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African Renaissance Conference 2017

                                                  

A Culture of Entrepreneurship

 Stories of success are powerful motivators for the potential innovators and entrepreneurs amongst our youth.

The session facilitator, Lynette Ntuli, stressed  that entrepreneurship is a career of choice.  She added that young people need to be encouraged to be job creators rather than job seekers.


Ludwick Marishane
Ludwick Marishane
Ludwick HEC at GSB = next.pdf (1.48MB)
Ludwick Marishane
Ludwick Marishane
Ludwick HEC at GSB = next.pdf (1.48MB)

 Ludwig Marishane CEO of Headboy Industries emphasized the need to adopt a culture of mindfulness in pursing entrepreneurship. Marishane says the most important advice he can give to any young entrepreneurs is to “find what you love doing, and exert all your effort on pursuing it”. Marishane also encouraged young entrepreneurs to embrace failure, as failure is an experience and the only real failure is when you give up.


 Ernest Boateng CEO of the SA Institute for Entrepreneurship discussed the reasons for low entrepreneurial activity amongst South Africans. These include factors such as:  

Ernest Boateng
We can change our world
AFRICAN RENAISSANCE PRESENTATION Ernest Boateng.pdf (1.28MB)
Ernest Boateng
We can change our world
AFRICAN RENAISSANCE PRESENTATION Ernest Boateng.pdf (1.28MB)

·            The educational system which  is subject and marks driven and does not prepare learners for the entrepreneurship world

·            Fear of failure

·            High drop-out rate

·            Little financial support

He stressed that we need a dynamic culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa that promotes entrepreneurial behaviour and the creation of self employment opportunities. Entrepreneurs need to be able to:

·            Take initiative and risks

·            Look out for opportunities

·            think resourcefully,  creatively, critically, independently and with flexibility

·            Tapping into interests

·            Have a sense of wonder, adventure, determination,

·            Work with a team


Ryan McFadyen
The Entrepreneurial Mindset
HaveYouHeard_African Rennaisance 2015.pdf (97.67KB)
Ryan McFadyen
The Entrepreneurial Mindset
HaveYouHeard_African Rennaisance 2015.pdf (97.67KB)

Ryan  McFadyen of  HaveYouHeard Marketing emphasized that success comes from doing small things perfectly. We also need to learn from our mistakes in order to keep moving forward and not be afraid of learning as mistakes  drive innovation.



Sbu Shabalala of Adapt IT emphasized the role of technology as an enabler of progress and the importance of embracing IT in all aspects of life in order to be globally competitive.

 Jofrey Raymond story of triumph over facing the many hardships and challenges of an impoverished background, which motivated him to succeed in his quest for higher education is an inspiring one. Read his account on the website.


Jofrey Raymond
My Story
My story - Jofrey RAymond (3).pdf (389.42KB)
Jofrey Raymond
My Story
My story - Jofrey RAymond (3).pdf (389.42KB)






Dear Friends and Colleagues in the name of African Renaissance,

I am writing to express my profound appreciation to the Organisers of the African Renaissance Conference for inviting me, my colleague and our PhD student, Mr. Jofrey Raymond, to participate in that very important forum on the very important theme of Entrepreneurship. Our participation in the conference afforded us the opportunity to meet great people to all of whom I say thank you very much indeed for all that you shared with us. I am also pleased to inform you that our visits to other South African institutions were all very successful indeed. We are now back in Arusha, Tanzania, safe, happy and with very pleasant memories to share with our colleagues and students. You are most welcome to Tanzania, Arusha and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.

Regards and God Bless You,

Prof. Burton Mwamila

Vice Chancellor

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology

P.O. Box 447

Arusha, TANZANIA

E-mail: vc@nm-aist.ac.tz;