Kelvin Grove hosts econ talk

2016-03-15 06:00

The Rotary organisation hosted an international conference in Newlands earlier this month.

Just over 250 delegates from 26 countries attended the full-day economic development conference at Kelvin Grove on how best to support the growing entrepreneurial sector in the country.

This as Rotarians have committed to supporting entrepreneurship.

Clem Sunter, a leading international strategist and entrepreneurial author, indicated that the only way to improve the unemployment rate was through entrepreneurship.

“We need to find a way to instil a culture of entrepreneurial thinking with the youth,” added Adrienne Marias, CEO of TSiBA Education.

“We don’t have a culture of celebrating entrepreneurs; we need to change people’s mindsets and profile the incredible work of our young entrepreneurs. “These entrepreneurs have an incredible energy about them. We need to celebrate entrepreneurs as the coolest people on the block.”

National Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel applauded Rotary for taking the initiative to host the conference.

“The language of economic development is empowering local communities. This is however only possible through partnerships and fresh ideas,” he said.

His department has made R4.5bn available for youth economic development.

Patel called on all Rotarians to guide and be mentors to entrepreneurs, and also to help them access networks and markets that the entrepreneurs would not necessarily have had exposure to.

The minister has welcomed ideas on how all the role players can partner and work together.

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