Eskom recognises future entrepreneurs

Provincial winner of the 2017 Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education Competition - Birdswood Secondary showing off their prize win of R50 000

BIRDSWOOD High has been named the KZN provincial winner of a prestigious competition – receiving a whopping prize of R50 000.

They were one of the local schools that featured prominently in the 2017 Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education Competition.

The award was made when the Eskom Development Foundation, in partnership with the Education With Enterprise Trust (EWET), hosted a prize-giving ceremony in celebration of excellent youth entrepreneurship education last week at Birdswood High.

The event was aimed at celebrating the province’s best performing schools in the competition, which saw the first runner-up going to Aquadene Secondary School with Ikhandlela Secondary School taking the second runner-up spot.

The annual competition identifies and celebrates South African schools that are exemplars in entrepreneurship education and encourages young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career.

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

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

‘Through this process I have learnt that all you need to be successful or to provide for your family is to believe in the ideas you have – everything is possible if you just believe in yourself and you need to take risks to be successful.

‘As a YES Club we learnt that in starting a business you need to be a philanthropist and give back to your community – these are the same people who helped you on your journey,’ said Nosipho Ndebele of Birdswood High School.

Eskom KZN Zone Manager, Deon Boshoff said it was important for young people to pay close attention to what they learn, and implement those skills in starting and running successful businesses.

‘Unemployment is a serious issue in our country and what is even more worrying is that it affects around four million of our youth.

‘Young people should be economically active and helping build their families, communities and the economy,’ said Boshoff.


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