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Young, digital and keen to travel: Youth Travel at ITB Berlin

Why not explore the world instead of lying on the couch? This year, at ITB Berlin trade visitors and the general public can immerse themselves in the world of youth travel again. Tour operators, tourism associations and organisations will be gathered in Hall 4.1 where they will be showcasing their latest products and innovations in the Youth Travel & Economy Accommodation segment. Exhibitors will be presenting digital innovations such as VR goggles, information on new youth travel destination, events on festivals, and communicating with emojis. All these things will be just the ticket for their target audience, a new generation that is keen to travel.

At last, the ITB Berlin Youth Travel segment in Hall 4.1 has come of age, and in order to mark its eighteenth anniversary the youth tour operator ‘ruf Reisen’ has produced a special film. Inside the Language Zone, Europe’s market leader will also have information on language courses abroad and summer trips with a focus on ’sports and beach’, ’partying and beach’ and ’chilling and beach’ holidays. VR goggles will be available for visitors to enjoy sports on the beach with, and for chilling out afterwards in a special area.

In 2017 ‘Das Reisenetz – Deutscher Fachverband fur Jugendreisen’ will be occupying its largest combined stand to date in Hall 4.1. Schliersee and Arberland, two youth tour destinations of the future, will be exhibiting for the first time. These two regions will be represented as a pilot project of the travel network ‘Jugendreise-Qualitatssiegel fur Destinationen’ alongside Bayerischer Landes-Sportverband e.V. The South African Youth Travel Association (SAYTC), a new partner of the travel network, will have information on youth tours in South Africa. Together with several of its members, this is the first time the organisation will be represented at ITB Berlin. Numerous events organised by the travel network and featuring high-ranking figures from politics and business will have information for visitors on the latest developments in the youth tour market on the stage in Hall 4.1 and in the Youth Incoming Germany Lounge (YIG). On Thursday, 9 March 2017, a get-together of the youth tour sector will take place at the big ITB travel network party.

In Hall 4.1a, at numerous workshops, the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE) and other experts will be discussing millennials and Generation Z. They will present case studies and best digital marketing practices as well as strategies for youth destinations and working with bloggers.

On Wednesday, 8 March 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m., the first Youth Travel Startup Forum will have information on trends and developments in this growth segment. Among those taking part will be Andre Baumeister of FRAM – Science Travel, Mark van der Heijden of Wanderbrief, Frauke Schmidt of Unplanned, John Donnelly of Welcome Groups, and Sebastian Dopp of IT Jugendreisen.com.

On Thursday, 9 March 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m., visitors to the stage in the Youth Tour hall can also find out more about ’Sound Destinations: Music, Festivals and the Youth Visitor’. Moderator Nick Hall, founder and CEO of the Digital Tourism Think Tank, will be talking with Katja Hermes of Sound Diplomacy, Prof. Greg Richards of the WYSE Travel Confederation, and Matthieu Betton of Sojern, about the attraction that music and festivals exert on young people and how destinations can benefit. Colourful emojis have changed the way Generation Z communicates and also pose a challenge for tourism managers. Thus on Friday, 10 March 2017, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, ’How to talk to Generation Z in five emojis or less’ will be the topic of a discussion round. Taking part will be Michael Potscher of Tour Radar, Emmanuelle Legault of Destination Canada, and Dom Carter of What Marketing Company, who will provide some interesting ideas and examples of best practices. The event will be moderated by Rhett Lego of The Conjoint Marketing Group.

School trips are fun. However, when travelling, knowledge of safety and legal aspects is needed. This where Germany’s first ’school trip licence’ should be of help. On Friday, 10 March 2017, over four sessions and in cooperation with Hochschule Bremen, A&O Hostels & Hotels and Welcome Berlin Tours will have information on topics including school trip guidelines, safety, sports trips and learning in different locations on school trips. On Saturday, 11 March 2017, on the big stage in Hall 4.1, ’school trip licence’ certificates will be presented for the first time.

