Entrepreneurship by the youth

The Durban University of Technology student came through with their art piece at the 2019 Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education third annual event.

The Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education is an establishment from within University Education Branch of the Higher Education and training department. This programme aims to develop entrepreneurship in students, academia and universities. It intends for students to be more active in entrepreneurship to generate an additional income when they have difficulty finding employment.

One student who had his work showcased at the event is Tendai Chiwandamira. Tendai is a graphic design Masters student; he displayed a product that he invented during his Btech studying called Incontact. This product is a pyrography reading material which is a decoration of wood or leather by burning a design on the surface. According to Chiwandamira’s study that built up to his product, the reading material around the world is mostly made up by graphic designers for people who have the sense of sight. This material is aimed for people who are visually impaired and will help designers find out how they can help the visually impaired by communicating through their sense of touch.

“Through the EDHE programme I learned about different funds accessible through the university that could help my product reach the market which has been the challenge,” said Chiwandamira.

He also mentioned the incubation hub at the university that you can call for assistance to start your own business, it offers training on how to run your business, gives you funds to start your own business and puts you through the market.  

Students are advised to venture into entrepreneurship as it would help them survive the high employment rate, and it is good to know that there is a programme aimed to assist.

Nonhlanhla Hlatshwayo

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