Youth entrepreneurship day for Hout Bay

Florence Hendricks of the Youth Entrepreneurship Network South Africa, based in Hout Bay.

Young people from Hout Bay, who run their own businesses, and those interested in starting their own businesses, will benefit from Youth Entrepreneurship Network South Africa’s (YENSA) Youth Entrepreneurship Day happening on Tuesday June 29.

Yensa, an organisation based in Hout Bay which is managed by volunteers, promotes youth entrepreneurship in the Cape Town metro.

“As part of our Youth Month and June 16 Youth Day commemorations, we are hosting a Youth Entrepreneurship Day on June 29 from 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm for 30 youth from Hangberg and 30 youth from Imizamo Yethu at the Hout Bay Museum,” says Florence Hendricks of Yensa.

The event will be an information session, supported by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), The Business Hub/City of Cape Town and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).

“Some officials from the above organisations will make presentations to explain their services and resources available to youth entrepreneurs, how they can help and how their services can be accessed,” says Ms Hendricks.

These organisations will also have information tables, with staff members on hand to answer any questions from the attendees.

“Yensa is dedicated to identifying, creating, and encouraging youth entrepreneurship awareness and support. Yensa’s areas of interest are information and communication technology (ITC), manufacturing, engineering, construction, tourism, and professional services,” explained Ms Hendricks.

“We want to empower young entrepreneurs to make an important contribution to the economic and social growth of the Cape Town metro in their area of interest through co-ordinating business contacts between youth entrepreneurs, identifying opportunities for entrepreneurs, facilitating local capital growth, fostering technological growth and skills transfer and helping marginalised youth businesses with expertise.

“A solid code of business conduct will be established and propagated, driven by the values of non-racism, non-sexism, democracy, and a sustained sense of social responsibility,” she said.

Yensa said because of Covid-19 protocols and level 2 lockdown regulations, they can only accommodate 30 youths per session. If you are between 18 and 35 years old, RSVP on SMS or WhatsApp to 073 182 2443 or email youthensa@gmail.com if you want to attend.