Igniting Entrepreneurship in TVET colleges

Self-employment and job creation has become one of the most talked about topics in recent months. Highlighted on media platforms and on the lips of each politician, the demolition of bureaucratic procedures and forms is important to the restoration of the world economy via entrepreneurship.

Allan Gray Makers embarked in 2022 on a mission to expose as many young people to entrepreneurship as possible in all 50 Technical and Vocation Education and Training colleges (TVETs) across the country. And so, the journey of the inaugural National Inter-College Entrepreneurship competition began.

Endorsed by the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Inter-College Entrepreneurship competition is a national pitching competition that aims to foster a culture of entrepreneurship among TVET students. Students were invited to submit their business ideas, products or services and existing businesses to take part.

After registering and submitting their entries, students first had to compete against their peers in Inter-Campus competition rounds. Winners of the Inter-Campus competition then proceeded to the Regional Inter-College Entrepreneurship Competition. Thereafter, all winners and their mentors were whisked away to Johannesburg for the Official Allen Grey Makers conference and national competition where all the winners gained access to business exposure opportunities and had the opportunity to win their share of R100,000 in prizes.

Boland College is immensely proud to announce that we have a National Winner in the category “I have a product”: Mr. Daruis Heath. Darius is an N6 Hospitality and Catering Services at Stellenbosch Campus. He entered his amazing product: Heath Sauces. A smoked Jalapeno sauce with no preservatives, keeping it natural and as healthy as possible.

“It is a vindication of the structures and processes we put in place to create a culture of Entrepreneurship at Boland College,” said Mr. Hyacinth Adams, the lecturer of Stellenbosch Campus that was the mentor for Darius.

By creating awareness and opportunities to reinforce the attractiveness of beginning your own business, competitions of this nature produce a secure environment to experiment with concepts for products/services or business ideas. They are especially beneficial to students who intend to pursue innovation, product development and business-oriented services. Coupled with learning and coaching resources, participants can confidently pitch their businesses.

Linda Dhladhla, an associate interviewed at the event said: “The National Competition seeks to identify student entrepreneurs who are doing amazing work in this space and allow them to expose their business ideas. In South Africa, we have a high unemployment rate and there are not many employment opportunities. We at Allan Grey Makers are encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice. We are showing them how to use their education as an opportunity for them to pursue entrepreneurship, all in the pursuit of the eradication of poverty.”

Thank you to the Management of Boland College who supported this initiative from the start. We would also like to thank Lizette Grobler (Lecturer), Mauritzia Snijman (Lecturer), Marticia Koopman (Lecturer), Danel Conradie (Marketing and Corporate Communications), Minette Kilian (Marketing and Corporate Communications), Olga Bastile (Lecturer), Ms. Julius (Lecturer), Ms. Sharon Quickfall (Acting Campus Manager: Stellenbosch Campus), Ms. Nomalizo Mpati (Acting Deputy Principal: Academic Services), Mr. Charles Goodwin (Principal), Mrs. Wendy Adams (Deputy Principal: Registration Services), Noor Docrat, Chante Madumbo and Mr. Hyacinth Adams, (Lecturer and Mentor) for the roles they played in this inaugural competition.