Source: traveldailynews

Plans to raise R3 million for youth’s bursaries

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – BRANDED Youth and Standard Bank plan to raise R3 million as bursaries for needy students in South Africa.

This is part of broader plans to empower youth in the country.

Through the Standard Bank Youth Expo set for August, the two organisations aim to through sponsorships, exhibitor contributions, donations from the public at large, including private businesses.

Once achieved, the money will be donated to various tertiary institutions, so they can award bursaries to deserving students.

Meanwhile, the Standard Bank Youth Expo is seen as a platform that will provide South African matriculants and university students with the tools to navigate the prevailing volatile economic environment. It set for August 6-7 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

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The expo follows the realization that only about 15 percent of high school students make it to university, and the youth unemployment rate rests at 63,1 percent with the former influencing the latter.

“There’s a greater need for brands and organizations to engage with the youth of South Africa to ensure that they are educated and empowered for the future, we therefore designed The Standard Bank Youth Expo as a platform that will fully cater to this,” Bradley Maseko, Managing Director of Branded Youth, said.

Motlatsi Mkalala, Senior Manager for Youth Customer Financial Solutions at Standard Bank South Africa, said their research and the current political climate show that South African youth are concerned about their future outlook.

“They are afraid of becoming another unemployment statistic, failed entrepreneurs, or being unable to afford their tertiary tuition,” said Mkalala.

“The Standard Bank Youth Expo will show them that this does not have to be the case. The Youth Expo will provide all the resources necessary that can help turn dreams of future success and prosperity into reality.”

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Uganda: Young Hoteliers to Get Training From Sheraton

At least 20 young entrepreneurs working in the hospitality industry are set to benefit from a deal signed between Sheraton Kampala Hotel and mentorship firms, Youth Business International (YBI) and Enterprise Uganda, which will improve their skills and raise their business profiles.

According to details of the one-year mentorship pact signed on Wednesday, Sheraton will host four selected local youth hotel entrepreneurs or managers every month for hands-on training and experience in handling customers.

Dubbed the Sheraton Enterprise Experience (SEE), trainees will also get managerial tips during the course of practical trainings and internship at the five-star hotel.

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Officials are optimistic that lessons from the trainees’ experience shall be transferred to their businesses to boost growth, services and profits.

Speaking after the signing of the deal, Charles Ocici, the executive director of Enterprise Uganda, said the mentorship programme is tailored towards nurturing young entrepreneurs and managers into world-class hospitality industry players. He explained that trainees will have to apply and must be youths below the age of 35 years.

Ocici said such mentorship programmes could empower more Ugandans and cut down on the dominance of Kenyan and South African experts in the local hospitality service sector. He added that Kenyans and South Africans have more experience in the hospitality industry because of their success in the tourism sector.

The mentorship deal was one of the outcomes of the global ‘Promise of Youth Event’ hosted in Kampala from April 5 to 7. The two-day conference, supported by YBI, attracted youth entrepreneurs and managers from Kenya, India, Sweden, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and donor representatives.

Apart from recognizing successful entrepreneurs and sharing experiences, officials discussed the challenge of unemployment.

Uganda is one of the countries grappling with unemployed youth. According to official statistics, 400,000 graduates join the search for jobs every year, yet only 9,000 vacancies are available in the formal public employment sector.

It is against such background that officials urged private sector-led initiatives such as mentoring programmes to encourage youth create their own jobs instead of seeking employment.

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Chamber Music for Change

The South African National Youth Orchestra’s campaign to raise much needed funds towards bursaries for our most talented young musicians.

The South African National Youth Orchestra is on a big hunt for current orchestra members and alumni, parents and teachers and classical music lovers who would be keen to play in, organise or provide venues for their “Chamber Music for Change” campaign. These chamber music concerts are planned to raise funds for bursaries for orchestra courses in 2016. The aim is to do 52 concerts, one for each year since the National Youth Orchestra started, and raise enough to cover bursaries for one year.

