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The students who took part in Ivanplats’ 10 month Youth Enterprise Development Programme right after their graduation ceremony on Monday with Ivanplats delegates. In the front, Hope Sibiya, Simon Mokhanda, Retha Eastes (ESD Manager Ivanplats), Portia Lekatsa, Blessed Manyeke( ESD Administrator Ivanplats) and Lisl Fair (Project Manager Legal & Compliance). At the back, Thabo Masoga, Tebogo Masingi, Alex Raboshakga (overall winner entrepreneur) and Khutso Rakobela.
MOKOPANE - Ivanplats is committed to develop local youth and to procure goods and services from young local entrepreneurs and therefore presented a specialised youth enterprise and supplier development programme where the company invested in the careers of young entrepreneurs earlier this year.
The ten-month programme entailed training sessions of around three to five days per month. Ten students were selected from over 50 applications and 20 shortlisted candidates. The programme consisted of three main components:
Asset mapping – during which students identified different assets in all spheres of their lives;
Capacity building – which included financial literacy, a full basic business course (Micro MBA), branding and marketing and web design skills.
Resource linking – which included job shadowing opportunities in the different business areas, assistance with grant applications and network linking to other companies in related industries.
Of the 10 original students, seven graduated at a ceremony at Ivanplats offices on Monday. During the ceremony, all seven students were afforded an opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of judges which consisted of senior management of Ivanplats. Ivanplats staff members, local media and other interested parties were also present.
All the students presented their business plans and the overall winner was Alex Raboshakga of Mabu Minchem. Alex runs a mining research and development laboratory in Mokopane.
The names of the other students taking part in the programme and their respective businesses are:
Thabo Masoga (Engineering and fire Equipment – SASI Global Trade Enterprise cc), Khutso Rakobela (Photography, Sound Services and Videography – Rakobela Enterprise), Hope Sibiya (Industrial and Domestic Bin Cleaning Service- We Clean It), Portia Lekatsa (Creative jewellery and design – Botle Botlile Creations, Simon Mokhanda (Math and Science Tutoring – Calgebra), Alex Raboshakga (Mining Research and Development – Mabu Minchem) and Tebogo Mashingi (Medical Supply Business – ME Mediworx).