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Youth entrepreneurs have been urged to improve the quality of their proposals when responding to tenders. This call was on Tuesday during a workshop on procurement for youth companies organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The ministry had invited relevant organisations such as PPADB and BURS to impart knowledge on the youth entrepreneurs and what they should expect when doing business with the government.
When opening the two-day workshop on behalf of the ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary – Corporate Services – Rose Sennanyana said the workshop was meant to provide a platform to discuss and close gaps that have been identified in the procurement process. She said the workshop sought to improve quality of procurement by the youth and address issues of service delivery. The deputy PS urged attendants to take their work seriously if they wanted to be taken seriously as entrepreneurs, explaining that it’s only their commitment to their businesses that will speak for them. Sennanyana said empowerment of youth is relevant to the growth of the economy as it could create more job opportunities of other youth.
Youth entrepreneur Gobonaone Modisane - who is running a successful Young Chefs Academy where kids are taught culinary skills - told the attendants to run businesses as business people and not as youth entrepreneurs or based on gender. Modisane said for one to run a successful business, they have to have passion and be innovative in what they do. In addition to that, she said they have to be unique, know their value as well as understand their clients.