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We’d love every young South African musician, regardless of financial or geographical barriers, to be able to attend National Youth Orchestra programmes this year. Your sponsorship of a musician will contribute to continued musical excellence, quality education and national development. A bursary for a musician costs R5000 and to cover their transport to and from the course is an additional R2000. It is a life-changing contribution for each young musician as it links them up to opportunities to further their career, gives access to the best teaching in the world and, perhaps most importantly, gives them the joy of playing in the National Youth Orchestra.

So far concerts are planned in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Johannesburg and internationally in Birmingham (UK), New York (USA) and Gothenburg (Sweden).

An online campaign to raise funds has been set up on Givengain for donors who’d like to contribute to the cause: https://www.givengain.com/cause/5264/campaigns/15224/

The South African National Youth Orchestra was founded in 1964 with the goal of training and developing South Africa’s young musician through a series of national courses, national and international tours, workshops and master classes. The South African National Youth Orchestra has taken part in the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and has toured to Scotland, countries across Europe where they performed at prestigious festivals such as the Beethovenfest in Bonn, and even a performance on the Red Square in Moscow. It has been conducted by many international conductors and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a performance that was reported on BBC Worldwide News.

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Nigeria to host Africa Senior Athletics meet in 2018

Nigeria will host the 22nd edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Lagos, in 2018. An agreement to this effect was signed last weekend between the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr Solomon Dalung, and President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Mr. Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, in the presence of the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Dr. Solomon Ogba. The CAA president, Malboum, was in the country and visited Dalung, during which he announced that a High Altitude Athletics Training Centre will be established in Jos, Plateau State. A statement issued by Mrs. Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, the minister’s Special Assistant, Media, said on the occasion, Malboum stressed the need for Africans to develop their own athletes by setting up structures and facilities that will enhance and develop athletes in the continent.

“We have already set up a High Performance Training Centre in the University of Port Harcourt. We intend to set up another one in Jos for the middle and long distance runners because we have seen that we need to prepare our athletes in Africa. “When you send them to UK, in a few months they change nationality and easily become British citizens. Even their coaches don’t support our athletes because they want their own to win. So, this is why we need to set up our own facility for long and middle distance runners in Africa to develop our own athletes,” Malboum explained. In his response, the youth and sports minister, Dalung, thanked the CAA president for his passion in promoting African sports and enhancing the prospects of African youths.

“Sport is one of the strongest weapons of promoting development in Africa. The only thing that can provide gainful employment for youths and engage them is sport. With the support of the government, I have discussed with officials in South Africa that there is a need for us to strengthen the Council of Ministers meeting and begin to identify the relevant issues that will move African sports forward and also give Africa a comparative advantage to compete with other countries of the world.

“It is the absence of facilities that makes African athletes travel for training outside Africa and end up becoming citizens of countries where they trained and camped. If we must also domesticate our own talents and skills for the benefit of young Africans, then we must invest in the provision of modern sporting facilities in Africa. This will take us to the development of a functional high performance system with all the necessary equipment for the training, camping and development of African athletes,” Dalung said. A delegation from the IAAF and the CAA is expected to come for an initial inspection of the site in Jos for further recommendations and provision of facilities. The high altitude Athletics training centre when completed, will serve athletes from West Africa. Similar training centres are already located in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Dakar and Zambia.

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Department of Social Development Bursary for 2016

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Bursaries (financial assistance) are available to students residing in the Gauteng Province who wish to study at a recognized/ accredited higher learning institution within the Province.

BURSARIES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDY PURPOSES – 2016

The GDSD Bursary Scheme promotes career development within the Social Development professions and scarce skills.

Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to be part of a dedicated and skilled workforce committed to social development for a better life for the population of Gauteng and all South Africans.

Assistance will be for the education, training and skills development of youth who are considering a career in Community Development (Revised NQF level 8 qualification), Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Occupational therapy, Demography and Population Studies.

