A programme to help budding entrepreneurs benefit from a good start in life has been launched at a De Beers Group Zimele business hub in South Africa.
Thirty-six people from the areas around Voorspoed mine have been identified for the programme, run by TrioPlus Development, a specialist mentoring and training company that focuses on small, micro and medium enterprises.
The Entrepreneurial Incubation Programme in Kroonstad, which kicked off with a four-day workshop, was for people with a business idea with a good chance of success.
Initial classroom training runs for three months, supported by one-to-one sessions. Then successful candidates will be enrolled into a three-month mentoring and hand-holding programme with the emphasis on implementation.
The De Beers Zimele initiative (Zimele is Zulu and Xhosa for ‘Stand on your own feet’) provides developmental funding, training and mentoring support across a broad spectrum of businesses and industries. It has so far supported 3,054 jobs and 262 enterprises.
Lesiba Lamola, Supply Development Lead, said: “Whether it is running a construction business, an agri-processing venture or a shop at the corner, many South Africans, particularly young people, are choosing to start their own businesses in an effort to combat the socio-economic challenges they face.
“The vision of Zimele is to make a positive and lasting impact. These small, micro and medium enterprises will possess the potential and skillset to create sustainable businesses and in turn employ individuals from their community and thus have a noticeable effect on unemployment.”