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The Chair of Chairpersons Cllr Alex Christians together with section 79 committee Chairpersons recently hosted a symposium on entrepreneurship in Orange Farm to encourage the youth to get involved in small business development.

The symposium also focused on informing attendees about the different skills on offer at the City's opportunity centres.

MMC for Corporate and Shared Services Cllr Ntombi Khumalo said, “it is important to have your buy-in as citizens especially as young people because you’re the future of where Johannesburg is going. Part of servicing residents of Johannesburg includes that we offer you opportunities to enable you to be more empowered”.

Participants were afforded a chance to pitch their business ideas and were given relevant information on how to get funding for their entrepreneurial ventures.

The symposium was held following various oversight visits which were conducted through operation Lokisa at all Opportunity Centres across the City.

Lulama Ndlovu of Economic Development stressed the importance of opportunity centres for the youth. “In opportunity centres, we guide SMMEs or aspiring SMMEs on how to register their business and how to develop business plans by assisting them to analyse business models that can help grow and sustain their businesses”.

One of the guest speakers Adelia Nqubuka who has benefited from the centre explained how the skills provided enriched her construction company. She said the youth needs to take action to determine their future because the City has made opportunities available.

The City’s Human Resource Department informed the Region G youth about the different types of bursaries and internships offered by the municipality and explained the process to follow for candidates to qualify.