Bursaries aim to assist in achieving the Employment Equity imperatives within the National Skills Development Strategy and the Department of Social Development’s strategic priorities.

The selection of candidates are within the framework of the Departmental policies but Preference will be given to:

• Youth with a disability

• Youth leaving child and youth care facilities( incl. places of safety and children’s homes).

• Students that have gained university entrance to study in the year 2016.

• Students that excel academically with at least a C Symbol Aggregate in Matric.

• Students that are not currently benefiting from any other bursary scheme.

• Applicants who wish to study towards areas identified by the department as scarce skills such as Community Development, Demography and Population Studies, Clinical Psychology, Social Work and Occupational Therapy.

• Applicants that have been permanent residents within the Gauteng Province for at least one-year prior to application.

• Applicants that are South African citizens.

All successful applicants will be required to enter into contractual agreements with the Department.

Application forms are obtainable at any Social Development Regional Office or Institution situated in Gauteng.

Applicants are required to forward their applications directly to the above offices.

Enquiries: Mr. Veli Ngobese, at tel: (011) 227 0065 / Ms Dikeledi Kutu, at tel: (011) 355 7616

If you do not receive any response from us within 3 months, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

CLOSING DATE: 12 OCTOBER 2015

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South Africa: Youth Participate in Water, Sanitation Summit

Promoting water use efficiency and water quality management is taking centre stage at the annual Youth Water and Sanitation Summit currently underway in Boksburg.

The four-day summit, which started on Monday, is being attended by youths who are still in school, youngsters who have completed school and young people working in the water and sanitation profession from the nine provinces.

The summit will expose these youths to various programs and activities that will further enhance their knowledge and interest in water and sanitation related careers.

During the summit, young people will participate in educational excursions, lectures, career expos, public speaking through youth debates, exhibitions and competitions.

The week-long programme will culminate in an awards ceremony to acknowledge excellence in teaching and learning on issues of water and sanitation.

The youths who have completed their schooling and the young professionals from all the nine provinces will be crafting plans to assist learners address the water and sanitation challenges facing their schools.

The winning plan will be tabled to Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, Pamela Tshwete, during a gala dinner on Wednesday.

In her opening remarks on Monday, Deputy Minister Tshwete said the summit was a meeting of young South Africans who have recognised that South Africa is a water scarce country and the sanitation provision levels are not adequate.

“These young people have taken it upon themselves to work towards conservation of nature and reduce the most pressing threats to diversity of life on earth. Their journey in life is about security of fresh water for people and animals,” the Deputy Minister said.

She said Department of Water and Sanitation, working with business, including the Department of Basic Education, Department of Higher Education, Department of Arts and Culture and many water supporting institutions, is implementing a school-based education programme called 2020 vision for water and sanitation.

The programme is a strategic programme aimed at educating youth in schools about water resource management, sanitation health and hygiene, and also promote careers in the water and sanitation sector.

“Through this programme we instil values of water conservation, general hygienic and care of the environment.

“Young people are able to identify water and sanitation related challenges in their communities, conduct comprehensive research, make recommendations and develop interventions to address challenges,” Deputy Minister Tshwete said.

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New Youth Bursaries and opportunities for development

Eskom Fet College Bursaries

Closing Date: 31 July 2015

Further Education & Training (FET)
  • Boiler Makers
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electricians
  • Fitters & Turners
  • Mechanical
  • Millwrights
  • Welders
  • Plumbers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters

Criteria

Individuals legible to apply must meet the following requirements:-

  • Applicants must be South African citizens with a valid ID number
  • National Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Written proof of acceptance for admission by higher education institution
  • Applicants must be for full time studies at an accredited South African institution
  • Applicants must be willing to undergo an interview and medical examination or health declaration

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Bursaries In Chemical Engineering

Bursaries are awarded to successful candidates to complete a degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial). These students will ‘work back’ their bursaries for a period equal to the period of their studies.

