Corporate Director at Barclays Bank Botswana Lesley Bradley has urged creative youth under the Masa Fashion Mentorship Programme to adopt principles that will create wealth for them. Speaking during a talk shop hosted under the theme “Expanding Your Business Internationally in a Challenging Local Economy” on Friday, Bradley said there are key principles of wealth creation such as spending less than what you earn and avoiding debt. She said if one is to accrue debt it should be going towards wealth creation and also encouraged the culture of saving. MTN South Africa Foundation General Manager, Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi said the key to everything is laying a solid foundation, saying its absence is a recipe for disaster. The Hotel is said to have conceptualised the talk shop theme to inspire its fashion mentees to consider exporting their goods to the Southern African region and beyond with the sentiment that international commerce offers a variety of opportunities for growth in terms of reach and market competitiveness. Barclays Bank partnered with the hotel given its similar initiative known as Ready to Work which is designed to offer support to young entrepreneurs in the successful formation and running of their businesses to serve local and global markets. Over the past eight months of the year, Masa Square Hotel has undertaken its Fashion Mentorship Programme conceptualised to provide a platform for upcoming businesspeople from the Botswana fashion and creative industry. The purpose of the series has been geared towards providing insights about ways in which local creatives can turn their passion into viable and sustainable businesses.