WHEN Katlego Mothibakgomo was searching the township to buy his favourite kota bread and was struggling to find it, his life changed.
“I then decided to open a business that sells the famous bread Z and boom! Here I am,” he said.
Mothibakgomo, of the Molitos Restaurant, won the best pitch of the day and walked away with R20 000.
This happened during a successful workshop for emerging and existing entrepreneurs which was held on Wednesday, 18 November, in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District.
The workshop was held at the Thabo Moorosi Multi-Purpose Centre in Mothibistad and was hosted by the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental (JTG) Trust.
The objective of the workshop was for different businesses to pitch their ideas to the South African Breweries (SAB) Kickstart to stand a chance to win R20 000 business development support. It includes a possible entry into the SAB Kickstart Ignite programme, which incubates ideas over a nine-month period.
The session was co-facilitated by Lebogang Moremedi of the National Youth Development Agency (Nyda) and Selebogo “Dr Lifesgud” Molefe, the chief executive officer for Lifesgud Global Investments, who advised entrepreneurs on how to present themselves during pitching and how to grow their businesses.
“I’m continuously glad for the support that the JTG Trust is giving to emerging entrepreneurs in soliciting funds and partnerships for them. I’ll continue to grow my business beyond what I received today,” Mothibakgomo said.
Molefe concluded his speech on a very positive note.
“What I heard today being pitched, tells me that our youth here in Kuruman are totally moving away from the dependency syndrome and want to see themselves as entrepreneurs,” Molefe said.
“I heard a lot of great ideas that need to be sharply worked on and we will give that support to all of you.”
He encouraged all entrepreneurs to create sustainable businesses to curb the high rate of unemployment in the district.