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Basic business skills workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs.

posted 11 Jun 2014, 23:53 by ntobeko dlamini

Small and Medium size businesses are critical to the growth of any developing economy. Within South Africa, additional support and capacity building is needed to strengthen these entrepreneurial ventures. One cannot ignore the fact that issues around financial management, business growth and conflict management present challenges to these smaller businesses.

Star For Life Skills Officer, Mr Mmiseni Dladla addressing entrepreneurs.

Star for life recognized the need to provide skills and additional support to aspirant entrepreneurs and in conjunction with SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency) offered a three-day ‘Basic Business Workshop’ in uMkhanyakude District Municipality last week.

                                                                     Our facilitator from SEDA and the participants during the workshop.

The SFL Skills Officer and the organizer of this workshop noted that the workshop aimed to inspire the young entrepreneurs to rise above challenges and grow their businesses. “These small businesses have a great impact in the growth of our country’s economy; most of these businesses have provided employment for young people in their villages.” The Star for Life Skills program mentored all six small companies who were part of this workshop.


The facilitator of the workshop from SEDA Mr. Manyathi noted that small business leaders need to have a vision and always strive for the growth of their businesses. “There’ll always be challenges in the business world, but you need to keep focus and rise above your challenges”


Mr. Sifiso Dlamini from Indonsa Beautifiers and Captures Co-op LTD said the workshop gave them an opportunity not just to learn from prominent business leaders like Mr. Manyathi but also to connect and network with other small business leaders from the area.


The SFL skills program provides support and guidance for small business entrepreneurs; most of these entrepreneurs are matriculants from the Star for Life partnered schools in Hluhluwe and surrounding areas.