Limpopo province finally got its opportunity to host the SAB KickStart boost camp. The workshop was organised by SAB in partnership with Technoserve during the course of last week (February 26 and March 2) at Sper Park Guest house.
While the workshop was in session in Polokwane, other cities such as Durban and Pretoria hosted theirs concurrently
The SAB KickStart boost programme was developed in 1995 to empower South African entrepreneurs aged between 18 to 35 years.
The programme has extended across the continent in various forms and now takes place in at least 6 countries in Africa.
SAB KickStart boost has since evolved to a more strategic and targeted development programme that enables youth to have a real voice and play an active role in the economy by running successful and sustainable, youth-led businesses.
For entrepreneurs to be part of the programme, you need to have a company that has existed for two years and make at least R16 000 per month or make R200 000 a year.
One of the well-known Speaker, Coach and Facilitator, who is also an entrepreneur Isaac Mavuso facilitated the programme from Monday till Friday. He has worked with lots organizations and companies across the country. He told more than 50 entrepreneurs in Limpopo that they must believe in entrepreneurship. He reiterated that it is the only hope for uprooting poverty in South Africa.
“We have to empower people through theory, practicals and also mentally, thereafter we can see results.”
He also encouraged the business owners to know what they want in business and reasons why they are in business.
“You need to understand your business model and ideas.”
He emphasised that the entrepreneurs needed to do things lean and know more about their businesses. “For example if you have been given a chance to tell people about your business in 30 seconds do it with ease.
Mavuso encouraged business owners to revisit their business plan at all times.
“You need to work hard to improve your business. I wish all of the entrepreneurs gathered here luck,especially those who will make it to the top 50 at national competition .”
Mavuso has a qualification in Human Resource Management and Training from Varsity College. He also has a background in project management and extensive facilitation experience.
Phumzile Chifunyise the Enterprise Development Specialist (SAB AB Inbev, Africa Zone) said they had been supporting small businesses since 1995.
“ This is the chance for you guys to be under this programme. We want to you to grow your businesses through our support so that we can fight high unemployment rate in South Africa by making sure we create more jobs for the poor. To those who will not make it to top 50, we will still support you and your businesses through mentorship and funding, if your business needs any funding.”
She revealed that the top 50 will still compete amongst themselves whereby the number will be trimmed to 20.She also wished luck to South African entrepreneurs in their journey.
Thapelo Motseo the owner of Sekhukhune Times told this publication that he can now go lean and will make sure that he communicate with his clients all the time.
“This is to make sure I keep a good business relationship. I will make sure that I work hard to be part of the top 50 and grow my business and get more profit and also employ more people.
“ I have learned lots of things which most of them, I will implement in my business .Thanks to SAB and Technoserve for availing this opportunity to us. Keep on supporting young entrepreneurs,” he said.