested in finding a job. We are reducing the possibility of failure through this programme, thanks to the Department of Education and SAIE. You may come from disadvantaged families, but there are numerous means of support. You have a chance of improving yourselves,” Klaas said, motivating the learners to grab opportunities with both hands.

The runners-up, Tlhomelang/Floors, received R1 500 while Homevale High received R1 000

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