Nurturing future entrepreneurs today
Rustenburg – Zinniaville Secondary School is equipping learners with the ideal foundation to become competent entrepreneurs after leaving the classroom.
These efforts are paying off, if the performance of a group of learners from the educational institution in the 2019 Eskom Simana Ranta School Entrepreneurship Competition can be anything to go by.
Simama Ranta, which means ‘empowering the South African economy’ was initiated by the Eskom Development Foundation in collaboration with the Education with Enterprise Trust (EWET).
The competition aims to identify and acknowledge South African secondary schools that are leading the way in educational initiatives aimed at entrepreneurship development. The initiative also encourages learners to become employers rather than employees.
Zinniaville finished a commendable third in a competition that also featured many other schools from around the North West province.
Maintaining a thriving garden, successfully managing a market where various products were sold as well as organising a community fun run secured them a third place and the R10 000 prize money.
The school was presented with the prize money on Wednesday 4 March.
Staurt Leseane, a learner at the school, said taking part in the competition helped him acquire skills he hopes to use in the future after completing his studies.
“The most important lesson we learnt was that becoming a successful entrepreneur takes time. It was great to meet all the other finalists from around the country. Their passion for changing their environment was very inspiring,” he said.
Zinniaville Secondary School principal Farzana Suliman was ecstatic about the achievement: “While our participation was last minute and with not much experience, we are very proud to have come out as second runners-up. Eskom’s involvement is providing the opportunity for our learners to become successful . The competition is offering our youth hope and possibility to own their future.”
Eskom’s North West customer relations manager, Ezekiel Baruti was optimistic that the innovation displayed by the learners during the competition would inspire other young people to follow in their footsteps.
Said Baruti: “We at the Eskom Development Foundation are doing something about the high unemployment rate of the country, especially among the youth. We aim to make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to the social and economic development of our country.”
The competition is open to South African intermediate and secondary schools that run entrepreneurship clubs that empower learners with the skills of starting and running a business which impacts positively on the community.
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