“We want more Job creators and less job seekers” said DUT Vice-Chancellor

Young entrepreneurs were awarded for their inventive business ideas at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurships’ gala and market day this past week at Ritson Hall.

Siphiwe Zuma came in first place receiving a cash injection of R15 000 into his business. Zuma makes hands-free umbrellas for disabled people under his company Anathoth Solutions. The first year interior design student says he drew inspiration from personal experience as a differently abled person.

“Anger brought the idea to life, I was angry at the things I couldn’t do,” said Zuma.

Zuma was part of five students who were rewarded with prizes ranging from R5000 to R15 000. The 36 semi-finalists will participate in incubation, and will be trained and linked with companies that’ll assist them take their products to market. The CSE worked in association with Invotech, Be Bold, Department of Higher Education and Training.

Vice- Chancellor and principal was one the speakers at the gala and took the time to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship.

“I’m wondering how students answer the following questions, who is responsible for making sure our economy works? I’m sure some answers will be the government or the private sector but that’s not true. The jobs, the wealth is in our minds. The jobs are amongst those crazy people who think they can change the world, and we have such people here today. I’m delighted to be in the midst of innovative minds,” said Mthembu.

The second question was directed at the DUT. Mthembu asked if there were any students who became innovative, by the institutes design or is it by default. The Professor further added that the university should change the system of education by encouraging employers not employees.

“We are working on that model, we wish to make sure that by design we produce entrepreneurs,” said Mthembu.

 

 

By: Naledi Sikhakhane

Image By: Mbuso Kunene

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