Young entrepreneurs experience the thrill of profit

Tiisetso Khumalo performs a manicure for her client.

It was a day filled with fun and games for the grade 7 pupils at Shukumani Primary School during the school’s annual Entrepreneur’s Day held on September 9.

The day was coordinated by the school’s Economic and Management Studies (EMS) teacher, Ms Julia Hlupi Shili.

Ms Shili said the event was part of the curriculum and teaches pupils about entrepreneur skills.

“The aim of this project is to encourage schoolchildren in the foundation phase to be taught how to set up their businesses and make a profit,” said Ms Shili.

The grade 7 pupils of Shukumani Primary School were inspired to perform manicures, sell food (lunch meals) and sew up peg bags for their small businesses, among other things.

One of the entrepreneurs, Sbongile Zungu (12), the founder of a peg bag small business, said she was helped by her granny to sew the bags that were being sold.

“Out of the 12 bags that we sewed, we managed to sell seven bags for R15 and R20. We sewed two different sizes for the two prices.

“It is really nice to make money for yourself, especially for your own business, because you are in control of everything. I’ve learnt how I can market and grow my business. The best thing about business is when your product gets sold in a short period of time,” said Zungu.

She said she would like to be exposed to entrepreneur events more often so that she can grasp all the knowledge needed to be able to operate a functional small business. However, this young girl says she hopes to become a doctor when she grows up.

“Running a business will just be a hobby for me,” Zungu said.

By the end of the business day, the grade 7 pupils who participated in the entrepreneur’s day managed to raise some good profits and commission for their businesses.

Malebo Tseke

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