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Johannesburg opportunity centre already a hit with young entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in Klipfontein View have not taken long to embrace the many benefits offered by the opportunity centre recently opened in the area.


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The Thusanang opportunity centre in Klipfontein View is already a hive of activity less than a mere two months since opening its doors, with young entrepreneurs taking full advantage of the services offered.

“It is encouraging that small businesses are using these facilities. This is exactly why we opened these centres,” member of the mayoral committee for economic development Leah Knott said in a statement after touring the centre.

“This is evidence of government’s responsibility to provide a conducive environment for small businesses to thrive and to ultimately create jobs.”

Entrepreneurial success story

One success story involves small business owner Prichard Mkwebu, who recently hired three young people from Klipfontein View sourced from the job seekers’ database in the centre.

Mkwebu uses free meeting rooms at the centre to conduct his training sessions.

“It is a central place, most young people could not afford transport costs to commute to our offices for training,” Mkwebu said.

The city has opened six other centres across Johannesburg, specifically in the inner city, Alexandra, Roodepoort, Soweto, Montclare, and Diepsloot. It also has a business centre in Orange Farm in partnership with Discovery.

Knott said mentoring workshops for entrepreneurs were also on offer across the eight centres to help up and coming business people. Professionals were on hand to offer valuable information and link businesses to opportunities.

Knott said young people had come forward to testify how the services changed their lives, including Deborah Malambe, a marketing student who said the free access to the internet helped her conduct research for assignments.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa

Johannesburg opportunity centre opening

The centre was opened in June 2019 with the aim of boosting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Klipfontein View and surrounding areas by providing many services needed by businesses and mentorship.

“The City’s Department of Economic Development understands the reality and consequences of rising unemployment and the desperation for real job opportunities, especially among young people,” said Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba at the opening of the facility.