The recent launch of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers’ (SAIEE) entrepreneurship and innovation chapter (EIC) comes at a time when Stats SA reported massive job losses.
Stats SA reported unemployment in South Africa increased substantially by 2.2 million (52.1%) to 6.5 million, compared to the second quarter of 2020.
The national statistical service provider’s figures provide a bleak setting and clear indication of how the national lockdown has impacted on jobs in South Africa.
However, the SAIEE’s latest chapter, which launched in a virtual setting on 16 November during Global Entrepreneurship Week and in partnership with ESI Africa and Initiate, is geared to address much-needed support for entrepreneurs.
The SAIEE EIC is formed to provide the best knowledge-driven innovation and entrepreneurial support for sustainable rapid economic growth for all.
The EIC announced that it will provide support at all levels of innovation, entrepreneurship, and successful running of businesses, which will create employment. EIC believes that the real work of innovation begins when they start implementing the desire to lead innovation in their respective endeavours.
The goal of launching this SAIEE chapter is for investors, government associations, business leaders and experts to join forces to “shape up our economy with the aim to create employment,” states Yolanda Mabuto, the chapter’s chairperson.
She adds: “We are also calling on small businesses, students and individuals with great ideas to join us and become members so that they can benefit from the opportunities.”
Digital start to SAIEE’s entrepreneurship and innovation chapter
The launch event was opened by SAIEE’s President Sy Gourah who gave an inspiring speech encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.
The event hosted a lineup of local and international speakers who spoke on Innovation & Skills Development for African SMEs, Managing & Leveraging on Intellectual Property, and Global and Local Investment Opportunities.
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Mabuto extended her thanks to partners ESI Africa, Initiate and the SAIEE wider community for their support.
“Our distinguished speakers included Sandra Baer, Thembile Ndlovu, Andre Hoffmann, Prof Cavin Mugarura, Dr Ernest Bhero, McKevin Ayaba, Eric Proudfoot, Sifiso Ndwandwe, Farouk Khailann, Cornelius Wicks, and Kganki Matabane. We are looking forward to growing the chapter with you,” said Mabuto.
Join the chapter today.