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Youth entrepreneurs urged to embrace hard work

Youth entrepreneurs urged to embrace hard work
January 29
11:57 2018

MOAGI NTSIAPA

Young people thronged the Gabane Youth Business Pitso that was held at over the weekend at Gabane Junior Secondary School where they were urged to embrace hardwork and collectivism when embarking into the entrepreneurship terrain.

Gabane village traditional leader, Kgosi Pule condemned what he termed individualism attitude among young people; “there is this tendency of individualism among our youth, maybe it is because people are after titles.” He told the young people who attended the Pitso that individuality mind-set has no place in entrepreneurship, borrowing from a Setswana idiom, “moroto wa esi gao ele” which when loosely translated means that one cannot achieve desirable results alone.

A fish farmer and also a Mandela Washington Fellowship graduate, Bonosi Selotlegeng, also spoke against the mentality of individualism in business, saying that she gets through the demanding farming career especially as a woman through talking to other Pitso stars, among them one Boipelo Laetsang, director of Chickhead Farm. “Whenever I get stuck I call Boipelo and whenever she gets stuck she calls me,” she said. This emphasised the importance of team work in business and having support system in place.

Speaking to the attendees, guest speaker and founder of Seema Tankers, a company that specialises in moving bulk fuel, Rebaone Seema said that young people should believe in themselves and think outside the box. Seema, who also owns an executive car wash in Phakalane, told aspiring entrepreneurs who came to the Pitso that being one’s own boss requires risk taking; he gave an account of his life that he left a high paying job at the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation to take up a six months job in Austria. He further encouraged determination and focus for young entrepreneurs.

For his part, Seeletso Morokotso, a Business banker from First National Bank Botswana (FNBB), he gave survival tips to young and emerging entrepreneurs. He said it is imperative for young people to know their operations to the core so that they have eloquent presentations of their businesses when approaching funding institutions. Morokotso also edged entrepreneurs to keep paper trail in their business because it will help a great deal when it comes to the process of accountability.  “Young people in business should network and copy best practices as well as being prudent and honest in their accounting practices,” he advised.

This was the second annual Pitso and was under the theme, ‘Starting and Staying in Business.’ The first one was themed ‘Entrepreneurship is the Future’. Gabane native, businessman and community leader, Mokganedi Malope led a committee that made the highly informative Pitso possible. The event attracted multiple sponsors with Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency headlining the event. Other sponsors were Botho University, Local Enterprise Authority and FNBB.

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