What do we believe?

Chief Operating Officer’s report


The South African Institute for Entrepreneurship has a vision that South Africa becomes a country that is an entrepreneurial role model to the world. When the SAIE was established in 1996, SA was basking in the honeymoon effect of 1994’s democratic elections, with Nelson Mandela at the helm providing South Africans with hope and vision.

As we reflect on the 19 years of hard work towards our institute’s vision, it is interesting to note how the country has been doing the same; in 2011 SA published its own new vision for 2030, with these relevant elements:

“We, the people of South Africa, have journeyed far since the long lines of our first democratic election on 27 April 1994, when we elected a government for us all. We began to tell a new story then. We have lived and renewed that story along the way. Now in 2030 we live in a country which we have remade. We have created a home where everybody feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential. We are proud to be a community that cares. We have received the mixed legacy of inequalities in opportunity and in where we have lived, but we have agreed to change our narrative of conquest, oppression, resistance. We felt our way towards a new sense of ourselves:

We will continue to make it to make us, because we are happy with being who we are. Who are we? We are Africans. We are an African country. We are part of our multi-national region.

We are an essential part of our continent. Being Africans, we are acutely aware of the wider world, deeply implicated in our past and present. That wider world carries some of our inheritance…”

The path towards this vision was further defined by a series of critical areas for development defined in South Africa’s National Development Plan: Economy and Employment; Economic Infrastructure; Environmental Sustainability and Resilience; Inclusive Rural Economy; South Africa in the Region and the World; Transforming Human Settlements; Improving Education, Training and Innovation; Health Care for all; Social Protection; Building Safer Communities; Building a Capable and Developmental State; Fighting Corruption; and Nation building and Social Cohesion.

The National Development Plan was naturally informed by the Global Millennium Development Goals, established by 189 nations at the United Nations in 2000 to be achieved by this year, 2015:

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality and empower women
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability
  8. To develop a global partnership for development

It is in this context that we reflect in this annual report on why we believe in our vision for SAIE and the work that we do. Our passion for entrepreneurial development is driven by these global needs and more specifically by our country’s need for economic development. Initially this was because of the economic inequalities caused by the social engineering of the apartheid system; sadly the need remains due to the lack of improvement in this respect in SA over the past two decades.

Our purpose, to be an entrepreneurial role model, is supported by our values and the belief that all people have the ability to achieve if given the opportunity. Furthermore we are committed to creativity and innovation that are consistently reflected in our experiential methodologies, and we are fanatical about the promulgation and impact of the core entrepreneurial drivers which are embedded in all of our programmes.

We believe that by elevating
entrepreneurship in the
consciousness of South Africans
it will become part of our culture.

To achieve our purpose we have as our audacious goal that all South Africans behave entrepreneurially so that both the country and the SAIE become magnets for entrepreneurial inspiration. We believe that, in line with the Millennium and National Development goals, our entrepreneurial drivers can unlock innovation in the education system through students, the agricultural sector through farmers, the enterprise development sector through small businesses and that information technology is a critical imperative in this day and age.

We believe that by elevating entrepreneurship in the consciousness of South Africans it will become part of our culture. We believe that providing easy access to information, developing skills and unlocking of entrepreneurial mindsets will lead us to achieve our vision.

Ernest Boateng
Chief Operating Officer, SAIE

The SAIE co-ordinates key partners, delivers quality training and manages programmes that unlock entrepreneurial mindsets and potential in the critical sectors of education, agriculture, information technology and enterprise development, so that all participants:Mindset

  • are driven by an entrepreneurial attitude
  • have a productive mindset
  • are skilled to be able to establish or improve their business.

Key Drivers