Bursaries are awarded to successful candidates for the following course of study:

  • BEng/BSc Chemical Engineering
  • BEng/BSc Electrical Engineering
  • BEng/BSc Industrial Engineering
  • BEng/BSc Mechanical Engineering

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Mintek’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate Bursaries Program in South Africa

Deadline: July 31, 2015

 Type: Fully Funded
Location: South Africa

Mintek is offering undergraduate and postgraduate bursary programme for South African students. Mintek’s Undergraduate Bursary Programme ensures a steady supply of trained and highly skilled technical people for Mintek to meet a major portion of company’s operational, research and development manpower needs, and also to provide appropriately-skilled graduates to the broader South African minerals and metallurgy sector, as per Mintek’s Mission Statement. The closing date for undergraduate applications is 31 July 2015. There is no closing date to submit applications to Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme (for Masters Studies and above).

Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme further equips undergraduates through the development of research methodology skills at the Masters level, followed by the generation of original research that contributes new knowledge to a field at the Doctorate level. Bursaries cover the full payment of registration, tuition and residence fees, plus an allowance with a commitment to work at Mintek on a month-for-month basis. Bursars are also given the opportunity to work closely with experts in their field of interest as well as in other disciplines.

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Bursary Opportunities 2016

Sun International

Sun International established the Sun International Community Development Trust to fund the implementation of the group’s corporate social investment strategy,

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which remains focused on expenditure in the areas of education, health, welfare and cultural activities.

The Sun International Bursary Programme administered by Studietrust grants bursaries to students in areas of studies relevant to the hospitality and leisure industry:
• Food & Beverage Studies
• Hospitality Studies (at all levels and in all areas of specilization)
• Hotel Management
• Human Resources Management
• Sport and Recreation Studies
• Marketing and Sales
• Information Technology
• Management Studies
• Finance (Accounting)
• Electrical Engineering (light current at TVET level)
• Plumbing (TVET level)

Who may apply:
South African citizens interested in studies at South African Universities, Universities of Technology and TVET Colleges for degree, diploma and certificate programmes in the above fields of study.

Preference is given to:

  • Current Grade 12 learners
  • Matriculated applicants waiting for a study opportunity
  • Full-time students in their first year studying towards qualifications in the fields specified above
  • Female applicants from previously disadvantaged communities
  • Applicants who live in close proximity of Sun International Hotels and Resorts.

Bursary type: partial
Main selection criteria: Academic merit and financial need.

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ATNS : Bursary Opportunities 2016

ATNS SOC Limited is proud to provide bursaries for motivated and interested candidates to train to become Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCO’s). An ATCO is an important member of the team who ensures the safe, orderly and expeditious travel by air of millions of passengers per annum by ensuring that aircraft are separated from one another and ensuring an organised flow of air traffic.

ATNS SOC Limited is the sole provider of air traffic and navigation services in South Africa and provides all of the training for career opportunities in air traffic control and related services at our Aviation Training Academy (ATA) in Bonaero Park.  ATO Approval Number  0011/Scope: Air Traffic Services.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Grade 12 with Maths and English (HG D or SG C or level 4 upwards).
  • South African Citizen
  • Medically fit

The bursary programme facilitates an opportunity to undergo the required studies and to obtain the relevant exposure in order to qualify as an ATCO. The ATCO Trainee programme consists of 3 phases, namely the Bursary Scheme (bursary contract), the ATC Learnership (under fixed term contract) and ATC aerodrome course and validation phase (under fixed term contract). The study bursary provides each bursar with an opportunity to conduct their studies at the ATA.

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ABSA Bursary programme

As a leader in our industry, we are keen to ensure that talented, top-performing students get every opportunity to enter the world of business. And we know that, for many, a fulfilling and rewarding career may feel out of reach. It’s a goal that can be achieved only with a solid education to build upon. This is why we offer bursaries.

