The initiative targets to create 500 young black entrepreneurs who will grow the SA economy and help create more jobs.


A Bushbuckridge youth development organisation invites all interested young people in the area with co-operatives to come and be a part of the program.

Founders of the Madiba Youth Organisation said they launched the initiative a week ago in order to assist young entrepreneurs build sustainable small businesses around Bushbuckridge.

They say the program, the ‘Bushbuckridge Young Entrepreneurship Programme’, will get the government to target learners, youth-owned SMMEs and cooperatives in the area and provide them with training, mentorship and the funding to begin their businesses and 60% of these should be women.

A week ago the department of economic development announced they would partner with the Madiba Youth Organisation.

“The programme will be open to youth between the ages of 18 and 35 with new innovative businesses,” Jabulile Zitha of the group said.

“Bushbuckridge entrepreneurs are poised to change the economic trajectory and shape the social landscape of Bushbuckridge local municipality.

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“The millions of jobs that our people need will not be created by governments or big industry alone,” Zitha said.

“They will be created by emerging entrepreneurs supported by sound government policies and deliberate action by established business.” she said.

Anyone who is interested or need further information should call her on 079 806 4260 / 081 830 1974.

(edited by MLM)

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