Shukumani youngsters make it big in business

One of the Grade Seven learners selling her products on the day.

Grade Seven learners of Shukumani Primary School went all out at this year’s Entrepreneur Market Day on September 15 when they put on an impressive show of their entrepreneurial skills.

About 26 great stalls were put in place exhibiting amazing various products. It was an opportunity for the younger learners to enjoy the experience of a fantastic market day. Learners spent the day selling their products. Several of them got help from their parents to prepare the food.

Some of the products sold on the day were meals such as pap, rice, stew, chicken, salads, wors rolls, burgers, cottage pie, lasagna and desserts including malva pudding, fruit kebabs, yogurt lollies, vanilla custard, sweets, snacks, and various drinks, to name a few.

Meanwhile other stalls saw beauticians doing manicures and make-up. The principal of Shukumani Primary School, Robert Sangweni, said the turnout at this year’s event was a huge success because parents, members of the School Governing Body (SGB), neighbouring schools and the school officials supported the event.

“I am very proud of our Grade Seven learners. They showed much interest in the project and made sure that they operated their business like any other business person. Every year, our Entrepreneur’s Market Day grows enormously as we go for various products and teach learners more about business. It is important that we teach learners business skills from primary school. They need to know how to do market research of the products and services. With every input there’s an output,” added Sangweni.

Meanwhile Samson Phasha, a facilitator from Ekurhuleni North District’s Department of Education: Economic Management and Sciences (EMS), said the event was well organised in terms of planning. It met the expectation of making sure that learners start experiencing how to plan for a business and actually participate in the activities of selling and buying.

“At the end of the day, learners will be able to learn bookkeeping skills. They will assess the income and subtract the expenditures. They learn about Economic Management and Sciences which leads into Accounting and Economics and they are also utilising resources especially recyclable materials. This will help our learners to become future entrepreneurs,” explains Phasha.

Phasha encourages other primary schools that are behind with the project to interact with other schools such as Shukumani for guidance on how to run the project successfully.

Sina Mananyetso, owner of a pre-school and day-care centre, spent the day with her daughter Lindokuhle Masina in her business which had to do with make-up, manicures and food.

“I feel strongly about this project as it provides knowledge to our children on how to run their businesses in future. I believe we already have entrepreneurs in our homes who will change the economy of this country,” said Mananyetso.

Malebo Tseke

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