A bursary programme could make all the difference to your future success. It provides financial support to full-time students enabling them to complete their education and, potentially, pursue a career with us upon qualifying. In recent years, we have sponsored hundreds of ambitious students. You could be next.

What does this bursary include?

The bursary includes full tuition fees and will be paid out according to the annual bursary award and the individual’s needs. You will be assessed every year and if your performance is satisfactory, Absa will continue to sponsor you.

Qualifying Criteria

This bursary programme helps Absa employ top talent and it also offers financial support to fulltime students studying towards one of the following qualifications:

Bachelor or postgraduate degree in:

  • IT
  • LLB
  • Informatics
  • Data science
  • Statistics
  • Actuarial sciences
  • Risk or investment management
  • Business mathematics and informatics (BMI)
  • Engineering (industrial, financial or process).
  • Other relevant mathematical sciences

Qualifying criteria for postgraduate and undergraduate university students:

  • Applicants must be studying full-time for the 2016 academic year at an accredited South African university.
  • Applicants must not have a criminal record.
  • Undergraduate students must have achieved a minimum average of 70% in the first semester for the 2015 academic year.
  • They should also be studying to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

Qualifying criteria for 2015 matriculants:

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum average of 80% for the June 2015 examinations.
  • Applicants must be registered to study full-time for the 2016 academic year at an accredited South African university.
  • Applicants must not have a criminal record.

Find out how to apply here.


 

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Small businesses becoming a top SA career choice

SINCE 1994 small business activity in SA has grown in line with the country’s GDP, which almost tripled from $143.8bn in 1996 to $404.3bn in 2011.

For small businesses, the gains have been all the more impressive given that, before democracy, myriad of restrictions, laws and by-laws prevented black entrepreneurs from entering the business world.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2014 SA report says while in 2001 19.7% of the adult population saw opportunities to start a business in SA, this figure has since increased to 37% in 2014.

Christo Botes, spokesperson for the 2015 Sanlam and Business Partners entrepreneur of the year competition, says more entrepreneurs are entering the market compared to 10 years ago.

“The entrepreneurial spirit is on the rise due to positive shifts in societal attitudes. This has resulted in an increasing number of South African adults viewing it as a career choice.” Business Engine MD Muriel Chinoda believes there has been a “total shift” in attitudes towards entrepreneurship. With the scarcity of formal jobs and persistently low global economic growth, more people are looking to establish their own businesses rather than pursue a formal career.

“There are a number of people who, after being in formal employment and acquiring some much needed experience, realise that owning and running their own businesses is a better choice. So the realisation is there and I think there is much greater acceptance of entrepreneurship as a lifestyle choice,” she says.

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THE tough economic times are creating opportunities for small businesses which are nimble and on their game, Ms Chinoda adds. “There is no time for time-consuming bureaucracy and the waste that is characteristic of big businesses. So for the entrepreneur who finds a niche, produces a great product or delivers a great service, the opportunities are plenty.”

Nedbank economist Busi Radebe says despite the perception that access to finance remains a problem, she believes that the banks are open to lending to small and medium-sized enterprises.

The latest quarterly results of the Nedbank Small Business index recorded an improvement in the ease of obtaining finance from 4.1 to 4.9 — a record high since the index began.

“It is important to note that the bank’s appetite to lend is driven by customer demand and is governed by adherence to legislation such as the National Credit Act, which seeks to avoid reckless lending to consumers,” Ms Radebe says.

The government maintains that small businesses and co-operatives are critical to defeating the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

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THE Department of Small Business Development’s Cornelius Monama says small businesses and co-operatives are expected to be central to SA’s job-creation efforts, in line with international trends.

“The National Development Plan states that about 90% of jobs will be created through small and expanding companies by 2030.”

It is from the realisation of the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises that President Jacob Zuma established the Department of Small Business Development, Mr Monama says.

“Through this intervention, the government will be able to unlock economic opportunities and thus achieve inclusive economic growth and sustainable employment, particularly for women, youth and people with people with disabilities,” he adds.

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