Harrismith Secondary School takes first place out of 27 finalists from across South Africa for its excellent youth entrepreneurship education.

On Thursday, Eskom Development Foundation, in partnership with the Education With Enterprise Trust (EWET), awarded the school R100,000 ($8,438) prize money for coming top in the 2017 Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education Competition.

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The competition seeks to teach and encourage young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.

To qualify, intermediate and secondary schools must run enterprise clubs that teach their learners the basics of starting and running successful businesses through practical application while responding to their respective communities’ socio-economic challenges.

Eskom Simama Ranta competition

Simama Ranta rewards the top three schools in each province as well as the overall national winner of the competition from all 28 finalists from across the country.

The prize money for the overall winning enterprise club is R100,000 and each provincial winner receives R50,000 ($4,219). Provincial runners-up each receive R25,000 ($2,109) while second runners-up receive R10,000 each.

Kgethatsebo High School emerged as the Free State provincial winner, taking home a R50,000 cash prize.

“The Eskom Simama Ranta empowers us as young people to start our own businesses and become job creators instead of job seekers, the programme also helps reduce the number of socio-economic issues surrounding us young people,” said Youth Enterprise Society club member Katlego Dahile.

“The Simama Ranta programme has made a remarkable contribution to our institution, today we can proudly say our institution has grown from strength to strength; the programme has also assisted in forming a close bond within our organisation,” says Kgethatsebo Secondary Principal, Mr. Mokhele

Eskom Free State operating unit general manager, Lindi Mthombeni, commended the learners for their work and said government and business need to work together to create more collaborations and initiatives such as Simama Ranta, which can help in giving young people the requisite skills to become economically active.

“These school enterprise clubs are a great example of the direction that young people in school need to take for our economy to thrive,” said Mthombeni.

 

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