Club wins cash prize

2018-01-31 06:01
The Eskom Development Foundation, with the Education With Enterprise Trust, handed over a cheque of R100 000 to the Harrismith Secondary School as the overall winner of the 2017 Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education competition on Thursday (25/01). From the left are Dumisani Zwane (Harrismith Sector SGB chair), Palesa Keele (Yes Club advisor), Zeff Miya (principal), Thabang Phatuli (Thabo Mofutsanyane Department of Education district manager), Lindi Mthombeni (Eskom Free State ope­rating general manager), Snethemba Hlatshwayo, Katleho Dahile (Yes Club) and Arie Bouwer (Education With Enterprise Trust chief executive officer). Photo: Supplied

The Eskom Development Foundation, with the Education With Enterprise Trust, handed over a cheque of R100 000 to the Harrismith Secondary School as the overall winner of the 2017 Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education competition on Thursday (25/01). From the left are Dumisani Zwane (Harrismith Sector SGB chair), Palesa Keele (Yes Club advisor), Zeff Miya (principal), Thabang Phatuli (Thabo Mofutsanyane Department of Education district manager), Lindi Mthombeni (Eskom Free State ope­rating general manager), Snethemba Hlatshwayo, Katleho Dahile (Yes Club) and Arie Bouwer (Education With Enterprise Trust chief executive officer). Photo: Supplied

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The learners’ club of the Harrismith Secondary School won their school a whopping R100 000 in prize money in the Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education competition.

The school was chosen as the overall winner in the country out of the 28 finalists in the 2017 edition of the competition.

The Kgethatsebo High School, also from Harrismith, received the prize as runner-up.

The sponsors, the Eskom Development Foundation and the Education With Enterprise Trust, presented prizes to the schools at an event held in the town on Thursday (25/01).

The prize money for the overall winning enterprise club is R100 000 and each provincial winner receives R50 000.

Provincial runners-up each receive R25 000, while third-place winners receive R10 000 each.

Held annually, the competition identifies and pays tribute to South African schools that are exemplars in entrepreneurship education.

The initiative seeks to teach and encourage young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.

To qualify, intermediate and se­condary schools must run enterprise clubs that teach their learners the basics of starting and running successful businesses through practical applications while responding to their respective communities’ socio-economic challenges.

Simama Ranta rewards the top three schools in each province, as well as the overall national winner of the competition from all 28 finalists from across the country.

“The Eskom Simama Ranta empo­wers us as young people to start our own businesses and become job creators instead of job seekers.

“The programme also helps reduce the number of socio-economic issues surrounding us young people,” says Katlego Dahile, a member of the Harrismith Yes Club.

Lindi Mthombeni, Eskom Free State operating general manager, says that with millions of young employable South Africans being unemployed, the two sponsors run various programmes aimed at empowering the youth to actively participate in the economy.

“These school enterprise clubs are a great example of the direction that young people in school need to take for our economy to thrive,” said Mthombeni during the handing-over ceremony.

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