By Molebogeng Shibane –
The Free State chapter of the Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry South Africa (YCCISA) continues to contribute positively to the development of entrepreneurs in the province.
This is the view of outgoing provincial YCCISA president, Tshediso Thinane, expressed in his address at the 4th Annual Entrepreneurship Awards at Bon Hotel last Friday.
“I am really appreciative of the fact that, four years down line, the Free State Entrepreneurship Awards have grown to this level to become a signature event on the local business calendar to many. We really appreciate those who were able to work with us throughout the years,” said Thinane.
According to him, the organisation has managed to assist and inspire many young business people during the four years that it has been in existence.
“The chamber has been going strong in making a difference in society as many young people are being motivated every day to start businesses in the Free State. It is a great honour seeing young business people growing from the assistance they get from being members of the chamber. It’s inspiring.”
The awards were to honour entrepreneurs who have been working hard to create employment for other youths as well as contribute positively to the economy of the province. They are a motivation for them to do even better in their areas of specialization.
Thobile Mshwana, a communications specialist, was adjudged to be overall Male Entrepreneur of Year winner while Kamogetse Thole was the Female Entrepreneur of Year.
Versatile Dr Thabo Pitse, who is businessman, an academic, a motivational speaker as well as a music, all rolled in one, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution towards the Free State economic landscape. Mateko Morake also received the other Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other winners include Keorapetse Sibusi of Quintos Pizza, Lerato Senoko of Unx Sneakers, Themba Motsetse who runs a car wash business, Molly Maunyane, a construction and engineering entrepreneur, Steven Majoro of Kasi Newspapers, among other.
Meanwhile, the YCCISA Free State has taken its empowerment drive a step further with the establishment of YTRADEFS. The organisation aims to raise R10 million that will be used to fund youth-owned business enterprises in the province.
“We will be holding an investment drive during the first week of November in Sandton where we aim to raise R10million through the BEE facility. We then want to use that money to fund and support our members so that we can be able to contribute positively towards the employment creation especially now when the rate of unemployment among the youth is so high,” Thinane explained.