The class of 2017 existing businesses at the networking session held on Tuesday.

Sasol appointed Tushiyah, in partnership with Govan Mbeki Municipality, to implement a youth entrepreneurship programme that would contribute to addressing youth unemployment in the area.
The programme that is being implemented has two streams, youth wanting to start a business (start up businesses) and youth already owning a business (existing businesses).
This programme was run in 2015 with 24 existing businesses and 28 start up buisinesses.
The programme started in March this year and will continue until the end of September.
Existing businesses in the programme have been operational for a minimum of two years and are taken through business skills training, mentoring and coaching while on the programme.
Start ups range from those with an idea to those who have already begun operating.
In addition to business skills training, coaching and mentoring start ups also spend time shadowing a seasoned entrepreneur.
In addition, both groups are presented with market and finance access opportunities.
Sasol hosted the first of three networking events for this year at the Sasol Club on Tuesday, 13 June.
Networking events such as this one allow the businesses on the programme and those that have graduated from the programme to share experiences and grow their own networks.
Stakeholders such as Govan Mbeki Municipality, Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA) are also encouraged to meet with the businesses and engage business owners.
Mashudu Ndou, Senior Manager: Sasol Social Investment and Ikusasa welcomed the guests and Lehlohonolo Ramongalo, founder and managing director of Figtory Digital, was the guest speaker.
He shared his entrepreneurial journey.


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