South African politicians across the political spectrum and those in civil society have come out in support of entrepreneurship in recent months.
“We are also encouraging young people to become entrepreneurs” – President Jacob Zuma
President Zuma recently addressed a National Youth Day celebration in Pretoria on 16 June 2015.
According to the Mail & Guardian Zuma stated that “We have to work together to provide opportunities for the youth, who are the future of our country. Government cannot perform this task alone. We thank all businesses that continue to employ young people and offer opportunities to them.”
“We must strive to build a nation of entrepreneurs and not a nation of job seekers.” – Lindiwe Zulu
Minister for Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu recently spoke to students at the launch of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at False Bay College, Muizenberg.
IOL reports that the event was part of the department’s effort to unleash an entrepreneurial revolution in the country and to roll it out in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.
“South Africa needs one million new entrepreneurs” – Mmusi Maimane
According to Fin24 DA Leader Mmusi Maimane said government should create an environment that allows new ventures to get off the ground and flourish.
Fin24 reports that Maimane saying that the obstacles that prevent businesses from getting off the ground should be removed, with the most obvious of these obstacles being crippling red tape affecting SMEs.
Others in the media and civil society have also come out in support of entrepreneurs as a solution to South Africa’s economic stagnation. Veteran journalist Max DuPreez stated that South Africa needs a national entrepreneurial revolution. He added that governments aren’t good at creating sustainable jobs and that entrepreneurship was the obvious key.
Ineng supports these statements and echoes the call for increased entrepreneurship in South Africa. The question is; what has hampered entrepreneurship thus far?
Ineng believes that bad policies are to blame, and urges small business owners to get involved with our Entrepreneurs in Public Policy program and use it as a platform to speak out on issues affecting your business.