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Business Skills for South Africa

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In the spirit of Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July 2012, BSSA devoted not only 67 minutes but a whole day in service of the local community. The foundation did what it does best - delivering business skills training to emerging entrepreneurs.

In partnership with Masemola Business Consulting and other sponsors, BSSA presented a one-day, business start-up workshop free of charge to 85 unemployed people from the community of Ekangala in a church hall in Bronkhorstspruit. The participants were all recruited via radio and social media.

Topics covered included why people start their own businesses, personal entrepreneurial characteristics, forms of business ownership, legal requirements, market research, overheads, record-keeping and relevant information sources.

Says BSSA CEO David Mashamba: "The objective of Mandela Day is ultimately to empower communities, and for us, this means economic empowerment. Our aim is to assist up-and-coming entrepreneurs to prosper and their businesses to grow, and in so doing, provide employment in their communities."

During an evaluation after the workshop, all the participants indicated they would be able to apply their newly acquired skills in their intended start-up businesses.

Comments included: "The course was an eye-opener for those of us who want to start", "The programme was interesting and easy to understand" and "Training should be taken to other places so that more people can benefit".

Certificates were printed by BSSA while the learners were still in class and they were awarded immediately after the training.

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