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SAIE’s New Venture Creation Learnership Programme

One of the recently established programmes by the institute is the New Venture Creation Learning Programme. This leadership programme is a year long, covering eight entrepreneurial and business skills modules including business environment and marketing; business planning; financial management and planning; business strategy and operation; business ideas generator and human resource issues; business roles; management skills; leadership and communications; entrepreneurship, performance and careers. Each of these modules takes on month to complete – learners attend one week of training, and spend three weeks working in their business as well as preparing the assignments for the current module. The NVC is a Service Seta accredited programme, registered at NQF level 4.

Sydwell Nyakane Matabula Community Property Association (CPA), Mpumalanga

Sydwell Nyakane (29) is a man with a mission: to research the various segments of the agricultural industry and to explore business opportunities. Sydwell is the owner of Matabula CPA, a farm situated in the heart of White River, Mmbombela in Mpumalanga. The farm was established in 2006. Sydwell’s life has always revolved around farming […]

Thapelo Edwin Mwale Letlhabile Information Technology Centre, North West

Thapelo Edwin Mwale (26) was one of the beneficiaries of the Absa-funded IT Skills programme. Participants attended a business simulation programme (the BEST Game) in 2013 for five days. Participants were then selected based on a number of criteria and had to compile a business plan for an IT centre and present it to a […]

Biotumelo Seoleseng – Kimberly Information Technology Centre, Free State

Biotumelo Seoleseng and Mxolisi Majodina were the joint owner-managers of the Kimberley Skills Centre established in 2013. After eight months of operation, Mxolisi obtained government scholarship to study medicine in Cuba, so had to abandon his technology entrepreneurship dream. Boitumelo assumed full responsibility of the Kimberly Information Technology Centre (ITC) and his management and IT […]

Jack Molomo and Hosea Phala – Bathokwa High School, Limpopo

Jack Molomo (18) and Hosea Phala (19) are in Grade 12 at Bathokwa High in the Waterberg District of Limpopo. Their village is about 150 kilometres west of Mokopane. Jack recalls how his mother was growing vegetables in the back garden when he was growing up and she always encouraged him to help out in […]

Reagan Mogasha – Bathokwa High School, Limpopo

Reagan Mogasha is a Grade 11 learner at Bathokwa High school in a deep rural community in Limpopo. There is very little business activity in the area where he lives and the main town is about 150 km away. According to his teacher, Ms Mashilo, Reagan is a “shy, respectful, humble learner who works very […]

Lebohang Kali and Motsieloa Malete – Ficksburg Information Technology Centre, Free State

Lebohang Kali and Motsieloa Malete are the proud owners of the Ficksburg information Technology Centre, that was established in 2012. The two entrepreneurs have become role models for all those interested in establishing a techno enterprise. Since the launch of the Ficksburg ITC, Lebogang and Motsieloa have shown dedication and commitment to turn the centre […]

Enterprise development – NPO View

The enterprise development sector is often seen as the panacea to South Africa’s job creation woes. But if this sector is to succeed in enhancing economic inclusion, serious attention must be paid to creating an enabling environment which supports emerging entrepreneurs. The South African Institute for Entrepreneurship (SAIE), a leading enterprise development NPO, believes that the key to success is to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, especially among the country’s youth…

A Positive Entrepreneurial Environment

“A positive entrepreneurial environment is …dependent on a system which effectively balances government and private sector needs and interventions. Only within such a stable and positively geared environment will entrepreneurship come into its own. Internationally and nationally, it is the time for entrepreneurship.” GEM 2007…

Evaluation and Learning

SAIE has always been committed to evaluating its work, independent of stakeholder accountability issues, because of its interest in learning and improving practice…